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Things to do in Sydney this weekend

Find all the best events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend

People ice skating at St Mary's Cathedral
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Glide into the weekend with these glorious events popping up around the city. There’s a huge bill of fabulous theatre showing over the weekend – not to mention all the amazing musicals coming to Sydney – plus winter-friendly adventures for when you're feeling active or want to focus on eating.

Reserve your dollars for dessert and eat out at these BYO restaurants around Sydney, or save your big party energy for Sunday sessions at these top spots.

RECOMMENDED: The best pubs with fireplaces.

Find the best things to do this weekend

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Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon at Cork
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Things to do, Exhibitions

Apollo 11

icon-location-pin Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo
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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.

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Hilary Cole, Helen Dallimore and Maggie McKenna in Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures Production of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical
Theatre, Musicals

Muriel's Wedding The Musical

icon-location-pin Sydney Lyric, Darling Harbour
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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. 

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People on the ice rink outside Cathedral Square.
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Things to do, Ice skating

Skating at Cathedral Square

icon-location-pin St Mary's Cathedral Forecourt, Sydney
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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. 

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Trevor Kings X Theatre 2019 supplied
Photograph: Clare Hawley
Theatre, Drama

Trevor

icon-location-pin Kings X Theatre, Potts Point
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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.

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Aboriginal man holding a colourful textile work in front of other artworks.
Photograph: Wayne Quilliam
Shopping, Arts and crafts

National Indigenous Art Fair

icon-location-pin Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks
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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. 

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Two children holding hands in blue dress, Still from The Shining (1980)
Photograph: Warner Bros
Film, Special screenings

David Stratton Presents Martin Scorsese's Scariest Films Ever Festival

icon-location-pin Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Cremorne
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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).

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Once Darlinghurst Theatre Co 2019
Photograph: Robert Catto
Theatre, Musicals

Once

icon-location-pin Eternity Playhouse, Darlinghurst
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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

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A Drone Opera Carriageworks 2019
Photograph: David McKinnar
Art, Film and video

A Drone Opera

icon-location-pin Carriageworks, Eveleigh
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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.

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Inner West Brick Fair (Lego)
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Things to do, Fairs and festivals

Inner West Brick Fair

icon-location-pin Croydon Public School, Prospect
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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. 

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Madama Butterfly Opera Australia 2019
Photograph: Georges Antoni
Theatre

Madama Butterfly

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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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.

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Michael Armitage: The Promised Land MCA 2019
Michael Armitage, 'The Promised Land' 2019
Art

Michael Armitage: The Promised Land

icon-location-pin Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), The Rocks
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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.

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The Happy Prince on stage
Photograph: Pia Johnson
Theatre

The Happy Prince

icon-location-pin SBW Stables Theatre - Griffin Theatre Company, Darlinghurst
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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. 

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Image of the moon in the Royal Botanic Garden.
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Things to do, Walks and tours

Ghostly Garden

icon-location-pin Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
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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.

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Murder on the Wireless Ensemble Theatre 2019
Photograph: Prudence Upton
Theatre

Murder on the Wireless

icon-location-pin Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli
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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.

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Photograph: Daniel Boud
Dance

Bangarra: 30 Years of Sixty Five Thousand

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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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.

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Dedicated to the Dedicated: Whitlams exhibition supplied image
Study for Bird Ritual, John Coburn. With kind permission from the Coburn family
Art

Dedicated to the Dedicated: Whitlam, the Arts and Democracy

icon-location-pin Margaret Whitlam Galleries, Parramatta
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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.

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Actors on stage in Things I Know to Be True
Theatre, Drama

Things I Know to Be True

icon-location-pin Belvoir St Theatre, Surry Hills
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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.

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Indies & Idols Australian Chamber Orchestra 2019 supplied image
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Music, Classical and opera

Australian Chamber Orchestra: Indies & Idols

icon-location-pin City Recital Hall, Sydney
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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. 

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Matador Sydney Opera House 2019
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Theatre

Matador

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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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. 

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Chicken at Chin Chin Sydney
Photograph: Anna Kucera
Things to do, Food and drink

Frida Las Chin Chin: Smoke and Mirrors

icon-location-pin Chin Chin, Surry Hills
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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.

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Anatomy of a Suicide Red Line Productions 2019
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Theatre, Drama

Anatomy of a Suicide

icon-location-pin Old Fitzroy Theatre, Wooloomooloo
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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?

People sitting inside booth eating at Goros Bar Surry Hills
Photograph: Anna Kucera
Restaurants, Bars

Where to sober up in Sydney

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. 

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