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This Weekend in Sydney

By Florence Tan
30th Jul 2015

With artistic walks along the harbour, DJ packed nights, long Sunday lunches and truffle dinners, you have no excuse to sit at home and wish for summer to get here already. So kick into 5th gear this weekend and soak up all that our fair city has to offer.

There are so many fun things to do in Sydney this weekend, you’ll wish the weekend was more than just two days (don’t worry, we’ve included Thursday to Wednesday so you can at least pretend like it’s a loooong weekend).

Thursday 30th

Harbour Sculpture 

Start the second half of the week right with a culture hit and be sure to add the Harbour Sculpture exhibition to your list of must-dos. Perfect for a casual wander or if you’re looking to get a more in-depth experience, why not join one of the daily artist tours on offer? So burst the winter bubble and ooh and aah your way around the jaw-dropping talent of a diverse array of Australian artists whilst taking in some glorious harbour views.  

One Vibration with some of the boys from Xavier Rudd United Nations Band, and Egg of the Universe

Tired of spending your nights sweating in the company of strangers and stepping in god-knows what? Then you must check out One Vibration at Paddington Chapel this Thursday. Featuring some of the boys from Xavier Rudd United Nations Band, Kooii Music, and supported by drummer extraordinaire Bobby Alu alongside other local Sydney artists, we’ll be picking up good vibrations all night. With Egg of the Universe coming to the party in the form of a delicious pop-up café, the night promises to be a delight for all the senses with no nasty hangover the next day. 

Truffle Dinner at Bishop Sessa

If you’re looking to treat yo’self, then listen up. Thursday is truffle night as far as we’re concerned, and the team at Bishop Sessa are inviting you along to delight in these black nuggets of delectable gold. With a five-course affair at $179 that heroes local black truffles, this one is for those looking to have a refined night out. Grab your tickets here.

Friday 31st

Factory Fridays at Soda Factory

Factory Fridays at the Soda Factory are one of the best ways to kick-off your weekend. With some of the tastiest hot dogs Sydney has to offer and delightfully retro but no-less delicious ice cream floats, it’s no wonder why this Surry Hills bar is always packed. Featuring the live-musings of the talented Black Diamond Hearts, it’s time to put on your dancing shoes and dance off the past week’s woes. Check it out here.

50 objects 50 stories

For the art/history buffs out there the 50 Objects 50 Stories exhibit and Sydney University is one exhibit not to miss. Winning the 2012 IMAGinE Award for best exhibition and public engagement, the exhibition is focused on featuring objects that have a story to tell. An intriguing look at past characters involved in history such as Agatha Christie and founder of the museum, Sir Charles Nicholson, this is an unforgettable exhibit that is just the right amount of culture to top off the working week. Keen? Head here for more info. 

Saturday 1st

Playa Takeria Mexican Cooking Class at Salt Meats Cheese

Okay, think your guac is second to none? Think you can serve up the most delicious ceviche in all the lands? Learnt the tricks of the Mexican trade at Salt Meats Cheese Alexandria on Saturday with the chefs from Darlinghurst’s Playa Takeria. Your next dinner party will be legendary after you master the art of their grilled corn. Sign up here

Halfway Crooks at GoodGod

The guys at GoodGod sure know how to have a good time and this Saturday’s offerings do not disappoint. With Halfway Crooks DJs Levins and Captain Franco playing host and inviting DJ friends Mike Who, G Coo, Batesy and McKinley, this is the perfect way to cure your winter blues. At just $15 or $10 if you’re there before 12, this promises to be one of the best rap nights in Sydney. Here's your link to tickets.

FLUX @ The Galeries

Looking for more things to do in Sydney that involve art and culture? Get down to The Galeries to experience florirst Dr Lisa Cooper’s FLUX exhibition. Featuring a beautiful floral sphere, Lane Four will come to life with an ever-changing installation of flowers in various stages of life and death. It’s free, fantastic and well worth an Instagram!

Underbelly Arts Festival

This weekend sees the Underbelly Arts Festival at Cockatoo Island. With over 100 works on display, tours, a kids program, and an art party to boot, you’ll want to jump on a ferry this weekend to check it all out. Oh, and be sure to check out the food too—Rising Sun’s famed ramen will be there as well as Andy Bowd’s cakes, Mary’s burgers and Young Henrys too. Art and deliciousness? Count us in!

Sunday 2nd


Sundays were made for market wandering and the Wonder103 Fete should be one fete you visit this weekend. Showcasing amazing food, music, art, print your own t-shirts and bits and bobs from some of Australia’s most famous designers, the event will raise funds for The Girls & Boys Brigade in support of disadvantaged youth, so you can rest well spending your well-earned coin. Curated by the GBB Young Committee, this one-day-only market is not only oozing with style but is an event with a conscience. So get amongst it!

Slow Cook Sunday Session at The Hill Eatery

The talent behind Bondi staple, The Hill Eatery are taking the humble Sunday roast to the next level with their meat extravaganza. Bringing in a custom smoking trailer just for the occasion, this is an event that takes the mantra ‘low and slow’ to the extreme. At just $45 and with cheap drinks and cool tunes to accompany you as your nurse your food babies, be sure to book your spot soon.

Watch 'Coming to See Aunt Sophie' 

Calling all thespians! [email protected] presents another remarkable production about the harrowing life of Jan Karski, a Catholic activist who tried to stop the Holocaust. Having been performed with acclaim globally, this will be its premier season in Australia and is sure to be a moving night to be remembered. 

Monday 3rd 

The Blues Brothers at Manly Wharf Hotel

The Monday Movie Nights at the Manly Wharf Hotel is the perfect cure for your weekend withdrawals and they’ve got another classic this week: The Blues Brothers. So park yourself down for the night on a bean-bag and order yourself some popcorn to go along with one of the delicious cocktails on offer. We all know the dramas of achieving bean-bag nirvana (where once you get up from a bean-bag it’s never the same when you sit back down) so take advantage of being able to order your food and drinks without having to get up. Bliss.

Tuesday 4th

Villa Maria Winemaker Dinner at Papi Chulo

Winter and wine, it’s just one of those perfect combinations that can turn the coldest of days into the best. And the good folk at Papi Chulo this Tuesday are teaming up with Villa Maria to present a delectable banquet dinner. At just $90 per person, which includes a complimentary bottle of wine to take home, and a menu that boasts of a dessert called Imperial deathstar 2.0, we’re hooked.

The Last Truffle Dinner at Ananas

As the sun sets on truffle season this year, Ananas is preparing to say au revoir with an indulgent truffle-packed five-course dinner. At $220 per person this one’s for the true truffle addicts out there, but will totally be worth it. So sojourn to The Rocks this Tuesday evening and delight in an intimate evening of culinary magic.

Wednesday 5th

The House of Suntory Sydney at Tokyo Bird

This Surry Hills small bar is saying hello to a far-from-hostile takeover for the month of August. Kicking off on the 5th, Tokyo Bird will play host to The House of Suntory Whisky every Wednesday night this month. Welcoming whisky-lovers and whisky-virgins alike, this is the opportunity to explore the depth and character of Japanese whisky from some of the best in the business. Matched with a three or six-course menu as well as nine new cocktails featuring Suntory Whisky, we highly recommend you book as places are very limited. 

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