This month is definitely a doozy. The tail end of winter is heading straight for you and it’s coming with so many events to celebrate the slow return to warmth. A bunch of foodie-obsessed pop-ups are heading over to the shores of Sydney, along with retro movie screenings and bumper cars on ice. Interested?
Here are 12 things to do in Sydney this August.
Sun, Slopes And Skiing
Up for the adventure of a lifetime? Then this is definitely worth a minute of your time over the week/end. We've partnered with Air New Zealand, The Remarkables and The North Face to bring you a chance of winning a VIP NZ Ski Adventure Worth Over $20k. The best part? You get to take three friends.
What: Win A VIP NZ Ski Adventure For You AND Three Mates
Where: Enter here
When: Entries close 4th August
Magnum Pleasure Store
It’s time to throw off the covers and get ready to break winter hibernation because the Magnum Pleasure Store is back. Located in Westfield Sydney for a limited time only between July and September, the decadent pop-up allows you to customise your own Magnum with indulgent toppings like rose petals and gold feuilletine. All you have to do is first choose your coat (white, milk, dark or double-dipped duet), select three decadent toppings and then drizzle with more melted chocolate. It's a hard job, but someone's got to do it.
Where: Westfield Sydney, Level 2 Pitt Street
When: Every day until 7 September 2019
Cost: From $10
Market Lane Live
Brought to the locals straight from the Northern Beaches Council, this Market Lane is lighting up with foods and tunes. Fika Swedish Kitchen, Momo Bar, Bare Naked Bowls and Donny’s will be a part of the crowd staying open around the area, so head in, grab some grub and go sit outside under the fairy lights for some live music. More information here.
When: Thursday 1 August, 5:30-8:30pm
Where: Market Lane, Manly
Bumper Cars On Ice
The event is finally here. Bumper Cars on Ice is heading straight to Alexandria so you can slip and slide your way over there for this kidult experience. Jump into a bumper car and chase your friends all of the playground until you get parched. Then you can head over to the winter wonderland themed bar for cocktails and mulled wine. Snap up your tickets here.
When: Friday 2 August through to Sunday 4 August, 6pm-10pm
Where: 689 Gardeners Road, Alexandria
Jacob’s Creek Terrace Bar Pop Up
For the ultimate picture-perfect winter’s night setting head over to Bennelong Lawn to grab a glass (or two) from the Jacob’s Creek Terrace Bar. Purchase a cheese plate and some snacks from their nibbles selection. Head over to the lawn with a few blankets (provided) and settle in for a cosy night. For more details, check this out.
When: Thursday 1 August, 4pm-9pm & Friday 2 through to Sunday 4 August, 1pm-9pm
Where: Bennelong Lawn, Sydney
Jazz And Juleps In The Grounds Garden
A taste of classic New Orleans is coming to The Grounds this month and they’re going all out to fit the theme. Mint Juleps will be flowing through the bars, so order up one, find a spot under the fairy lights and listen to some local jazz musicians hitting the bars. Head Chef Paul McGrath will be providing a select BBQ menu to patrons, so get that southern charm out and head over here for tickets.
When: Thursday 8 August, 6pm-10pm
Where: The Grounds of Alexandria, Alexandria
Emo & Pop Punk Night
The Oxford Art Factory is bringing back all of our teenage angst with this epic throwback of emo and pop-punk classics from the last few music eras. Expect Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Paramore and we can’t forget Blink 182. There will be tonnes of heavy hitters played, so get prepared to be transitioned back to the era with your punk side fringe and all-black outfit with heavy doc martins.
When: Saturday 10 August, 11pm-3am
Where: Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst
Balmoral Wine And Food Fair
For yet another year, Balmoral is being turned into a wino-heaven for the 29th annual Mudgee Wine and Food Fair. Entry is free but if you want some of that sweet grape, purchase a tasting package at $25 and head around to try the best of the best. A whole bunch of wineries are listed on the docket, so make sure to get your money’s worth and try whatever you can. More information can be found here.
When: Sunday 11 August, 11am-5pm
Where: The Esplanade, Balmoral
Cost: Free entry
The Skyline drive-in cinema over at Blacktown is holding an absolute cracker of a month in August with screenings of all the best retro films that you know and love. Get your weekend plans sorted with Big, Clueless, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and a Back to the Future three-part marathon. Get a burger and fries from the on-site diner and have an entirely throwback themed night. Head here for sessions and times.
When: Saturday 10 August through to Saturday 31 August
Where: Skyline Drive-in, Blacktown
Paint And Sip
There’s no doubt about it, paint and sip classes have become all the range amongst Sydneysiders, so it looks like everyone is hopping on that bandwagon. The Woolwich Hotel is hosting their own night, and luckily for you, the price actually includes a grazing board and a glass of wine. You’ll be brushing up on a Parisian portrait, so practice your ‘oui’ and get painting. Head here for bookings.
When: Thursday 15 August, 7pm-9pm
Where: Woolwich Pier Hotel
Grape, Grain & Graze Festival
One of the biggest beverage festivals to ever hit Sydney’s shores in here. With over 2,200 varieties of wine, beer and cider, you won’t know where to start. A whole line-up of cellars and brewers are on the list, because this a must-attend for any true wine and beer fanatics. Live music will be playing throughout the day, while you can graze the many food stalls for that special snack to pair with your glass of Riesling you’re handed upon arrival. Grab your tickets here.
When: Saturday 17 August, 2pm-6pm
Where: Sydney Showground, Homebush
Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival
Didn’t get the chance to travel to Japan this year for cherry blossom season? Not to fret, over at Auburn Botanic Gardens, these blossoms are blooming, so go get your selfie, Instagram or Snapchat and view the breathtaking flowers. Head here for more information.
When: Saturday 17 through to Sunday 25 August, 9am-5pm
Where: Auburn Botanic Gardens, Auburn
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