Counting down the days/hours/minutes to the weekend? Yep, us too and this weekend is looking mighty fine. Round up your mates and settle in for a bottomless sangria feast, dig in to half a tonne of free cheese (that’s right, ‘free’ and ‘cheese’ in the same sentence) and there’s even a bike ride in the name of chocolate.
And because we all know weekend boozy brunches are life, we’ve got that covered too. Pimms anyone? Here are our top picks for things to do in Sydney this weekend.
SEAFOOD LUNCH SPECTACULAR @ BALLA
Summer is coming and so is a truckload of seafood thanks to the legends at Balla. For the next four weeks, you can wrap your lips around spanner crab bruschetta, wood-grilled calamari, tagliatelle with swordfish AND the market wood-grilled fish of the day, while taking in some of the best views in Sydney. Get all the deets here.
Where: Balla, The Star
When: Now until 10 November, 12pm to 2:30pm
Cost: From $30
The Streets of Barangaroo are throwing a big ol’ four-week celebration for Sydney’s culture hub—Barangaroo. You’ll get to sneak a peek at Australia’s first ever David Jones boutique store and there’ll also be a giant flower installation that’ll look pretty damn good on Insta (just saying). Once you’ve shopped, Insta’d and spent all your money, move and shake your way down to Scotch Row Pocket Park for live performances, a game of ping-pong and a tailoring masterclass with complimentary whisky tasting (!!!). Get more info here.
When: Thursday 12 October, 3pm – 6pm; Friday 13 October, 11am – 3pm; Saturday 14 October, 11am – 3pm.
Where: Streets of Barangaroo
Cost: Free (Tickets required for tailoring masterclass)
Tiny Tokyo At ivy Pool Club
Because ramen = life, ivy has transformed their poolside cabanas into Japanese food stalls. They’ll be serving up all your faves like sushi, yakitori and, wait for it, matcha ice-cream. And it gets better. Challenge your crew to a friendly(?) game of Mario Cart, watch Pikachu bust out some hip hop dance moves or rock that Kawaii peace and pout at the photo booth. You were born for this. More details here.
When: Tuesdays to Fridays throughout October, 6pm - 9pm.
Where: ivy Pool Club
Cost: Free entry
Bottomless Sangria Banquets @ Firefly
Say hello to the weekend and to this bottomless sangria banquet. The guys over at Firefly understand our deep and pure love for sangria, so not only are they throwing a party dedicated to the stuff, they’re even giving you the choice between bottomless red, white or rosé. Oh yeah, this is the hardest decision you’ll make all week. It’ll be paired with a glorious banquet feast of Firefly classics like crispy zucchini fries, wild mushroom arancini and crispy drunken chicken pancakes. It’s a double thumbs up from us.
When: Friday 13 October - Sunday 15 October, 12pm – 4pm
Where: Firefly, Neutral Bay
Thursday 12 October
Lulu’s Pop-Up @ Midnight Special
Don’t panic, but Lulu’s is popping up at Newtown’s The Midnight Special for a super limited time and yes, you do want to go. The space is small, so you’ll need to get it quick if you plan to dig in to japaleno hush puppies and all the tamales (steamed parcels of fluffy corn dough stuffed with chipotle pork or slow roasted sweet potato, FYI). Each dish is made from ethically sourced locacal produce and a quarter of the profits will go to OzHarvest so your appetite and your conscience will leave very happy indeed.
When: Thursday 12 October - Sunday 15 October
Where: The Midnight Special, Newtown
Cost: from $8
Friday 13 October
Beer The Beautiful Truth
Guys, we’re going to come out and say it—the only thing better than good food is good beer #amen. And thanks to Kerby Craig, the Michelin-star trained burger king of Bar Ume, you’ll be feasting on some fine dining deliciousness and oh-so refreshing beers this Friday lunch. Gather the crew and find out more deets here.
When: Friday 13 October, 12:30pm
Where: Hyde Park Palms, Hyde Park
Cost: $70 pp
It’s party time excellent because we’ve just found a one-off screening of the cult classic, Wayne’s World. And it’s happening this Friday night. What started as a beloved SNL skit has shaped a generation of Mike Myers quoting, band-tee-wearing rock ’n’ roll fans. Just make sure you hold on to your Garth mullet wig when that Bohemian Rhapsody head-banging sing-a-long starts. Oh and grab your tickets here.
When: Friday 13 October, 7pm
Where: Event Cinemas George Street, CBD
Rick & Morty Trivia Night 2
True trivia pros will understand that to be in it to win it, you’ve gotta know a bunch of weird and potentially useless-to-real-life facts. Well this is no different, especially when the theme is one of the weirdest (and wittiest) shows of our generation—Rick and Morty. The first night sold out so gather your crew ASAP to prove you’re smarter than Uncle Rick (ultimate bragging rights) and be first in line for those themed cocktails. More details here.
When: Friday 13 October, 7:30pm
Where: 2042 Cafe, Newtown
Cost: Free entry
Orange Wine Festival
Orange is putting on a whole day dedicated to our one true love (wine) and news flash—it’s on this Friday. You’ve earned a long weekend, so knock off early, pile the crew into your car and head along to Orange Wine Festival. You’ll thank us later. Test your vino vocab at masterclasses run by local winemakers as you taste your way through an impressive selection of award-winning wines and graze on lavish platters of regional produce. Deeeelish.
When: Friday 13 October, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: Hotel Canobolas, Orange
Cost: $50-$70 pp
Saturday 14 October
Half a tonne of free cheese is coming to Sydney this weekend! We repeat, FREE cheese is coming! This weekend you’ll be wrapping your laughing gear around all the cheese at what is effectively Australia's biggest cheese board—Bon Fromage. Not that you need any more convincing, but there’ll also be a wine bar because everyone knows cheese + wine = you living your best life. More details here.
When: Saturday 14 October and Sunday 15 October, 11am – 6pm
Cost: Free (tickets required)
Chocolate Bike Ride
BYO bike and sweet tooth for a chocolate bike ride around the inner-west this Saturday. Touring the backstreets of Marrickville, you’ll cruise to hidden chocolatiers, gelato manufacturers and gourmet patisseries you wouldn’t have found any other way. Oh, and the calories definitely don’t count with this one, guys—you’re totally working it all off on the bike. More details here.
When: Saturday 14 October, 9am – 12pm and 11am – 2pm
Where: Petersham Post Office, Petersham
$12 Cocktails @ East London
Hangning out upstairs at East London, there’s a Sichuan-style eatery with an epic drinks deal you won’t want to miss. We’re talking about $12 cocktails team. Keep it classic with a salted caramel espresso martini or try one of their Asian-inspired cocktails like the samurai spritz, which has an all-star line up of Aperol, yuzu sake, grapefruit and prosecco. You’ve got three hours to make your way through the entire list—consider that a challenge.
When: Saturday 14 October, 3pm - 6pm
Where: East London, Paddington
Cost: $12 baby!
Makers & Shakers
If you’ve been looking for a one-off quirky gift for that person in your life, we can pretty much guarantee you’ll find it here. The Makers & Shakers market is back with 60 stalls of local brands, all proud as punch to show off their handmade goodies. Plus there will be plenty of Mister Toast toasties, Nutie vegan donuts and Brooklyn Boy bagel going around and we know you don’t need any more convincing than that.
When: Saturday 14 October, 10am - 3pm
Where: Marrickville Town Hall, Marrickville
Cost: $2 entry
Jazz In The Graveyard
Pack your picnic basket and head on down to, one of the most , shall we say, unexpected picnic spots in Sydney: Camperdown Cemetery. We know what you’re thinking guys—cemeteries aren’t usually our first pick for a picnic either, but there’ll be live jazz performances and, hey, when in Newtown! More details here.
When: Saturday 14 October, 5pm - 7pm
Where: Camperdown Cemetery
If your weekend is in desp need of some brightening up, then look no further than Deepavali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Expect all the glitz and colour of India with traditional performances and a Bollywood dance comp to boot. Henna artists will be around all weekend to add that extra something-something to your bod, as well as plenty of food stalls to spice up your life. More details here.
When: Saturday 14 October, from 3pm; Sunday 15 October, from 11am
Where: Parramatta Park
Cost: $6 entry
Sunday 15 October
TUL Brunch @ Hyde Park Palms
Grab your BFF and head to Hyde Park Palms this Sunday for a luxe AF boozy brunch hosted by yours truly (that’s us!), Good Food Month and Oakridge Wines’ Matt Stone and Jo Barrett. Trust us when we say you’re in for a treat, especially when brekky dessert is on the menu. We’re talking about Davison plum parfait and rhubarb danishes FYI. There’ll be Pimms and rosé to match the Palm Springs vibes, BC one thing the world needed more of is millennial pink. More deets here.
When: Sunday 15 October, 10:30am - 12:30am
Where: Hyde Park Palms
Guys, we don’t want to get you too excited but this event ticks all the boxes for a Sunday well spent: Picnic hampers from Chur Burger and Mamak? Check. Live music from the likes of Montaigne and Sarah Blasko? Check. A day of feasting and hanging with your crew in one of Sydney’s prettiest parks? Check. Throw in a few KOI desserts and we think we’ve just found your perfect day. Nab your tickets here.
When: Sunday 15 October, 12pm - 8pm
Where: The Domain
Crows Nest Festival
We’ve found one very good reason to cross the bridge this weekend. The Crows Nest Festival is back with over 200 stalls and performances to prove that northsiders have more fun (Bondi schmondi). Adulting is hard, so let out your inner child with inflatable rides and at the petting zoo, or act like a grown up with wine tastings from local restaurants and bars.
When: Sunday 15 October, 10am - 5pm
Where: Willoughby Rd, Crows Nest
Cost: Free entry
Russell’s Reserve Masterclass
If you love yourself some bourbon, then you’ll be all over the masterclass happening at Goldfish Bar & Kitchen (that’s in The Hunter FYI) this month. As expected, there’ll be five bourbons matched with a five-course banquet menu, plus a masterclass by Russell’s Reserve expert Daniele Pirotta.
When: Tuesday 17 October, 6.30pm – 11pm
Where: Goldfish Bar & Kitchen
Cost: $95 per person. Book your spot here.
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Hyde Park Palms | Image credit: Caitlin Hicks