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9 Things To Do In Sydney This Weekend

By Monica Wojnarowska - 02 Feb 2017

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Sydney has reached above boiling more than once this week and we haven’t yet worked away out a way to escape. As much as the sun’s rays are affecting our consciousness, and pushed the Antarctic to the top of our travel bucket list, we know we’re in this sweatbox for the long haul. So to keep you in check and turn a blind eye (or a burnt body) away from those sky rocketing temps, we’ve rounded up 7 of the best things happening in Sydney this weekend.

Thursday 2nd February 

Vile Bodies At White Rabbit Gallery

Get down to White Rabbit for the last weekend of Vile Bodies, showcasing the blurred lines between human and monster. With 6 thought provoking installations, the exhibition is themed around more than just a controversial in-your-face creation; the artists have used ancient Chinese mythological creatures to showcase the “monsters” of the world taking over the country’s scientific, political and environmental spheres. Deep.

What: Vile Bodies
When: 10am to 5pm, Wednesday through Sunday until February 5th
Where: White Rabbit Gallery
Cost: Free

Take A Rick Shaw Foodie Tours

Thought Chinese New Year was over? Think again, and thank god it isn’t because were hungry for more... literally. Chinatown is still bright and loud post festivities and if you find yourself still a little dusty from the weekend that was, this food cart is the perfect people mover and feeder all in one. Kick back and eat up as you listen to the guided audio tour, before hopping off to taste test each of the stops.

What: 4A Rickshaw Tales Tours
When:  Thursday nights and weekend afternoons, from January 28th to February 14th
Where: Chinatown, CBD
Cost: $33

Celebrate LNY @ The Star

From lion dances and aerial entertainers. to wishing trees and fortune cookies, you’re bound to have a good time this LNY at The Star. All the best celebrations are happening in Pyrmont, so grab yourself a Laughing Buddha Cocktail (from Cherry, Rock Lily, Latitude or, our fave, Sky Terrace) and toast to the Year of the Rooster in style.

What: Lunar New Year
When: Until February 12th
Where: The Star, Pyrmont
Cost: Entry is free

Friday 3rd February


Chill out at the Art Gallery of NSW this weekend with our very own gen Y (#represent) showcasing their stuff. With 38 pieces ranging from sculptures to textiles, paintings and more, with jaw-dropping art on display we’re seriously wondering why we didn’t go the art route in high school.

When: Now until 23rd April
Where:  Lower Level 2, Contemporary Galleries, Art Gallery of NSW
Cost: Free

Lunar Markets Presented By The Star

Why must all good things come to end? Luckily there’s still time (and stomach space) for the last weekend of the Lunar Markets. Bars, street food, live entertainment and watermelon cake—need we say more? This event will once again have you satisfied with your foodie favourites N2 Extreme Gelato, Chur Burger and POKLOL, we can hear you starting the car from here. So dress for practicality, with loose and stretchy being the appropriate attire, and fill up like you won't see it till next year… because sadly it’s the truth.

What: Lunar Markets Presented By The Star
When: Until Sunday 5th February 
Where: Pyrmont Bay Park
Cost: Free entry

Saturday 4th February

Twilight At Taronga

It is BYO picnic blanket and good vibes at Taronga’s Twilight summer concert series. Taronga has become more than just your ultimate zoo now with Twilight bringing you the best tunes, tastes and views you’ve got no excuse not to pack the prosecco and head down. Running until the end of summer, soak up the last and best bits of Sydney with Tegan and Sara and The Rubens serenading you into the sunset, before its too late and hibernation period hits us, as we dream of next year’s line up.

What: Twilight At Taronga
When: Friday & Saturday from 
6pm until 11th March
Where: Taronga Zoo
Cost: $74.95 (including booking fee)

The Light Of Dawn At Kensington Street

Sound the foodie alarm, because if there was a capital for Sydney's greatest food destination we’ve found it. Whether your vibing fine dining or street food (or both!), it's all happening in the industrial hub of Sydney (aka Chippendale). In true LNY style, Kensington Street will transform into a mini festival from 3pm. Get your fix at Spice Alley taking you on an edible trip through Asia, to KOI having you snapping every angle of your dessert masterpiece, and of course the king of the street Kensington Street Social. We don’t think you can even claim the foodie title if you haven’t devoured something on Kensington, so get amongst it!

What: The Light Of Dawn At Kensington Street
When: Saturday 4th February
Where: Kensington Street, Chippendale
Cost: Free

Sunday 5th February

National Pet Adoption Day

Dreams come true this Sunday at all PETstock stores across NSW. Your newest addition to the fam is waiting for you to pick them up, preferably with treats in hand, to raise awareness of pet adoption for National Pet Adoption Day. Start googling your furry friend’s new name because once you see their cute-a-licious faces you’ll be melting in more ways than one.

What: National Pet Adoption Day
When: 10am – 2pm, Sunday 5th February
Where: All PETstock stores in NSW
Cost: Get the deets here

Club Aperol @ Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Aperol is taking over one of the best watering holes in the Sydney (aka Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel) so get set to say goodbye to the weekend in true summer style. Your favourite Italiano Spritz will be on offer as well as an exclusive Aperol flavoured gelato by Messina this Sunday (from 2pm). That’s right. The gods at Messina have created an Aperol flavoured gelato and it’s safe to say, summer doesn’t get much better than this. Get all the deets here.

What: Club Aperol at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Where: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
When: Every Sunday until 23rd March
Cost: Entry is free

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Image credit: Maclay Hariot at Twilight at Taronga

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