What's On

This Weekend in Sydney

By Amy Lyall
10th Sep 2015

Alright, get ready because this is a big one! We’ve got things to do in Sydney that cover outdoor cinema to art exhibitions, a taste of Orange in the heart of Sydney, a beer festival and a great big chocolate festival. Whew! 

There are so many things for you to do this weekend, you may as well take a day off work and turn it into a long weekend so you can squeeze it all in (but don’t tell your boss we told you to do it). Here’s the best of what’s on this weekend in Sydney.

Thursday 10th

Sydney Contemporary Art Fair

We all know an early weekend is a good weekend, so this Thursday get cultured at the opening night for Sydney Contemporary at Carriageworks—Australasia’s biggest international art fair. With work on display from over 90 galleries from 13 countries you’re going to see some well-known artists, and local emerging talent too, in everything from installation art and performance to contemporary video. While you’re there it’s worth popping into the Glenfiddich Pop-up bar for a drink and to look at the finalists’ work for their artists in residence contest. 

Sydney Design talk—One Central Park: A Green Icon

If architecture is your thing you’ve probably already noticed the Central Park building in Chippendale—no other building in Sydney is as green as this one. If you’re keen to know the story behind it, Sydney Design is hosting a talk about all things Central Park, the history, development and the sustainability of the site. Tickets are free for this event, book now to secure your spot. 

To find out more about the happenings at Sydney Design, visit their website

Taste Orange @ Martin Place

If you didn’t already know, Orange is a foodie’s paradise and aren’t you lucky that it’s coming to Sydney. That’s right, Taste Orange, showcasing 24 of the regions best wineries and the finest foods will be popping up in Martin Place this Thursday and Friday. From 5-8pm the fun starts with the After Dark Orange Wine Bar where you’ll be able to sample wines and, if you find something you love, you can buy it by the case (is there any other way to buy wine?)—but don’t worry about lugging it home, you can get it delivered to your door. So for after work drinks this week you can head down and escape to Orange for the evening. 

R U OK?  And World Suicide Prevention Day

In its seventh year, R U OK? Day reminds us all of the importance of asking friends, family and colleagues, “are you okay?”. This year the campaign is all about “Thanks for Asking” and asks people to say thank you to those who have helped them through a rough patch in their lives. The official event will be held in Centenary Square in Parramatta from 11.30am, so if you’re in the area, drop by and join in.

For more information, head to the site.

Friday 11th

Girlthing Turns Seven at GoodGod

This is easily going to be the wildest 7th birthday party you’ll ever go to. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie coz Girlthing is turning seven. Celebrating at their new home GoodGod Small Club they’re promising lots of goodies and some special surprises too. If you’re keen, you’ve probably got presale tickets and already secured your spot on the DF, but if you haven’t, get your tickets before they sell out.

People Like Us Exhibition at UNSW

Ever thought about the interrelationship between art, technology and human interaction? If you have, the People Like Us Exhibition at UNSW is worth having a look at. In today’s world social media has amplified how we maintain friendships and this exhibition looks at what technology does and how it helps us interpret information (#deep). With well-known Australian and International artists showcasing work it’s a great little dose of culture for your weekend. This isn’t just a regular old exhibition either, moving images and even interactive parts where you can actually be a part of the art are sure to make this an exhibition not to miss.

Saturday 12th

Saké Saturdays at Saké Double Bay

We’re loving Sake’s Cherry Blossom festival, and can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with their new Cherry Blossom cocktail. Of course it’s best accompanied with their Cherry Blossom menu where you can choose from a bento box which includes miso soup, kingfish, jalapeno and teriyaki burger balls or go all out on the seven-course dinner menu, finished with the famous miso caramel chocolate fondant. 

Double Bay: Every Saturday from 1:00pm

Good Beer & Cider Festival

There aren’t too many things better in life than sitting in the sun with a cold beer in hand—it’s so good there’s even a festival for doing just that. The Good Beer and Cider Festival is in it’s 4th year and that’s no surprise to us. With over 80 local and Aussie craft beers, you’ll be in for a big day of tasting. They’ve got you covered for food too, with spit roasts and a giant paella to soak up all those beers (and keep you standing) throughout the day. 

smooth Festival of Chocolate

It’s a festival. Of. Chocolate. Put some amazing pastry chefs together—we’re talking Adriano Zumbo and Anna Polyviou (Shangri-La Hotel Sydney’s Executive Pastry Chef) headlining the festival and you can almost taste how good it’s going to be. Stop by the Callebaut test kitchen to learn from the best then head into the Tim Tam Temptation Tent where you’ll be able to see some incredible cakes whipped up right in front of your eyes and sample some of your favourite Tim Tams too. Just be prepared for the sugar high you’ll be leaving with.

Fashion Saturday

Ladies and gentlemen, listen up! How good does spending your Saturday leisurely shopping and sipping on champagne sound? Dream day, right? Fashion Saturday is hitting our streets–specifically the streets of Darlinghurst, Newtown, Potts Point, Surry Hills, Pyrmont and Surry Hills. Many of the stores will have stylists on hand to make sure you’ll be looking #fabulous in your new outfits. There’s also word of free Sparkle Cupcakes to keep you going, which basically seals the deal for us. And what better way to finish it off your day than fashion inspired cocktails at Tatler out on the terrace? Bliss.

Tex Mex BBQ at Miss Peaches

It’s Saturday night, do you want tequila cocktails or four-courses of the best Tex Mex BBQ around? Well, Miss Peaches knows what you want and they’ve got both covered for you. Their new Head Chef has created a banquet of the most epic Tex Mex flavours that you’re going to stuff yourself silly on and leave feeling like a stuffed piñata. Tickets for this fiesta of flavour are $90 and you better get on that fast before you miss out. 

Sunday 13th

Cherry Blossom High Tea at Sake The Rocks

For a little weekend indulgence head to Sake for High Tea in The Rocks as part of the Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Enjoy a delicious dessert plate that every sweet tooth will swoon over accompanied with an array of T2 teas. Dessert plates are recommended for four and are $70 a platter, so gather a few of the girls and put your Sunday best on. 

Rock n’ Roll Alternative Market

Throw on your best vintage frock and get ready to dive into the depths of vintage fashion and retro-fit yourself or your house with vintage wares from the market. If you’re dressed to impress you could be spotted by the roaming models and enter the Vintage Best Dressed Competition. Classic and vintage cars will be on display for the retro rev heads to drool over and with live music galore you are in for one hell of a day. If you’ve never done it but keen to give it a go there’ll be rockabilly dance lessons too, so bring your dancing shoes and get ready to rip up the dancefloor. 

NOX Night Sculpture Walk

Get out and about under the stars as Randwick Environment is illuminated and turned into a glowing exhibition. Students from UNSW Art & Design have created 34 artworks and will be on-site to talk about their inspiration behind their work. The 1.5km loop starts and ends at the community centre and with some of Sydney’s best food trucks there to keep you fed, your night is set. Wander around, then grab some food drinks, and a beanbag and listen to the live music. Sunday sorted. 

Monday 14th

Monday movie nights at Manly Wharf Hotel – The Hangover

Hey, are you guys ready to let the dogs out? Head on down to wharfy on Monday night for this week’s Monday Movie – The Hangover. You can’t go wrong with free entry and we love a good deal, so the movie menu has Monday night dinner sorted too. The movie starts at 7pm, so get the wolf pack together and settle in for a night of laughs.

Japanese Whiskies: The Hooch of The East

Papa Gede’s Monday night booze shenanigans is back again this month with an evening dedicated to Japanese whisky. If you’re already a Japanese whisky lover, or just want to see what all the fuss is about, we suggest you secure your place quick smart. Tickets cost $25 and will score you six drams of whisky, a cocktail and snacks which is a pretty good deal in our books.

Tuesday 15th

Cherry Blossom Festival at Sake Double Bay

Spring has finally sprung in Sydney and what better way to celebrate the start of Cherry Blossom season than a five-course dinner at Sake? Executive Chef Min Kim will have you tasting your way through delectable dishes of kingfish tartare and bugtail tempura in an intimate dinner. Each dish has been beautifully paired to one of sake’s wines or sake to give you a dinner you won’t be forgetting anytime soon. Book your spot here.

Lavazza Italian Film Festival Opening Night Gala—God Willing

Italian Cinema makes its way to Sydney, so get glammed up for the opening night gala. The Australian premier of God Willing is the feature film on opening night and will have you in stitches. The opening party brings together the best Italian delights, espresso martinis, Peroni beers and taste of Italy by Moretti Ristorante Pizzeria to kick off your night the right way— and it’s much better than a box of popcorn. The festival runs from September 15th – October 11th.

Wednesday 16th 

Whisky Wednesdays at Saké The Rocks

Make your way through the four Cherry Blossom whisky cocktails while having your shoes shined by one of Sydney’s best-known shoe shiners. If that’s not incentive enough to get you to Saké at The Rocks, you get a free gift bag from Coach filled with luxury goodies as well as getting the chance to win a pair of Coach leather shoes. Sounds like a good way to get rid of those mid week blues to us!

The Rocks: Every Wednesday from September 9th, 6:00pm

Seafood Spectacular at Red Lantern

Sustainable isn’t a word thrown around too much when it comes to dinner, but Red Lantern and Fishtales have partnered up for a seafood spectacular showcasing sustainable seafood. Chef Mark Jensen has put together a four-course dinner focussed around fresh, sustainable seafood, paired with matching wines. If you’re a seafood lover this is a dinner for you, and you might even learn something too. Nab your spot here.

Flicks at the Greens – Kingsman

There’s nothing better than watching a movie under the stars as soon as the weather gets warmer. So this Wednesday night, get your tickets and head on down to Flicks at The Greens for Kingsman. If slumming it on a picnic blanket isn’t your idea of a fun night, upgrade that ticket to crown class and you’ll be watching from the comfort of a bean bed in a reserved viewing area. The perfect way to get over any mid week blues.

Covers for a Cause – Amy Winehouse at Soda Factory

Tease up that beehive, paint on that eyeliner and skip down to the Soda Factory and celebrate what would have been Amy Winehouse’s 32nd Birthday. Soda’s got their best residents performing live versions of Amy’s repertoire, and they’ll be donating a gold coin to Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation for every food and drink sold on the night. So enjoy a hump day limited edition Amy cocktail and know it’s for a good cause. 

Looking for more things to do in Sydney this Spring? Look no further!

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