The countdown to Friday is officially on, and we’re right here to help you figure out how you’re going to spend those precious two days off. From Spice Girls parties and pasta and wine-fulled dinners, to boozy masterclasses and flower festivals, here are the coolest events in Sydney, guaranteed to supersize your weekend.
EAT & DRINK
Experience the wilderness in the heart of the city at Wild Turkey’s exclusive Spirit of the Wild masterclass. Learn how to smoke meat, make wilderness cocktails using foraged ingredients whilst enjoying delicious drinks and eats on the night. Better still, you’ll even receive a take-home goody bag.
Thursday 29th August
61 Harris Street, Pyrmont
To help cure your winter blues, the A1 Canteen team have introduced a delectable pasta and wine dinner special. From Tuesday to Saturday night, diners can select one of the pasta specials ̶ like spaghettini with calamari, squid ink, parsley and lemon ̶ and add a glass of wine from their curated selection for just $30. Now that’s what we call mindful indulgence.
From now until 31st August
Tuesday- Saturday, from 6pm
2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale
Sit Stay Society Wines
Indulge in a glass of wine for a good cause this weekend and buy a bottle from the newly launched label, The Sit Stay Society Wines. Consisting of a range of half-bottle wines from Clare Valley ̶ shiraz tempranillo to cabernet malbec ̶ 50 cents from every bottle sold goes to PetRescue’s free adoption program and services. Exclusively available at BWS and Dan Murphy’s, what better way to reward yourself and to help our favourite furry friends.
$10 (Per bottle)
Learn how to roll like a pro at this hands-on sushi rolling course at Barangaroo’s Zushi. Under the guidance of Head Chef Lee, you will learn everything from how to select the right fish at the markets to filleting fish at home. You'll also get a sushi-rolling mat and recipe booklets to take home with you so you can keep rolling at home. And best of all, when the class finishes, you get to eat all the sushi you've made with a complimentary beverage.
Saturday 24th August, 9am-11am
Shop 10, 33 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
With Father’s Day quickly approaching, that means one thing, it’s time to treat dad to a delicious feast! Whether you want a cool, casual setting or something a little fancier, there are plenty of places putting on a spread on Sunday 1st September. Here are our top picks for lunch and dinner.
Feeling the cold? Spring may be around the corner, but right now we’re feeling the winter chills. Lucky for us, there are plenty of cosy pubs in Sydney to keep out of the cold. Curl up next to a roaring fire with a tipple or two, a hearty meal and a gathering of friends, and winter won’t seem so bad after all. Here’s our pick of Sydney’s finest.
Spice Temple will be showcasing the regional dishes of Sichuan with an elegant, banquet-style dinner. The sharing menu, designed by Spice Temple Executive Chef Andy Evans, includes delicacies like prawn wontons with aged black vinegar, and stir-fried spanner crab with leeks and salted chilli. Finish it off with coconut and mango sago with candied nuts for dessert.
Monday 26th August, from 6:30pm
10 Bligh Street, Sydney
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
Kick start your weekend right with a drink or two at Factory Fridays. Bringing together the best local music from Sydney and beyond, the Friday sessions feature big-name acts, hotly tipped local bands and good-time DJs.
Friday nights, from 5pm
Free entry (Before 10pm)
16 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills
Friday night live music program, ‘No Hat, No Play’, is an exciting collaboration between inner west brewery legends, Young Henry’s and late-night hangout, The Oxford Tavern. With a rock and roll vibe, this month Los Tones will take the stage with Flight to Dubai, Good Pash and The Van Demons in support.
Friday 23rd August, from 8pm
1 New Canterbury Road, Petersham
Looking to Spice Up Your Life this weekend? Then this is the party for you. NO SCRUBS at Oxford Art Factory is paying tribute to the original girl power tribe, the Spice Girls. Playing all your fave tunes all night long, gather your friends and Say You’ll Be There.
Friday 23rd August, from 11pm
Oxford Art Factory, 38-46 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
Kicking in the evening and continuing into the early morning, it's set to be a huge night at The Star’s Marquee. Local legends Rave Radio will bring their unique brand of electronic dance music to get the party going. If you pre-purchase your tickets and arrive before 11pm, you will get to sip on two complimentary drinks. Bonus!
Saturday 24th August, from 10:30pm
283 Bondi Road, Bondi
If you're in the mood to party, then head to Ivy this weekend for the Ministry of Sound Saturday Session. DJ Lucille Croft will be behind the decks, Chumpion, Harpoon, Charles Oliver, and JINX in support, so get ready to gear up for an all-night dance party marathon.
Saturday 24th August, from 8:30pm
From $15 (+BF)
Ivy, 330 George Street, Sydney
Every Friday night at The Beresford, you can continue the post-work celebration with free live music upstairs. Each week expect a different muso or band headlining the evening’s festivities. To make the most of the evening, start your night from 7pm-8pm for The Beresford’s happy hour.
Friday nights, 8pm-10pm
354 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
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.
FITNESS & WELLNESS
This September, Camille Vidal, founder of wellness blog and event platform La Maison Wellness, will be teaming up with St Germain for a weekend of healthy hedonism. The inaugural La Maison Wellness Weekend is all about balanced (literally and figuratively) indulgence, including a yoga and meditation class ̶ run by Camille herself ̶ followed by scrumptious snacks and delightful St-Germain elderflower spritzes. Book in quick to reserve your spot!
Saturday 14th September, from 12:30-2:30pm and 3:30-5:30pm
Sunday 15th September, from 11:30am-1:30pm and 2:30-4:30pm
Paramount Recreation Club, Surry Hills
As the morning chill fades, Sydney's bootcamps are ramped up and ready for action. So grab the girls and practice your burpees – these are the Sydney bootcamps worth knowing about.
Forget the treadmill – no one does the scenic run quite as well as Sydney. In fact, this city is ready-made for runners. So, lace up those sport shoes and ready, set, run. These are tracks worth knowing about.
MARKETS & SHOPPING
In The Old Clare Hotel Bottle Shop, DIY pros MakerSpace & Co will be popping up with a retail store this week. Featuring bespoke items for sale by various Australian designers, you will be able to get your hands on a range of vases, vessels and tableware.
To coincide with the pop-up shop, for one day only, The Old Clare will also host a market day this Sunday to showcase local, ethically made wares, learn from designers and take part in hands-on workshops. There will DJs and wheel throwing ceramicists, screen printing, and live watercolour painting, with bar snacks and drinks available from 12pm.
Pop-Up Store: From now until 26th August
Market: Sunday 25th August, 9am-4pm
1 Kensington Street, Chippendale
This laid-back, family-friendly farmers’ market is all about gourmet food and fresh produce. An eclectic line-up of stalls that offer a selection of flavours from around the world are mixed in among local producers. Visitors choose to linger on picnic blankets while families take advantage of the pony rides and bouncing castles.
Every Sunday, 8am to 3 pm.
Addison Road Centre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville
Bondi Beach is the backdrop to this popular weekly farmers’ market that’s located on the grounds of Bondi Beach Public School. The place to nab seasonal produce, including organically grown meat and poultry, artisan bread, farmstead cheeses, and condiments. Roasted coffee beans paired with a taste platter is a great start to your weekend.
Every Saturday, 9am to 1pm.
Bondi Beach Public School, Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
Fair-trade and chemical-free are how things are run here. Conveniently located at the Entertainment Quarter, this bi-weekly market welcomes the best growers, producers and artisans from NSW, all of who come with freshly picked fruits, vegetables and other gourmet delights. Cooking workshops, demonstrations and tours keep the community spirit alive at this market.
Every Wednesday and Saturday, 8am to 2pm.
The Show Ring at The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
This Saturday, everyone’s favourite surf club is celebrating one year of good times on their sun-drenched Redfern corner. Redfern Surf Club’s mini-festival will be kicking off from midday with a pop-up tinnie bar by Young Henry’s, a natural wine bar by South Coast wine purveyors Nattie by Nature and a cheeseburger station from the Lord Gladstone crew. With a surprise live band and DJs (CC: Delta Riggs DJs) providing the soundtrack, and drinks specials keeping everyone hydrated, this is the perfect way to spend your Saturday afternoon.
Saturday 24th August, 12pm - 12am
60 Botany Road, Alexandria
The Patch at Erina Fair will be bringing the popular sustainable living festival back this Spring. Within The Patch’s purpose-built green garden oasis in Centre Court, customers can take part in a series of free interactive and hands-on workshops focusing on living a more sustainable life. There will be something for everyone including organic gardening, living chemical free and keeping backyard chickens’ workshops, preloved clothing sale, and special guest appearance by gardening guru, Melissa King
Saturday 24th August- Sunday 8th September
Terrigal Drive, Erina
Sydneysiders can get their fix of Japanese culture when World Square’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival returns with a calendar full of free events. The CBD shopping precinct will blossom under clouds of pink petals (both real and virtual) for visitors to photograph with more than 30 special retail offers available and 100 prizes to be given away over the three-week festival. Apart from the beautifully Cherry Blossom display, visitors can learn traditional Japanese drumming, experience calligraphy performances, and sign up to personalised origami and bonsai workshops.
12th August- 1st September
644 George Street, Sydney
Throughout winter, Goros is set to host a seasonal festival filled with late-night frivolities and wintry events. From monthly DJ sets and trivia nights to a special Winter Olympics Edition of game night, Goros Winter Festival is the perfect place to warm up on a cold, Saturday night.
From now until 31st August
84-86 Mary Street, Surry Hills
The Morrison’s much anticipated Oyster Festival returns this August for its seventh year running. The month-long celebration promises a shucking good time with a daily oyster happy hour and bottomless bubbles special each weekend.
All month long
225 George Street, Sydney
Transforming into the ultimate winter getaway, look forward to seasonal dishes and warming cocktails served up inside Cargo's super-cool neon lit igloos. Take in the beautiful harbourside surroundings whilst tucking into the likes of maple fried chicken bites and Peking duck waffle fries, accompanied by steaming winter cocktails served in the form of ginger gin tea and hot buttered rum.
All winter long
52-60 The Promenade, King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour
For an adventurous dining experience 40 metres above the Harbour, book in for the Ferris Wheel High Tea. Available for a limited time, dine on Mediterranean-style treats like panini, spanakopita and tiramisu from Altum Restaurant, while you take in the sights from the soaring heights of the Luna Park Ferris Wheel.
From now until September
Luna Park Sydney
Waterfront mecca Barangaroo House has partnered with Veuve Clicquot and Belvedere Vodka to transform the venue into a beautiful winter chalet. Complete with pop-up igloos and decadent fondue on the Smoke Rooftop, Bea-tinis and wine dinners at Bea and an array of spiced martinis at House Bar, each floor has something delicious to sample throughout winter.
From now until 31st August
35 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
ARTS & CULTURE
After a successful launch last month, The Funny Flamingo is the new monthly comedy night that has everyone laughing. Teaming up with comedy legends LaughMob, this month Australian funny man Gary Eck will be headlining the evening, with MC Nat Damena, and comedians Kathryn Thomas, EJ Rovedi and Andrew Pasking in support.
Monday 26th August, from 5pm
1 Young Street, Neutral Bay
Opening in the heart of Surry Hills, renowned local artist Vicki Lee unveils her two-storey gallery space. Showcasing her latest exhibitions ‘Eonia’ and ‘Floral Series’, alongside her works with partner Ted O’Donnell, whether you are in a market for a new piece or just an art-lover, the Vicki Lee Gallery is worth a visit.
2/350 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
Event Boutique brings together unique design, unconventional food and beverage offerings, designer recliners and footrests, waiter service to seat, state-of-the-art sound, bigger screens and world-class pure laser projection, to deliver Australia’s first Instagrammable cinema. Sydney’s first two Boutique cinemas are “The Library” – paying homage to the art of storytelling and “Paparazzi” – celebrating the glamour of the red carpet. A truly exclusive experience to liven up your average trip to the cinema.
505/525 George Street, Sydney
The Star Sydney is heating up its entertainment offering this winter, launching ‘Aqualume’ - the first of a series of free world-class digital art shows and aerialist performances live from its new Grand Foyer. Immersive, interactive, and featuring spectacularly curated pieces, custom-designed for The Star, the Grand Foyer aerial shows celebrate the work of renowned Sydney-based artists Bradley Eastman (Beastman) and bespoke photography from art duo Ted O’Donnell and Vicki Lee. Running daily on the giant 25 metre, 8K resolution screen, the works come alive on Friday and Saturday nights when accompanied by a high-flying aerial routine.
From now until 31st August
Fridays & Saturdays, 7pm, 8pm, and 10pm
Grand Foyer, The Star, Pyrmont
The Queen Victoria Building (QVB) is set to breathe new life into the Sydney CBD when it kicks off QVB After Dark – a series of rich artistic installations, tours and events running till September 2. QVB After Dark represents a change in direction for the QVB, towards a more inclusive, connected and creative future – using dramatic arts to welcome new audiences and to humanise the treasured 120-year-old space.
1st August- 2nd September
You’ve visited the Australian Museum, seen the ships at the Maritime Museum, ridden a train at the Powerhouse Museum and you think you’ve finished the museum circuit. You haven’t! Sydney has a number of lesser-known historical gems that are well worth a visit and are perfect for a day out.
Slowly but surely, Sydney has become a bona fide art and culture hub. Our galleries and museums are bursting to the brim with world-class artists and exhibitions that delight, excite and enchant. Exhibitions come and go, so be sure to hop on them while they’re here. If you want to be wowed, wander through these mesmerising collections for an instant culture fix.