Best things to do in Sydney this weekend (17th-19th June)

There’s a lot going on around Sydney, and while most of it’s fun there’s some tearful goodbyes too as we farewell two of the city’s biggest events – Sydney Film Festival and Vivid Sydney – for yet another year. This is your last chance to charge up with the energy of both events while also checking out some of the new happenings and openings around town, including the big refresh of a Surry Hills icon, Supanova, and a Sydney+Melbourne collaboration spearheaded by Gelato Messina.

Dolphin Hotel’s Dining Room (Surry Hills)

Maurice Terzini’s refresh of Dolphin Hotel will finally open it’s first phase just in time for this weekend, revealing The Dining Room which has been worked on by the culinary team behind Icebergs Bar & Dining. Renowned chef Monty Koludrovic has put together a menu of classic and modern dishes from light, hand-stretched Pizza and Gnocchi with Braised Lamb Neck, to Woodfired Lemon Pudding. It’s looking like an interesting and necessary revival of a Surry Hills icon, speaking to the vastly improved pub dining scene across Sydney.

NOTE: Headline image is from the Dolphin Hotel and credited to Jason Loucas.

412 Crown St, Surry Hills.

Messina Eats (Rosebery)

Gelato Messina have coaxed two of Melbourne’s casual dining juggernauts, Huxtaburger and Mr Claws, to make their way on up to Sydney for a two-day Messina Eats parking lot pop-up. With live music and entertainment, plus freshly made gelato in-store, Messina will set-up this unmissable experience in the car park next to their Rosebery store. It will be open for lunch and dinner (from 12pm) on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th June and Messina will be pumping out their popular Cremino Choc Tops alongside burgers and lobster rolls. More information can be found HERE.

58 Mentmore Ave, Rosebery.

Vivid Carriageworks Market (Eveleigh)

As Vivid Sydney comes to a close for yet another year of lights, music, and ideas, Carriageworks are throwing one final encore of their Night Market. There are over 50 stallholders including some of the best and most sought after producers in Sydney across both food and drink, all coming together for one big immersive experience that’s already proved to be one of the most popular events on the entire program this year. The first one was 4th June and by all reports it was absolutely packed; this unmissable event returns for one final time on Saturday 18th June from 5pm so make sure you get down and check out the likes of Archie Rose, Billy Kwong, Cake Wines, Cornersmith, Efendy, Icebergs, Pepe Saya, Porteno, Single Origin Roasters, Thievery and Young Henrys.

245 Wilson St, Eveleigh

Vivid Sydney

With so many precincts this year it would be hard to believe anyone is done truly soaking in all Vivid Sydney has to offer in 2016. It all wraps up on Saturday 18th June so if you haven’t yet, go and check out essentials like the Royal Botanic Garden, Martin Place (where the 8Bits + Bytes Burger Pop-Up is, VR experiment BJÖRK DIGITAL at Carriageworks, and the famed “lightwalk” around Circular Quay.

Make sure to fuel up in the city before heading on in, there are some great pre-Vivid options throughout Hilton Sydney (including some exclusive cocktails at Glass Brasserie), and a whole bunch of offers at The Galeries. You can find more in our comprehensive food and drink guide for vivid HERE.

To make your final plans head to the official Vivid Sydney website HERE.

Supanova (Sydney Olympic Park)

Always wanted to meet Pru and Piper from Charmed? Have a GoT crush on Lancel Lannister? Want to give John Noble the absolute biggest hug in the world because he was just the best on Fringe? The big Supanova Pop Culture Expo returns to Sydney this weekend for a big 2016 edition from 17th to 19th of June, bringing in some big local and international stars. Tickets are reasonably priced, and Q&A sessions are throughout the entire weekend. Click HERE for more information.

Sydney Film Festival

The 63rd annual Sydney Film Festival has been unsurprisingly intense, generating discussion around it’s packed program of challenging, interesting, and often life-changing cinema. Our sister site The Iris has been punching out some of its most comprehensive coverage yet with more film reviews than ever, you can find our reviews and interviews HERE which may help you decide what you want to see this weekend! And don’t forget there’s always some encore screenings planned for next week at Palace Cinemas. Head to the official Sydney Film Festival website HERE.


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Chris Singh

Chris Singh is the Deputy-Editor-At-Large of the AU review, loves writing about travel and hospitality, and is partial to a perfectly textured octopus. You can reach him on Instagram: @chrisdsingh.

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