Five things you need to do in Sydney this weekend (12th-14th Feb)

Sydney has turned the heat back on just in time for you to enjoy the last two weekends of summer in this beautiful harbor city. Hanging to the beach is a no-brainer or Sydney life, but there’s also a handful of really cool events happening in various corners around the city and surrounds. Here are five of our favourites.

Valentine’s Day

The standard Valentine’s Day date is a lavish dinner around Sydney and this year some of the city’s best are offering some pretty sweet set menus. Most are likely booked out but if you’re looking for any last minute plans check out of V Day restaurant guide HERE

Summer Dance

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Astral People, V Movement, and N.A.S are bringing back their excellent summer dance party series this weekend, bringing in a huge line up that includes Nightmares on Wax, Lefto, and one of favourite local DJs Mike Who. The all day, outdoor party takes place at Darlinghurst’s historic National Art School and has been picking up steam these past few weeks as most definitely the summer party series to be seen at. Mike Who has put up a mix ahead of the party (HERE. For more information and tickets click HERE

Summer Land

Sydneysiders can head out on a staycation this weekend, as Have You Heard events stage their awesome sounding summer camp for grown ups at a secret venue just outside of Sydney. Ticket price includes a train to the wondrous property with camping options available alongside private cabins and the like. There are a few parties to be had, plus a leisurely group lunch on Valentine’s Day. More information can be found HERE


A two-day food festival at Sydney Showground celebrating all types of BBQ’d juicy meats from low and slow cooking demos to BBQ battles and more. For those who love their meats, this one is a must, and don’t worry, the organisers are NOT the same who staged that unfortunate Domain festival.

More information about Meatstock (Saturday sold out) can be found HERE.

Last chance to see masterpieces from Scotland (headline image)

Current Art Gallery of NSW exhibition “The Greats: masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland” is up for it’s last weekend in Sydney. It has been one of the most significant and comprehensive collections of European master works event seen in Australia, and has been providing Sydneysiders a rare chance to witness over 70 masterful paintings from artists who have made some of the biggest impacts on western art like Botticelli and Monet. More information can be found HERE.

The Essentials

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First Look: Cuckoo Callay’s Bacon Festival
New York Speakeasy Attaboy will pop up in Surry Hills for one night only next week
Pinbone takes over 10 William St
On The Shelf: Rocks Brewing Co. Blueberry Wheat Beef


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Chris Singh

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