Newsflash to all the people that ditched us for Europe, staycations are in and European holidays are out. Okayyyy that’s not entirely true but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a great time back at home.
Sydney’s still got the goods and LBH it’s a hell of a lot cheaper to hang around here anyway. Seriously, there’s so much going on this month, you won’t even have time to scroll through your insta feed to see what you’re missing.
Besides, you know you want to give all those Europe snaps a run for their money. Here are 16 fun things to do in Sydney this July.
Winter Warmer Nights At Butcher & The Farmer
One to book: If you’re looking for a bargain night out that doesn’t scrimp on the foodie delights, we can’t recommend the Winter Warmer nights at Butcher and the Farmer enough. Not only does $37 get you three tasty courses, but next Wednesday 11 July, Will and Steve (yes, of MKR fame) are hosting a one-off evening of sensational seasonal tips. Grab a friend or two and book in now for this unique mid-Winter night out here.
When: Wednesday 11 July
Where: Butcher & The Farmer, Tramsheds
If you didn’t know, there’s a seriously epic summit hitting up Sydney and all we can say is, sucked in Melbourne. With a bunch of global thought leaders and pioneers in all things media, arts, tech, sustainability and youth, Forefront 18 is the event of July, if not, the year. Headliners include Margaret Zhang, Gary Aspden (Adidas), Jake O’Leary (YouTube Music) and podcast queen Claire Press (Wardrobe Crisis and Vogue)and FYI, there’s an after-party that you definitely don’t want to miss.
When: Thursday 19 July, 3pm-12am
Where: Four Seasons
Cost: $550 per person for summit only, $650 per person for the summit and after party
We Found The Ultimate Meat Free Monday Feast
For the first Monday in July Indu is taking things underground with a #MeatFreeMonday dinner so delish you can consider the start to the week sorted. You can expect all-vegan goodness done in INDU’s signature mod-Indian and Sri Lankan style. We suggest you BYO stretchy pants because you and your mates are in for a treat. Did we mention their organic wine list? You know what to do.
When: Monday 2 July
Where: Indu, George Street City
Bondi Winter Magic Festival
Nothing says we’ve hit winter quite like the classic Bondi Winter Magic Festival. This year they’ve got all the favourites, plus a few other fun things. Whether you hire some skates and glide around the Bondi Ice rink or catch a ride on the new you beaut Bondi Vista (yes they put up a ferris wheel in Bondi, no it’s not extra). Either way you’re sure to have a great time. Grab the friends and fam and bring them down, this event is on all month and perfect for the whole gang. For more deets head over here.
When: Thursday 28 June – Saturday 29 July
Where: Bondi Beach
Now in it’s 6th year, the Bondi Feast returns to the Bondi Pavilion complete with an explosion of colour and entertainment to get you through those cold winter nights. Held over 10 nights, this festival will showcase all the best home grown theatre and arts acts on offer. Plus this year they’ve opened a new Garden Bar and Kitchen which features all kinds of art installations, as well as a pop up kitchen by 2017 Masterchef contestant Callan Smith. To grab tickets to the shows head on over here.
When: Tuesday 17 – Saturday 28 July
Where: Bondi Pavilion
Cost: Ticket prices range from $15 - $30
Ahhh stairs, our old friends (not). So innocent and yet so deadly. Conquer your fear of these bad boys this month with an epic stair climbing challenging. Climb your way up and down the bays of the SCG and the Allianz Stadium in this 6300 stair climb. Before you start having heart palpitations, relax, you won’t run it all at once. There’ll be plenty of rest stops and drink stations, as well as plenty of beats to keep you pumped. To register head on over here.
When: Sunday 1 July from 8am
Where: Sydney Cricket Grounds and Allianz Stadium
Cost: Short Course $49.95, Full Course $64.95
Sunrise @ The House
Sometimes you live in a city for so long that you forget just how pretty it is. Come and get reinspired and soak up all those picturesque harbour views with a yoga session at the Opera House. With classes held on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday morning you can start your day off right, watch that sunrise and channel that inner zen warrior. Plus this class is perfect for all levels of yogi enthusiasts, so don’t worry if you’re a beginner. To book your place head on here.
When: Wednesday 4 July – Friday 31 August
Where: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Cost: $25 per class
Capturing the magic on the other side of town, head over to Paramatta this month to explore their Winterlight Festival. With everything from ice skating to a PJ party and even a Frozen sing along (don’t deny you’ve watched the movie like a bajillion times), this event is perfect for all ages. Whether you’re a kid or an adult that never quite grew up, you’re sure to have a tonne of fun this season. To check out when everything is on head over here.
When: Friday 6 July – Sunday 22 July
Where: Prince Alfred Square, Parramatta
Bastille Festival Cheese Dome
Five words for you - All you can eat cheese. That’s right, this year the Bastille Festival is hosting a 90 minute French fondue extravaganza. Held in an immersive 360 dome, you’ll be transported to the French Alps where you can get your hands on all the melted cheese your heart desires. Food comas here we come. Do we really need to say more? Gather some friends and grab your tickets here.
When: Thursday 12 July – Sunday 25 July
Where: First Fleet Park, The Rocks
Cost: $69 pp
Hand Build Your Own Ceramic Mug
It’s the perfect weather to lounge around in the jammies with a hot cup of tea or coffee. And what better way to do it than with your very own handmade ceramic mug! Let that creative genius fly in this three-hour ceramics class, where you’ll learn all the skills to make your very own pottery. Design your own mug, make it out of clay and then decorate it with colour. Plus there are endless cups of tea and biscuits available throughout the workshop. Sound like fun? Head over here to book your place.
When: Saturday 21 July 1 – 4pm
Where: Make Make Make studios
Machiavelli Ristorante Italiano’s Christmas In July
Humans of Sydney, there’s five-course Christmas dinner happening and honestly, it’s the Chrissy feed to end all other feeds. Cue paired wines, slow-cooked duck with cream potatoes, grilled scampi, egg nog with an Italian twist and ahem… a complimentary glass of Prosecco upon arrival #fancy. And to top it all off, part of the proceeds will go towards The Smith Family so you’ll be indulging in all the Christmas nosh for a super awesome cause.
When: Friday 6 July, 6pm
Where: 123 Clarence Street, Sydney
Cost: $130 per person
Carriageworks Night Market: Burning Love
Good news for all you foodies! The Carriageworks Night Market has returned this winter to give us a taste of all things smoked, slow-cooked and spiced. With 55 of Sydney’s leading restaurants, bars and producers on site, you’ll be in good company perusing all the locally sourced produce this market has to offer. As well as featuring an array of exclusive cooking demos and live music throughout the night. To get your ticket, head over here.
When: Friday 27 July 5 – 10pm
Cost: $10 + BF
Murder At The Museum: Long Gallery Confidential
Get out your detective hat because Murder at the Museum is back! Yep, you’ll want to head over to the Australian Museum to participate in one of Sydney’s favourite crime solving events. Choose from one of three sessions and gather the squad in a race to hunt for clues, scrounge out details and solve the murder before it’s too late. You know you want to put all that NCIS knowledge to good use. To book your place, head over here.
When: Friday 3 July
Where: Australian Museum
Cost: From $45
Christmas In July
We may not get the luxury of waking up on Christmas morning to a fresh layer of snow on the ground and white as far as the eye can see but that just gives us every excuse to celebrate Christmas twice. Tis the season this month at the Shangri La, with their Christmas in July feast. Come and indulge in a winter wonderland decked out with all your Xmas favs. We’re talking eggnog, roast turkey and mulled wine. Tickets can be found here.
When: Friday 6 July – Saturday 28 July 6 – 10pm
Where: Shangri – La Hotel
Top Dog Film Festival
We’re a sucker for all things dog and now there’s an entire festival dedicated to our favourite furry companions. That’s right, all you dog lovers you can now come and celebrate man’s best friend at this year’s Top Dog Film Festival. With over 2 hours of independent films that showcase the most inspirational and heart-warming relationships between a man and his dog, you’ll get all the #feels. Plus, we’re lucky enough to have it screening at two locations this month. For more deets head over here.
When: Sunday 15 July, Sunday 29 July
Where: Hayden Orpheum & The Ritz
SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show
Do you love anime? Are you a huge fan of cosplay? We’ve got just the event for you! Head over to the ICC this month and visit the SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime show. Dedicated to all things Japanese pop culture, this convention is the perfect place for all the budding artists, creators and fans alike. With everything from Cosplay activities to artist markets and vendors. As well as an array of amazing guests including Tsubasa Yonaga, Taro Yoko and Mon, you’ll be able to indulge in a unique experience and celebrate your fandom among other likeminded individuals. For more deets and to book your ticket head over here.
When: Saturday 14 July – Sunday 15 July
Cost: From $41
Legally Blonde—Exclusive Event Night
It’s time to perfect that bend and snap and gather the squad because Novotel is hosting a killer Legally Blonde Night this month. In a one night only event, you’ll get the full Elle Woods treatment complete with a pamper session and a pink dining experience (we’re talking pink cocktails and a lolly buffet). Before heading over to the Riverside Theatre, where you’ll watch Legally Blond the Musical from the luxury of your premium A reserve seats. Plus you’ll get an exclusive gift pack at the end and a beverages voucher for intermission if that wasn’t enough. To grab your ticket head over here.
When: Saturday 28 July, 5pm
Where: Novotel Sydney Parramatta
Here are all the markets you need to hit up this month too.
Image Credit: Sydney Opera House | Daniel Boud