We’ve always said we love surprises, but that was until Sydney graciously delivered us a cold snap as a little reminder that it is almost two weeks until winter. But to soften the blow (literally) just a little, we’ve shaken up a cocktail of giggles, movies, lots of wine (duh), ramen and a whole lot more, just for you to enjoy this weekend
Grab your blankey and mix up a hot choccy (with a healthy marshmallow to choc ratio) because here are 11 things to do this weekend in Sydney.
Cam Knight: Get Rich or Die Crying
They say money can’t buy happiness, but buying a ticket to Cam Knight’s show at the Sydney Comedy Festival is pretty damn close. Cam’s one-liners are absolute fire and will have you literally on the ground or close to it (you short people understand that, right?). Buy your tickets here.
When: 17 – 20 May, 8.15pm (7.15pm Sunday)
Where: Enmore Theatre, Newtown
Cost: $25 per ticket
Thursday 17 May
OTTO Wine Dinner Series Launch
Woolloomooloo’s fine dining Italian, OTTO is launching a Wine Dinner Series this weekend and it’s just one big of Italian food and Australian wine. This one will see you enjoying a four-course menu with paired wines curated by OTTO’s chef and sommelier. Join Kevin Glastonbury for a Grenache dinner, it’ll make for a cosy and classy Thursday night. Book here.
When: Thursday 17 May
Where: OTTO Ristorante, Woolloomooloo
Winter Movie Sessions At The Clovelly
Winter movie sessions at Cloey are a must, with some of the best surf films being showcased this week. There will be Corona specials, free popcorn (yes, free) and bean bag seating (disclaimer: you may not be able to get up from the comfort of the bean bag because we couldn’t). There is also the opportunity to win a Corona surfboard, a guarantee that you will be the flashiest in the waves, if you buy a bucket of Coronas and propose an innovative idea on how Cloey can reduce waste and help save our oceans. More details here.
When: Thursday 17 May
Where: 381 Clovelly Road, Clovelly
Cost: Free entry with a plastic bag donation
Friday 18 May
MERCEDES-BENZ LAUNCH PARTY
Rub shoulders with the country’s fashion elite and influencers at the epic Weekend Edition launch party. There’s the promise of canapes, bevvos, and good times, as well some sweet 90s tunes from headline DJs Client Liaison. The hardest part will be deciding what to wear. Details here.
When: Friday 18 May, from 8pm
Saturday 19 May
Cornersmith Pies At Home Workshop
As per usual, Cornersmith is hosting a workshop this weekend and this weekend will see Kirrily La Rosa guide you through the art of pastry making (it is an art, look it up). For those who like only savoury or only sweet (or if you’re indecisive like us and want both), this three-hour class gives you the opportunity to make both a beef filled pithivier pie as well as a fruit pie to take home. After tasting these pies, you will be working your pie magic in your own kitchen for a very, veerrry long time. Book here.
When: Saturday 19 May
Where: CornersmithPicklery, Marrickville
World Whisky Day At Tokyo Bird & Osaka Trading Co.: Whisky Talks
Open the gates to whisky heaven because Whisky Talks for World Whisky Day has arrived at Tokyo Bird and Osaka Trading Co. These are intimate sessions with local whisky experts teaching you everything you need to know about the stuff and most importantly, you will try four Scotch single malts from Speyside and Islay, ranging from nine to 35 years old. If you’re more of a Nikka whisky fan, you can try FIVE of them, including a delish Yoichi single malt. We wishky (ha) we were there right now. Details here.
When: Saturday 19 May, 12-7.30pm
Where: Tokyo Bird, Surry Hills AND Osaka Trading Co, Forest Lodge
Cost: $65 - $165
Adelaide Hills Wine Festival
Wine, DJ’s and pizza; our three faves. Yep, you can get your mits on all that and more at wine festival Wine De Jour which is celebrating wine styles, regions and theories. Renowned pizza joint, Sunny’s, is jumping in on the fun too, hosting a pop-up in the venue—meanwhile, Tom Studdy and other top notch DJs will be on the decks, meaning you’ll be willingly on your feet the entire night, trust us. Book your spot here.
When: Saturday 19 May, 1.30-5pm
Where: Cake Wines, 16 Eveleigh Street, Redfern
Round She Goes Market
If you love vintage curated fashion, we’re talking to you. Marrickville’s Round She Goes Market is the perfect opportunity to spice up your wardrobe this weekend and have an absolute blast from the past. There’s no way you will be walking out of this Sydney’s preloved fashion market empty-handed. More details here.
When: Saturday 19 May, 10am-3pm
Where: Marrickville Town Hall, 303 Marrickville
Cost: $2 entry (cash only)
Salvos Fashion Show
Voila! St Peters Salvos Store is back and better than ever after her one-month makeover. Salvos stores are known for their accommodation to the fashion-savvy, budget-conscious consumers who are also helping the community and the environment—yep, we’re looking at you. Hosted and curated by store ambassador, eco-stylist and TV fashion commentator, Faye De Lanty, this fashion parade will showcase classic pieces reinvented. More details here.
When: Saturday 19 May, 11.30am
Where: St Peters Salvos Store, 7 Bellevue Street, Tempe (St Peters)
Cost: Free but be sure to bring a donation
Sunday 20 May
Burger x Ramen Pop-Up
Blanca Bar is truly giving you the best of both worlds at their new one-stop pop-up shop (yeah, try saying that super fast), Ramen x Burgers. Inspired by ideas fresh from Japan (i.e. the land of ramen), Samuel Cole has constructed a concise menu of delish burgers and, of course, ramen. For the ramen lovers, you can select a broth of shoyu (soy), spicy chicken, or miso-pork and choose toppings of crispy chicken, roasted mushrooms, seafood or roasted pork belly. P.S. Have you tried a salt and pepper soft shell crab burger? If you said no, head toward Bondi right now. We can’t wait to shoyu (sorry) how good this pop-up really is.
When: Sunday 20 May, from 4pm
Where: Next door to Blanca Bar (75/79 Hall Street, Bondi Beach)
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