Status update: It’s still cold and we’re still wrapped to the nines in our blanket, trying to find every excuse to not leave the house. That’s all about to change though ‘coz Sydney, we’ve got a killer line-up of things to do this weekend. From winter festivals to chocolate and cheese feasts and all things French, we’ve rounded up a bunch of things to do that’ll keep you busy and still toasty warm.
You’re welcome Sydney, here are 19 awesome things to do this weekend.
Bathurst Winter Festival
Take the rest of the week off and head over to Bathurst for their annual Winter Festival. Watch as the city comes to life, with interactive building illuminations (Vivid round 2 anyone?), an enchanted forest and a winter playground to explore. With an itinerary jam-packed with activities for all ages - we’re talking ice skating, a huge ferris wheel and even a house of mirrors, you’re bound to have a blast exploring all that Bathurst has to offer. Plus, the festival offers a bunch of accommodation packages, so all that pesky planning is basically done for you. Need more deets, head over here.
When: Saturday 7 July – Sunday 22 July, 9am – 10pm
Where: Williams St, Bathurst
Luke Mangan & Maggie Beer Join Forces To Cook Up A Winning Winter Menu
Foodies rejoice! Winter just got a whole lot better thanks to this collaboration by the culinary duo. Serving up a seasonal winter menu, featuring all the best that NSW & South Australian produce has to offer, you’ll be able to enjoy a meal from your fave celebrity chefs without breaking bank. Featured on the menu will be a number of Maggie’s signature dishes including the mustard pear stuffed chicken breast and marmalade glazed pork belly. Held at Glass Brasserie, the wine bar menu will be on offer for lunch Monday - Friday till the end of winter. Go on, grab the gang and book a table here.
When: Monday – Friday until 31 August, 12 – 2pm
Where: Glass Brasserie
Cost: From $29 per person
Bastille Day @ Silvester’s
Silvester’s is going French for five days. In celebration of Bastille Day, the restaurant (located in Circular Quay’s Marriott hotel) will offer a six-course French degustation menu for $90 per person. You’ll get to graze on a salad of langoustines (read: fancy prawns), escargot, foie gras soup and crêpes Suzette, as curated by Silvester's’ head chef Raphael Szurek.
When: Tuesday 10 July – Saturday 14 July
Cost: $90 per person
Come chill out and soak up all those music vibes this weekend at Sonos House. For two weeks, this place will be the go to for all the cool tunes, cultural conversations and sonic culture. Whether you come to join the conversation surrounding sonic culture through their Q&A discussions or to view the incredible photographic exhibition by SheIsAphrodite or even just to hang in the co-work space with coffee provided by Melbourne Coffee roasters St Ali and listen to all the 90s house beats, there’s something for everyone. For more deets and to check out their full program, head on over here.
When: Wednesday 11 July – Saturday 21 July
Where: Sonos House
Bring back the childhood nostalgia this season at Luna Park. Promising to appease all your European winter dreams, the park will be decked out with festoon lighting and a snow machine to create a fantastic winter wonderland. With a bar featuring all the best winter warmers, we’re talking caramel filled pretzels, butterscotch schnapps and Irish coffee just to name a few, and an outdoor ice rink (is it even a winter festival if they don’t have one?), it’s perfect for the whole fam. To grab your unlimited rides pass head on over here.
When: Friday 6 July – Monday 23 July
Where: Luna Park
Cost: From $25 per person
Thursday 12 July
Ninety minutes. All you can eat cheese. Life does not get much better than this. Head down to the Bastille Festival for the opening of the Cheese Dome. In an immersive dining experience, you’ll be transported to the French Alps where you’ll indulge in the grandest French Fondue and Raclette experience that Sydney has to offer. With wines designed to pair perfectly with the cheeses and an impressive themed 360 projection displayed on the curved walls, you’ll be raving about this experience for days. This event is only on for 4 days, so don’t forget to book your tickets here.
When: Thursday 12 July – Sunday 15 July
Where: First Fleet Park, The Rocks
Cost: $69 per person
Calling all truffle lovers, this one’s for you. Handpicked Wines has the perfect pick-me-up ‘coz work is tiring AF and we need something to look forward to. In partnership with Madame Truffles, they will be serving up Truffle Toasties. Think shaved Victorian truffle with bresaola and raclette.
When: Thursday 12 July, 5:30-9pm
Where: Handpicked Cellar Door
Cost: From $16
Friday 13 July
World Fries Day At Chargrill Charlie’s
Potatoes come in many forms. Baked, mashed, roasted. In the shape of tater tots, hash browns and even chips on a stick. And while these are all nice and tasty, nothing quite beats the humble fry. Battered and crispy, these bad boys have always been there for us. Through all the bad breakups, the hangovers, the midnight cravings, they’ve never let us down. That’s why it’s only fitting that they get a whole day to celebrate their existence. And Chargrill Charlie's are doing just that, by giving away free bags of fries across all their stores. You know where you’ll find us. To check out their locations, head over here.
When: Friday 13 July, 12pm – 4pm
Where: All Chargrill Charlie venues
No Scrubs: 90s + Early 00s Party
Let loose and celebrate the end of another long week down at the Oxford Art Factory this Friday. Playing all the bangers from the 90s and early 2000s. With the line-up featuring the Spice Girls, Eminem, Christina Aguilera, Queen B, Justin Timberlake and Red Hot Chili Peppers to name a few, grab those dancing shoes cause you’re going to be boogy-ing well into the night. While the pre-sale are exhausted, there will still be plenty of tickets sold at the door. If you need more deets, they can be found here.
When: Friday 13 July, 9pm – 3am
Where: Oxford Art Factory
Cost: $20 per person
Saturday 14 July
Bastille Day At The Wine Library
Take a moment to forget about winter and transport yourself to the cobbled streets of France. This Saturday, in celebration of Bastille Day, The Wine Library is hosting a special menu that pays homage to the French. With an array of ooh la la dishes, including fromage, delicious cured meats and a killer terrine, you’ll forget for a moment that you aren’t halfway across the world. Need more deets, head over here.
When: Saturday 14 July
Where: The Wine Library, Woollahra
Maple Bacon Croissants At Butcher and the Farmer
PSA: croissant lovers! Butcher and the Farmer have launched a new maple bacon croissant, featuring a delectable (and extremely Insta-worthy) cornflake crust on top. Only available outside of the working week, take a hard guess as to where we’ll be hanging out this weekend.
When: Saturday 14 July, 8am – 11:30am
Where: Butcher and the Farmer
Cost: $14 per croissant
Bastille Day Prixe Fixe Dinner At Felix
Merivale’s best French restaurant (that's Felix) is hosting an incredible five-course Prixe Fixe dinner this year in celebration of Bastille Day and you’re all invited. This event is a rare and one off collaboration between Nathan Johnson, Ben Greeno, Dan Hong and Alistair Little. And if you’re wondering why those names look familiar, it’s because these guys are the head chefs of some of your favourite Merivale restaurants ie. Mr Wong’s, Little Bistro and The Paddington. Each course will be cooked by a different chef, and will transport you back to France, with French music and dancers filling the room to really create the perfect atmosphere. To book your spot head over here.
When: Saturday 14 July,
Where: Felix, 2 Ash Street, CBD
Cost: $150 per person
Brew & Bite
If you find yourselves in Bathurst or you need an excuse to leave Sydney, you should definitely check out Brew & Bite this Saturday. All the gourmet food trucks will be rolling in to offer the best local food, wine and beer that Bathurst has to offer. With roaming performances by fire twirling street artists and local buskers. As well as a silent disco and market stalls to peruse at your leisure, there’s something for everyone. For more info head over here.
When: Saturday 14 July, 12pm – 9pm
Where: Kings parade & Machattie Park, Bathurst
Cost: Free Entry
Bastille Day Apres Ski Party @ Jardin St James
Get that snow gear on and head over to Jardin St James this Saturday to celebrate Bastille Day, French Alps style. Boasting all things French; great wine, raclette, galettes and a killer DJ, you’ll be greeted with canapés on arrival and a five-hour beverage package to really get the party started. Follow that up with another two courses that’ll transport you straight to the French Alps. It’s the perfect way to spend a Saturday night. To book your place, head over here.
When: Saturday 14 July, 6:30pm – 11:30pm
Where: Jardin St James
Cost: $129 per person
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory Takes Over The Tiny Giant
Enter a world of pure imagination this Saturday at The Tiny Giant. Promising to hold all things, weird and wonderful, you’ll be treated to a two-hour special menu that features all of Wonka’s best creations from snozzberries to free-flowing chocolate. Plus in true Willy Wonka style, you’ll also receive a golden ticket, giving you a chance to win 2 return flights to the USA. Let all your childhood dreams come true and book your place here.
When: Saturday 14 July
Where: The Tiny Giant Petersham
Cost: $15 - $32 per person
Bottomless Bastille Brunch @ Eté Restaurant
Kick off your Bastille Day Celebrations down at Baranagroo this Saturday at Eté with a waterfront bottomless brunch. Offering all things French, you’ll start the morning off with baked goods which includes all your favourite French carbs from croissants, to brioche and pain au chocolate. Is your mouth watering yet? To book your place, head over here.
When: Saturday 14 July
Where: Ete Restaurant
Cost: $39 per person ($20 extra for bottomless mimosas)
Barossa. Be Consumed.
Everyone’s favourite wine region is coming to Sydney. ‘Barossa. Be Consumed.’ Is a one day celebration of the best Barossa has to offer…WINE! Forty-four of Barossa’s wineries will be bringing their wines to Carriageworks on Saturday 14 July. Make sure you don’t drive ‘coz you’ll want to sample aaalllll the wine using the Plumm glass you receive and get to keep on arrival (winning). Thanks to the new Sip, Pick, Pack and Ship service you can purchase any wines you like on the day and have them shipped straight to your front door. The event will also include dishes from Harvest Kitchen and live music and kegel (traditional german bowling). Grab your tickets here and we’ll meet you there.
When: Saturday 14 July 11am - 5pm
Where: Carriage Works
Cost: $65.00 per person
Sunday 15 July
Sunday Roast & Rooftop Acoustic Sessions
What better way to end the week than huddled round the fire pit and sharing a wood-fired roast? Come and join The Fernery every Sunday throughout July to chill out on their rooftop with an acoustic session and a good Sunday roast. With a different special each week, it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up with the gang. Plus for all you vegos, they’ve also recently introduced a vegetarian roast so you don’t have to miss out. To check out their specials, head over here.
When: Sunday 15 July, 3pm
Where: The Fernery, Mosman
Cost: $25 per person
Head down to the Harold Park Hotel this Sunday for all the LOLs. In a one-night comedy extravaganza, you’ll be able to watch all of Sydney’s best up and coming comedians. Featuring Becky Lucas, Sarah Gaul, Cyrus Bezyan and Madeleine Culp among many more, the artists have come together to raise funds for New Ghosts’ production of YEN. Come and support the arts, and end the week with some light humour. You know you’ll have a good time. Head over here to get your tickets.
When: Sunday 15 July, 6:30pm
Where: Harold Park Hotel
Cost: $20 - $25 per person
Oh and ICYMI, Australia now has caramel M&M's!