Summer Lovin' – Sydney Style.
Before you know it, Summer will be over and all you will have to show for those sunbaked and sweat-drenched days will be an inhumane number of binged tv shows.
But we're here to make sure that doesn't happen. We're compiled a list of Sydney's hottest events set for your squad hangs, date spots and Insta-worthy photo ops. 😉
1. Floating Cinema Experience
Sydney Harbour | Summer
Your average outdoor cinema just got one hell of an upgrade. Relax on the top of a boat's desk with Sydney's gorgeous scenery as your backdrop. Snuggle in and watch a curated list of classic films (including a couple of your fave Christmas movies!) To make it a night to remember, you'll also embark on cruise around Sydney's iconic harbour prior to the screening, food and drinks at the ready. Now that's what I'm talking a-boat! 😉
2. 80s Themed, Immersive Cocktail Escape Room.
Above The Wanderer pub, Surry Hills | Select dates between 3 November – 24 February
Rally all sci-fi enthusiasts and Stranger Things fanatics (or just those wanting a Christmas party a little bit out of the box). The Lock In is a pop-up immersive theatre experience that combines 80s nostalgia with experimental cocktails.
This escape room will transport you to small-town Indiana where they need your help, urgently. There's something creepy happening at their top-secret government facility – and now a kid's missing. That's where you and your team come in. Use your detective skills and science lab expertise to solve the mystery. All the while, 80s hits will be blasting and food and booze will be served.
3. DIY Boozy Popsicles
Time to let that inner DIY food blogger guru shine. Even if your cooking repertoire solely consists of toast and instant noodles, we promise that these recipes are easy peasy. All you gotta do is mix your liquids of choice and pour them into icypole moulds to freeze. Here are some of our top picks: basil mint citrus mojito popsicles, Moscato strawberry popsicles and tropical tequila sunrise popsicles. You'll be the most popular kid on the block.
Image via Bakers Royale
4. Christmas Fare
Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Queens Square | 13 December 4-9pm
Do you hear the bells jingle? Have you already Mariah Carey'd your way through the month? Christmas is coming and we're feeling jolly! Amp up your Christmas spirit by attending this year's Sydney Living Museums' fifth annual Christmas Fare. For ONE night only, you'll be enchanted by 40+ stalls showcasing the best of Sydney's movers, shakers and makers.
Find locally crafted gifts and gourmet food and drinks at this twinkly fare. There's even a pop-up boutique bar, live and local entertainment and your gold coin fee includes complimentary museum entry.
5. Twilight at Taronga
Taronga Zoo | Select Dates between 1 Feb – 9 March
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Now what’s summer without a groove and a jive? The annual Twilight at Taronga Zoo has you covered my friend. There are some rocking acts this year, including Vera Blue, You Am I, Magic Dirt and Xavier Rudd.
Pack a rug and a picnic and settle in among the leafy grounds of Taronga Zoo, you might even hear a lion's roar, a chimpanzee's chatter or an elephant's trumpet. This open-air concert is like no other.
6. Sydney Festival
Various locations in Sydney | 9 – 27 January
Start the new year with a bang! The Sydney Festival is an annual cultural celebration of the arts that's been around for over 40 years. It's bold, energetic and packed with fun. From performances, exhibitions and talks to circuses, concerts and parties, the Sydney Festival has something for everyone. Check out the beloved Sydney Symphony Under the Stars or the Shànghǎi Mimi cabaret showcasing dancers, acrobats, aerialists and singers from China.