Start your weekend in Sydney with a Madonna tribute show before moving on to a Mardi Gras celebration (face it, a big night is unavoidable) and finish up with some art appreciation to balance the weekend out. Now that we have your full attention, it’s full steam ahead this weekend in Sydney!
Keep Sydney Open Fundraiser at Freda’s
Continuing their fight to get rid of Sydney’s lockout laws, Freda’s is hosting a fundraiser for Keep Sydney Open this Thursday night. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have probably heard of Keep Sydney Open by now, but in case you have in fact been living under a rock, they’re the guys who are fighting for Sydney’s nightlife, our right to have fun and to buy a bottle of wine after 10pm (amen!). Tickets are $20 and there will be live bands and DJ sets playing into the wee hours of the morning. #keepsydneyopen
Where: Freda’s, Chippendale
When: Thursday 3rd March
Tickets: $20 per person
The Greens North Sydney launches Crustacean Cabana pop-up
Your favourite trendy lawn bowls club just got a little bit fancier, with The Greens North Sydney running a crustacean pop-up in their courtyard until April. Proudly serving Maine lobster, the menu favourite ‘The Greens Boil Up’ for two will ply you with one whole Maine lobster, corn, chat potatoes, black mussels, shallots and show pea tendrils. The crustacean-focussed fare will be available alongside their main menu and we recommend you order a glass of Veuve Clicquot to get the full effect. Who said summer’s over?
Where: The Greens North Sydney
When: Thursday 25th February – Saturday 30th April
Melbourne Food And Wine Festival
Sure it’s not technically in Sydney (we never said we were ones for geography), but one one of Australia's most epic food events is kicking off this week, and you simply must get involved. The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has a program that includes a cider and cheese festival and long lunches so divine we want to book a flight south stat. So go do it. You know you want to.
When: 4-13 March
Where: Various locations in Melbourne
Tickets: Buy yours here!
L’Ingénue Pop-up Store
Launching last week, the L’Ingénue pop-up store in Paddington has gone sale crazy, showcasing shoes from Parisian shoe designers such as Patricia Blanchet, Anaki and Bobbies, usually exclusive to their online concept store. The store is also celebrating Serbian artist, Sonja Bajic and Sydney’s own furniture designer, Lyndon Findlay. There have been flash sales, happy hours and social media exclusive discounts daily, because everyone deserves to own beautiful shoes.
Where: 70 Oxford Street, Paddington
When: Thursday 25th February – Wednesday 9th March
Madonna Tribute Bar at The Burdekin
Get your Mardi Gras party started early with the Madonna edition of Tribute Bar, this Friday night at The Burdekin. Hosted by DJ Ray Isaac and with a special appearance by London’s top Madonna impersonator (yep, that’s a thing), it’s set to be a pretty wild time. So dress up in your favourite Madonna costume (we know you have a cone bra lying around somewhere) and dance into the night with fellow diehard Madonna fans because it’s Mardi Gras weekend and it’s the right thing to do.
Where: The Burdekin, Darlinghurst
When: Friday 4th March
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
It’s the one night of the year where it’s socially acceptable, no, encouraged to wear more glitter than Ke$ha and less clothing that Justin Bieber (seriously, does that guy ever have a shirt on?) while marching through the city streets. The 38th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is a free event that continues to captivate the whole city every year and unite people in the fight for equality, pride and self-expression. The parade celebrates how far our city has come and accepts the challenge of our journey ahead. Plus, it’s a damn good time.
Where: Oxford and Flinders Streets, Darlinghurst
When: Saturday 5th March from 7pm
Mundane Matters Exhibition
Danling Xiao has posted one fruit or vegetable sculpture per day since starting her Instagram account @mundanematters in June 2015 and from 3rd March, you will be able to see and purchase her prints (and meet the woman) at her free exhibition, Mundane Matters. Danling’s art is both childlike and thoughtful. One minute you’re giggling at an eggplant balaclava head balloon (seriously) and the next is an anti-logging statement created with a little broccoli man, cutting down a big broccoli tree.
Where: The Galeries, Sydney
When: Thursday 3rd March – Tuesday 15th March
Marrickville Open Studio Trail
Are you a gallery goer but lack a bit of know-how? Well, this weekend 53 studios, galleries and artist-run initiatives (ARIs) will open their doors to the public for the Marrickville Open Studio Trail. There will be tours, talks, workshops (plus some especially for the kids) and exhibitions running all weekend. For all of the finer details, head to their website and download the MOST map, which will point you in the right direction.
Where: Marrickville and surrounding suburbs
When: Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th March
Sunday Sundown at Coogee Pavilion
Summer may be officially behind us, but Coogee Rooftop is still celebrating the warm weather with the last week of the Sunday Sundown event at the venue, before Sydney takes a sharp turn into Autumn town. This Sunday, Yahtzel, Akuou and Mantra Collective will take to the stage, keeping you entertained all afternoon and we recommend that you get in early to get a prime spot overlooking the beach. Or by the bar, you know, whatever your priorities are.
Where: Coogee Pavilion Rooftop
When: Sunday 6th March from 3:30pm
Image credit: Jacquie Manning at The Greens