We know weekends are technically supposed to be a time for relaxing. But who are we to be stopped by a little technicality? Exactly. Why not do the complete opposite and check out a fashion show, drink (we mean taste) all the wine, or work you and your crew into one huge food coma? We agree, rest is for the wicked.
ICYMI, this is one of the last weekends in autumn (do not freak out), and you should make the most of the (sort of) warm weather before winter literally comes and pushes us all into a doona-wrapped cocoon for three months.
Here are the 12 best things happening in Sydney this weekend.
Put your plans on hold guys because the Pyrmont Festival is back again. Think live music, art and (you guessed it) countless food stalls—not to mention a massive line-up of Mudgee wineries (for wine tastings galore). If the thought of a wine hangover is putting you off, the festival is also launching their very own beer garden for the first time ever with three Sydney craft beer breweries pouring for your drinking pleasure.
When: 13 – 27 May
Where: Pirrama Park, Pyrmont
Cost: Free Entry from 11am – 5pm
Friday 19 May
Mercedes Benz Fashion Weekend Sydney
Ever wanted to be Anna Wintour sitting front row at fashion week? Well, now’s your chance (sort of). Mercedes Benz is hosting a weekend fashion edition complete with a solid amount of runway shows. The best bit? It’s first come, first served, so as long as you have a ticket, you could be seated in the front row! If you’d rather learn about fashion than watch it, MBFWA is hosting seminars, master classes and workshops. If only we could attend them all.
When: Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May
Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
Cost: Varies, more info here
El Camino’s 1st Birthday Fiesta
Get ready for sombreros, piñatas, Margaritas, tequilas and allllll of tacos because El Camino is hosting their 1st Birthday Fiesta! Get ready for free tacos between 5pm - 7pm, as well as Tex-Mex infused margaritas and churro cupcakes. Consider this your official invitation to settle in for a night of all things Mexican (food babies are encouraged). Now, did we mention there will be free tacos? Thought so, see you there.
When: Friday 19 May
Where: El Camino
The Galeries Get Styled
The Galeries will be hosting a range of events this weekend including pop-ups aaaaaaand bargains.If you need new glasses, Oscar Wylee is giving away free sketches (of you wearing your kickass new frames) with every purchase. There will also be live tunes, food specials and a whole lotta stores having ridiculous sales (think 50% off at ATTICK). Speaking of eats, Lotus Dining will also make a show of their famous high tea and it’ll make that peanut butter and jelly mousse bar taste even better.
When: Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May
Where: 500 George Street
Cost: Free Entry
AFL Women’s Under 18s
Cancel your Friday night plans, we’ve got an event that bigger, better and a helluva lot cheaper than your usual 2am adventures. For absolutely zero, na-da, zilch dollars, you can watch the biggest rising stars in the AFL Women’s league battle it out at Blacktown International Sportspark. Kicking off at 6.30pm AEDT, the under-18s NSW/ACT team will take on QLD, with food and drink available at the venue kiosk. If your idea of a heavenly Friday night involves doona covers, Uber eats and television (um, yes please?!)—we’ve got your back. The full game will be streaming live on the AFL Women’s official YouTube channel.
When: 6.30pm AEDT, Friday 19 May
Where: From your bed
Saturday 20 May
The Currency Kitchen
If you love your lamb, you need to get yourself down to this ahh-mazing pop-up restaurant for some five-star cooking by some of Australia’s top chefs. We Love Our Lamb is hosting dinners throughout the week, featuring lamb dishes from all over the world—as well as talks from each chef about their personal cooking journey. The food is paired with some top-notch wine, and there’s no expensive price tag; you only pay what you think the meal is worth. Sounds like the perfect night out, if you ask us.
When: Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 May
Where: 613a Elizabeth Street, Redfern
Coogee Winter Wellness
Winter is approaching fast (don’t say we didn’t warn you), and if you struggle to stick to kale salad in the season of hot chocolate and comfort food, you need to get down to Coogee this weekend for a crash course in winter wellness. A fun workout by Beachfit Founder Tanya Doherty is included (we promise your summer bod will thank you later) as well as a talk and Q&A with dietician Laura Iredale. Your future abs will thank you.
When: Saturday 20 May, 8am – 9:30am
Where: Goldstein Reserve, Coogee
Cost: Free, register here
Round She Goes Fashion Market
Get your shopping shoes ready because there’s a pre-loved fashion market coming to Sydney this weekend. Round She Goes brings all your fave things about markets together in 60 handpicked stalls (so bring plenty of cash for that inevitable over-spending).Think vintage, designer bargains and op shop treasures—from handmade jewellery and accessories to luxe pre-loved designer items. Perfect for that winter wardrobe refresher (everyone needs one!).
When: Saturday 20 May, 10am – 3pm
Where: Marrickville Town Hall, 303 Marrickville Road
Cost: $2 Entry
Ultimate Twin Peaks Weekend in Surry Hills
Attention all hard core Twin Peaks lovers (or anyone who just likes to have a good time), because this weekend Golden Age Cinema and Bar will dish out a custom-made cherry pie (from Daisy’s Milkbar, obvs), host a trivia night, and show selected Twin Peaks episodes in honour of its return to screens on May 22. If (for some crazy reason) that’s not enough to convince you that Golden Age is the place to be this weekend, they’re also serving killer-good coffee from Paramount Coffee Project. $15 buys you a seat at a trivia table and bottomless coffee, so get booking, stat.
When: Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May
Where: Paramount House, 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
Sunday 21 May
MCA Zine Fair
Presented by the Sydney Writers Festival, the annual Zine festival is back and better than ever. This yer’s event is packed with a whole lot of extra events, like exhibitions, workshops and discussions to let out your inner art critic. Covering a variety of themes (think poetry, art, politics and fanfiction) and showcasing (maga)Zines, comics and prints from all around Australia it’s the perfect way to spend a few lazy hours.
When: Sunday 21 May, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Where: 140 George Street, The Rocks
Cost: Free Entry
Love Crepe x Biggie Smalls’ Birthday
This Sunday is set to be one of the best this year and not only because it’s hip-hop legend Biggie Smalls’ Birthday. Sydney’s Love Crepe has decided to do us all a favour and combine some epic foods together to make a treat you didn’t know your life had been missing (until now).
Dubbed the ‘Biggie S’Mores’, a freshly made donut stuffed with marshmallow gelato, Nutella fudge, biscuit crumbs and toasted marshmallow. The catch? It’s only available this Sunday. It’s worth the calories, trust us.
When: Sunday 21 May
Where: 104 Miller St, Pyrmont
Image credit: El Camino