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13 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend In Sydney

By Alana Callus - 20 Jul 2017


Just because almost all your friends are vacaying around the coast of Capri RN doesn’t mean they get to have all the fun. This weekend you’ll be travelling all around the world (kind of) from the comfort of some of Sydney’s fave spots and newest pop-ups, minus the jet lag and dodgy hostels (#win).  

From a fiesta complete with a tequila wheel to a seeeeriously big fashion sale, you’ll be saving some serious dollars this weekend. It’s fair to say you won’t be hating on Sydney after you check out this epic list of things to do in Sydney this weekend. 

All Weekend

Jardin St James Baguette Pop-Up

Bastille Day celebrations might over for this year but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep enjoying gooey raclette on crunchy baguettes all winter long. Swing by Jardin St James’ Potts Point pop-up for Little Marionette coffee and a baguette filled to the brim with pickles, cured meats and cheesy goodness. You can thank (or rather, merci) us later. 

When: Daily during July, until 3.30pm
Where: 82 Darlinghurst Road (underneath the Coca Cola sign)

Fiesta At Mejico

It’s fiesta time at Mejico in celebration of National Tequila Day so grab your amigos for a night of crunchy corn chips, fruity sangria and eat your weight in tacos. Give the tequila wheel a big ol’ spin to create your own DIY margaritas with juuuust the right amount of salt around the rim. Because the only thing better than Croatian yacht week is a Cabo beach party, right? Right. 

When: Friday 21 July - Monday 24 July
Where: Mejico CBD and Mejico Miranda

Best of British Degustation At nel. Restaurant

London’s calling and nel. has answered with an eight-course British degustation fit for the Queen. Famous for their delicious menu that changes every six weeks chef Nelly Robinson is all about creating dishes that are as beautiful as they are unexpected. Serving up proper comfort food inspired by drizzly British winters, but with a quintessential Surry Hills twist—think onion mash potato dipped in nori tempura, cauliflower couscous coated in cheese custard and a brioche crumb, and deconstructed banoffee pie it’ll be food comas all ‘round (they had us at cauliflower cheese, TBH). 

When: Until mid-August
nel. Restaurant
Cost: $108pp

Winter Menu @ 1821

Explore the Greek Islands without the Santorini sunburn or Mykonos migraine (you know it’s true) with the new winter menu at 1821. Haloumi lovers don’t look any further than the saganaki (FYI, it’s another kind of fried cheese) and we also have our eye on the apple pie bougasta for dessert. Just like a visit to Yiayia’s house, you won’t be leaving hungry. 

When: Daily
Where: 1821

Big Fashion Sale Pop-Up

Aptly named this sale is going to be BIG. The Big Fashion Sale Pop-Up is bringing the discounted designer goods from over twenty Aussie and international labels, all with up to 80% off. We’re talking Nobody Denim, Zulu & Zephyr, Stella McCartney, Camilla & Marc and Alexander Wang. If you missed out on those mega EOFY sales now is your time to shine and score yourself a brand new outfit (or two). Wear some comfy shoes and get in early, because things are going to get crazy AF. (hot tip: you can sign up to their VIP list for free to get an exclusive preview on Wednesday night).

When: Thurs 20 July 8am-8pm; Fri 21 July 8am-7pm; Sat 22 July 9am-6pm; Sun 23 July 10am-5pm
Where: 17 Oxford St, Paddington

Thursday 20 July

Craft Beer & Curry At Mekong

Get ready for a double whammy of foodie delights from our friends at Mekong. Combining limited edition craft beers with your fave Indochine curries, this month’s five-course meal pairs three Cambodian-style curries with a handful of Akasha Brewing Company beers for the perfect winter feed. Think of it like a wine pairing, but without any of the formalities. Keep an eye out for more Mekong events as they pair up with Young Henrys, Four Pines and Batch Brewing Co. 

When: Thursday 20 July 
Mekong on Kensington Street, Chippendale
Cost: $95pp

Friday 21 July

Australian Artisan Cheese & Wine Experience

A whole feast dedicated to cheese? Yes please. This weekend is your last chance to try all of the cheese (and all of the wine). Cheese experts (how do we get that on our LinkedIn?) will be hosting master classes so you can learn the answers to all of life’s important questions. Like what’s the real difference between camembert and brie? Is blue cheese meant to be that mouldy? Is it physically possible to eat a whole wheel of cheese in one sitting? Asking for a friend, obvs. 

When: Friday 21 July and Saturday 22 July
Where: Cockatoo Island
Cost: $125

Saturday 22 July

Acoustic Yin Yoga @ Flow Athletic

If your Saturday is currently looking like a wild night curled up in your cosy spot by the heater, chances are high that you’re already in your yoga pants. So why not warm up this Saturday night with the help of some soulful sounds and stretchy poses? Flow Athletic are known for mixing up your regular yogi flow, and this time they’ve slowed it waaaay down to a whole other level of calm (as if yin yoga wasn’t already relaxing enough). Steph Cherote will be playing acoustic guitar while you chaturanga your way into a state of zen. 

When: Saturday 22 July 6pm - 7:15pm
Where: Flow Athletic
Cost: $20 donation

World Tour Lunches @ Harvest Newrybar

Feel like road tripping to Vietnam? Okay technically you can’t drive to Hanoi, but this feast up the coast of NSW is as close as you can get without having to jump on a plane. Harvest is throwing a World Tour lunch series at their beach cottage deli up at Newrybar, and this weekend is dedicated to all things Vietnam. We’re talking about six courses of local Vietnamese dishes like bbq pork vermicelli salad, Hanoi crisp parcels and—wait for it—banana and sago pearls with coconut cream. We know—we’re hungry too.

When: Saturday 22 July
Where: Harvest, Newrybar
Cost: $85pp

Tequila Masterclass At Mejico

If you’re a fan of tequila, then give this master class a shot (see what we did there?). Learn all about the history of tequila and some extra fun facts from the legends at Mejico—like the fact that traditionally you’re meant to slowly sip on tequila. If you’ve been doing it all wrong (yep, us too), come celebrate National Tequila Day and learn a thing or two about all the ways to enjoy Mexico’s finest export. 

When: Saturday 22 July - Sunday 23 July, 3-5pm 
Where: Mejico Miranda
Cost: $80pp

Zoo Brew

Fancy yourself an expert on all things craft beer? Or just looking for a grown up reason to go to the zoo? Of course you are. Zoo Brew Beer Festival at Taronga will have you sipping on over twenty local craft brews courtesy of some of the kings of craft beer like Stonewood, Young Henrys and Batch Brewing Co. Tag along to an afternoon (11:30am - 3:30pm) or evening (4pm - 8pm) session to chat to the brewers themselves, and chow down on food truck classics while you take in one of the best views of Sydney. You also get a discounted ticket to Taronga Zoo, so you can say hi to the new baby elephant while you’re there. We get you.

When: Saturday, 22 July & Sunday, 23 July
Where: Taronga Centre
Cost: $40pp

Sunday 23 July

Pizza & Pinot Brunch At Cake Wines Cellar Door

Pizza, pinot noir and music producers make for a mighty fine dream team, and you can go ahead and thank Cake Wines for making this particular dream come true. While they’re known for some killer dance floor parties, they’ll be bringing the beats to brekky time. Melbourne DJ Tornado Wallace is flying in to provide the lighter electronic tunes for a new kind of Sunday brunch. It’s a boozy, beats-filled way to finally achieve your New Year’s Resolution of becoming a morning person. 

When: Sunday 23 July, 10.30am - 3pm
Where: Cake Wines, Redfern
Cost: $10

1917: The Great Strike Exhibition

Ever wondered what Carriageworks was like before it became the exposed brick backdrop for fashion blogger photo shoots and some of Sydney’s coolest events? This free exhibition commemorates the centenary of one of Australia’s largest industrial conflicts where thousands of railway workers put down their tools to protest World War 1 working conditions. Historical pieces like union banners, photographs and films are on display alongside commissioned artworks by contemporary artists. Up your culture game and squeeze a little bit of learning in between all your brunching and bar hopping this weekend.

When: Saturday 15 July - Sunday 27 August, 10am - 6pm
Where: Carriageworks
Cost: FREE

Here are all of the free things happening this July. 

Image credit: Dominic Loneragan

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