Five Sydney Date Ideas for This Week That Aren't Dinner and a Movie
Just think of us as your cultural wingman.
Tired of the classic movie and dinner date night combo? Us too. That's why we're always on the hunt for new things to do, scouring the city for not-boring Sydney activities — ones that are guaranteed to take your next date way beyond done-before beers at the pub. Whether you're taking someone on a second date or doing your 100th with your significant other, we've got some killer (and, yes, cute) Sydney date ideas for this week, no matter how much money you've got to spend. Just think of us as your cultural wingman. You're welcome.
HEAD TO THIS INNER CITY SQUARE FOR DJ SETS AND DANCE-THEMED MOVIES
You and your other half can embrace Sydney's new-found freedoms with this 16-event program, which is completely centred around music and dancing. Running until Saturday, May 1, Sounds in the Square will see Darling Square filled with tunes for five weeks to celebrate the return of dancing.
For those fond of making shapes, DJs Gab Zak, Lavida, Thom Josef, Demi Jewel and Ruby J will provide the soundtrack on selected Friday and Saturday nights. Or, you can hit up Pianos for the People — where Yantra De Vilder will perform six piano concerts. Also on the bill: sessions of Dance Cinema, where you'll watch shorts, movies and videos about cutting a rug. The lineup is curated by local artists alongside filmmaker Melissa Ramos.
And, if you're hungry and thirsty thanks to all that dancing, music and dance-related content, Darling Square's tenants will be on hand.
EXPLORE SYDNEY'S NEWEST CULTURAL PRECINCT AT THIS CBD BLOCK PARTY
To help promote Sydney's newest cultural and dining precinct, YCK Laneways, ten beloved CBD bars across York, Clarence and Kent Street are hosting a six week block party. Running between Wednesday, April 7–Sunday, May 22, the YCK Laneways Block Party will feature 75 cultural events including dance, theatre, live music and interactive art across the ten venues. Yes, you and your partner now have plenty of things to add to your calendars.
With both free and ticket events taking place, the cultural offerings stretch from antipasto burlesque at the Prince of York and poetry readings in the Since I Left You courtyard to wheelie bin art at The Barber Shop and playing Dungeons & Dragons at Spawn Point. Regular CBD favourite events like Brunch With... will also be wrapped up in the festivities, while a whole heap of live music gigs and dance parties will take place across the three streets.
GET SPOOKED AT THIS UNSETTLING SENSORY EXPERIENCE
After first spooking out Sydneysiders back in 2017, the unnerving Séance installation is returning to the city. This time around, the experience will be a little different. While past attendees stepped into a big, white container with dark curtains and black letters splashed across its side, between Thursday, April 8–Wednesday, June 30 you'll be heading into a purpose-built space at Bay 43, an old warehouse at Circular Quay.
Once inside, you and your special someone will put on headsets and be told to put both hands on the table. The lights go out, leaving the place in absolute darkness and, for 20 uneasy minutes, you'll be taken on an immersive journey led only by touch and sounds. Expect to feel confused, repulsed and struck with temporary claustrophobia. According to organisers, numerous participants have bailed halfway through sittings in the past.
A word of warning for you and your date: this one isn't for the claustrophobic or faint of heart.
TAKE A ROAD TRIP TO CHECK OUT THIS ENTHRALLING OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITION
Sculptures at Scenic World is as straightforward as it sounds, and also as striking. Until Sunday, May 2, Scenic World in Katoomba is placing dozens of large-scale sculptures and installations throughout its ultra-scenic surroundings, with visitors able to mosey through them and enjoy their oversized sights at their own pace.
You and your favourite person will walk past trees, peer at giant artworks and find yourselves in an openair gallery — and, you'll check out pieces from both emerging and established artists in the process. Everything on display is competing for the Scenic World Major Award, too, as judged this year by National Art School's Head of Sculpture Hany Armanious, Sydney-based sculptor Margarita Sampson and The Lock-Up Artistic Director Courtney Novak.
Entry into Sculpture at Scenic World comes with a regular Scenic World ticket. That means that you and your date can also enjoy the venue's skyway, railway and cableway while you're there.
CATCH CLASSIC FLICKS AT DISNEY'S POP-UP DRIVE-IN
After a successful run in 2020, the Disney+ Drive-In is returning to Parramatta's Bankwest Stadium carpark throughout April. On the bill: throwback titles like 10 Things I Hate About You and Pretty Woman; crooned tunes in The Greatest Showman and The Rocky Horror Picture Show; Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit and Thor: Ragnarok; and the romantic classic Romeo + Juliet.
If you and your paramour really love your Disney movies, you can also expect animated versions of Aladdin and The Lion King, as well as sing-along sessions of Moana, The Little Mermaid and the first Frozen film. Plus, Marvel fans can look forward to Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool.
Completing the drive-in experience, popcorn, snacks and drinks are available onsite — or you can bring your own.
Top image: Since I Left You
Published on April 06, 2021 by Concrete Playground