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The 7 Best Things To Do In Sydney This November

Does 'Wine Island' sound like something you'd be into?

The month of November is all about warmer weather, longer days, and balmy nights. So what are Sydney-siders to do with  all this extra sunshine? Here are some great ideas for the delicious sunny days of November.

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Food Truck Paradise


There’s not many things we like more than a clever pun, so we’re pretty excited about this event. Rooty Hill will host the first festival of food trucks that Sydney (nay, Australia!) has seen. Presented by The Bearded Bakers and Rooty Hill RSL, may we introduce “Off the ‘Eaten Truck”, a celebration of food on wheels. It will be the biggest gatherings of the best food trucks and vendors seen in Australia. Find it at the Rooty Hill RSL on Sherbrook Street from midday to 9pm on November 19 and 20. While entry is free, a gold coin donation is recommended to raise money for Movember.

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Electro Wonderland

If electronic music is your genre of choice, then you need to get involved with the Electronic Music Conference. EMC is a bonanza of all facets of the electronic music scene. With speakers, masterclasses, networking and tunes galore (think: after-dark parties) this will celebrate and highlight everything that’s happening within the electronic music business in both Australia and overseas. The event is attended by industry professions, managers, publishers, journalists, DJs producers and students and individuals who aspire to work within the industry. The lineup reads like any great lineup should, with Elizabeth Rose, Carmada, KLP, Linda Marigliano (Triple J), Raj Chaudhuri (Boiler Room), Tyson Koh (Keep Sydney Open), Sophie Hirst (Google Play). Phew! All this and more from November 28.

Image: Linda Marigliano/Facebook

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Sydney Etsy Made Local Market

Get a handle on your Christmas shopping early, or just treat yourself to locally created, handmade gifts at the Etsy Brewery Markets. Find the markets at Brewery Yard, in what promises to be the biggest and best markets that the Central Park location has seen. You’ll be able to shop and meet the clever Sydneysiders who are making, designing, sewing, gluing, weaving, painting and being generally all-round creative, putting us non-creatives to shame. It will be a place to shop local favourites and discover and a whole host of new designers and artisans. The event will take place Saturday November 19 from 10am-5pm.

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Cake Wines & Tunes

We were pretty damn excited when Cake Wines decided to open a cellar door last year in a backstreet in Redfern, and even more so when they decided to continue their great support of creative through their Presents series. On Sunday in November 13 we recommend heading down to Eveleigh Street to see three of their favourite emerging artists in one afternoon of tunes and good wine. They will be a guest chef on hand, and you’ll hear from headliners Harvey Sutherland + Bermuda (Melbourne), Andy Hart (Melbourne/Berlin) and Youandwean (Berlin/Yorkshire), as well as familiar faces Simon Caldwell, Adi Toohey and Anno. Cheers!

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Venture To Wine Island

We’re going on a staycation this month with a little adventure to Clark Island. For four days only, Clark Island is running the alias of Wine Island between November 10 and 13. Experience a luxurious getaway that’s just a stone’s throw from Double Bay with sweeping views of the harbour, the Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. You’ll arrive exclusively via the Bubbles Boat, and find yourself in a land of over 100 wines and gourmet food. There will be masterclasses on everything from dessert wine to cheese & wine matching, a silent disco, and plenty of bubbly to enjoy. And it wouldn’t be an island escape without a treasure hunt! Tickets are super limited so get in quick.

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Newton Festival Is Back!

For 38 years Newtown has been throwing its doors open for one of Sydney’s most cherished community events, the Newtown Festival. It takes over Camperdown Park on Sunday November 13, and will pay homage to the vibrant, eclectic and creative sprit of the community with the theme: ‘home is where the heart is’. There will be 40 music acts over four stages, two new chill out zones, and a Writers Tent hosted by Better Read Than Dead with authors including Jane Caro and Holly Throsby holding talks. The more than 40 food stalls are tasked with creating five delicious dishes each, all for $10, so you’ll be fed on the cheap! Drinks are local (think Young Henry’s, Fleetwood Macchiato and Dandy in the Clos), and the dog show is of course back! Grab your mates, take your picnic blanket and don’t forget a gold coin for donation, with all money going towards the Newtown Community Centre (they’ll also be accepting PayPass).

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Sampa the Great

Sampa the Great has been wowing crowds and winning many a heart during her spectacular rise on the music scene over the past 12 months. She has shared the stage recently with Thundercat, Hiatus Kaiyote, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Kendrick Lamar! She is back in Sydney with a new project called HERoes that is an exploration into self discovery and strength from within. Choosing to focus on the value and strength of the individual, HERoes is a narrative series of songs, film and collaborative projects. Head to Oxford Art Factory on November 3 to be part of this thoughtful, bold and exciting project.

Photo: Jenala Tembo/ Sampa The Great Facebook 

(Lead image: Wine Island)