Spring has officially sprung guys and that means only one thing—it’s time to dig out those lighter wares and get out amongst it. We’ve got everything from a yoga rave to music festivals and our personal faves—food festivals.
As always, we’re hungry, thirsty and ready to get this thing started. These are our favourite things to do in and around Sydney this weekend.
Latin American Film Festival
The Sydney Latin American Film Festival (SLAFF) is coming back guys so it’s time to gear up for the best of Latin American film and culture. Not only will you be getting cultured AF whilst being entertained, you’ll also be helping the community since SLAFF is a non-for-profit organisation sending all funds back to social justice, environmental and community development causes in Latin America and Australia. We’d call that a double win.
When: Thursday 7 September until Monday 11 September
Where: various locations
Thursday 7 September
Yoga Rave @ YogaBar
YogaRave is what you get when you combine yoga, non-stop boogie-ing, and wine complete with disco lights, glow sticks, and organic wine. You’ll probably be having so much fun that you won’t even notice you’re working out (maybe). This Yoga Define class is a one of a kind sort of deal, with a live DJ on the decks, a fluoro-only dress code and after-class bevvies. We’ll meet you there.
When: Thursday 7 September, 5.30pm start
Where: YogaBar, Westfield Sydney
Brazil Independence Day
Clear your calendars team, it’s time to celebrate the country that gave us cassava chips and Copacabana beach. Yep, Brazilian Independence Day is about to hit Sydney and you better believe there’ll be samba and carnivales happening all damn day, impromptu soccer matches and general great vibes. And did we mention there’ll be $6 tequilas? Because there will be and you’re welcome.
When: Thursday 7 September
Where: Side Bar
Vogue Fashion’s Night Out
For one night per year, you can shop till you literally drop, embrace your inner VIP self and pretend that little thing called ‘credit card limit’ ain't even a thing. Hosted by Vogue (duh) and American Express, Vogue’s Fashion Night Out is a one-night-only deal, with fashion shows, live music, competitions, makeovers at the Beauty Bar, freebies (what we’re all here for), and a 3D floral Vogue cover installation. Our wallets are (definitely not) ready.
When: Thursday 7 September, 5-10pm
Where: Pitt Street Mall
NESPRESSO POP-UP CAFÉ
For only night only (aka Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out Sydney on 7 September), Nespresso will be transforming their Pitt Street boutique into a pop-up café with an live DJ, coffee cart and tasting bay where you can learn alllllll about their new BARISTA coffees. When you're sick of the crowds and need a break before you battle it out for that must-have dress again (yes, again), you know where to go.
Where: Nespresso Pitt Street Boutique, Level 2, Westfield Sydney, 188 Pitt Street
When: Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out Sydney, 7 September, from 5pm
Friday 8 September
Cake Wines Presents: Keep it Disco 2nd Birthday
Keep it Disco is celebrating two rotations around the sun with their 2nd Birthday bash at Cake Wines Cellar Door in Redfern. If you love a good time (so uhhh, all of you) you certainly won’t be disappointed with this one. There’ll be DJs Brudo and Hux on the decks spinning all your fave tracks and so. Much. Wine. Happy Friday y’all.
When: Friday 8 September, 6pm – 12am
Where: Cake Wines Cellar Door, Redfern
Saturday 9 September
Day On The Hill Spring Music Festival
From the legends behind Winter Wines Festival comes Day On The Hill, a two day music, food and wine extravaganza. You’ll fill your belly with six hour slow-cooked pulled pork burgers and craft beer by Uncle Joe to start, then you’ll want to grab one of the premium Crooked River sparkling wines and a cheeky burg’ before taking your food baby to the grass for some live music.
When: Saturday 9 September, from 10:30am-9pm & Sunday 10 September, from 10:30am-5pm
Where: Crooked River Wines, Gerringong NSW
Qantas epiQure Wine Fair
Even if you’re not a Frequent Flyer member (or a frequent flyer in general, for that matter), you can still sample up to 200 hundred premium wines (we’ll let that sink in for a moment), spirits and gourmet food at the Qantas epiQure Wine Fair this weekend. You’ll be all over the wine masterclasses, love meeting the master winemakers behind some of Australia’s iconic wine brands and sampling the goods along the way (as we mentioned earlier—we’re just that excited about it).
When: Saturday 9 September, 1-6pm
Where: Qantas Head Office, Mascot
Parklands Food Festival
Back for its sixth year, the Parklands Food Fest is all about home grown produce and supporting the local community so obviously, we’re getting right behind it. There’ll be over fifty food stalls (including seafood paella and zero-waste dishes from the OzHarvest Food Truck), fresh farm produce from the Parklands itself, live music, and oh-so-much more. This year’s home grown theme pays homage to the local produce suppliers, oh and don’t forget to swing by the Microbrewery Marquee for locally-brewed craft beers and the Sweet Spot for churros and waffles.
When: Saturday 9 September, 10am – 4pm
Where: Lizard Log, Abbotsbury
Sydney Spring Carnival Kicks Off
The Sydney Spring Carnival season has officially kicked off in Sydney and we’ve got ten weeks of horse racing Fashions on the Field ahead of us. The iconic Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens will see 23 group races with a combined prize pool of 23 million dollarydoos up for grabs, so gather your crew and pop on your fave fascinator because this is about to go down.
When: Saturday 9 September until Saturday 4 November
Where: Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens Racecourses
Sunday 10 September
Alfie’s Vegan Feast
What happens when you combine The Sydney Fringe Festival with an all-vegan feast?! Well, you’re about to find out because Alfie’s Kitchen has teamed up with Sydney Fringe to deliver a candle-lit eight-course warehouse dinner and yes, of course, there’ll be a bar. There’ll be eight plant-based courses to stuff yo’ face with and for after dinner entertainment, comedy acts from the Sydney Fringe Festival.
When: Sunday 10 September
Where: HPG Festival Hub, Alexandria
Festival Of The Winds Bondi
Bring your kids, bring your bae, or bring a damn good picnic to Australia’s largest kite flying festival, Festival of the Winds this weekend. It’s all happening down at Bondi Beach, so if nothing else, go for no other reason than to take some fire ‘grams. The skies will be filled with kites of all shapes and sizes, flown by profesh kite flyers (yep, that’s a legit profession) both local and international. There’ll also be live music, kite making stalls and an animal farm.
When: Sunday 10 September
Where: Bondi Beach
Aboriginal Bush Food Experience
The Aboriginal Bush Food Experience will have you learning from the experts about all things native. Yep, this one dives deep into the world’s oldest living culture and their traditional bush food through tastings and demos. You’ll sample native veggies and plants, seasonal fruits, seeds, and berries, learn about traditional food prep and enjoy a three course bush food meal. Details here.
When: Sunday 10 September, 1-3pm
Where: The Learning Centre, Royal Botanic Gardens
YES Rally For Marriage Equality
ICYMI, the YES Rally For Marriage Equality is happening this Sunday and we have a feeling that you’ll want to be there. Hosted by several LGBTQI organisations including GetUp!, Community Action Against Homophobia, and the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, bring yo’ friends, show your support and most importantly spread all the equal rights love.
When: Sunday 10 September, 1-4pm
Where: Town Hall
Sydney Colourfest is an epic festival of music, dance, colour and guys, it’s happening this Sunday. There’ll be something for everyone, from RnB bangers to pop, house and also live performances from local DJs. You’ll dance, you’ll laugh and you’ll throw coloured powder over all of your mates.
When: Sunday 10 September, 11am-4pm
Where: Sydney Showground
King Street Crawl
King Street Crawl is coming back to Newtown this year, with even more pubs and bars added to the already mile-long crawl list. There’ll be secret acts announced on the night (because who doesn’t love a bit of mystery?), and tonnes of local acts at every venue along the crawl. You’ll be hitting up Union Hotel Newtown, The Landsdowne, Miss Peaches, The Marly, and Mary’s Newtown for starters. Heads up, this is the kind of event where you’ll pick up life long friends along the way, then never call them again.
When: Sunday 10 September
Where: Various locations around Newtown
Bulldog Gin At Bella Vista Hotel
This month at the Bella Vista Hotel it’s all about Bulldog Gin. There’ll be ice-cold gin and tonic signature serves available at the bar, and that sounds like an ideal way to spend a Friday night. We strongly suggest you kick the weekend off and head down on Friday 8th September to enjoy some delicious free samples of the classic B&T. Order a bev and settle in with your mates for the night. Drink Responsibly.
When: Fridays until 22 September, 7pm – 10pm
Where: Bella Vista Hotel
Bulldog Gin Sunday Sessions At Miranda Hotel
Summer is coming early at Miranda Hotel this month, with Bulldog Gin and tonic drinks available at the bar every Sunday until 5 October. There’ll be a special little something happening on Sunday 10th September but we don’t want to give too much away so you’ll have to head down if you want to know more. Drink responsibly.
When: Sundays until 5 October between 4pm – 7pm
Where: Miranda Hotel
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Image credit: Alfie's Vegan Feast