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10 Fun Things To Do This Weekend In Sydney

By Mollie Maloney. - 03 Nov 2016

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Sydney’s looking pretty full-on this weekend, (just the way we like it), with a massive Graphic Festival, the British Film Festival, the opening of a Nude Exhibition (oh la la) and the ultimate architecture access-all-areas pass. Music and wine, comics and cars, whether you are looking for activities on the highway, harbour or house style, we’ve got you covered with 10 fun things to do this weekend in Sydney. 

Thursday 3rd November 

Lil Miss Collins At Bella Vista Farm Park 

Lil Miss Collins has popped up once again at the brand new location of Bella Vista Farm. These coffee roasters sure have mastered the enchanted farmhouse look, remodelling a shipping container into the ultimate Hansel and Gretel abode. The breakfast tacos and rustic baked eggs perfectly compliment the farm animals, live music and kids activities— we guarantee you wouldn’t even know you are in the city. 

What: Lil Miss Collins Pop Up
When: Wednesday 2nd November - Tuesday 28th February 
Where: Bella Vista Farm Park 

Friday 4th November 

Busby Marou At The Giant Dwarf  

The duo known as Busby Marou from Rockhampton have got the country folk-pop and acoustic rock tracks pretty down pat. The APRA Music Award winners of the Blues & Roots Work of the Year in 2012 are coming to the Giant Dwarf Theatre in Redfern so you can sway the night away to some sweet lovin’ soul. Showcasing their new album, Getaway Car, the boys will spice up your Friday night in one of our favourite local venues.  
What: Busby Marou At The Giant Dwarf  
When: 4th November 2016, 8pm, doors open 7pm Where: Giant Dwarf, 199 Cleveland Street Redfern 
Cost: General Admission $26.10, book tickets here 

British Film Festival 

In the name of all things Lizzie, join BBC First’s celebration of British Film at Palace Cinema this weekend. With more than 41,000 admissions, the festival is your chance to watch the best of UK film, letting your hair down with some dry English humour, a biscuit or two, and a good old cuppa (of wine obviously). This Friday head to the Palace on Norton Street to watch the Australian premier of the Beautiful Fantastic, a coming-of-age comedy about writing a children’s book. Bringing us the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch (hot), Eddie Redmayne (hotter) and Alex Pettyfer (inferno of hottness), the UK film industry has been good to us. 

What: British Film Festival 
When: 25th October – 16th November 
Where: Palace Norton Street and Palace Verona 
Cost: General Admission $20, see the full program here. 

Saturday 5th November

Highway 31 Heritage Run 

A highway junkie is a rare breed these days: someone who loves an open road, nostalgic gazes out the window, craves the purr of a well-oiled engine. We know you are out there and burning for your next vintage highway adventure. Join the National Trust on a leisurely tour of the Old Hume Highway 31, driving from Old Government House in Parramatta to Comma Cottage at Yass. The extravaganza begins on Saturday, cruising at a relaxed pace to a gala dinner with Twist and Shout 60s Dance party at Yass Soldiers Club and a tour of the Yass Valley. Participating vehicles must be of a model manufactured before 1980, cause hey, if we’re going to do it, we’re going to do it in vintage style. Pull out the driving gloves and shine up those bonnets, Highway 31 has your name on it. 

What: Highway 31 Heritage Run 
When: 5th and 6th November 9am-5pm 
Where: Old Government House Parramatta to Comma Cottage at Yass  
Cost: Free, more information here 

Matt Groening & Lynda Barry: Love, Hate & Comics

Why, oh why Matt Groening, are the Simpsons yellow? The creator of the longest running US primetime television series ever (now in its 28th season) will be in conversation with his go-to gal and seminal cartoonist Lynda Barry to answer all of your burning comic concerns. Join them as they discuss their experiences of over 40-years of cartoon tales. These two titans of the illustrated world are spilling the Duff for one day only, and we sure as hell ain’t missing it. 

What: Matt Groening & Lynda Barry: Love, Hate & Comics
When: 5th November, 4pm 
Where: Sydney Opera House Concert Hall
Cost: Tickets from $19m more information here 

George Lucas’ THX 1138 Live Scored By Asian Dub Foundation

It’s a busy night at the Opera House this Friday, as we continue the ode to all things animation at the Graphic Festival with George Lucas’ THX 1138 Live, scored by the Asian Dub Foundation. Calling all Star Wars fans, THX 1138 is a must-see film, the one that created the blueprint for the epic sci-fi sagas of today. Asian Dub Foundation have rescored for the digital age with all the latest techno skills. Might as well just stay in your seats after The Simpsons’ tell-all. We’re not leaving. 

What: George Lucas’ THX 1138 Live Scored by Asian Dub Foundation
When: 5th November 8.30pm 
Where: Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall 
Cost: Tickets from $15

Discovery Markets At Wolli Creek 

Discovery is the theme of the weekend at South Sydney’s Wolli Creek, with a brand new market held on the first and third Saturdays of every month. Independently baked, grown, designed and made products are at your beckon call with tasty treats and trendy steals on offer all day. A market lovers delight, they’re totally accessible as well, 30 seconds away from the station, and with lots of parking right next door. And you all know what that means? You won’t have to walk too far with all of your new treasures.

What: Discovery Markets at Wolli Creek 
When: 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month
Where: Discovery Point in Wolli Creek 
Cost: FREE! 

Rosé Is The New Blanc Harbour Cruise 

We’ve seen (and definitely tasted) the rise of rosé this summer, and we are pretty confident it is here to stay. The team at the Australian Wine and Beer School couldn’t have said it better: rosé IS the new blanc. Join old school DJs spinning a little Motown and soul on vinyl this Saturday for a harbour cruise like no other, celebrating the fastest growing sector in the wine industry. At this time of year, we know you’re pretty thirsty, so gather the crew and sail the afternoon away, brosé style. 

What: Rose is the New Blanc 
When: Saturday 5th November, 1pm 
Where: Sets sail from King Street Wharf 
Cost: $99 per ticket, avaliable here. 

Sunday 6th November 

Sydney Open 

Feeling a little curious this weekend? Pop your head into some of Sydney’s much-loved heritage buildings, including the Hyde Park Barracks, MCA’s Mordant Wing, Sydney Hospital and Harry Seidler-designed Grosvenor Place. Grab yourself a Focus Tour ticket to be guided through the hidden gems our city has to offer, celebrating the living architecture of more than 70 buildings. Also open will be the Two International Towers at Barangaroo, the pioneer of contemporary workplace design. So chic, so trendy, Sydney Open is building-inspo to the max. 

What: Sydney Living Museums presents Sydney Open 
When: 5 and 6 November 
Where: Sydney! 
Cost: Sydney Open Tickets from $35-$49, focus tours from $28-49. More info here. 

Nude: Art From The Tate Collection 

Nudie Alert! Controversy at its finest, the Art Gallery of NSW presents Nude: Art from the Tate Collection showcasing over 100 representations of bare bums by renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matissse, Lousie Boureoise, Marlene Duman and Sarah Lucas. The exhibition tracks the genre of nude over its long history: how it acquires new meanings in the hands of successive generations from painters of the Victorian era to the artist-provocateurs of our time. The pièce de résistance of the collection is the ultimate of erotic love portrayals: August Rodin’s sculpture The Kiss 1901-04. Having never left its European home, Sydney is welcoming the naughty and nude with open arms. Just make sure you keep your clothes on, there’s enough flesh on display at the Art Gallery of NSW this month. 

What: Nude: Art from the Tate Collection 
When: 5th November 2016 – 5 February 2017 
Where: Art Gallery of NSW  
Cost: $24 adults, $21 concession, $18 members, tickets avaliable here. 

Peckish after all your adventures? Check our 50 desserts you must try if you live in Sydney. 

Image credit: Lil Miss Collins

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