Say goodbye to the working week and hellooooo to the weekend. Sydney, this weekend is big. Actually, it’s massive. So you’ll want to rest up now and hope you’re ready for what it’s about to bring.
We’ve rounded up everything from scary movies under the stars, rainbow doughnuts, spaghetti vongole, tipple and tulip classes, kickass comedy and (don’t freak out) a cafe dedicated entirely to avocado-inspired dishes.
Here are 21 things to do this weekend in Sydney!
Cancel your plans for this weekend, guys, because we've teamed up with AMEX and Shop Small to bring you the two best, god damn delicious days of your life aka Urban Weekender. Kicking off this Saturday 4 November and running all weekend, over 50 venues across the country are offering a series of epic treats for this weekend only. Think: edible glitter martinis, espresso martini ice creams, $10 Aperol spritz and 20% off all your fave brands. Head here to find out what's happening in your city, and remember to get out, shop small and support local business. Click here for deets.
Note: you will need an American Express account to claim these epic deals, so make sure you bring your card along on the day.
When: Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 November, 2017
Where: Varies locations around your city.
Good Fat Pop Up Cafe
Get amongst the Good Fat pop-up cafe because it’s everything you want it to be (minus the jokes about smashed avo, house prices because nobody needs that kind of negativity in their life). Aptly named Good Fat this lil’ pop-up cafe is a big deal. Why? Because it’s an all-in avocado cafe serving up avo-everything. Exactly. And yep, that includes avocado ice-cream. Don’t knock it until you try it.
When: Until 30 November
Where: 355 Crown Street
The Essential Ingredient Warehouse Sale
For major chefs, this sale is a big deal. The Essential Ingredient Warehouse Sale has announced a one-off clearance sale (up to 80% off errrything) and we know you Sydney—you’re a fiend for bargains and homewares so consider this an early Christmas present from us. You’re welcome. For more info head here.
Where: Level 1, 48 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria
When: November 4-5, 10am-4pm
In support of marriage equality, the legends at Butter are getting behind a seriously awesome PUMA campaign #LetUsAllTieTheKnot. Yep, this crew is handing out rainbow shoelaces for free. All you’ve got to do is head here to register, then head into Butter to pick them up. And let’s be honest, you’ll probs want to hit up their rainbow doughnuts while you’re there.
Where: Butter, Surry Hills
When: until 30 November
Sydney Open 2017
Sydney Open is back people and if you haven’t heard of this major event before (shame on you) it’s where some of the city’s most hidden architectural gems (over 60 of them) are opened to the public. Basically, you’ll score total access to places like Legion House, Carriageworks and The Australian Museum thanks to Sydney Living Museums. In other words, your ‘gram will go off. Get your tickets here.
When: November 4-5
Where: Various locations across the CBD, Redfern and Eveleigh
Cost: $49-$148 per person
Lunch with Luke & Friends
We love an epic chef collab and Sydney, you’ve just scored yourself another culinary showdown. This weekend, Glass Brasserie is launching Lunch with Luke & Friends which means celebrated chefs Luke Mangan and Guy Grossi are joining forces and pretty much cooking up the best lunch you’ll ever have. Because spaghetti vongole and Flinders Island lamb are on the menu. Basically, clear your schedule. Get your tickets here.
When: All of November
Where: Glass Brasserie, CBD
Cost: Various dish prices
Lauren Webster will be in store at The Standard Store
We’re a sucker for customised shiz (and so are you) so it’s kind of a big deal that legendary illustrator will be down at The Standard Store not just chilling out… but literally customising any leather goods or shoes you bring or buy with you.
When: November 2-4
Where: The Standard Store, Shop 4, C2 Scotch Row, Barangaroo
Terrace Goes Tiki with Jungle Exotica Pop-up
Well yay. The East Village Sydney Terrace has undergone a tropical transformation to become a Tiki Terrace pop-up for the warmer months which means there’s an entire tiki cocktail menu that you’ll need to work your way through. If you’ve got a thing for inflatable lobsters and palms, neon-lights and tiki mugs then we think you’re going to love this one.
When: All of November
Where: East Village, Darlinghurst
Thursday 2 November
Day of the Dead 4 Pines Brew Pub
Celebrating Day of the Dead down in their Keller Door Venue, 4 Pines is hosting a damn good Mexican-takeover featuring all the tapas with plates of BBQ pork belly and whole fried snapper with red rice (and that’s just the nosh). The real excitement lies with the two limited edition 4 Pines beers on the night—Habanero IPA and Agave Gose. Deets over here.
When: November 2
Where: 4 Pines BrewPub, Manly
Cost: Free entry
Keep the spooky vibes rolling and head on over to Moore Park to watch Annabelle: Creation at the Mov’In Bed open-air cinema this Thursday. In case you’re not already across this (lucky you have us), that means you’ll be watching one of the scariest movies of the year in a bed, outdoors. Honestly, if there’s a way to watch horror it’s this way. And did we mention you can also feast on pizza, pasta and banoffee pie while you get scared out of your wits? Grab your tickets here.
When: November 2, 8:15pm
Where: Showring, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
Friday 3 November
Singapore: Inside Out Sydney
At the helm of the art scene this weekend is the Singapore: Inside Out Sydney. This time round there’s a heap of experimental exhibitions with a range of digital and light projections, performances, multi-sensory artworks, and food and mixology presentations.
When: November 3-4, 12pm-10pm, 5th- 12pm-6pm
Where: Kensington Street, Chippendale
Royal Hotel Paddington’s Charity Event
Tick off a good deed and a big night out in one hit this weekend. The Royal Paddington is hosting the ultimate Derby Day event in support of The Black Dog Institute (that means you’ll want to frock up). Hosted by Nova’s Matt de Groot you’ll be scoffing canapes by Chef Guillaume Brahimi and cocktails mixed by the booze legend Kurtis. Get your tickets here.
When: November 3, 6:30pm-10pm
Where: The Royal Hotel, Paddington
Cost: $120 per person
How can you say no to a night of comedy when there are bloody fairy lights involved? And a bed sheet as the stage backdrop? And some solid A-grade comedians? Exactly. This hilarious hub is about as close as you’re going to get to the funniest night of your life and this weekend brings Luke Heggie, Jen Carnvoale, Daniel Townes and a heap of other performers to the stage. For more info head here.
When: November 3
Where: Staves Brewery, Glebe
Cost: $10 per person
Saturday 4 November
Pizza Masterclass at Fratelli Fresh
Learn the art of making pizza dough at Fratelli Fresh, how to stretch and toss it like an expert pizzaiolo, then top it with your favourite ingredients and cook in a traditional wood-fired oven. Post pizza-learning will mean you get to eat your creation with a glass of wine and after that, you’ll also get to take home an apron and ready-made dough so you can get amongst the pizza business at home. We’d call that one big fat win. Head over here for more details.
When: November 4, 3pm-5pm
Where: Fratelli Fresh, CBD
Three words: rosé gummy bears. If you’ve been living under a rock, then you’re welcome, because yes they’re a real thing. It’s official Sydney, Rosé Day is happening for nine whole hours dedicated entirely to the good stuff. Around 20 Australian and international winemakers, distilleries and even breweries will come together to celebrate (one of the) best tipples ever. Get your tickets here.
When: November 4, 10am-7pm
Where: The Cannery, 61 Mentmore Ave, Rosebery
Sunday 5 November
Sculpture By The Sea
This is your last chance to get amongst the ultimate open-air exhibition down at the coastal walk for 2017. Sculpture By The Sea has been hella popular this year (as always) so to ensure you don’t suffer from a serious case of FOMO—wake up early, grab a coffee and bring your bestie along with you.
Where: Bondi to Bronte walk
When: Until Sunday 5 November
Sip, Paint, Create: Abstract ‘Tulip’
Lock yourselves in for an arvo of tipple and tulips (we know—how GOOD does that sound?). Cue the buzzing pop-up art studio where wine and creativity go hand in hand. And let’s be real, you don’t need to be savvy in the artistic department but a love of wine is kind of a must. Get your tickets here.
Where: Waverton Bowling Club, North Sydney
When: November 5, 12:30-2:30pm
Open Mic At Epping Hotel
The Big Foozle's annual Cover Me competition is back and just a heads up, this event gets bigger and better every time. You can just rock up on the night with an instrument and put your name down to play or sit back, order up some pork ribs (they’re a juicy and tender dream), a cold one and take in all the talent.
When: November 5, 5pm
Where: Epping Hotel
Blends and Beats
Let's be real, anything 'rooftop' is a massive selling point for us. So we've teamed up with the crew at Coke Plus Coffee to bring you a luxe AF rooftop pool party... just because we can. You'll find this insane event at the Level Seven rooftop pool bar (yes it's awesome and yes you want to be there) and we guarantee it'll be packed with top DJs, pool toys and just a few snacks from the likes of Butter, The Woollahra Hotel and Loaded By BL. Ok, A LOT of snacks. Head here to buy your tickets and just between you and us, the Butter with Coffee Plus Coke icing–life changing.
When: November 12, 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Where: Level 7, Primus Hotel 339 Pitt Street, Sydney
Cost: $30 (Includes one Coke Plus Coffee drink creation plus unlimited Coke Plus Coffee food creations)
Celebrate Day of the Dead with Espolon Tequila @ The Norfolk Hotel
The guys over at The Norfolk are serving up Espolon Tequila margaritas to celebrate Day of the Dead for one night only (aka tonight). There will be a DJ mixing Latino hip-hop tunes (our fave) and $10 margaritas from 6pm – 10pm. Drink responsibly.
When: Thursday 2 November
Where: The Norfolk Hotel
Day Of The Dead At Bella Vista
We hope you’ve found your sombrero because the Bella Vista Hotel is mixing up the best three amigos cocktails you could ever ask for (we’re talking Espolon Banderras, Espolon Mariachi & Bella Margarita) as well as a whole lot of delicious food specials until 20 November. Don’t miss face painting and a live Mariachi band this Friday to celebrate Day of the Dead! Drink responsibly.
When: Friday 3 November, from 8:30pm
Where: Bella Vista Hotel
Mexican Fiesta At The Miranda Hotel
Get ready to get your Mexican on because the Miranda Hotel is throwing a Day of The Dead party and we couldn’t think of anything better than enjoying an ice-cold Espolon Tommy margarita on a Friday night. There’ll be face painting, a live art installation as well as tacos, so we strongly suggest you get there early to save a seat. See you there. Drink responsibly.
When: Friday 3 November, from 8pm
Where: Miranda Hotel
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Image credit: East Village Sydney