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The Best Things to Do in Sydney This Weekend

Test your tastebuds at a chilli-eating comp, find an ethical clothing pop-up and snag free fried chicken.
By Concrete Playground
September 14, 2018
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    The Best Things to Do in Sydney This Weekend

    Test your tastebuds at a chilli-eating comp, find an ethical clothing pop-up and snag free fried chicken.
    By Concrete Playground
    September 14, 2018
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      • DID YOU MISS IT?

        A budget-friendly way to catch recent flicks at Circular Quay.

      • SEARCHING

        Keeping your eyes glued to a computer screen has rarely been more thrilling.

      • A SIMPLE FAVOUR

        Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively shine in this savagely entertaining thriller from 'Bridesmaids' director Paul Feig.

      • DAYS OF NOTE

        Free workshops and events to help you turn your side hustle into your main thing.

      • DINOSAUR DESIGNS WAREHOUSE SALE

        Snag colourful homewares and jewellery for up to 90 percent off.

      • MCQUEEN

        A documentary as fascinating as the fashion designer at its centre.

      • ROOD FOOD

        The Imperial Hotel's month-long festival of drag and dining.

      • CHARGRILL CHARLIE'S GRAND OPENING GIVEAWAY

        The Sydney institution is launching its eleventh store in Frenchs Forest with free barbecue chickens and chips.

      • YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE

        Joaquin Phoenix is at his wounded best in Lynne Ramsay's intense hitman thriller.

      • ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2018

        Featuring a drama about a dog-loving criminal and a flick about the scandalous life of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

      • HUXTABURGER REDFERN GRAND OPENING PARTY

        The hamburger haven is launching its first Sydney store with $1 burgers.

      • JAMIE'S ITALIAN BOTTOMLESS PROSECCO LONG LUNCH

        You'll get snacks, pasta, dessert and all the prosecco you can drink for a neat $50.

      • THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST

        Chloë Grace Moretz turns in a career-best performance in this quietly revelatory look at life inside a gay conversion camp.

      • DON'T BIN PLASTICS, YET

        The Economist is slinging free coffees (in edible cups) alongside its new roaming 'war on waste' exhibition.

      • SYDNEY LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2018

        Featuring true tales about teen thieves, a foosball-focused animated comedy and a look at the Mexican drug war through the eyes of children.

      • THE INSULT

        This Academy Award-nominated drama provides a probing look at Lebanon's volatile political climate

      • CHANDON S TRAM POP-UP BAR

        All aboard to celebrate the start of spring.

      • CRAZY RICH ASIANS

        An irreverent, entertaining and purposefully extravagant rom-com that also proves a rare Hollywood film with a primarily Asian cast.

      • TEMPORARY CERTAINTY

        Three artists explore the tension between certainty and doubt through their work across the Kimberley, South Asia and the Middle East.

      • SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 2018

        Carriageworks' fourth annual art fair features a huge program of performances, exhibitions, tours, talks and openings.

      • STAKES DAY

        Reemerge after your winter hibernation and head along to Royal Randwick for the Everest Carnival's opening day.

      • LEAVE NO TRACE

        This delicate drama from the director of Winter's Bone is one of the best films of the year.

      • SLENDER MAN

        The internet's favourite boogeyman makes the jump from overused meme to bland, routine, scare-free horror movie.

      • SYDNEY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 2018

        Catch Nicolas Cage at his most unhinged, a Japanese vampire flick and a doco about Flat Earthers.

      • THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS

        This filthy felt film is disappointingly threadbare.

      • HIDDEN ROOKWOOD CEMETERY SCULPTURE WALK 2018

        Hunt for 40 sculptures hiding in Sydney's historic Rookwood Cemetery.

      • PYRMONT FESTIVAL

        Pyrmont and Orange join forces this year for a two-week culinary festival.

      • CRS ST PETERS POP-UP

        This pop-up cafe rotates all your favourite Sydney coffee beans under one roof.

      • WE LOVE NIC CAGE FILM SERIES

        Six weeks. One actor. So many crazy grins.

      • CHEESE FEAST AND BOTTOMLESS WINE

        Pair a platter with cheese with unlimited plonk.

      • AMERICAN MASTERS 1940–1980

        The National Gallery of Australia will pull out works by Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Jackson Pollock and more.

      • PARRAMATTA FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

        Free Friday night gigs in pop-up spaces around Parramatta's CBD.

      • FRINGE CLUB 2018

        The Kings Cross Hotel will host late night Fringe shows this September — for free.

      • SYDNEY FRINGE COMEDY 2018

        Up to 20 shows at over five venues, every night.

      • LECHON, BURGER, DONUT POP-UP

        Some of Sydney's best Filipino joints team up for a one-day pop-up.

      • SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL 2018

        This year's program will see pop-up performances, cinemas, skating rinks and more take over 21 Sydney postcodes.

      • BLACKKKLANSMAN

        Spike Lee returns a wild, infuriating, eye-opening true story it feels like he was born to tell.

      • PATRICIA PICCININI: THE FIELD

        This otherworldly installation features more than 3000 flower sculptures.

      • CARGO'S 18TH BIRTHDAY

        Relive your youthful shenanigans — and maybe get up to a few more — at the bar's big birthday bash.

      • ON CHESIL BEACH

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

      • AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2018

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

      • SUPERNATURAL

        White Rabbit's latest exhibition explores the reshaped Chinese landscapes of the 21st century.

      • MARY POPPINS X SSO

        Watch the childhood classic film soundtracked live by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

      • 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.

      • BOTTOMLESS SANGRIA BANQUET

        Sangria your way through a Saturday afternoon.

      • BROADWAY POP-UP FRINGE

        A roller skating rink will pop up on Broadway Sydney's rooftop during Fringe Festival

      • FLORIADE

        Canberra's month-long floral festival returns, with retro flowerbeds, after-dark markets and a dogs' day out.

      • SHABBAT DINNER - GRIFFIN THEATRE COMPANY

        Part dinner, part theatre.

      • MIDDLE EASTERN YUM CHA

        Glebe's Thievery is serving up Middle Eastern-inspired yum cha until the end of September.

      • ETELEK POP-UP

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

      • HEATH LEDGER: A LIFE IN PICTURES

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

      • SPACEMAKERS AND ROOMSHAKERS

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

      • INDIE SPIRITS TASTING 2018

        One day, 150 boutique spirits, more than 40 spirit maestros.

      • 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.

      • SYMPOSIUM

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

      • SUN XUN

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

      • GHOSTLY GARDEN

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

      • ZERO

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

      • POP-UP GLOBE

        Partyeth like it's 1614 with performances of 'Macbeth' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at this full-scale replica of the historic theatre.

      • MUSHROOM RACING

        Japan's insane real-life version of Mario Kart is coming to Sydney.

      • SNOWSHOE TO FONDUE

        How far would you go for cheese?

      • BIOTA'S GATHER AND COOK ADVENTURES

        Head down to the Southern Highlands to spend a day foraging for a lunchtime campfire feast.

      • CRAB RACING AT FRIEND IN HAND HOTEL

        Cold beers and left-of-centre entertainment.

      • WONDERLAND

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

      • 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.

      • CARRIAGEWORKS FARMERS MARKETS

        Grab your canvas tote. This farmers' market is loaded with seasonal produce, biodynamic food and gourmet goodies.

      • RAMEN X BURGERS WINTER POP-UP

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

      • PICASSO: THE VOLLARD SUITE

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

      • SATURDAY BREAKFAST AT FRED'S

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

      • 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.

      • 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?

      • THE BOOK OF MORMON

        It's Sydney's time to get in on the crass magnum opus from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • SOCAL BOTTOMLESS ROSé

        Wine-lovers unite.

      • MOYA'S FREE JAZZ NIGHT

        Spend your Sunday evening with $10 negronis and free jazz.

      • 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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