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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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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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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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Broadway Sydney announces new food retailers

Visitors to Broadway Shopping Centre this year will have noticed Level 2 has been kept under wraps while undergoing a major redevelopment.   Next month we’ll get to see the results of this multi-million dollar renovation as the bandages fall away to reveal an exciting new food offering for Broadway customers, starring the fifth Sydney outlet for Taiwanese dumpling masters Din Tai Fung. Joining those popular purveyors of xiaolongbao will be Mexican taqueria kings Guzman y Gomez, ready to satisfy those burrito cravings, as well as popular franchises Grill’d Healthy Burgers and Nando’s. The other food outlets announced are Zeus Street Greek; Pepper Seeds Thai; Sushi Hon; Schnitz; Mumbai Express; and Ilmi Korean BBQ. The new food retailers join a high profile list of fashion and beauty tenants including recently announced Sephora, H&M and Calvin Klein Underwear, moving into Level 2 this August. More names will be revealed over the coming weeks – watch this space.  

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Sydney Dog Lovers Show

Whether you’re a dog owner or you’re hoping to become one, there’ll be plenty of puppies to go round at the Dog Lovers Show. You can pick up expert tips on behaviour, diet, first aid and surviving with a new puppy. This year’s event will be star-studded as celebrity vet Dr Chris Brown will be there to captain a team of talented K9s in the Weave Pole Challenge. Renowned animal trainer Peta Clarke will take to the stage to offer insights into celeb-dog training and will introduce the canine duo that stole the show as ‘Bruiser’ and ‘Rufus’ in Legally Blonde the Musical. Pamper your pooch with gifts from the hundreds of stalls selling the latest gear. Hear the stories of war veterans and their experiences in working with war dogs and, most importantly, visit the Pat-A-Pooch nursery to cuddle all the pups you could ever imagine.  Book online to fetch up to a 20 per cent discount. 

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards and exhibition showcase not only the best of the natural world, but the patience, ingenuity and talent of the photographers who spend their time embedded within wildlife so that they can get that incredible, revealing shot. Previously held at the Australian Museum, this year's exhibition, showcasing the best of wildlife photography in 2015, is taking place at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Wrestling komodo dragons, ethereal egrets and thirsty squirrels are among the creatures captured on camera by this year’s finalists. Judged by a panel of industry-recognised professionals, the images were taken by some of the world’s best nature photographers and selected for their creativity, artistry and technical complexity. Among the 100 images on show is Australian explorer and conservation photographer  Michael AW's 'Under Water' category winner (pictured): a photograph of a Bryde's whale in the middle of a feeding frenzy, taken off the east coast of South Africa. Entry is by a Special Exhibition ticket that also grants visitors access into another key exhibition at the Maritime Museum, Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude, which is on loan for a limited season from the Natural History Museum, London.  

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Bledisloe Cup Charity Lunch

Cross-Tasman rivalries are sharpening up once more with the annual New Zealand vs Australia rugby union clash the Bledisloe Cup this August. This year the Bledisloe Cup Charity Lunch is taking place at Beer DeLuxe in King Street Wharf, hosted by Phillip Cornwell and featuring special guest former rugby union star (and current Balmain coach) Matt Dunning. Tickets to the lunch are $100 per person including a three-course meal and drinks. The afternoon will feature raffles and hot charity auction items guests can bid for courtesy of some of Australia’s best craft brewers. From Two Birds Brewing, there’s a T-shirt and beer prize pack. From Akasha Brewing there’s a cap, T-shirt and brewery tour on offer (the tour includes a complimentary tasting paddle). There’s also a tour on offer from Wayward Brewing – to which the winning bidder can bring 20 mates, including tastings. Time Out is also getting in on the charity spirit with two gift bags, each including bottles of white wine and red wine, a six-month subscription to Time Out Sydney magazine, and a copy of the Time Out Sydney Pub Guide 2016. If you love craft beer almost as much as you love your rugby then you’re going to want to get along to this – but book now to avoid disappointment. The very deserving charity benefiting from the event is Bear Cottage – the only children’s hospice in NSW.

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