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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 19, 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 19, 2019
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      • Travel & Leisure

        World Square's Cherry Blossom Festival

        Escape the office to see virtual Nara Park deer and eat cherry blossom ice cream.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Korean Film Festival in Australia 2019

        Australia's annual showcase of Korean cinema celebrates its huge tenth year.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

        Step out of the city and into the wild at this stunning collection of nature photography.

      • Food & Drink

        Redfern Surf Club First Birthday

        Expect live music, tinnie and natural wine pop-up bars and a whopping $250 bar tab up for grabs.

      • Design & Style

        Assembly Label Sydney Warehouse Sale 2019

        The minimalist Aussie label is taking 70 percent off swimwear, dresses and its signature basics this weekend.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        A Club Called Rhonda: A Night in LA

        One of LA's biggest, rowdiest parties descend on The Lansdowne for one night.

      • 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.

      • Design & Style

        Acne Studios Pop-Up Sale

        A five-day pop-up sale with up to 75 percent off Acne clothes, shoes and accessories.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Late Night

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

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Midsommar

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

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Diego Maradona

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

      • Food & Drink

        Tequila and Tastes

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

      • Food & Drink

        The Morrison Oyster Festival 2019

        $1.50 oyster happy hour, every single day.

      • Food & Drink

        Signet and Sweet

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

      • 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

        Chicago

        The famed musical is bringing its 20s razzle-dazzle to 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.

      • 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

        The Moth StorySLAM: Animals

        Listen to local storyteller's spin tales about creatures great and small.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Boozy Finger Painting

        Spend your Friday night sipping wine and slapping your paint-covered hands all over a canvas.

      • Food & Drink

        Crab Curry Sundays

        Feast on Sri Lanka's famed spicy crab curry, dhal and sambol once a month at this award-winning Sydney restaurant.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        White Night Reimagined 2019

        This year, Melbourne's after-dark arts extravaganza is part of a three-day city-wide festival happening in winter.

      • Travel & Leisure

        Ghostly Garden

        A spooky after-dark stroll through the Royal Botanic Garden.

      • Food & Drink

        Doughnut Masterclass with Shortstop

        Roll, fry and glaze your own doughnuts from scratch.

      • Arts & Entertainment

        Giant Leap

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

      • Food & Drink

        Bring the Heat

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

      • 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

        Disco Brunch

        Spend a Saturday afternoon groovin', sippin' cocktails and eating brunch.

      • Food & Drink

        Messina Gelato Appreciation Classes 2019

        Devour a four-course gelato degustation and discover the secrets behind Messina's sweet treats.

      • 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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