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The Best Things to Do in Sydney This Weekend

Head outdoors to a sunset gig on this Harbour island or indoors to an $8 film.
By Concrete Playground
January 18, 2019
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    The Best Things to Do in Sydney This Weekend

    Head outdoors to a sunset gig on this Harbour island or indoors to an $8 film.
    By Concrete Playground
    January 18, 2019
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      • WOMEN'S MARCH SYDNEY 2019

        Join millions of people across the world in marching to protest violence against women.

      • STORM BOY

        This classic Australian tale returns to the big screen.

      • BLANC DE BLANC ENCORE

        Prepare for a night of fun, frivolity and breathtaking burlesque.

      • MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS

        With commanding performances from Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, this historical drama couldn't feel more relevant today.

      • DEMAND ACTION: PILL TESTING SAVES LIVES RALLY

        An estimated 7000 Sydneysiders will descend on the CBD to throw their support behind pill testing and push for the government to also get on board.

      • 'MARY POPPINS RETURNS' AT THE GROUNDS

        Wander through cherry blossoms, London lamps and kites at The Grounds of Alexandria.

      • THE BLANC BAR

        This champagne and gin cocktail bar has popped up at Portside Sydney Opera House as part of the Blanc de Blanc Encore cabaret world premiere.

      • COSECHA BY DARREN TAYLOR

        Think Spanish-style snacks alongside jugs of sangria and two dedicated paella stations.

      • BOTTOMLESS ROSE BRUNCH

        Summery Sunday mornings call for delicious bites and free-flowing wine.

      • IN THE HEIGHTS — BLUE SAINT PRODUCTIONS

        A salsa-dancing, big-dreaming Manhattan community takes over the Sydney Opera House.

      • MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.

        An engaging, warts-and-all look at the personal and professional life of the Sri Lankan-born hip hop star.

      • INSTANT FAMILY

        This family-friendly comedy was inspired by the life of its director, but can't find the balance between authentic and formulaic.

      • SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS 2019

        Relax into the summery dusk for a night of music that will make you feel a bit like you're living in a film.

      • MURDER MYSTERY AT SEA

        Solve a creepy murder mystery on Darling Harbour. On a navy boat. At night.

      • DHARAWAL NATIONAL PARK SUMMER SERIES SENSORY WALKS

        A nature tour that makes use of more than just your eyes.

      • JANUARY SYDNEY VEGAN MARKET

        A market where all the food and wares are 100 percent animal product-free.

      • TUFF NUTTERZ

        A huge inflatable obstacle course is popping up in Sydney this summer.

      • SUNSET CINEMA NORTH SYDNEY

        Settle in for an al fresco screening of 'Cool Runnings' or 'Holmes & Watson'.

      • TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019

        From old-school boot scootin' tunes to alt country.

      • OPERA IN THE DOMAIN 2019

        See some opera under the stars — entirely for free.

      • SUMMER DANCE

        Summer's sorted with a series of outdoor shindigs from Sydney's party people.

      • SO FRENCHY SO CHIC IN THE PARK 2019

        Spend an afternoon in Bicentennial Park drinking Champagne, eating cheese and frolicking on the lawn.

      • DISCO IN THE MIRROR BALL

        A series of free disco dance parties in the Sydney Festival Spiegeltent.

      • MARY POPPINS RETURNS

        Everyone's favourite magical nanny is back in this charming sequel, with Emily Blunt leading the charge in a most delightful way.

      • MOVIES BY THE BOULEVARD 2019

        Free outdoor films return to Sydney's inner west.

      • COCKLE BAY WHARF PEDAL BOATS

        Cruise around Darling Harbour in an old-school pedal boat this summer.

      • SUNSET SESSIONS AT COCKATOO ISLAND

        Catch great music and gorgeous views over the harbour every Saturday in summer.

      • SUMMER LATES

        Free parties are coming to the Australian National Maritime Museum every Friday and Saturday night in January.

      • BORROWED SCENERY

        Campbelltown Arts Centre's first all-female exhibition.

      • FLICKERFEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL SYDNEY 2019

        Another year, another stellar lineup — and we've got double passes to give away.

      • MASTERS OF MODERN ART X CHISWICK AT THE GALLERY

        Sip a Monet-inspired cocktail before coming face-to-face with his celebrated works.

      • SINCE ALI DIED

        An award-winning show from rapper and poet Omar Musa exploring self, cultural heritage and his hero, Muhammad Ali.

      • LE JAZZ JANUARY

        Live jazz and French food. Nothing can go wrong.

      • EIGHTH GRADE

        Comedian Bo Burnham makes his filmmaking debut with this winning coming-of-age flick.

      • ST GEORGE OPENAIR CINEMA 2019

        Sydney's most stunning outdoor cinema is back with food from Chiswick and spectacular panoramic views of the city.

      • NIGHT OWLS FILM FESTIVAL

        A free outdoor film festival in the CBD for kidults and adults alike.

      • MOON DROPS

        Five giant bouncing blobs will drop into Darling Harbour so you can feel as weightless as you would on the moon.

      • BAYALA FREE LANGUAGE COURSES

        Learn some phrases from Sydney's Indigenous languages at one of Sydney Festival's popular free classes.

      • MAAS AND THE MOON

        Brush up on your lunar knowledge at this exhibition of astronomical history and design.

      • HELIOSPHERE — THE DREAM ENGINE

        Watch a gravity-defying aerial performance of lunar proportions.

      • APOLLO 11

        'Sydmonauts' will pop up to commemorate the unsung heroes of the moon landing.

      • COUNTING AND CRACKING — BELVOIR AND CO-CURIOUS

        An epic new Australian story, complete with live music, dance and an authentic Sri Lankan meal.

      • ALWAYS

        A large-scale sculpture will be erected on the harbour as a reminder that Sydney always was, and always will be Aboriginal land.

      • SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2019

        The diverse and dramatic summer arts festival will include overnight vigils, Parisian-style nightclubs, moon pillows and world premieres.

      • BILADURANG — JOEL BRAY

        A super intimate theatre show held in a hotel room at the QT.

      • SHANGHAI MIMI

        A dazzling performance of dance, cabaret, acrobatics and song by talents from China, Cameroon, Australia and France.

      • SEIDLER SALON SERIES

        Musical performances hosted in and around the city's best modernist buildings.

      • FLY ME TO THE MOON

        Help Sydney blast off to the moon — using pedal power.

      • PIGALLE

        An over-the-top show of disco, cabaret and burlesque in Hyde Park's pop-up Spiegeltent.

      • CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

        Roald Dahl's sugar-dusted tale will come to the Sydney stage in 2019.

      • BRETT WHITELEY: DRAWING IS EVERYTHING

        See a new side to this revered Australian artist.

      • STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

        Step back into mid-20th century Sydney with Sydney Living Museum's street photography retrospective.

      • BODY WORLDS VITAL

        The world-renowned exhibition offers Australians a rare look inside the human body.

      • KUSAMA: INFINITY

        This visually vibrant doco explores Yayoi Kusama's life and work — dots, dramas and daring to push boundaries all included.

      • MOONLIGHT CINEMA 2018–19

        Summer has arrived with the return of Centennial Park's always-popular outdoor cinema.

      • AQUAMAN

        Jason Momoa charms in this special effects-laden superhero blockbuster.

      • SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

        This irreverent, kaleidoscopic delight is the best Spider-Man movie yet.

      • COLD WAR

        The latest film from 'Ida' director Pawel Pawlikowski is a melancholic post-war masterpiece.

      • SUNSET CINEMA WOLLONGONG

        Settle in for an al fresco screening of 'Spice World' or 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

      • BUMBLEBEE

        A small-scale story with an enormous heart, Bumblebee is the Transformers film fans have been waiting for.

      • THE FAVOURITE

        This historical comedy from filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos is a savage, acerbic delight.

      • FRIDA KAHLO: HER PHOTOS

        More than 257 photos from the famed Mexican artist's personal collection head to Bendigo.

      • 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.

      • VICE

        Christian Bale is a sight to behold in a political comedy that unfortunately favours style over substance.

      • COLETTE

        Keira Knightley shines in this spirited film about one of literature's great female figures.

      • CHANDON S GARDEN AT HELM BAR

        Kick back in a garden oasis just a stone's throw from the city chaos.

      • MUSEUM OF THE MOON

        A giant floating sculpture of the moon, complete with NASA imagery on its surface, will take over Scienceworks.

      • WHALES | TOHORA

        An immersive exhibition of the world's largest animals at the Australian Museum.

      • MAYBE FRANK POP-UP

        One of Sydney's best pizzerias pops up by the beach for summer.

      • THE 9TH ASIA PACIFIC TRIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART

        GOMA's three-yearly survey of Asia Pacific art returns.

      • NICK CAVE: UNTIL

        The largest solo presentation for Carriageworks to date features five tonnes of crystals, beads and found objects suspended in the air.

      • MOV'IN BED CINEMA 2018

        Sydney's outdoor bed cinema is back — with blow-up beds, blankies and bottomless popcorn.

      • FERRIS WHEEL DINING EXPERIENCE

        Three courses 40 metres above Sydney Harbour.

      • 'STAR WARS' IDENTITIES: THE EXHIBITION

        Coming to Australia for the first time, this exhibit features 200 original objects from the 'Star Wars' series.

      • PATRICIA PICCININI AND JOY HESTER: THROUGH LOVE…

        Piccinini's works new and old will be displayed alongside pieces by one of her key influence, the late Melbourne artist Joy Hester.

      • ESCHER X NENDO: BETWEEN TWO WORLDS

        The NGV's summer blockbuster will bring together the Dutch artist and Japanese design studio to create an immersive exhibition of optical illusions.

      • AFTRS SUMMER INTENSIVES

        Take a step towards fulfilling your dream of being a filmmaker, documentarian or radio presenter with these five-day intensive courses.

      • PLANTS WITH BITE

        The Royal Botanic Garden's killer new exhibition features 25,000 carnivorous plants.

      • DAVID GOLDBLATT: PHOTOGRAPHS 1948–2018

        An Australian-first retrospective of the famed South African photographer's work.

      • THE LOCK IN

        An 80s-themed immersive theatre experience and escape room set in small-town Indiana.

      • ROME: CITY AND EMPIRE

        Experience the grandeur of ancient Rome at this blockbuster exhibition.

      • MASTERS OF MODERN ART FROM THE HERMITAGE

        Artworks by Monet, Matisse, Picasso and more are travelling from Russia to Sydney for the AGNSW's latest exhibition.

      • MANDELA MY LIFE: THE OFFICIAL EXHIBITION

        A huge world-first Nelson Mandela exhibition debuts in Melbourne.

      • 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.

      • HEATH LEDGER: A LIFE IN PICTURES

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

      • ZERO

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

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