We’ve all been thinking it. Right at this very moment, Sydney is on trend, on point and quite simply nailing this whole New Year thing. And this weekend Sydney shows no signs of slowing down. With outdoor cinemas, art exhibitions, installations, pop up bars, brunch (it would be un-Sydney not to), parks and markets.
We have all your plans #sorted, and we’re not joking when we say it’ll be a busy one. No time to waste, get down and dirty, here are 9 of the best things happening in Sydney this weekend.
Thursday 12 January
Sydney Hills Outdoor Cinema Opening: The Founder
Cuddle on up to that special someone (wine obviously), at the launch of the Hills Outdoor Cinema this Thursday. The team from Smoothfm (and their ridiculously calming voices) will be your hosts. It’s our top pick for taking a load off as you sip on summer inspired cocktails, champers or a Bilpin Cider (or five). If you’re looking for a life upgrade, start with the Koala Class, with king size bedrooms, blankets and a butler service, to make sure your every outdoor need is met. The must see film? That would be the biographical drama, The Founder, tracing the acquisition of the McDonald’s fast food chain in America— there won’t be a nugget insight though, only gourmet eats in these parts.
When: Thursday 12 January 6.30pm-10pm
Where: Castle Hill Showground
Aperol Spritz Sunset Sessions
Spritz your way through the weekend by the beach at Icebergs. For the two best months of summer (aka December and January), Aperol Spritz has taken over the bar at Icebergs so you can watch the sun go down, European style and with spritz in hand. If you can't make it to Bondi (or just want to avoid the crowds), they're also popping up the Beresford, Royal Hotel Paddington, Pepe's On the Beach and Gio too. Head here for more information.
Where: Icebergs Bar, Bondi
When: 5pm – 8pm Wednesday to Sunday, December through to end of January
Friday 13 January
Catch A Performance Of Home Country
Urban Theatre Projects (UTP) hosts one of the most powerful performances of place and identity in their theatrical triptych, Home Country. Set in a multi-level carpark in Blacktown, audiences are guided through various levels as stories of displacement and migration unfold, which include (quite deliciously), a communal feast for all audience members. You’ll meet the characters and the audience alike, challenging the traditional theatrical setting. Not sure about you, but we’ll be calling this carpark home this Friday night.
When: 11-22 January 6.30pm, no performance on Monday and Tuesday
Where: Colo Lane Car Park, Blacktown
Cost: $49/$59 + booking fee, includes a communal feast
Myuran Sukumaran | Another Day In Paradise
Curated by 2011 Archibald Prize Winner Ben Quilty, this portrait exhibition is one powerful way to start off 2017, so pen it in NOW– this one is compulsory. The exhibition is the first major exhibition by artist Myuran Sukumaran, painted during his incarceration at Bali’s Kerobokan jail to his final imprisonment on Nusa Kambangan Island. Dealing with the ideas of forgiveness and compassion, Sukumaran is joined by other leading Australian artists in an exposè of human rights, and humanity itself.
When: 13 January – 26 March 2017
Where: 1 Art Gallery Road, Campbelltown
Saturday 14 January
Saporium Market Day
If you’re looking for a one stop, not to mention delicious, pantry filling excursion head to Saporium’s market day. With more produce than you can poke you baguette at you’ll find—Mr Bao Buns, Brooklyn Boy Bagels and Wild Kombucha, as well as the usual suspects, Kingsmore Meats and pizza boys Da Mario. With tastings and workshops, live music and things for small humans; let’s just say artisan treats have never looked better!
When: Every Saturday 10am-3pm
Where: Saporium 61 Mentmore Avenue, Rosebery
Royal Botanic Gardens Pop-Up Garden Bar
It’s been a long week; we get it. Our mates over at the Royal Botanic Gardens get it too. With a postcard perfect backdrop, gaze the night away at the Busby pop-up bar, with a host of meats, cheese, brownies (hell yes), and pretty much the complete Tyrell’s wine cellar. Celebrating 200 years of the gardens, here’s a big fat cheers to the next 200.
What: Busby Bar Pop-Up
When: Now until 19 Feb 2017, 10am-7.30pm Thursday – Sunday
Where: Victoria Lodge, Royal Botanic Gardens
Sunday 15 January
Sweet Addiction Royal Botanic Gardens
A botanic story of chocolate. Have you ever heard of such debauchery? This is an exhibition of the southern hemisphere’s largest interior green wall, with over 18,000 plants arranged into living artworks representing the Mayan God of chocolate. The exhibition is hosted at the brand new Calyx, an indoor-outdoor arena, with impressive horticultural AF design. Take a journey through chocolate plantations, chocolatier rooms and a Lindt chocolate mill. Sounds like heaven to us… a very chocolatey, oozy, melty, mouth-watering heaven.
When: Everyday, Until 17 April 2017, closed 30 Jan – 10 Feb
Where: The Calyx, The Royal Botanic Gardens
Cost: Adults $15, Concessions $9.50, Children under 16 free
Tramsheds Artisan Lane Sunday Markets
The ever-trendy Tramsheds has pulled out yet another innovative foodie-idea. We don’t know what’s in the water over there, but they just keep the good things coming. Introducing Artisan Lane, a Sunday market soon to be the new foodie hang; a European inspired space, including butchery, fish filleting and beer brewing demonstrations. With Pepe Saya, Sri Lankan delicacies from Hopper Kadé and heaps more, we’ve found something finally better than just Messina. Messina and markets!
When: Every Sunday from 8.30am
Where: Tramsheds Harold Park, 1 Dalgal Way Forest Lodge
Social Sundays at Kensington Street Social
One of Sydney’s best restaurants to come out of 2016, Kensington Street Social, are now serving brunch and our bellies are pretty damn happy about it. They’ve got it all figured out—your first stop, the bar for frosè and bottomless sparkling wine. Next stop—the menu. Prepare to feast on prawn toast, spiced lamb merguez, eggplant, zucchini, preserved lemon and yoghurt dressing sourdough flatbreads. Not to mention lamb rump with bacon, broad beans and artichokes. The piece de resistancè however, is when the day continues on into the night, with live music and drinks from 4pm at the Clare Hotel.
When: Every Sunday
Where: Kensington Street Social, Chippendale
Cost: Bottomless sparkling wine $35 per person + full brunch menu available
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Image Credit: Sydney Hills Outdoor Cinema