Shelby’s Sidecar Tours
Nothing puts a smile on a grumpy motorist’s face quite like seeing a vintage-style motorbike chugging uphill. We’re getting a ride on one of Shelby’s Sidecar Tours – a guided adventure from Manly to Dee Why, including a short bush walk at Long Reef Point – and as we cruise around the quieter streets of Sydney’s Northern Beaches we get waves, giggles and lots of smiles from passers-by.
Things to do in Sydney this week
Looking for something to do after work this week? LOL at some free comedy, book a table at one of Sydney's best new restaurants, head to an underground bar or check out some bargain theatre shows.
Sydney Science Festival guide
Here's Time Out's guide to getting involved in the scientific side of Sydney.
The Barber Shop Barangaroo
The owners of York Street’s gin palace behind a barber shop have flipped the concept on its head for their second venue: the Barber Shop at Barangaroo is a gentlemen’s playpen of grooming products, luxury shaving treatments and three shelves of hard liquor.
The best of Sydney
The best yoga studios in Sydney
Ashtanga, yin, vinyassa, hatha, bikram – whatever your style, Sydney's got it. Here are the best yoga studios offering a relaxing place to work on your poses. Reward your efforts with Sydney's healthiest breakfasts, or try something completely different and check out the best kayaking spots.
Escape rooms in Sydney
Puzzle rooms are taking Sydney by storm. Every time we check, another two seem to be popping up out of nowhere – and each one raises the bar with new ideas inspired by the hundreds of escape rooms found across the world. (Apparently Hungary is the place to go for the ultimate mystery room binge – there are more than 100 rooms in Budapest alone). The concept is simple: solve a variety of puzzles placed in and around the room before your allotted time runs out. Each room has a different theme and stimulates all senses, demanding a variety of problem-solving skills. Time Out took the challenge of visiting nine rooms in the city. Whether we got out in time? Well, that's a different matter.
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:
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.
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.
Events coming up in Sydney
Fairs and festivals
Smooth Festival of Chocolate
The cobbled streets of the Rocks are lined with marketstalls and chill-out zones for the third annual festival dedicated to chocolate. For two days, you can sample chocolate desserts, pick up baking tips from the experts and buy famous cakes from the likes of Black Star Pastry (that strawberry watermelon cake), Love Dem Apples, Textbook Patisserie and Adriano Zumbo. There’ll be a Chocolatiers’ Quarters based in the Overseas Passenger Terminal, a Lindt Lounge at Tallawolodah Place (in front of the MCA) with three new éclair flavours, plus the Callebaut Test Kitchen featuring demonstrations from chefs like Black Star Pastry’s Christopher Thé, Carlos Heng of Mak Mak Macarons and Jean Michel Raynaud from La Renaissance Patisserie.
Cabramatta Moon Festival
Each year, Cabramatta Moon Festival celebrates the best of South East Asian culture and cuisine with a huge street festival, drawing 90,000 people from across Sydney to the party on John Street. The date of the event falls on the day of the year when daylight and darkness are equal in length, and Cabramatta Moon Festival is filled with colourful entertainment from day to night – from a lion dance parade at 10.30am to a fireworks finale at 8pm. There are fairground rides, cooking demonstrations and three stages of entertainment, including a performance from Prince Mak (3pm) and Timomatic (6pm). My Kitchen Rules winners Tasia and Gracia will be there, too, giving a demo on their cooking skills at 11.05am and 1.35pm on the Mekong Mounties Group Stage.
Surry Hills Festival
Surry Hills Festival draws an impressive crowd of 50,000 people for free family-friendly entertainment from 10am to 10pm. This year’s event continues the 14-year tradition of unearthing stories from the suburb’s past, from a runaway elephant on Crown Street to the criminal gangs at Frog’s Hollow. It’s one of the biggest local festivals in spring, stretching from Ward Park to Shannon Reserve and from Crown Street to Hill Street, with live music performances, kids’ activities, art trails and market stalls. Entry is by donation and all funds raised on the day go to towards the community programs of the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre.
Held annually in September, Emerge Festival features 30 events from visual arts exhibitions to cultural parades and kids’ entertainment. It includes the Chatswood Street Fair on Saturday September 3, which is a full day of market stalls and music performances across numerous stages. There’s a pop-up Oasis at Chatswood Mall Market (Sep 1-2) and at the Concourse (Sep 22-25) with deck chairs, entertainment and kids’ activities. Plus, free outdoor concerts every Sunday afternoon. Emerge Festival includes the Taiwan Festival (Sep 10-11), which includes Taiwanese workshops, food and activities in Chatswood Mall, and art exhibitions at Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby.
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The eighth Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) is a weekend of robust, challenging and inspirational discussion with compelling speakers from around the world. We have six double passes up for grabs to the session Why Black Lives Matter with Alicia Garza and Stan Grant. This one will be a conversation starter – that's for sure. Each double pass includes a mysterious haze cocktail per person at Opera Bar and a FODI-inspired mystery meal at Opera Kitchen (vegan and vegetarian options available). To enter, simply sign up to the Time Out Newsletter (your ultimate social planner) before 10am, Wednesday September 1. Already a subscriber? No issues. You can still enter the competition – and we promise not to send you multiple newsletters. Name: Email: Gender: Female Male Other Year of Birth: Postcode: Do you have a lot of opinions? We're keen to know what our readers think, so we've created an insider's club to find out. Join, and we'll email you surveys and questions from time to time. It's a great chance to have your thoughts heard, and we'll reward you with treats too. Tick this box if you'd like to join our insider's club. Enter now! Terms and conditions in full. By entering this competition you agree to receive relevant communications from Time Out including news, events, offers and competitions.
Van Morrison’s Masterpieces Featuring Vince Jones And The Astral Orchestra
Beloved Australian singer, trumpeter, songwriter and performer Vince Jones has assembled a crack squad of Australian jazz musicians, with musical direction and piano by Matt McMahon, to form the Astral Orchestra. This super-group of local legends will, for one night only, take on Van Morrison's seminal late '60s and early '70s albums Astral Weeks and Moondance. These are the records that turned Morrison into Van the Man, and gave us 'Madame George' and 'Into the Mystic'. Not only were both albums critically acclaimed (although, for Astral Weeks, the road to recognition was a slow one) they were also hugely influenential for a young Vince Jones. This show at Angel Place's City Recital Hall follows two sold out performances at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, so act fast. Astral Orchestra full lineup: Matt McMahon – piano and music directorBen Hauptman – guitarBrett Hirst – bassJames Hauptman – drumsPhil Slater – trumpetPaul Cutlan - saxaphone and fluteMichelle O'Young – violinStephanie Zarka – violinJustine Clarke – vocals
Father’s Day Lunch at Glass Brasserie
Your dad likes meat, right? And we’re guessing he likes beer, wine and barbecues too. Thought so. Then this Father’s Day Lunch offer at Glass Brasserie in the Hilton Sydney is one you should get on board with. On Sunday September 4, acclaimed restaurateur/chef Luke Mangan is putting together a lunch with three delicious courses matched with brews from Young Henrys and fine wines. The set menu includes confit pork belly, Moroccan spiced lamb and the famous dark chocolate cream Milo mousse. Luke will be also be on hand for an interactive presentation with top butchers (and father-son duo) Anthony and Victor Puharich of Victor Churchill, Woollahra and Vic’s Meat Market, Pyrmont. Dad can brush up on his barbecuing and meat seasoning skills, and learn the tricks behind selecting the perfect cut of meat. Guests also have the chance to win a selection of premium meats from Vic’s Meat Market valued at $300. Think of it as the ultimate meat tray, and then some. Glass Brasserie’s Father’s Day Lunch is $125 per person. Spaces are limited, so be quick to make your reservations via email@example.com.