From champagne brunches to shameless dancing, we’ve brought you an extensive collection of the ultimate things to do in Sydney this weekend. Not to be the bearer of bad news, but we’re past the halfway mark of February and you know what that means—autumn is coming. So make the most of your final summer weekends in Sydney and whatever your feels, we’ve got something planned for you.
Flavours of Dubai x Gelato Messina Pop-up at Westfield Bondi Junction
Dubai Tourism has teamed up with everybody’s favourite ice cream purveyor, Gelato Messina to bring a much-needed ice cream cart to level 5 of Westfield Bondi Junction. They’ve even created two bespoke flavours to give you something brand spankin’ new: Desert Oasis - an infusion of honey, rosewater, and sweet pastry, and The Pistachio Palm, a perfect medley of saffron and praline. They’ll also give you a shot at a $20,000 trip to beautiful Dubai, just for snapping a selfie and hashtagging #TakeMeToDubai. Win.
When: 18th - 21st February
Where: Westfield Bondi Junction, Level 5, near Rebel Sport.
Charlie Teo Unplugged
If you don’t know who Professor Charlie Teo is, you need to get onboard the bandwagon of internationally acclaimed neurosurgeons. Not your thing? How about one of the most colourful and charismatic doctors around who boasts a love for Abba, his family and orangutans? Founder of the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, Teo will be having a chat about his own work, his devotion to his family and unique perspective on life with Ita Buttrose from 12:30pm at Sydney Town Hall.
Making an appearance at Palings, the ivy, Guilty Pleasures is the night-out your 18-year-old self never had the guts to have. Its infectious spectrum of antics including shameless dancing, relentless theatrics and unadulterated sounds makes for a night that’s all about indulging in the “uncool”. Prepare to dance way over the socially-accepted “line” as beats and boundaries get dropped from what’s been framed as one of the UK’s biggest and boldest nights.
Monkey Shoulder Whisky Bar
It’s the year of the monkey and what better way to celebrate the Chinese New Year than at the hub of its cultural festivities? Showcasing the world’s smallest bar in Martin Place and World Square, the Monkey Shoulder pop-up whisky bar stirs up jungle concoctions such as the Monkey Mojito and a more exotic take on the Pina Colada. So, grab your whisky cocktails and a fortune cookie (on the house), and enjoy a night walk under a a canopy of lanterns through the absolute nucleus of the Luna Year celebratory feasts and installations.
Surfest is putting on an incredible display of surfing’s latest up and coming groms. Head on up to Newcastle to witness the 2016 nib Pro Junior which has been running for the last 23 years and attracts over 100 young competitors locally and from around the world. You can catch the event (and hopefully some sun) at Merewether Beach this Saturday.
Embossed along the Campbell Parade footpath, Bondi’s skating culture is now prepping for the biggest skating event of the year, Bowl-A-Rama. The blue bowl will fill up this Saturday and Sunday with the world’s best skaters as they grind it out next to the sandy shores of Bondi. Whether you jump on board or not, expect to hear the scraping, the skidding and the cheering of the crowds for the fifth year running.
You didn’t think we’d leave you without a fantastic place to eat did you? Grab the nearest fork, Automata co.lab is launching a collaborative dining series with dish ensembles from the best chefs from around the world. Their goal? To invigorate your foodie experience. And that’s totally fine by us. Switching things up, you’ll taste and see everything from no-fuss dishes, aesthetic plating (get your phones out) and multiple culinary concepts within a six-course set menu at Automata.
Mountain Sounds Festival
Let’s be real. Your gumboots are still laden with mud from the last festival you went to and your tent is in some accidental, dirty bundle in the boot of your car. But, keep everything as it is because, for the third consecutive year, the Central Coast will be home to an impressive array of Aussie talent right at your doorstep. Boasting sounds from rap, acoustic, electric and R&B, the Mountain Sounds Festival is an unmissable festival experience in the Mount Penang Parklands.
Sydney Tomato Festival
A little (okay, a lot) more tame than La Tomatina, the Sydney Tomato Festival will adorn the lush lawns of the Botanic Gardens this weekend. A 70 metre long table for the longest tomato lunch will be at the core of the festival village and will feature the D’Vine Ripe Cooking and Learning Hub. Watch out for a medley of stalls, eating opportunities, activities and industry experts in all things tomato.
Ananas Lobster and Champagne Brunch
Get ready to submerge yourself in the opulent, art deco inspired surroundings of Ananas Bar and Brasserie. For a genuine taste of award-winning, Parisian dishes, indulge in a fabulous dining experience with Ananas Lobster and Champagne Brunch down at the Rocks, this Sunday. Tucked into one of Sydney’s landmark historic buildings right on the harbour, you can expect anything from freshly squeezed juices and house made artisanal bread to a plateaux de fruit de mer of local pacific oysters drizzled in a fine, lobster cocktail sauce with mignonette and whipped horseradish.