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Would you go booze-free on a first date?

Conscious Dating founder Kaila Perusco thinks you can do it.

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Swot up on science

These major talks and festivals celebrate discovery, experimentation and discussion. Even if you sucked at science subjects in school, you'll enjoy these scientific events around Sydney.

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Fifties Fair

Rock around the clock at the biggest retro parties of the year held in surrounds of architectural icon Rose Seidler House.

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SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show

Australia’s premier anime and manga convention revels in all things Japanese pop-culture. 

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Sport and fitness

The best funs runs in Sydney

Sydney has a few major running festivals every year, including one marathon that traces the streets of the city over Sydney Harbour Bridge and through Centennial Park. For events of a more manageable distance, there are regular 5K, 10K and half marathons that take place in every season.

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101 things to do indoors

Get out and undercover with our guide to indoor activities, from entertainment parks to sport and fitness, classes and talks and cultural venues that are warm and dry all year round.

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The best hot chocolate in Sydney

Like heat? Like chocolate? Lucky you – we scoured the streets of Sydney to find the best hot chocolates in town. And we're still on a jittery sugar high. From thick and rich to smooth and creamy, these five drinks will make any winter's day a whole lot sweeter.

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Shopping

The best vintage shops in Sydney

Get all dressed up in frocks from the 1950s, flares from the swinging sixties and super trendy smocks from the ’70s. You can find outfits from all the ages at Sydney’s best vintage shops, and the homewares to match at Sydney’s best antiques shops.

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Things to do when it rains in Sydney

Just because the skies are falling, doesn't mean you have to sit around doing nothing...  We may be a city that struggles when the heavens part but look hard enough and there's a bunch of fun to be had in a downpour. The key is staying out of it with these great rainy day activities:

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Sydney Tea Festival

If you take loose-leaf peppermint tea over flat white at any time of day, then the Sydney Tea Festival will be your equivalent to the Rocks Aroma Festival. It’s billed as adventure in speciality tea with a market of artisanal tea producers from all over Australia. There will be a series of ticketed workshops hosted by specialists on tea tasting, food pairing and blending as well as the history and benefits of tea.  This year, the festival will be located in a much larger part of Carriageworks to accommodate visitors and more than 50 stallholders. 

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Sydney Mini Maker Faire

Take a look at the coolest and kookiest inventions by passionate makers from across New South Wales. The Sydney Mini Maker Faire is like a show-and-tell of creative inventions from metal casting to Arduino coders and 3D printing designers. The event is in its fourth year and as part of the Sydney Science Festival you can visit the faimly-friendly show and the Collider exhibition for just $25. 

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Dogs on the Grass

Do you ever have one of those days when people drive you so crazy you wish you could just spend time with dogs? Don't be ashamed, we all do. Here's the perfect solution.  Head to Castle Hill for this fun and free festival for dogs. Humans and canines will find plenty to do. The festival features food, live music, competitions and stalls with pup-related products. Plus there's plenty of space for your pooch to run around and meet new friends.

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Pinot Palooza

Pinot Palooza is marking its fifth year as Australia’s largest annual Pinot Noir festival, and while that may sound crazy specific, it goes hard every year because people love pinot. The festival tours the country (with a pittstop in NZ this year) and this year the Sydney edition is being held at Carriageworks on Sunday, Oct 9 from 1pm. If you lock down tickets early they'll only cost you fifty bucks, which is a bargain for all the wine tasings, food stalls, classes, performances and good times you get in return.  Expect amazing wines from Curly Flat, Dalrymple, Greywacke, Josef Chromy, Moondarra, Mount Difficulty and Yabby Lake, Ata Rangi, Stefano Lubiana, Shaw + Smith, Maude, Kooyong Est, Chatto, Charteris, Giant Steps, Craggy Range and Pegasus Bay.  If none of those names ring a bell don't worry - the wine will be delicious regardless.  If you want to taste wine like a boss you can upgrade to a VIP experience with pre-event access, a food voucher and extra tastings. If you're as motivated by snacks as by wine you'll also be pleased to hear that there will be dishes from Bodega, Belles Hot Chicken and Yarra Valley Dairy available on the day, plus beers from Young Henrys for a change of pace.  

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Winter at North Bondi Fish

Things are changing at North Bondi Fish, Matt Moran’s sprawling seafood restaurant with its famous ocean views. The venue has had a spruce up and new head chef Zac Sykes (Coogee Pavilion, the Fish Shop) has revamped the menu with fresh, seasonal and sustainable produce. “My favourite dish at the moment is butter poached cuttlefish, fennel and lemon balm risotto with nori powder,” says Sykes. “I love using cuttlefish as it has great flavour and just like Aussie calamari, it’s sustainable, so you know it’s not overfished in any part of Australia.” Head into North Bondi Fish on a Thursday or Friday night and you can try one of Sykes’ #notjustfish creations, where he favours the likes of pork belly with braised cabbage and polenta or slow-cooked beef shin over seafood. Enjoy the special with a carafe of wine for two people at $30 per head. Winter warmer cocktails are also available throughout the cooler months and include tasty adult treats such as an Irish Coffee or a Kentucky Toddy served in a teacup. Or pop on down for Aperitivo hours, Wednesday to Friday from 4-6pm. NBF are also hosting an after party for City2Surf. Tickets include a three-hour beverage package, food by Sykes and DJ Alice Q playing on the balcony from 9am. Now that’s what we’d call a fun run. Winter trading hours are Wednesday to Sunday, noon till late.

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Rock Lily Trivia Tuesdays

Rock Lily, the music-comedy-entertainment venue on Level 1 at The Star, Pyrmont, has a trivia night every Tuesday, from 7.30pm. There’s no cover charge, pizzas are just $10, there are $15 beer jugs and parking is free if you spend $15 in one go. Now here’s the kicker. Many pub trivias will give you $100 in bar credit as first prize. Hell, some will give you less. But at Rock Lily the prize is a cool $500 cash – every single Tuesday. Plus, there are prizes worth $100 and $50 for second and third place respectively, and spot prizes throughout the night. That’s right. Win the comp and half a K is yours for the taking, no strings attached. Mind you, with such a generous jackpot at stake, The Star are serious about the cardinal rule of trivia: namely, no phones, tablets, notes, newspapers or other forms of external assistance – on pain of disqualification. They monitor this closely, so hands off the phones, people. Teams can be as small as two and as large as ten. The smaller the team that triumphs the bigger the individual cut, but then the bigger the team the wider your knowledge base. There are two rounds of 20 questions. Good luck.

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Blackbird and Laugh Mob present Harbour Comedy Club

Blackbird laughing in the dead of night... Contemporary eatery Blackbird Café in Cockle Bay Wharf has joined forces with Laugh Mob to launch Harbour Comedy Club on Thursday nights. The new comedy club will present both Australian and international talent and kicks off at 8pm on Thursday July 28 with headliner Gary Eck, a veteran of the local scene whose credits include co-writing Happy Feet 2 with George Miller. Regulars at Harbour Comedy Club will include Edinburgh Fringe Festival award winner Brendan Burns, heavy metal comedian Steve Hughes, Al Del Bene and Tony Woods from the US, plus local heroes Neel Kolkhatar and Frenchy. You can reserve a table by emailing comedy@blackbirdcafe.com.au. Entry includes a beverage on arrival and drinks specials will be available all night.

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