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11 Unmissable Events Happening In Sydney This Weekend

By Alice M Davidson - 26 May 2016

It’s all happening this weekend in Sydney. We’ve got fashion, culture, music, dating and, of course, wine events for your diaries. Here at The Urban List we really believe the weekend begins on Thursday, so here’s what on in Sydney. Let’s get this weekend started!

Thursday 26th May

Sydney Fair 

Specialising in everything 20th century, art deco and vintage, Sydney Fair is in its fourth wonderful year. You can buy unique pieces from international and Australian exhibitors who will be giving fabulous presentations on the best furniture, art and sculpture, jewellery, silver, ceramics and couture fashion. This year features a special couture exhibition “The Little Black Dress” which showcases everything from Coco Chanel’s original LBD in Vogue in 1926 to more modern pieces. Head to their website to get all the details.  

What: The Sydney Fair 
Where: Byron Kennedy Hall, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park 
When: Thursday 26th – Sunday 29th May 
Cost: $15 general admission

Fashion Illustration: In the Drawing Room with Aldous Massie

Did you miss all the action of Fashion Week last week? Sydney-based fashion illustrator Aldous Massie is hosting a free talk at the Apple Store this Thursday, inspired by the beauty of Fashion Week. See Aldous in action as he creates a fashion illustration live and talks about his career, creative process and work with Burberry, Hermes, Nike and Vogue. Did we mention this event is free? Reserve a spot now

What: Fashion Illustration: In the Drawing Room with Aldous Massie 
Where: Apple Store, Sydney (367 George St)
When: Thursday 26th May, 6.30pm 
Cost: Free! 

Friday 27th May

Good Design Festival

Unfortunately the Good Design Awards Gala Night is invitation only, however, as R. Kelly once said, after the party, it’s the after party! An exclusive after party will follow the Good Design Awards and is going to held in the prime location for Vivid, overlooking Sydney Harbour. If you get your hand on a ticket, you will have the opportunity to explore the Good Design Showcase and chat to the 2016 winning entries. If you’re not so fortunate to get a ticket, never fear; you’ll be able to gain free entry to the Good Design Showcase on Saturday and Sunday. 

What: Good Design After Party and Good Design Showcase 
Where: Cargo Hall, Overseas Passenger Terminal 
When: Friday 27th – Saturday 28th May 
Cost: From $30

Conscious Dating Co. 

If you’re an individual looking for love in this big, old world we live in, or just someone wanting to try an exciting new experience, the Conscious Dating Co is for you! These guys are creating something very different involving a yoga sesh to loosen you up, and then challenges and conversation starters to get you mingling. There’ll also be natural wines, bliss balls and organic herbal tea to compliment this experience. You will be given a card to note who you fancied and matches will be emailed after the event!  

What: Conscious Dating Co 
Where: 1/94 Oxford St, Darlinghurst 
When: Friday 27th May from 7pm to 9pm
Cost: $40 + booking fee 

Sound Select at The Chippendale Hotel 

The second installment of Red Bull Select Sydney is happening at The Chippendale Hotel on Saturday night! They’ve got some serious talent performing throughout the night, with Sydney based MC Tuka who makes up one-third of Thundamentals headlining the evening. Joining Tuka, is Sampa The Great from Zambia and B Wise, a Nigerian-Australian MC. To get a ticket to this hip-hop/dance party head over to the website to RSVP now. 

What: Red Bull Sound Select Presents Tuka, Sampa The Great & B Wise 
Where: The Chippendale Hotel 
When: Friday 27th May from 8pm 
Cost: $3 for RSVP tickets, $10 on the door 

Discover Bondi Tours 

Bondi is one of the most famous beaches in the world and Discover Bondi Tours is offering free tours during Vivid! If you’ve got some friends or family coming to check out Vivid, this is a seriously easy way to keep them entertained. These tours operate every day, guided by a local life saver and surf instructor, where you get to check out the Surf Lifesaving Club and learn about the indigenous history of Bondi and the beach culture that Australia is famous for. Head online to book a tour now. 

What: Discover Bondi Tours 
Where: 128 Ramsgate Avenue, Bondi 
When: Everyday from Friday 27th May – Saturday 11th June (during Vivid) 
Cost: Free during Vivid! 

Saturday 28th May

Funkis Annual Garage Sale 

The annual Funkis garage sale is happening and we are ready to get involved. With a massive 30-50% off it’s going to hard not to go a little nuts. There are international brands involved including Marimekko, Thorberg and Rodebjer, and interiors from Normann Copenhagen, Lindform and more. The garage sale will be held at the back of the Funkis Paddington store and is only running this weekend. 

What: Funkis Annual Sale and Garage Sale 
Where: Funkis, Paddington
When: Friday 27th May – Sunday 12th June 
Cost: Depends on what you buy…  

Taste of Manly 

This year marks the 30th year of Taste of Manly as part of Aussie Wine Month. Located along the beach and Corso, get stuck into all of the wine, food, beer, cider, and local music talents this weekend. So whether you’re a local or need to jump on a ferry, this is one awesome way to spend your weekend.

What: Taste of Manly: Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival 
Where: Manly Beach 
When: Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May from 11.30am to 5pm
Cost: Free 

Round She Goes Market

Round She Goes fashion market is an eco-friendly market dedicated to women’s fashion and it’s on again this weekend. There will be 60 handpicked stalls selling pre-loved designer outfits and quality vintage garments and accessories. At the end of the day, stallholders are able to donate any unsold clothing to the Red Cross which means everybody wins!

What: Round She Goes 
Where: Marrickville Town Hall 
When: Saturday 28th May from 10am to 3pm 
Cost: $2 entry 

Campsie food crawl

Known as the city of cultural diversity, Campsie is hosting its 17th Campsie Food Festival showcasing the area’s iconic eats and treats. The festival is hosting two epic food crawls exploring either East Asian cuisines or South East Asian and Arabic cuisines. A local expert guide from Taste Cultural Food Tours will lead you through local restaurants to sample food from these different cuisines. Be prepared to awaken your taste buds. 

What: Campsie Food Festival 2016 
Where: Beamish St, Taste Stall at the Campsie Food Festival 
When: Saturday 28th May from 10.30am 
Cost: $15 

Sunday 29th May

Autumn Harvest Festival at Rouse Hill

We do love festivals, especially when there is food involved. Experience a taste of the country at the Autumn Harvest Festival where you will be surrounded by artisan food markets, talks and hands-on workshops for kids. You will see how the stallholders use sustainable practices and traditional preparation and preservation methods for their produce. You can even take a peek inside the historic Rouse Hill House for the price of a gold coin, and feast your eyes on the rich interiors and collection of treasures. There is only the best on offer, so make sure you don’t miss this one! 

What: Autumn Harvest Festival 
Where: Rouse Hill House & Farm, 356 Annangrove Rd, Rouse Hill 
When: Sunday 29th May from 9am to 2pm
Cost: Free; house entry by gold coin 

Image credit: Taste of Manly

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