Welcome the weekend with art, food festivals, cosy igloos and more. If you’re looking to get out and about, check out our weekend guide and get planning. Here’s a list of all the fun things you can do to make the most of your time in Sydney this weekend.
1. Meet giant LEGO minifigures at Darling Harbour
In celebration of LEGO’s 90th anniversary, LEGO Australia has brought 20 life-size minifigures for kids and adults. Spread around Darling Harbour and surrounds, you can see these minifigures until Sunday, August 14.
2. Fill your shopping bags at the Metro Markets
This Saturday, August 13, you’ll find local homewares, jewellery, food and more at Marrickville Metro. Up to 20 diverse stalls will be set up from 10am to 4pm.
3. Check out this immersive theatre experience
Eternityland is a large-scale theatre experience where the audience is encouraged to get involved. The evening will be filled with excellent storytelling, circus, art and more.
4. Try this dreamy sakura soft serve
Oh Matcha has announced Sydney’s first cherry blossom sakura soft serve with soft pink swirls, a delicious rosy flavour and edible flowers to boot.
5. Get out of town for this vibrant new exhibition
Two of Australia’s most revered artists, Rosie Deacon and Ken Done have come together for a playful and nostalgic exhibition. Aptly called Spring Collection, it’s on at the Ngununggula gallery in the Southern Highlands.
6. Head to the CBD for a celebration of female creatives
YCK Laneways is back, this time with a huge program celebrating female creatives across the art, music and food industries. For the entire month of August, the CBD will come alive with live music, workshops, masterclasses and more.
7. Check out the Sydney Science Festival
Leading Sydney academics, scientists and researchers have joined forces for the Sydney Science Festival. Find a number of free and ticketed events including talks, workshops and activities from August 12-20.
8. Enjoy live music and food trucks at the Garden Social
The Garden Social has returned for a huge celebration of First Nations artists and cultures. Like always you’ll find an alfresco cocktail bar, live music and heaps of winter warming food at the venue.
9. Don’t miss the final weekend of Jagged Little Pill the musical
Jagged Little Pill has suspended its Australian tour with its final performance set to take place in Sydney on August 14. Tickets are still on sale for the final few shows and you can snag some here.
10. Plan a night out at these fancy dining domes
6HEAD has brought super luxe dining pods to the city so you can enjoy 360 degree views of the harbour along with their excellent food and wine without fearing the cold and rain.
11. Enjoy giant ramen bowls and bubble tea at Goros
Inspired by Japan’s annual Yuki Matsuri snow festival, Goros will be packed with heaps of winter fun for six whole weeks. With bespoke cocktails, nightly parties and boozy bubble teas, the festival promises a bit of much-needed fun.
12. Experience snow while you still can
Just a few hours from Sydney, you can find gorgeous small towns that experience snowfall. Get your skis on or warm up with a cup of hot cocoa by the window, this is the final month you can experience snow in NSW.
13. Watch the spectacular Mary Poppins musical
Everyone’s favourite nanny has finally made her way down under. The musical is currently on until October so you have plenty of time to enjoy this dazzling new production.
More than 40,000 humpback whales swim past Sydney every year and Sea Monkey Sailing offers whale enthusiasts and nature lovers the chance to spot whales in their natural habitat. Find out how you can hop aboard here.
15. Get toasty at this glittering rooftop bar
Easy Village Sydney is proving that rooftop bars don’t need to go out of style in the colder months. With heaters, snug blankets, fairy lights, mulled wine and more, the bar is the perfect spot to go to for a bougee and fun weekend.
16. Get delicious hot chocolate kits delivered to your door
The Hot Chocolate Festival is back and it’s bringing all the treats to town. For 31 days of August, grab 31 decadent flavours and along with creative kits and more.
17. Watch the new Jekyll and Hyde musical
The Australian premiere of Jekyll and Hyde opens in Sydney this week. With renowned actor Hayden Tee at the helm along with 14 excellent performers, this is one show musical fans shouldn’t miss.
18. Check out this fascinating new exhibition at the MCA
Ultra Unreal is the latest exhibition at MCA featuring the work of six artists and collectives. In an interesting exploration of myth and reality, the exhibition combines various immersive elements like augmented reality, video and more.
19. Dance along with the sensational Moulin Rouge musical
If you’re planning to watch Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis this weekend, don’t forget to watch the transformation of his original Moulin Rouge film on stage. The Musical is currently playing at the Capitol Theatre in the city and it’s all about the drama you can handle in one evening.
If you enjoy learning about the night sky, the stars and everything in between you’ll want to check out this event in the Blue Mountains. With an astrophysicist guiding you, get answers to some of your most sought-after questions on this dreamy guided tour. Grab your tickets here.
On Sundays at Mama Saan, the jazz is curated by Aria-award-winning legend and musician Jonathan Zwartz. Even if he can’t always be there to delight, he always leaves you in good hands for a fantastic night out wining on top-notch Australian and International wine list and dining on a multiple-course set menu.
22. Grab mulled wine and raclette at Opera bar
This winter, the team at Opera Bar is upping the ante by serving delicious cheesy delights, hot rum cocktails and s’mores toasted at your table, wheeled at your table by roving carts.
23. Feast on three-course menus around the city
As part of the inaugural Go Fooding Month by TheFork, you can dive into a selection of menus for $49, $79 or $99 with some of Sydney’s finest restaurants participating.
24. Try the lush new Espresso Crème flavour by Baileys
Baileys Espresso Crème Flavoured Liqueur has recently launched in Australia and it combines a few of our very favourite things — creamy Baileys, coffee and chocolate. Get them at BWS or Dan Murphy’s.
25. Plan a weekend getaway to these unique Airbnb destinations
Where you choose to stay on a holiday can enhance the overall experience. So, why don’t you try some place really special? Check out the Most Wishlisted and Unique Airbnb Listings in Australia and get planning.
The Gentleman Magician, Bruce Glen, has captivated thousands. And, for over five years he has performed every Friday and Saturday night at the Sir Stamford Hotel in Circular Quay. His show, A Magical Soirée, combines fantastic stories with fascinating magic tricks to leave audiences in awe and wonder. Check it out for yourself this weekend.
27. Get cosy with Messina’s buttery cookie pie
Messina’s indulgent dessert is back on the menu complete with it’s ooey-gooey cookie filling and melty chocolate chip goodness.