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12 Events Not To Miss This Weekend

By Angela Law
31st Mar 2016


We love a good pop-up here at The Urban List and thankfully Sydney has received our memo loud and clear. Kicking off this week, there are fashion and homewares sales, burgers and beverages (now we’re talkin’) and big fat sales happening all weekend. With so many things to do in Sydney this weekend, you won’t know where to start (pro-tip: start on Thursday).

Thursday 31st

Sherpa: Trouble on Everest at the Hayden Orpheum

For a glimpse into the elusive world on Everest, the doco Sherpa follows Nepalese Sherpa Phurba Tashi in 2014. As a Sherpa who’s made 21 Mount Everest ascents in his career, he shares his story as he grapples with hanging up his boots for good. The documentary by Australian film-maker Jennifer Peedom shows the impact of the 2013 ice avalanche and the strikes, politics and cancelled climbing seasons in the years that followed.

Where: Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Cremorne
When: From Thursday 31st March 

Big Fashion Sale

Continuing their trip up the East Coast, the Big Fashion Sale is coming to Sydney this weekend and we can barely contain our excitement. Featuring over 40 top Australian and international brands, discounts will be up to 80% off (squeeee!). So in fashionista logic, they are basically paying you to take the goods. Think designer brands such as Alexander Wang, Kenzo, Lanvin and Miu Miu at crazy low (and we mean LOW) prices. Who doesn’t love a bargain? That was a trick question. Everyone loves a bargain.

Where: 74 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
When: Thursday 31st March – Sunday 3rd April

Friday 1st April

The Rocks Ghost Tour

The winter season is kicking off for Sydney’s freakiest ghost tour in Australia’s birthplace, The Rocks. Hear true stories of murders, hangings, hauntings and suicides as you’re shown the sneaky hiding places where the paranormal phenomena lurk in Sydney. Who knows… You might even run into the ghosts who’ve made this tour so truly terrifying. Caution: pack a fresh pair of undies. You’ve been warned. Tickets are $45 for adults and you can book here.

Where: Departs from Cadmans Cottage, The Rocks
When: Daily, departing at 6:45pm

Burgers and Beats

The geniuses behind Small Batch Events are launching thier monthly event Burgers and Beats this Friday night at Work-Shop Sydney, combining the two key ingredients for a rockin’ Friday night. Yep, there will be burgers, fries, shakes, craft brews and (of course) beats from 6 – 10pm at one of the Inner West’s coolest warehouse spaces. They’ll be mixing it up each month, but are kicking off with a stellar line-up from Cheekyburger, Milk Bar by Café Ish, Bare Grill and Café, Paper Street Ice Cream Company, Coors Brewing and Young Henrys. Tickets are a measly $10 and you can grab yours here.

Where: Work-Shop Sydney, Redfern
When: First Friday of every month, 6 – 10pm

BURGERS BY JOSH @ Annandale Hotel

All throughout April, Burgers by Josh will be taking over the grills at the Annandale Hotel, serving up their monster burgers and a classic cheeseburger with a BBJ flavour. There’ll be no discrimination against breakfast (arguably the best meal of the day) with a weekend brunch menu featuring a breakfast burger and peanut butter and jelly toasties. The drinks menu has also had a fitting makeover, featuring boozy shakes, spiked spiders and freshly squeezed juices, in the name of balance, obvs.

Where: The Annandale Hotel
When: 1st April – 1st May

Saturday 2nd

Annual Donna Hay Warehouse Sale

This one’s for you, homewares fiends. This weekend Donna Hay is swinging the doors to her warehouse open for the annual sale that should be on all new home-leaver’s calendars. There’ll be up to 75% off all kitchen tools and accessories, so it’s the perfect opportunity to deck your kitchen out in that signature Donna Hay blue. Go on, you know you want to.

Where: Donna Hay Warehouse, Unit 14/21-23 Bay Road, Taren Point
When: Saturday 2nd April 9am – 3pm, Sunday 3rd April 10am – 2pm

Oh Flora Autumn Centrepiece Workshop

Dip your toe into floral design with this one-day autumn centrepiece workshop by Oh Flora this weekend. You will learn to design loose and untamed centerpieces using the best of Australia’s autumn blooms and wispy trailing vines. Suitable for all design levels, you will walk away with your centerpiece, professionally styled images of your work for your portfolio and the pride of a job well done. Tickets are $345 and bookings are absolutely necessary.

Where: Erskineville
When: Saturday 2nd April, 10am – 2pm

Variety Cycle

This Saturday we’re all invited to Civic Park in North Sydney to wave off a red lycra clad peloton (that’s a large group of cyclists to us mere muggles) as they embark on a 15 day, 2,002km cycle to The Great Barrier Reef. Yes, really. Along the way, cyclists will visit families, local communities and schools to donate much needed resources and equipment to Aussie kids in need. Now, I’m not sure about you guys, but this sounds like a damn good cause that we could all get behind.

Where: Civic Park, North Sydney
When: Saturday 2nd April, departing 9am

Sydney Scavenger Hunt

Who said scavenger hunts were just for hen’s nights and school camps? Get your mates together this weekend for The Everyday Adventure scavenger hunt. Setting off from Surry Hills it’ll have you running amok through Sydney’s streets, completing challenges and seeing a new side of our city. Make new friends, talk to strangers and get ready to gloat, because we know you are going to take this thing out.

Where: Meeting point outside Surry Hills Library
When: Saturday 2nd April 12 – 3 pm

Little Sydney

The newest addition to the racing family, gourmet food precinct Little Sydney returns this year to Randwick Racecourse. There’ll be marquees from three of Sydney’s leading restaurants; China Doll, Chiswick and Icebergs Dining, all set on Royal Randwick’s Rose Garden Lawn, overlooking the Theatre of the Horse. Tickets cost $450 per person and include live entertainment, access to the restaurant of your choice as well as premium beverages. 

Where: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
When: Saturday 2nd April

Sunday 3rd

Opera in the Pub

Sydney’s boutique opera company, Opera Bites is bringing their hugely popular ‘Opera in the Pub’ show to The Dog Hotel in Randwick this Sunday to entertain the audience with a fully costumed performance. Is opera not typically your thing? Well, it’s a good thing that Opera Bites’ accessible 45-minute shows were formed with you in mind, plus the ticket price ($69, in case you were wondering) includes a Coopers Pale Ale or glass of wine on arrival and a main meal from The Dog’s new bistro menu. We’ve heard good things about the roast and it is Sunday after all.

Where: The Dog Hotel, Randwick
When: Sunday 3rd April from 6pm

The Grounds Fair

Get excited. This weekend head to The Grounds of Alexandria to partake in market shopping, The Grounds-style. The Grounds Storehouse (formerly occupied by Salts Meats Cheese) will be holding the newly started The Grounds Fair and it’s sure to be good. Passionate about creating unique and fun products, the curated stalls feature a range of food, beverages, skin care, gifts and homewares. Plus, there are still stalls available, so stallholders, you best apply real soon to join the ranks of Woofy’s, Baxter & Bird, Chunky Dave’s Peanut Butter, Twice Designs and Feedback Honey (to name only a few).

Where: The Grounds Storehouse, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria
When: Every Saturday and Sunday, starting April 2nd

Image credit: Nicola Sevitt

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