As she is every weekend—Sydney’s back and ready for action. Seeing as we all survived the heat wave of the century last weekend, we definitely deserve a drink (or five). This weekend in Sydney there’s a lot of making up to do; so our favourite city is putting on a show. We found 10 amazing things to guarantee your weekend is #sorted and all sorts of fun. We’re talking riesling tastings, Bowl-A-Rama, Chippendale walks, and even a tomato festival (say what?).
Welcome back Sydney! Three cheers to the weekend.
Thursday 16 February
Found By Laura Opening Night
Adelaide homegal Laura Sullivan has spent the past 12 years scouring the globe for handwritten notes. To date she’s found over 400 of them and is exhibiting part of her collection this week. From extended love letters, to shopping lists, and even those damn right cheeky post-its to your friends, Laura has found them all. She’s hoping to maybe even find some of the note-owners at her opening night this Thursday. Pop down to Alexandria and, who knows, maybe Laura found the phone number of the cute guy you met last week as well.
When: Opening Night Thursday 16 February 6-8pm, runs until March 5
Where: Sun Studios, 42 Maddox Street, Alexandria, more info here.
Max Air Roof Top Jam Skate Demo
Skate enthusiasts it’s time to rally, rally, rally. In anticipation of Bowl-A-Rama this weekend, superstars Greyson Fletcher, Tom Schaarr and Danny Leon are ripping up Westfield Miranda’s Rooftop carpark. General Pants Co. is hosting is this event, meaning two things: it’s going to be cool, and it’s going to be raging. With live music, free sliders, your chance to see some serious skating (and maybe even get an autograph), put out those skaterboi shoes, this one’s for you.
When: 5pm-7.30pm Thursday 16 February 17
Where: Level 4 Rooftop, Westfield Miranda
Cost: Free, see the Facebook event here.
Think this sounds like a deep-haus rave in the middle of a warehouse in Redfern? Wrong. We have something waaaayyyy better. Try a Riesling (or 20) at United Cellars’ celebratory tribute to the German grape. Varieties are on offer from New Zealand, Austria, Germany and Australia. You’ll be walking away with a belly full of oysters, a wine glass, one totally educated mind and a fun experience up your sleeve.
When: Thursday 16 February 6.30pm
Where: Australian Design Centre, 101-115 William Street Darlinghurst
Cost: $50 per person, more info here.
Club Aperol @ Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Say goodbye to summer in true Sydney style at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel (one of our faves!). Club Aperol is keeping the endless summer dream alive for one last Sunday, so grab your squad, frock up and make a whole day of it. The sun will be out and the oh-so classic Italiano Spritz are only $10 a pop. See you there. Get all the deets here.
Where: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
When: Sunday 23rd March
Friday 17 February
Bassike Warehouse Sale
The least basic of all basic wares, Bassike, is kicking off their inaugural warehouse sale this weekend. Wardrobe staples galore will be on offer; with effortlessly fashionable, lightweight luxury. Think summer meets sophisticated and you’ve got Bassike—at all time bargain prices.
When: Thursday 16 February 2-10pm, Friday 17 February 9am-6pm, Saturday 18 February 9-5pm
Where: Paddington Town Hall, 249 Oxford Street Paddington
Saturday 18 February
NAB AFL Women’s League
Heading into Sydney on 18 February, the NAB AFL Women’s League is exciting for more than one reason and those reasons begin with a field full of lady athletes kicking butt and end with the fact that the games are completely free to attend. Some of the games are a BYO deck chair and picnic blanket situation, while others will see you kicking back in the grandstand. Regardless, there’s no need to book your tickets in advance, but you should head here for all of the deets.
Meditation At Camperdown Park
Oh Sydney, there’s nothing we love more than a good pop-up. And let’s be honest, it may only be February but we’ve already had our fair share of stressful situations (damn you Sydney traffic), which is why we’re well in need of a pop-up meditation session in the park. Led by experienced meditation holders (so you’ll be in good hands), prepare for a pretty relaxing morning too. So relaxing in fact, that Sydney traffic won’t even be able to rattle you #namaste.
When: third Saturday of each month, 9:30am-10:30am, until Saturday 18 of February
Where: Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, Newtown
UNDER THE SUN: REIMAGINING MAX DUPAIN’S SUNBAKER
We all know Max Dupain’s iconic Sunbaker image (you know, the black and white photograph of a young beachgoer so fittingly sunbaking on the beach). Just in time for the end of summer, wipe those tears away Sydney, the State Library is hitting us with an impressive exhibition of artists who interpret Australian culture through a range of mediums. Just so you know, it’s kind of a biggie and everyone is already talking about it.
When: Saturday 18 February until Monday 17 April
Where: Exhibition Galleries, State Library of NSW
Lunch At Olio Then Stroll Around Chippendale
Oh Sydney, boy do we have your Saturday sorted. Your day starts at 12.30pm for lunch at new kid on the block, Olio. The team at Olio are telling us Sicilian is the new Italian, so get down IRL to taste for yourself. Like a true Italian, after lunch you need to walk it all off, so come 2pm prepare to give your food baby a workout. Historian Catherin Freyne is hosting a guided walk around Chippendale so you can learn a thing or two about the area’s rich industrial history. It’s important to note that Catherine has her priorities in order, beginning each tour with a complimentary glass of wine. More info here, book your spot ASAP.
When: Saturday 18 February 12.30-3.30pm
Where: Kensington Contemporary Gallery, 32 Kensington Street, Chippendale
Food Truck Festival At Westfield Chatswood
A food truck festival is rolling into Chatswood this weekend thanks to the good folks over at Westfield Chatswood. and someSome of our all- time favourite street food vendors are going to be therewill be there, so make sure you come hungry. Think We’re talking the likes of American BBQ kings, Eat Art Truck, gluten free donuts from Nútie Donuts and sweet cheese dessert from the always entertaining—and delicious—Knafeh Bakery’s Bearded Bakers from Knafeh Bakery. The food trucks are only adding to the already booming food scene that is Westfield Chatswood’s Hawker Lane and Anderson Street, so you’ll still be able to indulge work yourself into a food coma at in your fave Asian eateries while you’re there.
Where: Westfield Chatswood – Anderson Street & Charlotte Lane, Chatswood
Bondi Skate Park is getting its annual work out this weekend as we welcome back Bowl-A-Rama, now in its sixth year. That’s right guys, Tony Hawk is back in the building and the skaters amongst us couldn’t be more excited. The biggest and best bowl competition with Sydney’s most chilled AF backdrop, there will be heaps of talent dropping into the bowl this weekend. Get your tickets here.
When: Saturday 18 February, Sunday 19 February
Where: Bondi Skate Park, Bondi Beach
Sunday 19 February
Tomato Festival Sydney 2017
You may think you’ve seen it all for Sydney’s crazy social life, but we guarantee you, nothing can prepare you for this festival of the red fruit (this is a controversial statement, but yes, tomatoes are scientifically a fruit). Now that you’ve learnt your fact for the day, next step is to plan your visit to the Tomato Festival at the Botanical Gardens, with free cooking demonstrations, a produce market with guaranteed amazing tomatoes, and the longest tomato lunch Sydney’s ever seen. Where else can you enjoy thousands of ripe tommy’s all in one place? Literally… there is nowhere.
When: 18 Feb – 19 Feb
Where: Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Entry is free, some ticketed events, more info here.
Looking for more things to do? Check out these free things to do in February.
Olio | Image Credit: Lauren Commens