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13 Fabulous Things To Do In Sydney This Weekend

By Catherine Ellis - 29 Jun 2017

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From medieval role play to a hot tub cinema, Sydney’s bound to tempt you out of your onesie and into the real world this week. We’re not saying that cringey winter jumpers and three layers of bed socks aren’t a certain kind of epic, but it’s time to ditch those quiet nights in with Netflix and go grab brunch with your pooch (yes, it’s a thing). You won’t regret it. We promise.

Here are the 13 most awesome things to get you off the couch this week.

All Weekend

Making Modernism Exhibition

Getting seriously cultured gets is about to get seriously exciting with the opening of the Making Modernism exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. Soak up these colourful visions of modernism, and catch works from three legendary female painters (aka O’Keffe, Preston and Cossington Smith) IRL.

When: Saturday 1 July to 2 October
Where: Temporary Exhibitions Gallery, Art Gallery NSW
Cost: $16-18 

Winterfest Sydney Medieval Fair

Winterfest Sydney Medieval Fair is back and set to bigger and better than ever. Fulfil your childhood (or adult) dreams of being a knight and dress up in full armour then head into battle at the archery contest. If you’re more about arts and crafts, take a stroll around the dozens of old school markets (to the sound of Celtic drumming obvs) or check out their ‘Medieval Kitchen Rules’ (see what they did there?).

When: Saturday 1 July to Sunday 2 July, 10am to 5pm
Where: Hawkesbury Showground
Cost: From $20 (1 day, adult)

Bondi Winter Ice Rink

Bondi is ditching the bikinis and coconut oil to roll on the beanies, scarves and ice skates for the annual Winter Magic festival. Expect to eat your weight in waffles and drink a year’s worth of mulled wine, before whizzing round on the ice. Ice skating counts as exercise, right? Right.

When: 30 June to 16 July
Where: Forecourt of Bondi Pavilion
Cost: Varies

Thursday 29 June

Icebergs Dining Room & Bar Presents X Assaggini Di Pasta

Two words that are guaranteed to get you out of the house this Thursday: pasta tasting. As we’re permanently in need of some serious Italiano TLC, we’re pretty stoked that Icebergs in Bondi is hosting one damn delicious six-course pasta tasting this week. Carbs from all over Italy (think spaghetti aglio olio and gnocchi alla Bolognese) will be dished up and served with matching wines so you can sit back, relax and eat yourself into a self-induced food coma.

When: Thursday 29 June, from 6pm
Where: Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, Bondi Beach
Cost: $130 (set menu)

The Diverse Screens Project

If you want to give your brain a workout head over to Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre for a display of short films by some of Sydney’s best up and coming filmmakers. From fashion to asylum seekers, these inspiring features aim to represent Australia’s social and cultural diversity. Hop online ASAP to register and challenge your brain to something other than Netflix.

When: Thursday 29 June, 12pm to 1pm
Where: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Cost: Free

Friday 30 June

Skate & Slide

Winter doesn’t get much better than this. Officially the largest open-air ice rink in Sydney, glide your way around Parramatta at Skate & Slide. Show off to your mate (or a date) and be the most elegant version of yourself that you can be. That’s what ice rinks are for. If you’re after more of a wild time, hop on a toboggan and whoosh your way down a 28 metre slide of icy thrills.

When: Friday 30 June to Sunday 16 July, 10am to 11pm (weekend)
Where: Prince Alfred Square, Paramatta
Cost: From $22 for adult (45 min session)

Saturday 1 July

Beauty Weekend @ Macquarie Centre

If you’re up for giving your credit card a workout get your make up loving self to Macquarie Centre’s Beauty Weekend for some serious pampering. Imagine skipping around a heaven of giveaways by MAC, Mecca Maxima, Ella Rouge, Napoleon Perdis—listing any more might cause dangerous levels of overexcitement—because this will be your reality. See you there.

When: Saturday 1 July 1 to Sunday 2 July
Where: Macquarie Centre
Cost: Varies

Shake It 'Til You Make It @ Barangaroo

We both know you love a good cocktail and now its time you learned how to make one yourself. Book yourself in to one of six Barangaroo venues (aka Bel & Brio, Born by Tapavino, love.fish, Untied, Lotus or 12-Micron) for the master class of all master classes, and make three fancy AF cocktails, just like the pros. The best part? You get to drink them. Share plates and canapés will be free flowing so grab your squad and make a night of it. Book here now.

When: Saturday 1 July  to Sunday 2 July
Where: Various bars
Cost: From $75 pp

Sunday 2 July

NAIDOC Blak Markets

Vibrant Aboriginal art? Hell yes! This open-air market is back for another round of inspiring artworks, sculptures and more, with over thirty crafty stalls, live music, dance performances, culture workshops and oh-so-delicious bush tucker (our fave). We’re exhausted just talking about it, but we just have to mention their Aboriginal cultural tour of the Barangaroo Reserve, jump on one then soak up the sun (we hope) on the grass.

When: Sunday July 2, 11am to 5pm
Where: Stargazer Lawn, Barangaroo Reserve
Cost: Free

Bone Apetit’ Doggy Degustation

Our two fave things are uniting for the first weekend of the month, and we’re telling you now, you need to be there (we’re talking pooches and brunch of course). Bone Apetit’ Doggy Degustation is happening again and bringing not only our top brunch pick (avo on toast, duh!) but our four-legged besties get their top brunch picks as well. Indulge yourself and your pup,you both deserve it.

When: Saturday 1 July 1 to Sunday 2 July, 9am to 4pm
Where: 1 Grand Dr, Centennial Park
Cost: Free

Brunch At Hartsyard

No, this isn’t a drill: one blissful day of brunch poutine is approaching. Fries? Check. Cheese? Check. Gravy? Check. The geniuses at Hartsyard had a lightbulb moment and decided this drool-worthy dish needed to be available for our favourite meal of the day. Fancy a brunch beer? Or maybe a mimosa, bloody Mary, bellini (or all of the above)? Welcome to your very own paradise. There’s also set to be lump crab on steamed buns and hoecakes of salmon roe and crème fraiche. Oh, and bring on that unlimited coffee—YUM.   

When: Sunday July 2, 11am to 3pm
Where: Hartsyard, Newtown
Cost: Free

Anchorman @ Hot Tub Cinema

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t strut around in your swimmers! And why not when Sydney’s rolled out a friggin awesome hot tub cinema? This weekend you’ll want to gather your troops and rent a tub because Anchorman is on the big screen! We should mention your ticket comes with your own waiter, you know so food and drinks can be flowing, meaning you can stay warm in your tub! Genius.

When: Sunday July 2, from 7:30pm
Where: The Newmarket Hotel
Cost: From $50 pp

Sunday Sesións @ Tequila Mockingbird

Six dishes of ‘trust the chef’ sounds like a pretty sweet Sunday recovery to us. Did we mention the $10 cocktails and complimentary Tequila Mockingbird cocktail when you pre-book a table? The playful dishes are focused on a fun and sophisticated twist on Latin American food, with damn good seasonal produce and drinks from all over the world. Grab some mates (or don’t) and head over for some sensational share plates that are sure to satisfy all belly rumbles.

When: Every Sunday 10am to 4pm
Where: Tequila Mockingbird, Fiveways Paddington
Cost: $60

Want more things to do? Try to hunt down on eof these rainbow bagels.

Image credit: Hartsyard

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