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11 Fun Things To Do This Weekend In Sydney

By Lucy King - 28 Jul 2016

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As we approach the last weekend of July, a celebration is in order! We are moving into the second half of the year, and the second half of winter, which means hibernation is ending and exciting things are starting to happen. 

As always, we’ve got your back with the best events things to do in Sydney this weekend with a little something for everyone. Whether it be learning to make margaritas from OG Mexican Tequila Sommeliers, viewing up and coming Aussie artists, dancing with the pros or feasting on magical creations, do something new this weekend and enter the second half of 2016 or the new (half) year with a bang. 

Thursday 28th 

Emerging Artists Exhibition 

In Sydney, we are all about supporting the best up and coming talent across all fields because who doesn’t like to witness the beginning of something truly great? Head on over to The Galeries laneways this weekend to marvel at artworks from the four finalists of Art Month’s Art Prize—Daniel Grosz, Kai Wasikowski, Brendan Barnacle Duck and Jessica Barraket. Not only do these artists have awesome names, but their work is something you definitely want to see. The pieces on show are almost hypnotic—think hyper-colour, 3D photographs, pulsating paintings and audience participation. Oh no my friends, this is no regular exhibition! Feed your mind and let it wander while you soak up this fresh Aussie talent and bear witness to the start of great art, and to the start of a great weekend. 

What: Emerging Artists Exhibition
Where: The Galeries, 500 George Street
When: 12th July - 9th August, open 10am - 9pm

Friday 29th

10 Cent Wings At Bavarian Bier Café to Celebrate National Chicken Wing Day 

This unquestionably applies to you so, attention people of all ages! The best day of the year has finally rolled around: it’s National Chicken Wing Day, and it’s on a Friday! To celebrate, the legends over at Bavarian Bier Café have set a deliciously monstrous goal to devour 100,000 chicken wings, and as you can imagine, they need your help! Challenge accepted? But wait, that’s not even the best part! The best part about this already, pretty great situation is that the chicken wings will only cost you 10 cents! 10 CENTS! Just take a second to figure out exactly how many chicken wings your budget will allow you to consume. This insanity all takes place between 5 and 6pm - a sort-of chicken wing happy hour—so get ready and gear up in your stretchy, and highly recommended pants!

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What: 10 Cent Wings to Celebrate National Chicken Wing Day 
Where: Bavarian Bier Cafe - all Sydney locations, excluding Bavarian Bier Cafe Miranda 
When: Friday 29th July, from 5 - 6pm 
Cost: 10c wings (from 5 - 6pm)

Lululemon Athletica’s Warehouse Sale

Lululemon Athletica has been creating quality products for people (both men and women) to live happy and healthy lives since the ‘90s and this Friday they’re having a sale you won’t want to miss. Lululemon Athletica’s apparel is perfect for yoga, running, dancing and most other sweaty pursuits and we thought, since we are slowly approaching the time of year where shorts will soon be necessary, why not give your motivation a boost with a new set to sweat away all those winter indulgences. Now whether you participate in regular exercise or just like athleisurewear while brunching, this three day warehouse sale will have everything you need.

What: Lululemon Athletica’s Warehouse Sale
Where: Royal Hall Of Industries, Moore Park
When: Friday 29th July - Sunday 31st July, 10am - 6pm

Studio Shakedown For Dry July

If you’re anything like us, it’s safe to say your dancing capabilities may be a little rusty, or indeed non-existent. Fear not, for this Friday night is the perfect opportunity to learn some moves from people who are literally professional dancers. Sydney Dance Company has teamed up with Sky News to host a special dance class where proceeds go towards the worthy cause, Dry July. No dance experience is needed (phew) for this easy to follow class that will have you leaving the building with a whole new appreciation for Jazz, Funk and Hip Hop. Basically you’re going to leave with a trump card for that party on Saturday that NOBODY saw coming.

What: Studio Shakedown for Dry July 
Where: Sydney Dance Company - The Wharf, Pier 4, 15 Hickson Road
When: Friday 29th July, Registrations at 6pm, class 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Cost: $25 per person - $10 from every tickets goes towards Dry July

Saturday 30th

Workout Live With The BUF Girls 

Starting off the weekend with a seriously epic workout will make you feel amazing, and when we say epic, we actually mean EPIC. BUF Girls have partnered with 2DayFM, booked out an incredible industrial space and are even flying in top Australian DJs to provide you with a workout soundtrack. BUF Girls’ message is not about competition or comparison, but more about healthy minds and bodies, which is something we can totally get behind. So have a laugh and get your morning workout out of the way dancing to incredible music with this free event. 

What: Workout Live With The BUF Girls and 2DayFM & Sam Frost
Where: Exhibition Hall at The Australian Technology Park (enter via Bay 12)
When: Saturday 30th July 7.30am - 11am 
Cost: Tickets are free! Book to secure your spot

Margarita Mixology Masterclass

We are BIG fans of all things with a Mexican twist, so when compiling this list of things to do in Sydney this weekend we could not possibly exclude Los Vida’s Margarita Mixology Masterclass and Mexican Food Experience. Los Vida invites you to their iconic Crows Nest restaurant to fully immerse yourself in the vibrant flavours and exotic tastes of Mexico and, of course shake, drink and fiesta with their Tequila and Mescal Sommelier. This guy will quickly become your new best friend, because he’s going to show you exactly how to create Mexico’s most iconic margaritas (just think of the countless summer nights this could benefit) while enjoying freshly made tacos and tasty guac. This unique experience is a pure example of Los Vida’s unwavering commitment to authenticity and yes, don’t worry, you’re allowed to drink your creations. So be quick, spaces are limited!   

What: Margarita Mixology Masterclass at Los Vida
Where: Los Vida, 419 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest
When: Saturday 30th July. 90 minute classes from 3pm - 4.30pm or 5pm - 6.30pm
Cost: Bookings are essential. $65 per person for food, drinks and masterclass

Matilda Australia’s Pop-Up Store

Matilda Australia is a newly established platform for incredible Aussie brands to stretch their fashionable legs abroad. Matilda Australia is constantly being updated with exciting new collaborations featuring favourites such as Alice McCALL, Asilio, Bec & Bridge, Maurie & Eve and Shona Joy. All these cool AF brands and more are going to slashed by up to 70% this weekend when Matilda Australia launches their Sydney pop-up store in Surry Hills. We know it’s the end of the month but with 70% off you can definitely justify the spend. 

What: Matilda Australia Sydney Pop-Up Store 
Where: 374 Crown Street, Surry Hills 
When: Saturday 30th July 10am - 7pm
Cost: Up to 70% Off!

UNDR Ctrl 2nd Birthday X OXJAM Fundraiser

The countdown to the UNDR Ctrl 2nd Birthday X OXJAM Fundraiser has been well and truly underway for weeks, which means by the time you’re reading this, the buzz around this event will be monumental. Like last year, everyone will be ‘partying for poverty’ and raising money for Oxfam and, of course, looking incredible abiding by the back-by-popular-demand theme of “it’ll be ALL WHITE on the night (again)”. Early bird tickets sold out at record pace so get online and snap up your own tickets, or risk buying on the door. Either way, get your whites as white as can be and practice those dance combinations in your living room because it’s going to be big. 

What: UNDR Ctrl 2nd Birthday X OXJAM Fundraiser 
Where: OXFORD ART FACTORY, 38-46 Oxford Street
When: Saturday 30th July, 8pm - 3am 
Cost: Book tickets for $20 + booking fee, $25 on the door

Sunday 31st

Cambridge Winter Markets

Each year, the last weekend of July plays witness to the bi-annual Cambridge Markets in the picturesque suburb of Vaucluse. This Sunday, take the trip for the winter edition of the markets and enjoy the 80+ stalls of goodness set amongst the trees of Vaucluse Public School. Cambridge Winter Markets are the perfect lazy Sunday option for those of you who may have consumed too many margaritas or danced too vigorously, and are now looking for an event that gets you out of bed but doesn’t require too much strenuous activity. Stroll through the markets enjoying delicious international hot food stalls and don’t hesitate to bring the kids. The good news is that you’ll also be pleasantly close to the water, which means a string of bars with views for that sun down cocktail to wrap up your week. 

What: Cambridge Winter Markets in Vaucluse 
Where: Cambridge Avenue, Vaucluse 
When: Sunday 31st July 9am - 3pm
Cost: $2 entry fee

Sunday Lunch With Moo Brew And Moorilla Wines At The Sackville Hotel 

Mark the 31st of July in your calendars, people, because we’ve found the perfect way to celebrate the end of the month. Why celebrate? Well, why not? The Sackville Hotel is going to be playing host to a hangover-curing, weekend-extending lunch, that will be carefully matched with premium craft beer and Tasmanian wines. Head Chef Tim Frietas has developed a delicious four course meal focusing on quality meats and seafood, so come hungry. We won’t tease you too much, but expect dishes that showcase the revered Sackville menu, such as salt and pepper bugs, grass fed tenderloin, wasabi mayo and chocolate fudge brownies. 

What: Sunday Lunch with Moo Brew and Moorilla Wines
Where: The Sackville Hotel, Balmain
When: Sunday 31st July, 1pm - 3pm 
Cost: $60 per person + booking fee, booking is essential!

Sydney Rock N Roll Alternative Market 

Part market, part music festival, this is definitely one of Sydney’s most unique shopping experiences and generally a fabulous day out. Sydney Rock N Roll Alternative Market never sought out to be your average market, and that will become abundantly clear from the moment you step into their bigger and brighter new home in Manning House. We recommend checking out some of the live music that will be rocking the massive Manning Bar stage, grabbing a drink or two in the Tiki Bar Courtyard, and snapping up some amazing deals on vinyls, vintage clothing, cult DVDs and more. And by more we mean get your hair and makeup done by the retro artists on standby. 

What: Sydney Rock N Roll Alternative Market
Where: Manning Bar & House, The University of Sydney  
When: Sunday 31st July, doors open from 10.30am 
Cost: $6 entry fee, kids under 12 FREE

Want more things to do in Sydney? Check out our best winter date spots.

Image credit: The Sackville Hotel

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