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Weekends are precious. Two glorious days devoid of responsibility and overflowing with possibility. Luckily, Sydney's got plenty happening to make sure you don't spend the days indoors binge-watching Netflix and instead discovering new bars, absorbing art and feasting your way through food markets. Here are our picks of the long weekend's happenings.
Test your tastebuds at a chilli-eating comp, find an ethical clothing pop-up and snag free fried chicken.
A market where all the food and wares are 100 percent animal product-free.
More than a decade after Atonement, Saoirse Ronan once again shines in another adaptation of author Ian McEwan's work.
Pick a side. Don your colours. Take no prisoners.
Another night of muggle movie and music magic, this time screening the fourth film in the franchise.
With Kate McKinnon at her hilarious best, this action-comedy delivers solid laughs along with an ace ode to female friendship.
The Opera House's series of rarely seen, critically acclaimed Australian performances returns for round two.
Sydney's Italian street festival returns.
A three-day festival at the CBD's Steam Mill Lane with Sriracha pork rolls, spicy lattes, chilli pizza and hot chicken sangas.
Melbourne's Mr Miyagi is bringing its much-loved Japanese hot dogs and tacos to Sydney for the very first time.
Fill your home with new green babies from this warehouse sale.
Carriageworks' newest production explores the issue of cultural and political decolonisation through contemporary dance.
An affectionate and inspirational exploration of the life and impact of America's rockstar Supreme Court Justice.
A spectacular cinematic experience that begs to be seen on the big screen.
The second documentary about the pop superstar in as many years paints a sorrowful picture of a talent gone too soon.
A Christmas market filled with glühwein, bratwurst and fake snow on the northern beaches.
This free film series at the AGNSW celebrates the work of four trailblazing Chinese actresses.
New Zealand's newest comedy is a hilarious ode to female friendships, ditching bad relationships and singing karaoke to Celine Dion.
Taste new blends, drink tea wine, and learn to pair your favourite brew with booze or cheese.
A month-long event filled with chilli-topped pizzas, spicy margaritas and chilli-eating competitions.
Sip on a Tanqueray apple gin martini in a Sydney mansion at this IRL re-creation of one of Jay Gatsby's opulent parties.
Glebe's Thievery is serving up Middle Eastern-inspired yum cha for one month.
These babies only bloom for two weeks of the year — don't miss them.
Australia's celebration of Korean filmmaking returns for its ninth year.
Adam Wolfers and Marc Dempsey are bringing their famed parsnip schnitzel and fried Hungarian bread to Potts Point for three months.
Celebrate the weird and wonderful world of science with two weeks of talks, exhibitions and hands-on workshops.
The National Film and Sound Archive's exhibition celebrating the too-brief career of local boy Heath Ledger.
A massive monthly precinct night that brings culture, art and music together with wellness, maker markets and food stalls.
The AGNSW revives some of its favourite large-scale works, including aromatic towers and rooms filled with thousands of balls.
Another round of ABBA hits inspires this musical sequel, which benefits from new additions to the cast.
For the month of August, Newtown's Hartsyard is hosting a bottomless lunch every Saturday.
If you've got a hankering for fried chicken and whiskey gravy-topped fries, this will fix you right up.
$1 oyster happy hour, every single day.
Take a culinary trip to Indonesia without leaving Sydney.
A multi-faceted artistic program exploring the Afghan and Persian migrant experience.
This major exhibition celebrating the Sydney-born impressionist painter will also include works from the likes of Monet and Van Gogh.
A new free underground arts and music night taking place every Sunday.
Celebrate The Grounds of Alexandria's resident pig and his accomplishments.
One of China's emerging artists heads to the MCA for a short residency with a 40-metre-long artwork in tow.
The living legend will return to Sydney for one show that will showcase six decades of songs.
A flamboyant inflatable art installation to celebrate the anniversary of Mardi Gras.
A lavish feast with free-flowing pink bubbles.
MONA's immersive ode to the radical artists of post-war Germany.
Get up early for sunrise yoga in the stunning foyer of the Opera House's Concert Hall.
A rare performance of Bela Bartok's scandalous ballet.
Devour true American-style barbecue in this inner west beer garden.
How far would you go for cheese?
Watch the sun set over the Snowy Mountains with an icy cold beer in hand.
The indoor market dedicated to women's fashion is back.
A month-long seafood celebration — cod we be any more excited?
Cold beers and left-of-centre entertainment.
Go down the rabbit hole at ACMI's world-first interactive 'Alice in Wonderland' exhibition.
100 percent animal free.
The annual gathering of astronomers and starry-eyed folk will have you stargazing by a campfire in Centennial Park.
Over 200 modern and contemporary masterpieces from New York's MoMA have come to Australia for the very first time in this epic display.
Transparent 'igloos' have popped up at Pier One — and one of them has a hot tub.
Bondi's Blanca Bar will be hawking a Japanese-inspired menu for winter.
The Spanish artist's 1930s etchings come to the National Gallery of Australia.
See Yvette Coppersmith's winning portrait along with a slew of other notable works.
The Paddington restaurant serves coffee, scones and canelés from 8am, and sells boxes of fresh produce too.
Glebe's Middle Eastern eatery has jumped on the brunch train — and we're on-board for breakfast baba and bellinis.
When we say real, we mean it — this display features 20 preserved human bodies and over 200 anatomical specimens.
Start your weekend off with Korean bloody marys, pork katsu sandwiches and Single O coffee.
Superior Burger will take up weekly residency at Camperdown's Deus Cafe.
Why wait for the weekend to get your market fix?
Browse stalls of knickknacks, eat till your heart's content, then check out the illuminated street art.
Eat away the excesses of the night before with a $30 feast.
Draw out the last licks of the weekend with $10 cocktails and five-buck glasses of cava, wine and beer.
A weekend morning cornucopia of organic veggies, fruit, cheese and international dishes, plus fashion, homewares, books and more.
Find original wares by local designers and makers, international food stalls and live music.
Food and fashion with a Middle Eastern flourish.
Club 77's weekly club 'night' that kicks off at 5am.
For anyone who ever stood in a contemporary art gallery and thought "I just don't get it".
Chill out with a spot of Sunday afternoon jazz at The East Sydney Hotel.
Peruse vintage bric-a-brac while you snack on homemade dim sum in the Skyline Drive-In.
Glebe's weekly go-to for pre-loved fashion, vinyl records and freshly made limeade.
Finally a yoga practice where you can literally touch the earth.
Get your weekly shop from local growers and producers.