People, it’s February. Let that sink in for a moment. We’re onto our second month of 2016 and for those of you who just haven’t stuck to their new year resolutions, here’s your chance to start fresh (albeit Chinese New Year). It’s the last official month of summer and whether you’re getting your Asian cravings satisfied, delving into country music, educating yourself on beer, or spending time with music greats, we’ve got you covered so that you can make the most of this weekend. Read on, my monkeys.
Beer Banter at Work-Shop HQ
Whether you’re a beer specialist or just a wannabe beer drinker, get to know the basics of that yeast concoction everyone loves so much. Presented by Bottled Lightning Co. at Work-Shop HQ, Beer Banter is an interactive session that’ll get you up to speed with the latest on beer, whether it be styles or a Bottled Lightning Co. membership. Monster Rolls provide tasty treats that’ll help keep you sober as you sample a range of beers. Get yourself tickets here, and become that beer aficionado and impress your mates on the next pub crawl. While you’re at it, why not sign up for a membership that features goodies that’ll score you a glass growler and trucker cap.
When: 6:30pm to 8pm, 4 February
Where: Work-Shop HQ, Cnr Cleveland and Eveleigh Street Redfern
Back for 2016, Conscious Club presents their first event of the year, Way of the HeART. Join Pete Evans, Orly Faya and Merpire as they speak about their life experiences and inspirations. Alongside the talks, the event will delight all your senses with great music, delicious food and live art.
Find out more and book your tickets here.
When: 6pm, 4 February
Where: Paddington Town Hall, 249 Oxford Street Paddington
MCA Pop up Gin Garden
Whether you’re a British native feeling a little homesick, or if you just haven’t had a chance to use your very convincing British accent recently, this is your chance to do so. Grab your Archie Rose gin concoction (or beer, if that’s what floats your boat) and enjoy your slow summer evenings. With British food also on offer, get your accents and British humour ready and prepare for an Instagram-worthy evening. If you get there early, or you just want to kick on, why not also enjoy the Grayson Perry exhibit.
For more information, head here.
When: Wednesday to Friday, 3pm to late and Saturday to Sunday, 12pm to late
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 140 George Street The Rocks
Tony Mott Exhibition at The State Library
Imagine rocking up to work Monday morning and saying ‘I hung out with Kurt Cobain, Elton John and Bruce Springsteen this weekend.’ *cue gasps* Yes that’s right, you read that correctly. World famous rock music photographer, Tony Mott’s What A Life! Rock Photography exhibition ends this Sunday. With over three decades under his belt, this is your final chance to be absolutely blown away by some of the most recognisable images of musicians that have shaped music. It’s time for your cultural fix of the season ladies and gentleman.
Full details here.
When: Friday 9am to 5pm, Weekends 10am to 5pm, until 7 February
Where: The State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street Sydney
Carriageworks Farmers Markets
Focusing on the core values of authenticity, origin, knowledge, sustainability and excellence, the Carriageworks Farmers Market showcases seasonal produce from across New South Wales. With over 50 farmers and artisan producers in one spot, this is the time to educate yourself and your stomach on the positives of organic and bio-dynamic foods. Get your partner and your dog, and sample some of Australia’s most amazing produce.
When: 8am – 1pm, every Saturday
Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St Eveleigh
Chinese New Year Lunar Feast Begins
For sixteen days, the East continues its takeover of the West as the year of the Monkey kicks off. You don’t have to be of Chinese heritage to enjoy the festivities; we’ve compiled a guide of the best places to check out over the celebrations. Whether you’re craving piping hot dumplings, the great variety of yum cha or simply a big bowl of dripping noodles, grab your friends and do as the Chinese would. Like they say, Monkey see, Monkey do.
Hootenanny Sundays at Miss Peaches
You may be wondering what Hootenanny is (I won’t deny it, I was a bit confused too) but trust me, you’ll want this in your vocabulary the next time the group is stuck wondering where to go. Miss Peaches brings you your fix of Nashville, Tennessee every Sunday from 8pm. Grab your fix of soul food (fingers crossed for waffles and fried buttermilk chicken pleaseeee), and enjoy the live bluegrass, folk and country music. Slap on your plaid shirt and boots, grab your friends and let your inner Shania Twain and Rascal Flatts free.
Full details here.
When: 8pm, every Sunday until 14 February
Where: Miss Peaches, 201 Missenden Road Newtown
Rock & Roll Alternative Market
For those of you still mourning the death of Soundwave (RIP our old friend), this is your chance to relive the memories and reminisce on the good times. This Sunday at Manning Bar & House, you’ll satisfy all your Rock ‘n’ Roll and Alternative needs with the range of stalls being featured. Whether you want to dress the part, find posters to add to your already covered walls or just want to add to your ever-expanding records collection, Manning Bar & House is the place to be. With swing dancing lessons on offer and live entertainment from the likes of The Hellcat III and The Detonators, for $6 entry, join the crowd at one of Sydney’s most unique shopping experiences.
Full details here.
When: Doors open at 10:30am, 7 February
Where: Manning Bar & House, University of Sydney