Suddenly it’s Monday night and the Labour Day weekend has slipped through your fingers. Not this time. We have put together a guide to what’s happening around Sydney, from hiking and shopping to pizza parties and festivals.


Decode Japanese food with a free workshop at Chef’s Armoury
With sharper skills than the cast of Kill Bill, these knife and cookware experts at the Chef’s Armoury are hosting a free cooking workshop in Stanmore on Saturday October 1. Focusing on the fundamental Japanese ingredient of dashi, Leigh Hudson, founder of Chef’s Armoury will prove that less is definitely more when it comes to Japanese cooking. This is a free event so bookings are essential.

Full details here.

Visit the new Paddington Inn
What two phrases are better spoken than “long weekend” and “newly-opened pub”? Paddington Inn’s complete refurbishment was led by famed designer George Livissianis. It’s a beautiful new space with textured walls, hanging brass lights and abstract art. There’s a new dining room, and Justin Schott in the kitchen – he’s a chef last seen working at Kitchen by Mike and Rockpool Bar and Grill.

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Harpoon Harry x Matt Abergel
Dive into the bustling streets of Sheung Wan as Harpoon Harry teams up with Matt Abergel of Yardbird, bringing the flavours of Hong Kong’s food scene to Sydney on Sunday October 2. Abergel’s yakitori (chicken skewers) and Asian-inspired cocktails will have you seeing red lanterns.

Visit an old classic: Beppi’s
One would be hard pressed to find a Sydney restaurant with as much respect, history and celebrity visits as this Italian eatery, now in its 60th year. It’s the longest-standing restaurant in Sydney with the same family owners, in the same location. The zucchini flowers are mandatory.

Try Sydney’s first vegan pub, The Green Lion
With so many new eateries and cafes, let us steer you in the direction of a restaurant that sounds like a complete contradiction: a vegan pub. But it’s not. Recently opened on top of Rozelle’s the Red Lion, The Green Lion serves vegan “Big Macs”, not-dogs and vegan blend-wines. This is a dining experience unlike anything else in Sydney.


Young Henrys takes over the Woolpack Hotel
Sydney’s favourite local brewery, Young Henrys will take over Redfern’s Woolpack Hotel on Friday September 30. Having firmly launched themselves into the fabric of Sydney’s drinking culture, the boys behind Young Henrys know a good beer when they see one. The tap takeover will offer a full selection of limited-release draughts and old favourites. Expect prizes, snacks, games and cheap, delicious beers.

More information available here.

Espresso Martini Festival throughout Sydney
Catch the final drops of Sydney’s week-long Espresso Martini Festival which comes to a close on Saturday October 1. The festival is a delicious partnership between Mr Black Spirits and some of Sydney’s best restaurants and bars. Each venue has designed their own specialty Espresso Martini in the tone of their cuisine using Mr Black’s cold-drip coffee. Bounce off the city walls as you hop from one bar to the next trying them all.

Click here for the full list of partnering bars and restaurants.

Final week of Chivas Pop-up
It’s your last chance to visit the ski-chalet-themed bar by Chivas Regal at Pier One. It’s winding up this Friday October 1. Serving fiery cocktails and hearty meals by the fire, this lodge is unlikely to return until winter next year. Sip on cocktails such as the Nuts & Curd with Chivas whisky shaken with fennel, lemon curd and honey syrup with a dash of Frangelico. Or try the Aged Bobby Burns with whisky and oak-barrel-aged vermouth.

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Rosé Love Brunch Party in Watsons Bay
Soak up the sun among a sea of pinstriped umbrellas at Watson Bay Boutique Hotel’s Rosé All Day Party brunch. Kicking off at 11.30am on Sunday October 2, this pink-drink-appreciation party will feature a delicious brunch, live DJs and rosé gummy lollies.

Purchase tickets here.

Try Sydney’s most inventive coffee
If you’re looking for something a bit more courageous than your daily skim flat white, visit Dutch Smuggler in Ultimo. Featuring cold-brew coffee mixed drinks, such as the ginger beer lemon and lime creation and coconut ice-cream option, this coffee is far from your daily grind.


Check out the Italian Film Festival
Escape to Southern Italy this long weekend via The Italian Film Festival, which is being screened at Palace Norton Street in Leichardt. The festival features a whole range of films that will whisk you out of your seat and into the bustling lanes of Italy.

Click here for the top picks.

Go on a lockout plaque tour of the city
Whether you are a part of the Lockout Law debate or not, the recent plaques which have been installed throughout the city by Keep Sydney Open and Jonathan Seidler offer an alternative perspective on the ongoing argument. These plaques on threatened venues serve as a silent, but poignant protest. Walk through the streets of Kings Cross and Sydney CBD and learn about a culture that is fast vanishing.

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Young Guns Primavera at the MCA
The current exhibition at the MCA asks you to use your senses. Let your mind wander as you’re guided by smells, sounds and touch. Each year a guest curator is appointed to produce the exhibition and choose a theme or concept, then source the artists. This year it Emily Cormack, who has created and installation which captures the composition of the atmosphere after an extinction.

Click here for more information.

Rumage through Sydney’s Antique Stores
Lose track of time hunting for second-hand treasures. Lunatiques in Alexandria is a warehouse-turned-interiors supermarket. The behemoth space is brimming with more than 50 stalls from dealers, collectors and furniture makers. There are aisles of vintage plane propellers; a seven-seater bike and – we’re told – it’s soon due a life-size driftwood horse. Potts Point Galleries is also a goldmine of old-time specimens with a mix of stalls, from Art Deco and 18th-century furniture to porcelain and glassware.

Visit for a full guide of Sydney’s best stores.


Sydney Architecture Festival
The 10th anniversary of the Sydney Architecture Festival (SAF) is back this long weekend, and will have you immersed in some of the city’s most innovative new designs. Partnering with Central Park Sydney, events and activities will take place around the former Carlton United Breweries in Chippendale from Friday September 30 until Monday October 3. A must-see is Indy Johar’s closing speech. He’s an architect and specialist in urban regeneration and sustainability.

For tickets and information click here.

Drop by Fashion’s Biggest Pop-up
This year, Fashion Weekend Sydney is conveniently placed over the long weekend. It’s back to feature more than 100 of Australia's favourite brands; a beauty hub; and the exclusive Fashion Weekend Runway, on which models will parade the season's key trends. See the latest collections from Alice McCall through to Camilla and Marc, which you’ll then be able to purchase at huge discounts right after the runway show. The pop-up opens Thursday September 29 and shuts its doors on Sunday October 2.

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Take a hike
With the promise of blue skies and an added day of rest, the long weekend is a perfect opportunity to hike those less-travelled paths. With a city encased with national parks and beaches, it’s not hard to find a track to suits any skillset. From Karloo Pools to figure-eight pools, hiking is the best way to see what this diverse city has to offer.

Click here for a guide to our favourite hikes.

Discover Danks Street
Teaming with cafes, restaurants and bars and centrally located near train stations and bus stops is Danks Street Waterloo. Built from the ground up, the once-industrial street has transformed into a vibrant community bursting with art, food and design. A collision of cultures, Danks Street features Aboriginal art galleries, jewellery shops, tapas bars and bakeries. Begin your day at Sonoma and finish with a glass of wine at Mojo Wine Bar.

Visit for a guided tour of Danks Street.


Check out MCA ARTBAR: Primavera Edition
Start the long weekend off getting in touch with your senses. This month ARTBAR is inspired by the Primavera exhibition (see above). On Friday September 30, explore vibration rooms, scent stations, choir recitals and magic workshops. While you immerse yourself in this sensory experience, inhale vaporised cocktails at the bar. ARTBAR kicks off at 7pm.

Visit the Sydney Park Festival
Join in the protest against the Government’s decision to chop down Sydney Park by showing up at this inner-city playground this weekend. Saturday October 1 will see St Peters’ Sydney Park transformed into an intimate festival with four stages playing hip-hop, drum and bass, funk and grime. The party will kick off at 1pm and continue into the afternoon.

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Head to Darlo Country Club’s long-weekend party
In celebration of our 72-hour break, Darlo Country Club is holding a one-off afternoon party on Sunday October 3. Former Sneaky Sound System frontman Daimon Downey will be on the decks, playing "music to drink champagne to". Add to that the sounds of DJ Dashing, and you can expect an all-out disco party.

Daylight Savings Pizza Party at The Dolphin Hotel
End the long weekend the right way – eating pizza and celebrating the beginning of summer. The Dolphin Hotel is hosting a party with the help of Mitch Orr from ACME on Monday October 3. Expect pizza and snacks specially created for the event as well as a drinks list from Bar Brosé.

For more information click here.