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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
February 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
    February 18, 2019
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      • ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL

        It doesn't have the most original story, but this sci-fi action flick still delivers thanks to its compelling heroine and kickass fight scenes.

      • MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL CLUB

        Keep the Mardi Gras celebrations going all night with DJs, drag and burlesque.

      • CLUB BRIEFS

        This adults-only show features the world's best queer cabaret and circus artists.

      • SISSY BALL 2019

        Carriageworks will host a vogue dance floor inspired by NYC's legendary ballrooms.

      • 2000S HOUSE PARTY

        Go crazy in love for a whole night of 00s tunes.

      • ONE PLATE FOR TWO GOOD 2.0

        An all-star crew of Aussie chefs are coming together for a charity lunch at Automata.

      • NEON GODS

        A free film series celebrating the trailblazing directors of contemporary Chinese cinema.

      • BOYS OF SONDHEIM

        City Recital Hall will host this intimate cabaret, celebrating a revered musical theatre man, as part of Sydney Mardi Gras 2019.

      • SECRET GARDEN 2019

        Start planning your costume.

      • FERRIS WHEEL DINING EXPERIENCE

        Three courses 40 metres above Sydney Harbour.

      • ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT FRIED CHICKEN

        Crows Nest's Johnny Bird is frying up a storm one Saturday a month.

      • GRAPEST 5K RUN 2019

        Exercise and drinking combine for this wine-tasting fun run.

      • TINA TEENY TINY VESSEL WORKSHOPS

        Sip wine, eat cheese, make ceramics.

      • ON THE BASIS OF SEX

        Celebrating the early years of US Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg's career, this biopic takes a conventional approach but does its subject justice.

      • CAPHARNAüM

        This Oscar-nominated drama is undeniably stirring, but never self-assured enough to be subtle.

      • ESCAPE ROOM

        Cashing in on the real world craze, this horror film features inventive killer chambers, but lacks intrigue elsewhere.

      • SYDNEY GAY AND LESBIAN MARDI GRAS 2019

        As well as the parade, this year's fearless program features pool parties, balls, colourful after-dark art and moving choral performances.

      • MARDI GRAS FILM FESTIVAL 2019

        Sydney's annual celebration of queer cinema returns with high-profile biopics, werewolf thrillers and a lesbian love story that was initially banned in Kenya.

      • TANQUERAY TERRACE

        A lush rooftop oasis in the CBD slinging G&Ts for a tenner.

      • APEROL SUNSET SESSIONS

        Summer's not quite over yet — and these spots have affordable Aperol spritzes to prove it.

      • HEAVEN AND EARTH IN CHINESE ART

        A veritable treasure trove of Chinese art comes to Australia for the first time.

      • BELVOIR THEATRE 25A 2019

        A series of low-budget (but story-rich) plays supporting emerging theatre talent.

      • SUGAR REPUBLIC

        This pop-up dessert museum will have 12 dessert-filled rooms, a retro candy store and a sweet-themed cafe.

      • BEN IS BACK

        A fine-tuned performance from Julia Roberts lifts this familiar addiction drama.

      • THE HATE U GIVE

        This compelling race-relations drama offers a perceptive, impassioned insight into America today.

      • XIAO LU: IMPOSSIBLE DIALOGUE

        Catch performance art from this contemporary Chinese artist — and then have congee for breakfast in Haymarket.

      • LUNAR NEW YEAR AT DARLING SQUARE

        Celebrate the Year of the Pig with all-you-can-eat feasts, glowing zodiac lanterns and mahjong competitions at Steam Mill Lane.

      • GREEN BOOK

        This Oscar-nominated race-relations drama boasts excellent performances and warm intentions, but still remains problematic.

      • FREE SOLO

        This Oscar-nominated documentary chronicles the stunning tale of rock-climber Alex Honnold and his historic attempt to scale Yosemite's El Capitan without ropes.

      • APEROL AFTERNOONS

        Grab your best mates for afternoon sundowners — these venues are shouting every third cocktail.

      • AMERICAN EXPRESS TWILIGHT AT TARONGA 2019

        Pack a picnic and spend an eve at the zoo with the musical legends of your choice — including Vera Blue, Xavier Rudd, The Whitlams and the Hoodoo Gurus.

      • SKATE KITCHEN

        Focusing on an all-female skateboarding crew, Skate Kitchen makes all the right moves.

      • STORM BOY

        This classic Australian tale returns to the big screen.

      • AMERICAN EXPRESS OPENAIR CINEMA BONDI 2019

        Embrace the outdoors this summer, with movies, live music, good food and adorable dogs.

      • 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.

      • SUNSET CINEMA NORTH SYDNEY

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

      • 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.

      • BORROWED SCENERY

        Campbelltown Arts Centre's first all-female exhibition.

      • MASTERS OF MODERN ART X CHISWICK AT THE GALLERY

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

      • EIGHTH GRADE

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

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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'.

      • THE FAVOURITE

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

      • VICE

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

      • 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.

      • '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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • ZERO

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

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