Sydney, you’re in for a whooollle lot of summer vibes this weekend and we do not hate it. From Bondi to Rouse Hill and everything in between, there’ll be plenty of drinking, relaxing, eating, tasting and dancing through the entire weekend.
This weekend won’t be a quiet one so prepare your wallets (and crew) and start planning, like right now. Here are 11 awesome things to do in Sydney this weekend.
Truckloads of Food at the BBQ Food Fest
If craft beer and BBQ are a couple of your great loves, this weekend is going to be a good’un. Rouse Hill’s Australian Hotel and Brewery will transform into a food fest and some of Sydney’s most delicious food vendors will be there. Think Bovine and Swine Barbeque Co., Milky Lane and Blackbear. Oh yeah, stretchy pants are mandatory. Grab your tickets here.
Where: Australian Hotel and Brewery, Rouse Hill
When: Friday 24 November,5pm til late, Saturday 25 November, 12pm till late & Sunday 26 November, 12pm to 9pm
Cost: Tickets $5.50
Sri Lankan Festival
You’ll want to dedicate your entire weekend to this bad boy because authentic hand-crafted goods and an overload of Sri Lankan eats do not come around often. We’re talking an insane array of custards, curries and roti plus stall upon stall of original trinkets, lacework and ceramics. More details here.
When: 25 November, 10am-7pm and 26 November, 10-am-5pm
Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour
Cost: Free entry
Thursday 23 November
Icebergs Sunsets X Aperol
You know summer is upon us when Icebergs Bar cracks out the Aperol for an epic arvo drink sesh. This is literallt the most picture-perfect spot in Sydney and until February, you’ll be sipping on spritz with the iconic Sydney view as your backdrop. You better believe there’ll be tunes too, from 5pm courtesy of Italian DJ Stefano Pierozzi.
Where: Icebergs Bar, Bondi
When: Wednesday to Saturday, November 15 to February 24,5pm to 8pm
Cost: View of the ocean is free, drinks are not
Penfolds Wine Dinner
If you’re like us and love a cheeky bottle or two of vino, this Penfolds Wine Dinner is calling your name. The dinner has been designed to show off the Penfolds 2017 limited edition Bin Release and the menu has been designed specifically to match. Expect Coffin Bay Pacific oysters with yuzu ponzu air (we know, we’re not sure what this is either) and dry aged Kilcoy Estate flat iron beef with eggplant, shaved mushroom and green peppercorn. Spaces are super limited, so book here.
Where: Rawson's Restaurant, The Epping Club
When: Thursday 23 November,7pm
Cost: Members $110, Non-members $120
Friday 24 November
The Big Design Market
This Thursday is opening day for The Big Design Market, with over 200 independent designers setting up camp in the Royal Hall of Industries. Aside from a day filled with shopping and more shopping, there’ll also be classes and workshops on things like indoor plants and nail art because these life skills are important, okay. What’s even more cool is the food, drink, showbags and prizes all on offer—this is our kind of market, that’s for damn sure.
Where: Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park
When: Friday 24 November to Sunday 26 November,10am to 5pm
Cost: $2 entry fee
El Camino Cantina Margarita Cart
A Jose Cuervo Margarita cart is happening in the El Camino Cantina from this Friday and it’ll be your one stop shop for tequila, jello shots (yes, really) and margarita popsicles. Why settle for a house white, when you can go all out this Friday and embrace the margarita cart? We know we will be.
Where: El Camino Cantina, The Rocks
When: Friday 24 November
Chiswick Veggie Van
This one’s almost too good to be true, but if you like the sound of free food delivered to your door, read on. To celebrate the new spring menu at CHISWICK, Matt Moran and head chef Tom Haynes are driving their iconic Veggie Van around town to bring you a selection of handpicked fruit, vegetables and herbs. Just register here for your chance to have these veggie boxes delivered straight to your door.
Where: Veggie Box delivered straight to your door
When: Friday 25 November
Saturday 25 November
Melbourne After Dark
When we found out that Melbourne is coming to Sydney, we were all a bit sceptical and threw around a few WTF’s. That was, until we found out it meant we were in for a 15-hour party with food and beer from Fancy Hanks (aka some of Melbourne’s best BBQ) and Huxtaburger (burgers, duh), St. Ali (coffee, coffee and coffee). Joel Creasey will be the MC and we’re pretty freaking pumped that The Delta Riggs, The Harpoons, Remi and Totally Mild will be performing, among others.
Where: Kings Cross Hotel, Kings Cross
When: Saturday 25 November to Sunday 26 November,5pm to 8am
Cost: Free entry with registration here
Carriageworks is hosting a two-day festival this weekend to celebrate all things wine, brews, food, music and arts (so literally everything we love). The festival will have a strong focus on sustainability so you know there’ll be wall-to-wall stalls manned by local growers, farmers and producers. There’ll also be workshops, talks and (you guessed it) food available to buy, so get your tickets here.
Where: Carriageworks, Redfern
When: Saturday 25 November to Sunday 26 November,9am to 10pm
Cost: Tickets from $25
Etsy Made Local Christmas Markets
The Etsy Local Market is back again for 2017 and in case you’re not familiar, this event brings together the best creators of handmade gifts, goodies and all ‘round cool things. Specifically, there’ll be over makers selling anything from recycled cork bags to crocheted doughnuts—yes, you read right. For funky stocking stuffers that are a little bit special, hit up these markets this weekend. More details here.
Where: Brewery Yard, Chippendale
When: Saturday 25 November,10am to 5pm
Sunday 26 November
Catalina Aperol Sunset Sessions
A Sunday arvo spent with an Aperol spritz in hand and one of Sydney’s best water views laid out in front of you is the only way to spend a summery Sunday in Sydney (or any Sunday TBH). Until the new year, Catalina is serving up spritz with antipasti boards that involve things like tomato and fresh ricotta sandwiches, prawn crackers and alllllll the olives. You know what to do.
Where: Catalina, Rose Bay
When: Sunday 26 November,4pm to 7pm
Cost: Antipasto and Aperol combo from $39
Taste Orange @ Barangaroo
This Sunday Barangaroo will play host to Taste Orange and ICYMI, that means more than 20 stall holders will set up cellar doors and food stalls to the foreshore. Wineries like Logan Wines, Ross Hill Wines and Cargo Road will be there as will Bel & Brio, Jimmy Liks and Wild Sage who’ll be dishing up fine AF food. Beautiful food and wine in an even more beautiful setting—what more could you even want out of your weekend?
Where: Barangaroo, CBD
When: Sunday 26 November,11am to 5pm
Cost: Free, Packages from $40
Summer Salt @ Bondi Beach
Summer Salt is a concert series hitting a few of Australia’s best beaches this summer and guys, it’s coming to Bondi this Sunday. The line up is pretty damn great, with The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd bringing fab tunes. Picture you and your crew kicking back on Bondi and soaking up summer vibes on the sand. The concert is for everyone (kiddos as well) and TBH it’s the ideal Sunday situation.
Where: Bondi Beach, Bondi
When: Sunday 26 November,4pm to 9:30pm
Cost: Tickets $105 - $235, Kids tickets $50
Eye Gazing @ Lentil As Anything
Lentil As Anything is hosting a free eye gazing workshop where you’ll sit in front of strangers and, well, look them in the eye. They say that human connection is formed predominantly through non-verbal communication and that’s the whole point of eye gazing. If you’re up for the challenge and a laugh, check this one out.
Where: Lentil As Anything, Newtown
When: Sunday 26 November, 2pm to 5pm
Cost: Free with registration here
Here are a few other free things happening in Sydney this month.
Image credit: Catalina