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12 Things to Do This Weekend in Sydney

By Mollie Maloney. - 13 Oct 2016

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This weekend we’re forecasting a whole lot of fun happening across Sydney, with your outdoor activities 100% covered. Beached-as vibes, yoga, markets, festivals, the zoo, and of course, delicious food and wine. 

Think of everything you could dream of for the weekend, and then times that by 5 and roll them in good vibes, because that is what is happening this weekend in Sydney. 

Thursday 13th October

National Geographic Live’s Wild Seas, Secret Shores

While most of us know that sharks are the reason to get out of the water, for underwater photographer Thomas Peschak, they are the reason to get in. As Part of national Geographic Live’s talk series, marine biologist-turned Nat Geo eat-year-heart-out photographer talks all things underwater. Spotted kayaks along great white sharks, swims amongst hundreds of manta rays in the Maldives and keeps up with whale sharks in the Arabian Sea. Be sure to check out the winning underwater photography prints from Tourism Philippines and Cebu Pacific’s competition at the InterContinental Sydney.

What: National Geographic Live: Wild Seas, Secret Shores and InterContinental Exhibition 
When: Thursday 13th October 7.30pm
Where: Sydney Opera House  
Cost: $45 - $65, book here now 

23ct Gold Leaf Pizza Unveil @ The Pizza Design Co. 

To celebrate their expansion to Western Sydney, Menulog, in collaboration with one of Parramatta’s most loved pizza restaurants, Pizza Design Co, is dishing up Australia’s first 23ct gold leaf pizza on a takeaway menu. Looks like we’ve landed on the right side of the rainbow, with this pot of gold complimentary to the first 100 orders. Dine like royalty in the comfort of your own home, as it’s exclusively for take-away and well worth its weight in gold-see what we did there? 

What: 23ct gold leaf pizza
When: Pre-order on menu log from 12 noon, pick up between 5pm-9pm
Where: Pizza Design Co – Parramatta 
Cost: $50, including a certificate of authenticity, use the code GOLDPIZZA to grab a Free Golden Pizza (until sold out) 

Italo Dining & Disco Club 

For one night only, Icebergs is getting funky fresh with their Italo Dining and & Disco Club extravaganza. They’ve flown in DJs from NYC and Rome to fuse the ultimate food and music experience, with the kitchens of four of our favourites: Icebergs, Da Orazio Pizza, Fratelli Paradiso and 10 William Street. The Italian festival inspired street menu and summer cocktails will be as vast as the ocean below. You know what they say about Icebergs? Well this evening is just the tip of it. 

What: Italo Dining and Disco Club
When: Thursday 13th October, 7pm until late
Where: Icebergs Dining Room and Bar 
Cost: $150 + booking fee, book tickets here 

Friday 14th October 

Urban FreeStyle – Disco Theme 

Urban Yoga has, for a long time, promised the unexpected and seriously cool. They drop unapologetic tunes to create a yoga experience with a pulse. Visuals are projected onto a super-sized screen that takes you out of body, and definitely out of mind. Urban Freestyled Disco Theme one ups the usual this Friday, with a 60-minute disco class. Dress ups are encouraged, so shake your groovy young thang all the way back to the 80s, you know you want to. 

What: Urban Freestyle – Disco Theme 
When: Friday 14th October, 7.30-8.30pm
Where: Urban Yoga, Surry Hills 
Cost: Normal class price applies, book here. 

Irezumi: Tattoo Tools, Techniques and Demo 

Ever been ridiculously curious about the art of tattoo design, but haven’t been brave enough to step foot into an actual tattoo parlour? See the artform up close with demonstrations from tattoo artist Horisumi, from Authentink Surry Hills, live at the Japan Foundation. It’s all happening as part of the Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo in Action exhibition. Using hand-made ink needles, Horisumi transforms the old-world style with the accuracy of machine tattooing. Trust us, you won’t be able to look away! 

What: Irezumi: Tools, Techniques and Demo 
When: Friday 14th October 6.30-7.30pm (Doors open at 6pm)
Where: The Japan Foundation, Sydney 

OzHarvest Kitchen Table Dinners 

With a goal to nourish the country, OzHarvest Kitchen Table Dinners have your Friday night sorted. As part of Good Food Month, OzHarvest has teamed up with the guys from some of our favourites: Otto, Nomad, Firedoor, ACME, Biota Dining and Sixpenny to deliver a great meal for an even greater cause. Just by you enjoying a night out with your gang, your ticket will be responsible for the delivery of 400 additional meals to those in need.  Jump in quick, this event is sure to sell out.  

What: Kitchen Table Dinners 
When: 10-14th October, 6.30pm-9.30pm 
Where: OzHarvest HQ, Alexandria Industrial Estate, Unit G3/G4, 46-62 Maddox Street Alexandria 
Cost: $200 including matching wines , book here 

Saturday 15th October

William Street Festival 

It’s time to celebrate good ol’ Paddo, long regarded as Sydney’s go-to for boutique fashion, restaurants with an impact and an amazing amount of great pubs. The William Street Festival has your day planned with great shopping, the latest local DJs and great deals exclusively for the day. This year, festivities continue into the night with an Open Air Cinema and Sydney Connection’s private dining walk-ins, boasting a different course meal at all your favourites: The London, Paddington Inn, Alimentari and 10 William Street. Get keen.

What: William Street Festival
When: Saturday 15th October 11.30am-10pm 
Where: William Street Paddington 
Cost: Free

The Makers & Shakers Market 

The Makers and Shakers Market celebrates all the making and shaking that our thriving Sydney artisan community have to offer. As a specific venue for authentic, individual and quality products, this Market has an array of homewares, food, flowers, stationary and original prints. All quality, and all affordable, the Makers & Shakers want to have as much fun as you – made for you, by you. 

What: Makers & Shakers Market 
When: Saturday 15th October 10am-3pm 
Where: Marrickville Town Hall 
Cost: $2 and kids under 12 are free

Taronga Zoo’s 100 Year Birthday Parade 

Movies such as We bought A Zoo, Evan Allmighty, Water for Elephants, all have one thing in common: some very cool animal parades. Come on, who hasn’t wanted to wake up and see an elephant rampaging through the city, all havoc breaking loose? Thankfully (kind of) the protection and maintenance of animals in Sydney in taken care of by Taranga Zoo. This Saturday, Taronga Zoo are celebrating 100 years of crossing the bridge, walking the footsteps of the animals who made the journey in 1916 from the zoological gardens in Moore Park to its Mosman site. Head on down to Macquarie Street to watch 10 animal light up sculptures trod down to the Sydney Opera House for their 100 Year Birthday finale. 

What: Taronga Zoo’s 100 Year Birthday Parade 
When: Saturday 15th October from 8pm 
Where: Sydney CBD 
Cost: Free

The Ultimate Oktoberfest Sausage Challenge

The ol’ ‘how many do you do?’ takes on a whole new meaning at the ultimate Sausage eating challenge at Bavarian Bier Café. The current record is held by a New Zealander (that is shameful, Sydney) in 2011, who managed to wolf down 8 whole sausages in just one minute. 5 years later, we know we can do better…. Feel the burn!! And these aren’t just any old sanga, these are the newest range of ‘haute-couture’’ sausage. Up for grabs is a $1,000 dining voucher and a hefty bar tab. It’s definitely not the wurst way to spend a Saturday…

What: The Ultimate Oktoberfest Sausage Challenge 
When: Saturday 15th October 12.30pm
Where: select Bavarian Bier Cafés (Miranda, Parramatta, Chatswood, Manly, Broadbeach, Eagle Street Pier) 
Cost: free – register here.

City Tattersalls Club Cup Day

Royal Randwick

City Tattersalls Club Cup Day is the race day that all of you blokes have been waiting for, or at least, you should have been. The day is dedicated to suiting up and as far as trackside entertainment goes, there’s a live DJ, pop up bars and great food. Specifically, The Mews by delicious. will occupy the Octagonal Lawn and The Bucket List Beach Club Marquee will keep you in high supply of fried chicken and fish tacos. Tickets are an absolute bargain by the way and you can buy five for $50 here.

What: City Tattersalls Club Cup Day
When: Saturday 15th October 
Where: Royal Randwick - Alison Road, Randwick
Cost: Five tickets for $50, here

Sunday 16th October 

Ferris Wheel Dining at Luna Park 

Looking for the ultimate romantic gesture this weekend? Why not dine amongst the stars, enjoying a three-course meal with matching wines created specifically by the Deck’s head chef, Michael Roper. The Ferris Wheel at Luna Park transforms into Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage by night, with stunning harbour views and personalised service in your lover’s retreat. Nothing could possibly get in the way of this view, except perhaps, the actual Harbour Bridge.  

What: Ferris Wheel Dining at Luna Park
When: Sundays until 26 March 2017
Where: Luna Park, Milsons Point 
Cost: $199.50 per person, includes matching wines. Click here to book. 

Looking for more things to do in Sydney, check this out! 

Image Credit: The Makers & Shakers Market

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