No plans this weekend? No worries! We’re here to make sure you finish February with a bang—in the form of exhibitions, cocktails and endless feasts, of course. There are many cracking things happening in Sydney this weekend and we have a feeling there’ll be something for whatever mood you happen to be in in.
Here are 16 things to do this weekend in Sydney.
Head down to The Museum of Contemporary Art this Friday night to see their iconic late-night program ARTBAR come to life, kicking off their year of celebrating strong women. Well, we’re already sold. This Friday will feature works by Australian artist, Anney Bounpraseuth, based on her connection to south west and western Sydney. As for every other week, they’ll be a similar story, starring live contemporary art, music and performances, all curated by established and emerging female artists. Grab your ticket here.
When: Friday 23 February, 7pm – 11pm
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art – 140 George Street, The Rocks, NSW, 2000
Cost: $18 – $28
Pure Chocolate Seduction
Calling all Chocoholics! This weekend, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is partnering with Weiss Chocolate to deliver a seriously delish selection of chocolate creations. Nothing will make you happier than a weekend of desserts, sweet treats, chocolate-inspired cocktails or a chocolate-themed high tea. More details here.
When: Friday 23 February – Sunday 25 February
Where: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Sydney
Pooches On Your Pouches
Dog lovers, listen in. This weekend, you can have a pooch panted straight onto a Mimco pouch or tech case and it’s as cute as you’re picturing. Just head down to the Bondi Junction store, select your pooch and watch the magic happen.
When: Friday 23 – Saturday 24 February, 11am – 6pm
Where: Mimco, Bondi Junction
Thursday 22 February
A Cocktail Evening At The Flamingo Lounge
The Flamingo Lounge in Potts Point is where you’ll want to be this Thursday. That is, if you like the sound of a night dedicated to cocktails and a great cause. In support of National Breast Cancer Foundation and Icon Cancer foundation, the Flamingo Lounge is hosting a cocktail evening to raise funds for cancer research and it’ll involve a full line up of entertainment plus a couple of special guests. So, get your crew together for a night of laughs, drinks and epic entertainment. Book here.
When: Thursday 22 February, 7pm
Where: Flamingo Lounge – 33 Bayswater Road, Potts Point, Sydney, 2011
Aperitivo At BACCO Espresso
ICYMI, aperitivo is like the Italian version of happy hour and not only are yummy drinks included, it also involves a whole lot of snacks. This week Aperitivo has returned to BACCO Espresso from Wednesday to Friday, so from 4pm till 9pm you’ll score complimentary Italian snack food errry time you order a wine or spritz at the bar. Think arancini balls, veal and pork meatballs with ricotta, pickled sardines grilled with aioli and radish, or Jaffles of Taleggio. Hungry yet?
When: Wednesday 21 February – Friday 23 February, 4pm-9pm
Where: BACCO Espresso – 2-12/1 Angel Place, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Cost: Complimentary Food with the purchase of every wine or spritz
Grape Stomping At Three Blue Ducks
Returning for its seventh season in Sydney at Three Blue Ducks, The Urban Winery Project is hosting a two-night grape stomping extravaganza. Yep, you can expect a four-course menu matched with delicious wines and if a night of wining and dining doesn’t sound great already (honestly, we can’t be friends), you’ll also be getting amongst the winemaking process with a spot of grape stomping while learning all about your fave tipple. Book here.
When: Thursday 22 February, 6:30pm for a 7pm Start
Where: Three Blue Ducks – 1/85 Dunning venue, Rosebery, 2018
Cost: $140 pp
Friday 23 February
Free Thai Chi At Westfield Sydney
If something a little more relaxing is what you’re after, then walk right this way: Westfield Sydney is hosting free tai chi classes this Friday and it’s the most relaxing offer we’ve had all week. Not only is a great way to feel fit AF, but believe it or not, it’s actually a fab way to treat a bunch of diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis and has super healing powers to ease your mind after a stressful working week. Well, we’re sold. Book here.
When: Friday 23 February, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Where: Westfield Sydney – Pitt Street and Market Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Cost: FREE (registration required)
Saturday 24 February
The Diner Project
A Route 66-inspired diner has popped up at the Carriageworks Farmers Markets and why didn’t we realise we needed this in our life sooner? You can expect all of the cliché (read: freaking awesome) dishes, like cheesy breakfast grits, a Chicago-style hot dog (with pickles, chilli, tomato, celery salt and more). Our favourite is definitely the fried chicken brined in Pepe Saya buttermilk (we know, lush) served on a waffle or milk bun with coleslaw, homemade dill and garlic pickles and either maple syrup and hot sauce. Seriously, head here, head everything and roll home.
When: Saturday 24 February, 10 & 24 March, 8am – 1pm
Where: Carriageworks Farmers Market
Cost: Free entry
Get pumped for a night of dancing, vogue-style, at Sissy Ball this Saturday. Inspired by New York’s underground ballroom scene, you can expect a soundtrack that mixes between disco beats, house, bounce, pop, and performance music. If you were after pre-sale tickets they are sold out, but you can grab one at the door—obviously, these are limited so you might want to camp out just in case.
When: Saturday 24 February
Where: Carriageworks – 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, NSW, 2015
Cost: $69 (+bf)
Dog Drag Dress-Up Party
This Saturday is your pooch’s time to shine people—there’s a Mardi Gras-themed drag party happening… for dogs. The rules are simple: head here with a dressed up pooch, score a free margarita (oh, so noowww you’re interested?) and grab yourself a Pitt Street burger or a round of southern fired chicken wingettes while you’re at it.
When: Saturday 24 February, from 12pm
Where: The Tudor Hotel, Redfern
PACT SALON: Desire Lines – A Playfully Subversive Art Experience
A new showcase of performance, theatre and art is what you’ll find at the Pact Centre for Emerging Artists this Saturday. Get amongst the walking tour and explore your way around a range of performances, installation pieces and sonic experiences, all designed to make you question memory, authenticity and spectatorship in a one night only mini festival. Book here.
When: Saturday 24 February
Where: PACT Centre for Emerging Artists – 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville, 2043
Cost: $15 pre-sale, $20 at the door
Wurstfest Sausage Party
Let’s be frank, will this be the best or the wurst festival in Sydney this week? But for real, this week in Sydney will mark the first annual Wurstfest sausage party and it’s basically an excuse to eat allll of the sausages (20 to be exact), and drink pure Bavarian bier. Clearly, it’s the best fest happening in Syd this week. Book your spot here.
Sunday 25 February
Beresford Sundays & Absolut Present ‘WE ARE COLOURFUL’
The launch of Beresford Sundays and Absolut Vodka’s “We Are Colourful Campaign” will kick off this Sunday. And FYI, it’s basically one big celebration of community, freedom, self-expression and equality. The events will run every Sunday until the end of March and they’ll be showcasing locals; shining a light on what equality means to them. You can expect Brunches running from 11am to 1pm with a range of yummy Absolut cocktails created especially for the Sunday sesh.
When: Sunday 25 February, 11am – 1pm
Where: The Beresford, 354 Bourke Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010
Cost: FREE entry, Brunch Package for $40
Rainbow Run Sydney
This Sunday is Rainbow Run Sydney’s fifth birthday and you can join in the fun by celebrating marriage equality, family, fitness and health while puffing it out on their courses. All proceeds are going to the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) and it doesn’t matter if you’re not about that fitspo life because all fitness levels are welcome with the choice to run the 2km, 4km or 6km course. Nab your spot here.
When: Sunday 25 February, 9am Start
Where: Sydney Park
Cost: FREE for children, Adults $40-$50.
SEAFOOD FEAST AT HUNTER & BARREL
It’s the last few days of summer and your entire weekend should be dedicated to sun, salt and surf. Spend your weekend riding the waves then get yourself to Hunter & Barrel for an incredible seafood feast. For only $49 each, you and your date (or mate) can stuff yourself silly with garlic scallops, smoked trout, prawns off the barbie AND grilled flounder. Served with two potato and garden salad (plus fermented chilli tartare), you’re guaranteed a complete food coma. Get all the deets here.
Where: Hunter & Barrel
When: Limited time only
LUNAR NEW YEAR AT THE STAR
ICYMI it’s the Year of the Dog and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate 2018 by following the good fortune ribbon to The Star. Get involved with all things Lunar New Year like aerialists, lion dancers, ribbon dancers, a wishing tree (so you can guarantee yourself good luck and prosperity for 2018, duh) and food, glorious food. Until 4 March, you can sink your teeth into things like Cantonese wonton and vegetable noodle soup and XO clams at Harvest Buffet or congee, dumplings and salmon yu sheng salad at Fat Noodle. Get all the deets here and don't forget your stretchy pants.
Where: The Star Sydney, Pyrmont
When: Now until 4 March
Here are a few more things happening in Sydney this February.
Image Credit: Tristan Lutz