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This Weekend In Sydney

By Jarrod Pottier
15th Jan 2015

Sure, the festive season is officially over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. With movie nights, food fairs, French festivals and even crab racing, there are plenty of things to do in Sydney to keep you busy this weekend.

Thursday 15th

Into the Woods In Cinemas!
We don’t know about you, but we’re kind of big musical fans here at The Urban List. We’re also big fans of cool and dark air-conditioned theatres when the summer heat starts to get to us. Into the Woods has been released in cinemas nationally and it’s safe to say we’re pretty excited about this culmination of various famous fairy tales in musical form (Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel). Into the Woods features an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp plus a lot of pretty catchy songs which you’ll be humming along to well after the credits have rolled. So, what are you waiting for? Pick up a bucket of popcorn, switch your phone to silent and check out of reality for 124 minutes with Into the Woods, based on the Tony Award®-Winning Musical.

Into the Woods will be screening at most cinemas nationally. Check your local cinema for session times.

Rated PG | ©Disney 2014 | #IntoTheWoods

Free Movies By The Boulevard 2015
Movies By The Boulevard has entertained hundreds of thousands of movie fans since its inaugural season, and the 2015 line-up will not disappoint. Held in Cathy Freeman Park on Olympic Boulevard in Olympic Park, this event is catered for all ages. It also allows you to pack up your own picnic basket of goodies, as well as bring your own cushions and blankets for your own comfort. For those without the Donna Hay picnic skills, Olympic Park has restaurants and cafes, opened from 6pm to cater to your movie snack needs. Screening from 8:30pm each evening, showcasing big budget blockbusters from 2014, Like Malificent and Frozen, as well as culminating on the 18th with a showcase of short films rarely seen from the Short Soup International Short Film Festival. Get a group together to start planning your FREE summer movie night. 

Friday 16th

Twilight Food Fair
Hungry? Exhausted after returning to work? Need something to do on a Friday night? The Civic Centre Park in North Sydney has got you covered with their annual Twilight Food Fair (formerly the North Sydney Noodle Market). Food markets encompassing many international cuisines are served every Friday in summer from 5:30pm, as well as free entertainment for your enjoyment. The kids are also catered for with face-painting, glitter tattoos and balloon modelling. We suggest you grab your friends, your kids, a blanket or two, and don’t forget the wine. 

Courtyard Sessions at Seymour Centre
There really are so many things to do in Sydney in summer, and another way to get the weekend started is to head to the leafy courtyard of The Seymour Centre and prepare to be blown away by some of Sydney’s most talented up and coming musicians as part of the Courtyard Sessions. This free, all ages music event will help get the musical vibe started with a pop-up bar, gourmet BBQ, vintage games and roaming performers. This outdoor musical event, in the heart of Chippendale is definitely one to diarise. It’s on every Friday until March 27. 

Saturday 17th

So Frenchy So Chic In The Park
Does champagne, cheese, macarons, crepes and dancing in the park sound like a fun day out? We’re guessing the answer is yes. In conjunction with the Sydney Festival and Renault, So Frenchy, So Chic In The Park is bringing you all things French to St. Johns College in Camperdown. Claiming to be the ‘ultimate picnic’ you can bring your own picnic basket, but we suggest sampling the many, many food stalls, or even indulging in the gourmet food hampers. Doors open from 1pm, with the first French musical act to commence at 2pm. Besides the allure of the French fizz and cheese for the adults to enjoy, there are also a wide range of activities to keep the kids occupied whilst mum and dad are swaying in the breeze to the smooth sounds of Emilie Simon, or the enigmatic melodies of French pop group, La Femme. You had us at champagne in the park. 

Sunday 18th

Established in 2005, Cirque Alfonse is a young circus company from Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez in the province of Quebec. Its founding members have all worked with some of the most renowned “nouveau cirque” companies around the world. This creative group blends the arts and techniques of the circus and infusing them with the most picturesque facets of traditional Quebec folklore. The show’s creators designed unusual acrobatic apparatus inspired directly from the forestry resources available on their real-life family farm. The artists perform incredible feats of aerial acrobatics that are directly inspired by the natural raw materials of the forest and the equipment used on the farm. The talented acrobats and musicians create a colourful, energetic scene where we can witness epic feats of agility and strength, inspired by the exploits of the first North-American lumberjacks, loggers and farmers. This Sydney Festival attraction has to be seen to be believed. 

Sunday Crab Races
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is a Sydney institution, no matter the season, but in summer, it is particularly special. Besides the allure of the bay, and the almost magical breeze it concocts, or even the ‘money can’t buy’ views of our harbour city, the Watsons Bay Hotel now invites you to partake in the weekly Crab Races.  You are encouraged to have a punt on the crustacean of your choice and hope that your little crab is the first to the finish line to claim your victory Beach Club voucher. So get on the ferry, grab a bite and a beer, and get that competitive streak to the Watsons Bay Hotel this Sunday. 

Image credit: So Frenchy, So Chic In The Park

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