Sayonara summer, it's been real. With more rain than sun (Sydney, please sort yourself out) we’re well and truly in the grips of autumn. Ever the optimist, we're turning a blind eye when it comes to the weather this weekend because there's just waaaaaaaaay too much fun to be had outdoors.
So fear not friends, we've got you covered with 17 awesome (no matter the weather) things to do in Sydney this weekend.
Taste Of Sydney At Centennial Parklands
Taste of Sydney is taking over Centennial Park this weekend, and bringing Sydney’s hottest restaurants along for the ride. We’re talking about the best—from Bouche on Bridge, Long Chim, Kensington Street Social, nel. and that's just for starters. To avoid the queues (and cut your ticket costs), you'll want to book your tickets in advance. Yep, that sure does mean more money for wine, we're glad you were thinking the same. Head to the Taste of Sydney page for deets.
When: 9 – 12 March
Where: Centennial Park
Cost: from $25
Get cultured this weekend at Parramatta’s annual Parramasala event. There’s nothing we love more than entertainment, markets, art, music and the glue that holds every event together—food. The communal event promotes cultural diversity and equality through that one tasty, universal language we can all speak. It’ll be the most fun you can have sans passport.
What: Parramasala Festival
Where: Parramatta’s Prince Alfred Square & Parramatta Riverbanks
When: 10th – 12th March
Cost: Free entry
Alliance Francaise Film Festival
Le popcorn at the ready team. The very best in French cinema is hitting our screens for the 27th year in a row (so you know it’s good) with 45 of the best films, showcasing a mix of artistry and new talent, oui oui! The festival has carefully selected the best of adventurous, feminist and comedic cinema, and thrown in a taste of Cannes to save all you movie buffs the airfare.
What: Alliance Francaise Film Festival
When: 7th – 30th March
Where: Palace Verona, Palace Norton St (Sydney)
Cost: Prices from $14.50
Camilla And Marc Warehouse Sale
Fashionistas it’s time to flex that plastic like it ain’t nobody’s business. Camilla and Marc are holding their annual warehouse sale with up to 75% off (there is a God, and he wants you to look daaaaaaamn good). The sale includes samples, past season collections and rare one off pieces. With the sale going day and night over a generously fashionable 5 days, you’re sure to find the time (and outfit) for the weekend ahead.
What: Camilla and Marc Warehouse Sale
Where: Paddington Town Hall, 249 Oxford Street Paddington
When: Thursday 9 March 8am - 9pm; Fri 10 & Sat 11 March 8am – 6pm; Sun 12 March 9am – 4pm
March in Sydney is basically one big festival, (and we aren’t complaining)! Art Month is back and this weekend we're headed to Sirius for a good cause. The Sirius building is opening up its historic doors for a portrait drawing session of resident Myra Demetriou. Myra is a 90 year old, blind, physically frail woman who is on a mission to save the iconic building from demolition #respect. So channel your inner artist and get sketching.
What: Art Month's Sirius Building Tour
Where: The Sirius Building, 48 Cumberland St Miller Point
When: 11th - 20th March, 10am
Bakehouse Theatre, The Laden Table
Be a fly on the wall at Bakehouse Theatre's latest showing of The Laden Table. Written by a collective group of Jewish, Muslim and Christian women, the play zooms in on dinner table racism... and its about to get topical AF. Forget the US elections because this is going to trump (see what we did there?) any dinner table politics you've had. Don’t miss out on all the edge of your seat action and get tickets stat.
What: The Laden Table at Bakehouse Theatre
When: 10th - 25th March
Where: Bakehouse Theatre, 2/244–248 William St, Kings Cross
Playgrounds In Paradise
Summer might be over, but that doesn't mean you can’t get tropical. Head down to The Yellow House Gallery to witness Greg Nagel's display of Polynesian style works firsthand. The collection interconnects the relationship between humans and nature, showcasing the best of Tahitian living in all its glory.
What: Greg Nagel's Playgrounds of Paradise
When: 7th - 19th March
Where: The Yellow House Gallery
Cost: Entry is free
PROJECT BOTANICALS GIN GARDEN POP UP
Enjoy the last of the warmth (picnic-style) at Bombay Sapphire’s Project Botanical Gin Garden. Set against the harbour backdrop that Sydney is oh-so famous for, this open-air bar offers a selection of botanically inspired cocktails you’ll want to keep drinking all night long. Gather the crew and get ready for what’s bound to be one hell of garden party.
Where: Outside the Botanic Gardens Restaurant, Mrs Macquaries Road, Royal Botanic Gardens
When: 4pm to 10pm Thursday to Saturday and 2pm to 9pm Sundays from 2nd to 12th March
Cost: Entry is free
Thursday 9 March
Radical Truth Comedy
If your kind of humour is a little dark and ruthless, then prepare to laugh your way into the dark corner of The Chippo with comedians Nick Sun and Aiden Killian. The seriously funny Irish duo who have worked alongside comedy gold like Chris Rock and Doug Stanhope, have used their pearls of wisdom to create the ultimate night of LOLs. But be quick because they're teaming up for one night only, and they're not holding back.
What: Radical Truth Comedy Show
Where: The Chippo Hotel, 87-91 Abercrombie St Chippendale (Sydney)
When: 8pm - 10pm Thursday 9th March
Waterpolo By The Sea
Ladies start writing your thank you cards because your week is about to get a whole lot hotter, and no we're not referring to the weather (#sorrynotsorry). Catch your last glimpse of the best beach bods this Thursday with the world's best water polo players returning to Bondi for the Nexba Water Polo By the Sea. Hosted at the oh-so-Bondi Icebergs, get every kind of killer view whilst cheering on our boys as they take on the international all stars, in your new favourite spectator sport. And if that's not enough, then head to Hotel Ravesis for the after party, kicking off from 8pm, with exclusive access for ticket holders.
What: Nexba Water Polo by the Sea
When: Thursday 9 March, from 5:30pm
Where: Bondi Icebergs - 1 Notts Avenue, Bondi
Friday 10 March
Baronette Sampling At Bella Vista Hotel
The quickest way to get those Fri-YAY vibes coming in strong this weekend, is by heading to the Bella Vista Hotel for a cheeky cocktail, made with Baron Samedi spiced. Sampling will be happening between 7pm-10pm and there’ll be live DJs and $9 signature cocktails available until 3 April, so get on that.
Where: Bella Vista Hotel
When: Friday 10 March
Cost: Free sampling and $9 cocktails
Taste Of Israel At Darlo Country Club
The new Dine and Dance series at Darlo Country Club has begun and boy do we love this week’s theme. Take a trip to Israel with décor, cocktails, entertainment and of course, food. Get your Middle Eastern taste buds tingling with a twist, a deconstructed baba ganoush anyone? Yep, now we’re talking.
What: Taste of Israel at Darlo Country Club
When: Friday 10th March, sittings at 6pm & 8:30pm
Where: Darlo Country Club, 235 Victoria Street Darlinghurst
Saturday 11 March
Ladies Day At Rosehill Gardens
Ladies unite for the day of all days at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday. Frock up and rock up for your ultimate day of pampering and champ-ering (that’s a thing right?) with complimentary make up and nail touch ups, field fashion competitions and prizes. The newly fitted out Rosehill Gardens comes complete with fine dining and architecturally designed facilities, so it’s guaranteed to be oo-la-lovely.
What: Ladies Day at Rosehill Gardens
When: Saturday 11th March
Where: Rosehill Gardens, James Ruse Drive Rosehill
Chippendale Food And Wine Safari
The Chippendale food and wine safari is here and our stomachs are roaring. Grab your one-day passport because it’s your ticket to eating your way around the foodie world of Kensington St. Kicking off at Olio, stamp your way to Bistrot Gavroche, LP’s Quality Meats and Handpicked Cellar Door.
What: Chippendale Food & Wine Safari
When: Saturday 11th March, 3-5pm
Where: Kensington Street, Chippendale
Summers over so it's time to pack our bikinis away, wipe away those tears and head down to Bondi for a skin check. IBM is partnering up with the Melanoma Institute to take care of Sydneysiders’ skin and better yet, it’s free! They're doing the adulting for us, all you have to do is show up and tick this one off the to do list!
What: Outthink Melanoma Skin Checks
When: 8am - 5pm, Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th March
Where: Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club, Queen Elizabeth Drive Bondi Beach
Sunday 12 March
Smokehouse Sundays At The Erko
Smokehouse Sundays are back at the perfect post summer moment. The Erko is firing up the old smoker for the biggest and baddest Texan feast, yep we can't say that sentence without salivating either. Take your belly through the whole state, with baby back ribs from the east, pollo de asado from the west and smoked brisket from the juicy centre. And you guessed it, you’ll wish your stomach was as big of the state of Texas.
What: Smokehouse Sundays at Erko
When: Sunday 5th March, from 3pm
Where: Erskinville Hotel, 102 Erskinville Road
Cost: Entry is free
Heineken’s Great Taste Of Summer Party
With summer on the outs, we're pretending were not devastated and doing the only thing we know how to deal with it... and that's hitting Heineken's Great Taste of Summer Party. Resist reality with beats and brews at the soul of all Sunday summer sessions—Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel.
What: Heineken's Great Taste of Summer Party
When: Sunday 12th March, from 3pm
Where: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Cost: Free entry
If one fashion warehouse sale isn't enough (when is it ever?), check out this massive fashion sale throughout March.
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Image credit: Nexba Water Polo by the Sea