Just when you thought December couldn't get any better, this happens. An epic list of things you need to do this weekend. Sydney is bringing on all the top notch markets, delish food and epic parties in all directions. From gin markets to Japanese festivals and all the fitness classes in between, this weekend that will have you wishing it would just stick around forever (you know, like every other weekend).
Here are 11 awesome things to do in Sydney this weekend. You are so welcome, team.
Poke & Rosé
Step aside Christmas, we’ve got something else to look forward to. And it involves two of our favourite things—poké and rosé. Throughout this festive AF month, 3 Weeds in Rozelle is running a Poke & Rosé deal. That means you’ll score a cured salmon poké bowl filled with all the usual suspects (think cucumber, seaweed, wasabi and a crispy seaweed rice cracker) with a glass of Nepenthe Pinot Noir Rosé. Walk-ins are welcome but we reckon your crew will want to get in on this one too.
When: All through December
Where: 3 Weeds, Rozelle
Cost: $25 per person
The Pool By Pier One
The bikinis you’ve been buying all year can now be put to good use (fiiiiiinally) at The Pool at Pier One. Picture this: deck chairs, large umbrellas, a plunge pool, panoramic city views, cocktails (can’t forget those_ and a whole lot of sunshine (all for only $30 we might add). They’ll even give you two fish-friendly golf balls to lob into the harbour and you can ride bikes on the water. We know. We can’t even. Luckily for you guys, you’ll be able to take the plunge (get it?) each weekend, all summer long.
When: 8 December – end of February
Friday’s from3pm - sunset,
Saturday and Sundays from12pm - sunset
Where: Pier One, Walsh Bay
Cost: $30 per person
Alfie’s Midnight Xmas Special
PSA for all our vegans out there—your Christmas is about to get a whole lot tastier. The vegan legends at Alfie’s Kitchen are taking over The Midnight Special (yep, AGAIN) this December aaand it’s kind of a huge freaking deal. Because chilli caramel eggplant and fried zucchini flowers are the ultimate combination. Vegan or not, you can’t argue that cauliflower with sticky soy sauce, spicy slaw and pickles doesn’t sound seriously delish.
When: Wednesday to Sunday, 5:30pm till late
Where: The Midnight Special, Enmore
Cost: Dishes from $9
BLUNT x Rone Limited Edition Street Art Umbrella
In the spirit of Christmas, New Zealand’s BLUNT (aka makers of epic and sturdy AF umbrellas) has collaborated with Aussie street artist Rone to create beautiful umbrellas for Oxfam with $30 from every umbrella sold going to the charity. Umbrellas are literally a necessity with our current weather situation so why wouldn’t you do it for a good cause. More details here.
When: From 29 November
Thursday 7 December
Milly Dent Design—Open Studio Seconds & Samples Sale
If you’ve ever seen any of the handcrafted ceramics by Milly Dent Design, this seconds and sample sale will probably work you into a light sweat. Whether it’s for yourself or a Christmas present for your mum, you’ll score a few super luxe ceramics with discounts of up to 60% off this Thursday. Love a bargain.
When: Thursday 7 December, 4pm-8pm
Where: 298 Botany Road, Alexandria
Cost: Free entry
Christmas Gin Market
This market is where you need to head to pick up a quick gift for the gin-lovers in your life. Expect O.G. bottles and other more, shall we say, adventurous gin-themed gifts like gin-scented grooming prods from Enright’s Original Gin, gin-filled chocolates from Treat Dreams, and gin marmalade from Four Pillars. There’ll even be a limited edition Christmas gin from Four Pillars and we need this kind of festivity in our lives, like right now.
When: Thursday 7 December, 6pm - 9pm
Where: The Barber Shop, CBD
Cost: Depends on how much gin you have to buy
Friday 8 December
Frozen Summer Treats At Forever New
Instead of just heading to Forever New for an outfit for your work Chrissie party this Friday, head here for the treats. At their Miranda store, you’ll be able to get your mits on these delish champagne pops by, well, POPs—just make sure you get there quick because these things will run out damn fast. Oh, and you obviously have to be 18 or over to pick one up, but you already knew that didn’t you?
When: Friday 8 December, from 2.30pm
Where: Forever New, Miranda
HIIT Happy Hour
Grab the crew and down to HIIT happy hour—it’s about to get real sweaty up in here. Lean Bean Fitness in Bondi is hosting a 75-minute workout combining all your fave things (barre, HIIT, boxing and strength). If you’ve been hitting those Christmas mince pies a little too hard of late, this will be the perfect pre-Christmas workout you and your bod needs. Book your spot here.
When: Friday 8 December, 7pm - 8:15pm
Where: Lean Bean Fitness, Bondi
Cost: $31.20 per ticket
Saturday 9 December
Matsuri Japan Festival
Christmas isn’t the only thing we’re looking forward to this December—the Matsuri Japan Festival is coming back to Sydney. And you know what that means, team. A whole lotta gyoza, saké and sumo wrestling. The festival is a free all-day event where you can bring your entire crew, stuff yourselves silly and get cultured AF about all things Japan.
When: Saturday 9 December, 11am - 7:30pm
Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour
Cost: Free entry
Sunday 10 December
Handpicked Wines’ Wine Wedding
This weekend we’ll be raising a glass at Handpicked Wines’ annual Wine Wedding and it’s all to celebrate our universal love for wine. The new Spring/Summer wines will be flowing this Sunday at a Wedding style party that we’re totally in to. So yes—you better believe guests have to rock up in their glam wedding attire. Pop this one on the calendar guys ‘cause this wine’s not gonna drink itself. Details here.
When: Sunday 10 December, 2pm - 5pm
Where: Handpicked Cellar Door, Chippendale
Cost: $65 per person
The Tit Christmas Market
Yes, you read that correctly. Squeeze in some last minute Christmas shopping at The Bearded Tit this Sunday from 2pm because they’re throwing a Christmas market that you’ll want to be at. From vintage fashion to homewares and collectables, you’ll definitely end up spending more on yourself than on presents for your friends. Details here.
When: Sunday 10 December, 2pm - 8pm
Where: The Bearded Tit, Redfern
Cost: Free entry
Here are even more things happening in Sydney this month.
Image credit: The Pool by Pier One