This weekend marks the first (legit) week of summer, guys, and if you’re not excited it’s probably because you haven’t read through this list yet. Tickets on our weekend planning abilities? Hell yes. From art shows, outdoor cinemas and Indigenous markets to getting #lit with the crew, drinking tequila and going on OTT long lunches—this weekend is going to be a big one (insert hangover joke here).
We think December is the month of fun and what better way to help you kick off summer than this. Here is the ultimate list of every awesome thing to do in Sydney this week.
At Your Door: The Doormen Of New York City
Get yo’ art on this Thursday night at the exhibition, At Your Door: The Doormen Of New York City. It’s a photography exhibition by the New York-based artist, Alina Gozin’a and the entire thing is focused around those doormen you see in literally every episode of Gossip Girl, but IRL. In case you’re not sold, just know this. The photos are next level amazing.
Where: Wentworth Galleries, Martin Place
When: Thursday 30 November – 16 December
December sees the five month Moonlight Cinema season kick off in Sydney and we’re too damn excited about it. Setting up camp in Centennial Park, you can catch all the latest films on a giant screen as you eat and drink the arvo away. Book your tickets here.
Where: Belvedere Amphitheatre, Centennial Park
When: 1 December to 1 April
Cost: $19 for Adults and $16.50 for Concessions
Cerrone Jewellers Christmas Sale
PSA: There’s some sparkly good news coming your way this weekend, straight from Australia’s leading jewellery house, Cerrone Jewellers. For all the people in your life who are god damn hopeless at present buying point them in the direction of this luxe AF jewellery sale because the discounts are up to 50% off. YAS.
Where: Cerrone, CBD and Leichhardt
When: Saturday 2 December to Sunday 3 December,11am to 4pm
Friday 1 December
AMF Free Bowling Day
It might be time to re-visit an AMF bowling this Friday. We promise it’s all for a good cause. In support of the International Day of People with a Disability, they’ll be offering free bowling fun for disabled persons and their carers to boot. It’s happening across all AMF Bowling venues in Australia—find out more information here.
Where: All AMF Bowling venues
When: Friday 1 December,11am to 3pm
Cost: Free for disabled persons and their carers
Bumble Fab Lab
Prepare to get excited people—a Bumble Fab Lab is coming to Sydney and this pop-up is designed to make you feel happier. Yes, really. Messina Gelato and Bumble have teamed up to bring two new gelato flavours into the world and you know you feel happier already. Plus the entire experience has been curated (with the VR space by psychologist Mary Hoang) to bring you complete happiness (it’s scientifically proven y’all). From scents to touches and tastes as well, the Bumble Fab Lab will have you smiling from ear to ear.
Where: 48 Kensington St, Ultimo
When: Friday 1 December,11am to 7pm
FYI we’ll be kicking off this summer rocking our fave summer accessory—Havaianas. In case you need an excuse to wear these bad boys to work on 1 December Thongs2SaveLives is a national fundraising event that’s all about supporting out lifesavers. One dollar from every pair of Havvies sold between now and 1 December will be donated to Surf Life Saving Australia and we know this is a cause you want to get behind. More details here.
When: Friday 1 December
Saturday 2 December
Tequila & Taco Festival
Since tequila = a guaranteed good time, this Saturday is looking hella promising. The Tequila and Taco Festival is coming to town (specifically to Mejico) and we’ll just let that sink in for a minute. You’ll be taking some of Australia’s and the world’s best tequila for a spin, all while chowing down on tacos. Ummmm, yes please.
Where: Mejico, CBD
When: Saturday 2 December,12pm to 3pm
Cost: Tickets are $15
Slow Artistry Long Lunch
The only thing better than a lunch is a loooong lunch and we know you agree. Star of Bombay and NOLA Smokehouse and Bar have joined delicious forces to deliver a long AF lunch this Saturday and we’re more than on board. Think cured and lightly smoked petuna ocean trout and seared pork head terrine paired with gin cocktails that you’ll be sipping long into Saturday arvo. Heaven is real.
Where: NOLA Smokehouse and Bar, Barangaroo
When: Saturday 2 December,1pm to 4pm
Cost: $135 per person
Pilates & Clicquot Le Brunch
This event is about as Bondi as it gets, guys. You can now attend a 60 minute Pilates class with the Pilates queen herself, Leah Simmons, followed by a two hour bottomless brunch at North Bondi Fish. Because balance is everything. Head chef Zac Skyes will be dishing up cured salmon corn fritters, granola pots and even chocolate mousse… and did we mention the free flowing Veuve Clicquot? Saturday morning is #sorted.
Where: North Bondi Fish, Bondi
When: Saturday 2 December, 9am to 12:15pm
Cost: $125 per person
Topped Out ft. Chris Sharma
ICYMI, Chris Sharma is one of the world’s best rock climbers and he’ll be in Sydney this weekend to teach you all the tricks. If you want to put your skills to the test (in front of the world’s best, we might add) this is your chance. Go on, get your climb on. Info over here.
Where: Nomad Bouldering Gym, Annandale
When: Saturday 2 December, 10am to 6pm
Cost: $30 at the door
Long Roman Lunch
Thanks to the legends at Olio Kensington Street, you’ll be eating authentic Roman pasta and drinking fine Italian wine alllll arvo long this Saturday. A quick look at the menu is enough to have you booking your seat right now (#guilty). Think slow cooked lamb neck with egg yolk and lemon pepper sauce and bucatini pasta with cured pork cheek, tomatoes and pecorino… you’re drooling right? Book your spot here.
Where: Olio, Chippendale
When: Saturday 2 December,12:30pm to 3pm
Cost: $90 per person
Sunday 3 December
Macquarie Bondi To Bronte Ocean Swim
It’s time to literally jump into summer (or, you know, the ocean) and get your swim on for the Bondi to Bronte Ocean Swim this weekend. All you have to do is enter online and obviously locate that gorgeous swimming cap you wore in high school…
Where: Bondi Beach
When: Sunday 3 December
Cost: $50 to enter
Surry Hills Village Christmas Concert
In case you’ve forgotten, Christmas in on its way and quite frankly, a lazy summer arvo surrounded by friends and family singing Christmas tunes sounds like everything RM. Get down to Surry Hills this Sunday night for some of the cutest carols in Sydney. Need more incentive? There’ll be a sausage sizzle, gelato AND you can bring your doggo too—we’re sold already.
Where: Prince Alfred Park, Surry Hills
When: Sunday 3 December,6:30pm to 8:30pm
Your Sundays are about to get a whole lot better. For the ultimate Summer arvo, you can now sit back and relax at Coogee Pavilion errry Sunday and dance your way into the evening with live DJ sets, food, tunes and cocktails. This week it’s all about Miami Horror but they’ll be mixing it up weekly.
Where: Coogee Pavilion, Coogee
When: Sunday 3 December, from5pm
Cost: Free entry
Hunters Hill Carols In The Park
It’s freakin’ carols season everyone and if you can’t already tell, we love them. This weekend, head to Hunters Hill for the first carols of this festive season. But please, don’t even think about showing up without a little tinsel/antlers/festive clothing happening—you’ve been warned.
Where: Hunters Hill Park
When: Sunday 3 December,6pm to 9pm
She Sessions @ The Cloey
Babes and beats are two words that will pretty much sum up your Sunday arvo at The Clovelly Hotel this weekend. Over the past few weeks The Cloey has been all about the #ladies, celebrating Australia’s best female artists—this weekend is all about the Sydney local band, Tigertown. More info here.
Where: Clovelly Hotel, Clovelly
When: Sunday 3 December, from 2pm
If you’re anything like us, you love a good market (and by love we like actually mean LOVE). The Makers Market is happening in Marrickville this Sunday and it’ll see you picking up ceramics, sculptures and everything you need for last minute (read: beautifully thoughtful) Christmas presents or even a little #treatyoself gift (we don’t judge).
Where: 143 Renwick St, Marrickville
When: Sunday 3 December,11am to 4pm
Cost: Free (although that soy wax candle is not)
Yoga Jam Summer Fiesta
Let’s just clear this up—this yoga class is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Yoga Jam is coming back to Bondi Pavilion and it’ll have you grooving and shaking to house music, African drumming and dance music… all while getting your yoga fix for the week. This is actual proof that you can get fit/toned/an epic rig all while having fun, dancing and sipping from coconuts. Yeah, we get you.
Where: Bondi Pavilion, Bondi
When: Sunday 3 December,10am to 12pm
Cost: $45 for members, $55 for non-members
This Sunday is your chance to hit up Sydney’s Blak Markets—an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander market complete with art, craft, performance and (our personal fave) food. Forget hipster pickles and scented candles, and check out the Blak Markets for some truly unique and special finds (for yourself and/or Christmas gifts).
Where: Barangaroo, CBD
When: Sunday 3 December,10am to 4pm
P.S. There's a three-level restaurant and bar opening in Barangaroo.
Image credit: Havaianas