While the skies are having a moment (hey Syd, are you ok?), we don’t plan on letting that ruin our fun. This weekend we have a whole heap of activities to keep you merry, full and cultured—before you ask, yes, there are cocktails.
Here are 11 of the very best things to do in Sydney this weekend.
Bacon Festival @ Cuckoo Callay
Happiness is bacon. And pure joy is a festival of greasy, juicy smoked bacon. For the third year in a row, Cuckoo Callay is celebrating all things bacon in the heart of Newtown and we couldn’t be happier. This twelve-week festival incorporates all your favourites, and some tasty collabs with other top-notch Newtown hangouts. There are nine limited edition treats including the Frankenswine (mozzarella sticks wrapped in bacon and Dorito crumbs), and the bacon and peanut butter stuffed French toast, lovingly topped off with a bourbon bacon flavoured ice cream. So get piggy with it this weekend.
What: Cuckoo Callay Bacon Festival
Where: Newtown Railway Station, 324A King Street, Newtown
When: All day, every day until the beginning of June
Jac+ Jack Sale
Calling all bargain hunters, Jac+ Jack is hosting a sample sale in Surry Hills this weekend. Rummage through the hottest exclusive samples from the Winter 2017 collection, or score yourself something from the past that you totally regretted not buying (you know what they say: buy now or cry later). P.S. there are also plenty of cheap finds for the fellas too.
What: Jac+ Jack sample sale
Where: 3/276 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills
When: Thursday 16 and Friday 17 March 8am-7pm, Saturday 18 March and Sunday 19 March 9am-4pm
Hotel Centennial Brunch
Starting this Saturday, Hotel Centennial is opening up for weekend brunches with an exclusive menu of traditional favourites with a modern twist. With seasonal produce from locals such as Infinity Bakery and Pepe Saya, as well as Hotel Centennial’s own produce from the Hunter Valley; your next brunch date is a sure farm-to-table experience. Among many other yummy options, dazzle your tastebuds with sweet and savory waffles, fluffy eggs with double smoked bacon and chives, confit duck and spiced cherry, and fudge ice cream with butterscotch sauce.
What: Hotel Centennial Weekend Brunch
Where: 88 Oxford Street, Woollahra
When: Every weekend, 10am-12:30pm
Harmony Art Collective
This national art initiative is the brainchild of top street artists from Australia and NZ, travelling across the country to mentor over 300 youngins on self-identity and belonging through expression of art. We all know it can be tough figuring out who we are and where we fit in, and what makes this exhibition all the more worthwhile is that you’ll be viewing pieces by new young Australian kids from countries like Sudan, Burma, Vietnam and Syria. This free exhibition runs up until ANZAC Day so you have plenty of time to feast your eyes on these young creative minds.
What: Harmony Art Collective
Where: OPEN at Darling Quarter, Sydney
When: from Wednesday 15 March until Tuesday 25 April
Italian theatre company Motus is setting up the stage at Carriageworks to present their electrifying piece, MDLSX. Not for the faint-hearted, this provocative 80-minute performance employs video, music, monologue and physical movement, and is designed to encourage viewers to question the way society categorises and defines human beings and gender. For three nights, this empowering piece will be available for viewing, exploring and celebrating the freedom of androgyny.
What: MDLSX at Carriageworks
Where: 245 Wilson Street, Everleigh
When: Thursday 16 March-Saturday 18 March, 7:30pm
Cost: $35 per person, tickets here
Thursday 16 March
Live the Plant Power Way
International health and wellbeing experts Rich Roll and Julia Piatt have landed on Aussie shores to host their ‘Living the Plant Power Way’ events in Sydney and Melbourne. Catch them in Paddington this Thursday evening to learn all about a life of health, vitality and authenticity, and how to achieve transformation of body and mind nourishment. The agenda includes group meditation, talks from the masters themselves, Q&A’s, music and, of course, food.
What: Living the Plant Power Way
Where: Paddington Town Hall, 249 Oxford Street, Paddington
When: Thursday 16 March, 6pm-10pm
Cost: $135 per person, tickets here
Friday 17 March
St Patrick’s Day
ICYMI it’s St Paddy’s Day this Friday, which means you’ll want to knock off early and get yourself down to the pub for a delicious pot of warm shepherd’s pie and a Guinness. If it’s crept up on you this year like it has for us, don’t worry; we’ve scouted the best places for all your merry and lively Irish-inspired shenanigans.
Where better to go then Sydney’s oldest Irish pub? Head to the Mercantile Hotel in the Rocks for live music, $1 Hot Wings and happy hour this Friday arvo. And why stop the festivities there when you can kick on till the wee hours of the morn—the Mercantile is also serving up an Irish brekky from 10am Saturday. Also in the Rocks, if you’re up for a bit of a bar crawl, the Glenmore Hotel where green attire is welcome (extra points for a kilt) and Irish dancing is required (#sorrynotsorry). The Australian Heritage Hotel will be playing folk music, serving up specials like the Guinness pie, and hosting a meat raffle if you’re feeling the luck of the Irish.
The Palace Hotel is allegedly known to serve the best tasting Guinness in Sydney, and they’re pouring $6 pints from 4pm this St Paddy’s Day, as well as $5 schooners of all other beer, wine and $6 house spirits if you’re after something stronger. The Royal in Leichhardt is dishing up a feast of lamb shanks and fluffy, buttery mash, with taps flowing of the obligatory Guinness, or a cup of warm Irish coffee (if you’re in need of a different pick-me-up).
And last but not least, for an all day Irish breakfast, look no further than the Tudor in Redfern. Accompanied by tap-dancing Irish music, gallons of beer and plenty of merry vibes, it’s the perfect spot to start, stay or end the day.
What: St Patrick’s Day
Where: Various pubs throughout Sydney
When: Friday 17 March
We know you love any excuse to head down to Sydney’s Hampton-esque venue, the Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel, and this Friday night they’re serving up a delicious three-course meal under the stars. This lavish Bay Soiree is back for their third consecutive year in support of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. So don your party frock and waltz down to Watson’s Bay for an evening of live entertainment and delectable food.
What: Bay Soiree
Where: Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel, on the beach
When: Friday 17 March, from 6:30pm
Cost: $250 per person, tickets here
Saturday 18 March
Hot Dub Wine Machine
Beats and wine, need we say more? Escape to the Hunter Valley this weekend for a killer line-up including the likes of Hot Dub Time Machine (if you hadn’t already guessed), PNAU, Young Franco, Paces and many more. Alongside the musical calibre of these artists will be a selection of tasty treats, from fresh produce to burgers and baos. Anddddddd of course, you can’t go to a winery without taste testing all of the booze. Premium local vino as well as cocktails and craft beer will be on offer = the perfect remedy for loosening up on the DF.
What: Hot Dub Wine Machine, Hunter Valley
Where: Hope Estate, 2213 Broke Road, Pokolbin
When: Saturday 18 March, 2pm-11pm
Cost: from $73, tickets here
Social Serve End Of Summer Rooftop Party
Dust off those pleated skirts and slip on the sweatbands because Social Serve is hosting a rooftop party with gourmet eats, cocktails, beats and a giant serving of tennis. This charity event for disabilities is a fun, social competition of mixed doubles where you can BYO partner or find one on the day—who knows, you could be the next killer Serena and Venus combo. All skill levels are welcome, no matter if it’s once in a blue moon that you manage to hit the damn thing, or if you’re a gun and training to be the next Roger Federer, it’s all about having fun with Social Serve this Saturday.
What: Social Serve End of Summer Party
Where: Lyne Park Tennis Centre, Rose Bay
When: Saturday 18 March, 4:30pm-9pm
Cost: $10 - $49, tickets here
Sunday 19 March
Baronette Sampling at Hotel Steyne
Cocktails by the beach are the ideal Sunday situation and this month, you should definitely head to Manly’s Hotel Steyne for a cheeky cocktail, made with Baron Samedi Spiced for your Sunday sesh. Baronette sample sessions will happen 5pm-8pm this Sunday and again on 2 April, you can also grab an $8 signature cocktail (wins all round). From 4pm, you should head upstairs for your weekly dose of soul and reggae sounds at the Moonshine Bar. On 19 March, entertainment will be by Manjun Bu and on 2 April, it’ll be Black Bird Hum.
Where: Hotel Steyne
When: Sunday 19 March and Sunday 2 April, 5pm – 8pm
Cost: Free sampling and $8 cocktails
Short & Sweet Theatre Festival
This festival is drawing to a close so make sure to catch the final weekend in Marrickville this Sunday 19th March. Featuring different ten-minute plays and theatre pieces, selected from thousands of scripts, the team have managed to showcase both established and upcoming talent. This weekend there’s the final vocal performances of various choir groups, and Sunday marks the very last day so book your tickets STAT.
What: Short & Sweet Theatre Festival
Where: The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville
When: Sunday 19 March, from 7:30pm
Cost: $30-$38, tickets here
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Image credit: The Glenmore Hotel