Thank god the rain has left us (at least for now), so we can do what we do best—drink, eat and make the most of the endless sunshine. We have your weekend sorted with a few boozy options, exhibitions to get your culture on, and a couple of sporty activities because #balance.
Get truly loose (from drinking or fitness or both) this weekend, because, well, it is the weekend after all.
Mulled Cider & Wine At The Grounds
Just when you thought The Grounds couldn’t get better (or more delicious), it goes and pops two winter-warming bevvies onto the menu. Get cosy this weekend with limited edition mulled cider and wine at the Potting Shed, and we’ll guarantee that it’ll leave you warm and toasty from the inside (and potentially hella drunk).
Where: The Grounds of Alexandria
Cost: From $25 for 2 people
Dog Lovers Show
This may just be the best news you’ve had all week (maybe ever), so clear those schedules and get yo’self over to the Dog Lovers Show this weekend. Whether you’re into dogs doing majestic things, wanting to find out more about dog breeds or keen to meet Instafamous pupperoos, the Dog Lovers Show is calling your name.
When: Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 August
Where: Royal Hall of Industries
Cost: From $25
Shuck Off Masterclass
Calling all oyster fans—it’s time to educate yourself and master the skill of oyster shucking. This is where you’ll learn alllll about Australia’s finest oyster regions and shuck your own oysters, all while sippin’ on some fine wine. Yes. Please. You can book a space here.
When: Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 August
Where: Hook, Line and Sinker, Burwood Westfield
The Archibald Prize
Missed out on taking out the top prize last year and every single year before that? Well, don’t let that stop you from checking out The Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW this year. This iconic art event isn’t just for that cool, arty-chic friends of yours, but literally everyone is welcome so go and get cultured this weekend why don’t you.
When: Until 22 October
Where: Art Gallery of NSW
Cost: From $16
Eat. Drink. Westfield
We’ve been harping on about this for a while now and the time has finally come for Eat. Drink. Westfield, happening all around Sydney this weekend. As the name suggests, you’ll be doing a whole lotta eating and drinking at Westfield—think doughnuts, pizza, wine and more cheese than you can handle.
When: Saturday 5 August – Sunday 6 August
Where: Participating Westfield centres
Coffee & Climb @ 9 Degrees
Rock climbing just got a whole lot cooler Sydney, with 9 Degrees providing professional barista brews while you climb. They understand that we need to be adequately caffeinated before hitting the wall, and the combination of fitness and coffee is more than a little appealing, so start limbering up now because you’ve got some climbing to do.
When: Every weekend
Where: 9 Degrees, Parramatta
Cost: From $19.80
Thursday 3 August
Hunter & Barrel’s Huntress Night
If you’re all about gathering the girls together for an epic night out, you’ll be all over Hunter & Barrel’s Huntress Night happening every Thursday in August (5pm—late). With a complimentary cocktail on arrival, you’ll also be treated to a three-course set menu which includes drool-worthy dishes like half lemon myrtle chicken, roast lamb shoulder and spicy corn tossed in coriander, feta and lime. Anyone else salivating already? See you there!
The Dolphin Hotel’s 1st Birthday
Because we all love birthdays, parties and pubs (seriously), you won’t want to miss this birthday bash going down at The Dolphin in Surry Hills this Saturday night. For $20 cash entry on the door, get ready for a long night filled with The Models, live DJ sets, damn tasty food and countless hours spent on the d-floor.
When: Thursday 3 August, 6pm – 12am
Where: The Dolphin Hotel, Surry Hills
Cost: $20 cash on the door
This is Yoga @ Lululemon Balmain
If you’re looking for a pre-weekend pick me up, hit up this free yoga sesh at Lululemon this Thursday. All you have to do is book online here to get your zen on—they’ll provide the mat and blissed out vibes.
When: Thursday 3 August, 6.30pm – 8pm
Where: Lululemon Athletica, Balmain
No Lights No Lycra @ Newtown
No Lights No Lycra is hitting Newtown this Thursday and that means that you’ll be dancing your little heart out in the dark, all with the comforting reassurance that no one, yes NO ONE, can see you boogie. The only things you’ll need to bring are your trackies, a water bottle and some funk.
When: Thursday 3 August, 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Where: Main Hall, Newtown
Cost: $7 at the door
Friday 4 August
Keep It Disco @ Cake Wines
Get your gang together and hit the DF this Friday night at the monthly disco party hosted by our fave inner city cellar door, Cake Wines. Is there a better way to kick off your weekend than with some beats and bevs? Nope.
When: Friday 4 August, 6pm—12am
Where: Cake Wines Cellar Door
Cost: Free before 8pm, $10 after 8pm
Eid In The City
Skip lunch this Friday and save that precious belly space because there’s a Middle Eastern night market happening in Waterloo. It’s all happening at COMMUNE to celebrate the end of Ramadan, so there will be food (So. Much. Food), art, market stalls and music, and we can’t wait. Book your spot here.
When: Friday 4 August, from 5pm
Where: Commune, Waterloo
Master Of Three Worlds Exhibition Opening @ COMA Gallery
Get cultured this Friday night at the opening of group exhibition, Master of Three Words. It’s completely free and totally worthwhile catching before it goes (trust us).
When: Friday 4 August, 6pm—8pm
Where: COMA Gallery, Rushcutters Bay
Our new favourite food truck festival TruckStop is back baby. This Friday you can fill up on pizza, fried chicken, tacos and gyoza. Because there really isn’t a better way to spend a Friday night. Don’t stop at one food truck, eat your way through all six, we dare you.
When: Friday 4 Augusts, 5pm – 9pm
Where: Saporium, Rosebery
Saturday 5 August
Pizza e Birra Cooking Class
Learn the how-tos of pizza perfection from the experts at Salts Meats Cheese this weekend. You’ll get doughy and learn the ropes (all the better for impressing your mates), but we do warn you that once you eat a freshly made (by you) pizza, it’ll be a hard transition back to your former delivery life.
When: Saturday 5 August, 10am—12pm
Where: Salts Meats Cheese, Alexandria
Paddy’s Night Markets
Night markets + food trucks = all the deliciousness. The Paddy’s Night Markets are back again this weekend and it’ll be going off, with food trucks galore serving us burgers, doughnuts, ice cream and you’ll definitely want to wear stretchy pants.
When: Saturday 5 August
Where: Paddy’s Markets, Homebush West
All About Flowers Plant Sale
Something amazing is about to go down and you’ll want to be there. This Saturday, 18,000 plants are for sale and some start as low as $1, with orchids going for just $10 a pop. Fill up your home with wall-to-wall flowers, buy a present for your mum or simply go for the perfect photo ops. Find more info here.
When: Saturday 5 August, from 8am
Where: The Calyx, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Gold coin donation
Sunday 6 August
Reclink Community Cup
The annual charity AFL game between musicians and media personalities is back again this Sunday—and this time it’s raising money for Reclink Australia. Grab a bevvy, sit in the sun and enjoy all the action—sounds like a pretty solid Sunday arvo to us.
When: Sunday 6 August
Where: Henson Park, Marrickville
International Rum Day @ Zephyr Sky Bar
Not into rum you say? Well, this might all change once you see the fancy AF drinks Zephyr Sky Bar is offering this Rum Day. Celebrate Naval and rum histories all Sunday arvo, with a huge selection of rum specials to choose from, then settle in because the view up there is pretty damn sweet.
When: Sunday 6 August, from 4pm
Where: Zephyr Sky Bar, Darling Harbour
Going away this weekend? Find out what's on for the rest of the month here.
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