Folks, it’s happened. We’ve done it. This weekend marks the first day of Spring, and oh hot damn-delions do we have a spring in our step. Yep, we’re so excited we almost wet our plants.
This weekend brings mouldy cheese, cheese fondue, cheese raclette, y’know, all the cheese drill. There will also be free meals for dad, plenty of choccie, no shortage of wine, all you can eat dumplings… and a workout hosted by some celeb trainers, because, obvs our summer bods are first priority here (after we consume all of the dumplings of course).
Here are 17 fab things to do this weekend in Sydney!
Mum, Me and the Ied
Guys, here’s your chance to get pretty damned cultured. The super talented duo James Balian and Roger Vickery have gone and done us all a solid and created a play all about the effects of war-induced PTSD and we’re just going to say it now, this is one you really need to hit up. It delves into complex personalities, themes of guilt and the psychological fracture between the past and present. This one’s on its last leg so you absolutely need to be jumping on these tickets now.
When: Every night until Saturday 1 September
Where: The Depot Theatre, Marrickville
Cost: $27-$32 per person
MOULD-A CHEESE FESTIVAL
There’s an entire weekend dedicated to cheese and holy-mouldy, we’re stinkin’ keen. Expect the best producers from around Australia, aka Yarra Valley Dairy, Bruny Island, Pyengana and Meredith Dairy serving up a whole lotta’ cheesy goodness. The farmers-market-turned-festival style setting will have a well-stocked bar, because, well, no cheese platter is complete without a tipple of somethin’. Think vinos, whisky, sake, beer and cider… oh and your ticket comes with a glass of wine on entry and ALL cheese tastings. You have got to ‘brie’ kidding me. For more info and to get your tickets, head on over here.
When: Saturday 1 September, 11-4pm & 5-9pm, Sunday 2 September, 11-4pm
Where: Carriageworks, Eveleigh
Cost: $45 for General Admission Tickets
TASTE OF COOGEE FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL
The Taste of Coogee Food and Wine Festival is back and bigger than ever. This weekend there will be over 100 contributors, featuring the likes of Frencheese (the legends who serve up gooey, warm, melted raclette and fondue), Mr Bao, Sofrito Paella and our market all-time fave, Turkish Gözleme. Of course, you can also expect a heap of spirit, beer and wine tastings from Batch Brewing Co, Aperol, Pokolbin Cider House, Peterson Champagne House, to name a few. Expect MasterChef cooking demonstrations, foodie shows, rides for the kiddies, live entertainment and a beaut beachy backdrop. Sounds like a pretty darn fine weekend if you ask us. For your tickets, click here.
When: Saturday 1 September 10-8pm and Sunday 2 December, 10-6pm
Where: Coogee Oval, Coogee
Cost: Free entry for under 18s, $5 entry for adults, $20 for entry with RSA drink wristband (includes one drink token and souvenir tasting cup)
ALL YOU CAN EAT DUMPLINGS AND LIVE JAZZ
Well, that’s a killer combo if we’ve ever heard one. There truly is nothing more magical than a never-ending plate of dumplings, especially when it comes with a side of free live jazz. Sip on espresso martinis and chow down an array of different juicy morsels, special mention goes to the pork gyoza and veggie dumplings. Dumpling nights get busy, so book via the website.
When: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 5-10pm
Where: Spring Street Social, Bondi Junction
Cost: $30 unlimited dumplings
MS G’S WEEKEND LUNCH SQUAD
Fire up the group text team, it’s time for one hulluva leisurely long lunch at Ms G’s. The Potts Point oh-so-playful Asian fusion joint is serving up some of their fave dishes in an epic banquet all weekend. We’re talking those cheeseburger spring rolls everyone talks about, chicken katsu sliders, kingfish with aged ponzu, ‘strange flavor style’ burrata and Peking style lamb party pancakes. Oh and their speciality Aloe Vera cocktail upon arrival. For lunch squad bookings, click here.
When: Saturdays from 12pm, Sundays from 1pm
Where: Ms G’s, Potts Point
Cost: $55 per person
SMOOTH FESTIVAL OF CHOCOLATE
Two whole days dedicated to our favourite brunette beauty… need we say more. The Smooth Festival of Chocolate is back for its fifth consecutive year, with a new location and more stalls than ever before. Expect free rides on The Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Ferris wheels, demonstrations from leading dessert chefs at the Callebaut Test Kitchen, chocolate workshops and wine and chocolate pairing masterclasses. The best part? For every ticket sold this year, two meals will go to OzHarvest, so all that choccie loving you’ll be doing is guilt-free.
When: Saturday 1 and 2 September, 10-6pm
Where: Sydney Showground, Homebush
Cost: Adult Ticket: $23, Children’s ticket (5-17 years): $17, Family ticket (2 x adults, 3 x children): $55
This is not a drill, a magical place exists where you can spend quality time watching a fab film with a bunch of cats, I know right, you have ‘cat’ to be ‘kitten’ me! Introducing the Cat Cinema in Surry Hills, where you can curl up on a beanbag and watch a movie among a heap of adorable little rescue fluffsters. We’re talking all the works, blankets, popcorn, chippies, drinks and a salted caramel milkshake during viewing time. And… CATS! On Fridays, the cinema has kid-friendly movies (ages 5+) on offer that the whole fam bam can enjoy, whilst Saturday’s and Sundays are for those aged 15 and over. The movie schedule sees oldies like Beethoven and The Goonies and more recent films such as La La Land and The Greatest Showman. Let’s just say this sounds like the ‘purrfect’ evening. To grab your tickets or check out the movie schedule, head here.
When: Fridays to Sundays, 6-8:30pm
Where: Catmosphere Cat Cafe, Surry Hills
Cost: Tickets $38.50
Thursday August 30
The Bachelor Viewing Party at the sheaf
Alright peeps, this is basically a major hot spot for anyone fanning over the Bachie and let’s be honest, we all bloody are. Especially because this glorious season is filled with so many awkward kisses, a sparkly diary and that rugby dude who loves a good “yarn”. Basically, you’ll want to jump onboard this one for your Thirsty Thursday to watch weekly episodes and a MAJOR debrief post-rose ceremony (and we all know that’s the best bit). The legendary Thinker Girls host these parties (with a different celebrity guest each week) and this week’s guest is old mate Tim Dormer ie. you’re in for all the laughs. For more deets, head here.
What: The Bachelor Viewing Party
When: Every Thursday, 7pm
Where: The Sheaf, Double Bay
DARLO MUSICAL BINGO
The legends at Darlo Bar are changing the way we think about Bingo, so move over Gran, there’s a new Bingo aficionado in town. They’ve ditched the wheel and replaced it with snippets of all our fave songs, so get pumped for new, old, iconic, tacky and just plain awful tunes from this week’s theme; movie soundtracks. Oh, and jugs of Young Henry’s Newtowner that won’t break the bank. Yep, pitcher perfect.
When: Thursdays, Bingo kicks off at 7:30pm
Where: Darlo Bar, Darlinghurst
Friday August 31
WOMEN’S HEALTH FIT NIGHT OUT
Alright girls, we’ve got your summer bods covered. Ditch the pub this Friyay and get those buns moving at Women’s Health Fit Night Out. This isn’t just your average workout though, you’ll be sweating it up with the likes of celebrity trainers Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw, the Base Body Babes, Amanda Bisk and Dan Conn. Oh, and there are some ultra-incred hot hair and beauty treatments, delicious eats and a smoothie bar for you to refuel between workouts. Get those high knees pumping though because tickets sold out last year, book your spot here.
When: Friday 31 August, 6-9pm
Where: Hall 7, Sydney International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour
Cost: $49.95 (BYO towel)
EMPIRE MEME PARTY
What on earth do you ‘meme’ there is a meme themed party happening this weekend and we’re invited? Yep, the R&B, Hip Hop, Rap themed dancehall is hosting a partay where you can dress up as your fave meme or vine, uhhh, finally someone who understands us. This will be a heckuva’ time with a heap of tunes, bevs and prizes for best dressed. For more details, head on over here.
When: Friday 31 August, 10pm-3am
Where: Empire, Darlinghurst
Cost: $20 entry
TEQUILA MONTH FINALE PARTY AT GRAIN
It’s been two huge months of celebrating our love for tequila and mezcal but sadly, the festivities must come to an end. Fear not though, the celebrations will end in true Mexican style, with a finale fiesta. Think vibrant food, colours and of course, no shortage of our favourite tipples. Get around the final day of the speciality cocktail menu and queue the Mariachi band, literally, there will be a live Mariachi set so you can groove on into the night. Viva la fiesta!
When: Friday 31 August, 5-8pm
Where: Grain, Sydney CBD
Cost: Free entry (menu varies)
Saturday September 1
WORLD BEARD DAY AT RILEY ST GARAGE
The temple to the majestically bearded, aka Riley Street Garage, will be paying homage to the hairy. These guys have partnered with Jimmy Niggles and the folks from Beard Season to put the spot light on the early detection of melanoma. This brodown with a cause at Riley Street will come with a meaty, manly, beard friendly menu, some events to prove the superiority of the bearded over the non-bearded, and of course, brews from Young Henry’s and other fine beard loving breweries. At the event on the day there will be dermatologists to provide free skin checks. Bookings are a must, to book your place, head here.
When: Saturday 1 September, 12-3pm When:
Where: Riley Street Garage, Woolloomooloo
GOROS PARTY BRUNCH
There’s a party brunch in Surry Hills on Saturday’s feat. bottomless cocktails, a 3-course feast and free karaoke. Yep, thought that might peak your interest. Goros is serving up snacks like fried nori with avo dip, wasabi peas, lotsa sushi and sashimi and a delish Japanese pork or vego plate for main. As for that free-flowing booze, there are 90 minutes of your choice of G&T’s, Espresso Martini’s, Bloody Mary’s and Spritz’. We’re also talking a bunch of drink specials, no shortage of karaoke fun and the DJ kicks off at 12:30pm so get the gang together and let’s get this partay started. To book a table, head here.
When: Saturdays, 12 – 4pm
Where: Goros, Surry Hills
Cost: $55 per person
Sunday September 2
This Sunday in Sydney, there’s really no better place to celebrate Father’s Day than at Barangaroo. Start the day with a mouth-watering brunch at Devon Cafe (honestly, the Dr. Seuss special is life changing, think: thick cut bacon and fried eggs, pea puree, edamame, pea tendrils and a hashbrown), before walking it all off with a view at Barangaroo Reserve. Belle’s Hot Chicken, Zushi and Anason all have epic Father’s Day lunch specials if you can fit in a second meal (of course you can). After lunch, treat dad to a gelato at RivaReno. Stuck for a present idea? Shirt Bar is hosting a whiskey and tailoring masterclass for Sydney’s most dapper dads - you can book him in here.
When: Sunday September 2, 2018
Where: Barangaroo, Sydney CBD
DAD EATS FREE AT THE MORRISON
The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room refuse to let your old man receive another pair of jocks or socks this Father’s Day, instead, they’re treating him to a free phenomenal meal. This New York style brasserie is known for plating up some of the best seafood in the city. We’re thinking Pops needs to get around a couple of freshly shucked oysters, the duck fat fish and chips or some chilli snow crab linguine with a buttery lemon sauce. Bookings are essential, book here.
When: Sunday 2 September, 11:30-10pm
Where: The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room, Sydney CBD
Cost: Free for Dad
FATHER'S DAY GUY TEA
Let’s be honest, Dad already thinks you’re ‘tea-riffic’… but after this Father’s Day Guy Tea, you may be considered the favourite child. It’s a bespoke twist on their famous Sydney High Teas, served with a choice of Stella Artois or a Chivas Regal flight. Food-wise, we’re talking BBQ pork sliders, crab meat and avocado shells, slow-cooked beef pies and prawn and potato rostis. It’s your classic oh-so-elegant high tear with a pinch of manliness. You’re welcome Pa.
When: Sunday 2 September, 11-4pm
Where: Stamford Hotel, Sydney CBD
Cost: $69 per person
Plus, this moonlight silent cinema popping-up in Sydney is showing cult 90s flicks.
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