Find the best things to do this weekend
How do you showcase fantastic Sydney performance and writing that doesn't quite fit into the neat and tidy 'play' category? Last year the Griffin Theatre Comapny launched the brilliant Batch Festival, an alternative performance festival that features everything from plays to poetry, burlesque and comedy. The two-week program kicks off this weekend.
After encountering a spectacular airplane propeller in the Paris Aviation Salon, Marcel Duchamp abandoned his painting career and went on to originate the idea of ‘readymades’ – existing objects elevated to the status of art through virtue of being ‘selected’ by the artist. The official mid-20th century reproductions of his greatest lost works are at the centre of The Essential Duchamp.
CPAC Live is one of the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre's fledgling free music events, highlighting up-and-coming local artists. In February, hip hop and R’n’B artists from Western Sydney were in the spotlight, but for the next installment, rock’n’roll will be the melody of the day.
Woy Woy’s very own Felicity Ward is certainly one of our funniest exports, as the first Australian to be given a ‘Live From the BBC’ comedy special. Ward is returning to Sydney with her latest solo show to “bust a nut-ful of jokes” all over local audiences. Bring protection for your funny bone.
Vendors at this makeshift community market will be offering everything from pre-loved clothes, jewellery and shoes to bric-a-brac, records, books and art. They’re keeping things simple and accessible, replacing car boots and sale counters with suitcases. Come prepared to wade through all the secondhand goodies and haggle (kindly) for your favourite items.
Sydney Vegan Market brings together 100 stalls selling 100 per cent plant-based food and drink, homewares, fashion, art and cosmetics from some of the biggest names in cruelty-free shopping. The set up at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park offers a full day of eating, shopping, activism and education.
Neel Kolhatkar is only in his twenties but has been honing his skills ever since he won the Class Clowns competition at just 15 years of age. Since then he’s filmed three stand-up specials, a bunch of TV shows and has become hugely popular on YouTube, amassing tens of millions of views online.
Trampolines aren't just for kids. Head to this free family-friendly festival for bouncing sessions, giant lawn games, chill tunes, fairy floss, face painting and relaxation tents. The huge rustic space inside the Richard Wherrett Studio at Roslyn Packer Theatre will be all gussied up with Coachella-level festival stylings for the free day of fun.
This horror-comedy follows Lewis, whose love for his best friend has opened a literal portal to hell and resurrected the soul of a brutally slain girl called Alice. It’s up to Lewis, Alice, and her trash-talking demonic teddy bear to save the town before senior prom is ruined.
Larry Dean tackles all sorts of issues – from sodomy to self-esteem – and is one of the leading members of the new Scottish guard of stand-up. Although his style might be more modern and thoughtful than a lot of his counterparts, he’s still got that classic Scottish comedian way of spinning a yarn – and his jokes are all killer.
In The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race, the hot event at the small town country fair is the potato race. You run a track while holding a sack of potatoes. Winners in the men’s heat take home $1,000; the women race for $200. Penny, a recent Sydney transplant, is floored by this and makes moves to drag the town into the 21st century.
The second iteration of The National features 65 artists exhibiting across three venues, drawn from across the country and all stages of their careers. While each has its own theme, the MCA, AGNSW and Carriageworks are presenting a diverse line-up of artists who are responding to the state of the world as it currently stands, drawing in historical and cultural perspectives.
This carnival ticks a lot of family-friendly boxes: it’s free to get in, there’s a stage of free performances, more than 2,000 car spots and heaps of kid-friendly activities. Cuddle baby animals in the nursery, watch the rabbit race, head to the circus and enjoy kid-height carnival games and rides.
Four artists from around the world are being brought together for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art's new exhibition all about Singapore's past and future. See works by Kolkata-based Rathin Barman, Sydney-based, Singapore-born Jessica Bradford, London-based, Singapore-born Erika Tan and Singapore artist Moses Tan.
We fell in love with Megan Wilding when she took on the title role in Sydney Theatre Company’s hilarious Blackie Blackie Brown. Now she’s premiering her own play, a deeply personal piece all about grief, loss and the survival of Aboriginal women.
The 22nd annual Spanish Film Festival arrives this year with one big change – the Cine Latino film festival (which used to run in November) has been incorporated into the program, providing an enriched experience for those who want to get their Spanish-speaking film fix in one place.
Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss might still be in his twenties, but he’s a veritable veteran of stand-up, and has already got a series of Netflix specials under his belt. His controversial and challenging shows are always among our favourites. We loved last year’s set – in which he questioned whether or not he was actually a sociopath.
It was a no-brainer to bring this rocking play back to Belvoir to be seen by an even bigger audience this year. Belvoir will again be transformed into a sticky pub and Ursula Yovich and Elaine Crombie will reprise their roles as the pub-singing sisters facing family loss and intergenerational trauma.
A Disney Pixar-themed mini-golf course has landed at Darling Harbour, supplying reams of nostalgic putt putt fun. You’ll face challenges featuring familiar animated friends from Toy Story, A Bug's Life, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, Monsters, Inc., Wall-E and more in nine and 18-hole courses.
We had our first sugary sample of this pop-up Insta-museum in summer and now Sydneysiders will get another chance to ’gram themselves jumping into a giant bubblegum pink ball pit when the Sugar Republic returns to Myer. This weekend is your last chance to get in on the sweet action.
Take your pick
There’s something irresistibly romantic about getting outside and gathering nature’s bounty with your own bare hands. The fruit is guaranteed to be fresher and sweeter, and the journey will be more gratifying with the knowledge that you’re supporting our region’s hardworking farmers.