Bingefest is going to be your new fave pop culture fest
Imagine a place where all your favourite cat videos, Harambe memes, #LOLs and Netflix binges come together, and that’s what Sydney Opera House is going to deliver in the lead up to Christmas.
Five dishes to try at the Night Noodle Markets
Sydney's Night Noodle Markets are back at Hyde Park from Oct 6-23.
Muck in at the urban farm
Food scraps come from the restaurant on site, Acre, plus leftovers can be brought in by locals through a community-composting program. They’ve got chooks on site too, which is fun for kids and handy for composting.
Imagine camping scenes from Game of Thrones, but with less death and more WiFi access.
The best of Sydney
The Sydney Bucket List
Time Out Sydney editors have selected their favourite things to do in Sydney right now, from activities that show off our city at its best – like kayaking on the harbour or taking high tea with a view – to our favourite weekly treats, such as the best markets around town and the best hidden bars in the city. Take a read through our list and get cracking on that ultimate to do list.
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:
The best walks in Sydney
Coastal walks, bush walks, historical walks and inner city ambles: there are many routes to choose from to discover Sydney from a new angle. See our list of ten favourite places to wander and remember to pack a camera – these walks offer some of the best vantage points for snapping our city at its best.
The Sydney tourist hit list
Events coming up in Sydney
Dear Pluto Makers Market
Shop from local makers at this cute indie market in Redfern
Night Noodle Markets
Leave the cash at home, this year’s hawker markets will be card payment only
Garage Sale Trail
Hold a garage sale or browse the ones popping up on your own street
Fairs and festivals
St Jerome's Laneway Festival has managed to go from just that – a festival in the backstreets of Melbourne for friends – to an internationally renowned tastemaker in a matter of year. 2017 will be no different, when the festival returns to the Sydney College of the Arts for a day of grassy fun.
If you were in Sydney in January, you’d have seen the Flaming Lips play a free concert in the Domain, built a giant cardboard tower in Darling Harbour, watched ferries race under the Harbour Bridge and you’d have ridden a flying fox at Barangaroo – all thanks to Sydney Festival. The annual cultural celebration is the big one in Sydney’s summer must-do list, and the festival’s contemporary programming always manages to surprise. Events take place across Sydney and Parramatta, attracting an audience of over 500,000 each year. In 2017, it’ll be the festival’s 41st year and they’ve already announced shows from multi-award winning artist PJ Harvey, who is playing the new ICC venue in Darling Harbour, plus the homegrown musical Ladies in Black – a toe-tapping trip back in time based on the comic novel by Madeleine St John. Look out for more announcements when the full program is released on October 26.
Sydney Chinese New Year Festival
Roosters, rats, pigs and snakes will light up the skies in late January for the 21st Chinese New Year Festival in Sydney. It’ll be the Year of the Rooster, and the City of Sydney is putting on more than 80 events around town from a spectacular lantern exhibition to Dragon Boat races and hawker-style food markets. From the festival’s modest beginnings in 1995 as a community street market, Sydney Chinese New Year Festival has grown to become one of the largest celebrations of the Lunar New Year outside of Asia, led by festival curator Claudia Chan Shaw.
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Jameson Caskmates at the Time Out Hop-up
What do you get if you age whiskey in craft beer barrels? Something like Jameson Caskmates. It’s the fruit of a collaboration between Jameson’s head distiller and the head brewer of local craft brewery in County Cork, Ireland. They hatched a plan to send a few Jameson casks to the Franciscan Well Brewery and see how this might influence their craft Irish stout. Neither head brewer nor whiskey master knew what this experiment would bring, but both men hoped that some Jameson magic might rub off on the fine Irish stout – and they were delighted with the results. The empty casks journeyed back to the Jameson Distillery after the beer had been bottled, full of new stout character from their sabbatical at Franciscan Well. The Jameson Master of Whiskey generally prefers not to mess with a good thing, but his curiosity got the better of him and he decided to repeat the experiment – this time re-filling the stout-soaked casks with Jameson Whiskey. So how does it taste? While the triple-distilled smoothness is very much intact, the whiskey sings a different tune, with notes of cocoa, coffee and butterscotch confirming the stout influence. You can grab the whiskey every day of Craft Beer Week at Time Out’s Hop-Up ale yard. Just upgrade your craft beer of choice to a boilermaker, and you’ll get the chance to pair it with the whiskey – neat or on the rocks, whichever you prefer. And it gets even better. On Saturday 22, Tuesday 25 and Friday 28 October, members of the Jameson Crew
Sydney Italian Festival
Sydney Italian Festival is an annual event organised by the Italian Trade Agency designed to promote all things Made in Italy. Between October 12 and 30, events will take place in Italian restaurants, bars, gourmet food stores, design and furniture showrooms across Sydney. The calendar includes retail promotions, aperitivo nights, food and wine, cooking classes, art and culture events and much more. Attendees at all events are eligible to enter the Live Life in Style Competition to win one of three fabulous prizes.
The Turquoise Elephant
It’s pretty exciting – and a bona fide Big Deal – when you get one of Australia’s most successful directors, Gale Edwards, taking on a gig on one of our smallest stages. As if that weren’t endorsement enough, Stephen Carleton’s play also won the 2015 Griffin Award for new Australian writing – on which occasion artistic director Lee Lewis described it as “a shockingly funny and black, black, black farce. It is an accomplished political comedy from a very clever, very wicked playwright who sees all our hypocrisies about climate change and the environment and turns them into his weapons in the fight for the planet.” The Turquoise Elephant pitches its tent in the temperature-controlled home of a politically privileged family, as they watch the climate disaster climax. This production stars Catherine Davies, Maggie Dence, Julian Garner, Belinda Giblin and Olivia Rose.
Eden Gardens Halloween
Halloween is almost upon us – the one night of the year where pumpkins are carved into jack-o-lanterns, trick or treaters knock endlessly on your door and the dead supposedly wander among the living. For Halloween-loving adults, sometimes it’s hard to find a place that will welcome fake blood and witch costumes for those well beyond childhood. But, fear not: Eden Gardens are hosting an adults-only party especially for all you spooky mature souls. On Saturday October 29, Eden Gardens will be transformed into a haunted garden. Expect a glass of specially brewed Halloween Punch on arrival; canapé stations scattered around the grounds; and a photobooth to capture all those scary moments. Dance the night away to the tunes of DJ Dracula, wander the haunted gardens and mingle with other Halloween-loving adults. There’ll be a themed open-air Garden Bar where you can purchase cocktails and drinks and, for those of you who need to park your broomsticks, on site parking. Tickets are $65 per head.