If the start of this week has gotten off to a bit of a slow start, that’s okay team, because we have plenty of things to pump you up for an awesome weekend in Sydney. There are Chinese New Year events, wine, dancing and even some #culture thrown in for good measure.
It’s time to clear the iCal—here are 14 things you can do in Sydney this weekend
Bassike Warehouse Sale
Your favourite comfy basic fashion label is hosting a massive warehouse sale this weekend and please, can someone hide our wallets for the next few days? There isn’t much to know about this one except that it’ll be organic cotton jersey galore and it’ll all be cheap as chips. Details here.
When: Thursday 15 - Sunday 17 February, 9am
Where: Paddington Town Hall
Cost: Free entry
Harbourside Lunar Open-Air Cinema & KOI
To kick off the Chinese New Year festivities this week, Harbourside Shopping Centre is hosting an open-air cinema with panoramic views of the harbour. Oh, and you’ll be (just casually) lying under a canopy of lanterns while you watch a flick. The line-up features classic Asian films like the Karate Kid, Rush Hour and anime film, Spirited Away. Best of all, the event is free! Our hot tip? Get there early because this will fill up fast. More details here.
When: Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th February
Where: Harbourside Shopping Centre, Darling Harbour
Spice Temple & Jade Temple Celebrate Year Of The Dog
2018 is officially the year to celebrate the best animal in the whole freaking world—the dog. Sorry, not sorry cat lovers. To celebrate, Spice Temple and Jade Temple have prepared special banquet menus incorporating symbolic ingredients and seriously delish food. Everyone loves a Chinese-style banquet dinner, no?
When: Friday 16th – Sunday 18th February
Where: Spice Temple and Jade Temple
Cost: $99 pp with matching wines an additional $55 pp
Music, food and Culture is what you can expect at Sunset 20ºN this weekend—Sydney’s newest spot to enjoy live music. The line up is an eclectic Australian bunch, and best of all, it’s free to listen! Not only will there be good tunes, but you can count on there being some yummy food too, with award winning wines and beers as well as native-inspired cocktails. Click here for more details.
When: Friday 16, 5pm-10pm, Saturday 17, 2:30pm-9pm, Sunday 18 February, 2:30pm-8pm
Where: Sunset 20ºN, Barangaroo
Complimentary Nanny Service at Birkenhead Point
This is just a shout out to all the parents. Birkenhead Point has just introduced a free nanny service so you can shop, while your kid (let’s be honest) has way more fun than they would if you were dragging them around to every single store. Details here.
When: Daily, 2 hours of Complimentary care between 10am and 3pm
Where: Birkenhead Point, 19 Roseby Street, Drummoyne 2047 NSW
Cost: FREE (Will need to register and make a booking)
Puppy Paw-trait At QVB
The QVB is also celebrating our favourite furry friends this weekend, hosting artist Belinda Xia to paint complimentary portraits of your pooch. Because don’t we all secretly want a painting of our fave fluff balls hanging in our bedrooms? Yes, the answer is yes. A number of QVB retailers will also have special offers and doggy gifts because this is the best Chinese New Year ever.
When: Thursday 8 February – Sunday 4 March
Where: QVB, 455 George Street, Sydney CBD 2000, NSW
Thursday 15 February
Tunes ‘n’ Tins
If you’re looking for something to get you through one more work day before the weekend, head on down to SILY with your friends this Thursday night. There’ll be great tunes from 6.30pm and DJs playing into the night—go on, grab a couple of $6 tinnies and $12 classic cocktails while you’re there, for us.
When: Thursday 15th February, 6:30pm
Where: SILY, 338 Kent Street, Sydney CBD 2000, NSW
Friday 16 February
Cake Wines Presents – Dine. Drink. Dance.
You know we love a good collaboration but this one’s a doozy. Cake Wines has partnered with Darlo Country Club to launch new all-inclusive packages which means you can eat your food and pair it with a delicious local wine too. That means, these legends are hosting a dinner party with three set menus starting at just $40. Did we mention there will be unlimited wine flowing for two hours? Yep, it’s true. DJs like Alice Q will be spinning tunes during and after your meal so you can expect to definitely dine, drink and dance the night away.
When: 16th February 2018 From 6pm
Where: Darlo Country Club
Cost: From $40
Saturday 17 February
The Jungle Collective Sale
The plant sale to end all plant sales is coming to Sydney this weekend so prepare yourselves, people. The Jungle Collective has packed up the truck and is heading to a secret location to teach us a thing or two about indoor plants. The price tags won’t break your bank but they will make your place look luuuusshhh AF, and don’t worry, even serial plant killers (guilty) are invited. They’ll even set you up with a horticulturist to share advice for your new green pet. Pro tip: Chuck on your best tropical print (we know you own one) and you’ll get $5 off your purchase. More details here.
When: Saturday 17 February, 10am – 4pm
Where: Secret Location
Cost: plant costs vary
Yoga & Wine
Handpicked Wines is inviting you to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Dog by doing your own downward dog at a free yoga class. With wine. In our humble opinion, every exertion of physical activity should be rewarded with wine afterwards and we know you agree. Right after getting your zen on, you’ll wine(d) down with a cheeky $10 wine tasting courtesy of the on-site sommelier. Yoga + wine = balance at it’s finest. Book here.
When: Saturday February 17th 4pm-6pm
Where: Handpicked Cellar Door - 50 Kensington Street Chippendale NSW 2008
Cost: Free + $10 for wine tasting
Pack your picnic rugs, a cheese platter and some vino because Tropfest is back this year and we’re excited. Celebrating independent film and culture, Tropfest is going to rock your socks with a huge number of entries that will have you laughing, crying and certainly feeling the feels.
When: Saturday 17 February, films from 4pm till 10.30pm
Where: The Crescent, Parramatta Park
Sing-A-Long Sound Of Music
Sydney’s alivvvvve, with the Sound of Muuuusic! Ok, we’ll stop. But If you’re like us and have watched the sound of music roughly 17 million times and know every single song back to front, then why not put your (clearly wasted) skills to good use. This one will have you belting out your fave songs from the iconic movie and there are prizes for best dressed (just saying). Details here.
When: Saturday 17th February, 1pm Session or 7:30 pm Session
Where: State Theatre,
Cost: $60 pp
Tomato Festival 2018
Attention all tomato lovers, we’re here to tell you there is a huuuuge (you guessed it) Tomato Festival coming to Sydney this weekend. You’ll stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens which will be packed with produce stalls, cooking demonstrations, free guided tours, kids activities and our favorite part—tastings. The Tomato Degustation Brunch is also a must, with tomato-inspired dishes and a 70-metre-long table. Yep, they’re taking long lunch to the next level. All the pastas, salads, pizzas, and sauces would be nothing without these juicy red balls of love, so go support our local artisans and stuff yourself silly. More details here.
When: 17 Feb -18 February 2017
Where: Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Entry is free, some ticketed events
Sunday 18 February
Nitro Martini Trolley
Eau De Vie is the 1920s speakeasy-inspired cocktail bar nestled at the back the Kirketon Hotel and they’ve got a Star of Bombay Gin nitro martini trolley happening RN. Each cocktail on the trolley has been inspired by a drink from history—think a twist on the hanky panky cocktail from The Savoy Hotel of 1903 and a classic inspired by the iconic Bond series and The Dukes Hotel in London. Each cocktail will be served up straight to you from the trolley and will be infused with the botanical goodness of Bombay. So tuck yourself into a corner, sit back, take a sip, and enjoy the show.
When: Daily, as per Eau De Vie opening hours
Where: Eau De Vie, 225 Darlinghurst Rd Sydney
Cost: $24 for one martini, trolley service sample board of four martinis for $50.
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Image credit: Darlo Country Club & Cake Wines