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Everything You Need to Put in Your Diary for January

Catch live tunes at a pop-up seltzer bar, cool off in a giant inflatable pool and check out one of Doug Aitken's largest installations.
By Concrete Playground
December 29, 2021
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  • Arts & Entertainment

    Belle

    Taking 'Beauty and the Beast' into cyberspace, this vivid and inventive Japanese animation serves up a bold and dazzling take on the familiar fairytale.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Nightmare Alley

    Starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett, this mesmerisingly dark carnival noir is one of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's very best features.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Spencer

    Kristen Stewart turns in a career-best performance as the People's Princess in this bold and enthralling slice-of-life biopic.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Yabun Festival 2022

    This annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures returns for its 20th year.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Summer Streets

    Inner-city streets across Redfern, Glebe and Darlinghurst will be shut to make room for COVID-safe al fresco dining spaces throughout summer.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Nature Illuminated

    Experience the Chinese Gardens of Friendship like never before with this immersive light show.

  • Food & Drink

    Veuve Clicquot in the Sun x Huskisson Hotel

    Treat yourself this summer with a glass (or a bottle) of champagne on the iconic Husky Pub lawn.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sunset Cinema St Ives 2022

    Cinema under the stars is returning to St Ives Showground with a 20-film lineup.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Limbo

    Following refugees awaiting their new lives on a small Scottish island, this British blend of drama and comedy is equally wry, clear-eyed, smart and poignant.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Gold

    This Australian-made thriller gives Zac Efron his turn at surviving the blistering outback, playing a stranger who spots a glistening nugget in a dystopian future.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The 355

    A dream international cast leads this female-fronted spy action flick, but even Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong'o and Penélope Cruz can't stop the globe-hopping result from being oh-so-basic.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    King Richard

    Will Smith turns in an attention-grabbing performance as Venus and Serena Williams' father in this stirring drama about the two tennis stars' childhood.

  • Food & Drink

    Lunar Lanes

    Celebrate the year of the tiger in the bustling lanes of Haymarket.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Scream

    Ghostface is back for another stab, this time attacking a new bunch of teens, in the horror franchise that definitely still loves scary movies.

  • Food & Drink

    Nomad Bomboloni

    Nomad's cult-favourite lockdown doughnuts are making a return appearance for one weekend only.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Jazz January 2022

    Live jazz and French food — a match made in heaven.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Pedro Almodovar: A Complete Retrospective

    Watch all 22 of the Spanish auteur's films on the big screen, including classics like 'All About My Mother' and his latest feature 'Parallel Mothers'.

  • Food & Drink

    Summer Shandy Series

    Wet your whistle with nine types of shandies at The Bavarian this summer.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sweet Summer Sounds

    This two-week live music event sees some of Australia's most exciting musical talent taking the stage in an iconic location — and entry is absolutely free.

  • Food & Drink

    The Fisherman and The Butcher

    This extravagant six-course degustation brings together Olio's Lino Sauro and Adrian Richardson of 'Good Chef Bad Chef' for one night only.

  • Food & Drink

    A Taste of Stanley Street

    Stanley Street is hosting a mini food festival, with each of its restaurants and bars offering up unique $20 food and drink meal deals.

  • Food & Drink

    Indu Vegan Night with Rhys Watson-Lamb

    Kid Kyoto's Rhys Watson-Lamb joins Indu for a midweek vegan feast that combines Japanese and southern Indian staples.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Watsons Bay Summer Markets

    Browse through 180-plus stalls by the water.

  • Food & Drink

    Nomad x Golden Age Cinema's An Evening in Morocco

    Pair a Moroccan feast from the Nomad team with a screening of 'Casablanca' at this Good Food Month event.

  • Food & Drink

    Above Par Falafel Masterclass and Middle Eastern Dinner

    Learn to make Above Par's falafel before being treated to a four-course feast.

  • Food & Drink

    Sydney Good Food Month 2022

    The month-long food festival returns with nearly 50 one-off feasts, masterclasses and pop-up events.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The King's Man

    The 'Kingsman' franchise gets a World War I-set prequel that no one asked for.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Red Rocket

    2022's first big-screen must-see charts a washed-up porn star's thorny return to his home town, and features an awards-worthy performance by former MTV VJ Simon Rex.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Hunters Hill Open Air Cinema

    Pair new releases and classic flicks with wine, food truck eats, starry skies and water views.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Wedding Singer: The Musical Comedy

    You've seen Adam Sandler's classic flick — now catch the singing, dancing stage adaptation.

  • Food & Drink

    The Garden Social 2022

    Food, a cocktail bar and live tunes — all in The Domain for another summer.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Rosie Deacon: House Warming

    Sydney Opera House has just launched its new Centre for Creativity — and it's opening with this interactive art exhibition.

  • Food & Drink

    Rood Food

    Head to this inner west pub for a glittering night of drag performances and tasty treats.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The West Ball 3

    Celebrate southwest Sydney's underground ballroom scene at the Casula Powerhouse or at a live stream party at The Bearded Tit.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Set Piece

    This multimedia stage play exploring queer relationships.comes from two local theatre mainstays.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Erth's Prehistoric Picnic

    Take a trip back to 65 million years ago at this picnic filled with realistic dinosaur recreations.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Thaw

    A nearly three-tonne block of ice will be suspended over Sydney Harbour for an effecting commentary on climate change.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Vigil: Songs for Tomorrow

    This annual Sydney Festival event provides a thoughtful way to collectively reflect on January 26.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Yung Lung

    Immerse yourself in a futuristic rave centred around a huge hyper-coloured head (yes, you read that right) at Carriageworks.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Demo

    This free outdoor performance combines skateboarding, BMX riding, free-running and dancing into one exhilarating show.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Airship Orchestra

    Vivid six-metre-high figures are popping up at Darling Harbour during this year's Sydney Festival.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    House of Gucci

    This supremely soapy recounting of the Gucci family's 70s, 80s and 90s-era dramas is worth seeing for Lady Gaga's fantastic performance alone.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    There’s something bland and tedious in this neighbourhood: an empty reboot haunted by easy nostalgia.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Speakers Corner

    Sydney Festival's new openair gig space is set to deliver a four-week serve of live music, comedy and art.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    Something wicked this way comes — a wickedly stunning new Shakespeare adaptation starring a phenomenal Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Elevate Sydney Sky Show

    New Year's Eve is not the only night that the Sydney skyline is going to be illuminated this summer.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Matrix Resurrections

    Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will make you go “whoa!” at ‘The Matrix’ franchise’s mostly dazzling, almost-always-entertaining tumble back down the sci-fi rabbit hole.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Worst Person in the World

    An award-winner at Cannes, this Norwegian romantic dramedy pairs a masterful character study with a raw and relatable portrait of twentysomething life.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Inside the Tide

    Over 20,000 plants have been installed, including one of the largest vertical green walls in the southern hemisphere.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    West Side Story

    The 1950s-set spin on 'Romeo and Juliet' returns to the screen — and, making his first-ever musical, Steven Spielberg turns it into a spectacular cinematic achievement.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Licorice Pizza

    Freewheeling, meticulous and glorious all at once, Paul Thomas Anderson's ninth film serves up a 70s-set coming-of-age slice of life, as topped by a transcendent performance from Alana Haim.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Lost Daughter

    Actor-turned-filmmaker Maggie Gyllenhaal makes a bold directorial debut, bringing Elena Ferrante's novel to the screen with an exceptional performance by Olivia Colman.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Scary of Sixty-First

    'Succession' cast member turned first-time feature filmmaker Dasha Nekrasova takes this conspiracy-fuelled horror movie on a wild ride.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Everyone's favourite friendly neighbourhood web-slinger swings back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe to face a lineup of familiar villains.

  • Gelato Messina's All-Day Breakfast of Champions

    Messina is popping up at The Rocks and serving up its gelato-topped version of French toast — plus three breakfast-inspired scoops.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sunset Cinema North Sydney 2021–22

    Settle in for an al fresco screening of 'Home Alone' or 'No Time to Die'.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    White Claw Weekend x Manly Wharf Bar

    Spend an epic arvo by the water and catch beats by some of Australia's biggest up-and-coming music acts while sipping a refreshing seltzer in the sun.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Flickerfest International Short Film Festival Sydney 2022

    Spend a balmy summer’s night watching a stellar lineup of short films right by Bondi Beach.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Doug Aitken's Song 1 at the MCA

    You can catch one of Doug Aitken's largest installations at the MCA this summer.

  • Food & Drink

    Take Me to The Candy Shop

    Tex-Mex chain El Camino Cantina is celebrating summer with bright-hued, candy-flavoured margaritas — complete with edible candy garnishes.

  • Food & Drink

    Sweet Summer Fun at Barangaroo

    Your favourite foreshore precinct will be full of fun this summer.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Elevate Discotheque

    Start your new year with some good old 70s glitz and glam.

  • Food & Drink

    Three Blue Ducks Barbecue Sundays

    Head to Three Blue Ducks Rosebery every Sunday for a next-level barbecue feast and live music.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Cockle Bay Wharf Pedal Boats 2021–22

    Cruise around Darling Harbour in an old-school pedal boat this summer.

  • Food & Drink

    Happy Hour at Montage Piazza

    Sip half-price cocktails over woodfired pizzas at this inner west Italian gem by the bay.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Monster Jump

    An inflatable obstacle course is coming to Sydney for some action-packed summer fun.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Elevate Sydney

    Sydney's Cahill Expressway will be transformed into a world-class festival destination this summer.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Westpac Openair Cinema 2022

    Mrs Macquaries Point's outdoor cinema is back for another summer, screening everything from 'King Richard' and 'No Time to Die' to 'The French Dispatch' and 'The Matrix Resurrections'.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Waterworld Central Sydney

    Race your mates on the multilane Epic Racer slide, or cool off in a giant inflatable pool.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Les Sculptures Refusées 2021

    Head to the second year of the Q Station's free sculpture exhibition.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sydney Festival 2022

    Across 25 days in January, the festival will host 133 events — including at its 1000-seat pop-up space in Cathedral Square.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Moonlight Cinema Western Sydney 2021–22

    Get ready to watch flicks under the stars at Western Sydney Parklands.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Moonlight Cinema Sydney 2021–22

    Watch everything from 'The Suicide Squad', 'Cruella' and 'Free Guy' to 'Dirty Dancing', 'Love Actually' and 'Home Alone' under the stars.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Wonderdome

    Recline on throne-style beanbags, stare up a 21-metre dome and watch films that've been designed to take up the entire 360-degree space.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Matisse Alive

    Catch works inspired by Henri Matisse at this free exhibition running in conjunction with AGNSW's 'Matisse: Life & Spirit, Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris'.

  • Food & Drink

    'Beauty and the Beast' at The Grounds of Alexandria

    Be The Grounds of Alexandria's guest to celebrate the Disney animated favourite's 30th anniversary.

  • Food & Drink

    Rocker Sundays

    Head to Rocker each Sunday arvo for two hours of free-flowing rose, Sydney rock oysters, cauliflower hummus and live tunes.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Art Pharmacy Installations at The Rocks

    Discover these five public art installations that have popped up in The Rocks.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Wild at Heart: The Films of Laura Dern

    Celebrate Laura Dern's exceptional on-screen career with seven big-screen gems, spanning everything from 'Jurassic Park' to 'Certain Women'.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Pixar Putt 2021–22

    Sydney's Pixar-themed mini golf course returns with 'Toy Story', 'The Incredibles', 'Wall-E' and 'Inside Out'-themed holes.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Purple House

    This exhibition celebrates Pintupi artists and the 21st anniversary of the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal with eight historically significant artworks.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Twilight at Taronga 2022

    Spend an evening at the zoo with the musical legend of your choice.

  • Food & Drink

    About Time Pop-Up Bar

    Sip Frosty Fruit slushies and eat roast lamb damper rolls at this limited-time bar in Sydney's CBD before it's demolished to make room for the new metro line.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Big in China

    White Rabbit Gallery's exhibition will explore how to get a narrative or piece of work to cut through in a nation of over one billion people.

  • Food & Drink

    Fellr Garden of Fizz

    Head to the Royal Botanic Gardens throughout spring and summer for Australia's first pop-up hard seltzer bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Pinsa Night at Casa Mia

    Nab Roman-style pizzas and a glass of wine for $20 from this new inner west restaurant every Wednesday.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    2021 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

    Australia’s longest running and most prestigious art awards for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists is back — and you can catch it IRL or online.

  • Food & Drink

    Once Upon a Time: Chapter Three

    Visit Nel for an 11-course Disney-themed degustation featuring meals inspired by 'Monsters Inc', 'Winnie the Pooh' and 'The Lion King'.

  • Food & Drink

    Frankie's $1 Pizza Happy Hour

    Head to Hunter Street between 4–6pm every day for $1 slices before the Sydney favourite closes.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Unsettled

    A new exhibition and event series on truth telling and First Nations resistance.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Frankie's World Famous House Band

    Catch covers of rock and heavy metal classics with a slice of pizza in hand.

  • Food & Drink

    All-You-Can-Eat Moules Frites

    Fill up on mussels and fries every Thursday for just $29.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner

    This powerful production explores the commodification of Black women in the internet era.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Eucalyptusdom

    An exhibition of art, science and history examines our changing attitudes to the humble eucalyptus family.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Graphic Identities

    The Powerhouse Museum has dug into its collection to bring us eight influential designers from the worlds of advertising, publishing and fine art.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Robert Rosen: Glitterati

    See the portraits of Australia's social pages in this exhibition of photographer Robert Rosen's works.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Electric Keys

    Take a deep dive into the history of the modern keyboard and its influence across jazz, rock, pop and soul.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Microcars

    Why should supercars get all the glory? These micro vehicles show the rise of travelling in a compact and economical fashion over the last six decades.

  • Food & Drink

    Picnic Social

    Close out your Sundays with drinks, free tunes and Opera Bar's harbour view.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    TNT Trivia at Frankie's

    Add some rock 'n' roll to your after-work routine with a trivia, a live band and free beer.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stargazing Tour with an Astrophysicist

    Explore the night sky at this astronomical tour in the Blue Mountains.

  • Food & Drink

    $1.50 Oyster Hour

    Tuck into cheap, delicious oysters once a week.

  • Food & Drink

    Corretto Bottomless Brunch

    Endless burrata, squid, scallops and more — and drinks.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Jazz at Yulli's Brews

    Get your fix of beer and vegan food over some smooth, free jazz.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Jazz at the Cricketers Arms Hotel

    Three guitars, two saxophones, one bassist — every Wednesday at this cosy Surry Hills pub.

  • Food & Drink

    Tramsheds Artisan Lane Growers Market

    A thriving Sunday market packed with local produce and masterclasses.

  • Food & Drink

    Saturday Breakfast at Fred's

    The Paddington restaurant serves coffee, scones and canelés from 8am, and sells boxes of fresh produce too.

  • Food & Drink

    Kings Cross Weekend Markets

    A weekend morning cornucopia of organic veggies, fruit, cheese and international dishes, plus fashion, homewares, books and more.

  • Design & Style

    Paddington Markets

    Find original wares by local designers, food stalls and a new growers market for fresh produce.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sunday Jazz

    Chill out with a spot of Sunday afternoon jazz at The East Sydney Hotel.

  • Food & Drink

    Blacktown Markets

    Peruse vintage bric-a-brac while you snack on homemade dim sum in the Skyline Drive-In.

  • Design & Style

    Glebe Markets

    Glebe's weekly go-to for pre-loved fashion, vinyl records and freshly made limeade.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Yoga at Pocket City Farms

    Finally a yoga practice where you can literally touch the earth.

  • Food & Drink

    EQ Village Markets

    Get your weekly shop from local growers and producers.

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