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 bottomless brunches and buzzing live music gigs to laidback Sunday sessions and wine-soaked festivals, here are the coolest events in Sydney, guaranteed to supersize your weekend.
EAT & DRINK
Bellinis, mimosas and bloody Marys are just the beginning of Sydney's boozy brunch phenomenon. Recognising our love of brunch and penchant for a tipple while the sun shines, an array of venues across town offer a perfect combination of our two favourite things. We have rounded up the places to visit when coffee just isn’t enough to get you through to lunch.
To celebrate daylight savings East Village Sydney are serving up a twilight happy hour on their rooftop. Sip on $10 French martinis and rotating $6 hors d'oeuvres – including oysters, chicken liver parfait and tuna tartare. To get you in the mood there will be a French hip hop playlist while you watch the sunset across Sydney.
Fridays, 5pm -7pm
234 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst
Spring is definitely in the air, so what better way to celebrate than with a Bottomless Rosé lunch? Every Saturday in October, Hartsyard will be pouring bottomless Sangiovese Rosé from Sparrow and Vine for just $35pp, from 12pm to 2:30pm. Guests can enjoy their rosé alongside delicious dishes designed to share including fried cheese with hot mustard, grilled baby cuttlefish skewers, kangaroo tartare and kingfish sashimi.
Every Saturday in October, 12pm - 2:30pm
$35pp (For bottomless rosé and full menu available for purchase)
33 Enmore Road, Enmore
Each Sunday in October, Hotel Rose Bay are holding an intimate long lunch that takes diners through the journey of fresh produce from soil, vine, sea and vat to Hotel Rose Bay.
On the 6th and 20th, the lunch will be hosted by James Squire, with a Beers + Bites seven course lunch with matching beers for every course ($90pp). On the 13th and 27th, Margan Estate will host a Wine + Dine five course degustation lunch with matching wines ($120pp).
Sundays in October
807 New South Head Road, Rose Bay
Smirnoff Infusions, a new low-ABV (20%), low-calorie spirit-based drink infused with natural botanicals, has celebrated its launch with a blissful botanical takeover at Watsons Bay Hotel. Sip your way through the weekend with $8 serves of Smirnoff Infusions at the lush paradise within Watsons Bay Hotel. With overgrown foliage and fresh fruit adorning the bar, enjoy a chilled afternoon with a cocktail in hand at this blissful and calm oasis.
From now until 27th October
1 Military Road, Watsons Bay
The Star Sydney has just revealed the new spring menus across its signature dining restaurants Sokyo, Flying Fish and BLACK Bar & Grill with a focus on fresh, seasonal produce. Dishes include seared Hokkaido scallop at Sokyo, marinated tuna with mirin dressing and enriched rice at Flying Fish, and blood orange tart with burnt meringue and viola flower at BLACK Bar & Grill.
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
Just in time for the warmer weather, Gelatissimo has launched two new guilt-free flavours that satisfy both the sweet tooth and the waistband. Containing no artificial sweeteners and less than 160 calories per scoop, 95% sugar-free caramel latte and peppermint crunch will be our fave ice cream flavours this summer.
Available Now for a Limited Time Only
20 Stores Across Sydney
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
If you're in the mood to party, then head to Ivy this Saturday for their weekly Ministry of Sound party. With a killer line-up of DJ’s behind the decks all night long, including FELIXX and A-TONEZ headlining, get ready to gear up for a dance party marathon.
Saturday 19th October, from 8:30pm
From $15 (+BF)
Ivy, 330 George Street, Sydney
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
Kick start your weekend by stopping into Marquee this Friday night to check out Gemmelini's killer Sydney show. Playing their electronic, dance beats, be sure to get in early to avoid the queues.
Friday 18th October, from 10:30pm
The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
When the sun is shining on a Sunday, it’s un-Australian not to make the most of it. We may be a bit biased, but when it comes to Sunday sessions, Sydney has it covered. A ritual that marks the end of the week in the best way possible: getting outside and soaking up the glorious weather, be it by the beach, in a beer garden, or on a rooftop.
We’ve rounded up Sydney’s best Sunday session venues, so there’s nothing standing in between you and a spritz. Apart from Monday morning, of course.
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.
FESTIVALS & POP-UPS
William Street Festival 2017
Happy Sunday Festival Lovers! Very proud to share with you the very first Festival ad, now screened at Palace Verona in Paddington, thanks to our fab partners from Palace Cinemas! See you on October 21st at William Street, Paddington (the official)! #williamstreetfestival #williamstreetpaddington #visitpaddington #october21 #savethedate #6daystogoPosted by William Street Festival Paddington on Saturday, October 14, 2017
Paddington's bustling William Street will be shut down on Saturday for an even buzzier day of food, shopping and entertainment. The William Street Festival, an annual community event, takes over Paddington's shopping precinct to bring the community together for one special day. There will be over 50 stores, restaurants and pubs getting involved by offering fun experiences and sizeable discounts.
Saturday 19th October, 11am - 8pm
William Street, Paddington
Sydney Good Food Month will celebrate 20 years of unforgettable food events this October. The flavour-packed, talent-filled program shines a light on Australia’s mosy influential chefs and restaurants, and the talent that will define its bright and exciting future. From exclusive dining events to the hotly-anticipated return of the Night Noodle Markets, it's gearing up to be an action-packed Good Food Month.
4th- 21st October
Barangaroo House is turning pink this October with the return of its month-long celebration of everyone’s favourite blush coloured drink. In its second year, Rosé Rising will see the waterfront venue partner with renowned Champagne brands, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart and Moët & Chandon to toast all things rosé. From an endless array of food and drink offerings, a rosé vending machine, roulette wheel, pink disco lift and a tiny pink room, hidden somewhere within the venue, there is much to discover this rosé season.
35 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo
Throughout Spring, Acre Eatery (Camperdown Commons) has transformed into a farm-fresh, country style cooking farmhouse showered in beautiful native florals. Focusing on ‘back to the country’ wholesome and honest food, Acre in Spring invites Sydneysiders to embark on a culinary journey through the Australian and provincial French countryside.
Head Chef, Ludo Gendre brings country-style feasting to the city with a menu inspired by traditional French provincial cooking techniques. Acre in Spring will also see the farmhouse eatery host artisan tasting experiences with wine pairings and interactive culinary events throughout October and November.
From now till November
31A Mallett Street, Camperdown
MARKETS & SHOPPING
A gigantic weekend of waste-reducing and treasure hunting fun, Garage Sale Trail is Australia’s biggest community and sustainability event. This year’s event is set to be the biggest yet with over 18,000 garage sale events to be held across the country, on one weekend. Now in its ninth year, the multi-award-winning national initiative seeks to educate Australians on the importance of reuse, whilst building stronger, more connected communities.
19th & 20th October
Various locations around Sydney
LAST CHANCE: Night Noodle Markets
The Night Noodle Market is an annual favourite for Sydneysiders, and a sure-fire sign that summer is on its way. There's nothing more stereotypically ‘Sydney’ than paying the markets a visit on a balmy afternoon after work – because why cook when there's a smorgasbord of culinary delights conveniently on your doorstep? You can sample each of the market’s 30 food stalls from . Like last year, the markets are completely cash-free so that queues are kept at a minimum and as always, entry to the Night Noodle Markets is free.
Weekends, from 12pm
Hyde Park, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Embracing their Scandinavian roots, IKEA has dropped their newest products into the store. Blending traditional and modern styles and adding some bold colours in the mix, you can still expect the functional products you have come to love from IKEA. Textiles feature predominately, from printed cushions to lush quilt covers, alongside minimalist storage pieces and stylish ceramics, that will elevate any room in your home. Get your hands on the latest drop this weekend, and treat yourself to a Daim bar or two!
Rhodes, Tempe and Marsden Park
In its 14th year, the annual 10-day festival celebrates the best local produce and cool climate wines from Orange – the highest wine region in Australia – across more than 90 food and wine events, from long lunches and degustation dinners, to winery tours and masterclasses.
18th- 27th October
Since the 1800s, the Ship Inn has had many lives; a licensed hotel, a guesthouse and a private residence. Now, with the help of Kerry and her husband Alistair, the Ship Inn is once again a place where weary travellers come to rest their heads. A sophisticated stay with a story-telling style, the Ship Inn has entered a whole new era that travellers from far-flung places are flocking to experience.
Rates start from $190 per night
16 Alexander Terrace, Stanley TAS
As one of Australia’s well-travelled tourist spots, Byron Bay comes steeped in adventure and charm. From spiritual healing to hikes and wildlife trails, to buzzing culinary hotspots, this free-spirited beachside gem really has it all. Whether you want to relax atop the pristine sands or find your inner yoga zen, Byron is a haven of beauty and relaxation celebrated for its breathtaking seascapes and restorative powers.
ARTS & CULTURE
LAST CHANCE: Sydney Craft Week
Sydney Craft Week celebrates contemporary craft and unites all kinds of crafters: from knitters and quilters to ceramicists and jewellers. Set across 89 venues in 48 suburbs, there are over 200 events to attend and experience.
11th- 20th October
Guan Wei: MCA Collection presents works by the Chinese-Australian artist that have been collected and curated by the gallery. Focussed on Feng Shui (2004), her enormous, multi-panelled masterpiece, and the relationship between humans and the elements, the exhibition will also include her works on paper.
11th October 2019- 9th February 2020
Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street, The Rocks
Premiering at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Making Art Public: 50 years of Kaldor Public Art Projects celebrates one of the world’s most ambitious public art initiatives. Created by British artist Michael Landy, this exhibition surveys the rich history of Kaldor Public Art Projects using artworks, archival materials and reconstructions of past projects. From Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Wrapped coast (1969) to Jeff Koons’ Puppy (1995), Marina Abramovic’s In residence (2015), Jonathan Jones’ barrangal dyara (skin and bones) (2016) and numerous other projects, it revisits some of the most iconic large-scale artworks to have been presented in Australia.
From now until 16th February 2020
Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney
Named after the space expedition that was the first to successfully land astronauts on the Moon in 1969, upcoming exhibition Apollo 11 will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. With more than 200 objects, Apollo 11 explores this historical moment, its influence on the fields of science and design, and the role Australia played in transmitting man’s first steps on the Moon.
From now until 30th June 2020
Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo