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11 Things To Do In Sydney This Weekend

By Mollie Maloney. - 29 Sep 2016

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This long weekend, we’ve rounded up the best things to see, eat and drink in Sydney so that all you have to worry about is no work and all play.  We’ve got a day at the races, some seriously yummy dinners, and of course the epic Grand Final, all covered and ready for action this weekend in Sydney. 

Thursday 29th September 

Festival of the Senses  

It’s Thursday, and you know what that means. Yup, it’s technically the weekend. Yeeeeesss! This weekend is looking pretty special already thanks to the Festival of the Senses. We’re pretty excited for Bungalow 8’s Summer Garden Party. Why? Because who wouldn’t be excited for a Summer inspired fiesta in the garden with free drinks and canapés?! While you’re in the area, drop in to Cargo Bar’s beer garden and grab yourself all of the snacks from some of Sydney’s best food trucks! 

When: Hurry! Ends 3 October
Where: Various locations, check out our wrap up for all the details here

Salt Meats Cheese Presents Tutti A Tavola – ‘Tazmania’ 

Travel on a culinary journey around Tasmania with an Italian twist in Salt Meats Cheese latest series of Tutti A Tavola Chef’s Table events. Chef Massimo Mele celebrates “everyone at table” with a Tasmanian inspired four course menu with matching wines showcasing the very best Tazzie has to offer. We hear fresh octopus, Salmon Caviar, and Pork cheeks have been sourced for what promises to be a pretty yum, not to mention traditional, Italian meal.  

What: Salt Meats Cheese Present Tutti A Tavola 
When: Thursday and Friday (6.30pm-10pm) 
Where: Salt Meats Cheese Kitchen, Alexandria 
Cost: $120 per ticket, book here

McQueenie’s Annual Stoner Dinner 

Surry Hills Jamaican joint (pun intended) Queenies is hosting its annual golden arches inspired 5 course stoner dinner, McQueenie’s. Blaze away the love of 420 with this finger-licking good menu. Lovers of the green leaf can munch on dishes such as the hash brown double down jnr with fried chicken, cheese and hot sauce, or the McJunkie with sweet potato fries, bacon and caramel popcorn. Calling all nugget lovers, this event is for you. 

What: McQueenie’s Annual Stoner Dinner
When: Thursday 29th September 
Where: Level 1, the Forresters, 336 Riley Street Surry Hills 
Cost: $55 per person, bookings essential, more info here 

Friday 30th September

Fashion Weekend Sydney

This weekend, you can be front-row famous at the Fashion Weekend, with an exclusive runway experience and discounted designer sale for all your spring wardrobe needs. Channel your inner Anna Wintour and check out over 100 of Australia’s most-loved designers and fashion trends, as well as the ultimate beauty hub for a little pampering, maybe a blow dry, or even a full makeover? Fashion’s Biggest Pop-Up is the one stop shop for the ultimate glamour queen. 

What: Fashion’s Biggest Pop-Up
When: Thursday 29th-Sunday 2nd October 
Where: Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park 
Cost: Tickets required, more information click here 

Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World 

See the artistry of traditional Japanese tattoo up close and personal in this photographic exhibition fresh from LA at the opening of Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World. Featuring the work of seven internationally acclaimed tattoo artists, this exhibition showcases tattoos on fleeeeeeek. Artist Horisumi (Kian Forreal) will open the show, as the only tattoo artist in Australia to have been honoured with a Japanese tattoo name. Make sure to get here early, this event is looking like a showstopper. 

What: Opening Reception ft. Horisumi (Kian Forreal) 
When: Friday September 30th, 6.30-8pom 
Where: The Japan Foundation Gallery, Chippendale 
Cost: Free! 

Saturday 1st October 

Watsons Bay Hotel -  In Conversation with JSHealth 

Watsons Bay Hotel has your Saturday morning sorted with breakfast and a conversation with author and nutritionist Jessica Sepel, talking all things health, inspiration and nutrition. What better way to bring on your Summer glow than a morning on the water, saluting the sun and reinvigorating the healthy new you (well that’s what we tell ourselves anyway).  

What: In Conversation with JSHealth 
Where: Sunset Room, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel 
When: Saturday 1st October 9.30am 
Cost: $65 per person, more information here 

Epsom Day 

Calling all race-rats for Sydney’s Spring Carnival’s Epsom Day at Randwick Racecourse. A day of all of your favourite race-day antics.  Our money’s on the live music, Chandon Pop Up and The Buck List Beach Club Marquee for the ultimate Spring experience. With kick-ons at the Star’s Official After Party, there’s no better excuse to pull out the fascinators and race-day glam. Come and horse around! 

What: TAB Epsom Day
When: Saturday 1st October, 11am 
Where: Randwick Racecourse
Cost: General Admission $40, more information here

Grand Final Weekend at the Norfolk 

The Norfolk is celebrating the grand final weekend loud and clear with 6 screens showcasing the AFL Grand Final live on Saturday and NFL Grand Final on Sunday. Once you’re here, there is no reason to leave all weekend with $10 pints of Young Henrys lager and cider. Park yourself up with some mates to join what is shaping up to be a pretty epic sports weekend in Sydney. 

What: Grand Final Weekend at the Norfolk Hotel 
Where: The Norfolk Hotel, 305 Cleveland Street Surry Hills 
When: Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October 

Mr Black International Coffee Day (all weekend)

This week has been all about coffee and cocktails, and this weekend is going to be no different. Cold-press coffee liqueur geniuses Mr Black Spirits have been gearing up for International Coffee Day this Saturday with some of Sydney’s best bars shaking up espresso martinis and other coffee cocktail creations. Check out this line-up of where to find these caffeine-meets-alcohol bevvies and get there, stat! 

What: Mr Black International Coffee Day
Where: Select venues across Sydney
When: All weekend

Sunday 2nd October 

Love Rose Brunch Party at Watsons Bay 

Watsons Bay continues their ode to Spring with all things Rosé. Some would call this a brunch party, we would call it a necessary appreciation day. With Rosé flavoured gummy bears, a Frozé machine and a bespoke shared brunch menu, this pink drink will be sure to last well past sun down, celebrating the long weekend the right way. Live DJs and good vibes guaranteed. So here’s to you, Rosé, we are indebted to you forever and always. Cheers! 

What: Love Rosé Brunch Party
Where: Sunset Room, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel 
When: Sunday 2nd October, 11.30am- late 
Cost: $65 per person, includes brunch and a glass of Rosé on arrival. More information here

Monday 3rd October 

Greek Community Feast at Gazebo 

Celebrate the long weekend with a day of no work and all play in the sunny wine garden of Gazebo. Chef George Diamond is sharing recipes from his childhood, at a laid back afternoon of Greek feasting. Think Greek everything: haloumi, spanakopita, octopus, lamb, the list goes on. With expertly chosen wines to match, you might as well be in yia-yia’s kitchen, munching on taramasalata and chatting to the whole extended family. 

What: Greek Community Feast
Where: Gazebo, 2 Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay 
When: From 1pm 
Cost: $89 per person, book here 

Looking for more things to do in Sydney, check out our guides here. 


Image credit: Mr Black

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