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This Weekend in Sydney

By Lauren Hunter
6th Aug 2015

After the glorious sunshine that was bestowed upon our beautiful city last weekend, it’s fair to say the urge to leave the house and find things to do in Sydney has never been stronger. And with everything from dance sessions and sewing classes to poppin’ bottles and beer-matched dinners, there is no shortage of wonderful events to fill your weekend.

Thursday 6th August

No Lights No Lycra Newtown

In each and every one of us there’s an inner dancer writhing to break-free when ‘I wanna dance with somebody’ happens to infiltrate the airwaves. Fortunately for you, No Lights No Lyrca provide a judgment-free dance space where you can let your hair down and literally boogie for an hour away, from 7.30pm every Thursday evening. At NLNL there are no complicated routines to memorise or techniques to master, just a group of daggy dancers like yourself who want to shake out the stresses of the daily grind. Trust us, for $7, it’s an absolute hoot. 

Workshopped 2015

Calling all design and architectural enthusiasts. Workshopped are showcasing the creations of fifteen talented designers who have been asked to design and craft functional products that will enrich the current architectural-scape. Whether you’re a budding artist, industry veteran or looking for something completely left- of-field, head over to the Supa Centa this Thursday to support some local talent and get inspired. 

Kitchen By Mike’s last days

If you didn’t already know, café favourite Kitchen By Mike is closing its doors. If you want one more taste of their famed breakfast, head down there ASAP before you can no more. All is not lost, we have been promised a delicious new Sydney café will take its place in this Rosebery space. 

Friday 7th 


Do some good this Friday and tuck in to your daily soy, double-shot latte while giving homelessness a good ol’ kick in the teeth. For one day of the year, participating venues will donate $1 from each patron’s coffee to fund a variety of grassroot services and projects in a bid to get people off of the streets. We’ll drink to that, CafeSmart!

Magnum Madness at Gazebo

Elizabeth Bay’s Gazebo have the post nine-to-five unwind sorted with $99 magnums of Chandon every Friday evening from 4-7pm. Those privy to a cheeky after-hours tipple will find zen in this bohemian, conservatory-style sanctuary located in the very heart of Potts Point. There’s few better ways in Sydney to kick off the weekend.

Saturday 8th 

Black Star Pastry Truffle Weekend

Black Star Pastry Truffle Weekend is back and with a vengeance. The team at Newtown’s BSP will be whipping up another tantalising assortment of truffly treats and delicacies and if you’re a truffle-lover you’re in a for good one. Save the date—and the belt on your jeans, we recommend leaving that one at home. 

Double Denim party at Manly Wharf Hotel

Denim on denim. Whether you love it or hate it, donning your snazziest double denim outfit this weekend will be all for a mighty-fine cause: to raise funds for the Children’s Medical Research Institute. So this Saturday for a gold coin donation head over to Manly Wharf Hotel, and indulge in some good tunes and good company as well as some breathtaking ocean vistas.   

See: Jack Carty & Jordan Millar perform

For things to do in Sydney that involve a bit of a treat for your ears, two veteran singer-songwriters, Jack Carty and Jordan Millar, will be captivating audiences on Saturday night at venue505 in Surry Hills. If you’re craving a folky and heartfelt ensemble coupled with an evening of merriment at a bustling city venue, this is for you. 

Sunday 9th 


It’s here. The iconic race of all races. Even your ninety-eight year-old great granny has been training for this one. The annual City2Surf will take place this weekend, testing hearts, minds and limbs as competitors make a dash for the finish line at Bondi and aim to beat their recorded time from the previous year. All ages and abilities may enter and it’s again in the spirit of a worthy cause. Good luck and may Heartbreak Hill be kind to you. 

Mudgee Wine & Food Festival at Balmoral Beach

If you decided to skip City2Surf this year, or you plan to have it done and dusted in a heartbeat and want to get your wine on, you’re in luck! The 2015 Mudgee Wine & Food Festival hits Balmoral Beach from 11am – 5pm on Sunday, with live music, delicious produce and more wine than you could imagine. If you’ve got the kids in tow, there will be an animal farm to keep them occupied while you make great use of your souvenir glass. Happy days. 

Casoni's guest chef Sunday lunch series with Lauren Murdoch

A single glance at Casoni’s menu and we’re already drooling (spelt ravioli filled with wild boar ragu, cherry tomatoes, spring onion and red wine jus, anyone?). This Sunday, the team at Casoni have turned their kitchen up another notch by bringing in celebrity chef Lauren Murdoch to cook an exclusive lunch that’s guaranteed to be full of deliciousness. If you’re down for treating yourself to an unforgettable five-course menu, book now, you won’t want to miss out.

Dinner of the Decade at Mojo by Luke Mangan

Eight chefs, eight waiters, and one night not to be missed at mojo. Electrolux Appetite for Excellence is putting on an evening to celebrate ten years of the program. With some of Australia’s best chefs and waiters (including Luke Mangan, The Town Mouse, Est and Stokehouse), each table at this dinner will have their own chef and waiter who have created a dinner that showcases their career and philosophy. It’s personal, it’s delicious, and places are extremely limited. Phone 02 9002 5346 to book.

Monday 10th 

Dinner with Tim Cooper at The Dove & Olive

Home to a menu inspired by rustic pub grub and a rotating selection of more than 20 craft beers on tap, a hungry-thirsty fun-loving crowd flocks to Dove & Olive on the daily. You’ll therefore be delighted to know that on Monday, not only will an exclusive Coopers-inspired menu be on offer, but Cooper’s head brewer will be joining patrons for a couple of beers and a tasty meal. Cheers to that.   

Tuesday 11th 


Planning to throw a sickie this Monday? Get in touch with your cultural side and visit the art gallery. Australian-based photographer Brooke Holm’s exhibition at Koskela in Rosebery comprises an assemblage of landscape photographs inspired by her recent trip to the Arctic Circle. An activity sure to move and excite you much more than a day at work. 

Wednesday 12th 

Learn to Sew

Want to do your grandmother proud and learn how to sew? Sew Make Create offer a two and a half hour beginners class in which they’ll teach you how to become best friends with that sewing machine covered in dust and stored in the attic. Their goal is to prepare you to make your very own cushion cover—now wouldn’t grandma be impressed with that?!

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