Things To Do

Heat Up Your Weekends In Sydney With Drag, Dancing And Djs Galore

By Caitlin Booth

We’re still revelling in the novelty of sending out the ‘who wants to do something this weekend?’ message to the group chat after the last couple of years, but the next step of actually deciding what to do can be a bit of a momentum killer. 

To curb your quandaries on how to fill your social calendar for the winter months, the crew at The Star have done the work for you by curating a slew of activities to keep you busy. From comedy nights where the funny is completely free, a drag sensation that will boost your night out to next level extravagance and a basketball legend spinning tunes behind the decks, this list will stack your upcoming long weekend and many more to come. 

A Night With Ella Vaday

7pm to sunrise, Sunday, 12 June at Marquee

Have an ‘ella va good time this long weekend with this UK Drag Race triple threat. Top 3 finalist, Ella Vaday is hosting a one-off extravaganza of entertainment and house tunes at Marquee that is not to be missed. Throwing the venue's strict dress code aside and giving you full reign of six stunning, themed rooms Ella will be helming a wild night soundtracked by Sydney’s finest DJs, and the creme of Sydney's drag crop. Make sure to lock in your tickets now. 

Rock With Laughter

7:30pm, first Thursday of the month at Rock Lily

Fill your belly with laughs at this comedy night at Rock Lily, on the first Thursday night of every month. Sip on a delish cocktail and let local and international talent such as Al Del Bene, Emma Zammit and Sam Bowden tickle your funny bone. The best thing is that tickets are totally free, leaving you with more coin to drop on a meal to accompany the laughs in your belly. Line up your tickets to the Rock With Laughter Comedy Night here

Unwind With Acoustic Tunes

8pm – 10pm, Fridays and Saturdays at Rock Lily

If you’re after a Friday night that strikes the right balance of energy and chill, you can’t go past Unplugged at Rock Lily. Sydney’s best local acoustic acts take to the stage every Friday and Saturday night to tease your vocal cords with the best nostalgic covers the cultural zeitgeist has to offer (we can hear the opening cords of Wonderwall from here…) The perfect setting for an after-work drink, or catching up with friends, add Unplugged to your agenda here

Jazz Up Your Sundowners

6pm-9pm, Fridays and Saturdays at Jade Rabbit

If something a little smoother is more your speed, soundtrack your evening sessions with silky vocals and passionate piano at Jade Rabbit. Drink in the venue’s stunning surrounds, with calming aquariums and let the sounds of the Van Serano Duo, Joanna Walters Duo, and Gemma Stone Duo flow over you. Perfect for date night, or dinner with the fam, add some smooth sounds to your weekend plans here

The Cherry On Top 

8pm to late, Fridays and Saturdays at Cherry Bar

If the spirit of the night welcomes you into its arms and whisks you away, head to Cherry Bar to warm up your dancing muscles. DJs spinning vocal house and disco will get your body moving and the bar is always stacked with cheeky cocktails. Kicking off from 8pm until late, you’ll never have to puzzle over the question ‘where to next?’ again.  

Sake Your Tail Feather 

8pm to midnight, Fridays and Saturdays at Sokyo Bar

Combining seasonal ingredients with a Japanese twist, Sokyo is your go-to stop for a snack and some smooth sake to pump you up for a full night on the d-floor. Meet your mates for a feast of delicate Japanese dishes and then amp up the vibes as DJs set the tone from 8pm onwards every Friday and Saturday. Nab your long weekend booking over here

Barrick For The Blues (Or Maroons) 

June 8 and 26 and July 13 at 24/7 Sports Bar

We love any excuse to get our mates together and fuel a warm-hearted rivalry with any sunshine state ex-pats within earshot. Get your crew together for a night of barracking, beverages and burgers at 24/7 Sports Bar this Origin season. With themed burgers curated specifically for the state-to-state showdown and specialty packages to score a premium vantage point of the broadcast, the only thing you’ll have to worry about on game day is the score. To book your table head over here

Champions Speaking Series

7pm, Friday, June 3 at 24/7 Sports Bar

For diehard footy fans or anyone who loves a good yarn, be sure to get down to the Champions Speaking Series at 24/7 Sports Bar kicking off the venue’s 202 State Of Origin season. Simon Miller will host a discussion with past plays Nathan Hindmarsh, Steve Menzies, Boyd Cordner on their experiences on the field for the annual rivalry between Australia’s east-coast states. The event is free, but we recommend securing a table ahead of time over here.  

To suss out the full slew of upcoming events The Star have lined up and to book you next night out, head over here

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