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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
March 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
    March 18, 2019
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      • INNER WEST NIGHT MARKET

        An easy-going market packed with food, drinks and produce in the heart of the inner west.

      • HOTEL MUMBAI

        This harrowing drama recreates the real-life 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, with Dev Patel and Armie Hammer among the cast.

      • SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER

        Bill Nighy stars in this melancholy and moving exploration of grief, embracing the future and Scrabble.

      • THE DROP FESTIVAL 2019

        The boutique festival — headlined by Client Liaison, Angus and Julia Stone and Hockey Dad — will complement the World Surf League Championships in Manly.

      • WEST SIDE STORY — HANDA OPERA ON SYDNEY HARBOUR

        The classic Broadway tale of star-crossed lovers hits Harbour's floating stage.

      • ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2019

        The festival's star-studded 30th anniversary program features everyone from Charlotte Gainsbourg and Juliette Binoche to Joaquin Phoenix and Robert Pattinson.

      • CARTOGRAPHICA: SYDNEY ON THE MAP

        Explore the beautiful historical maps of Sydney.

      • HOW TO RULE THE WORLD — SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY

        Nakkiah Lui is back with her second groundbreaking play — and it's as entertaining, satirical and relevant as ever.

      • POP-UP PROSECCO FOUNTAIN

        You can drink bubbles from the shell-clad fountain every afternoon this month.

      • ART MONTH AT PINE STREET CREATIVE ARTS CENTRE

        Stretch those creative muscles with a full day of ceramics, jewellery, printmaking and painting workshops.

      • EVERYBODY KNOWS

        Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem put in excellent performances in this purposefully familiar drama from A Separation director Asghar Farhadi.

      • WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2019

        Direct from London's Natural History Museum, the best nature photographs from the past year are coming to Sydney.

      • ALLIE WEBB: A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHT

        This bold new print exhibition embraces foodie culture from a different angle.

      • CAPTAIN MARVEL

        Marvel's first film about a female superhero feels like a wasted opportunity.

      • THE GUILTY

        Set in a police call centre and making the most of its single location, this gripping Danish thriller doesn't disappoint.

      • KING OF THIEVES

        The biggest robbery in British history makes for dull, formulaic viewing in this star-studded affair.

      • JANET LAURENCE: AFTER NATURE

        In the first major survey of the Sydney artist's work, the MCA explores the link between all living creatures in an installation that's equal parts science lab and art exhibition.

      • THE KRYSTYNA CAMPBELL-PRETTY FASHION GIFT

        Featuring over 150 haute couture pieces from some of the world's most iconic fashion houses.

      • GRETA

        This 90s-style stalker thriller is rarely better than average, but it's just unhinged enough to entertain.

      • VOX LUX

        With a riveting performance by Natalie Portman and toe-tapping bangers by Sia, this pop star epic dances to its own brilliant melody.

      • AUTUMN HARVEST LUNCH

        A weekly Sunday feast hosted in Paramount Recreation Club's lush rooftop garden.

      • IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

        Moonlight director Barry Jenkins returns with another heart-swelling, swoon-inducing drama.

      • HALF-PRICE MARGARITA MONTH

        Drown your end-of-summer sorrows with a full menu of margaritas under a tenner.

      • STAN & OLLIE

        An affectionate tribute to two comedy icons, complete with pitch-perfect performances from Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly.

      • AT ETERNITY'S GATE

        Led by an exceptional Willem Dafoe, this immersive van Gogh biopic is as striking as the Dutch artist's famous paintings.

      • RONE: EMPIRE

        A multi-sensory decaying world by Melbourne street artist Rone — set in a deserted 1930s mansion.

      • DELFINO APERITIVO 2019

        Sample snacks from some of Australia's best chefs at The Dolphin.

      • ARCTIC

        Mads Mikkelson gives a powerful performance in this sparse survivalist thriller.

      • NASA — A HUMAN ADVENTURE AFTER DARK

        Drinks, demonstrations, music, science and space objects, all during a night at the museum.

      • HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U

        This purposefully repetitive horror-comedy franchise is back for another run.

      • 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.

      • BENDIGO CRAFT BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL

        Spend a Saturday sampling beers and ciders from local craft brewers.

      • HARVEST GRAPE STOMPING

        Stomp grapes and drink wine at Sydney's only urban winery.

      • SECOND SIGHT: WITCHCRAFT, RITUAL, POWER

        This magical exhibition explores different perspectives on sorcery and witchcraft.

      • NEON GODS

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

      • SYDNEY VEGAN MARKET

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

      • WINE MACHINE 2019

        Music and wine come together for a party in the vines.

      • HOT BLOOD

        An unapologetically bold exhibition about everything from sexual desire and bodily frailty to psychedelia and spiritual ecstasy.

      • SUMMER DANCE

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

      • FERRIS WHEEL DINING EXPERIENCE

        Three courses 40 metres above Sydney Harbour.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • SUNSET CINEMA NORTH SYDNEY

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

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • THE 9TH ASIA PACIFIC TRIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART

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

      • 'STAR WARS' IDENTITIES: THE EXHIBITION

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

      • 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.

      • THE LOCK IN

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

      • ZERO

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

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