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11 Fantastic Things To Do In Sydney This Weekend

By Olivia Butt - 25 Aug 2016

best things to do in sydney this weekend

Guys we have great news! For those of you that have been counting down the days until the end of winter and the start of rosé season, it is nearly here. Big ups to Sydney who will be turning it on for us this weekend, from Colour Balls to dog walks and Turkish feasts, here are 11 fantastic things to do in Sydney this weekend.

Thursday 25th

The Strand’s 125th Anniversary Event with MasterCard

You should all know by now that 1) we love to shop and 2) we love birthdays so when we can celebrate birthdays by shopping, we are literally giddy with excitement. A Sydney shopping icon, The Strand Arcade is celebrating 125 years of craftsmanship, creativity and fashion this weekend and everyone is invited! If you’re a MasterCard cardholder, you’ll also be able to take full advantage of extra offers and exclusive savings! If you need another reason to celebrate, there’ll be tons of culinary experiences on offer including a whisky tasting station. Sign us up!   

Get the details here.

What: The Strand’s 125th Anniversary Event
When: Thursday 25th – Saturday 27th August 
Where: The Strand Arcade, Sydney

Friday 26th

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera at the Art Gallery of NSW

The ultimate blockbuster of art exhibitions is here to stay in Sydney for a little bit longer as the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibition has been extended. Cue cheers from everyone who originally didn’t get the chance to see the 33 artworks by the feminist icon and her husband. Ultimate relationship goals, right?

What: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection 
Where: Art Gallery of NSW – Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney
When: Until 23rd October
Cost: $18 for adults. Buy your tickets here.

Saturday 27th 

Sydney Colour Ball

It’s time to dust off your ruby slippers from that old Wizard of Oz costume and get them ready for Sydney’s Colour Ball. With Sam Mac from Sunrise and Alex Dyson from Triple J as your MCs, as well as live tunes by The Sincopa Trio, the night is sure to have you clicking your heels together a la Dorothy at this ruby themed ball. The good times won’t stop there though with photo booths, silent auctions and cocktail raffles available all night for the required fun and frivolity. You’ll have the chance to score some serious prizes like playing in a Sydney Swans celeb match (yes please), see 5 Seconds of Summer (because we’re all closet 5SOS fans), or taste your way through a private Japanese whisky experience at Tokyo Bird. Not to mention that proceeds from the night will go towards Redkite, a charity that helps children and young people with cancer, which is a win for everyone.
What: Sydney Colour Ball
Where: The Ivy Ballroom – 330 George Street, Sydney
When: Saturday 27th August, 7:00pm – midnight 
Dress: Ruby inspired cocktail attire
Cost: $165 pp + booking fee

Sydney Dogs & Cats Home Fundraiser

When you can take your pet to the pub, you know it’s going to be a good time, make that an excellent time and The Courthouse Hotel in Newtown is encouraging you to do exactly that. You’ll be able to enjoy beers with your (four-legged) bestie this Saturday afternoon, with all takings from schooners of Stone & Wood or Young Henrys going towards Sydney Dogs & Cats Home. No pet? No problem! Sydney Dogs & Cats Home will bring a range of furry friends that are looking for new homes. So if you’re looking for a new BFF, this could be the paw-fect solution.

Where: The Courthouse Hotel – 202 Australia Street, Newtown
When: Saturday 27th August, from 1:00pm 
Note: Pets must be on leads inside the beer garden

Heineken’s Brand Launch – Have It All Experience

Skip spring and head straight into summer with Heineken’s ultimate rooftop pool party! Launching a new mystery product, we’re intrigued, and held at a mysterious new five-star hotel, tell us more, Heineken is hosting the ultimate summer arvo this weekend. It’s exactly what we’ve all been waiting for, the perfect excuse to pull out your cossie and get ready to get down to DJ beats, summer food and of course, a refreshing beer or two.

Register your details here.

What: Heineken’s Have It All Experience
Where: An oasis in the heart of the city...stand by for further details
When: Saturday 27th August, from 3:00pm

Sunday 28th

Sunday Brunch at Café Ananas

They say petit déjeuner is the most important meal of the day and what better way to enjoy it then with Sunday brunch at Café Ananas. With our French brekkie faves like croissants and champagne making an appearance, it’s the perfect way to start your Sunday. Cin cin!
What: Sunday Brunch at Café Ananas
Where: Café Ananas – 2 Phillip Street, Sydney
When: Sunday 28th August, 11:00am – 2:00pm
Cost: $69pp, including brunch and a glass of champagne

Muddy Paws Dog Walk

Tails will be wagging (literally) on Sunday at the Muddy Paws Dog Walk at Sydney Park. Hosted by animal welfare charity, Maggie’s Rescue, this mass dog walk aims to raise money and awareness for dog adoption, puppy anyone? The Muddy Paws Dog Walk will finish at the dog-friendly The Vic on the Park for a barbeque, yappy hour (see what they did there?) and a dog show. It will be im-paws-ible not to have fun on the day as the event also includes a treasure hunt, prizes for the best-dressed dogs and pets who look like their owners (our personal favourite).

Get the details here

What: Muddy Paws fundraising walk
When: Sunday 28th August, 10:30am
Where: Sydney Park Smoke Stacks and finish at The Vic on the Park 
Cost: Teams of 2-6 people (+ dogs) can register for $30 and you can start a fundraising page as well in support of your participation. All registration fees and donations are fully tax-deductible.

Big, Fat Greek-Turkish Feast

There’s no need to pack your bags for a trip to Europe to experience the oh so tasty flavours of Greece and Turkey. For one day only, Somer Sivrioglu, the man behind Anason in Barangaroo, and David Tsirekas from the highly anticipated 1821 will be creating the ultimate family-style lunch. Complete with lamb on the spit, Turkish wine, beer, ouzo and raki, you’ll be zorba-ing out of there with a full and happy belly. 

Get the details here.

What: Somer Sivrioglu’s and David Tsirekas’ Greek-Turkish Sunday Lunch
Where: Anason, Wulugul Walk, The Streets of Barangaroo
When: Sunday 28th August, 12pm – 4pm
Cost: $85 per person (drinks not included)

Max Brenner Signature High Tea

Because we can’t get enough of chocolate (or tea for that matter), the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay and Max Brenner are bringing both to a belly near you. The exclusive chocolate high tea will be available every Saturday and Sunday until the end of September. Tears of happiness will be shed as you enjoy the ultimate chocolate-tier indulgence, a three-tier stand of chocolatey-chocolate goodness, with chocolate-caramel cheesecake, chocolate mousse and a warm pot of melted chocolate. Did someone say chocolate? 

What: Max Brenner Signature High Tea
Where: InterContinental Sydney Double Bay – 33 Cross Street, Double Bay
When: Every Saturday and Sunday until the 25th September, 12:00pm – 2:00pm or 2:30pm – 4:30pm 
Cost: $59 per adult and $27 per child

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