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17 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend In Sydney

By Frances Magiera - 28 Sep 2017


ICYMI this weekend is a glorious long weekend and we plan to fill it with alllll the events. Cancel your Netflix and chill time, clear your diaries and prepare for a whole weekend of eating, drinking and celebrating. Then do a little bit more eating. 

There's a festival dedicated to ribs and a brunch that’s all about the rosé—yep, this weekend is looking damn delicious. There’s even a speed dating event for a good cause and that’s the best damn excuse you’ll find to get back on the horse.

Here are all the awesome things you need to do this weekend in Sydney. 

All Weekend

Bottomless Brunch At Butcher & The Farmer

ICYMI boozy brunching is the only way to do brunch. Make the most of your fave weekend activity with the legends at Butcher and the Farmer, who are celebrating their first birthday by putting on bottomless glasses of Chandon S every Saturday and Sunday. Scrambled eggs with a side of bubbles? Yes please.

Where: Butcher and the Farmer, Tramsheds
When: Saturday & Sunday, from 10am to 11:45am

Manly Jazz Festival @ Hotel Steyne

Get down to Hotel Steyne this weekend because the Manly Jazz Festival will be in full swing. There’ll be top notch jazz artists like Slide McBride and The Aston Martini’s playing all weekend. Food-wise, we recommend you grab a classic pub meal, a beer and settle in for the long haul.

When: Saturday 30 September – Monday 2 October
Where: Hotel Steyne

Footy Finals Weekend @ The Star

ICYMI it’s footy finals this weekend and there’s nowhere better to kick back with a cold brew and watch all the action live than at The Star’s 24/7 Sports Bar. That’s right. A 24/7 sports bar. After the game, celebrate your win around the grounds and get amongst the roaming theatrical entertainment or check out Nathaniel at Rock Lily for free. Get all the deets here.

Where: The Star
When: 29 September to 31 September

Hunter By The Harbour 

PSA: Wine country (that’s the Hunter Valley FYI) is coming to Darling Harbour this long weekend. You can expect harbour-side markets showcasing the best of the Hunter’s crafts, homewares, eats and bevs. From macrame plant hangers by local artists to bath bombs by River Flats Soapary, oh and wine. Did we mention the wine?

When: Saturday 30 September to Monday 2 October, 10am-4pm
Where: Cockle Bay Wharf
Cost: Free

Gin Flight At The Ternary

The Ternary is celebrating spring the best way they know how, with booze. Specifically, with gin flights. There’ve got local distilleries on board (think Four Pillars, Distillery Botanica, Melbourne Gin Company and Ink) and a month-long cocktail special is just the cherry on top, made with Cointreau, Mezcal, sweet agave syrup, zingy lime and watermelon and torched rosemary on top. Our suggestion? Start with the flight and end on the cocktail.

When: Now until November
Where: The Ternary Restaurant & Bar
Cost: $32pp

TAG Heuer Globetrotter Exhibition

Travel through time (we couldn’t help ourselves) at the Heuer Globetrotter Exhibition, celebrating TAG Heuer’s 150-year strong history. Think vintage roadshow vibes, but with a sporty twist—we’re into it. 

When: Saturday 30 September
Where: TAG Heuer Boutique Store, Westfield Sydney
Cost: Free

Oktoberfest Long Weekend

Oktoberfest is here. We repeat Oktoberfest is here. Head to Munich Brauhaus, Bavarian Bier Cafe, and The Bavarian at The Rocks for the full German beer hall experience. There’ll be imported Bavarian beer on tap, sausages (mandatory), schnitties and crispy pork belly. We suggest you bring a crowd, order one of everything and share the lot. You’ll be yodelling in no time. 

When: Saturday 30 September to Monday 2 October
Where: Munich Brauhaus, Bavarian Bier Cafe & The Bavarian 

Thursday 28 September

Speed Dating For The Hunger Project

Kill two birds with the one stone this weekend by ending your dating drought and helping to end poverty all at the same time. That’s right team, this is speed dating at its best and all proceeds are going to The Hunger Project (one of our fave charities, FYI). Whilst you mingle with twelve new faces and bring your best chat, you’ll also help to save the world. It’s a win win, really. Book here.

When: Thursday 28 September, 7pm
Where: Wayward Brewing Co.
Cost: $60pp 

Cuban Takeover At The Paddington.

This weekend, we’re celebrating our love of all things Cuban at the, well, Cuban takeover at The Paddington. There’ll be a traditional feast and snack menu designed by Danielle Alvarez (of Fred’s) who’s designed a menu filled with delicious things like beef empanadas with olives and raisins, mojo marinated fried chicken wings with plantain chips, and a whole roasted suckling pig with garlic and lime sauce, shrimp creole, and plenty of beans, rice and avo. Basically, it’s just a huge feast. You’ll also find Havana Club cocktails at the bar, Cuban soul vinyl records playing all afternoon and a photo exhibition featuring snaps of life in modern day Cuba.  

When: Thursday 28 September
Where: The Paddington

Friday 29 September

Red Bull Sound Select

Australia’s best newcomer musicians and bands are taking to the greens in Marrickville this weekend as part of the monthly event, Red Bull Sound Select. You’ll be jamming to The Orwells from Chicago, Brisbane’s Good Boy and Sydney rock band, Sunscreen. The best part? It’s only $3 for guaranteed good vibes if you RSVP right now

When: Friday 29 September
Where: Marrickville Bowling Club
Cost: $3 with RSVP, $10 without RSVP

That 2000s Party

Cast your mind back to the days when Fergie was killing the charts, Paris was on TV and Juicy Couture was peak fashun. Oh yes guys, a millennium party is about to hit Sydney and it’ll be nothing but break up bangers all night long. Over at the bar it’s equally ridiculous, with Lizzie McGuirejitos, Simple Life Spritzens, and double denim bombs flowing all damn night.We know this is all of your wildest, most closeted dreams come true. Book tickets here

When: Friday 29 September
Where: The Bait Shop
Cost: Tickets from $16.90

Saturday 30 September

98 Gym Open Day 

98 Gym is finally doing classes and you’re about to hit peak #fitgoals at their open day this Saturday (trust us). There’ll be workshops and competitions to celebrate the newly renovated space and to fundraise for motor neurone disease. If you haven’t realised by now, we’re all about the good cause so this one is absolutely in our iCals. There’ll be free healthy snacks and a Q&A session with a nutritionist so we suggest you bring your favourite workout buddy and sweat up a storm.

When: Saturday 30 September, 10am-1:30pm
Where: 98 Gym

Love Rosé Brunch Party

If you’re not sitting with us in the rosé lovers camp then you should re-evaluate your life choices. No really. Or just head to this brunch party and prepare to fall in love. There’ll be a three-course brunch and bottomless rosé for starters and we suggest you stick around as DJs take the stage all afternoon long. You know Watsons Bay is peak spring, so we’ll just meet you there. Details here.

When: Saturday 30 September
Where: Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel
Cost: $55pp for brunch, $39 extra for rosé package

Hunter Valley at David Hook Wines

We know you’re all experts already but if you’re looking to up your game, then this Riedel sensory masterclass with Hunter Valley winemaker David Hook is mandatory. You’ll head off to David Hook Wines’ cellar to learn that a good glass can make all the difference. We know what you’re thinking and yes, you’ll spend the two hours sampling local wines and you’re already sold, we know it. Plus, you’ll also receive a set of four Riedel glasses so you can keep the fancy going at home. Book here

When: Saturday 30 September, 4pm – 6pm
Where: David Hook Wines Cellar, Pokolbin
Cost: $135 per person 

Alive Plant Based Festival

This is the ultimate day out for all vegans and plant-based humans (yeah, we got you). The Alive Plant-Based Festival is like a giant picnic/meetup/food sample sesh with yoga sessions, cooking demos and vegan cheese making to boot. You’ll even pick up tips and tricks from fermentation wizards and will no doubt blow all yo’ cash on vegan goodies.

When: Saturday 30 September, 10am-5pm
Where: Kibble Park, Gosford
Cost: Free

Sunday 1 October

Jazz Fest High Tea

The first Sunday of every month means one thing at Hotel Steyne—high tea. Well, this weekend (as part of the jazz festival) it’ll be a little bit special, combining epic waterfront views with high tea (so, snacks) and jazz music. More details here

When: Sunday 1 October
Where: Hotel Steyne, Manly
Cost: $55pp


From the folks who brought us the epic Chilli Festival comes Ribfest, a day-long party celebrating all things rib. Thanks to Head chef Simon Van Twillert there’ll even be (wait for it) vegan ribs. Yep, we couldn't even make this up if we tried. In case you need more convincing (shame on you), brews will be courtesy of legends like Young Henrys, Waywards Brewing Co and Batch Brewing Co, to name a few. 
When: Sunday 1 October, from 11am
Where: The Bank Hotel, Newtown
Cost: Free entry

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Editor's Note: Butcher and The Farmer's event is proudly sponsored by Seagrass and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

Image credit: Griffin Simm

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