The festive season has officially started which means two things: You’re probably already behind on your Christmas shopping and you’re also excite/overwhelmed AF about all the awesome events coming up.
We’re here to tell you that Sydney is putting on an epic spread of things to do this weekend. But that there's no need to be overwhelmed because we officially have your back.
Brownie points to the legend that gets around to all of these (and we know you will), here are 16 things you need to tick-off this weekend in Sydney.
Thursday 1st Of December
Eat Fried Chicken (guilt-free) For A Good Cause
If you’re looking for an excuse to eat endless amounts of crispy fried chicken guilt-free, you’ve come to the right place. For the entire month of December, Ribs & Burgers will be serving up succulent ribs of tender goodness for Ribs 4 Kids in support of Save Our Sons (the peak body for Duchenne in Australia). Served with their legendary ranch sauce (it’s seriously so good you could drink it), these mouth-watering new ribs are an absolute must, and considering $2 from each sale will go straight to the children’s charity, you can eat as many as you want.
What: Ribs 4 Kids
When: 1 December – 31 December
Where: All Ribs & Burgers stores nationwide
Summer Party at Icebergs
It’s only right that you kick off summer with an ultimate summer party, in the ultimate summer location. Cue Bondi’s glorious Icebergs. We don’t really need to say much more because when the views are as insane as they are … you know the party has to be insane too.
What: Summer Party at Icebergs
When: Thursday 1st of December, 7pm
Where: Icebergs Dining Room and Bar
Cost: Free entry
Laneway Dining At The Intercontinental
It’s street dining with a twist people so get amongst it! The award-winning 117 dining team is serving up a five-course degustation dinner, (delicious) all paired with select wines, against a backdrop of Christmas lights and a DJ at the Intercontinental. Because the views from the Supper Club never get old, you’ll also get to sip on their signature cocktail, the Golden Whistler, with 270-degree views of Sydney Harbour, a cheeky 37 levels up.
What: Laneway Dining at the Intercontinental
When: Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd of December
Where: Intercontinental Sydney
Cost: $159 per person
Because it’s not really summer without a night spent at Moonlight Cinema. Kicking off this Thursday, the movie line-up already has us buying tickets to every night (we’re serious). Screening this weekend are blockbusters like Sully, Suicide Squad, Bridget Jones’s Baby and Masterminds.
What: Moonlight Cinema
When: Thursday 1st of December
Where: Centennial Park
Cost: $19 per person
GPO Dessert Bar
Sydney, there’s a dessert bar, which means your one-way ticket to a sugar-induced food coma is near. Popping up alongside all the Christmas festivities in the CBD, the GPO Dessert Bar is set to have the ultimate treats for your festive bellies. So, what’s on the menu? Hint: Nutella donuts, creamy gelato, chocolate ricotta cannoli, chocolate truffle cakes and a heap of Christmas goodies!
What: GPO Dessert Bar
When: Thursday 1st of December (everyday)
Where: Martin Place, CBD
Triple J’s Matt and Alex’s 5 Raves in 5 Days
We’re still having a major sulk party over the loss of of these guys, but Triple J’s Matt and Alex aren’t quite done (we’re pretty damn excited about this one). These boys are embarking on a “Farewell Tour”, conquering five gigs in five states in five days. Their Sydney show is set to have some of the duos favourite DJs and radio guests (think Gang of Youths and Lisa Mitchell).
What: Triple J’s Matt and Alex’s 5 Raves in 5 Days
When: Thursday 1st of December
Where: Beach Road Hotel, Bondi
Festive Fare Prix Fixe at Stockroom Restaurant
So there’s a special festive prix fixe menu at the Stockroom and it’s the kind that makes you want to try everything. Absolutely, everything. Dishes include a confit duck salad, slow-roasted peppered tenderloin and classic cherry clafoutis.
What: Festive Fare Prix Fixe Menu at Stockroom Restaurant
When: Thursday 1st of December (every day)
Where: Intercontinental Sydney
Cost: $55 per person for two courses, $70 per person for three courses
Food Truck Fund
The Food Truck Fund is one blissful, beachside night of gourmet food and entertainment for a seriously good cause. This food truck festival is raising money for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. Expect to find our fave mobile eats including Cantina Movil, De Wafel and Kayter Co.
What: The Food Truck Fund
When: Thursday 1st of December, 5pm-8pm
Where: Robertson Park, Watsons Bay
Cost: $50 per person (you’ll receive two tokens to be spent on any food truck)
Friday 2nd Of December
Jennifer Lia Exhibition
If you live in Sydney, a love for all things salt and sand is a must. Which is why Jennifer Lia’s latest exhibition “Local” is a massive must this weekend. Celebrating Sydney’s iconic coastline, her latest exhibit is a collection of canvas works, all an ode to cool aqua colours, deep teal and arctic white wash.
What: Jennifer Lia Local exhibition
When: Friday 2nd of December, 5;30-8pm
Where:251-255 Oxford Street, Reservoir Gardens, Paddington
National Art School Graduate Exhibition
The National Art School Grad Exhibit showcases the best emerging talent from students who have finished the Bachelor of Fine Art. Students work on pieces in ceramics, painting, printmaking, photo-media or sculpture and they’re all pretty damn impressive.
What: Graduate Exhibition
When: Friday 2nd of December until Monday 12th of December, 11am-5pm
Where: National Art School
Sake’s Signature Dragon Egg
PSA: the Dragon Egg is back. Repeat, the Dragon Egg is back. One of Sake's most iconic desserts (make that one of Sydney’s most iconic desserts), has been re-created for summer and we’re freaking out (read: you should be too). This epic summer dessert is now made up of thin Opalys white chocolate, a sponge base, almond crunch praline cream, topped with mandarin mousse, crystalised ginger and fresh raspberries.
What: Sake’s Dragon Egg
When: Friday 2nd of December
Where: Sake Restaurant and Bar
Saturday 3rd Of December
Royal Croquet Club
With great food (think Milky Lane, Messina Eats and Butter), music and a massive game of croquet. Basically, if you don’t go, what are you even doing with your life? This weekend at Royal Croquet Club is one of the best yet with Heineken Saturday bringing the likes of Bag Raiders, KLP and San Cisco for one massive outdoor party.
What: Royal Croquet Club
When: Saturday 3rd of December, 12pm onwards. Tickets $20 after 6pm.
Where: Bondi Park, Bondi
Newport Summer Sessions
We love The Newport because it’s one absolutely epic place to spend your weekend. This summer these guys will be throwing some seriously good summer sessions, a Festival Weekend (on every weekend) jam packed with entertainment, acoustic performances and DJs… so your go-to summer hang out is totally sorted. Plus there’s a heap of activities for the kiddies too!
What: Newport Summer Sessions
When: Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of December
Where: The Newport Hotel
Cue all the roti, curry, laksa, noodles and rice that you could ever eat (and then pack that into two epic days). This weekend calls for a massive Malay feast with dishes from Chinta Ria, Mamak Village and Little Ipoh which means we’re about to eat ourselves silly. And we aren’t even mad about it.
What: Malaysia Fest
When: Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of December, 11:30am-8:30pm
Where: Pyrmont Park, Pyrmont
Cost: Free entry
Free Weekend Yoga
We’re never really on top of our fitness game so thank you Gateway for understanding those feels. Celebrating their new green space, Gateway Sydney is hosting free yoga classes every weekend through to February next year. Whether you’re a season guru or first time yogi, you’ll want to hit up this epic outdoor yoga sesh in a prime location.
What: Free weekend yoga at Gateway
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-12pm
Where: Jessie Street Gardens, Gateway Sydney
Sunday 4th Of December
Guys, it’s mango season and let’s face it, if you’re good at making a mess, you’ll want to hit up the fab Mango Mess-tival (it’s the only everyone ever). Plus, anytime we get the chance to play with our food, we are so there. Expect mango sampling, giveaways, super delicious sausage sizzle, mango relay races and an epic mango eating competition.
What: Mango Mess-tival by Aussie Mangoes
When: Sunday 4th of December
Where: North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club
Barangaroo Blak Market
The Blak Market is popping up at Barangaroo Reserve with a heap of Indigenous works and performances. There will be acoustic sets, cooking demos (including the bush-tucker kind), traditional stories and dancing.
What: Blak Market
When: Sunday 4th of December, 9:30am-3pm
Where: Barangaroo Reserve
Locally Made- Sydney’s Maker Markets
There’s no denying we love our markets. We could shop at them everyday. The latest instalment of Locally Made will take place in Waterloo, and it’s Christmas themed, so your festive shopping is sorted. There will be over 60 makers, musicians, food stalls, interactive workshops and a seriously cool yoga room for kids (and parents).
What: Commune’s Sydney Maker Markets, Locally Made
When: Sunday 4th of December, 10am-5pm
Where: 901 Bourke Street, Waterloo
Need more things to do this summer? Free things are the best!
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