Gelato, yoga, food markets and back alley music festivals are all on the agenda this September in Sydney and we have a little somethin’ somethin’ for all budgets. We recommend that you fuel up with Messina before tackling the rest of this list, because it’s going to be a big month!
Gelato Messina x Hoy Pinoy Pop Up
Messina is one of our favourite things and we know that it’s one of yours too, which is why we have to tell you about their Hoy Pinoy carpark Pop Up happening this weekend. Hoy Pinoy have perfected their family recipes to deliver really damn good street food and at this pop up, all of their signature dishes will be on offer alongside some dishes designed especially with this event in mind. In attendance will be the sisig na baboy, inihaw na baboy, inihaw na mankok as well as chicken adobo fries and for dessert, Messina’s hello halo. This bad boy is a purple yam soft serve with jackfruit puree, coconut jellies and puffed rice crunch served on a leche flan and is definitely not designed for sharing.
What: Gelato Messina x Hoy Pinoy Pop Up
When: Friday 2 – Saturday 3 September from 12pm until late
Where: Messina HQ – 59 Mentmore Avenue, Rosebery
Sounds of the Suburbs
Jammed into a Cronulla laneway between an art gallery and a Mexican restaurant, Sounds of the Suburbs is an intimate music festival coming back to The South for its’ fourth year in a row. There is an eclectic line up with Peter Bibby, Verge Collective and DZ Deathrays leading the Aussie contingent (among others) and Guantanamo Baywatch, who are making the pilgrimage from Oregon. There will be three stages and an art room as well as Mexican food from El Sol and Italian wood-fired flavours from Queen Margherita Of Savoy.
What: Sounds of the Suburbs
When: Sunday 25 September
Where: Space 44 – 44 Kingsway, Cronulla
Sydney Olympic Park
We’ll be honest – initially Slimefest did not jump on to our hit list for September, but then we looked in to it a little bit more and decided that any show that’s good enough for Havana Brown and OMI probably deserve a look in. We’ll even look past the prospect of getting slimed (it kind of comes with the territory) and say this, grab the kids, don your basic outfits (that look good), but won’t break your heart when they get slimed, and head down for a ridiculous night of fun.
When: Friday 30 September, Show 1: 8.30am, Show 2: 3.30pm
Where: Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre
Yoga from the Sky
Stretch it out on top of the city and shake off those sleepy cobwebs at Yoga from the Sky on the Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck before heading off to work. Yoga mats are provided; so all you have to bring is your lovely self for the 45-minute hatha yoga class, lead by Yoga by the Sea’s instructor, Sasha Hawley. You will be ready for breakfast afterwards, so it’s a good thing that a healthy breakfast snack will be ready and waiting once you hop off the mat.
What: Yoga from the Sky
When: Every Wednesday, 6.45am – 7.55am
Where: Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck
Oz Comic Con
The ultimate pop culture experience is coming to Sydney and if you like the idea of getting up close and personal with the biggest names in comics, anime, manga, sci-fi, fantasy, TV, movies and animation (phew!) this one is for you. It’s so big that it has to take place over two days and in addition to talks from people like the cast from Supernatural, Daniel Portman and Ksenia Solo from Game of Thrones, there will also be loads of exhibitors, an anime station, gaming zone and night time events that will kick on long after the sun goes down.
What: Oz Comic Con
When: Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 September
Where: Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island – 41 James Craig Road, Rozelle
Cost: $15 – $62.50
De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose Day
We know you have been waiting all year for the Spring Carnival to kick off. What else gives us the excuse to dress up and head out with our mates for an afternoon of day drinking and indulging our sudden interest in horse racing? Be there when the season kicks off at the newly refurbished Rosehill Gardens racecourse and spend the day trackside with entertainment, including a DJ to keep you dancing throughout the day. More info here.
What: De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose Day
When: Saturday 10 September
Where: Rosehill Gardens
Cost: $10 – $55
Check out the new Paddington Inn
The Paddington Inn has taken its job of feeding and quenching the thirst of Paddington’s locals for over 150 years very seriously and this month they are relaunching after a HUGE refurb. There will be two distinct spaces, with the bar featuring a simple, yet classic all-day menu alongside an eclectic mix of varieties on the wine list and a full menu of vermouth based cocktails. With Head Chef Justin Schott (previously Rockpool and Kitchen by Mike) on the pans, the dining room menu will feature a Black Onyx flank steak, along with sides of Brussels sprouts and potato bake fries with burnt onion mayo. Because burnt onion mayo is the new garlic aioli.
Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival
If you want to be in the fashion know, then book yourself a seat at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival to check out the hottest home grown Australian collections from the likes of Manning Cartell, Bec & Bridge, Kate Sylvester, Romance Was Born and Alice McCall. Whether you’re a ready-to-wear girl, into red carpet fashion or if the most luxe Australian brands are always on your radar, then this one is for you.
To book your tickets, head here.
What: Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival
When: Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 September
Where: Carriageworks – 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
Cost: $40 – $140
Foodie Field Days at The Loch Berrima
Not strictly in Sydney, but guys, Foodie Field Days at The Loch Berrima is the perfect excuse for a weekend away in the Southern Highlands and since entry is free, there’s really no excuse not to treat yourself to a sneaky minibreak. The festival and farmers market will give you an introduction into flower arranging and organic gardening and there will be cooking demonstrations to show you how to get the most out of your market loot. Think spring lamb, seasonal fruit, chef’s condiments and country style sweets. While you’re down there, think about booking in for the seven-course spring degustation ($95), which has been created by chef and grower Brigid Kennedy and includes meals like gravalax trout on potato galette and a honey and pistachio semifreddo with lavender syrup.
What: Foodie Field Days at The Loch
When: Sunday 18 September
Where: The Loch – 581 Green Hills Berrima
Tony Robbins: Unleash the Power Within
Sydney Olympic Park
In a time when wellness and personal improvement experts are a dime a dozen, make a date with the OG self-help guru, Tony Robbins. You will turn fear into power by walking over hot coals. You’ll learn how to manage your money, your mindset and turn your dreams in to reality by learning all of Tony’s top tips and tricks. He has Oprah and Hugh Jackman in his address book and they both swear by this guy, so really, if you’ve got the time (and the money), this one is not to be missed.
What: Tony Robbins: Unleash the Power Within
When: Thursday 8 – Sunday 11 September
Where: Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: $1295 - $4295
Looking for more things to do in Sydney? Head here!
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