Sydneysiders prepare to soak up the last of the daylight this weekend. Come Sunday, Daylight Savings will be gone, and with it so too will our happiness—too much? Didn’t think so.
Whatever you do, do not freak out. We repeat, stay calm. We’ve found you 9 pretty damn awesome things to keep you busy all weekend long, and we promise they’re bound to turn those frowns upside down.
Irish Film Festival
We can’t resist an Irish accent (if we’re being honest, who can?) and Sydney’s Irish Film Festival is the best way to get an earful. You’ll master your own in no time with this year’s program packed full with contemporary films that feature the best in Irish music and stories, scouted from Irish communities around the world. You’ll be green with envy if you miss it so book your tickets here.
What: Irish Film Festival
When: Thursday 30 March – Sunday 2 April
Where: Chauvel Cinema, Paddington
Cost: $30 GA
F.O.O.D Week Night Market
Get out of the big smoke with a trip to Orange (aka regional produce heaven) for one of Australia’s top ten food festivals. The 10-day jam-packed (there will be literal jam) festival will showcase the region’s best produce, wines, gourmet products, innovative chefs and it doesn’t stop there. There are also wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, music, picnics, plus the 100-mile dinner. Sit down at a communal table, listen to local music and try the best local produce and wine, as you work out how you can move to regional NSW.
What: F.O.O.D Week
When: Friday 31 March – Sunday 9 April, from 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Where: Various locations around Orange
Cost: Gold coin entry
Friday 31 March
World’s 50 Best Exclusive Dinner
Throw on your best frock and prepare to feast. In town for the World’s 50 event this weekend, Australian Chef Brett Graham of London’s The Ledbury is returning home to host an intimate 3-course feast, complete with wine. This two Michelin star man will also be on hand for a Q&A whilst you wine & dine, what more could a true foodie want? Book your spot here.
What: Worlds 50 Best Exclusive Dinner
When: Friday 31 March, from 6:30pm
Where: Gowings Bar & Grill, QT Sydney, 49 Market Street, Sydney
Cost: $199pp for 3 course meal and wine pairing
Red Bull Sound Select
Weekends are always better with live music so kick off the weekend with Red Bull and their Sound Select music series. Red riders are reforming and turning up the base along with upcoming Australian talent Brightness, Shearin’ and Body Type DJs. Gear up and head bang your way into the weekend.
What: Red Bull Sound Select
When: Friday 31 March, from 8pm
Where: Red Rattler, 6 Faversham Street, Marrickville
Cost: Tickets start at $3
Saturday 1 April
A pinch and a punch for the tastiest day of the month; Burgapalooza is back. Our waistlines are ready for the ultimate drool worthy line-up with burgers from the burger scene kings—Mister Gee, BL Burgers, Down N’ Out and more. To seal the deal Grumpy Donuts, N2 Extreme Gelato and Black Star Pastry are gracing us with their presence, because burgers are even better with desserts.
What: Burgapalooza 2017
When: Saturday 1 April & Sunday 2 April
Where: 100 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville
Cost: Free entry
Lobo Plantation Rum Day
Let’s get ready to rummmmmmmble (see what we did there?). Lobo Plantation is where it’s at this Saturday, celebrating new cocktails with (wait for it) free cocktails and food! Yes, free. Try their newest concoctions like the Postage Paid with Bacardi Reserve, Limitada, Talisker, Angostura Amaro. This isn’t no April Fools joke (at least we don’t think so), so get down, and drink up like no one’s watching.
What: Lobo Plantation Rum Day
When: Saturday 1st April, doors open 4pm (free food and drinks between 6pm -8pm)
Where: Lobo Plantation, 209 Clarence St, Sydney
Cost: Free entry
China Doll Marquee At Little Sydney
Saddle up team because Little Sydney is coming back to Royal Randwick Racecourse this weekend. It’s all about the food (and the bubbles) with China Doll on hand to feed the hungry punters. Expect a decadent selection of dishes from Executive Chef Frank Shek kingfish and lime cured scallops, to Chinese five spiced duck, Wagyu beef Penang curry, and more mouth-watering meals. This hot ticket guarantees reserve access, entry into Little Sydney and the China Doll Marquee, as well as the gourmet menu, premium drinks, live entertainment and more.
What: China Doll Marquee at Little Sydney
When: Saturday 1 April, 12pm
Where: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Cost: $450pp ($375 per ATC member)
Sunday 2 April
Balmoral Swim for Cancer
Dive into a good cause this weekend with The Balmoral Swim for Cancer. No iron men necessary, swimmers of all ages and abilities are welcome different open water races from junior events to a 5km swim. Grab the fam, or the crew, and frolic to fundraise for cancer charities.
What: Balmoral Swim for Cancer
When: Sunday 2nd April, 8:30am to 12pm
Where: The Esplanade, Balmoral Beach
Cost: Tickets from $35
Be a wingman for man’s best friend this Sunday and hook up your four legged friend with another! RSPCA is throwing a furry and flirty event for your pets at Storehouse in Ruschutters Bay, where you can adopt an irresistible rescue pup that has got eyes for your pet. Dogs will enjoy treats, dress ups and drawing paw-traits, but don’t worry there are coffee and canapés for the all-important owners, after all they’re the chaperones of this love affair.
What: Doggy Dating
When: Sunday 2nd April, 10am to 2pm
Where: Storehouse on the Park, Vibe Hotel Rushcutters Bay
Cost: Free entry
If the weekend is not enough, check this out.
Image credit: F.O.O.D Week Night Market