Everyone knows the secret to success for any epic weekend is the three B’s: bubbles, banter, and, most importantly, brunch. And guys, this weekend ticks all those boxes.
We’re talking three whole days (well, technically four if we rename Thursday ‘Almost-Friday’) of party vibes. Bar hop your way down Oxford Street, head to all the wine, beer and cider festivals then top the whole thing off with a Sunday brunch in style.
Here are 16 awesome things to do in Sydney this weekend.
BLACK MAGIC SPECTACULAR @ THE STAR
If you’re a closet lover of all things magic (and even if you’re not)—have we got news for you! Over the next month or so, roving magicians, burlesque dancers, stilt walkers and jugglers will be taking over The Star Sydney with all sorts of trickery to blow your goddamn mind. Get your cocktail with a side of magic then head to one of the many restaurants and treat your taste buds. Get all the deets here.
Where: The Star
When: Now until Sunday 12 November
Red Rock Deli Taste Space
Chips are serious business, guys. Which is why the chip connoisseurs at Red Rock Deli are have turned the tables, putting you in charge of choosing your own epic flavor combos. That’s right, you get to be a ‘flavourologist’ (hello dream job) and pick whatever unique combo you want in your chip. They’ll even come in fancy AF personalised boxes so this one literally has your name all over it.
When: Thursday 19 October - Sunday 22 October
Where: Westfield Sydney, Pitt Street
PETstock’s Microchip Blitz
Whether you’re a cat or a dog person (or, ya know, a guinea pig person), we can all agree that our pets are the best. PETstock totally get it, which is why they’re having a huge microchip blitz this weekend to make sure your cute little guys can always find their way back home. PETstock stores all around Sydney will be offering $10 microchipping (TBH we’ve spent more than this on toast) and the whole thing takes 15 mins max. Register your furry friend here.
When: Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 October
Where: PETstock stores around NSW
Zeus Rosebery's 2nd Birthday Party
Stop everything! We’ve just found free doughnuts and guys, they aren’t just any doughnuts. Oh no no, they’re loukomades, which are basically just bite-sized Greek doughnuts drizzled with honey or chocolate. It’s all thanks to Zeus Street Greek in Rosebery who are celebrating their second birthday with free desserts this Friday and Saturday. Get on it guys, these things are damn delicious. More details here.
When: Friday 20 October and Saturday 21 October, 11.30am-10pm
Where: Zeus Street Greek Rosebery
Tea Garden At The Old Clare Hotel
Let’s be honest, we all love a good pop-up. And when it boasts all things pretty and delicious (as tea is), we’re a complete sucker for the good stuff. Tea Garden Co. are taking over The Old Clare this month and its sharing all of its fab new blends and making refreshing homemade cold ones for anyone who’s in need of a cool down.
When: October 9-23, 11am onwards
Where: The Old Clare Hotel, Chippendale
IYCPOP Virtual Reality Pop-Up
Alcoholic popsicles and virtual reality. This is the type of futuristic lifestyle we could totally live in. The legends who gave us booze-infused iced lollies (and pretty much broke the internet with their epic confectionary invention) are giving you the opp. to play tech games and get transported to a mystery destination, all dependent on the ICYPOP flavour you choose. Which all sounds like a kidult dream to us. Get your tickets here.
Where: The Old Clare Hotel, Chippendale
When: October 24-31
Thursday 19 October
Lululemon This Is Yoga
Mastered your tree pose like a pro and looking to take your yoga obsession to a whole new level? Then it’s time to try hand balancing and who better to help than the fitness gurus at Lululemon? Tag along to a workshop and Q&A with Andrii Bondarenko from Cirque du Soleil—this guy really knows what he’s talking about. More details here.
When: Thursday 19 October, 6pm
Where: Westfield Warringah Mall
Cirque Du Soleil: Toruk Opening Night
Now that you’ve learned all about hand balancing, go all out with an entire evening dedicated to Cirque du Soleil. It’s the natural next step, to be fair. Inspired by all the magic of the film Avatar (expect lots blue people), Accor Hotels are throwing a pre-show dinner with a signature cocktail especially for the event. The Entu Blue Margarita is, of course, the colour blue. Take your pick from the two or three-course menu before heading over to the arena to watch some seriously talented acrobats do some seriously unbelievable tricks. Details here.
When: Thursday 19 October, 7:30pm
Where: Boulevard Brasserie, Novotel Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: from $50
Day Of The Dead At Hotel Steyne
If you know anything about us, then you’ll know that we prefer to start the weekend early, on a Thursday ideally. The guys over at Hotel Steyne agree, so they are offering on a variety of delicious Espolon tequila cocktails to celebrate Day of the Dead. There’ll even be face painting for one night only (next Thursday night!) to get you in the mood. Drink Responsibly.
When: Thursday 26th October
Where: Hotel Steyne
Friday 20 October
McGrath Foundation High Teas
Gather the crew for a charity near and dear to our hearts (literally). The McGrath Foundation is throwing a high tea, which basically means lots of dainty (but delicious) snacks with an endless supply of fragrant tea (buh-bye no frills English Breakfast!). Sip bubbles with an even bigger smile knowing that the money raised is going towards breast cancer specialist nurses. Oh and don’t forget to wear a touch of pink, obvs. Get your tickets here.
When: Friday 20 October, 11am - 2pm
Where: The Grand Ballroom, Sofitel
Orange Wine & Food Night Market
Fact: food and wine are the glue that hold life together. Throw in a night market atmosphere and live music and we’re more than sold. With over 60 stalls offering regional wines and delish cuisine from local chefs, the Orange Wine & Food Night Market is bringing the goods. The best part? Everything is made right there in Orange. So kick back to the sounds of local tunes and have a wine for us.
When: Friday 20 October, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: Robertson Park, Orange
Cost: Gold coin donation
Fries are more than just a side dish—they’re a lifestyle. Storehouse on the Park has totally nailed the chip formula with (wait for it) 12 variations of fries, chips and wedges. Think crispy waffle fries, thin cut zucchini fries and our current obsession, halloumi fries. Of course, there’s the OG chunky chips with a bunch of sauce choices like cajun BBQ, curry sauce and yuzu aioli. Because chips without sauce simply won’t do.
When: every Friday
Where: Storehouse on the Park, Rushcutters Bay
Moët & Chandon Largest Champagne Tasting Event
Not that you need an excuse to drink champagne, we may have just found a pretty damn good one. As a toast to World Champagne Day (fave day of the whole year), Moet & Chandon will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest champagne tasting event ever. Yep, challenge accepted. You know what to do. Here are all the deets.
When: Friday 20 October, 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Where: Sydney Opera House
Cost: $30.00 (+ $8.50 booking fee)
Saturday 21 October
William Street Festival
It’s for the annual William Street Festival and it’s basically just an excuse to eat, drink and shop your way around Paddington’s gems. This year the legends at The London Hotel are opening an entire bar dedicated to Pimm’s (hells yeah), not to mention an East London dumpling food stall and an outdoor DJ. Then as the sun goes down, head straight for the bar and make your way through the special festival cocktail list. Saturday plans = sorted.
When: Saturday 21 October,
Where: The London Hotel, Paddington
Keep Sydney Open: Meet Me In Darlo
The Keep Sydney Open gang are throwing a huge day-to-night festival this Saturday and it’s all in the name of saving our nightlife. They’ll be bringing their whole party crew of DJs and performers to your usual Darlo spots like Oxford Art Factory, Shady Pines Saloon, The Cliff Dive, Della Hyde and more. Dancing shoes are 100% essential for this one. Grab your tickets here.
When: Saturday 21 October, 3pm - 3:30am
Sunday 22 October
Brunch At Hyde Park Palms
If, like us, you’re just a liiiiitle bit obsessed with brunch, then you’re going to love this one. We’ve teamed up with Good Food Month and Paper Bird to deliver a seriously unforgettable foodie feast at the luxe Hyde Park Palms. Don’t expect a poached egg or granola situation because we’re talking about King’s congee, Korean fried chicken and Japanese cherry blossom cheesecake—with plenty of rosé and Pimm's to go around. This is your last chance to join us for our brunch series, so head here to book your tickets STAT.
When: Sunday 22 October, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Where: Hyde Park Palms, Hyde Park
Watsons Bay Cider Festival
Cider has always been underrated as a summer bevvy of choice—it’s not quite beer and it certainly isn’t wine. But that’s about to change people. Say hello to an entire day dedicated to this top notch brew at the Watsons Bay Cider Festival. Young Henrys, 5 Seeds, Rekorderlig and all the other usual suspects will be there for the picking as well as food stalls featuring paellas and tacos #heaven. Happy Sunday!
When: Sunday 22 October, 11am-5pm
Where: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Cost: Free entry
Oktoberwest 2017: The Inner West Beer Fest
Grab all of your beer-loving mates and head to this pop-up beer garden and beer hall in the heart of Sydney’s craft beer capital; the inner west. Ditch the tinnies and sink one of 30 speciality brews from the likes of Young Henrys, Willie the Boatman, Wayward Brewing Co and more. You can also expect live entertainment and food trucks galore when you’re in need of a feed.
When: Sunday 20 October, 12pm-8pm
Where: The Factory Theatre, Marrickville
Marrickville is throwing a big ol’ festival this Sunday to celebrate the best of the inner west and guys, it’s a biggie. Think over 120 stalls selling local produce and handmade goodies plus as multiple stages to keep up the good vibes going all day long. The Break music competition is set to be the highlight of the day where up-and-coming bands will battle it out to score a chance to record their own EP. It’s exciting times people.
When: Sunday 22 October, 10am – 5pm
Where: Marrickville and Illawarra Roads, Marrickville
Cost: Free entry
Baron Samedi Spiced At Paragon Hotel
Weekends are for spicing things up with Baron Samedi Spiced, which means you’ll be sipping on Baron Samedi Spiced cocktails all night long at this epic rooftop bar for only $8.50 a pop. With a menu full of delicious eats and plenty of tropical beats, it sounds like a pretty damn good night out to us. Grab your whole crew and get there early to nab the best seats in the house. Drink responsibly.
When: Daily until 31 October
Where: Paragon Hotel
Baron Samedi Cocktails At The Ship Inn
If you know anything about us, then you’ll know that we prefer to start the weekend early, on a Thursday ideally. The guys over at The Ship Inn agree, so they’re putting on a whole heap of drool-worthy Baron Samedi cocktails with ginger beer, fresh lime and bitters every single night of the week. Kick back with a refreshing drink and make the most of their leafy courtyard. Drink responsibly.
When: Daily until 31 October
Where: The Ship Inn
Baron Samedi Cocktails At The Orient
Summer is coming early at The Orient this month, with Baron Samedi cocktails available every single day. We’re talking about your faves and oh-so refreshing Baron Samedi mixed with ginger beer, lime and bitters, of course. With epic views of the harbour, there’s nowhere else we would rather be on a balmy, October afternoon. Drink responsibly.
When: Daily until 31 October
Where: The Orient
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Hyde Park Palms | Image credit: Federica Portentoso