Best things to do in Sydney this weekend (24th-26th June)

Just because Sydney is winding down from three of June’s biggest events (Sydney Film Festival, Vivid, and Supanova), doesn’t mean that there is a shortage of excitement around the city this weekend. There’s quite a few exciting happenings around town, and we’ve picked out some of our favs for you get across, including some that may temp you for a little day trip away from the city.

Haunted House at Museum of Contemporary Art (Friday; 7pm-11pm)

As part of their ARTBAR series, this Friday will see the iconic MCA host a haunted house full of supernatural happenings designed after a shadowy dreamscape, curated by Kate Daw, Emily Floyd and special guest troubadour Georgia Spain. Those heading along can expect spiritual readings, ghost tours, ballads, narratives, experimental print workshops, short films, DJ’s, and ghostly themed cocktails at the rooftop bar. For more information head to the Facebook event HERE. Pair this up with a pre-event screening of The Conjuring 2 at one of the many cinemas across Sydney and make a night of it.

140 George St, The Rocks

The Hills Food Fest (Friday-Sunday)

For the entire weekend, those out near Rouse Hill won’t need to be coming into the city to get their fix on some of Sydney’s best. Held at The Australian Brewery, The Hills Food Fest will be bringing in eight of the city’s most sought after food outlets including Gelato Messina, who will have their famed International Soup Kitchen featuring unique canned frozen ice cream soups (our pick: Black Forest Bisque), standing alongside Bao Stop, The Bella Shack, Hoy Pinoy, Happy As Larry, and the always lively Knafeh Bakery. There’s live entertainment on the cards as well as several more food trucks, some pop-up bars (across craft beer, Rum, Vodka, Whisky, and Wine) and kid-friendly activities. Entry is free all weekend and it kicks off at 5pm on Friday. For more information click HERE.

350 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill

Wood, Fire, and Smoke month at The Star (Friday-Sunday)

The Star will continue their Wood, Fire, and Smoke month over the last weekend of June with a round of brand new dishes from the property’s top restaurants. Osteria Balla Manfredi will have a dish of Burnt Wheat Pappardelle with lamb ragu on the menu; BLACK by Ezard will be pushing out their giant Wood Grilled Wagyu T-Bone MBS6+ 1KG served up with cipilloni onion, smoked potato puree, and bone marrow sauce; and Sokyo will have their nice and simple Smoked Ice Cream. For more information click HERE.

80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont

Cheese Lovers Festival (Saturday; 10am-4pm)

Plan a last minute road trip to the Hunter Valley and arrive on Saturday just in time for the very first Cheese Lovers Festival held in the region at Sebel Hotel at Kirkton Park. It’s only two hours from Sydney and you’ll have access to a massive showcase of cheese, built with 30 stalls highlighting all kinds of local produce along with some of the region’s finest drops and kid-friendly activities (like a mini animal farm). Lyndey Milan will be on hand to offer a three-course meal built around cheese; there’s even a cheesecake competition for amateur and professional bakers. If you seriously love your cheese (and wine) then there’s no better place to for you this weekend. More information and tickets can be found HERE.

336 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin

Explore Open Marrickville (Friday-Sunday)

The Inner West’s cultural diversity is vast, and Marrickville have been focusing this wealth of community spirit into a festival called “Open Marrickville” this month. It’s a celebratory get together of the various rhythms and flavours found in the suburb, and in its fifth year it has been gaining some huge traction from locals and visitors keen to explore and champion the diversity across arts, food, entertainment, and more. The festival wraps up this weekend with “The Pachamama Festival” on Friday and Saturday, which features a variety of films, stories, dance, food, workshops, and more from local Latin American and Indigenous Australian communities. There’s also “The Balkan Bonanza” designed to highlight Balkan food, live music, dance, and performances across Greek, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Hungarian, and Romanian traditions. For more information click HERE.

Sydney’s Best Ramen

We’ve recently updated out Best Ramen in Sydney list to include a few newcomers who have really lifted their game in the past 12 months; from the brand new Newtown pop-up Rising Sun Workshop to Darlinghurst’s incredible Chaco Bar. You can find the list (not ranked) HERE.

Headline image of BLACK by Ezard, supplied and used with permission by The Star.


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Chris Singh

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