You are such a lucky duck, because we have sniffed out the best, most aromatic and delicious activities for you to do this weekend in Sydney! Think Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema, a lobster and champagne lunch at Ananas (with bottomless champagne!), and an Xmas Rock ‘n’ Roll Market at Sydney Uni where you can find that pomade and vintage Elton John record your momma’s always wanted.
Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas
Rejoice, Sydney, for Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas are now entertaining you from the Inner West! Heck yes for accessibility via public transport! Tonight the ice-creamiest cinema in Sydney is opening for the season with The Martian—quite possibly the greatest movie to watch under the stars. While you munch on some Rocketboy Pizza and Ben and Jerry’s pints (one pint is definitely one serve), alt-indie quartet Why We Run will be serenading audiences with some live tunes on Cadigal Green at Sydney Uni, where the magic will be taking place. Whether you bring a picnic blanket or hire a comfy bean lounger, get in quick before tickets sell out like delicious ice cream melting out of the cone of opportunity and all over your hands.
Holy F! Furnace and The Fundamentals at the Soda Factory
Soda Factory faves and cover band from the super league of cover bands, Furnace and The Fundamentals, will once again be gracing the stage and your ears with their high-energy antics. With free entry from 5pm, you are cordially invited to lose it to Furnace’s eclectic repertoire featuring tunes from Adele, Outkast, The Beatles, Queen, Mark Ronson, Daft Punk, The Clash, The Jackson 5, and Fatboy Slim. With a chameleonic voice and stratospheric energy levels, there will be no glub pub watered-down renditions of November Rain (because it’s November – eyy!), guaranteed. Having performed sets at Falls Festival and Secret Garden, these boys are the real deal (when it comes to performing other musicians’ music). Book your table before somebody else snatches it!
Alice McCall Sample Sale
‘Tis the season to break the bank, fa la la—actually it’s not, thanks to bodaciously talented Alice McCall, who will be hosting a sample sale tonight from 8am-7pm and Friday from 8am – 4pm in Rosebery! With all items priced under $200, your wallet will not dramatically lose weight, and your closet will be blessed with the best of one-off samples and pieces from previous seasons. With sizes from 4 to 14 available, this is a great opportunity to uncover some gems for yourself and your lucky, lucky loved ones.
The Breakfast Club at Devon Café
Devon Café head chef and pastry whiz Jacqui Ektoros has birthed a beautiful granola baby called Peaches ‘n’ Dream, and you can try this wholesome and deliciously tasty dish from now until the end of November as a part of the Breakfast Club sessions (The first rule of Breakfast Club is: You Instagram the crap outta that beautiful dish). Made with Carman’s Almond, Pecan & Maple Café Granola, vanilla and honey-spiced yoghurt, poached peach, freeze-dried strawberries and pineapple, honeycomb, with a sprinkling of flowers, this granola will have you feeling seasonably glorious and reborn—like a bear after hibernation.
Stoneleigh Presents No.50
If you’re looking for things to do in Sydney that are a little bit unusual, head to Millers Point where you can embark on a sensory exploration of an abandoned mansion (with a glass on Stoneleigh in hand). Each room of the house has been styled to encapsulate the tastes of the various Stoneleigh wines and features edible treats, as well as rich tones and citrus colours to set the mood. The cost of the tour is totally free, but you’ll need to book your session online.
Parlour X end of season sale
Who says the silly season is an expensive time of year? Okay, well it kind of is, but to ease the load on your piggy banks, Parlour X is having an epic end of season sale where you can look amazing for all the end of year events at much cheaper prices. Think Saint Laurent, Chloe, Stella McCartney, and Balenciaga at 25-50% off. Shop the sale online or head into their beautiful new location at The Church in Paddington.
The Appleton Trail brings all the Jamaican Flavour to Sydney
Get a little tropical over the weekend and sample all the special edition rum and cocktails from Appleton Estate at The Village Inn, the first of three free parties with rummin’ good times. From 6pm on Friday and Saturday, this Paddington bar will undergo a Caribbean transformation complete with one-off eats and beats to get you in the mood for summer holidays (oh, and to get your dance on). The next two weeks you can follow the good times at two of our fave rooftop bars, Sweethearts Rooftop Barbeque in Darlinghurst and Taylor’s in the CBD. For more information, head here.
Solace Photography Exhibition
Bring out your turtlenecks, because tonight is the opening night of Solace Photography exhibition, home to fabulous photography by young, emerging local artists. Showcasing exclusive contemporary works, the show begins at 7pm with free entry and a selection of local boutique wines and fresh, tasty canapés as fresh as the talent you’ll be getting the first peek of.
1st Anniversary of French Touch Creperie
Celebrate the beauty and deliciousness of French culture this Friday night with French Touch Creperie, who are celebrating their 1st anniversary! With live French music from Christelle Nativel, you will be treated to a glass of sparkling wine when you’ve booked in advance (like the organised person you are) as well as a seriously tasty special crepe created just for this celebratory celebration.
Henley’s Wholefoods’ 2nd birthday celebrations
Today is the happy birthday of your healthy and wholesome brother Henley’s Wholefoods, who will be celebrating with financially tasty 2 for 1 breakfast specials (at all locations – score!), as well as an Instagram competition to win a Fitbit, because Henley’s really only wants what’s best for you.
MTV Beats & Eats
Guess what, honey pot? It’s ARIA Week, and to kick off this celebration of Australian music-making, MTV is hosting its first music and food fest! MTV Beats & Eats is a free event (remember to register, buds ‘n’ pals!) between 2pm and 10pm at Parramatta Park where Havana Brown, Savage, Jesabel, and others will be putting you through your musical paces, and Eat Art Truck, Chur Burger, Happy as Larry, N2 Extreme gelato, and more will be refilling your tank in the yummiest possible way.
Three Williams Wine Party | Red, White & Bubbles
Jiminy Jillikers, Radioactive man, Three Williams is hosting a wine party all about Euro Vino and seriously delicious feeds. Try white, bubbly, and red drops that have travelled all the way from Spain, Portugal, Italy, and France to dance on your tongue and be in your belly. Sample UNLIMITED wine and spring canapés like beef tartare with truffle paste and pecorino, mushroom and four-cheese arancini, and meringue with clotted cream and balsamic summer berries. Taking place in Redfern from 7pm, $5 from every ticket will go to Tribal Warrior—a local Redfern organisation lending a helping hand to disadvantaged people living in the area.
Rio Recovery is the little metro Sydney brother of Wiseman Ferry’s bigger brother: music fest Return to Rio. For those who missed out on Return to Rio or are missing its beautiful face, Rio Recovery is the gig for you. From 2pm to 2am at the Factory Theatre, Return to Rio headliners Soul Clap will be once again gracing the stage for an extended three-hour show, Matthew Dekay will be making an exclusive performance, and HOJ: Burning Man legend on the Robot Heart Bus, will also be partying the night away. As an added bonus, a special international guest who has Rio’d before and is back for more is keen to see you sweatily gleam at Rio Recovery.
Earn Your Tucker
Get out of your Egyptian cotton, million thread count bed and back to basics at Earn Your Tucker at Rouse Hill House & Farm, where you will reap the wisdom of your forefathers as you learn how to source the truly very freshest ingredients (and make a mess of your shoes). Pump up water and grind cereal grains for the chickens whose eggs you will collect and learn to test for freshness. Then learn how to churn butter on the verandah #Straya, washing off the buttermilk and patting the butter into shape before taking it home for dinner.
Sydney Rock 'n' Roll & Alternative Market
What happens when you cross-breed Christmas and Rock ‘n’ Roll? Yes, you do get those eerie Santa Claus statuettes that robotically perform Jingle Bell Rock, but more tastefully, you also get the Christmas Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll & Alternative Market! Taking place at Manning House at Sydney Uni, this music fest x market will fulfill every Rock ‘n’ Roll-related item on your Christmas shopping list. Rock ‘n’ roll, alternative, and vintage clothing, accessories, posters, cult DVDs, homewares, collectibles, vinyl records, as well as retro hair and make-up artistry will be available on the day to tick, tick, tick every item off your list. Live music will feature such artists as Men into Space, who perform astro-themed rockabilly, roots, and rock ‘n’ roll in astronaut outfits, complete with helmets #VintageDaftPunk
Doors open at 10.30am and entry is $6.
Ananas Lobster & Champagne Lunch
If you love eating and champagne in the early hours, then you are gonna love Anana’s Lobsterific (and very opulent) Lobster & Champagne Lunch. Featuring a roaming buffet starring Atlantic lobsters, oysters, charcuterie, and cheeses for $99, you can opt for an add-on two-hour bottomless Marc Champagne package for an extra $55pp, or a Veuve Cliquot Rose champagne package for $75pp. So indulgent! So French! But before you let loose on some lobster and bubbles, make sure you book your place!