With crazy weather hitting Sydney, it’s comforting to know that there is one constant thing in our lives: the weekend. That’s right, even though Sydney thinks four seasons in one day is a great idea; and that 35 degrees is not even really that hot, we can always count on the weekend.
You’ll be keeping busy thanks to IKEA, pilates, yoga, love chats, and markets galore. Here are the very best things to do in Sydney this weekend, no matter the weather.
Thursday 9 February
IKEA PS 2017
Do you ever wander around IKEA and just think, “how do you make these rooms look so damn cool?”. Us too. This weekend IKEA is finally sharing their secrets, with insights into their design processes through 5 different creative workshops. The words urbanisation, light and we’re guessing meatballs, will all be flying around at this super creative collab. Calling all interior designers– this has your name on it.
What: IKEA PS 2017
When: Thursday, Friday 9 and 10 February 9am-7.30pm, Saturday 11 February 9am – 4pm
Where: Eastern Chamber, Paddington Reservoir, 251-255 Oxford Street Paddington
Cost: Free, reserve your tickets here.
Friday 10 February
Pilates For A Cause
We’ve found something better than a Friday night romantic dinner, a romantic workout with food. It’s time to not only fill your stomach, but the world’s as well, thanks to a Pilates class raising money for the Human Kind Project. These guys want to get rid of world hunger by the year 2030 #goals. The class will be led by Sarah King from SK Active and comes complete with nibbles, cheese and wine.
What: Pilates For A Cause
When: Friday 10 February at 7pm
Where: Urban Yoga Level 1, 401/409 Cleveland St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Cost: $45 donation (includes class, ulimated drinks & refreshments) buy tickets here.
Tropfest | Parramatta Park
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Tropfest (aka the world’s largest short film festival) is going down this Saturday. Promising an afternoon and evening of exceptional films, mouth-watering food and drink, live music and good times, the free festival is not to be missed! Avoid wrestling the masses and rock up when you like with a Pick Your Patch ticket. This allows you to reserve a premium patch of grass (and a chair!) with great views of the screens, exclusive access to bars and a whooole lot of perks—yeow!
Where: Parramatta Park
When: From 12pm, February 11
For more information, click here.
Saturday 11 February
Thinking On Love
How many kinds of love do you think there are? Prue Gibson from the School of Life tells us there are 7, and she wants to talk about all of them this weekend. Throwing around questions such as ‘is there such a thing as good or bad love?’ this workshop is getting into the nitty gritty of the “3 words, 8 letters, say it and I’m yours” staple. Take one for the team, your relationship, and hey, all of man-kind and figure out what the big ol’ L word metaphorically, physically and emotionally stands for.
What: Thinking On Love
When: Saturday 11 February 11am
Where: Folonomo, upstairs gallery, 370 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
Cost: $90/$80 (concession) + booking fees, grab your tickets here.
Chinese New Year Lunar Lantern Performances
ICYMI it’s Chinese New Year (this is impossible not to know, it’s everywhere), cue fortune cookie cracking. The CNY Festival Dancers will take center stage this Saturday with a choreographed traditional dance by Performance Director Virginia Ferris. Why not make a night of it and head to Chinatown afterwards? Because when isn’t dim sum a very necessary after-dance food?
What: Chinese New Year Lunar Lantern Community Performances
When: Saturday 11 February 6pm
Where: Split between two locations: the Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub in Martin Place and outside Customs House in Circular Quay
Dragon Boat Races
Continuing the celebrations, Cockle Bay Wharf is turning into an arena of fast-paced water sports, as Australia’s largest Dragon Boat race comes to Sydney. Check out the pounding sounds of the on-board drummers (they are seriously loud, prepare to vibrate) and say to yourself, “I could totally do this” as you watch. If you get down there early be sure to check out the Taoist Eye Dotting Ceremony to ensure a good weekend of racing, as well as the WSFM radio sweethearts battle it out in their own dragon boat.
What: Dragon Boat Races
When: Saturday 11 February 8am-5pm, Sunday 12 February 9am-3pm
Where: Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney
Saporium Market Day
If you’re looking for a one stop, good quality, pantry filling Saturday morning, the urban marketplace, in association with Rosebery’s Cannery food precinct has your back. Saporium is hosting its day at the markets, with more artesian produce than you can poke a stick at. All your favourites will be there: Mr Bao Buns, Brooklyn Boy Bagels and Wild Kombucha, as well as the usual suspects, Kingsmore meats and pizza boys Da Mario. With tastings and workshops, live music and things for the kids, let’s just say artisan treats have never looked better.
What: Saporium Market Day
When: Every Saturday 10am-3pm
Where: Saporium, 61 Mentmore Avenue, Rosebery
Sunday 12 February
Yoga And Brekkie At the Green Lion
The Green Lion, Sydney’s first ever entirely vegan pub, is stretching out this weekend with a yoga, mindfulness and movement session, and then, an equally big foodie session straight after. Home to the vegan Big Mac, you can expect big things from these guys. They’ve got an all-star yoga teacher Nichol leading the pack, and you know what they say: stretch, then snack!
What: Yoga And Brekkie At The Green Lion
When: Sunday 12 February at 10am
Where: The Green Lion, 726 Darling Street, Rozelle
Cost: $20 – book now
Ellery Sample Sale
If your dry February has left you fit AF (you deserve a medal and please share your secret), you need some new wardrobe staples STAT. The Ellery sample sale is finishing up this weekend, so get yourself down to Paddington before it’s too late, there are some serious steals and deals.
What: Ellery Sample Sale
When: Monday 6-Sunday 12 February 11am-5pm
Where: 17 Oxford Street, Paddington
Cost: FREE (kind of, don’t think you won’t be spending money…we warned you)
Artisan Lane Sunday Markets
When you find yourself at the Tramsheds on the weekend, you just know you are in the right place. And on Sundays, you’ll be in a total foodie heaven. The Artisan Lane Sunday Markets are different every week, which is why it’s imperative to GO EVERY WEEK! A European inspired space, with demonstrations of butchery, fish filleting and brewing beer all on offer, we’ll forgive you for staying all day. With Pepe Saya, Sri Lankan delicacies from Hopper Kadé and heaps more, we’ve found something finally better than Messina. Messina and markets!
What: Artisan Lane Sunday Markets
When: Every Sunday from 8.30am
Where: Tramsheds Harold Park, 1 Dalgal Way Forest Lodge
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