From Cinco de Mayo celebrations and photography-fuelled food feasts, to wine festivals and designer sample sales – Sydney has plenty to keep you occupied this month. So you don’t miss a thing, here are our top picks for things to do throughout the rest of May*.
*For the best things to do this weekend, check out our weekend guide here.
Celebrate a special Mother’s Day with the whole family by the waterside at OTTO. Choose three courses from a selection of Primi, Pasta, Secondi and Dolci. All Mums will enjoy a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne on arrival.
Sunday 12th May
Area 8, 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
Treat mum to a three-course share-style lunch at Chippendale's Barzaari. Dine on dips with house-baked pita, pickled WA octopus, smoked and pickled eggplant, lamb shoulder, and Baklava with carob and salted caramel ice cream and orange blossom marshmallow. Better still, mum will be terated to a glass of sparkling on arrival!
Sunday 12th May
$90pp ($35pp for children)
3 Kensington Street, Chippendale
Enjoy a memorable Mother’s Day lunch beneath the sails of the Sydney Opera House at Bennelong. The two and three course lunch menu will be offered in The Restaurant, and Cured & Cultured menu at The Counter and The Circle. All mothers will indulge in a complimentary glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne – the perfect way to start Bennelong's decadent lunch.
Sunday 12th May
From $70 pp
Sydney Opera House
For a more relaxed Mother's Day vibe, book in for lunch at Bronte's Three Blue Ducks. From 12pm, diners will tuck into a two-course feast of oysters, maple glazed brisket and harissa pumpkin with turmeric cashew cream. With every booking mum will receive the Ducks In The Country cookbook, filled with the very best recipes that celebrate the Three Blue Ducks' love of good food.
Sunday 12th May
141-143 Macpherson Street, Bronte
Could there be a more iconic way to spend Mother's Day than on Sydney Harbour at one of Australia's best restaurants, Quay? We think not. Their incredible six and ten course menus will both be available, so you can dine on all their signature dishes (White Coral FTW). With all mothers receiving a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne on arrival, we can't think of a better way to celebrate Mother's Day.
Sunday 12th May
Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks
To offer something a little zen this Mother's Day, BodyMindLife is running free yoga classes at all their studios, all day long. Bring your mum in for an 30°C Flow session, or introduce her to the practice in Essentials. For a calming session, slow down and stretch out together in Chill Flow or Yin. All you have to do is zen out.
Sunday 12th May
Surry Hulls, Redfern, Potts Point, Bondi Beach and Kirrawee
EAT & DRINK
Every Thursday evening, The Tilbury Hotel in Woolloomooloo has launched $1 oysters when you purchase a bottle of Chandon Brut Rosé. The perfect excuse to gather the girls for a mid-week night out, who can say no to a $1 oyster?
Thursdays, from 6pm
Chandon Brut Rosé- Glass/$12, Bottle/$55
12-18 Nicholson Street, Woolloomooloo
Combine some of the best views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge along with bottomless bubbles over lunch and you’ve got yourself a Sunday session worth repeating. Every Sunday throughout April and May, The Squire’s Landing in The Rocks is offering bottomless prosecco alongside a two-course set lunch menu for $80pp. You’ll dine in their upstairs restaurant which means you’re guaranteed water views to the city’s most iconic landmarks, without breaking the bank.
Sundays, 12pm-2pm and 2pm-4pm
Circular Quay West, The Rocks
Rosetta Trattoria’s heated, inner-city terrace is the perfect spot for an after work aperitif. From 4pm to 7pm, every weekday, happy hour includes $10 bellinis, negronis and spritzes, $7 wine, beer and prosecco and complimentary bar snacks –delicious!
118 Harrington Street, The Rocks
The Cut Bar & Grill is hosting an exclusive dinner to showcase the award-winning wines of Canberra-based maker, Nick Spencer. The five-course menu features a selection of dishes that each feature local, sustainable produce. Dishes include Cape Grim beef carpaccio with ginger and watercress, Ranger’s Valley lamb rump with potato confit and broad beans and a Croque Monsieur with salmon, cream cheese and citrus. A matching Nick Spencer wine is paired with each course.
Wednesday 15th May, 6.30pm
16 Argyle Street, The Rocks
Rivareno Gelato is celebrating their 6th Birthday by collaborating with the creme of the crop of Sydney’s restaurant scene. Kylie Kwong, Lankan Filling Station, Da Mario and Anason will be teaming up with Rivareno over a two-week long collaboration, that will highlight the unique authenticity of each restaurant, with limited-edition flavours created exclusively for Rivareno Gelato. From coconut and native finger lime and spiced jaggary, to tiramisu and yoghurt and turmeric, these are once-off flavours you will want to try!
29th April- 12th May
Barangaroo and Darlinghurst
What do you get when you combine bottomless brunch and disco balls? Disco Brunch. For four Saturdays, between now and July, The Winery will be upgrading their bottomless brunch to include a side of boogie. Enjoy a two-course menu, paired with two hours of bottomless cocktails, along with live music and a killer dancefloor. Don your flares and fine tune your choreography for a brunch experience you won't forget.
Saturday 25th May, from 1pm
285A Crown Street, Surry Hills
Taking social currency to the next level, FUJIFILM has teamed up with fine-dining restaurant Saké to reward Instagrammers for capturing the perfect food snap. For six weeks from the 18th of April, FUJIFILM will be taking $1 off the total price of the bill for every ‘like’ you receive on Instagram of the photo you snapped. You’ll be able to enjoy a curated eight-course set menu with photogenic cocktails and take photos using FUJIFILM’s latest X-T30 camera. There’s also a seasoned photographer pro on hand to help you capture your perfect shot, so you really can’t go wrong.
Standout dishes include Hiramasa Kingfish infused with jalapeno and lime kosho, Rangers Valley Wagyu 7+ with sesame soy and the pièce de résistance – the theatrical “dragon egg” with roasted banana hazelnut and cream miso caramel.Thursdays, 5:30pm and 7:30pm until 30th May
The Intercontinental Hotel, 33 Cross St, Double Bay
Known for an infectious atmosphere, Sash are looking to keep your weekend alive with their weekly Sunday party. From 2pm every week, Sash Sundays will allow patrons to gorge and dance their weekend blues away.
For $75 per person, feast on a tasting menu of Sash’s unconventional creations, such as the buttermilk Japanese nuggets with maple syrup and spicy tuna & wagyu tacos. Pair the share-plates with 2 hours of bottomless booze and you've got yourself a party.
The feasting is only the beginning. Forget that Monday looms and instead take to the dance floor and boogie to Sydney’s DJ KoFFee until 8pm.
Sundays from 2pm
82 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills
Middle Eastern restaurant Tayim is joining forces with its neighbour Archie Rose for a month long series of special gin-infused evenings. Each Friday of the month there will be a expertly curated menu of food and cocktails available only in the Tayim Bar, all using Archie Rose’s award winning gin. Feast on delicacies like cured salmon with gin compressed cucumber, green chilli and mint and sip on Chai Brambles with Archie Rose gin, elderflower, lemon, fresh pomegranate, and house-made chai syrup.
Friday 3rd & 10th May
34 Harrington Street, Nurses Walk, The Rocks
From the 15th April – 20th May Cruise Bar will be partnering with Mionetto Prosecco to bring Sydney a taste of the Amalfi Coast. Cruise Bar’s Level One Courtyard will be transformed with deck chairs where you can enjoy perfectly paired drinks and a limited edition menu. Inspired by Mionetto’s Italian heritage, Cruise Bar mixologists have crafted four mouth-watering cocktails ($15), all topped with bubbly Prosecco.
From Thursdays to Sundays, all cocktails and Mionetto Prosecco can be purchased from a Mionetto themed drinks van, stationed in Cruise Bar’s Level One Courtyard. Diners will also be able to indulge in select dishes, expertly designed to complement Mionetto Prosecco. Enjoy one of Cruise Bar’s signature sharing plates such as rock oysters and salt and pepper squid. For a limited time only, order the Seafood Charcuterie Board, which is complete with fresh oysters and available for just $25.
15th April- 20th May
Level 1, 2 and 3, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay West
Head On Photo Festival 2019, Australia’s leading annual international photography festival, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with their biggest program to date. Featuring 109 exhibitions and showcasing the works of 1064 international and local photographers, this is a must-see exhibition. The winners of the annual Head On Photo Awards will be announced at a massive free launch party on Friday 3rd May.
Various locations around Sydney
Collection Ten explores just some of the philosophies and interpretations of flora and fauna. A complement to Nat Ward's solo exhibition, the latest works of Coco Elder and Odette Ireland, as well as the introduction of Jo Darvall and Gillian Hodes to Rochfort Gallery, continue a narrative on the natural world. From reimagined landscapes to cermaic sculptures and oil paintings, admire the beautiful works that so eloquently capture the natural world.
Rochfort Gallery- 317 Pacific Highway, North Sydney
Part of Garden Art Month, The Calyx will play host to an exhbition of Sogetsu ikebana. This beautiful floral artform is a Japanese tradition that has been practised and perfected for over 500 years.
Until 5th April
The Calyx, The Royal Botanic Garden
Another beauty from AGNSW, this exhibition will transport you a world away. Heaven and Earth in Chinese Art brings together over 150 pieces of Chinese art from the National Palace Museum of Taipei. It’s the first exhibition of its kind in Australia, and will feature an array of works, from paintings and calligraphy to illustrated books, bronzes, ceramics and woodcarvings. The attention to detail is insane. The must-see work is the Meat-shaped stone. Dating from the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), it’s considered one of the museum’s top three treasures and is rarely loaned out. Lucky us!
Until 5th May
Art Gallery of NSW
Brett Whiteley was a homegrown hero. In 1999, his mum established the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, which gives young painters the chance to travel to Paris and explore Europe to develop their talent – just like her son did. (He won the Italian Government Travelling Scholarship back in 1959). On display at The Rocks, this intimate exhibition features a few of Whiteley’s works, plus those of 20 of the scholarship-winning painters.
Until 5th May
S.H. Ervin Gallery
Born in Normandy in 1887, Marcel Duchamp was one of the most original and influential artists of the 20th century who had his fair share of fans and critics. He was revolutionary. The Essential Duchamp opens in late April and is set to be the most comprehensive display of the artist’s work ever seen in the Asia-Pacific region. You’ll see 150 works from his six-decade career, including the iconic-slash-controversial piece, Nude descending a staircase, No. 2.
Until 11th August 2019
The Art Gallery of NSW
These three high-profile galleries showcase the work of 65 new and established Aussie artists who work in a diverse range of media. You can expect to admire a lot of contemporary art that’s not only intricate and complex, but also speaks to what’s happening in our world. We’re already fans of the Art Gallery of NSW’s selection, which presents 24 artists – 65% of whom are women.
Until 21st July
Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art and Carriageworks
Sydney's biggest annual comedy festival is back for 2019 with a huge line-up of stars. With hundreds of live shows over two weeks – from stand-up and improv, to musical and theatre – there is something for everyone. Make sure you check the schedule to catch international stars like Stephen K Amos, Jimeon, Jay Pharoah, James Acaster and Arj Barker, and a huge range of awesome local talent like Dave Hughes, Matt Okine, Joel Creasey, and Effie.
Until 19th May
Strutting into Sydney, the stage production of Saturday Night Fever has arrived. Based off the cult classic 1977 film, Disco legend Marcia Hines, Paulini and Timomatic, along with some Australia's hottest dancers will bring the story to life. Expect all all singing, all dancing soundtrack courtesy of disco legends the Bee Gees, so dust off your dancing shoes, we guarantee you'll be up and prancing down the aisles before you know it.
Until Saturday 8th June
Sydney Lyric Theatre
A firm film favourite, this classic story is now being told on the stage. Featuring songs from the movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is bringing the crazy Willy Wonka world to life. Such a treat for audiences both young and old, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a must-see show!
Until 23rd June
Capitol Theatre, Haymarket
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
From leather and lace to feathers and face paint, The Argyle is inviting guests to don their best mask for the venue’s annual masquerade ball. A line-up of DJs will take to the stage from 7pm, including Mike Champion, Charles Oliver and special guest Natalie Sax. There will be colourful dancers and roving performers, with free entry on the guest list before 10pm.
Friday 10th May
Free (before 10pm)
18 Argyle Street, The Rocks
A CBD-first, Soul Saturdays at Carrington Street’s Bopp & Tone launches on Saturday 13th April, bringing together soulful sounds, a six-course shared menu, and two hours of bottomless bubbles, bellinis and beers. The six-course shared menu features a host of dishes from the Mediterranean-inspired menu, including crowd favourites, the char-grilled rib eye on the bone and Cobia kingfish crudo. If you’re feeling ultra-fancy you can upgrade your lunch to include bottomless Perrier Jouët Champagne.
Saturday 11th May, 12pm-2:30pm
60 Carrington Street, Wynyard
Head up to the MCA's stunning rooftop terrace and enjoy a night of good food, quality drinks and awesome live music. Take in the killer harbour views all night long, and sip your way through a wine or two while four piece horn line-up Lyrebird and 60's surf-style band The Van Demons provide the evening's soundtrack.
Wednesday 1st May, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Museum of Contemporary Art
The end of the working week just got a whole lot better for the East with a brand new rooftop series at Coogee Pavilion. This summer, the stunning beachside oasis has launched ‘Rooftop Fridays’, a free party to welcome in the weekend in style. So grab the girls and get ready to groove to DJ’s from 5pm, dig into Mediterranean bites and sip on a glass of rosé or three.
169 Dolphin Street, Coogee
In the mood for some tunes? You’re in luck, because Sydney’s live music scene is strong. There are brilliant venues dotted all over the city and surrounds, from huge theatres and pubs to underground bars. Sit back and soak up the atmosphere at these eight live music venues.
MARKETS & FESTIVALS
In collaboration with the Adelaide Hills Wine Region, Chin Chin is hosting the Hills Heist wine festival. In summary, it’s a night of drinking over 60 wines (if possible!) from 30 wineries across the region, accompanied by your favourite picks from the Chin Chin menu. Mike Bennie, wine writer and owner of P&V Merchants is hosting the event so it’s sure to be fun.
Tuesday 7th May, 5pm – 9:30pm
Chii Town (Enter via Chin Chin), 119 Kippax St, Surry Hills
Sydney’s sparkling celebration of all things effervescent is almost here! A first of its kind wine festival, Sparkling Sydney promises a jam-packed day of fun, set against the harbourside Pirrama Park in Pyrmont.
This inaugural food and wine event will be a celebration of flavour, sustainability, and ethical produce and will celebrate the very best in bubbles from sparkling cuvee, Malbec, shiraz, pinot chardonnay, moscato and zibibbo to prosecco, cava and many more.
A unique and cohesive sensory experience, each element, be it beverage, produce or gourmet food, is carefully curated to tie into the central theme ‘sparkling’.
Sunday 19th May, 11am- 5pm
Free Event (Wine Tasting Packages from $20)
Pirrama Park, Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont
To celebrate Cinco De Mayo, SoCal’s Taco & Tequila Fiesta will run from Saturday 4th to Friday 10th May. With a host of one-off events including live music, comedy, an all-you-can-eat taco extravaganza, Olmeca ALTOS tequila masterclass, chilli eating contest and an exclusive taco and tequila degustation dinner, there is plenty to see, do and eat at SoCal for Cinco de Mayo.
1 Young Street, Neutral Bay
If there is one place in the world where inspiration shines bright, it’s Vivid Sydney. Returning for its 11th year, the world’s best light artists, music makers and brilliant minds will share their creativity with locals and visitors alike for 23 days and nights over May and June.
24th May- 15th June
Head to the Tramsheds each Sunday for their weekly Growers Markets. Featuring a selection of seasonal produce, you can also check out their schedule of workshops and masterclasses with cheesemakers and chefs. Better still, there is live entertainment and plenty of delicious cafés and restaurants to get a bite and while away the afternoon.
1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge
As the weather starts to cool, The Morrison Bar & Oyster room is dedicating a month of food specials and inventive drinks to the ultimate autumn comfort food – delicious, succulent pork. Pork-A-Palooza pays homage to the hog, from 23rd April to 23rd May with a specially sourced menu, weeknight swine specials and free piggy snacks at the bar. Tuesdays are Dollar Dog Hour from 6-7pm, so you can nab a dog for $1, and Thursday is officially Ribs Night – think serving platters of tender ribs glazed with signature sweet coca cola barbecue sauce. All food is served with a dedicated 'Swiney Swigs' cocktails menu, each tipple with a quirky piggy twist. Oh hello melon and prosciutto-infused bourban. Tempted much?
Until 23rd May
225 George Street (corner of Grosvenor Street), Sydney
Relive your childhood fantasies at this pastel wonderland of all things sweet. Part art installation, part dessert parlour and part Instagram bait, you’ll get to traipse through interactive rooms such as a bubblegum ball pit, cookie house and giant cake for you to jump out of (hello, Boomerangs!). You’ll also be given nostalgic treats like Wizz Fizz and Iced Vovos to ensure you leave on a sugar high.
Daily (except Wednesdays) from 10am
Tickets from $35
Lvl 6, Myer, 436 George Street, Sydney
More than just a place to pick up your weekly dose of fresh produce, farmers’ markets have become a foodies’ destination, a place to hang out with friends, and the go-to for unique fashion and homewares. We have done the legwork so you can spend less time researching and more time tasting your way through some of Sydney’s best farmers’ markets.
Dust off the aprons for a Fratelli Fresh pizza masterclass at Bridge Street. Hosted by Fratelli’s expert pizzaiolo, William Baffoni, guests will learn the art of pizza making and enjoy the fruits of their labour afterwards with a glass of house beer, wine or prosecco. Guests will take home a Fratelli Fresh apron, pizza recipe card and a portion of hand-made dough to cook at home.
Saturday 4th May, 1pm-3pm
11 Bridge Street, Sydney
To celebrate Mother's Day, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel are hosting a Florigami workshop led by Sydney paper artists Blissful Paper Flowers. Gather the women in your life and spend the morning together learning the ancient art of origami and creating a floral decoration to take home.
Sunday 12th May, 10am-11:30am
1 Military Road, Watsons Bay
Discover the joy of making your own pasta with Planar’s newly launched pasta masterclass. Led by in-house pasta dons, each masterclass teaches budding chefs time honored, traditional techniques to hand-roll and create the finest fresh pasta from scratch. Learn to make classic pasta like Italian fettucine, potato gnocchi and stuffed ravioli.
The ticket includes a glass of bubbles on arrival and a two-course feasting menu of mixed antipasto platters and a shared banquet of Planar’s signature pizzas, pastas and salads. Plus, everyone receives a complimentary Planar sauce pot to take away to recreate the magic at home.
Thursday 23rd May, from 6:30pm
$70pp (Booking required)
ICC Sydney, Shop C08, Ground Floor/14 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour
Two years since their last warehouse sale, homewares legends Papaya are opening the doors to their warehouse and head office showroom for a sale not to be missed. Get your hands on their stylish wares with up to 80% off furniture, lighting, homeware, floor stock, and samples.
3rd- 6th May, 10am-6pm
55 & 2/59 Denison Street, Camperdown
Beauty fans rejoice, #MECCALAND is back for another year. The three day beauty festival is jam packed with influencer meet and greets, product giveaways, panels and masterclasses, and live performances.
5 Locomotive Street, Eveleigh
For lovers of all things creative, handcrafted and artisan, this biannual market will spark delight and empty wallets. Designers and makers will showcase everything from ceramics and homewares to ethical fashion and jewellery, while a line-up of wholesome food trucks sort out lunch.
Friday 3rd May : 12pm – 9pm
Saturday 4th May : 10am – 5pm
Sunday 5th May : 10am - 5pm
The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve-Hickson Road, Barangaroo
If you are in the market for some designer clothes, it is the perfect time to hit up Dion Lee's warehouse sale. Expect 50-80% off Fall 2018, Spring/Summer 2018, Resort 2018 and archived collections. Get in early to avoid missing out!
17 Oxford Street, Paddington