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11 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Weekend

By Mollie Maloney. - 24 Nov 2016

the royal pub in paddington

It’s Thanksgiving week and boy have we got a lot to be thankful for. We could start by saying thanks for things like Sydney, the weekend, and of course— puppies. But instead, we’ll just give you a long list of awesome events to keep your calendar nice and full.

This weekend in Sydney you’ll be laughing, drinking beer and patting other people’s dogs (just don’t take them home). 

Here are 11 of the most awesome things to do in Sydney this weekend. 

Thursday 24th November 

Talk and Tease – Stand Up Comedy Meets Burlesque 

Think Christina Aguilera and Seinfield mashed together, dancing around in fishnets and delivering top-button-popping belly laughs at their new stand-up comedy burlesque show. Talk and Tease at the Bamboozle Room in Potts Point has invented the mother combo of all combos. So grab some friends and enjoy the three course meal, cocktails and LOL funny show.

What: Talk and Tease – Stand Up Comedy Meets Burlesque 
When: Thursday 24th November 7pm-1pm 
Where: The Bamboozle Room, Potts Point 
Cost: $67 3 course dinner & show, $32 show only, tickets here. 

Central Night Market 

Local producers, jazz musicians and European eateries join forces every Thursday night at Belmore Park in Haymarket. Whether you’re looking for the one stop shop to get groceries and dinner done after work, or the ‘I like you but I’m not ready for the Friday night dinner’ date with your new flame, The Central Night Market has you covered. French patisseries, Spanish spices, German sausages, fresh produce and of course, that sexy saxophone sound makes it the place to be this Thursday.  

What: Central Night Market
When: Thursdays 3pm-9pm until December 22nd 
Where: Belmore Park, Haymarket
Cost: Entry is free

A Night With The Bornards At Bar Brosé 

Calling all lovers of fine grape juice everywhere. This Thursday Bar Brosé, in collaboration with French winemakers the Bornards, invites you to food and wine extravaganza. A 3 course tasting menu showcasing the region of French Jura as well as a chance to chat with some of the world’s best natural winemakers. With cheesy Comté gougeres on the menu it’s sure to be damn delicious. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Trust us. Just go. 

What: A Night With The Bornards 
When: Thursday 24th November, 6pm-late 
Where: Bar Brosé, Darlinghurst 
Cost: $90 per person, includes 3 courses with 2 matched wines per course 

Thanksgiving At DCC 

If you’re a stuffing lover and cranberry sauce is more a lifestyle than a choice, Darlo Country Club has your turkey-loving-self sorted for Thanksgiving dinner. We hear Mumma’s Cherry pie is making an appearance, as well as DJs till late. As they say, ‘gobble till you wobble, there’s a lot to be thankful for at Darlo Country Club.  

What: Thanksgiving 
When: Thursday 24th of November 
Where: Daro Country Club
Cost: $50 for a delicious 3 course dinner, with $30 for matching wines, more info here. 

Friday 25th November

The Big Design Market 

Your Christmas has come early this Friday at the biggest designer shopping market. With 230 stalls to choose from at The Big Design Market you’re about to be the most organised of all your mates. Homewares, textiles, lifestyle, fashion and food galore (we’re serious, Mary’s burgers and Young Henry’s brews – now that’s a good looking friendship) are all on offer. Expect high quality, top range loot all at great prices. So grab reinforcements, and prepare to divide and conquer. 

What: The Big Design Market 
When: Friday 25th Nov 10am-9pm, Sat 26 Nov 10-7pm Sun 27th Nov 10am-5pm 
Where: Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park

German FilmFest 

Are you sprechen sie Deutsche this weekend? Get yourself down to Sydney’s German FilmFest, showcasing the very best of the Germanic film world.  There is no better excuse to don those lederhosen (just kidding), grab a pint (now we’re serious) and a schnitty (any excuse) and check out the latest German films. This Friday you can catch the Australian premier of “Als Wir Traumten” (As We Were Dreaming), an inspiring depiction of five young friends raised in East Germany. 

What: German FilmFest
Where: Chauvel Cinema/Palace Norton Street 
When: 15-29th November 2016 
Cost: prices vary, check out here 

Saturday 26th November

The Royal Fair

Paddington’s favourite street festival, The Royal Fair is back for one day only this weekend. Hosted by The Royal Hotel, it’s a block party like no other, so get ready to spritz your way through Saturday at the Aperol stall and eat your weight in smoked everything (think pulled pork rolls and more). They’ll be an oyster bar, champagne stall (by Moet & Chandon) and plenty of live entertainment, so arrive early and stay all night.

What: The Royal Fair 
When: Saturday 26th November from 11am
Where: The Royal Hotel, Paddington
Cost: Entry is free

Wonderwalls Wollongong 

This weekend is a great excuse for a roadtrip to Wollongong. The city is opening up their streets for a weekend-long artist takeover. Designated public wall-spaces will get a cool AF makeover when they become giant canvases. This 3-day mural festival consists of art exhibitions, free artist talks and multiple large-scale murals being painted right before your eyes. 

What: Wonderwalls Wollongong
When: Friday 25th-Sunday 27th November 
Where: Wollongong Walls! More information and maps here

Sunday 27th November 

Sunday Sundown At Coogee Pavilion 

We didn’t think the Coogee Pavilion could get any more summer if they tried, and then they go ahead and launch their own Sunday sessions. Grab the crew and head along to Sunday Sundown at the rooftop bar, every Sunday for the rest of summer. With an impressive list of free and ridiculously good concerts, they’re kicking things off this weekend with Tuka + Bad Ezzy. 

What: Sunday Sundown 
Where: Coogee Pavilion
When: 27th November to 26th February 
Cost: FREE! 

The Cambridge Christmas Markets 

‘Tis the season at Vaucluse Public School with their inaugural Christmas Markets on this weekend. Grab your tree from Dural Christmas Trees (yes, scary we know, we won’t say how many sleeps), wrapping paper and homemade cards, Christmas cakes, mince pies and other yummy goodies. Bespoke gifts, something for the kiddies, and food stalls promising gozlemes, paella, burgers and gluten free dumplings (must try) will make the whole chrissy prep just that little bit easier. 

What: The Cambridge Christmas Markets 
When: Sunday 27th November 9am-3pm 
Where: Vaucluse Public School, Cambridge Ave, Vaucluse 

Beers ‘N’ Bones Doggie Day

In case you haven’t realised, we LOVE dogs and so we couldn’t be happier that Rocks Brewing Co have come on board the puppy patrol to create a dog themed ‘Beers N Bones’ day. There will be prizes for doggie dopplegangers (dogs who look most like their owners), the cutest in show and ugliest cutie (a controversial award but there is always one). Rocks Brewing are making their own doggy snacks, as well as showcasing all-things-dogs stalls. Obviously, for their two legged friends, beers will be flowing. 
What: Beers ‘N’ Bones Doggie Day 
When: Sunday 27th November 10am-5pm 
Where: Rocks Brewing Co. 

Looking for something more niche to do? Check out where to find the best Haloumi dishes in Sydney. 

Image credit: Royal Hotel Paddington

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