Hello warm weather! Finally spring has sprung and we couldn't be more pleased. To celebrate we've put together a stellar line up of things to do in Sydney this weekend to get you off the couch. From food degustations to street parties, film festivals and so much more, here's what's happening this weekend in Sydney.
The Bishop Sessa Birthday Bonanza
To celebrate Bishop Sessa's second birthday, the restaurant is going all out on Thursday and Friday nights during September. Order the six course degustation and receive a complimentary seventh course (and even an eighth course if Chef Paul Cooper is feeling cheery) for just $69 per head. How can you say no to one of the best value degustations in Sydney?
Sarika Gupta Without Rose Coloured Glasses
Australian medic Sarika Gupta's solo exhibition 'Without Rose Coloured Glasses' showcases an intimate and powerful collection of portraits, which vividly capture the stories of those who remain victims of societal dysfunction. The exhibition will take place at the Queen Street Gallery (until October 5), with all proceeds distributed between Vision Beyond Australia, Rotary International and the Duncan Emmanuel Hospital in Raxaul, India.
The Empire Collection Pop-Up Gallery
Five days of free ice cream, anyone? Connoisseur has taken over Blank_Space gallery on Crown Street to serve up free scoops from its new Emperor Collection while admiring the bespoke artwork from Melbourne artist and illustrator Steve Cross. Choose from Emperor Jing Zong (red bean with coconut), King Cyrus of Persia (pistachio with cinnamon, honey and date), King Louis XIV (French vanilla with choc flakes) or Emperor Nero (coffee hazelnut with choc-coated hazelnuts). Mmm… delicious, delicious art.
Art & About Sydney
Over four weeks, Sydney's streets, parks and laneways will be transformed into a world of interactive performance, cutting-edge installations, workshops and exhibitions for Art & About. This year's theme of 'Endangered' will incorporate quirky Australian and international artists, and a line up that spans home-delivered theatre performances to Sydney's largest backyard party in Martin Place. Head here for the full festival program.
Glamazon Beauty Revolution
Revolutionary new beauty app, Glamazon, has joined forces with General Assembly to host a free evening of pampering, drinks and exclusive giveaways. Meet founder Lauren Silvers and celebrity hair stylist Joh Bailey, while getting a mini make over or your hair done at the pop-up Blow Dry Bar - just in time for the weekend. RSVP here.
Crossing Country At The Gallery Shop
Looking for something cultural to do this weekend in Sydney? One of our favourite boutique galleries, Bronte's The Gallery Shop, is showcasing its new collection of works from their recent trip to Art Centres in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. The exhibition entitled 'Crossing Country' features a handpicked selection of works from emerging and well-established Aboriginal artists, and is definitely worth checking out!
George Main Stakes Day
Marking the first day of the Sydney Spring Carnival, George Main Stakes Day at Royal Randwick boasts the Group 1 George Main Stakes (worth $350,000) and a host of Group 2 races. A popular day for punters, there will be live entertainment, beautiful themed bars and the launch of Clinique's complimentary spring pamper sessions from the Clinique Lounge. Get your tickets here.
Young Henrys Small World Festival
A celebration of the vibrant Inner West, Young Henrys Small World Festival takes to the streets this Saturday with live music, foodie pop-ups and local artists. On the bill is local rockers Tumbleweed, blues band The Snowdroppers, Melbourne's The Delta Riggs, and good-time gang Little Bastard. Porteno, Bloodwood, Mary's and Cornersmith will be taking care of hungry stomachs, so you can bet it'll be good! Be sure to get your tickets here.
Queer Screen Film Festival
Still looking for things to do in Sydney this weekend? This year's Queer Screen Film Festival is set to be bigger than ever! From 17-21 September, QSFF will showcase the best in international cinema, with screenings at Event Cinemas George Street and Dendy Newtown. The incredible collection of ten films includes Cannes winners, debut features, and documentaries. Head to the Queer Screen website for the full program and to book tickets.
Popolo Southern Food vs Northern Wine
POPOLO owners Flavio Carnevale and Fabio Dore are hosting a series of regional dinners inspired by their hometown cuisine. Enjoy five courses with matching wines, including delicacies like wood-fried roasted sausages with smoked mozzarella, slow roasted suckling pig and Sardinian pecorino salad. Produce will be sourced from local Sydney farmers, Southern Italian purveyors and Emilia Romagna wineries. Book your seat by calling 02 9361 6641; $89 per person.
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