The big kid in all of us is amped up this weekend, with a Star Wars event that will have our dreams of hanging with Han Solo realised. For the little kids, they will be able to awaken their inner dinosaur while doing some good for the planet (gotta love that good juju). Plus, since we don’t want any of you spinning off into a Christmas panic attack, we have two markets that will see you ticking off the to-do list before chilling out in a free yoga class come Monday evening. Yep, there are lots of things to do in Sydney to get you into (or keep you out of) trouble.
Tim Swallow exhibition - If We Die Tomorrow
‘If We Die Tomorrow’ is your wid-week reminder that life is best lived with spontaneity. The exhibition at the Black Eye Gallery by photographer Tim Swallow showcases his carefree generation. Effortlessly navigating between music, fashion and striking landscapes, the photos display the hedonistic, yet unabashed innocence of youth. It’s got our attention.
When: 9th – 24th December
Where: Black Eye Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ fan event
Star Wars fans, assemble! This weekend Harrison Ford (aka, the legendary Han Solo) is visiting The Sydney Opera House for an on-stage Q&A to give you a glimpse into the far, far away galaxy that has gripped the world since 1977. There will also be an immersive virtual reality experience so you can feel the force for yourself and a replica of the Sphero’s BB-8 droid and its developer will also be there to let Star Wars super fans in on a few secrets.
When: Thursday 10th December
Where: The Sydney Opera House steps, Bennelong Point
Justine Vintage studio sale
Whether you wear vintage clothing because you love it, or you’re wanting something for a dress up party, head to Justine Vintage in Redfern this Thursday and Friday to stock on some vintage clothing and accessories that start from a mere $10.
When: 10th - 11th December
Where: 122 Regent Street, Redfern
Finders Keepers Markets
If you’re looking for some festive things to do in Sydney this weekend, the bi-annual Finders Keepers Markets is back, with their carefully curated collection of art and design stalls as well as workshops to help you learn a thing or two. Not just your average day at the markets, Finders Keepers has more of a festival vibe, with dedicated food stalls, bars and live music throughout the afternoons.
When: 11th – 13th December
Where: Australian Technology Park, Exhibition Hall, Locomotive Street, Eveleigh, Sydney
Sweat for Good with Class Pass
Get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions by signing up for one of ClassPass’s Sweat For Good workouts in Sydney this weekend. They are completely free, but more importantly you will clock up some bonus good juju, since ClassPass will donate $10 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for every person who participates in a Sweat for Good Class. If you can’t make it to a class this weekend, you can also donate through the ClassPass website directly. For more information, head here.
When: 11th – 12th December
Where: Studios around Sydney. Check ClassPass for details.
Christmas Wreath-Making with Marjan Medhat
Polish off those garden shears and channel your inner florist with a Christmas Wreath-Making workshop with Marjan Medhat, the resident florist at Government House. During this six-hour workshop, you will be guided from plant selection to assemblage and will walk away with an impressive Christmas centerpiece or traditional door decoration, made entirely of native and exotic flora from Sydney’s own backyard. Not to mention, the pride of a job well done. For bookings, call 02 9231 8134.
When: Friday 11th December
Where: Maiden Theatre, Mrs Macquaries Road, Royal Botanical Garden, Sydney
Archie Rose X Jones the Grocer Whisky Masterclass
Love drinking whisky but can’t tell the difference between an Old Pulteney 12 Year Old and a Glendronach 12 Year Old? Well, this weekend Archie Rose Distilling Co. has committed to teaching you the art of distilling and the subtle nuances between six of the finest malt whiskies from around the world. Each whisky will be matched with a complimenting dish by Jones the Grocer and with ingredients like quail eggs and truffle on the table, it’s not to be missed.
When: Friday 11th December
Where: Level 5, Westfield Sydney
The Good Dinosaur Manly
This weekend, you can enter the magical world of Disney Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” and walk down the Pixar Walk of Fame at Manly Beach. There will be craft stations, activities and plenty of photo ops with Arlo the 3.5m tall dinosaur. Create your own handprint to hang on The Good Dinosaur tree and by posting a photo of your handprint on Instagram and tagging @DisneyAUNZ and #MakeYourMark, Greenfleet will plant a tree on your behalf.
When: 12th – 13th December
Where: Manly Beach, Central Square, Sydney
RH Swimwear pop-up shop
Okay, so it’s officially summer. If you’re in dire need of some new swimmers this season, head to RH Swimwear’s once a year pop-up event that’s being held this Saturday at The Crossing in Bondi. There’ll be free champers at 11am as well as reeeeally good deals on swimwear.
When: 9am – 2pm, 12th – 13th December
Where: The Crossing, Bondi
Artisan Market at The Royal Hotel
Take your forks to the street and indulge in some deeeelicious food at The Royal Hotel, Paddington's Artisan Market this Saturday. This free event will include yoga, entertainment, and food from the likes of Woah Nelly donuts, pies and tasty treats from Elisa Pie and Sonoma Sourdough. There'll also be free brekkie canapes on offer, so if you're looking for things to do in Sydney that are tasty and free, make a stop in Paddington.
When: 10am – 2pm
Where: The Royal Hotel Paddington
Kensington Street Christmas Bazaar
The Kensington Street Bazaar is popping on its Santa hat this weekend and is serving up your one stop shop for last minute Christmas presents and a whole lot of cheer. Food stalls will sustain you while you pillage the street for custom jewellery, one of a kind soft furnishings and pieces from the local artist collective. All to the calming sounds of acoustic Christmas tunes.
When: Sunday 13th December
Where: Kensington Street, Central Park, Sydney
Random Acts of Kindness Free Yoga Class
As part of the Random Acts of Kindness project, every Monday at 6pm the self-proclaimed Namaste Bitches hold a free hour-long yoga class designed especially with the non-yoga types in mind. If you are in need of a little bit of extra mental TLC this Monday evening, as most of are around the festive season, then the Namaste Bitches are here to help you to be more mindful, calm your monkey mind and have a great workout to boot.
When: Every Monday at 6pm
Where: Ground Floor, 1 Martin Place, Sydney
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