It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the frequent rain, grey skies and arctic cold mornings Sydney’s been offering up lately. We’ll forgive you if Netflix, legit chilling, and trackies have become your staples—until now. It’s time to emerge from your cocoon and make room for the insane (and delicious) events this weekend has to offer.
From bingo raves, to bottomless rosé, a bad sweater party and even a Latin festival, this weekend in Sydney will have warmed up and ready to go. Still cold? You can pick up a new sweater (or three) for next to nothing this weekend too!
Here are 12 of the absolute best things to do this weekend in Sydney.
Good Food & Wine Show
Cosy AF from all the winter elements with some might fine food and damn delicious wine is exactly where you’ll want to be this weekend. The Good Food & Wine Show is bringing together all things sweet and savoury, red and white, bubbles and beer, sourced from Australia and overseas in one convenient location. It’s really all up to whether you’d prefer a Champagne tasting, a master class with Kylie Kwong or cheese appreciation workshop. And yass! You can do all three if you want!
When: Daily, from 10am to 6pm
Where: ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour
Cost: General Admission $30 to $35
Bottomless Rosé Lunch At SoCal
The legends from Neutral Bay’s SoCal are hosting a banquet lunch with unlimited rosé and rosé sangria (can we get an amen?). The Mexican feast includes menu items along the lines of roast cauliflower enchiladas and Baja fish and pineapple tacos, paired with rosé on top of more rosé. Not even your trackies will warm you up as much as this combo of a spicy Mexican meal and chilled bottomless rosé (did we mention it was bottomless?).
When: Friday - Sunday
Where: SoCal, Neutral Bay
Cost: $65 pp.
Flipside Warehouse Sale
You won’t need to buy anything full price ever again (well, at least not this weekend) with the Flipside Warehouse sale bringing 75% discounted goodness into our lives. With brands like Carhartt, Palace Skateboards, Edwin jeans, Comme des Garçons or Stone Island to tickle your fancy, you’ll be kitted out like a boss in no time.
When: Friday 23 June - Sunday 25 June, 10am to 6pm
Where: 17 Oxford Street, Paddington
Thursday 22 June
Celebrity Chef Takeover
If the idea of meeting celebrity chefs—Colin Fassnidge, George Calombaris and Luke Nguyen—makes your belly get all giddy, this one’s for you. For one night only these guys will play host at an exclusive cocktail party, dishing up a bespoke menu designed by the masters. Before you ask, yes you can bring your book along to be signed and yes, this is just the first of the many exciting AF Good Food & Wine Show events we can all look forward to.
When: Thursday 22 June, 6:30pm-9pm
Where: Gilt Lounge, QT Sydney
Price: $98 pp. (reservations are essential)
Tales Of The Cocktail At Ramblin’ Rascal
We just had to tell errrrryone and their dog that Ramblin’ Rascal will be playing host to a month of cocktails and New Orleans styled fun. Behold the Tales of the Cocktail, a New Orleans (NOLA) celebration. Every Thursday you can drink your way through $10 cognac cocktail special, Po'Boys from the lads and ladies at Mary's, and sway to a rotation of blues bands starting with Jesse Redwing kicking things off this week.
When: Thursday 22 June
Where: Ramblin’ Rascal
Friday 23 June
CC Bad Sweater Winter Party
Casablanca Bar is hosting their Bad Sweater Winter Party this Friday, so dust off that damn ugly sweater and put it to good use. Sip on some dranks with your mates and remember, everyone’s looking as silly as you this Friyay night. In our humble opinions comfort should always trump style, or is that just us?
When: Friday 23 June, 9pm to 3am
Where: Casablanca Bar, Double Bay
Bongo’s Bingo Rave
You may be asking what the hell a bingo rave is? Let us tell you. This weekend our mate Bongo is bring rave intervals, competitive bingo battles (are there any other sort?), drinks, and a whoooole lot of table dancing (permission to bust out those moves). Think of Bongo’s Bingo Rave Party as one big bingo-dance-phenomenon, which pretty much guarantees you a mighty fine time with your mates..
When: Friday 23 June, 6pm to 11:20pm
Where: Paddington Town Hall
Price: $40 pp.
Dr Jane Goodall In Sydney
Animals across Sydney rejoice, the legend herself, Dr Jane Goodall will be live and in the flesh in Sydney this Friday. Swap your Friday night Netflix appointment for some learning of the fun kind. Bookings are essential so you’ll want to jump on this one ASAP, just think how impressed your mates will be with your newfound knowledge of chimps.
When: Friday 23 June
Where: Hordern Pavilion
Price: $57.20 to $159.55
Miguel Maestre @ Gowings Bar And Grill
This beloved TV chef has won our hearts (and our appetites) with his Spanish flair. For one delicious night he’ll be plating up a three-course feast at QT Sydney’s Gowings Bar and Grill paying homage to his Spanish cuisine. With tasty morsels like Peruvian winter kingfish ceviche with beetroot, sweet potato pearls, scampi roe & finger lime, followed with his family’s Paella recipe, complete with southern rock lobster, duck neck chorizo, saffron braised mussels, crisp rice and black garlic aioli you’ll want to come hungry. Salud!
When: Friday 23 June, 7pm-10pm
Where: Gowings Bar & Grill, QT Sydney
Price: $180 pp. for a three-course meal paired with wine (reservations are essential)
Saturday 24 June
Ramadan Night Markets
Come along for the last instalment of the Lakemba night markets this Saturday, with the feasting kicking off at 5:30pm. Our hot tip, is that it’s best to not eat all day (and BYO stretchy pants) for the abundance of Lebanese, Palestinian, Indian and Pakistani deliciousness that will be on offer. And don’t you even think about forgetting dessert, because life is not complete until you’ve taste-tested every single Ramadan sweet—knafeh and namoura we’re looking at you.
When: Saturday 24 June, 5:30pm
Where: Haldon Street, Lakemba
Camperdown Commons First Birthday
Get dirty and creative in Camperdown this Saturday, when the Camperdown Commons celebrates their first birthday. A number of awesome workshops will get your creative juices flowing and bring you closer to the earth (literally), with their $15 yoga class or on the free urban farm tour. You could easily spend your entire Saturday here with workshops in beekeeping, home probiotics, and worm farming, or simply soak up the sun and enjoy the live bands! Perfect for the solo funster or for the whole fam, you won’t want to miss this one.
When: Saturday 24 June
Where: Camperdown Commons
Price: Free, bookings essential for some workshops
Sunday 25 June
Latin American Festival Bondi 2017
Spice up your Sunday at Bondi celebrating everything Latino! The best (and only) way to spend your Sunday is to r-e-l-a-x, preferably by the beach, with a combination of empanadas and dulce de leche desserts, listening to Central and South American beats. There will also be a free dance class, so start practicing peeps.
When: Sunday 25 June
If you're looking for even more things to do before June wraps up, read this.
Image credit: Bongo's Bingo Rave