Find the best things to do this weekend
It’s 50 years since the Moon landing, and the Powerhouse Museum is hosting a cosmic exhibition dedicated to the landmark event. It'll feature more than 200 objects involved the momentous 1969 space journey, plus the renowned 'Museum of the Moon' installation.
Muriel’s Wedding the Musical will leave you smiling for days. Directed by our finest big-picture showman Simon Phillips, this is the film-to-stage adaptation critics, audiences and creatives dream of: an updated and evolved version of the original story that stands proudly as its own creation.
Ice skate every day – and late into the night – at this open-air ice rink. There's more beyond the skaters, with ice slides – which sounds dangerously fun – jumping castles and music. After you do the rounds, warm up with a hot choccy and snack from one of the food vendors.
Nick Jones' play about a formerly famous chimpanzee who once starred in a commercial alongside Morgan Fairchild is having its Sydney premiere at Kings Cross Theatre, courtesy of the multi-award-winning Outhouse Theatre Co. The Sydney production will be directed by Shaun Rennie with Jamie Oxenbould as the titular chimp.
The folks from the Blak Markets will be hosting this two-day festival of art, dance, music and traditional cooking in the lead-up to NAIDOC Week. You’ll get to explore artworks from remote Indigenous art centres and artists beside 30 other stalls that regularly appear at the Blak Markets.
The Hayden Orpheum is doing a retrospective of classic horror films, as selected by veteran US director Martin Scorsese. According to Scorsese, these are the scariest films of all time, so it’s the perfect opportunity to show your brave face on date night (or hide behind your movie-watching companion).
Sydney has had to wait a while to get to see Once. The musical, based on the 2007 Irish romantic comedy movie of the same name, opened in New York in 2011 and headed to Melbourne in 2014. It's finally our turn, with this new production by Richard Carroll, director of the massively successful Calamity Jane.
When Matthew Sleeth premiered A Drone Opera in Melbourne in 2015, audiences were seated inside a cage for their own safety. Sleeth is now reimagining the work for Carriageworks, presenting it as an immersive three-channel video installation that will recreate the sensory overload of the live performances.
This kid-friendly community fair attracts Lego lovers of all ages, and there are activities to keep all levels of builders busy. Make cities in the free brick building play area, join a building competition, hop on the jumping castles and fill up at the food stalls.
This is the first of Opera Australia's 2019 'digital' productions. It uses 12 massive high-definition LED panels, which fly in and out of the space, spin around and feature custom-made animations and film content to tell the story of Cio-Cio San, the young Japanese girl who marries an American naval officer who tragically abandons her.
Kenyan-born artist Michael Armitage is only in his mid-thirties but his uniquely beautiful paintings are in huge demand around the world. The MCA is presenting his first exhibition in Australia, which includes recent work and new large-scale paintings telling stories of folklore, history and memories from East Africa.
Melbourne’s queer theatre darlings, Little Ones Theatre, are back in Sydney with this award-winning take on one of Oscar Wilde’s stories. They're known for taking on classic stories, like Dracula and Salome and giving them a fresher-than-fresh update.
Ready your torches and your nerves for this nighttime garden ghost tour. As you’re led through shadowy paths and under dark canopies in the Royal Botanic Garden, your guide will share spine-tingling stories about the area, introducing you to long-dead historical figures who’ve visited the park and the secretive nocturnal creatures who inhabit it.
If you’ve ever been on a studio tour or signed up for a backstage experience, then Murder on the Wireless is for you. The play is a trip back in time and behind the scenes. It’s 1959 and we are the rare studio audience for the taping of two radio plays live-to-air.
After thirty years, Bangarra Dance Theatre has emerged as one of Australia’s best dance companies, consistently working to honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories and experiences. In 30 Years of Sixty Five Thousand, three contemporary works are brought together to celebrate the strength and breadth of Bangarra’s legacy so far.
There was arguably no greater prime minister arts champion than Gough Whitlam, who revolutionised arts funding and controversially purchased Jackson Pollock's 'Blue Poles' for the National Gallery of Australia for $1.3 million in 1973. The collection is the centrepiece of this exhibition, which traces Whitlam's commitment to the arts.
The Price family are a lot like many others passing the years in Australia’s suburbs. Bob is a bit lost at 63, having taken a redundancy and his a tough-as-nails wife Fran is the ultimate overbearing mother and hardworking nurse. This family drama unfolds as their adult kids face identity crises and their idealised family unravels.
The Australian Chamber Orchestra has always embraced unusual collaborations and is continuing that tradition with this program celebrating Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, the National’s Bryce Dessner and Sufjan Stevens, plus the Polish composers who inspired them.
This fiery fusion of burlesque, dance and circus set under the Spanish sun arrives at Sydney Opera House this month. Seen through the torrid relationship between the Bull and the Matador, the show traces the many stages of love, from flirting and infatuation to unrequited love and infidelity.
Get ready to channel the outlandish decadence of the '80s at Chin Chin when Sydney artist Frida Las Vegas takes to the restaurant's basement for an experiential dining residency. Chin Chin's interiors will be transformed into pop art excess matched by a fresh menu for the final sparkling pop-up supper this weekend.
Described as “one of the most formally ambitious, emotionally rich and daring plays to have emerged out of the UK in recent years,” this play follows mother, daughter and granddaughter Carol, Anna and Bonnie and the legacy that mental illness wreaks across their lives.
Got a big night planned?
There’s nothing like the harsh reality of the last call to make you realise how hungry – and perhaps how tipsy – you really are. Sometimes the only way to sort yourself out and curb tomorrow’s hangover is to treat yourself to a feast. Whether you prefer sweet, salty or spicy, we’re here to help keep your hangover at the helm with a cheat sheet for a satisfying late-night meal in Sydney that’ll bring you back to your senses.