Are you counting down the days/hours/minutes ‘til the weekend? Of course you are and yep, we are too.
This weekend in Sydney get your boogie on to naughties throwbacks, your flow at a hip-hop themed yoga class, or spend it laughing your arse off at My Dad Wrote A Porno. If you’re a fan of all things brunch (and tbh, who isn’t?), then don’t miss out on bottomless bubbles and gin Bloody Marys (sure to cure any hangover), and feast on giant dumplings.
You’re intrigued aren’t you? Here are the 18 best things to do in Sydney this weekend.
My Dad Wrote A Porno Live
Imagine if your dad wrote a porno. Now imagine reading it with two of your besties week by week. Well ICYMI, My Dad Wrote A Porno is a hugely popular podcast (and one of our personal faves) about exactly that. Needless to say it’s damn funny. At this live event at the Opera House, you’ll hear a brand-new chapter from the third installment of Belinda Blinked and her truly ridiculous love life, plus laugh-so-hard-your-tummy-hurts commentary. Tickets are going fast guys, go get on this.
When: Saturday 19 August – Sunday 20 August
Where: Sydney Opera House
Bandaloop: A Vertical Dance Performance
This performance of choreography-meets-climbing is taking dance to whole new heights (see what we did there?). Bandaloop have travelled the world with their dance routines, from the tops of mountains in China to skyscrapers in New York, and are stopping by Sydney this weekend where they’ll be dancing on the side - yep, the side - of the ANZ building in Martin Place. You’re going to have to see it to believe it.
When: Friday 18 August – Sunday 20 August
Where: Martin Place
National Rum Day
Say hello to Kensington Street’s refurbished rum warehouse in the best way we know how—a rum flight tasting session. With four cask finishes that’ll take you island hopping through the tropics (we can only dream), these rums are ready to set sail and earn their place as your new go-to drink. Determined to prove that rum is more than just a pirate’s drink, the Old Rum Store has added a dessert menu with a decadent AF rum baba and spiced rum with mousse au chocolat.
When: Wednesday 16 August – Sunday 20 August
Where: Old Rum Store at Bistrot Gavroche
Thursday 17 August
Lot.1 Meats & Malbecs
Looking for a way to build up your vino vocab? Well, celebrity Chef Adam Swanson from Lot.1 has got you well and truly covered. Have all your foodie questions answered as Swanson talks you through a four course meal of malbecs paired with meaty dishes as well as all the cheese (because cheese is life, obvs).You’ll be talking your way through those fruity, full-bodied flavours in no time.
When: Thursday 17 August, 7pm
If you weren’t already excited enough about Sydney’s incoming Growroom, then wait until you hear about this event that’s combining two of mother nature’s most beautiful creations—botanical plants and beautiful cocktails. As part of the Science Festival, you can learn the magic of turning plants into alcohol and this is one skill that we suddenly think is mandatory for all. Get the insider info on making gin and wine from local makers, Tyrrell’s Wines and Distillery Botanica, and since we can barely keep a succulent alive we’re right into this one.
When: Thursday 17 August, 6.30pm
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens Restaurant
18-Course Dumpling Degustation @ Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung (AKA Sydney dumpling royalty) have got our backs this week, blessing us with a next level eighteen course special menu of dumplings. We’ll just let that sink in. If the giant xiao long bao that you need to drink through a jumbo straw (!!) wasn’t enough, the Hawaiian pizza dumplings or choc-banana dessert dumplings will convince you that this is the only place you need to be this Thursday night. Feast on all the crowd favourites as well as a bunch of brand-new goodies and seriously, there’s a giant dumpling. Need we say more? Grab your tickets here.
When: Thursday 17 August, 6.30pm
Where: Din Tai Fung (World Square, Central Park, Westfield Chatswood and Westfield Miranda)
Cost: $48 pp
Friday 18 August
2000s Dance Party
Whip out your Juicy Couture velour tracksuit and Von Dutch trucker cap because it’s time to party like it 2009. If you’re a true naughties kid, you can rap the intro to Lose Yourself like a pro, you probably already have choreographed dance moves to Crazy in Love aaaaand can shake it like a polaroid picture. Besides, do you really need a reason to get down to some old school Justin Timberlake (the O.G. bae)? Get your tickets at the door for a fergalicious night. More details here.
When: Friday 18 August, 8pm
Where: Hudson Ballroom
Redfern & Friends @ Cake Wines Cellar Door
You can always count on Cake Wines to deliver the perfect cure to that ‘Is it Friday yet?’ feeling. This time, they’ve teamed up with the latest and greatest of Redfern’s food, wine and art scene and this one is a no brainer. Forget food trucks, Superior Burgers are rolling up in their burger bus to claim the title of best burgs in the west and No Zu and Body Promise will be providing the funky AF soundtrack for the night. And, of course, in true Cake Wines fashion there will be plenty of pinot.
When: Friday 18 August, from 5pm
Where: Cake Wines
Epping Club Food & Wine Festival
Is there anything better than sipping and sampling your way through award-winning regional produce all in the name of charity? Nope. This Food and Wine festival is raising money for local families by introducing you to some of the best food and wine to come from outer NSW makers, bakers and growers. We’re talking about freshly shucked Coffin Bay oysters, chunky apricot chutney to go with gooey cheeses and truffle hollandaise (um, yes please). Get your tickets and complimentary wine glass (#priorities) here.
When: Friday 18 August, 6pm
Where: The Epping Club
Saturday 19 August
Antipasti Sessions @ SILY
If you make your way down the hidden alleyway right in the heart of the CBD, you’ll stumble into the open-air, fairy-light lit courtyard meets speakeasy. Since I Left You has been transformed into a tropical oasis for this month’s SILY Session where Kaloune will be bringing her unique mix of Creole harmonies and stripped-back electronic beats to the courtyard for ultimate chill. The iconic antipasto table and speciality cocktails will also be making an appearance, so it’s going to be good. This one is an intimate gig with only 50 tickets up for grabs, so save your spot here.
When: Saturday 20 August, 2pm
Where: Since I Left You, CBD
Ever wondered what it would be like to go to space? Did binge watching Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Netflix series Cosmos raise (almost too many) questions about life beyond Earth? Well, physicist, comedian and Mars One astronaut candidate Josh Richards is here to chat all things astrophysics (science is cool guys) and how he’ll be calling Mars his new home in a short 14 years (yep). We’re thinking that at the rate we’re eating avo on toast, maybe we should consider buying a house on Mars instead. We know, we’re geniuses.
When: Saturday 19 August, 7pm – 9pm
Where: Powerhouse Museum
La Champagne Brunch @ Bar Moncur
Because the only thing better than brunch is a champagne brunch, Bar Moncur is adding a healthy dose of Parisian chic to your Saturday morning with brunch staples like fluffy croissants, French pastries and seasonal fruits platters. Sip flutes of Moët & Chandon bubbles or their brand new rosé (you know it’ll be great) that’s so pretty it deserves a boomerang cheers (you know the one).
When: Saturday 20 August, 11am – 1pm
Where: Bar Moncur, Woollahra
Cost: from $70
Long Live Elvis @ Golden Age
It’s been twenty years since the rock ’n’ roll world lost its King and since Golden Age Cinema are Sydney’s own lovers of all things nostalgic, they’ve decided to commemorate the King himself by showing one of his most loved films, Jailhouse Rock. The prison musical has all the air guitar you’ll ever need, characters named Vince, Peggy and Hunk (for reals) and was criticised at the time for using the word ‘hell’. It’s a cult classic and anyone who says otherwise ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog.
When: Saturday 19 August, 5.50pm
Where: Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Surry Hills
Cost: from $15
Sunday 20 August
Moya’s Liquid Brunch
The key to surviving any hangover (even the worst, five-too-many-tequila-shots kind of hangover) is to rehydrate ASAP and mayyyyybe some hair of the dog. That’s why Moya’s Liquid Brunch is exactly what the doctor ordered. Red Snapper cocktails (aka gin Bloody Mary’s) and Vietnamese soup from the banh xeo bar will have you feeling fresh in no time. And if you do make it to the afternoon, congratulate yourself with a $10 Negroni.
When: Sunday 20 August, 12pm
Where: Moya’s Juniper Lounge, Redfern
Cost: Free entry
Sydney Tea Festival
Sydney’s biggest tea festival is about to hit Carriageworks and this one is mandatory for all lovers of a good (no, great) cup of tea. Expect workshops and talks by some of Australia’s top tea specialists, tea ceremonies and wall to wall tea stalls selling top notch loose leaf teas and tea ware throughout the day. We know what you’re thinking, and yes, there will be snacks.
When: Sunday 20 August, 9am – 4.30pm
Hip Hop Yoga
If you’re the kind of person who dreams of being a yoga but can’t muster even an ounce of zen, then this one’s for you. You’ll down dog to Snoop Dog and kick it with 50 Cent for the night while sipping clean cocktails and getting your flow on. Tickets are $15 and include snacks, so this is our idea of the perfect night out, grab yours here.
When: Sunday 20 August, 4pm – 6.30pm
Where: Lean Bean Fitness, Bondi Beach
Spring Into Spring Bottomless Brunch @ MOJO
Wave goodbye to winter with a boozy brunch of bottomless mimosas and pitchers of Pimms at MOJO’s cosy AF warehouse space this Sunday. The seasonal three-course menu by chef Luke Mangan is embracing all of spring’s b-e-a-utiful blooms with citrus frangipane tarts, salmon croquettes with beetroot mayo and watercress, and a lush baby vegetable salad topped with hazelnut dressing. Your Insta-feed is about to go next level.
When: Sunday 20 August, 11am – 2pm
Where: MOJO by Luke Mangan, Waterloo
Yoga Jam @ Bondi Pavilion
We always knew that yoga and house music would make a great combo because party time is our favourite time. Mix up your usual flow to the sounds of Soul Drummer’s live beats, and led by BodyMindLife instructors, this interactive dance and drum performance is far from your average stretch sesh. This dynamic class will have you shimmying yourself all the way to your next acai bowl (because #health). Book your spot here.
When: Sunday 20 August, 9am – 11am
Where: Bondi Pavilion
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Image credit: MOJO by Luke Mangan