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14 Awesome Things To Do This Week In Sydney

By Lauren Croft - 11 May 2017

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Someone wise once told us that it’s way harder  to feel the chill of winter when you’re out having fun. And by fun, we mean wine. Luckily for you guys we’ve got plenty of fun, all of the wine, and much, much more to guarantee your weekend is packed full of sunshine. 

Here are 12 awesome things happening in Sydney this Weekend!

All Weekend

Mishka Boutique Collective Pop-Up

If you haven’t been to this designer pop-up yet, now’s your chance. The first Mishka Boutique Collective gives a platform for local artists and designers to showcase a variety of pieces from knitwear, to art, fine furniture and even home wares. Sign us up! Did we mention you’ll score a bonus pair of silver earrings with every purchase? The fun ends this Sunday so don’t miss out.

What: Mishka Boutique Collective Pop-up
When: 10am – 7pm Thursday, 10am – 4pm until Sunday
Where: 14 William Street, Paddington
Cost: Varies

Thursday 11 May

Full Moon X Spaghetti + Wine 

Who doesn’t love spaghetti and wine? Mix that with a magical moon and you’ve got a solid Thursday night sorted. Bondi’s Icebergs Dining Room and Bar is hosting food and wine producers from Southern Italy and adding in some killer DJs so you can watch the rising of the full moon in style. Think fresh bruschetta to start, followed by drool-worthy spaghetti with mussels and chilli. Soak it all up with a choice of four wines (choose one or try them all). Buon appetito! 

What: Icebergs Dining Room and Bar – Full Moon X Spaghetti + Wine
When: Thursday 11 May, 6pm
Where: 1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach
Cost: Varies

Mothers Day Brunch With Jamie Oliver

Treat mum to an early Mother’s Day brunch this Thursday, courtesy of Dymocks Literary Club. They’re not only hosting a delicious brunch, but also Jamie Oliver. The Naked Chef is responsible for some of the tastiest recipes out there, and if his latest book is anything to go by, the food (inspired by the book) is going to be fresh, healthy, and ahh-ma-zing. Jamie will be interviewed on-stage during the brunch, and some tickets even include a signed copy of his latest book (as well as a glass of bubbly, obvs). Get booking, because tickets are selling fast! 

What: Mothers Day Brunch with Jamie Oliver
When: Thursday 11 May, 11am
Where: Grand Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Sydney, 161 Sussex Street 
Cost: Ticket prices vary, find out more here

Flow Athletic Nightclub Spin 

If you like to exercise in style, or just want to warm up for a weekend of clubbing, we’ve found the perfect thing. Even if you aren’t exactly a spin-master (or only go to the gym once a month, maaaaaybe) some of the best instructors in the country are sure to have you sweating in no time (lets face it, if they can’t motivate you, no one can). Pair this with laser lights, smoke machines and pumping DJ beats, you’ll forget your even in a spin class.

What: Flow Athletic Nightclub Spin Classes
When: Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th May
Where: Home Nightclub, 1-5 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour
Cost: $40 + booking fees

PappaRich Free Lunch App Launch

Guys. There’s gonna be free lunch in Sydney on Thursday. Yes. Free. Malaysian fave PappaRich will be serving their famous (and delicious) Nasi Lemak at no cost—all you have to do is download their new app, which will send rewards your way every time you dine. Lunch is limited to 800 serves, so get in early to avoid the lines—or missing out completely!

What: PappaRich Free Lunch App Launch
When: Thursday May 11th 
Where: Martin Place, Sydney CBD
Cost: Free 

Soda Factory Jukebox Thursdays

Everyone’s favourite dance haven, The Soda Factory, is throwing a massive party this Thursday night. This week’s live act is Furnace and The Fundamentals—and they’re sure to get you on the D-Floor. If that’s not enough to entice you, there’ll be drool-worthy burgers ($10 until 10pm) and $12 cocktails alllll night long. Keeping the party going late into the night are Soda’s fave DJs, so get your dancing shoes and your stamina at the ready.  

What: Furnace and the Fundamentals @ Soda Factory
When: Thursday May 11th
Where: 16 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills
Cost: Free Entry

Westfield Sydney Champagne And Shop

Grab your mum, because this one’s for her (you know, for putting up with you through your challenging teenage years). Westfield are hosting a pre-Mother’s Day celebration this Thursday evening, with free hand massages by Jurlique (we’ll take 10, thanks) and a special Q&A with Sarah Ellen, from Neighbours. But the real way to our hearts (we mean mum’s), is with the free champagne pouring at over 15 stores in the centre. Over 35 stores will also be offering special deals leading up to Mother’s Day—like free flowers with any purchase at Mulberry. Your Mum will thank you, we promise. 

What: Westfield Sydney Champagne and Shop
When: Thursday May 11th, 5pm - 9pm
Where: 
Cost: Varies

Friday 12 May

Wizard Fest Sydney

Grab your Firebolt Harry Potter fans, because this Friday Wizard Fest is coming to Sydney! There will be wizard themed drinks, DJs and a house-themed photo shoot (here’s hoping you’re not in Slytherin). Make sure you dress to impress, because there will be special prizes for best dressed on the night, as well as a variety of other magical stuff up for grabs. Mystical drinks include firey whiskey, potent potions and butter beer (just don’t bring your owl or you won’t be allowed in). Consider this your acceptance letter to Hogwarts. 

What: Wizard Fest Sydney
When: Friday May 12th, 8pm
Where: The Metro Theatre, 624 George Street
Cost: $28.35

Saturday 13 May

Meet the Growers At Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard 

Head to The Hunter this weekend for the Meet the Grower’s event, which is part of the Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival’s. You’ll kick off the day with a coffee, and casual stroll through the vineyard, before moving on to see the biodynamic preparation areas and the new winery.  Polish the day off with a private wine tasting of five of Krinklewood’s most popular wines (for obvious reasons). Krinklewood is a biodynamic, French-inspired boutique winery, so you know the wines will be good. 

When: Saturday 13 May, 10.30am-12noon
Where: 712 Wollombi Road, Broke
Cost: $25 per person - bookings are essential, so head here.

Wool Week Extreme Knitting 

Wool Week is starting, and ICYMI knitting in 2017 is totally a thing. Designer Jacqui Fink will be holding coveted ‘extreme’ knitting classes throughout the event, and they’re selling out fast. 
Also on show will be the very best inwool apparel and home textiles, with retailers in Westfield Bondi Junction showcasing their latest designs featuring Aussie Merino Wool (perfect for those winter chills). Don’t miss a range of art installations also on display, like hand-woven fibre art and a giant sheep installation. Entry is free, so you’re bound to have fun even if you’re a sheepskate. 

What: Wool Week @ Westfield Bondi Junction
When: 13th – 21st May
Where: Westfield Bondi Junction, 500 Oxford St
Cost: Free Entry

Sunday 14 May

Behind The Lines Exhibition

Making light of serious situations is something Aussies do better than anyone—and something that’s on show this weekend. A collection of the best political cartoons, this one is bound to have you thinking, feeling, and laughing about both Aussie and International politics (cough, Donald Trump). The exhibition is made up entirely of Aussie cartoonists with LOLs surrounding the federal election and the future of politics. 

What: Behind the Lines Exhibition
When: 13th May – 8th June
Where: Parramatta Riverside Theatre, Corner Market & Church St
Cost: Free

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Wild Turkey Cocktails And Southern Menu At Coogee Bay Hotel

Coogee Bay Hotel is heading south this month, with a southern-inspired menu that’s embracing all things Wild Turkey—plus there’s a few cocktails to match. When it comes to food, you’ll want to order one of everything—hot wings and blue cheese sauce, southern pulled pork burger with slaw and chipotle aioli, and don’t forget the seafood and chorizo jambalaya. The main event is obviously the selection of signature cocktails—they’re all delicious, FYI. There’s the barrel aged hazelnut old fashioned and Manhattan, the Wild Turkey gold rush (with fresh lemon juice and honey), and the Wild Turkey brown derby (pink grapefruit and honey). Cheers! 

When: Fridays 12 & 19 May
Where: Coogee Bay Hotel

Southern-Style Cocktails At The Horse

For the next month, Wild Turkey cocktails will be taking over The Horse, so now you know where to head for your southern cocktail fix. There are a couple of specials available throughout the month, with a simple Wild Turkey and apple combo, and their Wild Turkey firebird as well. The firebird is worth a special mention, since it starts out with a smoked glass, spiked with Grand Marnier, Cinzano Rosso, Maraschino and a splash of Wild Turkey 101. We can’t wait for tomorrow night!

When: Friday 5 May – Monday 5 June
Where: The Horse

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Wild Turkey Cocktails & Menu At Taylor’s Rooftop

If you can’t make it to Coogee, but don’t want to miss out on all of the southern fun, then head to Taylor’s Rooftop tomorrow night for a Wild Turkey and apple, the epic firebird we mentioned earlier, or a couple of the barrel aged cocktails. The southern-inspired menu will be going strong here (available until 10 June), with pork ribs ($14) and Wild Turkey bourbon-spiked chilli con carne with rice ($18)—because winter. We can’t think of a better way to warm up on a chilly night, and ring in the weekend in style. 

When: Wednesday 10 – Saturday 10 June
Where: Taylor’s Rooftop

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