If you’re like us and feeling like you baaaaaarely survived January and February, then it’s time to get back on track with all things fun around Sydney this March. Although summer is over (major tear face) that doesn’t mean it’s time to cuddle up and cry next to your Netflix—well at least not errrrrynight.
From fresh AF markets, to an epic bohemian operatic love story, and skinny dipping in the ocean, we’ve compiled a list of all the things you absolutely need/want to be at this March.
Our hot tip: bring a towel for afterwards, otherwise it’s breakfast in the nude fam (just sayin’).
Summer Of Gin At Grain
Gin, gin oh glorious gin—there’s really nothing else like it. It’s hard to deny that all the best cocktails usually have some of this special spirit in it, and the people at Grain Bar are celebrating this liquid angel in its bery own festival ALL MONTH LONG. Yep, that’s right, head on down to discover all things gin and even try Grain’s own Archie Rose Gin blend. Our top pick? Definitely get your lips around the Grain signature martini.
When: All month
Where: Grain Bar
Cost: Prices vary
Turramurra Fresh Produce And Gourmet Market
One thing we can all agree on is when it comes to food freshest is the bestest #forreal. So at the Turramurra Market you can find none other than the freshest fruits and vegetables along with meats, seafood, sweet things and (thank the lord) cheese—ICYMI we’re already salivating. We reckon it’s time to load up the trollies and achieve those semi-forgotten NYE resolutions (hmmmm something about eating better and being healthy?).
When: Now, weekly event
Where: Karuah Park, Turramurra
Cost: Free entry
Free Heartfulness, Meditation and Relaxation
If you’re feeling just a biiiiiiiit stressed out over how quick Jan and Feb flew by then now is the time to get in that needed R&R. If you’re wanting a little help in the way of meditation and relaxation (that stuff is harder than it looks), then the good folks from Heartfulness are hosting free sessions where you can kick of your shoes and say goodbye to those Gucci Spring/Summer ‘93 bags under your eyes. Time to whip out your inner yogi.
When: Now, weekly event
Where: Maroubra Junction, Potts Point, Woolloomooloo
Ferris Wheel Dining Experience
Sunset, champagne and a three-course meal, oh and all while basking in the glory of Sydney Harbour at the top of a Ferris wheel—what more could you want? The Deck Sydney is offering you the chance to spend an intimate dinner with your closest gal friend or significant other all whilst spinning in Luna Park’s historic Ferris wheel of fabulousness (that’s a word right?). If motion sickness is on your mind DW we got you—the wheel spins slowly so your dinner won’t be spoilt, plus you get more time to take in all the sights #hellyeah.
Where: Luna Park Sydney
When: Now-31 March
Cost: $399 for 2 person carriage
Biennale Of Sydney
Sydney, good things come to those who wait and the Biennale of Sydney is here after its two-year break—and it feels oh-so-good. Collating artwork from over 70 artists across Sydney from museums, galleries and non-traditional exhibition spaces you can expect a string of cultural encounters that’ll have your inner hipster practically screaming with excitement. Top tip: make a day of it and wander through the city to visit their various locations, you can thank us later.
When: 16 March-11 June
Where: Various locations
Future Park Pyrmont
If you like the idea of kicking big colourful balls across a room with your closest friends and fam, then boy do we have an event for you. Future Park is basically every big kid’s dream with an interactive world of light and colour where you can totally #geekout. Wander into the various rooms where you can digitally graffiti, build a futuristic town and even hopscotch (electronically). BTW this colourful event is definitely Instaworthy, so we think it’s time to make all your friends jealous #trendsetter.
When: Now-30 April
Where: Powerhouse Museum
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.
Open Air Cinema, Bondi
It’s hardly a secret that open air cinemas are one of the best ways to spend your time in Sydney, and we think it’s time you jump on the bandwagon too (‘cause it’d be rude not to #duh). Watch our Aussie babe Margot Robbie spin it up on the ice in I, Tonya, see Jessica Chastain be an all-round ruthless criminal in Molly’s Game, or keep it PG for the night with Pixar’s Coco—it’s up to you, get your tickets here.
When: 1-4 March
Where: Dolphin Lawn, Next to Bondi Pavilion on Bondi Beach
Cost: General admission ticket $20
Australian Museum Presents Weave: The Festival Of Aboriginal And Pacific Cultures
Who doesn’t love a good ol’yarn? If you’re a fan of epic storytelling skills, artistry and talent then head down to the Australian Museum’s latest fabulouuuus creation. Weave is a festival showcasing exhibitions, talks, workshops and activities with the very best of Aboriginal and Pacific Cultures. If you ever wanted to feel bad about your crafty skills, this would be the time (but we’re totally OK with it).
When: From 2 March
Where: The Australian Museum
Cost: Free with museum admission
Bistro Moncur 25th Silver Anniversary Dinner
A 25-year anniversary is a special thing, so why not treat your girl for a night out on the town? Even if you haven’t quite made that milestone it’s totally OK to treat yourself at Bistro Moncur’s 25th anniversary dinner. Hosted by chef aficionado Damien Pignolet, indulge in a luxurious 5 course menu with allllll of the eats and even listen in to a Q&A to learn from Bistro Moncur’s sensational success—we’re hoping a bit of it will rub off on us #plz.
When: 2 March, 7pm
Where: Bistro Moncur, Woollahra
Cost: $150pp for 5 course menu, $225pp with matching wines
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
All About Women
Escape the #patriarchy for one night and sit back and enjoy some talks and performances by the very best in the business—and this time it’s all about the ladies. All About Women is the Opera House’s annual event celebrating all things women with a range of events from panel talks, live podcasts, comedy and even dramatic performances that will have you thinking, laughing, crying and celebrating yourself in all your womanhood. What more could you want?
When: 4 March
Where: Sydney Opera House
Cost: Ticket cost varies
If you’ve been feeling like Sydney has been a little boring recently then the tattoo festival is baaaaaaack in action and ready to paint Sydney in all the colours of the rainbow. With over 250 of the best tattoo artists in Australia and across the globe, we’ll be getting schooled in cool at this epic event (just don’t tell your mum). If you’re not game enough to get your own ink then watch some special ladies strut their stuff in the Sullen Angels Competition—ICYMI this event is going to be so #extra. More details here.
When: 9-11 March
Where: ICC Darling Harbour
Cost: Early bird tickets $29
Seabreeze Beach Hotel’s Crafts On The Coast
Our favourites at the Seabreeze Beach Hotel are making every hop-loving, beer boasting babe’s dream come true—good we’ve got your attention. Crafts on the Coast is their annual event where you basically get to try a whole lot of beer and cider and drink alllllll day without the #judgement. With some live music and of course some yummy local produce, you pretty much have no excuse but to get out of Sydney for the weekend and here there—STAT.
When: 10-11 March
Where: The Seabreeze Beach Hotel
Music, dance, parades, theatre, food and film—Parramasala has got it all, so no need to look any further. Since 2010 this event of epic proportions has brought a lively mix of cultures on the streets of Sydney’s own Parramatta. Make your way round to the various events where you can see people dance, act and sing way, way better than you (don’t worry we’re going to keep our singing to the showers). Oh, and don’t forget the food #never.
When: 9-11 March
Where: Parramatta, various locations
Cost: Free and paid events
Kirribilli Art, Design & Fashion Market
Set right next to the Harbour Bridge, the Kirribilli Art, Design & Fashion Market really knows how to strut its stuff. With an atmosphere that bubbles like champagne, lose yourself in your shopping addiction to the backdrop of live music and international food selections. Our only warning: try and watch the bank balance, there’s temptations everywhere
When: 11 March
Where: Kirribilli Bowling Green
Lips, heels, swimming—we reckon everything is done better nude. And at the Sydney Skinny you can go au naturel, rocking your birthday suit all whilst swimming for a good cause. The Sydney Skinny is an annual event at a variety of locations where participants literally swim in the nude to help raise funds for brain cancer, so TBH you really have no excuse but to get there, STAT!
When: 11 March
Where: Cobblers Beach, Middle Head, Sydney Harbour National Park,
Q Station Convict Footprints
Binge-worthy reality TV, good old-fashioned cat fights and even the stray political scandal (we looking at you Barnaby #soznotsoz)—who doesn’t love a bit of drama? Convict Footprints brings you exactly that, with a historical edge—what more could you want? Travel through Sydney’s former Quarantine Station and witness a theatre-in-the-wild adventure that will make you laugh, cry, scratch your head in wonder and even jump at the stray convicts running around (it’s like nothing else).
When: 10-11, 17-18 March
Where: Q Station
Cost: $58.15 for adult ticket
Ruinart Sketch Club Summer Sensory Experience
If you feel like you missed your op to become the next great Picasso then fear not, we’ve got one last chance for you (so don't waste it you hear?). Head over to the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia to receive a 2-hour sketching workshop where you’ll get to experiment with more than just paint peeps. We’re talking cherries, berries, rose and pomegranate—try and tame your girlish squeals please.
When: 14, 28 March
Twilight At Taronga
Rock out with some rhinos this March at Taronga Zoo’s series of concerts as part of Twilight at Taronga, oh and food and drink will be there too #yas. With food trucks errywhere, a Belvedere Cocktail Bar and Pines Bar Brewery, your tastebuds will be happy while you listen to the tunes pumping through the night. ICYMI you get to chill out for the night with all the cute critters surrounding you #naw.
When: 2 February-17 March
Where: Taronga Zoo
Cost: Tickets vary
Relay For Life
If you’re looking for a good cause to pump up your philanthropic endorphins this March then join the fight against Cancer at the Relay for Life Event. Hosted at King George Park in Rozelle, team members take turns walking in our ongoing fight against cancer, whilst honouring those who were lost to it, and those who are still battling. ICYMI you not only get to get out and enjoy the day but also help out a fantastic cause—you’ll definitely catch us there.
When: 17 March
Where: King George Park Rozelle
Cost: Donation to the Cancer Council
Sunset Yoga Series
Head down to the Bridge Marquee this March for some freeeeee yoga set against a picturesque AF sunset—TBH you had us at free. Be prepared to reach for your toes and discover muscles you didn’t even know existed #help with classes by the folks at Body Mind Life (that’s how you know it’s legit). We neaaaaaarly forgot the best part (nearly)—yep you can even grab a cocktail at Sydney’s Pier One afterwards because you so totally earned.
When: Now-18 March
Where: Pier One, Walsh Bay
Cornersmith Hot Cross Bun Workshop
If there’s one place we trust to host a great workshop, it’s Cornersmith. And especially for Easter, they’re hosting not one but two hot cross bun workshops so you can learn to whip a cheeky dozen up for your mates using the best Australian produce going around. Book here.
When: Sunday 25 March, 9am – 10.30am & 12pm – 1.30pm
The Wayward Brewing Co Presents Destination Unknown
For one night this March, Wayward will turn into a mystery location and FYI, it involves beer. The cellar bar will be unrecognisable, but basically, you’ll wander in and be handed a beer passport before heading off (well, staying in actually) on a paired beer and food tasting adventure involving three beers, three tasting dishes and a themed share platter. Basically, this is your best chance at going away while sticking to your awfully tight budget. There’ll even be an exclusive beer especially for the evening. Book here.
When: Wednesday 28 March, 6pm – 10pm
Where: Wayward Brewing Co.
Sunrise On The Steps
If a sunrise flow (we’re talking about yoga, people) in Sydney’s most idyllic location, at sunrise no less, sounds like your jam, then this one’s for you. Between 13 March and 18 May, the Opera House will be running sunrise yoga and circuit classes and you’ll be rocking some of Samsung’s latest tech while you sweat it out. You can book online here.
When: 13 March and 18 May, Tuesday – Friday, 7am
Where: Upper Podium of the Monumental Steps, Sydney Opera House
Cost: $25 per class
Aon Sydney International Rowing Regatta
Don’t get distracted by the fashion faux pas that is a zootie, rowing is definitely a sport worth watching. Whether you’re cheering from the sideline, a retired rowing champion (or so your mum says), or you’re in the boat yourself the events at Aon Sydney’s International Rowing Regatta are filled with people and fun. BTW if you’re not into the sport, at least there are some good-looking athletes to keep you distracted #hot. Get your tickets here.
When: 19-25 March
Where: Sydney International Regatta Centre
Cost: Varies according to ticket package
Sydney Royal Easter Show
Bring on the show bags baby—the Easter Show has finallllly arrived. Back for another year of childhood nostalgia, we’re way too keen to get down to Sydney Olympic Park and get our hands on all those goodies (get us to the Bertie Beetles ASAP plz). With things to eat (like Nutella shot donuts), do (like pet all the cute animals), and see (pretty much everything) you can be sure you’ll get a full day of action. Get your tickets here.
When: 23 March-3 April
Where: Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: $37 early bird ticket
Opera singing by Sydney’s harbour—this is one #extra event. Set on Fleet Steps at Mrs Macquaires Point, Opera Australia is hosting the love, laugh and cry epic that is La Bohème in an uber cool outdoor setting (didn’t you know opera was cool?). Plant yourself down and watch and listen to this grand bohemian love story unlike anything you’ve ever seen before—or heard.
When: 23 March-22 April
Where: Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point
Cost: Prices vary
The Boyz are in town and they want YOU to join them in some bingo fun. Bongos Bingo event is back for another night filled with booze, bingo and of course—Brian (McFadden). Yep, that’s right, this year the bingo boys are hosting Westlife’s Brian McFadden and Boyzone’s Keith Duffy for some performances as well the chance to score some big cash prizes, silly prizes and bear witness to perfectly awkward dance offs—so where do we sign up? The answer is here.
When: Saturday 31 March
Where: Big Top Luna Park
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