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12 Things To Do in Sydney This Weekend

By Mollie Maloney. - 20 Oct 2016

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It’s beer o’clock this weekend in Sydney. We’re talking frothies galore. Sydney’s gone crazy for Craft Beer Week, with more than a handful of events and tastings all around the city. Also on the cards are long lunches, once-in-a-life-time festivals and the biggest karaoke event to hit Australia. 

We’ve complied the best-of-the-best to do in Sydney this weekend so you can impress your mates and have the time of your life.

Thursday 20th October 

Opera Bar Leisurely Lunch 

Opera Bar is putting on a leisurely lunch supporting Oz Harvest, one cocktail at a time. With long tables dressed to impress, this lunch is shaping up to be an ode to spring. With picturesque oh-my-god views, a six course tasting menu and wines to match, 10% of the tickets will support the Oz Harvest team who provide meals for those in need. Three-hours of communal-eating bliss, what else could you need on a Thursday? 

What: Opera Bar Leisurely Lunch 
When: Thursday 20th October 12-3pm 
Where: Opera Bar, Lower Concourse, Sydney Opera House
Cost: $95, include a cocktail on arrival, 5 course grazing feast, and 3 wines - book here.


Throw on your Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) party pants and make your way to Taylor’s Rooftop this Saturday night for Mexican times! There’ll be $10 Espolón Tequila margaritas and Day of the Dead face painting fun. Arriba!

Where: Taylor’s Rooftop, 69—73 Pitt Street, Sydney
When: Thursday 20th October, 8pm until late
For more information click here.

Friday 21st October

Good Food Month Menu at Abode 

Dinner hasn’t looked this good in a while, with Abode’s Good Food Month Menu in Darling Harbour. A six course tasting menu with Australian matching wines is just what you deserve to kick start your weekend. The modern bistro-style dining room is serving up the best of locally sourced producers, showcasing Flinders Island rump of lamb, Roast Berkshire pork loin and grilled oysters with bacon and gruyere. Each course has managed to intertwine some form of cheese into its ingredients, which is a genius move in our books. Gru-yeh! 

What: Good Food Month at Abode 
When: The month of October 
Where: Abode, Darling Harbour 
Cost: $65 per person, see more information here.

Botany Bay Hotel: Biggest Ever Pub Karaoke Prize 

Release your inner dancing queen, warm up those vocal chords and channel that competitive edge: Botany Bay Hotel is beckoning you to center stage with Australia’s biggest ever pub karaoke prize. ‘Botany Idol’ is the most prestigious of karaoke awards around town, with up to $5000 worth of prize money. Cha-Ching! Will you be the next Shannon Noll? Is success like Jess Mauboy not just a pipe dream? Calling all amateurs and professionals alike, the winner is (*drumroll please*).

What: Karaoke at Botany Bay Hotel 
When: Every Friday until the 23rd December, starting from 9.30pm 
Where: Botany Bay Hotel, Banksmeadow 
Cost: Free

Saturday 22nd October 

Craft Beer & Cider Festival at the Coogee Bay Hotel 

Bespoke brews have finally escaped the confines of inner city hip joints and reached our Eastern beaches, and we’re pretty damn happy ‘bout it. The Coogee Bay Hotel is hosting a very well-stocked Craft Beer & Cider Festival in their beer garden this weekend. With over 250 local, national and even international brewers ready for a chat, you can Meet the Makers, grab a pork spit-roast and smoked BBQ and sip the day away with Sydney’s best blues and folk acts. Think heaps of craft beer, heaps of hipsters, and heaps of paradise. 

What: Craft Beer & Cider Festival at the Coogee Bay Hotel 
When: Saturday 22nd October 12-6pm 
Where:  Coggee Bay Hotel 
Cost: $20, includes 3 tasting tokens, a mug, tote bag and admission to Meet the Makers sessions – available at the door or through Eventbrite. 

Brew and Chew at Thievery  

Continuing with the flavour of week, Thievery have jam-packed locally sourced beers with Middle Eastern-inspired shared plates for the ultimate beer banquet. Young Henry’s, Batch Brewing and Willie Boatman have joined the crew to taste, feast, drink and chat the afternoon away. They’ve got their specially brewed concoction on tasting as well, and we’re definitely believing the hype. 

What: Brew and Chew at Thievery  
When: Saturday 22nd October, 12-30-6pm 
Where: Thievery 
Cost: $80/person – includes 8 course share menu and matching beers , book here. 

Rare Breed Weekend 

We’ve found something almost as rare as a free weekend, Mountain Goat Brewery and 107 Projects are bringing you a full weekend of rare records, vintage fashion, electronic art, workships and craft brews. Dabble in a flower arranging workshop, build your own robot from scratch, or sample the one-off beer made for the festival. 

What: Rare Breed Weekend 
When: Saturday and Sunday 22-23rd October, 12pm-8pm 
Where: 107 Projects – 107 Redfern Street Redfern 
Cost: Free

Survival of the Stylish 

When you don’t have sisters, or her jeans are just way too tight to squeeze into, what’s a girl going to do? The Team at Just Borrow have the perfect answer. As soon as you rock up to their lending extravaganza, you’ll know you’ve made the right choice. Bring an item to lend on the day and you have the fashion world at your fingertips. All the latest trends, with none of the latest price tags. You’ll even make a dollar or two buy lending your clothes. It’s a win-win situation without the annoying sister fights over your favourite jeans. 

What: Survival of the Stylish 
When: Saturday 22 October 2016, 12-3pm 
Where: 10 Fitzroy Place, Surry Hills
Cost :$36.75 registration, more information here. 

Pink Ribbon Yoga and Bondi Beach 

Wake up to the sound of the ocean (and not just your pre-recorded ocean wave alarm), as yogis unite for Yoga on Bondi Beach in the fight against breast cancer. Don your perfect pink attire, and head to the beach with your mat and an open mind. The Cancer Council NSW and Power Living Yoga want you to participate in the fun flow of Spring, and salute to the sun for a good cause. 

What: Pink Ribbon Yoga
When: Saturday 22 October, 7.45am-9am 
Where: Bondi Beach
Cost: $20 (all funds donated to Cancer Council NSW), BYO mat, book your spot here. 

Sunday 23rd October 

Annual Whale Festival 

The whales are on the move again, and Sydney Living Museums and Vaucluse Estate are celebrating the years of history associated with their migration. Based on a series of distinctive ceremonial engravings, the day is jam-packed with performances by the Djaadjawan Dancers, story telling, traditional whaler’s pot luck seafood stew and a demonstration in creating a collective, traditional shell work. 

What: Annual Whale Festival
When: Sunday 23rd October, 10am-4pm 
Where: Vaucluse House, Vaucluse
Cost: Gold Coin Entry 

Proudly Pokies Free Campaign Launch 

With NSW alone hosting 50% of Australia’s 200,000 pokie machines, this campaign is well worth the attention. Pokies seem to do a lot more harm than good and Proudly Pokies Free want you to know about it. Proudly Pokies Free is an organisation that is addressing the addictive nature of the machine one party at time. This weekend head to Oxford Art Factory for a celebration of all things not-pokies, with incredible live Sydney musicians, promoting a positive and constructive venue culture and nightlight industry. We’re talking Tim Freedman from the Whitlams, Jyride, Left., World Champion and way more.  We may have 20% of the world’s pokies, but with the work of these guys, this figure will be changing very soon. 

What: Proudly Pokies Free Campaign Launch 
When: Sunday 23rd October – Doors open at 5pm 
Where: Oxford Art Factory
Cost: $15 via Moshtix, $20 at the door 

Craft Beer Fight Club 

Not that craft beer rivalry could get any more hipster extreme, this Sunday the team at Dove & Olive are hosting two micro-brewers going head to head, beer to beer, to battle it out for the Golden Growler Award. Each brewer presents their two best brews and then debate and quaff their way to beer glory…Calling all beer nerds, this one’s for you. Get rowdy and talk beer, cause, well, there are very limited times in the year that we actually welcome beer snobs. (joking, but seriously.) 

What: Craft Beer Fight Club
When: Sunday 23rd October 12pm 
Where: Dove & Olive 
Cost: ticket prices vary on your beery-needs. More information here. 

Next Week

Celebrate Day Of The Dead In True Mexican Style 

If $10 Espolón Tequila cocktails, face painting and DJ beats are your vibe, you’ll want to check out Manly Wharf Bar’s Day of the Dead festivities this Saturday night. Gather your amigos, grab a margarita, listen to beats by Dr Packer and enjoy the festivities!

Where: Manly Wharf Bar, 21 East Esplanade, Manly
When: 29 October, 7:30pm until late
For more information click here

Still bored? Check out our lists of things to do in Sydney!

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