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The Best Things to Do in Sydney This Weekend

Explore this outdoor art exhibition in the Blue Mountains, or head to one of three Sydney galleries for a huge biennial art exhibition.
By Concrete Playground
October 21, 2021
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By Concrete Playground
October 21, 2021
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  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Purple House

    This exhibition celebrates Pintupi artists and the 21st anniversary of the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal with eight historically significant artworks.

  • Food & Drink

    About Time Pop-Up Bar

    Sip Frosty Fruit slushies and eat roast lamb damper rolls at this limited-time bar in Sydney's CBD before it's demolished to make room for the new metro line.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Environmental Film Festival Australia 2021

    Jumping online in 2021, this returning Aussie film festival explores the struggles and splendours of the environment.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    A Night of Horror International Film Festival 2021

    Add some scares to your October viewing at this Australian horror festival's 13th annual event.

  • Food & Drink

    Spring Back to Green Moustache

    Celebrate spring with this pop-up cherry blossom garden and limited edition cocktail menu from Roku gin.

  • Food & Drink

    Messina Mango Pancake Party

    Messina is serving up mango crepes filled with mango sorbet for two days.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Alpinist

    Filled with breathtaking mountaineering footage, this tense and thoughtful documentary focuses on Canadian alpinist Marc-André Leclerc and his free-climbing exploits.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Lamb

    Affecting, surreal and starkly unsettling, this Noomi Rapace-starring folk-horror delight focuses on a grieving couple and their farm's newest arrival.

  • Food & Drink

    IIKO Mazesoba Halloween Menu

    Darling Square's IIKO Mazesoba is giving its brothless ramen a spooky halloween makeover this October.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran: The Guardians

    Acclaimed Sydney-based Sri Lankan-born artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran has transformed Sullivan+Strumpf's Zetland gallery with this collection of surreal figures.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art 2021

    Carriageworks is taking its program of experimental art exhibitions and conversations online this year.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Old

    M Night Shyamalan's latest thriller is frequently unnerving, insidious and moving — and also a little too neat.

  • Food & Drink

    Menzies Bar and Bistro Martini Hour

    Get $10 martinis and lobster rolls at this new CBD bar and bistro.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Respect

    This music biopic about the Queen of Soul follows familiar beats, but Jennifer Hudson shines singing Aretha Franklin's hefty catalogue of hits.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Night House

    Rebecca Hall is exceptional in a haunted house movie that's made with horror style as well as smarts, but also sometimes falls victim to its own indulgences.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Killing of Two Lovers

    A hit at Sundance 2020, this intimately observed and astonishingly acted drama focuses on a family struggling with the repercussions of a fraying marriage.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Shiva Baby

    Sharp, relatable and also filled with cringe-inducingly awkward moments, this impressive debut feature spends a day at a shiva with a college senior.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    In its 25th film, the Marvel Cinematic Universe introduces a new superhero — and adds a supremely well-cast martial arts movie to the sprawling franchise.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Nine Days

    A winner at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, this beautifully evocative existential drama follows unborn souls vying for a chance to live.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Pig

    Nicolas Cage puts in one of his finest performances yet in this thoughtful revenge thriller about a truffle hunter searching for his stolen pig.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Nitram

    After 'Snowtown' and 'True History of the Kelly Gang', Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel examines the lead-up to the Port Arthur massacre in this unsettling and astounding drama.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Candyman

    The 90s horror franchise gets a sharp, smart and sublimely shot new instalment, as produced and co-written by Jordan Peele.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    Questlove jumps behind the lens with this exceptional documentary, which brings footage from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival — aka "Black Woodstock" — to the screen.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Space Jam: A New Legacy

    An advertisement masquerading as a movie, this 25-years-later sequel wastes both basketball superstar LeBron James and his animated Looney Tunes co-stars.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    A Fire Inside

    This sensitive and poignant documentary revisits Australia's 2019–20 bushfires, paying tribute to the communities affected and exploring the aftermath.

  • Food & Drink

    Fellr Garden of Fizz

    Head to the Royal Botanic Gardens throughout spring and summer for Australia's first pop-up hard seltzer bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Fonda DIY Taco Kits and Margs

    Fonda's new limited-edition taco packs and bottled margs are primed for your next lockdown-friendly fiesta.

  • Food & Drink

    Halloscream 9: Curse of the Coven

    Luna Park's festival of spooky, spine-tingling, stomach-turning attractions is returning for seven nights only.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Annette

    Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard play star-crossed lovers in this spectacular musical melodrama from 'Holy Motors' director Leos Carax and art-pop duo Sparks.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Free Guy

    Ryan Reynolds draws upon his usual likeable charms in this blatant riff on 'The Truman Show', but set inside an online video game.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Sparks Brothers

    Making his documentary debut, ‘Baby Driver’ director Edgar Wright helms a delightful tribute to the five-decade-old art-pop group that should be everyone’s favourite band.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sci-Fi Film Festival 2021

    Sydney's annual science fiction film fest is going virtual, and national — and you can stream all of its 80 films for $29.99.

  • Food & Drink

    Dear Sainte Eloise Picnic Packs

    Elevate your first trip to the park with this picnic hamper from Potts Point favourite Dear Sainte Eloise.

  • Food & Drink

    Fabbrica Bread Shop

    Pick up chilli oil and black sesame focaccia, custard bombolini and fresh loaves of sourdough at Fabbrica's weekly pop-up bakery.

  • Food & Drink

    Ciccia Bella Takeaway Menu

    Bondi and Parramatta favourite Ciccia Bella has reopened for takeaway and is now offering finish-at-home meals.

  • Food & Drink

    The Star At Home

    Order yourself a packed set menu to enjoy at home from one of The Star's many eateries.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Suicide Squad

    The DC Extended Universe gives its crew of supervillain criminals a big-screen do-over — and the resulting film is lively, raucous and well-cast, but also repetitive and average.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Ritz Video Store

    Borrow a DVD or VHS — or share your own — at the Randwick Ritz's lockdown lending library.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Sydney Dance Company On Demand

    Stay fit and learn some new moves with Sydney Dance Company's on-demand and live-streamed classes.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Korean Film Festival in Australia 2021

    Australia's annual celebration of Korean cinema returns with a strong lineup of new must-sees and recent favourites.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Jungle Cruise

    Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt make a delightful team in Disney's latest formulaic and corny flick based on a theme park ride.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    2021 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

    Australia’s longest running and most prestigious art awards for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists is back — and you can catch it IRL or online.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Black Widow

    Combining spy thrills with family dramas — and aided by a top-notch cast — the 24th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe finally gives the first female Avenger her own solo feature.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    In the Heights

    Lin-Manuel Miranda's vibrant love letter to Washington Heights hits the big screen, with intoxicating, invigorating and exuberant results.

  • Food & Drink

    Frankie's $1 Pizza Happy Hour

    Head to Hunter Street between 4–6pm every day for $1 slices before the Sydney favourite closes.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Unsettled

    A new exhibition and event series on truth telling and First Nations resistance.

  • Food & Drink

    Butter Ramen Club Tour

    The tour will feature a different dish each month — starting with its OG fried chicken ramen, of course.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Come From Away

    A smash on Broadway since 2017, it's based on the true story of 7000 air passengers who became grounded in Canada after September 11.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Eucalyptusdom

    An exhibition of art, science and history examines our changing attitudes to the humble eucalyptus family.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Graphic Identities

    The Powerhouse Museum has dug into its collection to bring us eight influential designers from the worlds of advertising, publishing and fine art.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Robert Rosen: Glitterati

    See the portraits of Australia's social pages in this exhibition of photographer Robert Rosen's works.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Electric Keys

    Take a deep dive into the history of the modern keyboard and its influence across jazz, rock, pop and soul.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Microcars

    Why should supercars get all the glory? These micro vehicles show the rise of travelling in a compact and economical fashion over the last six decades.

  • Food & Drink

    Picnic Social

    Close out your Sundays with drinks, free tunes and Opera Bar's harbour view.

  • Food & Drink

    Saturday Breakfast at Fred's

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

  • Design & Style

    Paddington Markets

    Find original wares by local designers, food stalls and a new growers market for fresh produce.

  • Food & Drink

    Sunday Bites

    Food and fashion with a Middle Eastern flourish.

  • Food & Drink

    Blacktown Markets

    Peruse vintage bric-a-brac while you snack on homemade dim sum in the Skyline Drive-In.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Yoga at Pocket City Farms

    Finally a yoga practice where you can literally touch the earth.

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