February may be the shortest month of the year, but Sydney sure does know how to fill it. And lucky for us, weekends in February are jampacked. So as we farewell summer and welcome a crisp and not-so-hot (please have mercy) autumn; February is going out with a bang. This weekend prepare for crabs (mind out of the gutter), art galleries, festivals, pop-up beach bars, and one ridiculous obstacle challenge.
Here are 14 things to do this weekend in Sydney to make sure your work-free days are the best free days ever.
Thursday 23 February
Toho Nights At Goros
Party like its 1954 in Tokyo this Thursday at Goros. Karaoke, sashimi and Godzilla are just a few things that should be coming to mind. Celebrating the Japanese film company, Toho, that brought us the legend of Godzilla prepare for a night of just that, celebrations. Sydney DJ Jay Katzo will host an ode to Mothra, Rodan and the slizz lizz himself, with an array of guest performers and electronic tunes galore.
What: Toho Nights At Goros
When: Thursday nights @ 8pm
Where: Goros, 84-86 Mary Street, Surry Hills
Cost: Free, more info here.
Friday 24 February
Baronette Sampling And Live Music At The Eastern
Baronette sampling is kicking off at The Eastern this Friday night. In case you aren’t familiar, this means you’ll be able to sip on Baron Samedi Spiced cocktails, made from the Haitian rum (obvs) and with flavours like vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon and clove vetiver (yeah, yum). There will also be live DJ sets from Thunderfox & Majun Bu (24 February), a performance by the Bag Raiders (4 March) and Josh Cashman (7 April) so trust us when we say you’ll want to be there.
Crackin’ Crab At The Star
Two of the Star’s signature restaurants, BLACK and Balla, are celebrating crackin’ crab this weekend. Bibs at the ready people as head chefs prepare three delicious seasonal crab dishes for your dining pleasure. That’s right, king crab, mud crab, and even Alaskan crab, are all on the menu and all equally delicious.
What: Crab at BLACK Bar & Grill and Balla
When: 15 February to 28 February
Where: The Star
Cost: 3 courses for $99, dishes available individually as well
Catch A Wave With UberSURF
Newcastle and Central Coast homeboys, we’re holla-ing at you. Uber have done it again, launching the world’s first ridesharing service exclusively for surfers. Celebrating Surfest this weekend, surfers in the Newcastle and Central coast region can hitch a ride to the beach, for themselves and their boards, at the tap of a button. Each driver can carry up to 4 surfer dudes and their boards, which means that you and three friends only need to worry about the important things in life: surfing, surfing and did we mention, surfing?
When: Monday 20 February – Friday 26 February
Where: Newcastle and Central Coast
Red Bull Sound Select February
In an effort to make Sydney’s music scene even more happening, Red Bull has created an artist development program that pairs local talent with established acts. We’re happy to report that this juicy concoction is brewing at none other than the Chippo Hotel this weekend. Curated by the veterans at FBi Radio, Habits and Kllo (two of Melbourne’s finest) will feature alongside upcoming poet-rapper Kimchi Princi. Gather one and all to watch musical history being made literally in front of your eyes.
What: Redbull Sound Select February
When: Friday 24 February 8pm
Where: The Chippendale Hotel, 87-91 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale
Cost: $3-$10, more info here
Twilight Food Fair
The Twilight Food Fair has been a staple in North Sydney for over 15 years now, and for good reason. This week Johnny G & The E Types have the mic, with live entertainment and you-name-it-we’ve-got-it food stalls at the ready. This is the perfect way to wind down after work and celebrate all the joy (read: food) that comes with the weekend. There’s only two fairs left of the twilight food season, so quick sticks and scoot your toot.
What: Twilight Food Fair
When: 5.30pm-9.30pm every Friday
Where: Civic Park, North Sydney
Saturday 25 February
Adman: Warhol Before Pop
Everyone has a past but unlike our borings ones, Andy Warhol really rocked his. Before Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Campbell’s Soup, there lived the then emerging NYC artist—Andy Warhol. Curated by the AGNSW’s senior curator Nicholas Chambers, the blast-from-the-past exhibition boasts over 300 works, from Warhol’s first magazine gig in 1949 to his proto-pop experiments in the early 60s. Witness the making of the man, the myth, and certainly, the god damn legend at Adman: Warhol before Pop.
What: Adman: Warhol before Pop
When: 25 February – 28 May
Where: Art Gallery NSW
Cost: adults $18, concession $16, book your tickets here.
Mardi Gras Events At AGNSW
The Art Gallery of NSW is set for its queer makeover with events aligning with their Adman: Warhol Before Pop exhibition, happening concurrently with The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. We’re super excited for Queer Thinking, Queer Warhol which uses the queer lens to focus on the theme of sexuality in Warhol’s artistic shindigs, with a panel discussion involving 5 leading Aussie artists. Come back the next day for the EqualiTea Party, with a broader discussion of queer-centric topics, including speakers such as author Benjamin Law and advocate Bonnie Hart. We are assured there is ample afternoon tea and a sneaky glass of bubbles, as well as heap of hearty convos to be had.
What: Queer Thinking, Queer Warhol and EqualiTea Party
When: Saturday 25 February 1-3pm, Sunday 26 February 1-3pm
Where: Art Gallery of NSW
Cost: Prices start at $25, see here for details.
This weekend marks the launch of the first official Portuguese-Brazilian festival in Sydney. They’ve coined this carnival the Canguru na Folia, translating to Kangaroo revelry, and we for one can’t wait for the live music, delish food and drinks from not one, but two of the very best (and most tasty) of countries.
What: Canguru na Folia Festival
When: Saturday 25 February – Sunday 26 February
Where: Sydney Portugal Community Club – 100 Marrickville Road, Marrickville
Cost: $5-$7, head here.
Watsons Bay Hotel Beach Club Pop Up
Cue seaside-chic attire, beachside old-timer Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is doing a quick hop, skip and and a jump OTB and landing at their new Manly beach Pop-Up. That’s right, the legends at the Australian Open of Surfing have answered our prayers; teaming up with Watto Bay for a real life beach bar, with real sand AND real drinks (by real drinks, we’re talking real alcoholic content, obvs). Expect big things from this baby, surfs definitely up.
What: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel Beach Club Pop Up
When: From February 25 to March 5
Where: Manly Beach
Cost: Free entry, head here for more info.
Rooftop Yoga At The Old Clare Hotel
Nom.com takes on a whole new meaning at The Old Clare Hotel’s weekly Rooftop Yoga. Enjoy a downward dog or two this Saturday morning by the pool, with a yoga session hosted by Kristy Da Silva. Expect long-held stretches and consequent long-held relaxation. Nom.com also includes a chat with health coach Stef Jung for some tricks to living a healthy life. First point of call, obviously, is the Kensington Street foodie heaven precinct you’ve found yourself in just in time for lunch.
What: Rooftop Yoga At The Old Clare Hotel
When: Saturday, February 25 at 8.30am
Where: The Old Clare Hotel, Kensington Street, Chippendale
Saporium Market Day
Each Saturday, The Cannery in Rosebery is transported to an urban marketplace ensuring the best quality produce. All under the same roof, Kingsmore Meats and Welcome Dose Speciality Coffee, are just some of the crowd-pleasers, with over 15 stall holders (yes, Mr Bao Buns will be there, you’re welcome) just waiting to feed you.
What: Saporium Market Day
When: Every Saturday 10am-3pm
Where: Saporium, Rosebery
Sunday 26 February
Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge
This is about as ridiculous as it gets. Inspired by the highly entertaining game shows like Wipeout and MXC, the Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge was born: a real life, really ridiculous obstacle adventure. Think inflatables, foam cannons, costume contests and wrecking balls. Sydney Olympic Park is getting larger than life this weekend, so grab your tickets before it’s too late (we’re serious it sold out in 4 freaking hours last year!).
What: Roc Race
When: Saturday 25 February and Sunday 26 February
Where: Sydney Olympic Park, first wave starts at 7.30am
Open to age 13+ - More info here.
Tramsheds Artisan Lane Markets
The historic Rozelle Tram Depot turns into a market like no other every Sunday at Tramsheds. Home to some of our faves—Bodega 1904, Belles Hot Chicken and of course, Messina, every Sunday Tramsheds mingles the permanent with the temporary in their ‘flexi-space’ Artisan Lane: programming food stalls, masterclasses and of course, a whole lot of markets. Every weekend is different, with appearances spotted from Pepe Saya, Chrissie’s Cuts and the modern Sri Lankan Hopper Kade.
What: Tramsheds Artisan Lane
When: Every Sunday from 8.30am
Where: Tramsheds, Forest Lodge
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