Markets, aerobics, gigs, dinners, talks, and coffee festivals. Phew! Weekends are best spent doing as much as possible in this fair city of ours. So don’t waste it on the couch with a bag of stale corn chips, go get your culture on!
Here’s just a selection of awesome things to do in Sydney, this weekend and beyond!
Going Clear at Golden Age Cinema & Bar
For all you cinephiles, grab your mates and prepare to bask in the glory of the Golden Age of Cinema & Bar. Going Clear is a fascinating documentary about the endlessly intriguing religious phenomenon that is Scientology. With the church trying to block its release, the film will surely offer up some juicy insights to share by the watercooler come Friday. Grab your tickets here.
We’ve heard of sportluxe but sometimes fitness just calls for the right to get down and daggy. It’s time to dust off those old leotards and don the legwarmers for Retrosweat’s 80s inspired aerobic workout. Guaranteed to make you sweat and laugh as you do your best Jane Fonda impersonation, be sure to book a class.
Coffee Workshop: The Birthplace of Coffee
Kick start your coffee weekend (The Rocks Aroma Festival is on this Sunday!) with a workshop dedicated to learning all about the birthplace of coffee. The guys from Paramount Coffee Project have flown two experts from Ethiopia to talk coffee culture, the cultivation of coffee, and (of course) to share some premium Ethiopian coffee with attendees. Tickets cost $65 per person and bookings are essential. Head here for more info.
BASSIC at Chinese Laundry
Friday will be going off at Chinese Laundry with a well-stocked line-up to ensure you boogie your way straight through to the weekend. Kicking off the night will be two US turntable geniuses, DJ Craze and Ape Drums. So lose your inhibitions this Friday and book your tickets.
Friday Lite at GoodGod: Hosted by Dysney
Do Friday right with the insane line-up at GoodGod’s Friday Lite. Hosted by Dysney, the night will kick-off with a set from 1FM1 and the good vibes continue with the likes of Sailor Venus, Ellie Sass and Cache One. If you’re there before 10.30pm, entry is free and will give you a chance to sample the tasty morsels on offer from Belly Bao. Score!
Red Bull Music Academy Club Night Series: Nosaj Thing (LA)
Red Bull’s Australian Club Night Series is returning again to Sydney for one night and it doesn’t disappoint. Catch LA beatmaker extraordinaire, Jason Chung aka Nosaj Thing at the Oxford Art Factory this Saturday. Breaking out into the club scene in 2009, Chung has racked up production credits with Kid Cudi and Kendrick Lamar, making this a must-see event. Make sure you RSVP for free entry.
The Lookout’s Yuletide Dinner
Turn this weekend into a road trip and head on up to Blue Mountains for this Christmas in July treat. At just $95, a pit stop at the inaugural Yuletide Dinner at The Lookout Echo Point includes a drink on arrival and a delectable three-course meal sourced from local produce. We can’t think of a better way to rug up and embrace the winter chill.
Rock 'n' Roll & Alternative Market
Calling all hipsters, this Saturday the Rock ‘n’ Roll & Alternative Market at Manning Bar is the place to be. Be sure to score yourself some cool style points by snagging a killer new vintage outfit or finding the next up-and-comer amongst the 50,000 LPs on offer. With over three floors of goodies for you to trawl through you’re bound to find a gem. When you’re done with the shopping, be sure to catch the Sydney launch of The Rechords latest album or sign up for a $10 Swing Dance lesson. Because why not?
Jennifer + Smith Pop Up Sample Sale
Hey homeware addicts! Sydney based textile designer, Jennifer + Smith are holding a sample sale where you can score 50% off products including samples, discontinued lines, and one off designs. Head to The Minimalist Store at 11 Albion Way, Surry Hills Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Can’t physically get to the sale? No matter. There’ll also be 50% off on their website, so get clicking!
The Rocks Aroma Festival
This one is for the coffee lovers! The Rocks will become coffee mecca this Sunday with the return of The Rocks Aroma Festival. Sip, savour and pour the afternoon away as you sample the more than 50 coffee and food stalls on offer. To learn the difference between your crema and espresso there will be plenty of workshops available throughout the day too. From latte art to at-home brewery classes you’ll be sure to leave a true coffee connoisseur.
Pig Is King at Movida Sydney
For Spaniards pork is not just a food, it’s a near religious experience. And MoVida Sydney is worshipping the Pig Kings this Sunday with a delicious 5-course pork extravaganza. Including mouth-watering delights such as slow-cooked pork neck with mussels and juicy pork crackling (need we say more?), each course is paired with a matching wine to ensure that you get the best out of what pork has to offer. At just $110, it’s time to loosen those belts at get on the holy pig train.
Two Up Talk Series: Round 5
For those looking to fuel the mind this weekend, be sure to check out the Two Up lecture series in Redfern this Sunday. Beginning with a sure-to-be heated discussion on the ethics of drone use and surveillance, the night continues with a look into the haunted houses and rollercoasters of your childhood with a talk on art and amusement parks. B.Y.O. your own therapy couch.
Think. Eat. Save. with OzHarvest
Now, it’s a well-known fact that we at The Urban List love our food, so much so that the fact that Australians waste up to $10 billion in food each year makes us tear up just a little. But OzHarvest’s Think.Eat.Save is looking to fight food waste and will be hosting a free lunch in Martin Place this Monday to raise awareness. Be sure to snap a pic of your crossed cutlery and share it using the hashtag #thinkeatsave to show your support for the cause.
Sake and soba making class
Monday Monkey does not live for the weekend when Monday nights are as good as this. Learn all about sake craftmanship from master sake maker, Takahiro Nagayama and then get hands on with a soba making workshop where you'll learn how to make and cook authentic Japanese soba! Tickets are very limited, so book your place in ASAP by calling 02 9904 3011. More information on the event is right here.
Trofeo Estate Wine Dinner at Nomad
For the sophisticated folk out there, the uber-talented team at Nomad are partnering up with Trofeo Estate to offer you a five-course dinner with matching wines. With their unique combination of both ancient and contemporary winemaking techniques, Trofeo Estate have garnered a reputation for epically textured and silky wines. Paired with the culinary delights that Nomad is known for, it’s one of the best ways to spend your Tuesday. Book your spot here.
Rockpool’s Winter Truffle Dinner
This Winter Sydney has gone truffle-nuts and at Rockpool’s Winter Truffle Dinner, you don’t need to speak French or wear a cravat to appreciate this culinary delight. Having specially sourced 10kg of beautiful black truffles for the eight-course dinner, this is one of the most stylish ways to sample this well-sought after fungus. Check out the menu here.
Meatorium at The Oaks
Carnivores will be in beefy heaven at this meat masterclass at northside pub The Oaks. There will be four carnivorous courses prepared by chef Danny Russo, teamed with hearty wines for the perfect evening. Prepare your tastebuds for oxtail fingers and beef short rib among others, and be sure to go hungry! Tickets are $80 a head, so grab yours here and bring on the meat sweats.
Californian Wine Dinner at Riley Street Garage
While Sydney descends into the cold depths of winter, let Riley Street Garage transport you to a lush Californian vineyard. This seven-course dinner promises to be more than just your average meal, with a wine specialist telling you the story behind each wine on offer. So sit back and sip your winter blues away whilst you sample on some knock out nosh. Places are limited so be sure to book.
Mindful performance at Flow Athletic
Enter fitness heaven and let the team at Flow Athletic provide some zen to combat your mid-week slump. Lead by co-founder and personal trainer, Ben Lucas, a mindful performance session is not just about fitness, but wellbeing. Focused on goal-setting, positive self-talk and magnetic technique, after just one session you’ll be energised for the rest of the week.