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18 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend In Sydney

By Briana Wallace
19th Jul 2018

A whole work week has been done and dusted so here’s a virtual round of applause for you. Sydney, it’s time to grab your warm jackets and head on out ‘coz we’ve got a crackin' line-up of activities to get you through the weekend. Expect truffles, a whole lottaaa wine and winter wonderlands on the cards. 

We know. Much things to do, very busy lives you live. Oh the trauma of it.

Here are 18 awesome things to do this weekend in Sydney!

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Pop-Up Laneway Cider Orchard

Calling all cider lovers, this one's for you. A laneway cider orchard like no other is popping up in Sydney for six days only. The rustic, alfresco pop-up will showcase cider done three ways and if you  just asked what that even means, let us enlighten you. Think specialty mulled cider from Treehouse, cider cocktails by Aaron Gaulke and cider-inspired/infused food by Michelin Star, French chef Raphael Squrek (that’s how).  See you guys there, we’ll be the ones hogging all the food. 

When: Thursday 19 July until Tuesday 24 July, 4pm onwards
Where: Three Bottle Man, Bulletin Place Laneway 
Cost: free

Bathurst Winter Festival 

Ditch work and head over to Bathurst for their annual Winter Festival. You’ll find interactive displays an enchanted forest and an epic winter playground (read: a giant ferris wheel and house of mirrors). Basically, you’re bound to have a good time no matter what you choose to do. Head here for more info.

When: Thursday 19 July until Sunday 22 July, 9am -10pm
Where: Bathurst CBD
Cost: From $5 for activities  

AIDA At Sydney Opera House

Aida has always been known as a spectacular piece, telling the story of a royal love triangle spanning two nations at war. Director and choreographer Davide Livermore, will bring the production up a whole other level with the introduction of new digital technology. The high-tech sets will make this a cutting-edge performance you just can’t miss. For more info and to buy tickets head here

When: Wednesday 18 July until Friday 31 August 
Where: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Cost: From $106 per person

Honour The Being

‘Honour the Being’ is Sydney Road Galleries’ latest solo exhibition. The exhibit is a collection of animal portrait paintings by artist Jaimee Paul. With these very realistic and occasionally life-sized works (the Rhino is bloody huge), Jaimee aims to spread positive awareness of animals. If you love art and love animals, we’re thinking you should 110% go and check out the exhibit

When: Thursday 19 July until Sunday 5 August 
Gallery Hours: Thursday to Saturday
10am4pm, Sunday 9am12pm 
Where: Sydney Road Gallery 


Don’t miss out as Winterfest Luna Park enters its last few days. Strap on your skates and glide through the winter wonderland complete with snow machine going HAM. Decked out with festoon lighting, the European style fair will have you living out your winter dreams. The bar is stocked with butterscotch schnapps and caramel filled pretzels so you’re sure to have a crackin’ time. Head here to grab your unlimited ride pass. 
When: Thursday 19 July to Monday 23 July, 
Where: Luna Park Sydney
Cost: From $25 per person


PNAU At Enmore

Guys, if you missed out on tickets to see this Aussie trio tear it up at Splendour In The Grass, fear not because the electro-pop juggernauts are playing in Sydney. Oh yeah, we’re picturing ourselves singing to ‘Wild Strawberries’ too. Get your tickets here

When: Thursday 19 July, 7:30-11:30 pm 
Where: Enmore Theatre 
Cost: $46.10 per person

Truffle Toastie Thursday

Truffles, truffles annnnd more truffles. That’s how our winter weeks go and this week is no exception ‘coz Madame Truffles has popped up next door to Handpicked Cellars. They have teamed up to deliver a delicious menu of truffle toasties available every Thursday from 5:30pm. Plus, Handpicked sommeliers will be on-hand to perfectly pair your toastie with wine. 

When: Thursday 19 July, 5:30-9pm 
Where: Handpicked Cellar Door
Cost: From $16 

Taittinger + Charcuterie @ Nola

Thursdays just got a whole lot better thanks to our good friends down at NOLA. Grab the gang and head down to Barangaroo to indulge in a charcuterie plate and a glass or bottle of Champagne Taittinger (we’re not judging). With an impressive spread, with all your fave meats, we’re talking coppa, prosciutto, sospressa and bresaola, it’s the perfect way to kick off the weekend. For more deets, head over here.

When: Thursday 19 July, 12pm
Where: Nola, Barangaroo
Cost: Varies

Boozy Burger Party

Burgers and booze! Our favourite combination. Head on down to 8Bit for the release of the Malted Beast burger. Only on offer for a limited time, this bad boy will give you food fantasies for days. We’re talking a burger that has melt-in-your-mouth American cheese, ‘Newtowner’ beer onions, Hoppy Porter glazed bacon and Cloudy Cider cheese sauce. And to celebrate the release, they’re offering the first 100 people through the door a Newtowner on the house. Do we need to say more? Head over here for more info.

When: Thursday 19 July, 6pm
Where: 8bit Sydney, Steam Mill Lane 


Michelle E’ Totò

Put on your stretchy pants and head to Verde. Michelle e’ Totò is an exclusive luncheon presented in collaboration by Chef Antonio Ruggerino, Chef Federico Calvi and Michelle Walsh (who you may recognise from MasterChef). All happening at Verde’s Totò private dining room, the exclusive lunch will feature a four-course regional Italian menu. Places are limited so booking is a must. Book here

When: Friday 20 July 
Where: Verde, Darlinghurst 
Cost: $120 per person

117 Dining Truffle Menu 

Continuing on in true truffle fashion, 117 Dining is here to help. Senior Sous Chef Luke Fernley has created a five-course truffle menu to tantalise your taste buds. Each course of the degustation features grated, shaved or infused handpicked black truffle. Think truffle fettuccineand macadamia, malt and black truffle ice cream. Complete the meal with all the matched wine ever (because wine not, ya know). Book here

When: Available Friday and Saturday until end of August, 5:30-10pm 
Where: 117 Dining, InterContinental Sydney
Cost: $139 per person, additional $49 per person for wine pairing

Thank Krug it's Friday!

Welcome the weekend with ‘Thank Krug it’s Friday’ at Chiswick Woollahra. The iconic farm-to-plate foodies are upping their Friday night game with canapés and Krug and honestly, we can’t think of anything better this winter. The menu features a carefully curated selection of canapés so think lightly toasted brioche with jamón and finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (cue loads of drooling). Head on over after work and start your weekend right. 

When: Friday 20 July, 5-7pm 
Where: Chiswick, Woollahra 
Cost: $80 per person


Sydney Wine Fair 

An afternoon dedicated to wine tasting. Sounds good right? Sydney Wine Fair is back again on at Oak Barrel. The fair will round-up 18 different winemakers and importers, each with a variety of wines all for you to sample. With a focus on organic, natural wines, the day will showcase some of the best vino in Australia and around the globe. Get your tickets here (we know you’re going). 

When: Saturday 21 July, 1:30pm - 4pm 
Where: Oak Barrel 
Cost: $40 per person

Beat The Bottle

There’s nothing Sydneysiders will boast about more, than their pristine blue waterways. It’s basically our number one attraction and the perfect backdrop to any gals ‘gram. So it’s no surprise that we’re all for doing our bit to help our foreshores stay beautiful and plastic free. Sydney Water has organised a good old clean-up event this Saturday down at Parramatta River. With an interactive percussion performance by Junkyard Beats and beats by Purple Sneakers DJs to set the mood, you’ll have everything you need to stay pumped. Plus, all participants will receive a free stainless steel reusable water bottle for their efforts. Head over here for more details. 

When: Sunday 22 July, 12 – 3:30pm
Where: Parramatta River Foreshore 
Cost: Free

NOMAD Wine School

NOMAD is launching the ‘NOMAD Wine School’. The NOMAD Wine School features one-off masterclasses dedicated to all things wine (shock). Covering everything from basics to the impact of geography, the course will see you tasting 10-12 wines (all of which you can buy #woo). The five-and-a-half hour course will include lunch and an afternoon cheese course. Book your spot here.

When: Saturday 21 July, 10:00am - 3:30pm
Where: China Heights Art Gallery (above NOMAD)
Cost: $250 per person

Lamington Drive for R U OK 

ICYMI Saturday 21 July is National Lamington Day. To celebrate the famed Aussie dessert, Bennelong will hold a lamington drive for charity. Peter Gilmore will be serving up his take on the lammy with all proceeds going to R U OK? Well known to Sydneysiders and MasterChef fans, Gilmore’s take on the lamington is pure decadence. We’re talking a square of cherry jam, coconut ice-cream and sponge encased in chocolate ganache sitting in a bed of coconut milk parfait shavings.  This famed lammy is available from lunch and dinner from 5:30pm. Want more info? Head here

When: Saturday 21 July, from 12pm and 5:30pm
Where: Bennelong, Sydney Opera House


Pizzeria Beddia Pop-up 

Philadelphia’s best pizza, Pizzeria Beddia, is coming to Bondi for seven nights only which means you need to get here stat.  Made entirely out of pizza boxes, the week-long pop-up will be slinging its pizza left, right and centre with sommelier James Hird coming into the mix to bring the perfect wine list to match the world famous pizza (sold yet?). More deets here.

When: Sunday 22 July to Saturday 28 July, 6pm until sold out
Where: Bondi Beach Public Bar 

Fernery Sunday Roast & Acoustic Sessions

Like we needed more reason to head there. Sydney’s rooftop rosé bar added wood-fired, Sunday roasts to their menu and we couldn’t be happier. Every Sunday they serve a rotating menu of wood-fired goods alongside live music which is obvs the best way to top ya weekend.

When: Every Sunday in July, Music 3-6pm and Roast dinner from 5pm 
Where: The Fernery
Cost: $25 per person

And ICYMI, boozy tea is a thing that exists and we're here for it.

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