The Best Things to Do in Sydney This Weekend

Hop aboard a techno train on your way to Vivid, enjoy French fare with bottomless frites at Armorica or catch the final days of ‘Grease’ before it leaves Sydney.
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Published on May 23, 2024
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    Chicken Nugget Festival at 4 Pines Brewing Co

    Saturday, May 25, 2024

    4 Pines Brewing Company - Brookvale TruckBar, Brookvale

    Expect nugs aplenty, lashings of hot sauce and the chance to be crowned Sydney’s hungriest nugget lover.

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    A Night with Nelly Robinson for Vivid Sydney

    Saturday, May 25, 2024

    King Street Wharf, Sydney

    Celebrated chef Nelly Robinson will take over the kitchen of luxury superyacht The Jackson for a six-course degustation paired with stunning Harbour views.

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    Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

    Thursday, May 23 - Wednesday, June 19, 2024

    Various cinemas in Sydney

    Enlisting Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth on a prequel to 'Fury Road', George Miller has made another 'Mad Max' franchise marvel.

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    Tekno Train by Paul Mac

    Friday, May 24 - Saturday, June 15, 2024

    Central Station, Haymarket

    A lit-up train that's pumping out a techno soundtrack by Paul Mac is riding Sydney's rails during Vivid 2024.

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    IF

    Thursday, May 16 - Wednesday, June 5, 2024

    Various cinemas in Sydney

    Instead of aliens in 'A Quiet Place' and its sequel, John Krasinski ponders a world where imaginary friends are real in this warmly whimsical family-friendly fantasy.

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    Bottomless Frites at Armorica

    Monday, May 20 - Sunday, May 26, 2024

    Armorica, Surry Hills

    You can tuck into a top-notch steak with unlimited frites at the Surry Hills brasserie from Monday, May 20, to Sunday, May 26.

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    Chu Fat — Hey Chu x Porkfat

    Monday, May 20 - Monday, May 27, 2024

    Hey Chu, Sydney

    Chefs Cuong Nguyen, Jack Kulusai and Tanya Boonprakong are joining forces for a creative, collaborative dinner series.

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    Da Orazio Pasticceria Pop-Up

    Wednesday, May 15 - Sunday, June 30, 2024

    The Hub, Hall Street, Bondi Beach

    Take your pick from a selection of classic Italian cakes and pastries, daily panini specials and barista-brewed Vittoria coffee at this six-week pop-up.

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    Fresh Harvest Beer Festival

    Saturday, May 25, 2024

    Frenchies Bistro and Brewery, Rosebery

    Six craft breweries are coming together for a huge one-day beer fest at Rosebery favourite Frenchies.

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    Monster

    Thursday, May 9 - Wednesday, May 29, 2024

    Select cinemas in Sydney, Various locations

    Hirokazu Kore-eda's first Japanese film since 'Shoplifters' is yet another of the great director's deeply empathetic masterpieces.

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    Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

    Thursday, May 9 - Wednesday, May 29, 2024

    Various cinemas in Sydney

    More than half a century after the first film, Hollywood's paws are still on this sci-fi franchise — and this is a thoughtful and engaging new instalment.

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    Mud Crab Special at Spice Temple

    Wednesday, May 1 - Friday, May 31, 2024

    Spice Temple, Sydney

    This coveted mud crab special is making its long-awaited seasonal return to the CBD restaurant's menu — but only for a limited time.

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    Chardy Party at Reign

    Friday, May 24, 2024

    Queen Victoria Building (QVB), Sydney

    15 esteemed wine producers will be gathering at the QVB to celebrate World Chardonnay Day, along with an oyster station and grazing tables.

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    Salumerie x Sammy Junior Pop-Up

    Monday, May 6 - Friday, May 31, 2024

    Sammy Junior, Sydney

    Two of Sydney's best food and drink outposts are teaming up on a sandwich-focused lunch special that'll run throughout the entire month of May.

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    Sydney Writers Festival Livestreams 2024

    Thursday, May 23 - Saturday, May 25, 2024

    Various Central Coast Locations

    If you can't make it into the city for this literary festival, the biggest talks will be livestreamed to libraries across the Central Coast.

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    Shana O'Brien — Inner Landscapes

    Saturday, May 25 - Monday, June 3, 2024

    Gosford Regional Gallery, East Gosford

    First Nations artist and dancer Shana O’Brien has created an exhibition that tells stories of the land and our connection to it.

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    The Warehouse Project

    Saturday, May 25 - Sunday, May 26, 2024

    Munro Warehouse, Sydney Olympic Park

    Manchester's rave scene is heading Down Under, with The Warehouse Project making its first Australian visit.

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    Million Paws Walk

    Sunday, May 26, 2024

    Cathy Freeman Park, Sydney Olympic Park

    Grab your pooch, pop on your sneakers and help raise money for animals in need.

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    Caper Byron Bay Food and Culture Festival

    Friday, May 17 - Sunday, May 26, 2024

    Various locations around Byron Bay, Byron Bay

    This culinary festival is back for its second run with a jam-packed ten-day program curated by chef Louis Tikaram from Brisbane restaurant Stanley.

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    Vivid Sydney

    Friday, May 24 - Saturday, June 15, 2024

    Various locations across Sydney

    From Air, Budjerah and Yasiin Bey to 40-kilometre-long laser beams, Vivid Sydney's 2024 program is packed.

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    Lightscape Sydney

    Friday, May 24 - Saturday, June 15, 2024

    Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Sydney

    This dazzling after-dark festival is returning to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for Vivid 2024 with a new 1.8-kilometre trail.

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    Dark Spectrum

    Friday, May 24 - Saturday, June 15, 2024

    Wynyard Station, Sydney

    First debuting in 2023, this Vivid installation is returning in 2024 to turn Wynyard's railway tunnels into a lit-up labyrinth for a second year.

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    Our House

    Wednesday, May 8 - Saturday, July 6, 2024

    Shell House, Sydney

    Shell House's huge two-month food and music festival is back with sets from Ben Fester and Wax'O Paradiso alongside pop-ups from Melbourne's Tipo 00, Chef Toshihiko Oe and Dale Ridgers.

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    The Bubbles Festival

    Friday, May 24 - Saturday, May 25, 2024

    Royal Automobile Club of Australia, Sydney

    Say cheers to two hours of sipping sparkling at this ode to bubbly sips.

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    Sydney Writers' Festival

    Monday, May 20 - Sunday, May 26, 2024

    Various Sydney venues, Sydney

    Nearly 300 speakers are on the 2024 program, which features 223 free and ticketed events — and is streaming some sessions nationwide.

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    Raclette Supper at Handpicked Wines

    Wednesday, April 10 - Saturday, August 31, 2024

    Handpicked Cellar Door, Sydney

    Cosy up with some melted cheese and bold wines this winter.

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    Free Yoga Classes at Sorry Thanks I Love You

    Wednesday, May 8 - Wednesday, August 14, 2024

    Sorry Thanks I Love You, Sydney

    Stretch away your stresses with a free evening yoga class and herbal tea at the innovative retail space.

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    Meyhanes Nights at Baharat

    Saturday, May 4 - Saturday, August 3, 2024

    Baharat Bar - Food - Spices, Barangaroo

    Your next Saturday dinner is sorted with a $60 set menu packed with Turkish delights.

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    Maker's Mark Gold Rush x Wheen Bee Foundation

    Monday, April 1 - Monday, June 3, 2024

    Various Sydney venues, Sydney

    Maker's Mark is cementing its status as a certified B Corp distillery by giving Sydney-siders something worth raising a glass to.

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    German Film Festival

    Wednesday, May 8 - Wednesday, May 29, 2024

    Select cinemas in Sydney, Various locations

    In 2024, Sydney's annual celebration of German films is serving up brand-new gems and a Werner Herzog retrospective.

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    Central Coast Creative Spaces — Grace Agnes Art

    Monday, April 1 - Friday, June 28, 2024

    The Village Green, Toukley

    This Central Coast native artist is setting up in a gallery space for three months of workshops and events for all kinds of creativity.

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    All-You-Can-Eat Charcoal Chicken

    Saturday, April 13 - Sunday, December 29, 2024

    Henrietta Charcoal Chicken, Surry Hills

    Featuring hot chicks, crispy chips, creamy toum, fattoush salad, Henrietta’s signature hummus, and pickles.

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    Beau Artist Series

    Friday, April 12 - Sunday, October 13, 2024

    Beau, Surry Hills

    Art meets cuisine at this immersive artistic experience that brings creativity to the table.

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    China Diner Bottomless Bondi Brunch

    Saturday, April 6, 2024

    Bondi Beach, Sydney

    This weekly brunch deal is perfect for a Saturday celebration.

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    Nico Bottomless Lunches

    Saturday, April 6, 2024

    Nico, Cammeray

    Enjoy an Italian-filled feast with endless booze.

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    Once Upon a Time: Chapter Five

    Tuesday, April 16 - Saturday, August 10, 2024

    Nel Restaurant, Sydney

    NEL's 11-course Disney-themed degustation is back for 2024, this time featuring dishes inspired by 'Frozen' and 'The Jungle Book'.

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    Endless Celebrations at House Made Hospitality

    Monday, March 11 - Saturday, August 31, 2024

    Various House Made Hospitality venues, Sydney

    You can make any meal bottomless at Grana, Lana, Martinez, Promenade and Easy Tiger until the end of April.

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    Ten Thousand Suns: 24th Biennale of Sydney

    Saturday, March 9 - Monday, June 10, 2024

    Various locations across Sydney

    More than 400-plus works are on display, created by 96 artists and collectives, at Sydney's biennial citywide art celebration.

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    Green Square Markets

    Saturday, March 30, 2024

    Green Square Library, Zetland

    Fresh produce, baked goods and artisan delights are coming to Green Square every Saturday.

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    & Juliet

    Tuesday, February 27 - Sunday, June 2, 2024

    Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star, Sydney

    This Olivier Award-winning Shakespeare-meets-pop musical is spinning its alternative take on 'Romeo and Juliet' in Sydney.

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    Grease

    Sunday, March 24 - Sunday, May 26, 2024

    Capitol Theatre Sydney, Haymarket

    It's electrifying: the 50s-set, five-decade-old show has scored a brand-new stage production.

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    Tidal Kin: Stories from the Pacific

    Saturday, October 7, 2023 - Monday, October 7, 2024

    Chau Chak Wing Museum, Camperdown

    The new free exhibit showcases a largely overlooked period of history through a mix of visual markers and audio recordings.

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    GLOW at Sydney Zoo

    Friday, May 10 - Saturday, June 1, 2024

    Sydney Zoo, Bungarribee

    Over three weeks, Sydney Zoo will be lit up with stunning immersive activations, illuminated animals, glow-in-the-dark golf and a pop-up bar.

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