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The Best Things to Do in Sydney This Weekend

Catch classic flicks at this moonlight cinema or head to Laneway Festival's highly anticipated return.
By Concrete Playground
February 02, 2023
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  • Arts & Entertainment

    Mopoke 24-Hour Cinema

    A free 24-hour outdoor cinema playing Studio Ghibli and Wes Anderson films is popping up on Macquarie Street — but just for one day and night.

  • Food & Drink

    Disney at The Grounds

    Be The Grounds of Alexandria's guest to celebrate 100 years of Disney and its on-screen gems.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Queen by Candlelight

    London's candlelight Queen gigs are bringing their crazy little tribute to Sydney for the first time.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    You Can Go Now

    This powerful documentary about Richard Bell’s art and activism is an essential new Australian must-see.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Red Hot Chili Peppers with Post Malone: 2023 Australian Tour

    By the way, Red Hot Chili Peppers are bringing their global stadium tour to Sydney this summer.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Halfway Crooks Reunion Party

    The mainstays of 2010s dance floors are reuniting to bring the Goodgod Small Club energy to Pleasures Playhouse.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Tár

    Cate Blanchett turns in another awards-worthy performance in this powerful, complicated and compelling drama about a cancelled conductor.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Babylon

    'La La Land' filmmaker Damien Chazelle steps back into Hollywood's past, with Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt leading a jam-packed Golden Age-set spectacle.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Picture of Dorian Gray — Sydney Theatre Company

    Sydney Theatre Company's smash-hit production of the Oscar Wilde novel is a groundbreaking one: a one-person show with one brilliant actor playing all 26 characters.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sunset Sessions at Cockatoo Island

    Catch great live music and gorgeous views over the harbour every Saturday as the sun goes down.

  • Food & Drink

    Bottomless Limoncello Spritz Lunch

    Mille Vini's weekly bottomless brunch includes two hours of free-flowing limoncello spritzes and wines — plus a five-course Italian feast.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Australian Geographic: Our Country

    Focusing on Australia's natural wonders, this immersive exploration features unseen footage from 25 different cinematographers — including a frequent David Attenborough collaborator.

  • Food & Drink

    Nel's Native Australia Degustation

    The Sydney fine-diner is kicking off 2023 with its first 11-course degustation devoted to native Australian ingredients.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sydney Lunar Festival

    Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit as Haymarket is taken over by performances, market stalls, themed feasts, lion dances and dragon boat racing.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    SHUO SHU

    White Rabbit Gallery's latest exhibition centres around the idea of the storyteller.

  • Food & Drink

    Sip & Savour Albury

    Head to the border for a weekend of regional eats and drinks — paired with live tunes from Kate Miller-Heidke, Josh Pyke and Lisa Mitchell.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Hubris & Humiliation — Sydney Theatre Company

    The world of Jane Austen meets Sydney's gay scene in what deserves to be the feel-good hit of the summer — and a future classic of contemporary Australian theatre.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Huxleys: Bloodlines

    This new exhibition from The Huxleys is dedicated to the legendary queer artists lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Paul Yore: WORD MADE FLESH

    Paul Yore imagines a colourful queer alternative reality in this immersive exhibition.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Mopoke

    This free 24-hour arts and cultural festival is taking over Macquarie Street.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Japan Travel Fair

    Start planning your next Japan trip at this weekend-long event — and go in the running to win return flights to Japan for two.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Summer at Bondi Pavilion

    The Pav is celebrating its first summer since relaunch with a stellar line-up of events.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sight & Sound Greatest Films of All Time: A Selection

    Every decade, the British Film Institute’s 'Sight & Sound' magazine names the 100 greatest movies of all time — and Golden Age is playing a selection from the 2022 list.

  • Chatswood Year of the Rabbit Festival

    Celebrate the year of good fortune with food stalls, fiery dancing dragons and inflatable bunny figurines floating across the streets of the lower north shore.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Huxleys at Oxford House

    Escape into the fantastical androgynous world of Will and Garrett Huxley.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sunset Cinema North Sydney 2023

    Settle in for an al fresco screening of 'The Menu' or 'There's Something About Mary'.

  • Food & Drink

    Casa Aperol at Promenade Bondi Beach

    Expect an Amalfi-inspired escape when Casa Aperol pops up on the shores of Bondi Beach this summer.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Westpac Openair Cinema 2023

    Mrs Macquaries Point's stunning outdoor cinema is back for another summer, screening new, recent and classic flicks across 40 nights.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Pixar Putt Darling Harbour 2022–23

    A Pixar-themed mini golf course is popping up at the Pier St Underpass this summer.

  • Food & Drink

    Sydney Seafood School Summer Class Series

    Whether you want to learn the secrets of Singapore chilli crab or perfect your paella, these summer classes will level up your cooking game.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Van Gogh Alive at The Entertainment Quarter

    The wildly popular, multi-sensory Van Gogh experience is returning to Sydney this December.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Moonlight Cinema Sydney 2022–23

    Moonlight Cinema is back for another huge summer of cinema under the stars.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Blanc de Blanc Encore

    Prepare for a night of fun, frivolity and breathtaking acrobatics — all at Sydney's dazzling new theatre venue.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sharks at the Australian Museum

    Submerge yourself in the deep ocean and uncover the wonders of these ancient predators.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Do Ho Suh — MCA Australia

    South Korean artist Do Ho Suh's immersive solo exhibition is now on at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (and it's exclusive to Sydney).

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Frida Kahlo: Life of an Icon

    A massive multi-sensory Frida Kahlo exhibition is coming to Australia as part of Sydney Festival 2023.

  • Food & Drink

    Cambridge Markets EQ

    Head to The Entertainment Quarter every Wednesday and Saturday to shop, eat and meet a variety of makers.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical

    Calling all 90s teens: this film-to-theatre adaptation is bringing its 90s soundtrack and dangerous liaisons back to Sydney.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Laneway Festival 2023

    HAIM, Joji and Phoebe Bridgers headline Laneway's huge comeback lineup for 2023.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    UNPOPULAR

    This exhibition features never-before-seen footage of bands like Nirvana, Foo Fighters and Beastie Boys taking to Australian stages.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Hairspray

    The 'Hairspray' musical is bringing its Tony-winning 60s teen dreams at Sydney Lyric.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Australia on Celluloid

    As part of its 85th birthday celebrations, the Ritz is spending a year screening iconic Australian films on 35mm.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022

    Direct from London's Natural History Museum, the best nature photographs from the past year are now on display in Sydney.

  • Food & Drink

    Big Poppa's Late-Night Dinner Party

    Party until 3am every Sunday night at Big Poppa's.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Lost Sundays

    Catch a cutting-edge lineup of local and international DJs at this party from the Lost Paradise crew every Sunday.

  • Food & Drink

    Saturday Breakfast at Fred's

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

  • Design & Style

    Paddington Markets

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

  • Travel & Leisure

    Yoga at Pocket City Farms

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

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