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13 Things to Do This Weekend In Sydney

By Mollie Maloney. - 17 Nov 2016

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If the days of the week were up to us, we would make the weekend start on Thursday and end on Monday. In case you haven’t realised, we’ve been trying to make this happen for a while now. Ever noticed how we start our weekends on Thursday? We’re serious about what we want, it’s good to have dreams kids.

This weekend in Sydney is jam packed, with warehouse sales, yum cha fusions, crafty festivals, exhibitions and of course, some healthy yoga (with beer after, but don’t worry this definitely still counts as healthy.) The biggest buzz this weekend is definitely coming in the shape (and taste) of pork fat doughnuts with maple bacon and ice cream. 

Here are the 13 best things happening in Sydney this weekend. 

Thursday 17th November 

The Standard Store’s Warehouse Sale 

It’s that weird time of year: long sleeves one day, bikinis the next. Sydney hasn’t really made up its mind outfit-wise, and neither should you. Burst the wardrobe a little more this weekend at The Standard Store’s Warehouse sale. Ami, Studio Nicholson, Saturdays, Henrik Vibskov, Folk and other handpicked labels from across Europe, the US and even Scandinavia are there for the picking. Safe to say this one is anything short of standard. 

What: The Standard Store’s Warehouse Sale
When: Thurs 17th Nov 5-8pm, Fr 18th Nov 10am-6pmi, Saturday 19th 10am-2pm 
Where: The Pottery Shed, 7 Nickson Street Surry Hills 

House Of Bacardí

Ah Bacardi, you’ve done it again. Let’s just say it, you’re the yum to our rum. Since 1862 Bacardi have pioneered through prohibition lifestyles, fires and revolutions. They’re at it again this weekend rallying against Sydney’s lock out laws, police crackdowns and cranky-pants neighbours.  Celebrating all things ‘good times’, the teams at GoodGod, One Day and House of Mince are creating a collective extravaganza. With expertly created feature rooms, each with a different DJ, they’re taking the revival of Australia’s nightlife very seriously.

What: House of Bacardí
When: Thursday 17th November 8pm 
Where: 24 Bayswater Road Kings Cross
Cost: Free 

Friday 18th November

Mama Yum Cha Lunch 

This is one for the fusion lovers. Think Moulin Rouge, meets 1920s, meets shanghai, meets Sydney’s east, meets yum cha. You following? Mamasan’s signature Taiwanese/Japanese flavours are the latest thing on Sydney’s lunch menu. Think whole soft shell crab, tea smoked duck, and scallop dumplings rolled to your table (there’s something satisfying about having your food delivered on a trolley). And if that doesn’t tie you down, $5 wine, beer, dumplings and $10 cocktails (the best in town) from 4-6pm surely will. We’ll see you there. 

What: Mama Yum Cha Lunch
When: Wednesday-Sunday Noon-4pm 
Where: Mamasan Bondi and Surry Hills  

555 Happy Hour 

Munich Brauhaus and Bavarian Bier Cafe have it figured out. Good things come in threes: $5 craft beers, $5 haus spirits and cocktails and $5 house wines. This weekend, and probably a couple of times more during the week, we’re sinking our teeth into this fab deal at our local Bavarian Bier café and Munich Brauhaus. We know for a fact that $1 chicken wings make Sydney a happier place.

What: 555 Happy Hour 
When: Monday – Sunday 4pm-6pm 
Where: Bavarian Bier Cafes and Munich, book now.

Palestinian Film Festival 

The Palestinian film festival has returned to Sydney this November to showcase the best of Palestine’s rich cultural heritage, with a handful of diverse short films. This Friday settle on in to watch A Magical Substance Flows Into Me, a film following a filmmaker and artist exploring the connection of music in historical Palestine. It’s coined as a testament to music as humanity’s universal language and one for all you film lovers. 

What: Palestinian Film Festival 
When: 17th November – 4th December 
Where: Palace Norton Street Cinema 
Cost: prices vary, check out full program 

Saturday 19th November

Bottomless Bellini Brunch 

A Bottomless Bellini Brunch at The Royal Hotel Paddington is as good as it sounds. Our boozy brunch prayers have been answered, and finally someone gets it.  All you can eat is no longer a thing, we’re so much more of an all you can drink crowd. But, of course, eating is important too (we know this too well). The Royal have that sorted with coconut chia pots, Spanish baked eggs, smoked salmon, crème fraiche and a selection of pastries. Can Saturday morning come sooner please? 

What: Bottomless Bellini Lunch
When: 9.30-am-11.30am every Saturday 
Where: The Royal Hotel Paddington 
Cost: $75 per person

Yoga On Tap! 

When yoga teams up with a beer company we pay attention. Enjoy their all-levels, 60-minute yoga class this weekend at Rocks Brewing Co, in conjunction with hot-yoga specialists Modo Yoga. After your steamy/not-so-steamy sesh, chuck back a bevvy or two, as included in your ticket. Seems like the ultimate combo to us. 

What: Yoga on Tap! 
When: Saturdays from 19th November 11am-12pm 
Where: Rocks Brewing Co, Alexandria 
Cost: $25, BYO Mat or rent on the day for $2

Makerspace & Company End Of Year Showcase 

MakerSpace & Co. are the masterclass royalty of Sydney and they want to share their year’s work with you. For a while now, the MakerSpace team have been building a culture of innovation and community when it comes to the design of furniture, ceramics, metalwork, woodwork and industrial design. They call themselves Sydney’s very own backyard shed, and you can have a squiz around the warehouse, watch some demonstrations and kick back and relax at their street party this weekend.

What: Makerspace & Company End of Year Showcase
When: Saturday 19th November 4pm-7pm demonstrations, 7pm drinks and street party 
Where: MakerSpace & Company, 1/17 Barclay Street Marrickville 

Etsy Made Local Market 

Etsy, the place you go when you want everything you’ve pinned from Pinterest, but can’t actually be bothered to make it yourself. Well Sydney, do we have news for you. Etsy have a weekend market, so the crazy postage from the US is no longer the biggest stress of the week. And with Christmas nearly here the biggest Etsy market to date is a great excuse for present shopping. 

What: Etsy Made Local Market
When: Saturday 19th November, 10am-5pm 
Where: Brewery Yard Markets, 28 Broadway, Sydney
Cost: Free, check out the event here.

Sunday 20th November 


Public House Petersham is holding its very first annual PIGFEST, celebrating all things ‘from-scratch’, and in case you hadn’t guessed it yet, there’s a lot of pork. The creative menu curated by Head Chef Martin Cerny boasts Suckling Pig Porchetta, Smoked Pork Belly Roll and even (breath in) pork fat doughnuts with maple bacon and ice cream (breath out, have a seat, here’s a glass of water). If you aren’t a pork kinda person, there are gluten free and vegetarian options as well. Batch Brewing Co. beers have the bevvies covered, so grab a few mates and get some pork on your fork, beer garden style. 

What: PIGFEST 2016
When: Sunday 20th November 
Where: Public House Petersham, 292 Stanmore Road, Petersham, 12-6pm 
Cost: Free entry

Street Style Sundays At Tequila Mockingbird 

You know what goes super well with Sunday? Tequila and wine! Nothing says a Sunday session like three tequilas and five wines. Our boozey friends from Tequila Mockingbird are offering Tromba Tequilas and five different wines (because choice) from Bibendum Wine Co. You can then settle in, no doubt you’re now quite starved, and sink your teeth into a Latin tasting board (yes please) paired with a tequila cocktail or wine of your choice for $25. 
What: Street Style Sundays
When: 12pm Sunday 20 November
Where: Tequila Mockingbird, 6 Heeley Street Paddington
Cost: Free tastings, $25 share plate and drink

Off The Eaten Truck 

Western Sydney, there is only one track you need to be on this weekend, and that is off the eaten one at this new food truck festival in Rooty Hill. Music, entertainment and plenty of line dancing will be on offer, as well as menus from Sydney’s best foodtrucks: Mister Gee, Happy as Larry, Cantina Movil and Knafeh. All funds raised go direct to Movember, supporting men’s mental health. Shuttle buses run between the RSL and Mt Druitt train station all day, so there’s simply no excuse to miss it. 

What: Off the Eaten Truck 
When: Saturday 19th, 10am – 10pm & Sunday 20th November 10am-9pm 
Where: Rooty Hill RSL Club, 55 Sherbrooke Street, Rooty Hill
Cost: Free (although any gold coin donations will go to Movember)

Glebe Street Fair 

Now in its 32nd year, this is Australia’s longest street fair. For one day Glebe Point Road is transformed into a 1KM celebration of all things, wait for it, Glebe. With workshops, creative demonstrations, local artists from the Inner West, and a sunset block party, Glebe Point Road is looking pretty on pointe right now. 

What: Glebe Street Fair 
When: Sunday 20th November 
Where: Glebe Point Road, Glebe
Cost: Free

Taste Orange @ Barangaroo 

If you’re like us and can only dream of the Orange Food Festival because it’s just that little bit too far, then you’ll be over the moon that Orange’s food flare is coming to Barangaroo for one day only. Known for their cool climate wine and fresh local produce, Orange champions the foodie scene in regional Australia. Eight of Australia’s leading wineries, including Philip Shaw Wines and Ross Hill Wines, as well as local food stalls Dreamtime Tuka and Franklin Road Preserves will be paired with some of our favs like Oysters Unplugged and Jimmy Liks. 

What: Taste of Orange @ Barangaroo 
When: 20th November 11am-5pm 
Where: Nawi Cove, Barangaroo Reserve 
Cost: Free, check out this wine tasting packs here. 

If that isn't enough for you, and you want even more things to do, then head here

Image credit: Alana Dimou at The Royal Hotel Paddington

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