Don’t be caught on your couch watching Netflix with no plans for the weekend—do one of these instead. Yeah, we’ve got you more than covered. Say seeeee ya to summer and a big fat hello to autumn with this ultimate weekend itinerary. Think food, drink, exhibitions, workshops and of course…Mardi Gras. We’ve got a little somethin’ somethin’ for everyone.
Here are 11 things to do this weekend in Sydney.
The Urban List’s Love.Food For International Women’s Day
We’re beyond excited to share some—if we do say so ourselves—epic news: we’re launching our new Love.Food event this International Women’s Day and taking over the Sydney Opera House to do it! We’ll be lunching to support the legends from Dress For Success and their (nothing short of epic) Empower Hour, working to empower women at every stage of their life and career.
We’ve joined forces with the best in the biz, Solotel Hospitality Group to bring this event to life. Boss chef Laura Baratto (of Aria and Paddo Inn notoriety), will be dishing up a bespoke menu especially for the day, and we guarantee you’ll want to ‘gram it from all angles (and then tuck the hell into, obvs). Plus—there’s going to be a panel of seriously impressive ladies on deck to help spread those IWD vibes. We’ve teamed up with some of the fashion industry's biggest hitters, namely: the designers behind Bec & Bridge, Tanja Gagic the model-mindfulness-extraordinaire and Pip Edwards.
Head here to grab a ticket now to support Dress For Success’ mission of preparing out of work women for the workforce via free training and support.
Thursday 1 March
The Science Of Manifesting
If you’re anything like us, your ‘new year, new me’ plan lasted all of 24 hours. But lucky for us, psychologist Mary Hoang is running a workshop this week showing how neuroscience, positive psychology and creative visualisation can get you back on track. Basically, he’s our dream woman. Whether you want to get back on that treadmill, step up the career ladder with ease, or just need to treat yo’self more often, Mary will help you take control of your life. Get tickets here.
When: Thursday 1 March, 7pm - 9.30pm
Where: 33 Foster St, Surry Hills
Friday 2 March
Mardi Gras Drag Show
What better way to get into the Mardi Gras spirit, and celebrate its 40-year anniversary than a drag show? You’re right, there’s no better way. Catch the fabulous Maxi Shield and her Queens perform; eyelashes, feathers, jewels and all, before heading back to the office this Friday. More details here.
When: Friday 2 March, 12pm – 1pm
Where: Pitt Street Mall, Sydney
Eat, Drink & Be Giving
Honestly, there is nothing better to keep you busy this Friday than this four-course chicken-themed dinner with matching wines. Throw in the fact that all proceeds from your ticket goes to OzHarvest who provide meals to those in need, and we know you’re already sold. Oh, also, your meal will be cooked by top chef James Metcalfe and the whole thing will be hosted in a private restaurant. Grab your tickets here, your stomach and OzHarvest will thank you!
When: Friday 2 March, 12pm – 1pm
Where: The Dish, Telstra Customer Insights Centre, Level 2, 400 George Street
Weave, Festival of Aboriginal & Pacific Cultures
ICYMI, this month kicks off Weave, a festival celebrating the diversity of Aboriginal culture. Expect exhibitions, dance performances, film premieres and interactive workshops to boot. Our hot tip? Don’t miss the sculpture created on-site by Elders, dedicated to Sydney’s Aboriginal women which showcases a four-metre hand-woven canoe. You’re intrigued aren’t you? Grab more info here.
When: Friday March 1 – Saturday March 31
Where: Australian Museum – 1 William Street, Sydney
Cost: $15 - $82.95 (depending on exhibitions)
Mardi Gras Weekend Kick Off On Seadeck
The parade may not be until Saturday, but no one says that Mardi Gras can’t start the moment you clock off work this Friday. In fact, it absolutely should. To kick off a weekend of partying, glitter, colour and Cher (!!!), Seadeck is running a sunset cruise with a line-up of the best DJ’s, drinks and there’ll be epic food too. So grab your tickets here and launch into the biggest bender of 2018, ASAP.
When: Friday 2 March, 6:30pm – 11pm
Where: Sydney Harbour
Saturday 3 March
Mardi Gras Parade
It’s that time of year…arguably the wildest, most colourful and sensational nights you’ll have in Sydney. With over 200 extravagant floats, dive into a pool of glitter, cover yourself in anything colourful and celebrate the power of love! Not to mention, lock out laws have been lifted for the night, so expect to arrive home just in time for brunch. Find out more here.
When: Saturday 3 March, 7pm – 11pm
Where: Oxford St, Flinders St, Anzac Parade
Mardi Gras Cocktails At Della Hyde
Don’t stray too far from Oxford Street this Mardi Gras and instead, head to Della Hyde for all of the themed cocktails. Very appropriately, they’re rainbow, so there’s a purple berry and lime cocktail, a red vodka Negroni and a yellow passion drop (it involves peach and passionfruit). There’s also an orange cocktail and a green one so don’t worry, the entire rainbow is accounted for.
When: Saturday 3 March
Where: Della Hyde
Cost: $10 - $18
VW Kombi Rally
Nothing goes together better than a beat up, pastel coloured, mattress- and surfboard-filled VW Kombi and a classic Aussie summer road trip. To pay tribute to the retro legend, a whole bunch of them will be on display this weekend along with art installations, skate comps and of course, pop-up bars in front of the Manly Surf Life Saving Club. Need we say more?
When: Saturday 3 March, 9:30am – 4pm
Where: South Steyne Beach Front of the Manly LSC
Cost: Free, details here.
The Bush Tucker Garden
Grab your wheelbarrow and shovel, we’re escaping the city for the farm—all without having to leave the inner west. Yep, you read that right. Pocket City Farms is running a workshop on everything there is to know about Aussie native bush tucker. Hold on to your Akubra, after learning about identification, growing and propagation, you’ll even be able to taste test the goods. For more info and tickets, take a look here.
When: Saturday 3 March, 10am – 1pm
Where: Pocket City Farms, 31A Mallett St, Camperdown, 2050
Sunday 4 March
All About Women 2018
Celebrate International Women’s Day with a full day dedicated to none other than women, because boy do they deserve it. All About Women jams in a smorgasbord of discussions, workshops, music and events covering everything from #metoo, Trump and sexuality, to how to make the perfect gin cocktail. Check out all the events here.
When: Sunday 4 March, 10am – 8:30pm
Where: Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney
Cost: FREE - $59 (depending on speakers/events, multipacks available)
Butcher & The Farmer’s Bottomless Recovery Brunch
The best way to cure a hangover is with the hair of the dog, right? Whether it’s proven or not, Butcher & The Farmer is offering bottomless Chandon S champers to your brunch this Sunday. And not that we need anything else to convince you, but 10% of your bill will go to ACON, a NSW organisation specialising in HIV prevention, support and LGBTI health.
When: Sunday 4 March, 10am – 12pm
Where: Tramsheds, 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge
Cost: $25 on top of meal price
Rozelle Market Mini Record Fair
Switch off your Bluetooth speaker and dust off the record player, Rozelle Collectors Market will be home to thousands of vinyls, all ready for the taking this Sunday. Whether you’re looking for vintage psych rock, or classic old-school pop tunes, resident record valuer, Pete, has something for you. But after all this record hunting, you haveeee to eat. Thankfully a bunch of international food stalls will be awaiting your order.
When: Sunday 4 March, 9am – 3pm
Where: Rozelle Collectors Market, 663 Darling St, 2039
Once you’re done here, check out the ultimate guide to Sydney’s Mardi Gras.
Image credit: Jeffrey Feng