Here’s to busy weekends packed with adventure and all the food ever. This weekend is reeling in bottomless dumplings, a solid craft beer festival, the infamous Night Noodle Markets and a vintage record fair.
Here are 12 awesome things to do this weekend in Sydney.
SKY HIGH ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT DUMPLINGS
The Dumpling legends, New Shanghai, are headed to Sydney Tower Eye for a whole week of dumpling feasts and you’ll want to fire up the group chat STAT. This all-you-can-eat dumpling feast 2.0 is heading the annual Chinese celebration known as Golden Week and just so you know, there'll be six sessions each day. If dumplings ain't your thing (god forbid), you can also sling golden pan-fried pork buns. This is a definite BYO stretchy pants kind of situation. But there’s a catch—you’ll only have 30 precious minutes to eat as many dumplings as your belly can handle. We believe in you. For tickets, head here.
When: From Thursday to Sunday, 12-1:30pm, 6-7:30pm
Where: Sydney Tower Eye, CBD
Cost: $40 for lunch session, $45 for dinner session
CRAFT BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL
Coogee Bay Hotel is bringing back their craft beer and cider festival and we’re super jazzed about it. The Garden will be home to over 60 beers and ciders to ‘sample’, with tonnes of food pop-ups and a bunch of live jazz music acts. If you’re a beer/cider enthusiast, or you don’t know your ales from your lagers, they’ve got something for every level. Jump over here for your tickets.
When: Saturday 6 October and Sunday 7 October, 12-7pm
Where: Coogee Bay Hotel, Coogee
Cost: $15 - $100 per person
CABIN IN THE WOODS
If you’re a horror movie fanatic then this one is for you. The classic, and in my opinion, the oddly funny Cabin in the Woods is on at The Ritz Cinema this Thursday and Sunday night. This film showing is part of the cinema’s ‘Shocktober’ festival happening this month. Grab your besties and settle in for a night of screams and laughs.
When: Thursday 4 October, 8:30pm and Sunday 7 October, 7pm
Where: The Ritz Cinema, Randwick
Cost: $12 - $15 per person
Thursday 4 October
NIGHT NOODLE MARKETS
Our fave foodie fest is back starting this week! Yes, the Night Noodle Markets is happening in the iconic Hyde Park yet again. So get out your stretchy pants again because there will be spicy noodles, dumplings and Korean BBQ all month long. If you can’t decide on what to eat, don’t worry you’ve got until the 21 October, so keep on coming back to get your dim sum fix. For more info, check this out.
When: Starts Thursday 4 October, 5-9pm
Where: Hyde Park, CBD
Cost: Free entry
Friday 5 October
Step foot into an oasis to explore Sydney’s wildlife by torch-light. Meeting at sunset, this tour takes you through our beautiful Botanic Gardens to discover any of the nocturnal animals that chill around the area. You could spot Bush-tailed Possums, Flying Foxes or even Microbats. Ok, is it just me or do they sound adorable? For more info, check this out.
When: Friday 5 October, 7-9pm
Where: Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
Cost: $35 - $39 person
GLEBE RECORD FAIR
If you’re an oldie at heart then you’re going to love the Glebe Record Fair. You’ve got classic hits from ABBA to The Beatles to newer vinyl from Kendrick Lamar to Ed Sheeran. You’ve got all your genre and era bases covered. Glebe markets is the best for all your vintage finds, but you’ll definitely need to go digging to get some goodies. For more deets, head here.
When: Saturday 6 October, 9-4pm
Where: Peter Forsyth Auditorium, Glebe
Cost: $3-$6 per person
Light the Night at Barangaroo
A visually stunning night filled with light and love. Light The Night will transform the darkness into a sea of light, all in support of beating blood cancer. Whether you’re carrying a gold lantern for yourself, a loved one or to simply show your support, Light The Night at Barangaroo is a fantastic cause to get behind.
When: 5.30pm - 8.30pm, October 5
Where: Barangaroo Reserve
Saturday 6 October
SPRING BOTANICAL BRUNCH
Our friends at Moët & Chandon are bringing us their bottomless botanical brunch. If you like good drinks and good views then this one is for you. They’ve also got a surprise Sydney influencer in attendance. After you’re feeling pretty tipsy, there’s an after party happening at a secret location. This event is all hush-hush so we’re pretty to be surprised. For tickets and info, head here.
When: Saturday 6 October, 11-3pm
Where: The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
Cost: $150 per person
TACO AND TEQUILA FESTIVAL
Ahh, tacos and tequila, our two favourite words. Mejico is chucking a fiesta for everyone who wants to taste test some tequila, learn cocktail recipes and indulge in their famous tacos. Tickets included $10 margaritas and tastings of over 20 different tequila brands. Okay, you pick up your jaws from the ground and head over here to book your tickets.
When: Saturday 6 October, 12-4pm
Where: Mejico, Sydney
Cost: $15 per person
Are you a Britney or Christina? There’ll be a best-dressed prize of $250 to win. So, get your scrunchies/butterfly clips and your midriffs or satin slip dresses out, (come on we know you’ve got some stashed away in your closet). This event has some of Sydney’s best DJ’s on show so come get down to the hits you all know and love.
When: Saturday 6 October, 10pm-late
Where: Burdekin Hotel, Darlinghurst
Cost: $15 - $20 per person
Sunday 7 October
To add to this month’s horror theme, A Quiet Place is showing at Catmosphere’s Cat Cinema this Sunday. If you love cats and horror films, you won’t wanna miss this. Included with your ticket, you’ll get two hours in their cat room with the adorable rescues! Shut up and take our money right here.
When: Sunday 7 October, 6-8:30pm
Where: Catmosphere Café, Surry Hills
Cost: $38.50 per person
THE NEWPORT DOG SHOW
Dogs, cats, what else could we want from this weekend? If there was any better time to watch a show with a bunch of well-groomed dogs prancing around, it would be now. They’ve also got some Doga happening (Doggy Yoga). We need to get our downward dog sorted ASAP. And there’s puppaccinos all day so your fur baby can feel like a human baby. For more info, head here.
When: Sunday 7 October, 9:30-2pm
Where: The Newport, Newport
Cost: Free entry
UNCORKED FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL
We love a good excuse for a Sunday vino sesh. Forget that tomorrow is Monday and picture yourself in the sunny Hunter Valley for a boozy good time. Sample as many vinos and foods that you possibly can. And enjoy the tunes while you’re having a mini-vacay. For tickets, jump over here.
When: Sunday 7 October, 11-5pm
Where: Balmoral Reserve, Balmoral
Cost: $26 - $31 per person
Image credit: Benjamin Sow.