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The Coolest Things to Do in Sydney This November

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From  open-air cinemas and buzzing music festivals to artistic coastal walks and Champagne brunches, Sydney has plenty to keep you occupied throughout November. So you don’t miss a thing, here are our top picks for the month ahead.

EAT & DRINK

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Bottomless Brunch, Kazbah Balmain

Moroccan dining destination Kazbah is giving Sydneysiders an excuse to pop bottles each weekend. The Darling Street institution is serving up a bottomless four-course Middle Eastern feast complete with prosecco. With two dining options available – either the Royal Breakfast Feast or Ottoman Lunch Feast, and a bellini on arrival – we guarantee you'll be partying well into the afternoon.

Saturdays in November, 11am- 3pm.

$35 for breakfast feast, $45 for lunch feast

379 Darling Street, Balmain

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In Bloom, Opera Bar

Opera Bar is In Bloom, ringing in the warmer weather and longer evenings with gin-based soft serves and a menu of botanic spritzes. A collaboration between Opera Bar and Bombay Sapphire, In Bloom will feature an enticing spritz menu served all day, every day, alongside two flavours of Bombay Sapphire-based soft serve, affectionately known as Bombay Sorbet; Gin & Tonic(Bombay Sapphire, tonic, lemon) and Aviation(Bombay Sapphire, cherry, violet). As the city claims back that extra hour of daylight this week, Opera Bar’s In Bloom menu becomes a natural fit for that post-work aperitivo or a long lunch that lingers until dinner. 

From now until 3rd November

Free entry

Sydney Opera House, Macquarie Street, Sydney

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Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned Week

Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned Week is back this November with some of the best bars across Australia serving up innovative, original, premium and daringly different Old Fashioned cocktails in celebration. It’s a chance for both new and discerning Old Fashioned connoisseurs to be treated to pure, old-fashioned fun and flavours at Woodford Reserve’s favourite bars across the country.

1st-10th November

70 Venues Across NSW

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Melbourne Cup at Employees Only

Crowned as one of Sydney's coolest bars, this New York-style speakeasy is stepping things up a notch for Melbourne Cup. Swinging open their doors at midday, they'll be handing out a free glass of bubbles on arrival together with a selection of bespoke canapés – think lamb and smoked labneh with sumac, king fish ceviche and steak tartare. DJs will be spinning on the decks all day, and during lunch there'll be a live burlesque show before the race screening. If you're in it for the long-haul, grab a bite at the bar, or dinner in the restaurant can be booked from 4pm – their late-night steaks are legendary. And of course you can book in for a personalised tarot card reading with their in-house psychic. Expect the unexpected.

5th November open from midday

Free entry, but booking required

9a Barrack Street, CBD

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Cantina Giba’s Sardinian Wine Dinner

The quaint neighbourhood Italian giving A1 Canteen a run for its money, I Maccheroni’s on-point Italian fare is something to truly savour. This month they’re running a special collaboration with Sicilian wine producers, Cantina Giba (6Mura), to offer an indulgent seven-course Italian tasting menu. Tuck into Sicilian pasta dishes, Fregola con Vongole, Culurgiones, and an interestingly unique traditional Italian goat main – Capretto. Each course will be paired with a wine from Cantina Giba’s Sardinian vineyard, 6Mura. Be sure to arrive hungry. 

$140/pp for 7 wines paired with 7 courses 

For more info, menu and tickets visit maccheroni.com.au

3 Jersey Rd, Woollahra

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Bloody Mary Burger, Chargrill Charlie's

Combining two essential hangover cures, chicken institution Chargrill Charlie's has created a genius Bloody Mary Burger to help Australians get back in the saddle the day after Melbourne Cup. This culinary lifesaver will be available for one day only, Wednesday 6th November, in store or delivered straight to the office as part of their Melbourne Cup Hangover Pack, feeding the team with eight burgers, devil wings and wedges. 

Wednesday 6th November

Various Locations

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Taco Tuesday Dinner Series, Chica Bonita

In an exciting collaboration with some of Sydney's leading chefs, Chica Bonita's Head Chef Alejandro Huerta will share his kitchen each week for the Taco Tuesday Dinner Series. Available each Tuesday night throughout spring, you can get your hands on four tacos for $30, courtesy of the guest chef each week. Coming up this month, Tom Eadie from Berkelo will be jumping in the kitchen, with more chefs yet to be announced. 

Tuesdays in spring

$30

156 Clarence Street, Sydney

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Melbourne Cup

November 5th is fast approaching so it’s time to dust off your hat (or get a new one!) for the race that stops the entire nation. Whether you're looking to book an all-inclusive lunch or a Champagne-fuelled screening, we've whittled down Sydney's most festive venues where you can watch the Melbourne Cup  in style.

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Wine Island

The must-visit foodie destination, Wine Island provides the perfect gourmet escape on Sydney Harbour's Clark Island. Over three days, taste your way through the endless food and wine huts showcasing Australia's best producers, and learn a thing or two at a masterclass. 

1st- 3rd November, 10am-2pm and 4pm-8pm

From $109 pp

Clark Island, Sydney Harbour


MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

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Locals in the Lounge, Misfits Redfern (Credit: Charlie Hardy)
Misfits’ Locals in the Lounge sessions

Redfern's Misfits' will be teaming up with Young Henry’s for the next set of Locals in the Lounge sessions. Gather round on the first Thursday of every month for a line-up of local and upcoming live musicians setting up in the Out of Bounds lounge, behind the bookcase. 

On 7th November prepare for an intimate show with Moody Beach taking to the stage after the release of her sophomore EP Mirage. Following her, E for Echo produces some dream-pop soundscapes and indie vibes that will have you swaying into the evening. Grab yourself a $5 schooner, some nibbles and settle in for one of the best free gigs in Sydney. 

First Thursday of every month, 8:00pm 

Free entry

106 George Street, Redfern

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Return to Rio

Get ready for a three-day blow out of big beats and laid-back summer grooves, as Return to Rio once again spreads her wings. A festival with all the frills, this theatrical extravaganza goes all out with outlandish costumes, giant river floats, water sports and cocktails by the pool. Some of the biggest names in house, soul, disco and hip-hop will grace the stage, i.e. Greg Wilson, Roni Size, Skream and Sasha. For downtime, be sure to indulge in some yoga and meditation, or a quick bite. Accommodation options include luxury glamping, camping, BYO campers/caravans, or floating houseboat.

8th-10th November

Weekend tickets from $300

Del Rio Wisemans Ferry, Webbs Creek

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Halloween Parties

Whether it’s a drink special or a full-blown party, Sydney is getting into the spooky Halloween spirit this coming weekend. And the next weekend falls on the Mexican celebration, Day of the Dead, so we thought we would embrace this eerie week head on. Now go sort your costumes!

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Harbourlife

Returning to the atmospheric setting of Sydney Harbour once again this November, this one-day music-fest offers a winning formula of infectious house beats and a skyline backdrop that’s hard to beat. As the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House sparkle in the distance, prepare for the mild euphoria that will ensue as the headliners climax with an impressive firework show. This year look forward to punching soundtracks from British house giant Duke Dumont, Solardo, Cassian, Cristophe and more. The perfect soundtrack to start the summer. 

16th November

From $128

Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney, NSW

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POOF DOOF SYDNEY, ivy

Merivale has announced that iconic Melbourne LGBTQI+ club night POOF DOOF is coming to Sydney for a new weekly residency at ivy. Taking over the Courtyard, Terrace and Den every Saturday night, POOF DOOF SYDNEY will transform ivy into a fierce, fabulous and forward-thinking funhouse of dance. The club night is part of an exciting and vibrant new era for the George Street icon. Tickets are on sale now, so get in early to avoid disappointment. 

Saturday 23rd November, from 10:30pm

From $22.40

ivy, George Street, Sydney CBD

Grapevine Gathering
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Grapevine Gathering

A music, food and wine-fuelled haven, Grapevine Gathering is as refined as they come serving a delicious line-up of indie, dance and alternative grooves, alongside wood-fired pizzas, gourmet burgers, slow-cooked meats and dangerously moreish, homegrown wines. With three locations, set in the picturesque Hunter Valley, Victoria and the stunning Sandalford Estate, WA, prepare to kick back and relax to the sounds of Two Door Cinema Club, Flight Facilities and Crooked Colours with a glass – or two – of shiraz in hand. This one-day wine-fest is one seriously snazzy bouquet. Bottoms up.

30th November

From $96.90

Hunter Valley, NSW

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Live Music Around Town

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.

FestivalX 2019 Lineup Announced

Australia are you ready?! Summer just got a whole lot hotter! 🔥 Announcing #FestivalX with Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren, Lil Pump, Trippie Redd, Alison Wonderland, CamelPhat, MK (Marc Kinchen) and many, many more. OptusPerks pre-sale begins Mon, 29 July, 12pm - http://OptusPerks.com.au Hardware Presents, onelove & Live Nation Australia & New Zealand pre-sale begins Wed, 31 July, 1pm - http://FestivalX.com.au/Tickets

Posted by Festival X on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Festival X

This new kid on the festival block – brought to you by some of the creative minds behind Splendour, Stereosonic and Falls Festival – promises a stellar line-up of pop, hip-hop and electronica from all corners of the globe. This newcomer is set to kick off the summer festival season in true party style. Debuting in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, this epic line-up is dressed to impress with big names including Grammy, Billboard and Brit Award winner, Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren, Lil Pump aka Gazzy Garcia, Ohio’s rap legend Trippie Redd and Australian global sensation Alison Wonderland. 

30th November

From $154.95

Sydney Showgrounds NSW

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Park House
Saturday Nights, Park House

Park House Saturdays brings back some Mona Thursday nostalgia, with a new day, a fresh sound and a fresh look at how to throw a party. They will be playing the best of electronic pop, hip hop and house music from 10pm till late each week.

Saturdays, from 9pm

Free entry

2 Park Street, Mona Vale

MARKETS, POP-UPS & SHOPPING

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Thinx Pop Up

Thinx, the creators of period-absorbing underwear, and Third Drawer Down, a conceptual retailer, have collaborated with acclaimed Australian Artist, Frances Cannon. Together, the trio have created an exclusive travel pouch, practically designed to hold both clean and used Thinx, and keep you moving. Pick up your pair of fuss-free knickers and meet Frances Cannon herself at the Thinx pop-up store on 7th November from 6pm- 8pm.

4th-10th November

Free entry

Westfield Sydney (Across from Myer)

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Weekend Market Trail

More than just a place to peruse from time to time, Sydney’s markets are weekend destinations in their own right. From foodies and interior stylists, to eco-warriors and second-hand fashionistas, Sydney has its pick of markets to suit all shopping tastes. Lucky for you, we’ve done the legwork so you can spend less time researching and more time shopping.  These are the markets in Sydney to know about.

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Newtown Festival

The Newtown Festival has become one of Sydney’s biggest and most beloved local events. With live music, market stalls, food vendors and a dog show, Newtown Festival is a celebration of the diversity, culture and people of the local area.

Sunday 10th November, 9:30am-5:30pm

Contributions accepted (min $5)

Camperdown Memorial Rest Park

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Status Anxiety x General Pants Pop-up

An exciting new concept is going down in the heart of Sydney CBD at street-luxe fashion store General Pants. Sydney based leather good’s brand Status Anxiety is setting up a summer pop-up shop to sell their beautifully made leather goods. Better still, you will be able to add a personal touch to your Status Anxiety purchases with monogramming available exclusively in-store. To celebrate the collab, they'll be throwing a kick-off party in store on 14th November. Expect great beats, champagne, a grazing table and a first look at the pop up in-store.

Thursday 14th November, 6pm-9pm

Free entry

General Pants Store, 412-413 George Street, Sydney

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Double Bay Street Festival

Drawing a crowd of over 80,000 people and celebrating its eighth year, the Double Bay Street Festival is back for 2018. From the fun doggie lane and interactive kids zone to the relaxing garden bar and lively main stage, there is plenty of reason to get amongst the community and enjoy a fun day out.

Sunday 3rd November, 10am-4pm

From $22.19

Guifoyle Park- 7 Guilfoyle Ave, Double Bay

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Ken Done x Basil Bangs

Australian designers of outdoor accessories and furniture, Basil Bangs are celebrating their 10th anniversary this summer with the release of their new collaboration with Aussie icon, Ken Done. Launching online and via select retailers, you can pick up a beach umbrella or picnic rug in Ken Done’s signature colourful design.

LEARNING & WORKSHOPS

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Flower Crown Workshop, The Botanist

Nestled in the heart if Kirribilli, The Botanist has collaborated with creative crown makers, The Flower Social, to bring a floral crafternoon. Fashioning flower crowns, the workshop includes a beautiful selection of fresh, seasonal flowers to work with, floristry equipment, expert advice from the floral host, bubbles on arrival and snacks.

From $85 per person (+BF)

17 Willoughby Street, Kirribilli

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Sausages with chef Ludo, Acre Eatery

    Learn French-provincial sausage making and cooking techniques during this interactive 90-minute masterclass with Acre Eatery’s Head Chef, Ludo Gendre, followed by a taste-test with fresh in-house baked bread and accompaniments.

    Friday 15th November, from 7pm

    $35/pp

    Camperdown Commons

    Brunch + Brush, The Butler x The Lust List

    The Butler has collaborated with illustrator, Sally Spratt of The Lust List, to offer up a one-off  'Brunch + Brush’ interactive workshop. This exclusive morning event is an opportunity to brush up on your art skills and create your very own lust list-inspired masterpiece with Sally’s expert guidance over brunch on The Butler’s lush garden terrace.

    Throughout the morning, Sally will be sharing her inspiration, guidance and wisdom as she leads an engaging talk about her experience of turning a creative passion into a thriving business, then guests will be invited to try their hand at creating their very own sketch and paint illustrations. In addition, attendees will enjoy an Ibero-American brunch grazing station alongside 2-hours of bottomless Lillet Spritz cocktails. Creativity with a side of cocktails.

    Sunday 17th November, 10:30am-1pm 

    $120 (+BF)

    123 Victoria Street, Potts Point

    FITNESS, SELF CARE & WELLNESS

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    Must-try Beauty Treatments

    To help in your beauty quest, we've rounded up the most indulgent hair and skincare treatments, and where to find them in Sydney. Book in for these beauty boosters now, and you’ll be rejuvenated and refreshed when summer rolls round.

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    Get Hiking

    Put on your walking shoes, Sydneysiders! From the beaches to the bush, the city and its surrounds are just waiting to be explored – and the best way to do that is by foot. So, pack some snacks and water, and decide whether you want to hug the coast or head inland. These are the best day hikes in and around Sydney.

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    Head to a Wellness Studio

    Studios of the past lookout, because fitness spaces around Sydney are turning it up a notch! If you hate the gym or can’t stand the thought of slaving away on those dreaded cardio machines, these wellness spaces are guaranteed to amp up the way you work out.

    ARTS, CULTURE & DESIGN

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    Evi O + Alex Xerri (Credit: Jacqui Turk)
    Evi O + Alex Xerri Music Television, Saint Cloche

    In the latest exhibition at Paddington's Saint Cloche, resident artists Evi O and Alex Xerri push the boundaries of art and music. Music Television is an artistic examination of the 80's, from excess and jazzercise, to popstars and greed, through the lense of music videos.

    13th-24th November

    Free entry

    37 Macdonald Street, Paddington

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    Sydney Architecture Festival

    The 13th Sydney Architecture Festival is back again for another week-long celebration of all things design. This year's theme is Making. Housing. Affordable, and the Festival will feature a series of engaging seminars, exhibitions, film screenings, and talks across a range of disciplines, to reflect on issues of design, economics, housing quality and housing affordability.

    11th-17th November

    Various Locations

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    Sculpture by the Sea

    Sculpture by the Sea will take over the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk. Over three weeks, the coastal walk will be transformed to showcase over 100 sculptures from both Australian and International artists.

    24th October- 10th November

    Free

    Bondi Beach to Tamarama Coastal Walk

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    School of Rock: The Musical

    Based on the hit movie, School of Rock: The Musical is a show for the whole family. Centred around rock-wannabee and prep school stowaway Dewey Finn, Andrew Lloyd Weber's musical is every bit as witty, fun and rocking as the movie. Get your tickets fast as seats are limited.

    From 8th November

    Tickets from $69.90

    Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell Street, Haymarket

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    (Left to Right) Ben Quilty Self-portrait after Afghanistan 2012, private collection, Sydney; The Last Supper 2017 2017, Art Gallery of New South Wales
    Quilty

    Quilty is a major survey exhibition of one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists Ben Quilty. Showcasing his incredible body of work, his pieces portray honesty, authenticity and highlight how our humanity connects us all. Lucky for us, the exhibition of this Archibald Prize-winning artist will travel the country, from Adelaide to Brisbane, then landing in Sydney.

    9th November 2019– 2nd February 2020

    Free

    Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney 

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    Sydney Open

    Sydney Open unlocks the doors to more than 60 of the city’s most important, inspiring and intriguing buildings and spaces, allowing you to go behind the scenes. Over the course of the weekend, either make your way around the CBD buildings with a VIP pass or book in for an expert-led tour at one of the open sites.

    2nd- 3rd November

    From $39

    Sydney CBD

    Moonlight Cinema
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    Moonlight Cinema

    Kicking off at the end of November, Moonlight Cinema will be back in full force until March. Picnic-lovers, wine-guzzlers and movie buffs unite annually in Centennial Park for films beneath the stars. A casual affair, bring your own basket of goodies, picnic blanket and even a bottle of wine. (Yes, BYO wine!) Otherwise get in early, snap up a beanbag and order movie snacks from the food trucks. Heaven.

    28th November 2019 29th March 2020

    Centennial Park, corner Carrington Drive and Broome Avenue, Paddington

    Sydney

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