This weekend will give you plenty of opportunities to do something wonderful for charity, and having buckets of fun while you’re at it. From a boutique beer festival to exploring Sydney’s most iconic bridges you’re set. Celebrate Global Champagne Day in the best possible way, or indulge in a long lunch or two. There’s plenty of things to do in Sydney this weekend, so best start planning now!
Ice Sculptures by the Sea
We know you’ve been to sculptures by the sea before—it’s a rite of passage in Sydney. But, how much do you know about ice sculptures, mainly ones that go in your drink. The Japanese know a thing or two about beauty and this passion has is seen with Suntory Whisky, who go as far as laser cutting ice sculptures for their whisky. They’ve teamed up with Neighbourhood in Bondi to give you art and whisky enthusiasts the opportunity to learn how to carve your very own ice sphere! Tickets are $25 and include canapés to enjoy after your hands on lesson in ice carving, Japanese Harmony nip, and a Suntory Kakubin Highball. Tickets are limited, book via email here.
Head down to the Botanik house in Centennial Park to kick of the summer season and celebrate the launch of the new Absolut Botanik range of drinks with flavours inspired by the forests of Sweden. For three weeks they’ll be taking over the heritage listed house and grounds of ‘The Residences’ in Centennial Park. The house will be full of themed rooms and the backyard will essentially be an epic house party. Think DJs, dance floor, jacuzzis and a chill out area. Oh, and it’s free! To book your spot head here.
Taste of Tassie at The Stinking Bishops
Wine and cheese is always a winner and what better way to ease yourself into the weekend than with a little Taste of Tassie sampler at The Stinking Bishops. Sit back and relax as you try three Bay of Fires Tasmanian wines, all perfectly matched with a selection of Tasmanian cheeses. The wines are a showcase of the 2014 release from the award winning Bay of Fires Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sparkling Pinot Noir Rose. This tasty combo is available for lunch and dinner for $35.
Boutique beer tasting that’s for a good cause?! Sign us up! Grab your tickets and your mates and head on down to the Amber Affair, which supports the Children’s Hospital at Randwick. The Boutique beer festival is held at The Argyle and celebrates all things mateship, beer, and a good cause too. With plenty of boutique beers to sample from the likes of James Squire, Young Henrys and Lord Nelson Brewery, tasty treats and fundraising including an auction with some pretty great prizes you’re set for a great night for a great cause. Tickets available online.
Suzy Menkes and Collette Dinnigan in Conversation
For fashionable things to do in Sydney, head to the Powerhouse Museum this Thursday to hear International Vogue Editor Suzy Menkes chat to Australian fashion legend Collette Dinnigan about their careers, fashion philosophy and key moments in the history of fashion. Tickets are very limited, so head online to get yours, stat!
Pickle & Pig long lunch at Pork’d
Kick off the weekend by getting pork’d. We love a long lunch, especially on Fridays and the Pickle & Pig long lunch at Pork’d will have you meat lovers squealing with excitement. For $35 you’ll be able to indulge in Pork’d Burgers, McClure’s Pickles and a few craft beers from the Feral Brewing Co to wash it all down. Round up your mates and head on down for the most deliciously chilled out Friday arvo.
9 to Thrive expo
Calling all you #girlbosses, 9 to Thrive is the first expo run by Business Chicks but it’s so much more than just your average run-of-the-mill expo. Everything you need to know about career, lifestyle, fashion, health and wealth will all be under one roof, and there might just be a couple of cocktails and some delicious treats to boot. Amazing guest speakers including Zoe Foster Blake, Sarah Wilson and Nadia Bartel you’ll leave completely inspired to be the best version of you. Grab the girls and make a day of it, tickets available here.
Coffee for adults only at The Grindhouse pop-up
Even coffee likes to get boozy on Fridays. The Grindhouse pop-up, a coffee only cocktail bar is serving up some of the most spectacular caffeinated cocktails around. Calling Redfern’s Three Williams Café home for two nights only you’ll be able to indulge in Mr Black’s twist on the Ryeball form Rockpool Bar & Grill, a cold drip Negroni from Bentley or a Cold-Brew Martini from Bad Frankie in Melbourne. It doesn’t just stop at cocktails, there’s going to be coffee inspired food coming out of the kitchen and a unique coffee beer from Young Henrys. Tickets available here.
Garden Life Sale
Today kicks off the start off Garden Life’s weekend of sales (running Friday to Sunday) for the Garage Sale Trail. The iconic outdoor store in St Peters is hosting a huge sale in their garage underneath the showroom. For all of you with a green thumb and those aspiring to gardening greatness what better excuse to head down and grab some pots and planters at seriously reduced prices. 10% of the profits from the 3-day sale will go to The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation.
Champagne Lunch at Sake Restaurant and Bar
If there’s a day that needs celebrating it’s Global Champagne Day, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a glass of bubbles at Saké. For $40 per person you’ll be able to enjoy a tasting plate and a delicious glass of Vevue Clicquot Rosé at Saké in The Rocks. Keep your champagne celebrations flowing well into the evening at the bar and enjoying the selection of Champagnes on offer.
Plie for Pink Xtend Barre
Put your pink socks on and meet your pals at a different kind of Barre this weekend. Get ready to Plié For Pink as Xtend Barre holds its annual charity boot camp raising money for The National Breast Cancer Foundation. For 75 minutes you’ll be put through a challenging and exhilarating work out, a mix of dance, ballet and Pilates. The class is $35 with all proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Spaces are filling fast, so book online now!
Backyard Brew collaborative and bake off
Have you ever been to a beer bake off? Well, this weekend put it on your list. The Public House at Petersham is putting on a day of days with their Backyard Brew Collaborative, where you’ll be able to see the Inner West’s fave bakeries baking-off with beer being a key ingredient. If you’re more about the booze than the baked goods, there’s one-off collabs happening on the day—and make sure you sample lots with proceeds going to the Addison Road Community Centre. If you’ve got a luscious growth on your face, enter the Best Beard Competition for eternal beardly glory and then finish off the day with the amazing food coming out of the wood fired oven. Saturday sorted.
Garage Sale Trail
You know the old “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” saying? Well today is more or less one big treasure hunt on the Garage Sale Trail. Time to rummage through the depths of that garage or shed and sort through the good and get ready to sell, you can register to host at sale at their website, or get ready to poke through your neighbours’ stuff and hopefully come away with a few great little finds. Each year there’s over three million items for sale so you’re sure to find something.
Roxy Run Sup Yoga
Get ready to run, SUP, or start the day with some early morning yoga or all three with Roxy. Held at Manly beach the morning starts with sun salutations (and for $5 it’s pretty cheap for a yoga class) and you’ll be able to grab your Roxy participant pack. Next up is a 3km run, scenic beach views actually make running easier believe it or not. Lastly take to the water for a 1km stand up paddleboard race, bring your board or borrow one on the day. If your skills aren’t up to racing standards SUP classes on the day are just $5. For more info go head here.
Super Furry Festival
For all the pats you could ever dream of, head to Super Furry Festival on Saturday at Shannon Reserve in Surry Hills. There’ll be activities, stalls, and a whole lot of cuddles at this animal loving festival. Pats start from 9am and end at 3pm, so come, sit, and stay.
Cancer Council 7 Bridges Walk
Lace up those runners and get ready for a big day of walking around our beautiful harbour and across seven of the most iconic bridges in Sydney while raising money for The Cancer Council. It’s a day for the whole family because you don’t actually have to do the whole 27km course, but you totally can if you want to. Participants can do as much of the course as they’d like and free event busses will be travelling the course to pick you up from wherever you finish. Register now on their website or on the day.
Walk for prems
Another good reason to get out and about this weekend and walk for charity is Walk for Prems, the largest annual fundraiser by the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation who support families of babies born sick or premature. This year the walk is in Sydney at Sydney Park in St Peters and will be simultaneously taking place in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Launceston. There’s also an option to join in a 5km or 10km fun run on the day in Sydney. Bring a picnic and enjoy a day in the sun after the walk with plenty of entertainment for kids as well. To register head here.
The Royal's Outdoor Beer Garden at the Norton Street Festa
Leichhardt will come alive with the annual Norton Street Festa today and the Italian spirit will be alive and well during what could be the largest street festival in Australia. While carnival rides, jumping castles and faces painting are good for the kids, there’s plenty of fun for big kids too with cooking demonstrations, concerts and dancing. And after you’ve explored the festa and feeling a bit thirsty head on into The Royal’s outdoor beer garden to quench your thirst and soak up that Sunday sun.