This weekend in Sydney there are festivals galore, they are quite literally popping up all over town. From Barangaroo, to the Hills, Newtown, Carriageworks, Vaucluse, and even Clark Island… seriously, Sydney, how you do this? Why is there fun everywhere we go?
Calling all culture-lovers, here are 10 awesome things to do in Sydney this weekend.
Thursday 10th November
Luke Nguyen’s Street Food Pop Up
Take your tastebuds on a worldly ride courtesy of Luke Nguyen’s Street Food Pop Up at The Star. Closing for good in a few weeks time, get yourself here STAT to devour the delicious Southeast Asian delights served up daily by the popular TV chef. The Signature Avocado and Chocolate Shake is a dairy lover’s dream and you’d be silly not to try the Wagyu Beef Pho Pie before it’s gone. Just sayin’.
When: Now until the end of November
Where: Café Court at The Star, Pyrmont
Friday 11th November
The Dreaming Installation + Pop Up Store
Studio Elk’s new jewelry collection, the Dreaming, is popping up this weekend and we’re pretty excited about it. Known for their colour palettes and all things Australian vibe, the Dreaming Installation is more than just jewelry, it’s a concept that comes from hours of hard work and attention to detail. We’ve got our eyes on the new-look resin hoops, and of course Elke’s signature tassels. The packaging is worth it enough, making the perfect Christmas gift or just a lil’ November treat yo’ self surprise.
What: The Dreaming Installation + Pop Up Store
When: 11th, 12th9a,-4pm, 13th 9am-3pm
Where: 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
Feeling a little thirsty? There is something incredibly quenching about being stuck on an island with nothing but WINE! The inaugural Wine Island Festival is coming to Clark Island this weekend, with Oysters Unplugged delivering freshly shucked oysters, Chur Burgers for a juicy feed and The Hunter Valley Cheese Factory dishing out mountains of, yep you guessed it, cheese! Skip on down the ‘sparkling wine road’ where you can indulge in prosecco and other Italian varieties, or educate yourself at one of the many masterclasses held over the three days. A silent disco and a Dessert Island bar (matching sweet desserts with even sweeter deserts) will mean that the saying ‘more wine, less whine’ has never rung more true.
What: Wine Island
When: 11th-13th November
Where: Clark Island
Tickets: GA costs $95 and VIP costs $190 per session.
2016 City Of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture And Award Ceremony
If you’re after a little peace time and a whole lot of inspiration head over to Town Hall this Friday night to celebrate the award-winning climate change activist Naomi Klein’s receiving of the City of Sydney Peace Prize. Introduced by the sweet, sweet sounds of Missy Higgins, Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission will be awarding the prize to someone who we can’t help but have a bit of a #girlcrush on. Check out Naomi Klein’s latest film, This Changes Everything, which offers all things social justice, economic change and Australia’s post-carbon future. This will be a room full of seriously cool people, and your invitation to be a part of it is right here.
What: 2016 City Peace Prize Lecture
When: 11th November 6pm-8pm
Where: Sydney Town Hall
Tickets: $35 for adults, $25 concession
Saturday 12th November
Bombay Gin Garden At Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Throughout October and November, the Beach Club at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is being transformed into a Bombay Gin Garden every single Saturday and this week, it’s no different. There are spring cocktails made from Bombay’s finest (obvs), and your most difficult decision on the day will be choosing between the Star of Bombay and Tonic ($12) and the Bombay Sapphire and Tonic Twist ($10). In case you’re wondering, the twist is the addition of seasonal and sweet/savoury combinations of grapefruit thyme and strawberry peppercorn. The food menu has had a similar treatment, so you’ll definitely have to check out the freshly shucked oysters topped with Bombay gin and tonic granita while you’re there.
What: Bombay Sapphire Gin Garden
When: Every Saturday throughout October and November
Where: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Cost: Free entry
A Plant Sale Is Coming To Sydney
Forget clothes and food, plants are the new essential this summer: it’s all about the succulent lifestyle. The Plant Sale is calling you to revolutionize your living space, one succulent at a time. The green thumbed folks at The Planthunter are offering a forest full of succulents for sale: we’re talking rhipsalis, begonias, philodendrons… the works. None of those names mean anything to you? Perfect! Head to Marrickville this weekend to figure out what they hell we’re talking about. (hint: they are plants, and they are cool) BYO box, it’s not too late to stay green in 2k16.
Where: 51 Buckley Street Marrickville
When: Saturday 12 November 10am-1pm
Just in case you haven’t caught onto the Hill’s newest and grooviest, Bella Vista Farm is being transformed into a one-stop shop this weekend, housing 15 of your favourite food trucks and dessert stations at ‘Park Feast’. Think amusement rides, live music, jumping castles, ice cream sandwiches, fall off the bone BBQ’s and of course, the ultimate food truck classic: burgers. Your picnic blanket is the only thing you’re going to need this weekend; Bella Vista Farm has your family’s fun day totally covered.
What: Park Feast
When: Saturday 12th & 13th November
Where: Bella Vista Farm
Cost: free entry
Sunday 13th November
Black Arts Market
This weekend, Carriageworks is coming alive with the Black Arts Market Festival, showcasing the cultural heritage of South-Eastern Aboriginal Australia. Meet-the-makers with over 55 stallholders and more than 90 artists, including Sydney based visual artist Esme Timbery, Tasmainian artist Netty Shaw who weaves baskets from kelp and Aboriginal Florist Flannel Billy, creating native arrangements onsite. With artists hailing from the regional and coastal New South Wales, southern Victoria, Murray basin catchment and Tasmania, you will see traditional works and crafts of all kinds, right at your fingertips.
What: Black Arts Market
When: 12th 9am-5pm, 13th November 10am-6pm 2016
38 years down the track, Newtown Festival has had a bit of a face lift, with a new team, a new loo, more space to chill and new things to do. The community vibe in Newtown has always been true to itself, and they want you to celebrate with them. Three stages, a Dog Show team, a writer’s tent and an eco-village pop up kitchen all are in it for one cause: to support the homeless in the inner west. So don your best Newtown beard and alternative shoe choice, this festival is one not to miss!
What: Newtown Festival 2016
When: Sunday 13 November, 9.30-5.30pm Where: Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, Newtown
Cost: entry by donation
Barangaroo Street Fair
There must be something in the water at Barangaroo, because this place just can’t get any groovier if it tried. With some (actually like 50) of Sydney’s finest cafes and restaurants popping up, the Barangaroo Street Fair could be nothing BUT delicious. There is a design exhibition showcasing the master plans of the precinct, talks on the history and culture of the area, and of course, kids’ activities and music throughout the day. This is your opportunity for a little sneak around, discovering the streets and its seriously cool designs.
What: Barangaroo Street Fair
When: Sunday 13 November 2016 10am-3pm
Cost: Entry is free, but you need to register here.
Need some more things to do in Sydney under $50? Look no further, we have a list for you here.
Image Credit: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel