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The Best Things to Do in Sydney This Week

Head to a recreation of 'The Great Gatsby' and check out this neighbourhood art and culture night.
By Concrete Playground
August 13, 2018
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    The Best Things to Do in Sydney This Week

    Head to a recreation of 'The Great Gatsby' and check out this neighbourhood art and culture night.
    By Concrete Playground
    August 13, 2018
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      • ON CHESIL BEACH

        More than a decade after Atonement, Saoirse Ronan once again shines in another adaptation of author Ian McEwan's work.

      • RECLINK COMMUNITY CUP 2018

        Pick a side. Don your colours. Take no prisoners.

      • AUSSIE BBQ FOR THE AUSSIE FARMERS

        Grab a $5 snag for lunch and you'll help out farmers affected by the drought.

      • 'HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE' LIVE IN CONCERT WITH THE SSO

        Another night of muggle movie and music magic, this time screening the fourth film in the franchise.

      • THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME

        With Kate McKinnon at her hilarious best, this action-comedy delivers solid laughs along with an ace ode to female friendship.

      • UNWRAPPED AUGUST

        The Opera House's series of rarely seen, critically acclaimed Australian performances returns for round two.

      • ANTONY YOUSSEF: ORGANISM

        This interactive art piece combines art and nature in the University of Sydney's Courtyard Cafe.

      • FERRAGOSTO 2018

        Sydney's Italian street festival returns.

      • HOT SAUCE AND CHILLI FESTIVAL

        A three-day festival at the CBD's Steam Mill Lane with Sriracha pork rolls, spicy lattes, chilli pizza and hot chicken sangas.

      • MR MIYAGI X MESSINA

        Melbourne's Mr Miyagi is bringing its much-loved Japanese hot dogs and tacos to Sydney for the very first time.

      • RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE INDOOR PLANT PARTY

        Fill your home with new green babies from this warehouse sale.

      • LE DERNIER APPEL (THE LAST CRY)

        Carriageworks' newest production explores the issue of cultural and political decolonisation through contemporary dance.

      • RBG

        An affectionate and inspirational exploration of the life and impact of America's rockstar Supreme Court Justice.

      • PALACE CINEMAS' $5 MOVIE WEEK

        The cinema chain is celebrating the launch of its new movie club with a week of super cheap tickets.

      • MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT

        A spectacular cinematic experience that begs to be seen on the big screen.

      • WHITNEY

        The second documentary about the pop superstar in as many years paints a sorrowful picture of a talent gone too soon.

      • THE SUSTAINABLE WARDROBE SHOWCASE

        A pop-up clothing shop showcasing Australia's top ethical fashion labels.

      • GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKET

        A Christmas market filled with glühwein, bratwurst and fake snow on the northern beaches.

      • STARBURST: ICONS OF CHINESE CINEMA

        This free film series at the AGNSW celebrates the work of four trailblazing Chinese actresses.

      • THE BREAKER UPPERERS

        New Zealand's newest comedy is a hilarious ode to female friendships, ditching bad relationships and singing karaoke to Celine Dion.

      • SYDNEY TEA FESTIVAL 2018

        Taste new blends, drink tea wine, and learn to pair your favourite brew with booze or cheese.

      • BEYOND CINEMA: THE GREAT GATSBY

        Sip on a Tanqueray apple gin martini in a Sydney mansion at this IRL re-creation of one of Jay Gatsby's opulent parties.

      • MIDDLE EASTERN YUM CHA

        Glebe's Thievery is serving up Middle Eastern-inspired yum cha for one month.

      • SYDNEY CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL 2018

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

      • KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL IN AUSTRALIA 2018

        Australia's celebration of Korean filmmaking returns for its ninth year.

      • ETELEK POP-UP

        Adam Wolfers and Marc Dempsey are bringing their famed parsnip schnitzel and fried Hungarian bread to Potts Point for three months.

      • SYDNEY SCIENCE FESTIVAL 2018

        Celebrate the weird and wonderful world of science with two weeks of talks, exhibitions and hands-on workshops.

      • HEATH LEDGER: A LIFE IN PICTURES

        The National Film and Sound Archive's exhibition celebrating the too-brief career of local boy Heath Ledger.

      • OUR HOOD: HEARTS OF FIRE

        A massive monthly precinct night that brings culture, art and music together with wellness, maker markets and food stalls.

      • SPACEMAKERS AND ROOMSHAKERS

        The AGNSW revives some of its favourite large-scale works, including aromatic towers and rooms filled with thousands of balls.

      • MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN

        Another round of ABBA hits inspires this musical sequel, which benefits from new additions to the cast.

      • MERIVALE X MAKER'S MARK OLD-FASHIONED

        You can now sip on one of Sydney's best cocktails all over the city.

      • SATURDAY LONG LUNCHES

        For the month of August, Newtown's Hartsyard is hosting a bottomless lunch every Saturday.

      • QUAYSIDE COMFORT AT CRUISE BAR

        If you've got a hankering for fried chicken and whiskey gravy-topped fries, this will fix you right up.

      • THE MORRISON OYSTER FESTIVAL 2018

        $1 oyster happy hour, every single day.

      • A TASTE OF INDONESIA

        Take a culinary trip to Indonesia without leaving Sydney.

      • DANEHA

        A multi-faceted artistic program exploring the Afghan and Persian migrant experience.

      • ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

        With a self-contained storyline and plenty of laughs, Ant-Man and The Wasp is the perfect follow-up to the chaos of Infinity War.

      • JOHN RUSSELL: AUSTRALIA'S FRENCH IMPRESSIONIST

        This major exhibition celebrating the Sydney-born impressionist painter will also include works from the likes of Monet and Van Gogh.

      • MARY SHELLEY

        The story behind the world's greatest horror story, anchored by a brilliant lead performance.

      • SYMPOSIUM

        A new free underground arts and music night taking place every Sunday.

      • 7 WEEKS OF KEVIN

        Celebrate The Grounds of Alexandria's resident pig and his accomplishments.

      • SUN XUN

        One of China's emerging artists heads to the MCA for a short residency with a 40-metre-long artwork in tow.

      • BOTTOMLESS MEZE AND WINE

        Balmain stalwart Efendy is pairing Turkish fare with bottomless wine every Wednesday and Thursday night.

      • BOB DYLAN

        The living legend will return to Sydney for one show that will showcase six decades of songs.

      • 40 YEARS OF LOVE

        A flamboyant inflatable art installation to celebrate the anniversary of Mardi Gras.

      • VEUVE CLICQUOT CHAMPAGNE LUNCH AT SAKé

        A lavish feast with free-flowing pink bubbles.

      • THE PERFECT MATCH

        Winter weather, three courses and matching whisky.

      • SUNRISE AT THE HOUSE

        Get up early for sunrise yoga in the stunning foyer of the Opera House's Concert Hall.

      • THE MIRACULOUS MANDARIN

        A rare performance of Bela Bartok's scandalous ballet.

      • TRAMSHEDS GROWERS MARKETS

        A new Sunday market packed with local produce and masterclasses.

      • TRANSFER BANKED SLALOM

        You have to bring your snowboarding A-game to conquer this obstacle course.

      • CORONA SUNSETS PRESENTS POOLSIDE APRES

        Watch the sun set over the Snowy Mountains with an icy cold beer in hand.

      • ROUND SHE GOES FASHION MARKET

        The indoor market dedicated to women's fashion is back.

      • LOVE SEAFOOD PORT STEPHENS

        A month-long seafood celebration — cod we be any more excited?

      • ASTRONOMY AT THE CALYX

        Learn about the stars in the middle of Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden.

      • ASTRONOMY IN THE PARK

        The annual gathering of astronomers and starry-eyed folk will have you stargazing by a campfire in Centennial Park.

      • JE T'AIME DATE NIGHTS

        Your new mid-week date night in Surry Hills.

      • IGLOOS ON THE PIER

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

      • BLACK BETTY BBQ

        Devour true American-style barbecue in this inner west beer garden.

      • SNOWSHOE TO FONDUE

        How far would you go for cheese?

      • PICASSO: THE VOLLARD SUITE

        The Spanish artist's 1930s etchings come to the National Gallery of Australia.

      • WONDERLAND

        Go down the rabbit hole at ACMI's world-first interactive 'Alice in Wonderland' exhibition.

      • SYDNEY VEGAN MARKET

        100 percent animal free.

      • MOMA AT NGV: 130 YEARS OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART

        Over 200 modern and contemporary masterpieces from New York's MoMA have come to Australia for the very first time in this epic display.

      • RAMEN X BURGERS WINTER POP-UP

        Bondi's Blanca Bar will be hawking a Japanese-inspired menu for winter.

      • ARCHIBALD, WYNNE AND SULMAN PRIZES 2018

        See Yvette Coppersmith's winning portrait along with a slew of other notable works.

      • ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT TACO TUESDAY

        Feast on unlimited tacos for $25 — while drinking a $12 margarita.

      • SATURDAY BREAKFAST AT FRED'S

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

      • KITTYHAWK JAZZ NIGHTS

        Party like it's 1944 at the CBD bar's live jazz sessions every Thursday and Saturday.

      • THIEVERY'S BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH BANQUET

        Glebe's Middle Eastern eatery has jumped on the brunch train — and we're on-board for breakfast baba and bellinis.

      • REAL BODIES THE EXHIBITION

        When we say real, we mean it — this display features 20 preserved human bodies and over 200 anatomical specimens.

      • FREE WEEKLY PILATES

        The Potts Point classes are happening every Wednesday for the rest of the year.

      • PAPER BIRD WEEKEND BRUNCH

        Start your weekend off with Korean bloody marys, pork katsu sandwiches and Single O coffee.

      • SUPERIOR FRIDAYS

        Superior Burger will take up weekly residency at Camperdown's Deus Cafe.

      • THE ROCKS FRIDAY FOODIE MARKETS

        Why wait for the weekend to get your market fix?

      • ZERO

        MONA's immersive ode to the radical artists of post-war Germany.

      • MCA LIGHTS ON LATER

        Get to know the MCA after hours.

      • CAN CAVA'S SUNDAY FUNDAY

        Draw out the last licks of the weekend with $10 cocktails and five-buck glasses of cava, wine and beer.

      • CHINATOWN NIGHT MARKETS

        Browse stalls of knickknacks, eat till your heart's content, then check out the illuminated street art.

      • ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT YUM CHA

        Eat away the excesses of the night before with a $30 feast.

      • KINGS CROSS WEEKEND MARKETS

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

      • PADDINGTON MARKETS

        Find original wares by local designers and makers, international food stalls and live music.

      • CRAB RACING AT FRIEND IN HAND HOTEL

        Cold beers and left-of-centre entertainment.

      • WEDNESDAY FLIGHT NIGHT

        Spend your Wednesdays sampling whisky and cheese at Eau de Vie.

      • SOCAL BOTTOMLESS ROSé

        Wine-lovers unite.

      • SUNDAY BITES

        Food and fashion with a Middle Eastern flourish.

      • AFTERS

        Club 77's weekly club 'night' that kicks off at 5am.

      • CONTEMPORARY ART 101 @ ARTEREAL

        For anyone who ever stood in a contemporary art gallery and thought "I just don't get it".

      • SUNDAY JAZZ

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

      • BLACKTOWN MARKETS

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

      • GLEBE MARKETS

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

      • YOGA AT POCKET CITY FARMS

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

      • EQ VILLAGE MARKETS

        Get your weekly shop from local growers and producers.

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