Take a class, enjoy a LA-style farmers market, win a prize pack and score some free Messina. There’s plenty of things to do in Sydney this weekend, whether you’re up for a low-key art gallery exhibition or an up-beat dance session at the Sydney Opera House. Work hasn’t approved your annual leave? That’s not an issue either as we’ve got you covered with destination inspired events all along Sydney. It’s going to be a great summer weekend, if you read on.
Start Something New With Emma Philips
Whether you’re a pro behind the lens for a profession or simply an Instagram expert, join Melbourne-based artist Emma Phillips at the Apple Store and learn more about her portfolio of work. Like all photographers, Emma draws inspiration and is attentive to the minor details. Learn more on how to make the most of those iPhone and iOS apps and give your pictures that extra oomph that’ll spike your likes and comments.
Places are limited so be sure to find out more and RSVP here.
When: 6:30pm, 21st January
Where: Apple Store Sydney, 367 George Street Sydney
Spoiler Alert at Giant Dwarf
Are you your groups’ film trivia expert or simply just a fan of fun movie facts? Why not join Kryan Wheatley and Rhys Nicholson for a night of laughs and movie-based games, jokes and discussion. Supported by the City of Sydney, the panel will feature guest stars that’ll join the discussion on the highs and lows of the film industry. You never know, you just might find the answer to that trivia question that’s been bugging you endlessly.
Find out more and purchase your tickets here.
When: Doors open at 7:30pm, 21st January
Where: Giant Dwarf Theatre, 199 Cleveland Street Redfern
Die! Die! Die! At Waywards
If you’ve been dancing to their latest EP, What Did You Expect, you’ll know exactly what to expect when you see Die! Die! Die! perform at Waywards. The punk trio are touring along the Aussie east coast this January so make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to see them perform their old favourites and new hits. With White Dog & Money For Nothing DJs performing also, grab your drinks and prepare for a night of energy and noise.
For more information, visit the Die! Die! Die! website.
When: Doors open 8pm, 22nd January
Where: Waywards, upstairs of The Bank Hotel, Level 2, 324 King St Newtown
Twilight Sessions at Bella Vista Farm
For those yearning for a trip to LA’s famous farmers markets, the next best thing is here. A focus point as part of this years’ Sydney Hills Summer Series, the Twilight Sessions at Bella Vista Farm will showcase live music, mouth-watering food and fresh produce stalls. Feel part of the community as you roam around and discover the various food trucks in place, then settle on the picnic rug and enjoy the atmosphere. Don’t forget to pick up some artisan crafts and fresh produce to take home, that’ll bring that feel of LA cool into your home.
For more information about the event, head here.
When: 4pm – 8pm, 22nd January
Where: Bella Vista Farm Park, cnr Elizabeth Macarthur Drive & Norwest Blvd, Bella Vista
Hot Chip at Sydney Opera House
With a craving inducing name like Hot Chip, the electro-pop quintet turned seven piece band, will be sure a sure fire way to get your weekend groove into gear. Hit the dance floor in full gear as you bask in their synth based, classic club rhythms and singles from their new album Why Make Sense? Touring nationally this January, their performance at the Sydney Opera House is part of the annual Vivid LIVE festival. Satisfy both types of your Hot Chip cravings and grab your tickets here.
Tickets available here
When: Doors open at 8pm, 22nd January
Where: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
‘Salesdine’ Summer Playground
Presented by Chandon and Maserati, take back those last few days of January and feel the salt on your skin before summer ends at the ‘Salesdine’ Summer Playground. Taking place alongside the Western Broadwalk and Foyer of Sydney Opera House, feel like you’re along the Italian Riviera as you enjoy the salty sea breeze and breathtaking views. Kids can enjoy the interactive entertainment playground while adults sit back with a summer cocktail and relish in traditional antipasto and pizza.
For more information on the activities available, head here.
When: 9am until late, everyday until 31st January
Where: Western Broadwalk and Western Foyers of the Sydney Opera House
Victoria Bitter One Day International Cricket Series | The SCG
The world’s most cricket obsessed nations, India and Australia, are coming together to battle it out for one epic day of cricket in Sydney. Grab the gang, the sunscreen, and get yourself to The SCG to support the Aussies in what is guaranteed to be fast-paced duel to remember.
When: 23rd January
Where: The SCG
Tickets: Buy yours here!
The Bennelong Balcony
Enjoy the private balcony bar of the Sydney Opera House as Bennelong opens up the doors to the Bennelong Balcony. With custom cocktails on the menu and snacks available, relax as you take your front row seat with your friends under the sails, in the al fresco atmosphere. Grab a ‘Just Fine and Dandy’, made with Ketel one vodka, Piper Heidsieck champagne, St Germain, apricot brandy, apple and bitters, and you’ll feel as correctly named, all afternoon long.
When: every Friday, Saturday & Sunday afternoon in January, from 12pm to late
Where: The Bennelong Balcony, Sydney Opera House
Whiteley: Other Places at the Brett Whiteley Studio
Take a journey alongside Brett Whiteley as you explore his visual diary captured in charcoal, paint and photography. A display of London, New York, Fiji, Tokyo and Tangier, the artworks are a unique experience that’ll present a lasting impression as they are displayed out of their private collection for the first time. Recently extended until May, the free exhibition sponsored by J.P. Morgan is sure to be a memorable as the Australian artists’ late drawings from Paris are also displayed throughout the studio.
When: Friday to Sunday, 8th January until 8th May
Where: Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills
Orange Afternoons at The Sheaf
Haven’t had a chance to visit the newly renovated courtyard at The Sheaf? Be sure to visit this Saturday afternoon as the final weekend of Orange Afternoons at the Sheaf kicks off. Grab your spot and your Aperol Spritz or Aperol Popsicle Spritz, and snap and upload your Instagram-worthy #selfie, for a chance to win a prize pack. Be sure to use the hashtags #AperolSpritz and #TheSheaf to make sure you’re in with a chance. Can’t make it to The Sheaf? Head here for the full list of Aperol Spritz events. https://www.theurbanlist.com/sydney/a-list/the-only-cocktail-youll-need-this-summer
When: 23rd – 24th January
Where: The Sheaf, 429 New South Head Road Double Bay NSW
Last Day of The Grounds House Pop-Up at EQ
Another summer highlight draws to a close this weekend as The Hobbit inspired Grounds House Pop Up is due to desolated be by Smaug. Grab the hobbits, I mean kids, and make the most of their last weekend of the school holidays at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park. Fuel the kids up with a selection from the kids’ menu while you enjoy a drink alongside a serving of the freshly caught fish of the day and let them run free in the quirky building that delivers fun and creativity to all. For all you Hobbit fans out there, even if you’ve visited once already, make sure you head over again to take it all in.
When: 11am – 8pm, 24th January
Where: The Showring, Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park
QT Bondi X Messina
Tell me what’s your flava, Bondi? To celebrate the opening of another quirky set of doors, the boutique designer hotel, QT Bondi is giving away FREE, yes I repeat, FREE scoops of their special collaboration flavour, ‘2026’. Made with ingredients sure to be in the pantry of every Bondi resident, Messina debuts the ‘2026’ as a coconut and quinoa sorbet. Decked out with trail mix and a chia seed choc block, be sure to keep an eye out for the customised van in Bondi. Upload a pic on Instagram, and be sure to include #tastebondi, to go into the draw to win a QT Bondi and Messina experience.