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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

The Best Things to Do in Sydney This Week

Learn how to make cocktails at this Surry Hills bar and take a spooky after-dark stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens.
By Concrete Playground
August 12, 2019
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    The Best Things to Do in Sydney This Week

    Learn how to make cocktails at this Surry Hills bar and take a spooky after-dark stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens.
    By Concrete Playground
    August 12, 2019
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      • Design & Style

        Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

        Step into fashion history with more than 100 pieces, archival sketches and fabric samples from the influential designer.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

        Stepping back to 1969 with Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, Quentin Tarantino crafts what might be his best film yet.

      • Food & Drink

        Orana in Residence

        Adelaide's award-winning restaurant is popping up in Longrain's old Surry Hills site for one month.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Free Weekend at the Australian Museum and Powerhouse Museum

        Wander the halls without spending a cent — and take a last trip to the Australian Museum before it closes for renovations.

      • Food & Drink

        Free 'Avengers' Burgers at Chur Burger

        To mark the home entertainment release of 'Avengers: Endgame', you'll be able to tuck into one of 3000 free burgs.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Late Night

        Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling star in this smart, perceptive, endearing look at the world of late-night television.

      • Food & Drink

        Ferragosto 2019

        Sydney's Italian street festival returns.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Midsommar

        After the dark, deranged dread of 'Hereditary', director Ari Aster returns with a daylight nightmare that's just as disturbing.

      • Food & Drink

        Yulli's Brews Night Markets

        An after-dark market with live tunes, nattie wines, gin cocktails and snacks at Alexandria's new all-vegan brewery.

      • Food & Drink

        Folonomo Pop-Up Chef Series

        Chefs from Hartsyard and Dear Sainte Éloise are taking over this Darlinghurst restaurant for two charity dinners.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Who You Think I Am

        Juliette Binoche goes catfishing in this twisty online dating thriller.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        QVB After Dark

        The historic CBD building is opening late for a series of ghost tours, theatrical performances and immersive art shows.

      • Food & Drink

        Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Night

        The masters of frozen confection are giving away scoops to celebrate their new western Sydney store.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Ophelia

        A lushly staged and impressively performed alternate take on Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'.

      • Food & Drink

        Thredbo Music Acts

        Thredbo's après ski shenanigans are bringing a stack of live gigs to the village throughout August and September.

      • Food & Drink

        Northies Chilli Fest 2019

        A month-long event filled with chilli-topped pizzas, spicy cocktails and chilli eating competitions.

      • Food & Drink

        Butter X Mrs Sippy Pop-Up

        The Sydney palace of fried chicken and champagne is bringing bottomless brunches, ramen and Hennessey cocktails to Double Bay.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Winter Is Dark: A Film + Gin Festival

        Golden Age is hosting a film festival that pairs double features with Bloody Shiraz gin cocktails.

      • Food & Drink

        $1 Oysters

        Enjoy fresh-shucked seafood for pocket change all throughout August.

      • Food & Drink

        Mitch Orr x Delfino Aperitivo

        Acme's Mitch Orr is cooking up cheap snacks at the Dolphin for five weeks.

      • Food & Drink

        South West Beer Fest

        Thirteen top breweries will descend on southwest Sydney's Ambarvale Hotel for a new beer festival.

      • Food & Drink

        The Garden of Sweets

        The Grounds of Alexandria will turn into an after-dark dessert market for two nights.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Diego Maradona

        The director of 'Senna' and 'Amy' turns his gaze towards one of soccer's most famous and scandalous players.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        The White Crow

        Directed by Ralph Fiennes, this biopic about ballet great Rudolf Nureyev is at its best when it takes the contemplative approach.

      • Design & Style

        Inn Talks

        Paddo Inn is hosting a series of expert-led panel discussions accompanied by wine, snacks and networking.

      • Food & Drink

        Tequila and Tastes

        Tuck into a five-course Mexican feast with matching tequilas on the northern beaches.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        The Lion King

        This photorealistic remake looks astonishing and remains faithful to the original, but isn't completely convincing.

      • Food & Drink

        The Morrison Oyster Festival 2019

        $1.50 oyster happy hour, every single day.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Apollo 11

        Five decades after the lunar landing, this astonishing documentary steps through the Apollo 11 mission using newly discovered archival materials.

      • Food & Drink

        Signet and Sweet

        Indulge with an award-winning scotch and some of Australia's finest chocolate this winter.

      • Food & Drink

        Sydney Tea Festival 2019

        Taste new blends — and learn to pair your favourite brew with gin or vegan food.

      • Food & Drink

        Magnum Pleasure Store

        The make-your-own-Magnum pop-up is back.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Ruinart Sundown Sketch Club

        Spend an evening sketching and sipping champagne with views of Sydney Harbour.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival 2019

        These babies only bloom for two weeks of the year — don't miss them.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        The Pac Maze

        A 1.5-kilometre, LED-lit 'Pac-Man' maze for humans is popping up in Sydney.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Random International: Rain Room

        Walk through a field of continuous rainfall without getting wet at this immersive installation in St Kilda.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Martin Scorsese's Scariest Ever Films Festival

        Get spooked by 'The Shining', 'The Exorcist' and more.

      • Food & Drink

        German Christmas Market 2019

        A Christmas market filled with glühwein, bratwurst and marshmallow roasting on the northern beaches.

      • Food & Drink

        #CookforSyria Charity Dinner 2019

        A one-off charity dinner by an all-star, all-female lineup of Australia's best chefs, sommeliers and front-of-house staff.

      • Travel & Leisure

        WinterWild 2019

        Victoria's after-dark arts festival returns to the coastal town of Apollo Bay for two weekends in August.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Fleetwood Mac

        The legendary rock band's new lineup will tour Australia this August.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        10x10 Sydney

        Part charity event, part cocktail party.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Giant Leap

        A massive arts program dedicated to the moon and space travel descends on the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.

      • Food & Drink

        Acre Eatery's Italian Takeover

        The Camperdown restaurant has been transformed into an Italian farmhouse for winter, complete with a spritz bar, a dessert trolley and lots of pizza and pasta.

      • Food & Drink

        Bring the Heat

        Barangaroo House is celebrating winter with luxe rooftop igloos, mini martinis, magnums of Champagne and fondue pots aplenty.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Spider-Man: Far From Home

        The official end of Marvel's Phase 3 offers a lot of laughs, a big heart and more than enough hope for the future.

      • Food & Drink

        Giant Pho

        This Cabramatta food court is serving up a mammoth 2.8kg bowl of pho.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow

        The MCA will hold up images of surfers, skaters and dancers to look back at Gladwell's 20-year career.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Apollo 11

        A giant floating sculpture of the moon has come to Sydney as part of the Powerhouse's exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

      • Food & Drink

        The Big Night Out

        Some of Sydney's best fine diners — including Quay and Bennelong — are serving up tasting menus at reduced prices for two months.

      • Travel & Leisure

        Sydney's Highest Playground

        A retro playground with giant Jenga, glow-in-the-dark hula hoops and 90s tunes has popped up in the Sydney Tower Eye.

      • Food & Drink

        Fondue Nights

        Dip into a cosy, melty cheese-filled night with fondue for two (or more).

      • Travel & Leisure

        Cockatoo Island Haunted History Night Tours 2019

        Explore the mysterious history of Cockatoo Island by night.

      • Food & Drink

        Sydney Vegan Market

        A market where all the food and wares are 100 percent animal product-free.

      • Food & Drink

        Pink Winter Garden

        Pair warm cocktails with currywurst and four-cheese fondue in this fairy light-lit winter garden.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Merrily We Go to Hell: Celebrating Women in Cinema

        Celebrating trailblazing female filmmakers from the 1930s to today.

      • Travel & Leisure

        Winter Sauna

        Paramount Recreation Club has opened a pop-up sauna on its rooftop, complete with luxe linen robes, built-in speakers and complimentary refreshments.

      • Food & Drink

        Untied Apres Ski Bar X Bungalow 8 Winter Woodlands

        The two harbourside bars have transformed into luxury ski resort-inspired chalets for winter complete with s'mores and an espresso martini pop-up.

      • Food & Drink

        Madame Truffles Pop-Up Shop 2019

        Sydney's truffle queen is back for three straight months of flaming cheese wheel pasta, truffle ice cream and a free weekly happy hour.

      • Food & Drink

        Winery Glamping

        The Winery has been transformed into a cosy winter hideout with teepees, bottomless mulled wine and personal raclette stations.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Monet: Impression Sunrise

        Claude Monet's most famous painting is the star of the NGA's latest exhibition.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Sydney Opera House's Two for One for You

        Catch some first-class performances on the cheap.

      • Food & Drink

        Winter Igloos

        Escape the winter chill inside a cosy igloo filled with cheese and hot cocktails by the harbour.

      • Travel & Leisure

        Igloos on the Pier 2019

        Transparent 'igloos' are popping up at Pier One — and one of them has a hot tub.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Revolutions: Records and Rebels

        This 500-item exhibition will relive the music, fashion and protests of the late 60s with pieces like find Mick Jagger's signature stage costume and John Lennon's legendary glasses.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Cartographica: Sydney on the Map

        Explore the beautiful historical maps of Sydney.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019

        Direct from London's Natural History Museum, the best nature photographs from the past year are coming to Sydney.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Belvoir Theatre 25A 2019

        A series of low-budget (but story-rich) plays supporting emerging theatre talent.

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