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By Concrete Playground
August 13, 2019
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Five Sydney Date Ideas for This Week That Aren't Dinner and a Movie

Just think of us as your cultural wingman.
By Concrete Playground
August 13, 2019
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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.
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VISIT THIS GIANT FLOATING SCULPTURE OF THE MOON (FOR FREE)

Instead of telling your partner that you love them to the moon and back, you can take them to it — well, a giant floating sculpture of it, at least. And for this weekend only, you can take them to it without spending a cent when the Powerhouse Museum opens its doors and scraps its entry fees for two days.

On Saturday, August 17 and Sunday August 18, you can wander the halls of the Ultimo museum, visit the stellar Apollo 11 exhibition or stop by the launch of this year's Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2019. While the weekend is free, registration is essential and can be done over here.

If you'd like to extend your art-filled date, you can head to the Australian Museum, too, which will also scrap its entry fees for two days before it closes to undergo a $57.5 million revamp.

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SLURP DOWN LOTS OF $1 OYSTERS TOGETHER

Do you (or your lover) go weak at the knees for a good mollusc? This is the salty date night for you. Fratelli Fresh is serving up $1 oysters all day, every day for the whole month of August. You can head in to one of its many Sydney restaurants for an after-work date, a post-movie snack or sunlit lunch.

And there's no missing numeral in the price, although you do need to order a minimum of six and buy a drink as well. If champagne is your tipple of choice, you can nab your half-dozen oysters with a glass of Chandon for $14. That's not your only choice, though, with the offer available with any drink purchase. You can also order as many oysters as you like, if six just isn't enough.

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EXPLORE THIS STREET-WIDE ITALIAN FESTIVAL (AND EAT MANY CANNOLI)

Like the bond between you and your amore, the close ties between Italy and Australian can't be ignored. Italians love pasta and wine, and we also love pasta and wine, after all. Accordingly, what better way to celebrate these joyful unions than to head along to an Italian street festival on your Sunday.

Returning for 2019, Ferragosto will bring a solid dose of Italian culture, food and general entertainment to Sydney's Five Dock on Sunday, August 18, with over 150 food stalls hawking street eats and handmade goodness (including Pasticceria Papa's famed ricotta cheesecake), as well as dance and music across five stages.

Last year's event drew more than 100,000 people, so it seems that the people of Sydney enjoy Italian culture a fair amount: and with this being Ferragosto's 22nd birthday, the obsession doesn't seem to be fading. What's to argue with when it comes to pizza and cannoli, really?

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GET LOST IN CHERRY BLOSSOM TREES AT THIS COLOURFUL FESTIVAL

Hanami and Japan go hand in hand — just like you and your other half — but what if you could indulge in the art of flower viewing (yes, that's what the term translates to in English) a bit closer to home? Well, that's where the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival comes in. It's a celebration of everyone's favourite pink flora in Sydney's west.

Between Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 25, the Auburn Botanic Gardens will transform its Japanese Gardens into a beautiful, blooming wonderland. You'll be able to ramp up your appreciation of the fleeting natural phenomena that is cherry blossom season by attending a massive viewing party in the lead up to spring — with tickets going for just $10 a pop. Tis the season, after all.

And taking in the spectacular scenery isn't the only thing you'll be doing. This year, the festival is ramping up its food offering, too. As well as eating your way through an array of Japanese food trucks, you'll also be able to try a heap of cherry blossom-inspired eats. A pop-up izakaya will serve up sake and Japanese craft beer, too, and Sydney's Sakeshop will be selling limited cups of Hanamikura Aya sake — which is made from a yeast extracted from the cherry blossom flower.

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GET COSY IN THIS SAUNA ON AN INNER-CITY ROOFTOP

Surry Hill's stunning fitness space Paramount Recreation Club is offering you and your date a new way to stay warm this winter. The wellness centre has teamed up with Bondi health brand Nimbus and Co to bring you an infrared sauna on its rooftop — and it's perfect for fancy date nights (maybe not a first date, though).

Open until mid-September, the glass-walled sauna studio is located in the middle of a cacti garden and overlooks the city skyline. It features linen robes by In Bed, bespoke furnishings and greenery aplenty from the Plant Society. If you like to enjoy some tunes while you sweat it out, the sauna also includes built-in speakers, which you can pair your own devices to. Complimentary refreshments round out this luxe offering.

And the sauna experience isn't just about perspiration, either, with this infrared version having additional detoxifying benefits. Supposedly, it has been found to improve skin and immune system health, increase metabolism, help de-stress, aid in better sleep and relieve pain. Even if you're sceptical of these benefits, it's certainly a fun way to warm up during the chillier winter days. A session in the sauna costs $80 for two people.

Published on August 13, 2019 by Concrete Playground

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