Good news, Sydney. It might be 9 degrees right now—but the weather is looking to get slightly warmer and a whole lot sunnier for the long weekend ahead.
As for what's in store, Sydney Solstice is in full swing—the brand-new winter festival with one of the most diverse and amazing programs we've ever seen. We've also found a craft beer bottomless brunch if you're looking to switch up this weekend feasting ritual; a puppy festival at one of Sydney's most iconic pubs, and a free 3-day music festival in the Inner West hosted by the legends at Jameson.
Ready? Here are 10 epic things to do in Sydney this weekend.
Saturday 12 June
Try Out This Brand New Craft Beer Bottomless Brunch
It’s not a Sydney weekend without a good old bottomless brunch. If you’re a fan of this age-old weekend ritual and you're looking for refreshing options, head over to Misfits in Redfern for Brews with the Crew. Happening on the second Saturday of every month, this ain’t your classic bubbles and brunch event. Here at Misfits, you’ll be in for a rotating craft beer package and shared set menu for $70 per person. This week, you’ll be tasting the Brookvale-based Nomad Beers and a menu that’s yet to be unveiled (only those that show will ever know, so get goin’). It’s a feast fit for a king, and after a hard working week, we say you deserve to be treated as such. Head over here to book your spot.
Sunday 13 June
Treat Your Best Mate To A Fun Day Out At This Pub's Puppy Festival
Calling all dog parents and dog lovers! This Sunday 13 June, The Australian Heritage Hotel in The Rocks is teaming up with Pupsy for the Hair of the Dog Festival, which is basically a fantastic dog-themed day out. You’ll find dog stalls, trainers, groomers, doggy goodie bag giveaways, and live entertainment. It’s the perfect occasion to grab special treats for your furry best friend, new clothes to keep them cozy and warm this winter, or a puppy makeover at the Paint Your Pooch season for $70 per person. If you’re simply a dog person without a dog, this event will be the perfect chance to showcase your support for Jade’s Dog Rescue. It’s a free event, and there’s plenty of smiley pups—and that’s too hard to pass up, we’d say. More info is here.
Go Wild At Jameson's Mega 3-Day Festival At Vic On The Park
For the final instalment of the Jameson House of Rounds tour, these whisky bandits are taking over Vic on the Park for three days of loud, live music and delicious whisky cocktails. From Friday 11 June through to Sunday 13 June, this free festival will feature shows from the likes of Western Sydney-based rapper Kwame, as well as CLYPSO, The Murlocs, and heaps more. With a special drinks list curated by Merivale specially for the House of Rounds Tour, you’ll get to choose from the now-iconic "Pickle-Back" shot with Jameson and pickle juice, a fresh whiskey apple slushy, and Jameson’s signature dry and lime. More info is here.
Hit Up Darling Harbour's Frosty Winter Festival For Sydney Solstice
Featuring DJs, bands, fireworks, a winter foodie market, a harbourside ice rink, and a 25-metre-long giant ice slide (just casually), Darling Harbour's Winter Festival is the perfect cure to your winter blues.
Happening as yet another part of the awesome Sydney Solstice program, this weekend there'll be live performances covering a bit of everything from Kpop to EDM beats and alt-rock. In the evening, with a background of winter-themed decorations, fireworks accompanied with special lighting, pyrotechnics and special effects will light up the Sydney sky at 7.30pm and 9pm. If you’re hungry, there’ll be stalls from surrounding restaurants like Koi Dessert Bar, Mr. Bao, Gelatissimo, and Toastiesmith from 4pm - 9pm on Thursday and Friday, and 12pm - 9pm on Sunday and Saturday. It’s the perfect chance to splash out those Dine & Discover vouchers if you haven’t already. Head over here for more information.
Drop Into This London-inspired Gin Garden With Bottomless Gin-Spiked Sangria
Appearing for the entire month of June at Tap Rooms in The Rocks, the aptly titled "Gin Garden Pop Up" is set to feature floral installations and all the feasting and drinking you can physically imagine. Get around the curated gin cocktail menu which features the likes of Beefeater Pink Gin fizz, blood orange Negronis, dry G&T creations, and a whole lot more. Keen to try them all? You can order four cocktails for $55. We’ve gone and done the quick math for you: that means you’ll be slinging less than $14 a pop! On top of this, there are also gin and rosé carafes going around for $35 each. Bookings are available here.
Hit Up this Award-Winning Musical about the Diverted Passengers of 9/11
The Tony and Olivier award-winning musical that’s just had a record-breaking season in Melbourne opened in Sydney this week. Canadian musical Come From Away tells of the remarkable true story of passengers from 38 different aircraft during the time of 9/11 diverted to Newfoundland in Canada. The story follows the interaction between 7,000 stranded people and the residents of Gander, where uneasiness and nerves gradually turned to trust, gratitude, and friendship. “Come From Away” simply refers to anyone that wasn’t born on the island by native Newfoundlanders. Hailed as “a musical that gets everything right” by The Times, this musical will move you and force you to live in remembrance that even in times of darkness and hate, there’s still human kindness. Get your tickets here.
Catch The AFL At The SCG
If you’re keen to get in on some live-sporting action this long weekend, Sydney has two blockbuster AFL games to keep you well and truly entertained. Not only will the Sydney Swans be taking on Hawthorn on Friday night (FYI you can score four tickets for $99* here—*conditions apply), but for the first time ever, the FightMND Big Freeze match will be going down at the SCG this Monday afternoon.
Join the crowd full of blue beanies at the SCG on Monday afternoon to support Neale Daniher’s fight against motor neurone disease and see Melbourne Demons take on the Collingwood Magpies. Be a part of one of the most special days in the 2021 Toyota AFL Premiership Season calendar by securing your tickets, here.
Go See The Archibald Finalists—And Celebrate 100 Years Of Archibald
Yes, it's that time of year again. The Archibald Prize is on show at the Art Gallery of NSW from Saturday 5 June until late September. Among the finalists this year is Sydney-based artist Kirsty Neilson for her portrait of Australian of the Year Grace Tame.
2021 also marks 100 years of the prestigious art prize and to celebrate, the gallery will be showing a retrospective exhibition of sorts, alongside the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman exhibitions. Called Archie 100, the commemorative exhibition will delve into the controversies, the triumphs, and the many artists that have made the prize the most sought-after accolade in Australian art.
"Each portrait selected for Archie 100 offers an exciting glimpse into a specific moment in time," said curator Natalie Wilson. "Together, these works uncover changes in society in engaging ways, enabling people to experience how artistic styles and approaches to portraiture have changed over time.” Tickets are available here.
Drop Into The Secret Garden For Hidden High Tea—The Grounds' Stunning New Installation
We’re always here for a magical transformation of The Grounds of Alexandria and this time around the team have gone and stepped it up a notch. The eatery now harbours floral tunnels, bright canopies, and garden paths and yes, it’s the guilty pleasure you’ll want to tick off this weekend.
As part of its stunning transformation, you’ll be able to follow the crawling vines into a world that is a pretty damn stark contrast to winter and while the colourful blooms are impressive enough, there’s a hidden feast you’ll want to make sure you treat yourself to. Deep inside The Grounds, you’ll find a narrow staircase that leads to the Treehouse, an elevated high tea that gives you a birds-eye view of The Arbour. Sound dreamy? That’s because it is. More info and bookings are available here.
Sip On Frozen Pasito, Mountain Dew, Or Ginger Beer Margaritas
No matter how old you get, a can of Pasito, Pub Squash, or Creaming Soda somehow manages to quench your thirst in a way that other drinks just can’t get right. Now, thanks to the team at El Camino Cantina, you can get the ultimate boozy version of all of your favourite soft drinks in the form of one of their iconic margaritas.
From 1 June, the margarita masters will be serving up their “Not So Soft Drink” margarita range, with a brand-new take on their famous tequila creations that we just can’t get enough of. Their gigantic frozen margarita menu will have seven new limited-edition margs all inspired by everyone’s favourite Aussie soft drinks. The likes of Pub Squash, Sunkist, Mountain Dew, Ginger Beer, Coca Cola, Creaming Soda and Pasito (definitely our pick) will all be making a frozen, tequila-filled appearance, so you know we’ll be going back to try them all. Bookings are available here.
GET CHEESY AT THIS FOUR FROGS CREPERIE X OCELLO MENU MASHUP
What happens when you pair one of Sydney's greatest French creperies with one of our fanciest cheese shops? In a word—heaven. From Tuesday 1 June until the end of the month, pop into Four Frogs in Mosman, Randwick, Circular Quay, or Lane Cove to sample one of three super special Ocello cheese galettes.
The "La Savoyarde" galette features Reblochon cheese; the "La Normande" is made with creamy camembert, ham, and mushroom, and, the piece de resistance, "L'Auvergnate" is made with a natural blue cheese called Fourme d' Ambert, leek fondue, crème, and runny egg. Bookings are available here.
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Image credit: Destination NSW, Jameson, Come From Away, AFL, The Grounds, El Camino