Newtown Festival’s 38th year includes big-name acts like All Our Exes Live in Texas, Paul Mac and L-Fresh the Lion on the Federation Stage (along with 37 other acts) – but also a more spread out, family-friendly program.
Muck in at the urban farm
Enjoy lunch at Acre or hang out for yoga at the farm in the mornings.
Imagine camping scenes from Game of Thrones, but with less death and more WiFi access.
Darcy St Project
The social enterprise enabling students to build their confidence, improve their language skills and find long-term work in Parramatta.
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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
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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Halloween at Kings Cross Hotel
Halloween is nearly upon us and to celebrate, Kings Cross Hotel is hosting a party across all of its four levels. Whip out your scariest witch or zombie costume, accessorise with a jack-o-lantern and get down to the Kings Cross Hotel for a night of thrills and chills. The party will kick off at 9pm and carry on until 3am. Expect R&B and hip-hop favourites in the underground Dive Bar; classic pop anthems on the ground floor; and electronic and house music on the rooftop. For those who like to walk on the wild side, head to the balcony level where the playlist is full of ghoul-ty pleasures. Be prepared for the all the songs you wouldn't play in polite company - come on, you know the ones. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the door.
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
The Argyle Halloween weekend
To celebrate the spookiest night of the year, the Argyle is transforming into an extravagant, multi-sensory shop of horrors. The creatures of the underground will be coming out to play and, luckily for you, they’re headed straight for the Argyle. The venue has gathered up the weirdest and wackiest performers to entertain you across the weekend – expect contortionists, bearded ladies, snake charmers and even bed-of-nails performers. Yikes. There'll be special cocktails and snacks available for purchase, as well as a killer line-up of DJs to carry you through the night, including sets from Jesabel, KIN, Press Play, Glover and many more. If you’re planning on going on a Friday, be sure to dress up in costume and take advantage of free entry before 9pm. Or, if you're all set for Saturday, be quick to get those tickets – first release are selling for $30 each and second release for $40 each.
Jamie's Italian spring/summer menu
Spring has sprung and fortunately for you, Jamie’s Italian have been busy perfecting their new spring/summer menu. Don't worry; not too much has changed – Jamie has kept a bunch of his favourites to complement the new options. Start your meal off with the new primavera bruschetta from the nibbles and antipasti menu – lemony zucchini, peas and beans with hazelnut and lovage pesto and Bella Lodi. Or, if you want to head straight for the mains, try the new Gennaro’s chicken primavera – chargrilled and butterflied free-range chicken breast served with peas, beans, zucchini and hazelnut and basil pesto. Then there's fresh crab spaghetti – served with chilli, fennel, capers, white wine and garlic; or silky spaghettti carbonara – sweet tender leeks with golden smoky pancetta, cracked black pepper and parmesan.Don’t worry, there are plenty of options for those of you who aren’t interested in carb-loading. Jamie’s new classic caprese salad – heirloom tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and basil – is joining the salad menu and the Super Food Salad is here to stay. Desserts include an epic choclate brownie with chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream and caramelised amaretti popcorn, and the molten chocolate praline pudding – warm chocolate cake with a liquid praline centre, served with vanilla ice cream and praline.