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The Best Things To Do In Sydney This Weekend

By Lizzie Scorer

After a lot of rain to bring in last weekend, the forecast for Friday 12–Sunday 14 April in Sydney is absolutely stellar—and Urban List has you covered with an epic lineup of things to do.

There's a lot on this weekend in Sydney like free margaritas in Surry Hills, the final screenings of Barangaroo's pop-up beach cinema, and the launch of a new Dale Frank exhibition.

Here are the best things to do in Sydney this weekend. 

Young Franco

Metro Theatre, G2/624 George Street, CBD | Friday 12 April

Sydney gig guide, Young FrancoImage credit: Young Franco | Instagram

 is Young Franco is kicking off the Smirnoff Future Fresh series in Sydney this weekend. He's one of the most in-demand producers and DJs right now, with a whopping 50 million streams of his uber-cool dance jams that blend the best of hip-hop, pop and electro.

The Future Fresh series features artists headlining shows across the country, and hand-selecting two emerging artists who will get the chance to be their opening acts, plus receiving industry mentoring to move their music to the next level. Tickets are still available from $39.90

Flecha Azul Margarita Giveaway

The Dolphin, 412 Crown Street, Surry Hills | Saturday, 13 April from 4pm

Flecha Azul, the tequila brand that Mark Wahlberg joined the team of in 2022, is giving away 300 margaritas in sunny Surry Hills this weekend—and we have word that Marky Mark himself will be making an appearance while he's based here in Sydney.

Flecha Azul tequila was founded by two first-generation Mexican entrepreneurs and follows traditional distilling methods from 1884, with blanco, reposado and anejo styles available in bottle-os and bars across Australia.

Dale Frank: Growers And Showers

NAS Galleries, 156 Forbes Street, Darlinghurst | Friday 12 April–Saturday 1 June 

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Check out the expanded painting practice of one of Australia’s foremost contemporary artists, Dale Frank, at this significant exhibition of over 40 large-scale works he developed since the '70s. It's his first solo institutional exhibition in over 20 years.

The vivacious collection includes various mediums and unexpected surfaces from poured epoxy-glass on metallic Perspex to CDs, human hair wigs, shattered glass and air vent ducts, showcasing his experimental approach to artmaking. Sculpture, sound and performance round out the experience to create immersive experiences to capture Frank's maximalism. Dale Frank: growers and showers is free to visit at the National Art School, 11am–5pm daily.

Maybe Cocktail Festival

Various locations | Until Sunday 14 April

12 of the World's 50 Best Bars have popped up in Sydney for six days of spirit-fuelled fun for the second annual Maybe Cocktail Festival, hosted at nine venues across Sydney.

Highlights over this weekend include Julio Bermejo, the creator of the Tommy’s margarita at El Primo Sanchez (5pm–9pm, Friday 12 April),  Paris' Bar Nouveau collaborating with London's A Bar with Shapes for a Name at Maybe Sammt, and Melbourne's Caretaker's Cottage at Busby's (5pm–9pm, Saturday 13 April).

Over 30 international bartenders from Rome, San Francisco, Mexico City, Edinburgh, New York City, Florence and Hong Kong will shake up cocktails at free-t0-attend guest shifts when they will offer special cocktails priced $20-$25, with a few masterclasses and special parties in the mix too. You can try your luck walking in, or RSVP to secure a spot.

Snack Kitchen X Alex Prichard

95 Macleay Street, Potts Point | Saturday 13 April, from 12pm

Snack Kitchen is welcoming chef Alex Prichard from sister venue Icebergs Dining Room and Bar for a pop-up menu this weekend.

Alex's menu will bring focaccia with Ortiz anchovies and cafe de Paris butter, Wagyu intercostal skewers with koji and salmoriglio and fairy bread gelato macarons to the Potts Point bar, with the usual selection of wines and Italian-inspired cockatiels available for pairing with the special snacks.

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Final Week: Mov’In Bed Beach Cinema

Harbour Park, Barangaroo | Until Sunday 14 April

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Mov’In Bed Beach Cinema is wrapping up its pop-up beach screenings in Sydney this week after an epic season of flicks under the stars. The world’s biggest outdoor “bed cinema” has been set up in Barangaroo’s Harbour Park for the warmer weather, with 280 tonnes of white sand topped with a five-metre 4K screen and 150 queen-size beds, pillows and blankets.

Final screenings this week include Dune Part II, Killer of the Flower Moon and Anyone But You, with tickets going from just $12. Learn more here.

Rooftop Sessions: Cosmo's Midnight

Level 3/169 Dolphin Street, Coogee | Saturday 13 April, from 2pm

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Party with one of Australia’s most iconic DJ duos for free at Coogee Pavilion's Rooftop Sessions this weekend. Cosmo’s Midnight will be spinning tunes as the sun sets to celebrate the final day of daylight savings, bringing the vibes from their festival appearances and sold-out headline shows.

You can nab a free Jim Beam Peach Iced Tea if you arrive before 3pm, and enjoy a range of signature Jim Beam cocktail offerings throughout the night. It’s first in, best dressed so get in quick for booze and a boogie, no ticket required.

Matteau Pop-Up Shop

Unit 1, 32 Ralph Street, Alexandria | Until Saturday 13 April

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Loved for their sleek, minimalist approach to style, Aussie fashion label Matteau does gorgeous swimwear and beautiful wardrobe staples. Over two weekends in April, they are hosting their first-ever pop-up shop in Sydney where you'll have access to the full range and other special goodies. 

Kicking off on Thursday 4 April, drop in to shop organic cotton poplin dresses, silk slips, and easy beachside staples from Matteau’s Edition 1, 2024 collection. The pop-up is open 10am–4pm Thursday and Friday, then 10am–4pm on Saturday.

Inner West Film Market

Leichhardt Town Hall, 107 Norton Street, Leichhardt | Saturday 14 April, 10am–4pm

Get ready to browse everything from day bills to posters, Blu-rays, movie books and merch at the Inner West Film Market.

Movie buffs and fans of the old and new will find something to add to the collection, and there'll be surprise guests and displays to check out too. 

Cherry Bomb

Goros, 84–86 Mary Street, Surry Hills | Until Saturday 18 May

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It's cherry blossom season at Surry Hills' Goros, where they're hosting Cherry Bomb: a sakura celebration with Bombay Sapphire complete with a festive menu and special events running for six weeks, and a pink takeover of the space with cherry blossoms, carp fish kites, and neon photo moments.

On the Cherry Bomb menu there's pink sushi, ice cream sando desserts, martinis and Cherry Pop cocktails with pearls, and a 90-minute all-you-can-eat skewer package with bottomless saké spritzes for $89pp. Events include a Barbie party on 13 April, a full moon party on 27 April, and an epic closing night celebration on 18 May—and there's always the free, private karaoke rooms.

Woollahra Hotel Tequila Fiesta

Woollahra Hotel, 116 Queen Street, Woollahra | Until Wednesday 24 April

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Celebrate the final weeks of warm weather in Sydney with a Don Julio Tequila Fiesta on the Woollahra Hotel's upstairs terrace, transformed into a Mexican-inspired garden.

There's a special menu with $15 frozen margaritas and $15 pomegranate margaritas, and live acoustic sessions from 2pm on Sundays. You can walk in, or book for your group.

Ramses & The Gold Of The Pharaohs

The Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Darlinghurst | Until 19 May

Image credit: Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs | Supplied

After showing in Paris, Houston, and San Francisco, the incredible Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs exhibition is headed to Sydney. The blockbuster exhibition will feature the actual sarcophagus of Ramses II—one of the most impressive royal coffins from ancient Egypt ever to be discovered—plus 181 priceless artefacts including animal mummies, jewellery, spectacular royal masks, and exquisite amulets, making it the largest cultural exhibition to visit Sydney in over a decade. Buy tickets here.

Biennale Of Sydney

Various locations | Until 10 June

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The completely free cultural kaleidoscope that is the Biennale of Sydney makes a grand return for its 24th time with Ten Thousand Suns featuring works from 96 leading artists from 50 countries spread over six spaces including the Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chau Chak Wing Museum, and the recently refurbished White Bay Power Station.

The Biennale is the largest contemporary art event in Australia, making it an unmissable event for art aficionados—and it's all completely free to experience. Check out the full program of artworks or programmed events like after-dark sessions, tours, performances and workshops to plan your experience.

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