Start your weekend by unwinding with indie-pop band, Bad Pony, keep those chilled out vibes going all weekend long with Cake Wines’ Community Feast and finish it off with relaxing on the grass at Newtown Festival. If you are after a more high-energy weekend, think flash mobs and Mungos Hifi. Either way, if you’re looking for things to do in Sydney this weekend, read on.
Hahn Radler Putt Putt
Heading out for some arvo or late night shopping? Be sure to pop by the Hahn Radler Putt Putt event and refresh your usual Thursday activity. The guys behind Hahn Radler, a new beer cut with natural lemon, have set up a putting green outside Zara on level 2 of Westfield Pitt Street. You can practice your putt while sipping on a delicious Hahn Radler samples from 1pm. If you get there from 5:30pm, you'll be treated to full-sized samples of the beer and Hahn Radler-matched canapes until 9pm. It's completely free and everyone over the age of 18 is welcome.
Meet The Makers Australian Gin Degustation
Gin lovers rejoice! The Gin Queen, Caroline Childerley is coming to Sydney and bringing five of Australia’s best gin distillers with her. You will taste each gin neat, then enjoy each as a cocktail while tucking in to a matching dish from The Corner House in Bondi. Tickets are $155 and as well as including the drinks and food, the ticket price also includes a cocktail and canapé on arrival. Grab your spot here.
Japanese Film Festival
It’s time to venture outside of our Hollywood film rut and soak up some culture from our Japanese neighbours. For a film festival experience that is slightly different from what you are used to, you can head down to George Street and see Masterchef Adam Liaw present foodie film Midnight Diner. There’ll also be cosplay events, where you can dress up as your favourite anime characters as well as a tonne of movies imported direct from Japan.
Mungos Hifi Feat. Charlie P at The Oxford Hotel
This is a reggae concert like you have never seen it before, unless you regularly go to concerts where Scottish lads are belting out reggae beats dressed in kilts. Then it would probably be just your average Friday night. With song names like Raggamuffin and a genre described as a combination between reggae, dub and dancehall sounds, you know you are in for a good time. Tickets are only $20 and are available at the door.
Bad Pony at Moonshine Bar
It’s an indie-pop lover’s dream in Manly this weekend, with the guys from Bad Pony cruising back into The Steyne to perform at the Moonshine Bar. They are smack bang in the middle of their long-awaited tour so if you missed out on seeing them last month, you should definitely buy tickets for this show. Plus, with Tropical Zombie as the opening act, there will be no better way to chill out and ease into the weekend.
Cake Wines Community Feast
Change up your weekly market routine and head over to St Helen’s Garden in Glebe to learn about the benefits of community gardening by the local garden guru Jock Keene. Then enjoy the fruits of their labour with a lunch menu by Richie Dolan (of the ever-delicious Chiswick) and accompanying wine by Cake Wines. Keep an eye out for the roast pork belly. Everyone loves crackling, right? Tickets are $120, you can score yours here.
NinetyFive Percent Exhibition
Art and science collide with this powerful exhibition at District01 in Surry Hills, raising awareness of coral bleaching which threatens 38% of the world’s coral reefs. Wowsers! Head along for a beautiful visual representation of such a disastrous phenomenon and do your bit for climate change. Plus, it’s free!
The Australian Ballet’s Contemporary Triple Bill 20:21
This is ballet with a twist, so if you are new to the world of ballet or looking for things to do in Sydney that are a bit cultural, this may just be your gateway to enjoying this classic art. George Balanchine’s powerful Symphony in Three Movements opens in Sydney this week and is ballet pushed to the extreme with jazz movements and is set to an electronic beat. The set designs are by architect Kelvin Ho, which stamps this ballet firmly as a contemporary piece.
Psych yourself up for some seriously positive vibes, because Newtopia is brimming with them at the 2015 Newtown Festival. Start your day with some culinary treats from Newtown Locals then bounce around between stages to dance along to live bands all afternoon (or lie out on the grass to enjoy a sneaky bevvie in the sunshine). For a more educational day, you can visit the Eco Oasis to learn about worm farms and sustainability or soak up the wisdom from some of Australia’s great writers in the Writers’ Tent.
Explore Chippendale Free Gallery Walking Tour
Sometimes we just need a helping hand to find those hidden gems in the streets of Sydney. Luckily the lovely people at Chippendale Creative Precinct want to guide you through the edgy art scene in Chippendale and the magic of BEAMS festival that is hidden behind the local gallery’s doors. This is your Sunday afternoon sorted, filled with art without any pretension and a complimentary wine (or two).
Dance for Kindness Flashmob 2015
Ever since Justin Timberlake found himself in the middle of a flash mob in Times Square in Friends With Benefits, I think we have all dreamt of being in one ourselves. Well, It’s time to dust off those dancing shoes, because this weekend we are dancing for kindness guys! To celebrate world kindness day, you can participate in either a freeze mob or flash mob to prove that the common thread that ties us together is, you guessed it, kindness. Because it’s impossible to dance with a frown on your face, I dare you to try.