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15 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend In Sydney

By Frances Magiera - 31 Aug 2017


ICYMI this weekend is Father’s Day. So we’ve rounded up a couple of our fave events happening around the city on Sunday and also decided to throw in a few other winners that aren’t dad related. 

Think comedy shows, truffle desserts and a thrift shop on steroids. Yep, this weekend is going to be a biggie and these are the best things to to in Sydney. 

All Weekend

Sydney Fringe Comedy

Sydney Fringe is one of the biggest annual showcases of up and coming local funny humans and it’s back for its seventh year. You’ll get to see the very best of Sydney’s comedy scene doing their thang on stage and some of the world’s best newcomers to boot. There’ll be over 100 shows across multiple nights, grab a ticket (and a beer) and get ready to settle in for a night  of tear-inducing, ribcage-hurting laughter. 

When: Tuesday 29 August until Sunday 1 October
Where: Factory Theatre, Marickville

Truffle Cookies And Cream

PSA: This is your last chance to get your hands on the truffle cookies and cream dessert at Three Williams cafe. Yep, their truffle menu is on the way out and this one involves a macadamia cookie, sandwiching truffled mandarin-crème patissiere, gold dust feuilletine (crispy caramelised praline flakes), dark choc pearls and even more shaved truffle. This is also your last shot at the crispy truffle skin chicken breast, loaded mushroom toastie (with fried eggs and shaved truffle, obvs), and the truffle sweet potato fries. 

When: until Sunday 3 September
Where: Three Williams, Redfern

Thursday 31 August

Salvos Curated

The team behind Salvos Stores are taking over Paddington’s Comber Studios for Salvos Curated—an exhibition slash concept store that’ll bring you style tips and a whole new second hand wardrobe. There’ll be hundreds of vintage threads to choose from, including one of a kind pieces donated by Aussie fashion designers and celebs and DIY craft sessions so you can next level your goods, plus it’s all for a good cause. Thrifting is officially a thing.

When: Thursday 31 August, 6pm – 8pm
Where: Comber Street Studios, Paddington

Friday 1 September

Tamagotchi 90s Vs 00s Throwback Party 

Party like it’s 1999 at El Topo this Friday with this throwback party dedicated to the nineties and naughties and the best toy going around at the time—Tamagotchis. Relive a time where the new millennium was ahead of us, Degrassi High was on high rotation, Furbys were everything and discmans and brick phones were a thing. This one will be peak nostalgia, there’ll be mega warhead and push-pop inspired cocktails and 90s bangers playing all night long. Oh and you’ll also get a free Tamagotchi on arrival. Sold.

When: Friday 1 September
Where: El Topo, Bondi Junction

Future Of Leadership Conference

Ever wondered where to learn about leadership and other important life stuff? Well we’ve just found your spot. Say CYA to tired old biz chat at the Future of Leadership, Australia’s first leadership conference where you can learn from big thinkers and keynote speakers in the business industry (#adulting101). No matter if you’ve already landed the job of your dreams, or if you’re living off coins dug out from between couch cushions, this one day conference will give you the tools you need to become a better leader, whether that’s in your profesh or personal life. 

When: Friday 1 September, 9.30am – 4pm
Where: International Convention Centre

Inside Dig: Succulent Garden Workshop

We all know keeping your houseplants alive is a sign you’ve got your sh*t together and unfortunately it’s also one thing that we’ve not quite mastered yet. Well, this hands-on gardening workshop will help you achieve exactly that, starting with succulents. You’ll get to learn the secrets of growing and styling these little guys from horticulturalist Angie Thomas, and you’ll also design your own mini succulent masterpiece to start your collection. All whilst sipping and snacking on complimentary wine and antipasto spreads. 

When: Friday 1 September, 5. 30pm – 7pm
Where: Centennial Parklands
Cost: $65pp

Saturday 2 September

Cider Fest @ The Tudor

Name a better duo than spring and cider, we dare you. The Tudor Hotel in Redfern is hosting an epic day of cider festivities this Saturday so you’ll be sipping on apple or pear cider from Batlow Cider Co, The Hills Cider Company and loads of other international and local brewers. Pair all that boozy, fruity goodness with a spit-roasted pork roll or a good old festival hot dog, then embrace your inner child (or The Bachelor contestant) at the apple bobbing stand and win the prize you know you were born to win. 

When: Saturday 2 September, from 2pm
Where: The Tudor Hotel, Redfern

Vegan Day Out In Sydney

Vegans, this one’s for you. A huge vegan day out is heading your way, courtesy of the folks at The Cruelty Free Shop. You’ll be able to get your hands on super cheap vegan meals, groceries, wine tastings (YAS) and delicious dishes scattered  all around Glebe—not to mention freebies and allll the samples. You’ll want to check off every single plant-based pit stop, so pick up a map at The Cruelty Free Shop before setting off on your sample trail. 

When: Saturday 2 September, from 9am-6pm & Sunday 3 September, from 10am-5pm
Where: The Cruelty Free Shop, 83 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

International Bacon Day

On the flip side, you can celebrate all things bacon at Pass the Pigs Festival. There’ll be a game arena on the lush bowling greens at, well, The Greens, dedicated to Pass the Pigs (it’s a game that doesn’t involve actual pigs, FYI). Not surprisingly, there’ll also be a menu dedicated to all things porker (think bacon cupcakes and doughnuts, and a whole pig roast) and even a signature maple bacon infused cocktail. Did we mention there’ll be a petting farm too?

When: Saturday 2 September & Sunday 3 September, from 11.00am – 6pm
Where: The Greens North Sydney

Billy Joel Tribute

Whether you’re a die hard fan of Billy Joel or just want to jam out this Saturday with your mates, the New York State of Mind Billy Joel tribute concert will not disappoint. You better believe that this will be two straight hours of his most iconic hits, from Uptown Girl to Only the Good Die Young, right through to New York State of Mind. If you’re after a night of feel-good vibes, then grab your tickets here. 

When: Saturday 2 September
Where: State Theatre
Cost: $80

Taste of Coogee Food & Wine Festival

If all of the food, wine and sunshine are your kinda things (obviously), the Taste of Coogee Food and Wine Festival is where you need to be this weekend. Stuff yourself silly at one of the 60 food stalls and trucks, because all produce is sourced from the local area to showcase the very best of Coogee’s restaurants, cafes and delis. There’ll be artisan markets, wine and beer tasting (hell yeah), and live entertainment. All festival proceeds will be going to Running for Premature Babies, so you won’t even have to feel guilty about scoffing down your third gözleme.

When: Saturday 2 September & Sunday 3 September
Where: Coogee Oval

Sunday 3 September

Father’s Day Glenfiddich Whisky Lunch

Everyone knows the best way to score major points with dad’s heart is through his stomach so this Father’s Day, take your old man to Firefly Bar & Dining for the Glenfiddich whisky lunch. Kick off with the snapper ceviche, then move to the crispy drunken chicken pancakes (now we’re talking), followed by a big ol’ plate of pan seared gnocchi, a sous vide hanger steak, and polish it all off with the dulce de leche dessert. To wash those eight courses down, all dads will receive a Glenfiddich 12 year old single malt for nix and they’ll go in the draw to win a whisky and cheese tasting for four, valued at $400. 

When: Sunday 3 September
Where: Firefly Bar & Dining, Neutral Bay

Father’s Day Dinner @ Sokyo

For a Father’s Day dinner that’s juuuuust fancy enough, head to Sokyo at The Star for a Japanese-inspired feast. Sokyo is known for signature dishes like sea scallops with roasted parsnip koji and pecorino crisps and their sashimi ocean trout with wasabi salsa and garlic chips. Not only will the food be on point for Father’s Day (think Jack’s Creek premium skirt steak for starters) butdrinks like the Suntory Kakubin, Yamazaki and Hibiki Harmony Old Fashion cocktails will seal the deal. 

When: Sunday 3 September, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Where: Sokyo Restaurant, The Star

Father’s Day @ Manly Wharf Bar

If all else fails (aka you’ve left a Father’s Day gift and/or lunch to the last minute), take Dad for a drink at Manly Wharf Bar. He’ll score a complimentary schooner of One Fifty Lashes with any main meal and with classic pub meals like black Angus rump fillet with mushroom pepper sauce, or parmesan crumbed veal parmy with eggplant, prosciutto, basil and mozzarella, you really can’t go wrong. Father’s Day by the water is a solid plan and you know it.

When: Sunday 3 September, 12pm – 5pm
Where: Manly Wharf Bar

Don’t Miss Out

Bulldog Gin & Burgers At The Eastern

Bulldog and burgs are about to become your favourite way to bring in the weekend this month and that’s exactly what’s going down at The Eastern. Join us from 6-7pm down in Goodtime Burgers for $6.50 Bulldog G&Ts, and then $7.50 upstairs at El Topo Mexican from 7-8pm. There will also be live entertainment with DJ Barfly every Friday from 7pm.

When: Fridays until 22 September
Where: The Eastern

Speaking of Father's Day, here's what NOT to buy him this weekend.

Editor's note: Bulldog Gin's event is proudly sponsored by Campari and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

Image credit: Three Williams

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