We’ve got festivals on festivals and the kick-off of Vivid taking front and centre stage this weekend in Sydney. We’re talking climbing the harbour bridge to party on a dance floor in the sky, The Cure, a cheese festival, an orchestral rendition of a rap album, TEDxSydney and so much more that you won’t know what to do with yourself.
Here are 14 awesome things to do this weekend in Sydney.
Disco Winter Wonderland
The Glenmore’s annual winter party is back and this year the theme is disco Winter Wonderland. They’ll be going absolutely all-out with snow machines, dance floors, drinks specials and heaps of prizes to be won with DJ SA.MAY spinning tracks until late.
When: Thursday 23 May, 6pm-12am
Where: The Glenmore, The Rocks
Omar Musa Art Exhibition
Come see the latest from one of Sydney’s own multi-talented creators, Omar Musa in this one-night only event. The exhibition is called ‘Even Durian Cowboys Get the Blues’ and explores Bornean wood carving and poetry with a special performance from Omar Musa, with DJ Carolina Gasolina spinning tracks and top-notch Malaysian food on the night.
When: Thursday 23 May, 6pm-9:45pm
Where: Goodspace Gallery, Chippendale
Peter Pan Op Shop Winter Sale
Get your hands on some seriously cool vintage threads featuring the likes of Chanel, Givenchy, YSL, Prada and more at the sale of the season for rock bottom prices. They’ll also be welcoming some new brands including the likes of Margaret Zhang and Zephyr. Check out more details here.
When: Thursday 23 to Friday 24 May, 10:30am-1pm
Where: Vickery Avenue, Rose Bay
The Cure: Vivid Live
Iconic English punk band The Cure are bringing their tunes to Vivid Live this weekend so you’ll need to strap yourself in. It’s the 30th anniversary of their album Disintegration and they’ll be playing the album in its entirety and also live streaming this gig for those who can’t make it. Click here quick because tickets are selling out fast.
When: Friday 24 May, 7pm-11pm
Where: Sydney Opera House, Sydney
It’s the 10 year anniversary of TEDxSydney and they’ve got an awesome line-up to examine this year’s topic: Legacy. It’ll be an exploration of what we’ve been left with, what we’re doing with that and what we’ll leave behind. So take the plunge and sign up here for a day of brilliant speakers, thought-provoking videos and mind-blowing conversation.
When: Friday 24 May, 8am-6pm
Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney
Party To Make A Difference
Party it up at Cafe del Mar this Friday at a night filled with cocktails, canapes, live band and DJs, auctions and prizes and lots and lots of dancing. Funds from the event will go to supporting the empowerment of Aboriginal peoples in remote Australia, so you’re partying for a beautiful cause. Some of the DJs featuring are Kate Monroe, and Romy Black and the live band are the very cool Arabesk. Grab your tickets here.
When: Friday 24 May, 6:30pm-11:30pm
Where: Cafe del Mar, Sydney
Dr Dre: 2001 In Orchestra
Experience Dr Dre’s music like you never have before at this late-night music event. An orchestra of professional musicians featuring trumpets, horns, strings, DJs, drums and live vocals are bringing you some of the best hits from his second solo album, 2001. Snatch your tickets here.
When: Friday 24 May, 9pm-1am
Where: Max Watt’s House of Music, Moore Park
Alice Ivy Tour
Don’t miss Alice Ivy’s singing her new single Close to You at the Lansdowne this Saturday. Her eclectic signature sounds are a wonder to hear in person, with her live performances being described as “explosive” and music influenced by soul, hip hop and electronic pop. For more details click here.
When: Saturday 25 May, 6pm-9pm
Where: The Lansdowne, Sydney
Mould: A Cheese Festival
Australia’s favourite cheese fest is back baby, and they’re bringing you the absolute best Australian cheeses, wines and masterclasses there are. There will also be a full food program, so sign up and go get your cheese on.
When: Saturday 25 May, 11am-8pm
Where: Carriageworks, Eveleigh
Ramadan At Bayside
Travel the culinary hotspots of the world at this awesome Ramadan night market. It’s a chance for the community to break their fast together and experience beautiful foods from as many cultures as can be crammed into one market. Stalls and food trucks will include Koshari Korner, Öztürk Gözleme, Ben & Jerry’s (oh yes), Lazy Llama and so much more.
When: Saturday 25 May, 7pm-11:30pm
Where: Walz St, Rockdale
Cost: Free entry
1 Million Women Festival
Party with LoveEarth for the 1 Million Women Festival at Carriageworks this Saturday. World leaders and women from the front lines, sustainable fashion gurus and zero wasters will be there for some serious inspo and superstar musician activists will give you performances for you to get starry-eyed over.
When: Saturday 25 May, 9:30am-2pm
Where: Carriageworks, Sydney
Vivid Music: 99 Stories
At this funky event you’ll get to experience 11 solo artists perform 3 of their own songs each with their world-class talent. Artists on the night will include Justin Webber, Emily Rigz and Ken Loh amongst others. Head here for your tickets.
When: Saturday 25 May, 7:30pm-11:30pm
Where: Staves Brewery, Glebe
The Vivid Climb
Back by popular demand, the Vivid Climb returns. Climb the Harbour Bridge and dance on an illuminated dance floor in the sky as the city lights up around you to a soundtrack of upbeat tunes. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is calling out your name. Hit here for tickets.
When: Sunday 26 May, 4pm-7pm
Where: Bridgeclimb Sydney, The Rocks
Italian Food And Wine Festival
Turn up to the Italian Food and Wine Festival for some free food, feasting, entertainment and live music. It’s a two-day event and they have a special free banoffee pie cooking class on Sunday (yum). There will also be a pizza masterclass, free gelato and tastings for everyone.
When: Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 May, 6pm
Where: Fratelli Fresh, Darling Harbour
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