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11 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend In Sydney

By Lucy King - 21 Jul 2016

The best things to do in Sydney this weekend

It’s that time again. The time of week where your friends are most likely going to be asking, “what do you want to do this weekend?” and, if your usual answer is a string of “ummmm’s” followed by the seriously unhelpful “I don’t know” response, we are here to help.

Avoid the back and forth “I don’t know” conversation and be the weekend-pioneer of your group. Be spontaneous and do something arty, start a million dollar business or enjoy a Christmas feast. You know, just your casual weekend. You don’t even have to tell them where you got all your fabulous ideas from, we’ll keep your secret.

Here are the best things to do in Sydney this weekend. Your friends can thank us later.

Thursday 21st

Sweethearts Rooftop Serves Up Some Mexican Flava

A quick trip to Kings Cross this Thursday will have you and your taste buds transported to the bustling streets of Mexico (pronounced Me-hi-co) where the weather is hot and the tacos are hotter! It will still be winter, but Sweethearts Rooftop have got you covered. The venue will be decked out in full fiesta style with toasty heaters to make you really feel as if you’re south of the border. There is no official dress code, but what other excuse do you have to wear a sombrero on a Thursday night? Get around the Mexican vibes and Macarena your way to Sweethearts Rooftop to enjoy their explosive collaboration with Cantina Movil, serving up spicy (or not) burritos, nachos, soft shell tacos, jalapeños and even cactus! Plus, Sweethearts’ old mate Don Julio will be there too, slinging a range of tequila-based cocktails deserving of a double, dare we say, triple take. Arriba!

What: Sweethearts Rooftop team up with Cantina Movil
Where: Sweethearts Rooftop - 33-35 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross
When: Thursday 21st July until 31st August, Wednesday to Sunday
Cost: Bookings are recommended, but the event is free! There’s also a $45 per head banquet option

Start-up Speed Dating

We’re pretty confident that everyone has a killer, million dollar idea lurking around in their brains, and if you don’t, get one because the chance to meet your new co-founder and bring your ideas to life has just arrived. Start-up Speed Dating is designed to bring together like-minded people in Sydney who all have an idea and are looking for their ticket to the always sunny, Cashville. In classic speed dating style, you’ll be pitching your skills, ideas or interests to a revolving cast of legends that include artists, accountants, creatives, deep thinkers, wheelers, dealers and finance aficionados! If the ‘feelings’ are mutual, you could very well be hooked up with your kickass collaborator who will make all your dreams come true. 

What: Start-up Speed Dating
Where: Aeona Co-working Space Sydney, 9 Buckingham Street, Surry Hills
When: Thursday 21st July, 6.30pm - 10pm
Cost: $10 - $15 Tickets plus free beer on arrival and pizza!

Open Rant Night!

As it comes to the end of the working week, there’s probably one or two things that have happened that we’d all like to have a good rant about. Taking place at World Bar, speakers have two minutes to get the generally polite audience on side about a range of topics. Some rants are serious and some not so serious, either way, Open Rant Night is extremely entertaining. “It’s ‘politics in the pub’ meets ‘open mic night’”, says Open Rant Night’s founder, Clinton Barnes. See you and all the colours of Kings Cross there. FYI this event is designed to be encouraging, so leave your torches and pitchforks at home!

What: Open Rant Night!
Where: The World Bar, 24 Bayswater Road Kings Cross
When: Thursday 21st July, 8pm - 9.30pm
Cost: Entry is free, $12 cocktails between 7-9pm

Friday 22nd

Sounds Of The Streets @ Wulugul Pop-up

If you’ve been living in Sydney for a while, you’ll definitely be accustomed with the term “pop-up”. After eight glorious months of feeding the foodies (someone’s got to do it!), this pioneering pop-up is officially popping down. This Friday is your last chance to enjoy the taste sensations from gurus such as Belle’s Hot Chicken, BrodDogs and Chaco Bar, but don’t begin moping just yet because Wulugul is going out in style. This final night is not only going to be a night of edible treasures, but will also be a night of live indie, electronica and funk-soul beats! Wulugul has been a pop-up hero and invites everyone down to give them the send off they deserve, so why not join in the fond farewell to this amazing waterfront space.

What: Sounds of the Streets @ Wulugul Pop Up
Where: 200 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney
When: Friday 22nd July—the final day! From 12-9pm

Skin and Threads AW16 SALE

When it comes to winter in Sydney, we are all about that subtle layering to achieve a winter chic look and so to avoid the status of walking Eskimo. If you weren’t aware already, Skin and Threads are the masters of classic pieces made to be layered to perfection. Their philosophy is one of superior quality and aesthetic sophistication, and this Aussie brand definitely delivers. Now, we know what you may be thinking, such luxury is bound to burn a hole, no a crater, in your already shallow pockets. Normally we would be with you on that one, but there is only one word that can change our minds: SALE. Skin and Threads AW16 Sale is turning heads and making it possible for all of us to layer up and get that chic, classic style this weekend. Finally, Skin and Threads maintains that their pieces are destined to become future classics, staying with you and your wardrobe for years to come. Is that a justification for a little shopping this Friday? We think so too.

What: Skin and Threads AW16 SALE
Where: Level 1 Shop, The Strand Arcade, 412-414 George Street
When: Monday 18th – Sunday 31st July

Saturday 23rd

Vinyl Pop-up Sale

With last year’s event being a true success, Record For Sale is presenting part two of the epic Vinyl Pop-up Sale, this time promising to be even bigger and much, much better. With over 3,000 LPs and 1,500 45’s, including hundreds of independent Aussie bands, your collection just got bigger. Or maybe, just maybe, your collection has just begun! Whether you’re an avid collector of Rock, Punk and Psychedelic, or a newbie to the flourishing Vinyl scene, this one week only sale presents a special opportunity to find what you’ve been musically looking for. Something about vinyl just sounds cooler, and if you’re planning on dancing around your place with friends and wine as an incredible Saturday night warm-up, why not do it with vinyl?

What: Vinyl Pop Up Sale
Where: blank_space Gallery, 374 Crown Street, Surry Hills
When: Saturday 23rd July, 11am - 7pm – Friday 29th July, 11am – 3pm

Faces of Frida

Say hello to Sydney’s first paint and sip studio. That’s right. Drink. Paint—Just don’t drink the paint. Cork & Chroma were a smash hit up in Brisbane and have recently expanded to Sydney to drastically improve our lives. The Surry Hills studio is all about having fun and being creative, fuelled by chilled, welcoming vibes and a sip here or there. This gem is still a secret so be sure to book before every art loving, wine drinking Sydneysider comes running. This Saturday, Cork & Chroma’s theme is ‘Faces of Frida’, which is fitting considering the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibition is in town. Who else will be able to say that their Saturday night consisted of wine, friends, painting and Frida?

What: Faces of Frida
Where: Cork & Chroma, 55 Holt Street, Surry Hills
When: Saturday 23rd July, 7pm - 10pm
Cost: $60. Includes everything you need apart from wine, Cork & Chroma is BYO—glassware is provided.

Sunday 24th

The Hunter Street Urban Art Intervention

Sunday is meant to be sunny and fine, so why not treat your senses and take a leisurely stroll down Hunter Street? This regular Sydney Street is transforming, thanks to the Hunter Street Urban Art Intervention, into a place for you to soak up the live art in a bustling pop-up style exhibition. Two large shipping containers have been (safely) dropped onto Hunter Street to form an interactive space for eight renowned artists to showcase their unique and artistic flare. Meet the artists or sit back and take a seat (tables and seating will be available) and watch the art pop to life.

What: The Hunter Street Urban Art Intervention
Where: 1 Hunter Street, Sydney
When: 11th – 31st July
Cost: Free

Birds Of Redfern: A Chicken And Wine Festival

Due to Sydney’s exponentially growing love for quality fried chicken, we have pretty much, accidentally developed a radar for all things chicken and fried. Trust us, it’s a great skill to have. As we happily skip towards Sunday, our fried chicken radar is bouncing off the charts, and for a damn good reason. Introducing: Birds of Redfern, Sydney’s first fried chicken festival. Accompanied by some great tunes and quaffable wines, this is definitely an event you don’t want to miss. And, may we add, is also the perfect way to spend a fine, sunny Sunday. Curator Andrew Levins has invited Sydney’s fried chicken experts to serve you up the best burgers, hot wings, brioche rolls and more, featuring much appreciated sauces and oriental twists to tickle your fancies.

What: Birds of Redfern: A Chicken and Wine Festival
Where: Cake Wines Cellar Door, 16 Eveleigh Street Redfern
When: Sunday 24th July, 12.30pm - 5pm
Cost: $11.44 plus food and drinks. Tickets here

Sunday Roast at The Commons Local Eating House

By now, you should have all heard about something along the lines of ‘Christmas in July’—a special time of year where you get to eat like it’s Christmas (i.e. too much) but… in July (cue feigned look of shock). Especially during these chilly months, we love the idea of getting that honey glazed ham and roast turkey on our forks. The Commons Local Eating House is throwing their own Christmas in July Sunday Roast this weekend with slow roasted turkey stuffed with a nice Christmas spice followed by Christmas pudding, dressed in a naughty brandy sauce. However, it’s not yet Christmas in our books without multiple glasses of wine and one too many roast potatoes. All these highly necessary trimmings will be there for you to indulge with friends around the fireplace because, hey! It’s (sort of) Christmas. P.S. Don’t forget Christmas wearables to really get things going, we’re thinking paper crowns and novelty jumpers.

What: Sunday Roast at The Commons Local Eating House
Where: The Commons Local Eating House, 32 Burton Street, Darlinghurst
When: Sunday 24th July, 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Cost: Meal & wine pairing, $80

Mr Black Cocktail Class At Aroma Festival

Learn how to make three Mr Black cocktails, and while we’re pretty confident that you don’t need to learn how to drink them, you’ll get to do that too. Enjoy them with matching canapés from Junk Lounge and seriously up your caffeinated cocktail game before your next dinner party. Mr Black will be the answer to all of your espresso martini cravings throughout the day at the Brew Bar, jarring up classic, salted caramel and popcorn espresso jartinis on the lawn of the MCA for just $12, day drinking session anyone?

What: Mr Black Coffee Cocktail Masterclass
Where: Aroma Festival MCA Lawns
When: Sunday 24th July, 10am - 5pm
Cost: Entry to Aroma Festival is free, purchase masterclass tickets here

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Image credit: Mr Black

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