Sydney is pulling out the big guns this weekend. Literally (and metaphorically), those guns are out and pumping as we celebrate the 2017 Mardi Gras and the 11 other awesome things you’re about to pencil into your agenda.
We’re talking Art Month, an outdoor cinema with queen bed provided (you’re intrigued, aren’t you?) and a festival of all things women (in others words, it’s going to be great). If you’re thirsty from all your dancing (did we mention that you’ll be dancing?), we’ve also got one hell of a pop-up gin bar, and a bottomless champagne brunch in the works.
Behold the best things to do in Sydney this weekend.
Eat Your Way Through Chatswood’s Foodie Precinct
Westfield Chatswood is home to one of Sydney’s best under the radar foodie precincts, so we think it would be wise for you to hop over to check it out this weekend. Start with the coco pop waffles at Flower Child café, before heading to Hawker Lane for ramen burgers at One Tea Grill (and allll of the matcha desserts) before topping it off with a double stack cheeseburger at Royal Stacks. We believe in you—so feast away and do us proud.
Where: Westfield Chatswood
Thursday 2 March
Ian Strange ‘Shadow’ Exhibition Opening
London based, Perth born artist Ian Strange premiers his latest work ‘Shadow’ this week in Sydney. Over a period of three months, Strange painted directly onto red-brick Australian homes spread across Perth, creating urban ‘interventions’ in mundane landscapes. He’s teamed up with large production and film crews to create an impressive, immersive film installation as well as 5 photographs, depicting the ‘shadows’ of suburbia. Talk about some powerful suburban stuff.
What: Ian Strange Shadow Exhibition
When: Opening Night 2 March 6-9pm, exhibition continues until 12 March
Where: 13-15 Levey Street, Chippendale
Friday 3 March
Mov’in Bed – Outdoor Bed Cinema
You’ve seen it on your newsfeed, you’ve liked it on Instagram, and boy are we happy to announce that Mov’in Bed has FINALLY arrived. If you thought there could be nothing better than an open air movie under the stars, we have a treat for you. You can still have all those open air good times, but in the comfort of your own, queen sized bed. Parramatta Park is turning into Sydney’s ultimate slumber party (side note: you do actually need to go home after the film), with 24 movies set to screen. On tonight is Star Wars, with The Revenant and E.T. stealing the weekend slots. Check out the program here for all of the fun, and the ultimate put-your-feet-up situation.
What: Mov’In Bed – Outdoor Bed Cinema
When: March and April 2017
Where: Parramatta Park, The Crescent Parramatta
Art Month: Collector’s Space
Ever wonder what the masters hang on their own walls? Did Picasso have a Matisse next to his bed? (Yes, is the answer btw, they were BFFs). Art Month (FYI this month) showcases the Collector’s Space: the exclusive on what artists’ themselves choose to put on their wall. With artists such as Del Kathryn Barton, Nicholas Harding, Lara Merrett and Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran displaying their investments, this exhibition showcases the real deals of the art world. Artists as collectors, you won’t get a more in-depth peak like this again.
What: Collector’s Space
When: Tuesday – Saturday 1 -16 March, 11-5pm
Where: Collector’s Space, 8 Soudan Lane, Paddington
Saturday 4 March
The Real Mothers Club
Calling all mums, it’s time to let down that mum bun, turn off those baby monitors (kidding, turn them down, geeeezzz) and call up the babysitter next door, The Real Mothers of Sydney are having a P.A.R.T.Y. This is an official non-judgement zone: you can dance, gossip, laugh, moan all while sipping on complimentary Rare Dry Four Pillars Gin and Tonic. They’ve thought of everything, even the coconut water for the 5am “mummy had too much” hangover wakeup. All money raised will be supporting the Gidget Foundation, spreading awareness about perinatal anxiety and depression. Mum’s gone wild!
What: The Real Mothers Club
When: Saturday 4 March 6pm-11pm
Where: Studio Neon, Level 2 136 Ragland Street, Waterloo
Cost: $65 - $75
Brunch At The Darlo Country Club
A seasonal favourite, brunch at the Darlo Country Club is back on, and boozier than ever. The 6 course set menu means that the only thing you have to decide on is whether to opt for a bottomless Chandon or Moët accompaniment. Anywhere that Nutella French Toast is paired with a Bellini on arrival is a must-be-at event of well, any day, errrryday!
What: Brunch at Darlo Country Club
When: 4 March from 11.30am
Where: Darlo Country Club, 235 Victoria Street Darlinghurst
Cost: Packages start at $65
Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
Even if you’ve been living under a rock, your rock has probably been painted the colours of the rainbow because its MARDI GRAS in Sydney this weekend. Arguably (not so arguable) the best weekend of the year has arrived. With the same pomp and splendour that the Parade always delivers, Oxford Street is transformed into the most colourful, wildest Saturday night in Sydney.
What: Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
When: Saturday 4 March 7pm-11.30pm
Where: Oxford Street and Flinders Street, Darlinghurst
The Mardi Gras Party
The mother of all Mardi Gras festivities, the Party delivers what other parties of the same name could only dream of achieving. The Veronicas open the show, followed by indie dream team Tegan and Sara. The vibes go well into the night and early morning with a mix of DJ superstars: Sylvin Wood, Joelby and DJ Dan Murphy (DJ Dan Murphy obviously had great parents). This party clocks off at 8am, so strap on your dancing shoes, you’re in for a big one.
What: The Mardi Gras Party
When: Saturday 4 March, 10pm-8am
Where: Hordern Pavilion
Cost: $165.70 - grab your tickets here.
Sunday 5 March
The Laneway Party at the Beresford
If you’re hungover AF and ready to crawl up in a ball after Mardi Gras, there is no better excuse to head to the Laneway Party at the Beresford. The only way to properly cure a hangover is by doing it aaalllll over again. While we figure out if that’s an actual medical fact, you’ll be too busy dancing the day away. Once a portable stereo and a couple of milk crates on Hill Street, The Laneway has evolved into a Mardi Gras farewell in true dancing queen style. Grab your tickets before it’s too late.
What: Laneway Party at the Beresford
When: Sunday 5 March 2pm-1am
Where: Beresford Hotel, 354 Bourke Street Surry Hills
Cost: Tickets from $77.50
All About Women
In the lead up to International Women’s Day, the Opera House once again hosts their fifth all-female festival. There are 22 go-gal events, headlined by Academy Award winner and advocate Geena Davis, delving into on-screen gender diversity. Jess Thom gives the tell-all on living with Tourette’s, and Comedian Zoe Norton Lodge’s has lined up some hysterical stories. There’s tonnes more to check out, but not before you listen to the whole Beyoncé album and learn every word. Gal power at the ready!
What: All About Women Festival
When: Sunday 5 March
Where: Sydney Opera House
Cost: prices vary, check out the guide here.
All About Women: No Lights No Lyrca
The All About Women festival concludes really the only way it should: with a good ol’ fashioned boogie-woogie. With a playlist curated especially for women, by women, you’ll be grooving away in complete darkness (that’s right, permission to get funkay fresh).
What: All About Women No Lights No Lycra
When: 5 March Session 1: 5-6pm, Session 2: 6.30-7.30pm, Session 3: 8-9pm
Where: Main Rehearsal Room, Sydney Opera House, entry via Stage Door
Cost: $15, tickets avaliable here.
Rising Sun Workshop are teaming up with Ghostboy Gantin’s to create the ultimate fusion: Japanese-Mexican. That’s right folks, The Latin-Asian menu is well welcomed in our books, with Tako Taco’s, dashi braised octopus, Ramen Azteca with soy and tortillas, and burnt miso caramel and corn custard. This is a one night only kind of deal so get around it. Sake Mojitos, we don’t need to say anything more.
What: Jap-Mex Mashup Menu
When: Sunday 5 March, two seatings available 6pm or 7.30pm
Where: Rising Sun Workshop, 1c Whateley Street Newtown 2042
Need something in your belly? Check out beer and dumpling at at Happy D's.
Image Credit: Darlo Country Club