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This (Long) Weekend in Sydney

By Amanda Perez
1st Oct 2015

With the long weekend coming up, we’ve found the best ways to squeeze every last drop of fun from Sydney this weekend. Get munchin’ on Back to the Future-themed burgers at Bungalow 8 and customisin’ your own Ray Bans at Bondi Beach #EyeBallSoHard, plus a whole lot more. 

With so many fun things to do in Sydney lined up for you, you’ll wish that this long weekend was even longer.

Thursday 1st

Sake Week at Yayoi Garden

Yayoi Garden is celebrating sake week with drinks from their range of renowned sake labels like Houraisen and Dassai, brought to you by certified sake master and sommelier, Masahiko Iga. And because you shouldn’t sake on an empty stomach, Yayoi will bring the goods with the likes of kingfish carpaccio and slow-braised pork belly, plus their world-famous teishoku meals. Rice + rice wine = nice time.

Friday 2nd

Friday Long Weekend at The Collaroy

Start the long weekend right at the Fear of Dawn Surf Disco where the view is free, and so is entry. Carlton Draught drink specials will set you back only five buckaroos from 7pm and local DJs will be setting the mood for the beginning of the long weekend you wish would never end at The Collaroy

Little May Presents #Artforthecompany

To celebrate their album launch and the culmination of their online art campaign #Artforthecompany, Sydney band Little May are inviting you to pop on down and enjoy the fruits of 11 of their fave local artists. With each work inspired by a track from their not-yet-released LP ‘For The Company’, you’ll be able to check out works by photographers Mclean Stephenson and Prue Stent, muralist Mulga, fashion label Serpent & The Swan, and more while downing a couple of bevvies.  

Saturday 3rd

Ray-Ban Remix at the Pavilion

Now that the sun is deciding to (sometimes) show its face, take this opportunity to absorb the rays at Bondi Beach this weekend… both sun rays and Ray-Bans, that is! Setting up shop at The Pavilion all weekend, here you can try on your fave shades and then customise a set online! Get crazy with different colours and prints for the frames, arms, and lenses as well as engravings for the temple and case. We recommend getting ‘Urban’ and ‘Listed’ engraved on the temples of your dream sunnies.

50% of manis with your bestie at Cutiecoolz

Get your long long weekend nails ready for action at Cutiecoolz—and shout your bestie for 50% off their mani! Cutiecoolz specialise in hand painted, Instagrammable nail art that sparkles with the shine of a pro (and not with the chunky unevenness of our #NailFailArt attempts). Bookings are essential, so email ahead, you cool cuties! 

Jazz on the Jetty at Manly Wharf Hotel

As part of the Manly Jazz Festival, the Shannon Stitt trio—winners of Australia’s Got Talent 2013—will be jamming at the Manly Wharf Hotel. Self-taught jazz man Shan will be rat-tat-tatting out some of his favourite jazz pieces, original beats, and 70s funk. Harmonicas optional. 

Halfway Crooks October at GoodGod Small Club

This Saturday, Halfway Crooks are hosting their monthly rap party for party people at GoodGod. The place to be after catching Levins and Franco at Listen Out Festival, Halfway Crooks have lined up some sneaky secret guest DJs to get you celebrating this long weekend long into the night.

Mudgee Wine & Food Festival 

Pull your car out of the garage or your plane out of the hangar because it’s time to hit up legendary wine region Mudgee for their annual Wine & Food Fest! Bringing together the best of wine and food that this picturesque region has to offer, you will need the boot space for all the goodies you will want to bring home with you. The Festival showcases over 40 of the region’s wineries including award-winning Robert Stein Winery, Lowe Wine, and Mudgee Brewing Co. Because we would never send you anywhere on an empty stomach, refuel with local delicacies from High Valley Wine and Cheese Co. and Spencer Cocoa. If you’re feeling hands-on, get amongst the whiskey tasting and bread making classes between live music sets and bicycle tours! (We recommend taking the bike tour before the whiskey tasting).

Sunday 4th

Morgan & Monty’s Wings + Dogs + Moonshine Shakes Party at Harpoon Harry

Gone out on Saturday and feeling a little worse for wear? Head back to the scene of the crime and get your hangover meal on, because Morgan McGlone of Belle’s Hot Chicken and Monty Koloudrovic from Icebergs are teaming up for the Sunday feasting of a lifetime at Harpoon Harry. There will be a mouth-watering diner dog complete with spiced pork and beef frank, and of course those unbelievable twice-cooked free range wings with that incredible sauce. It’s kicking off from 5-10pm, so don’t miss out!

Street Food Fair at Bungalow 8

Bungalow 8 is getting street this weekend—street FOOD that is. Get excited and get hungry about the explosion of food stalls and trucks keen to feed you from lunch through to dinner. Grab a choripan chorizo hot dog with chimichurri salsa from Caminito and a Back to the Future-themed Biff Burger with double cheese, bacon, BBQ Baby Rays sauce and fried onion rings from Nighthawk Diner. Finish with a banana and Nutella crepe from The Crepe and Coffee Co. and a legendary coffee from Baker Bros. 

The Bay Brunch at Watsons Bay

Get some New York on your fork at The Bay Brunch. Back for another whirl, The Brunch will offer a NYC brasserie-style buffet (who could rebuff a buffet?) of spring-fresh dishes by the sparkling waters of Watsons Bay. Incidentally, bubbles are provided on arrival. Bookings are indeed essential, so nab your spot here.

Saved by the ‘90s at Soda Factory

Crank out the creaming soda and Dunkaroos and prepare to revisit your younger 90s self at the Soda Factory this Sunday where old school indie and hip-hop will be king. Featuring special guests flown in from the States, Dj I-Dee World DMC mixing Champion will be on the decks on the night. True to form, the Factory will have a limited edition 90s hotdog menu up their sleeve, vanilla ice floats will float your boat and pop-rock rimmed cocktails will blow your mind (and your dentistry bill). 

Monday 5th

Pinot Palooza 

You cannot say ‘no’ to pinot at Pinot Palooza, where 150 of the world’s best pinot, featuring the best from some of the top producers in the Southern Hemisphere, have all come together to party. Get access to all the wines on tasting from producers like Aussie and New Zealander Ata Rangi, Bay of Fires, Shaw + Smith, Yabby Lake, Kooyong, Giant Steps, and Mt Difficulty. We are foreseeing no mountains of difficulty, only loads of fun as you taste and vote for your fave Pinot Noir on roving iPads for the chance to win a winey prize!

Image credit: Mudgee Wine & Food Festival

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