Champagne, chauffeurs and charity. We’ve lined up some pretty sweet things to do in Sydney this weekend just for you!
The Design Hunter VIP Christmas Shopping Event
Even if D.I.Y stands for Don’t.Impress.You much, we think the combination of drinks and design at this Bronte Road business’ annual VIP shopping event will knock you down and convert you. Featuring giveaways, goodie bags and gift-wrapping plus 20% off an impressive selection of furnishing, flooring and even fashion, it’s a pretty handy place to pick up your pressies and maybe even something for yourself. Whether you’re a wannabe Frank Gehry or can’t tell your Eames from your IKEA, we’re sure you’ll find everything to turn your space into a dream place (and that’s before the complimentary champagne kicks in!).
There may be no such thing as a free lunch – but complimentary VIP drinks and a private chauffeur to The Star’s Sky Terrace this Thursday… Well, that’s a different story. Don’t believe us? Check out http://blog.uber.com/UBERSTAR for more info. We promise it’s on the house (or the rooftop bar with city skyline views, actually).
Shakespeare In The Park
The name of this event is a little misleading. Firstly, while William S’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream headlines the theatrical offerings, he’s also joined by Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (cast your mind back to grade 11 English – it’s the one with the witches). Secondly the “park” is actually Bella Vista Farm. So technically you’d be attending “Shakespeare and Miller in the farm.” Nonetheless, the presentation of two amazing outdoor performances that promise to take viewers on “a transformative journey through dreams and nightmares… magic and the spirit world” is certainly not one to be missed.
Alas at O'Connell St Merchants
Pop-ups are having a moment, but there’s something pretty special about this one above Brewtown Newton. Sure, cynics may suggest that The O’Connell Street Merchants retail space only exists because Sydney’s exorbitant rental prices make it impossible to hold down a long-term lease, but we prefer to think it’s because it’s a perfect platform for showcasing the individual talents of retailers like Alas - who invite you to meet the designers behind the label from 11am this Saturday. Oh, and did we mention they’re serving brunch?
The Raspberry Farmhouse Ale Launch
The guys at Batch Brewing Co. certainly know how to throw a party! Get down to the Tasting Room from 12pm for a taste of their new release, Raspberry Farmhouse Ale, in celebration of their one year anniversary. Relax in their oversized lounges and enjoy some hand-crafted beer and a bite from some of Sydney's best food trucks. We'll see you there!
Slam Festival Cronulla
The burb by the beach has the bragging rights to underperforming rugby league teams, bad reality TV shows and (this weekend) the world’s loudest beach volleyball festival. And whether you’re an amateur or fancy yourself as the trophy-winning type, the 2014 comp (split into both competitive and social sides) promises to be a Grand Slam Event. While not everything that comes from Cronulla guarantees success, this tournament - which attracts over 4,000 players - promises to do for the Shire, what Gallen and Vernessa, could not.
Cancer Council Mud Run
It’s time to talk dirty. With the Cancer Council Mud Run providing 6,000 runners, slippers, sliders and jumpers the chance to get filthy in the name of fundraising. Held at Horsley Park’s Equestrian Centre, the seven kilometre course supports the Cancer Council NSW. This year, they’re hoping to surpass last year’s donation record of $54,000. So go on – you’ve officially been granted a great reason to get grubby!
Summer of Sundays
Tacos are taking over South West Sydney at Canterbury’s PAZAR Food Collective – a converted warehouse that draws both suburbanites and city slickers on the search for good grub. With the social-media driven La Lupita pop up working so well in the past (over 500 tacos fans made the trek daily), big boss, Attila Yilmaz re-invites you to have a Mexican moment. Though you’ll be tempted to try all the tacos (we really rate the Al Pastor: adobo and chili marinated pork with charred pineapple) leave room for other border-crossing street food specialties like the spit roasted chipotle hot wings; watermelon salad with Oaxacan cheese and chili lime salt; and raspados – an authentic Mexican dessert of shaved fresh fruit ice with sweet condensed milk and chili lime salt. Those who can’t handle the cerveza, house-made sangria or shot of tequila at the bottom of their frozen cocktail(s), will be grateful for the public transport facilities servicing the area.
Frankie's 2nd Birthday
Who needs a star on the walk of fame when you’re a certified Sydney celeb? Yep, instead of going to Hollywood, this peep-pleasing pizzeria is hanging around its Hunter Street haunt to blow out the candles on his second birthday cake. With a rotating roster of rad rock’n’roll DJSs and a nice slice, you’re cordially invited to celebrate with toppings, tunes and the not-so terrible twos!
Movie Club: Sydney Filmmakers
Ben Stiller has the whole “Night In The Museum thing” sorted out, but the rest of us have to settle for one Sunday morning each month. That’s when the Movie Club presents screenings of new and recent flicks with special guest discussions at the Museum of Sydney. The current season focuses on Sydney doco filmmakers – with the homegrown offerings aiming to inspire, move and challenge viewers in a way that a Ben Stiller big budget blockbuster just can’t. (And if that doesn’t impress your arthouse-self, the lucky door prize and museum entry that’s included with every ticket should do the trick)
Beats 4 Breast Cancer Concert
Help cure cancer and have a whole lotta fun at the same time? That sounds like our kind of thing! The Beats 4 Breast Cancer concert will be held at The Qantas Credit Union Arena and will feature the likes of UB40, Justice Crew and Timomatic all performing to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Tickets are limited, so be sure to get yours.
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