Who said the fun stops when the temperature drops? It definitely wasn’t us, and it’s definitely not Sydney. After what seems like a lifetime (okay, a year, but still) Vivid Sydney is fiiiiiiinally kicking off, and with it all the epic Vivid Sydney parties you’ve been waiting for .
So raise those excitement levels and prep your calendars for lights, drinks, art— and most importantly, food. Here are 14 amazing things happening in Sydney this weekend!
Munich Brauhaus Happy Hour
What’s an even better way to kick off the weekend than with a drink in hand? Well, that would be with a drink AND $1 chicken wings, obvs. At Munich Brauhaus you can start the weekend right with $5 craft beers, house wines and spirits, as well as some pretty damn tasty German food. This weekend they’ll even have a live oompah band to get the whole thing started. Busy this weekend? Don’t worry, it’s on every night during Vivid.
What: Happy Hour @ Munich Brauhaus
When: 5-7pm daily
Where: Playfair Street & Argyle Street, The Rocks
If you’re looking for some inspo this weekend, look no further than Soul Safari. The three-day program features 25 speakers that are sure to unleash your creativity with a range of talks and workshops. The best bit? You’ll have the chance to collaborate with artist Elliott Routledge (aka Numskull) on a massive on-site art piece. Go on, your future self will thank you for it later.
What: Soul Safari Sydney
When: 26th - 28th May
Where: The School, 85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery
Cost: Various, get tickets here
Broadway Sydney Fusion Festival
What’s fashion without a little food to enjoy with it? That’s exactly what Broadway Sydney are doing this weekend, combining some pretty special guests with their already pretty epic food and fashion offering. Taking over the recently revamped Level Two, there are a huge variety of events to get behind, with everything from photography exhibitions to cooking demonstrations planned over 4 huge days.
What: Broadway Sydney Fusion Festival
When: 25th – 28th May
Where: 1 Bay St, Broadway
Cost: Free Entry
Barangaroo Vivid Food
The most ‘grammable event of the year is here—and with it all of the events! The lights at Vivid are set to be ahh-ma-zing, but who can walk around for long periods without the hangries setting in? Not us. Luckily, Barangaroo has delivered the goods, in all their delicious forms. The southern end of Barangaroo will light up every night during Vivid Sydney, and they’ve made sure no one will go hungry; with food stalls (think paella and baos) and resident harbour side restaurants (here’s looking at you Untied and your fabulous glowing cocktails) getting in on the action. If you’re looking for us over the next couple of weeks there is a good chance we’ll be here.
What: Barangaroo Foodies Paradise @ Vivid
When: Friday 26th May – Saturday 17th June
Where: Barangaroo (South), near King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour
The Glenmore Hotel’s Winter Rooftop Party
What better way to get rid of those winter chills than to snuggle up with delicious food on the Glenmore roof, whilst enjoying those once a year Vivid Sydney views. The Bar is throwing its annual winter party, and in case you couldn’t tell, we’re super excited about it. Sip your way through their winter-inspired cocktails, throw your mate in front of the snow machine, and of course eat your weigh’s worth of their famous hot wings. We should probably mention that just by turning up you’ll go in the draw for a $100 Iconic voucher! We know, we know, see you there.
What: Winter Rooftop Party @ The Glenmore Hotel
When: Thursday 25th May
Where: 96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
Cost: Free Entry
Mr Black Festival Of The Espresso Martini
Get excited guys, it's finally here. Conveniently located at Vivid Sydney’s HQ, this is every espresso martini-lovers dream, complete with food to go with it. We’re talking Mary’s burgers, Loving Earth Chocolate, Young Henrys and Byron Bay Cookie Co, just to name a few. Tickets are booking fast, so you’d better hustle the crew.
What: Mr Black Festival of the Espresso Martini
When: Friday 26th – Saturday 27th May
Where: Overseas Passenger Terminal – The Rocks
Cost: $30 + bf
The Eye Live Project At Sydney Tower Eye
If you want the best view of Vivid Sydney look no further than the Sydney Tower Eye. And what’s better than 360-degree views over Sydney? 360-degree views with some damn good beats to go with it (did we mention the possibility of cocktails). The line-up includes artists from the emerging Aussie DJ scene, including KLP, Touch Sensitive and Luke Million. If they can’t get you dancing, no one can.
What: The Eye Live Project
When: 8:30pm – Midnight, every Friday and Saturday from 26th May until 17th June
Where: Sydney Tower Eye, 100 Market St
Soft Future Piano Bar
Throughout Vivid, the Opera House is where it’s at. The Soft Future Piano Bar will put you right in the centre of the action, transforming the Concert Hall’s Northern Foyer into a relaxing, decadent, pillow-y paradise, that comes complete with cheeky panoramic views of the harbour. Pair this with wine, and you’ve got one hell of a good time.
What: Soft Future Piano Bar
When: 26th May – 4th June
Where: Sydney Opera House
Cost: Free Entry
Vivid Dining @ Taronga Zoo
If you fancy being just a little bit fancy for a night, Targona Zoo has just the thing. During (you guessed it) Vivid Sydney, take your favourite human for dinner at The View Restaurant, and spend the night gazing not only at the amazing views of Sydney at its best but stuffing yourself silly on some seriously good food. Think crispy tempura cod, coconut lime panacotta—you’re hungry, we know, just book.
What: Vivid Dining @ Taronga Zoo
When: 26th May – 17th June, Thursday-Sunday Evenings
Where: Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman
Cost: $133 pp
Gabs Beer, Cider And Food Festival
Beer, cider and all of the food? We don’t care what it is, but we want in. Gabs Festival is back for another year this Saturday and with it tasting paddles (remember to pace yourself), live music, and of course, a whole lot of delicious street food.
What: Gabs Beer, Cider and Food Festival
When: Saturday 27th May
Where: 1 Showground Road, Olympic Park
International Hamburger Day @ Chargrill Charlies
It’s time to celebrate our one true love, the hamburger. How many times have you been there for us? Countless. And what better way to celebrate than by (you guessed it) eating a burger! Luckily for you (and us) Chargrill Charlie’s is offering 50% off burgers this Sunday (and basically making our lives 147% better). Think marinated grilled chicken, milk buns, and house-made beef patties (drool, drool and drool).
What: Chargrill Charlie’s International Hamburger Day
When: Sunday 28th May
Where: Various Locations
Autumn Harvest At Rouse Hill House And Farm
The last few days of autumn are here; but don’t worry if you haven’t played in any orange leaves, we’ve got your autumn fix right here. Rouse Hill House and Farm’s Autumn Harvest will teach you all about food waste and how to use food as medicine. Complete with talks, demonstrations and activities on sustainable food practices, you’ll be able to change your lifestyle for the better. Now, did we mention food stalls? Because not only are they delicious, their farmhouse toastie with handcrafted cheese and bush honey has your name all over it #welcome.
What: Autumn Harvest at Rouse Hill House and Farm
When: Sunday 28th May, 9am – 2pm
Where: 365 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill
Cost: Free Entry, Gold Coin Donation
Jamaican Vibes At Ravesis
Sipping cocktails by the beach is our favourite way to spend a Thursday night (or any night, if we’re honest), and this month that is exactly what we plan on doing at Ravesis. Appleton Estate is taking over the bar and they’ll be serving up dark and stormys, Appleton Glazed pork (yum) and there will be some pretty sweet specials (so this one will definitely fit into the budget, guys). There will be Jamaican-inspired music on both nights and this is your best chance at pretending that winter is not really upon us. See you there!
When: Thursday 25th May & Saturday 1st June
Where: Ravesis, Bondi
Jamaican Jungle Boogie At The Eastern
The Eastern is heading to Jamaica on Friday night! Appleton Estate is taking over the bar and serving up delicious cocktails and slushies (who doesn’t love a slushie?). If you’re one of the first 50 through the door at 8pm you’ll also receive a complimentary Jungle Juice (which can only mean good things). They’ve gone all out for this one, with Jamaican-inspired DJ sets by Dollar Bear, Saville, and Dan de Caires. The theme is even Jamaican—so dress to impress.
When: Friday 26th May
Where: The Eastern, Bondi Junction
For other great ways to spend Vivid this year, head over here!
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Image credit: Caitlin Hicks