LOOKING for what to do this weekend? We’ve rounded up the best in theatre, food, music and family fun in Sydney, from a festival dedicated to beer and BBQ to a new show from comedy duo Lano and Woodley to a pop-up ice rink in the heart of Parramatta, here’s our guide to the best events on offer.
Mister Maker is taking his show on the road across Australia, joined by his sidekicks The Shapes and the Mister Maker dancers in a show full of fun, music, laughs and surprises. Catch the show at the Big Top, Luna Park today and tomorrow, tickets from $40.
Mister Maker, livenation.com.au
Prince Alfred Square, Parramatta is set to transform into a winter wonderland with rides — think a ferris wheel, toboggan and ice slide, a mini alpine village full of warming food, live music and Sydney’s biggest open air ice rink. Little ones can also ride safely with their very own dedicated child-only rink. It’s on from July 6-22.
About to have a baby or have a little one in toe? Westfield Warringah Mall are hosting a weekend festival of educational workshops today and tomorrow focusing on sleep settling, social and emotional development and infant first aid.
They run from 9am-3pm on the ground floor. While free, spaces are limited, check website for details.
Bubs of the Beaches, westfield.com.au/warringahmall
See a family friendly performance of opera Don Pasquale at Redfern Town Hall today on 2pm. The comic opera will be sung in English and condensed to just 90 minutes to keep with younger fans attention spans. Tickets are $45 fro adults, $25 for kids or $110 for families.
Don Pasquale, operabites.com.au
HAMLET FOR KIDS
This ‘badaptation of the Bard’ by The Listies brings a sharp and slightly irreverent look at Hamlet, created especially for little ones, combining the play; ’s ghosts, sword fights and castles with magic tricks, pirates, ninjas and more. It’s best suited for kids aged five and up and is at the Seymour Centre from July 4-22 and Riverside Theatres from July 25-27. Tickets $35.
Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark, seymourcentre.com
Baby Animals are touring in support of their first new single in five years, Tonight, which was written in tribute to Suze DeMarchi’s late father. Expect to hear all their big hits, too, from Early Warning to Rush You. They play Waves, Wollongong tonight.
Baby Animals, towradgibeachhotel.com.au
TEA PARTY FOR ONE
Tea Party frontman Jeff Martin is heading back to Australia for a solo acoustic tour. The Starts in the Sand tour will also see him release a new four track EP which will only be available at shows. He plays the Leadbelly, Newtown on July 5, tickets from $45. He’s joined by Melbourne musician Mitch King as support.
Jeff Martin, theleadbelly.com.au
FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE
Shake it out when Florence and the Machine head back to Australia next year in a huge national tour in support of new album High As Hope in what will be their first tour here in more than three years. Catch them in Sydney at The Domain on January 26.
Florence and the Machine, florenceandthemachine.net
Australian Idol and solo artist Damien Leith will pay tribute to Elvis Presley’s Gospel days, joined on stage by a group of singers and musicians. He plays the Factory Theatre, Marrickville on July 6, tickets $72-$77.
Damien Leith, factorytheatre.com.au
Comedic duo Lano and Woodley make their triumphant return with new stage show Fly, a tribute to the Wright brothers — with their trademark eccentricity, which took out this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s people’s choice award. Expect plenty of humour, some slapstick, wordplay and joy. Catch them tonight at the Enmore Theatre, tickets $50.
Lano and Woodley: Fly, enmoretheatre.com.au
SONGS AND STORIES OF HEDWIG
John Cameron Mitchell, the Tony Award winning co-creator of Hedwig and the Angry Inch is bringing his latest show to the Sydney Opera House on July 6 in The Origin of Love: The Songs and Stories of Hedwig.
Fans of the musical won’t want to miss him channelling its icon Hedwig to bust out ballads and share stories from the past two decades. And preview songs from his musical podcast Anthem. Tickets from $59.
The Origin of Love, sydneyoperahouse.com
Feel that little bit closer to the Moulin Rouge in this burlesque cabaret show, bringing to stage the adagio dancers, pole dancers, circus ricks and aerial artists and Can Can dancers.
There’s also magic tricks from illusionist Michael Boyd and all the feathers, jewels and glamour you’d expect. It’s at the State Theatre for two performances today at 2pm and 7.30pm, tickets $62-$116.
Cabaret De Paris, statetheatre.com.au
Catch the Australian premiere of the heart wrenching The Rolling Stone, which follows Dembe and Sam, two men trying to negotiate their love in Uganda, where newspapers are publishing names of suspected gay people with violent and deadly consequences.
It’s at the Seymour Centre from July 5-21, tickets $30-$42.
The Rolling Stone, seymourcentre.com
Artist Tor Larsen challenges the meanings of ancient and religious objects that have been sealed in containers to jolt viewers into questioning their significance or to see into threatening futures. It’s at Stanley Street Gallery until July 14.
Tor Larsen: Virtual Relics, stanleystreetgallery.com.au
Japanese artist and electronic composer Ryoji Ikeda will present a two large audiovisual installations at upcoming exhibition micro/macro, which looks at where art meets quantum physics. The free exhibition is at Carriageworks from July 5-29.
Ryoji Ikeda, carriageworks.com.au
Blak Markets will host a special NAIDOC Art Fair at the Overseas Passenger terminal this weekend, bringing together indigenous artists working across 14 remote art centres in the NT, SA and WA to share and sell their artworks directly to buyers. There’s also buck tucker cooking demonstrations, cultural workshops, indigenous dance performances and more. It’s on today and tomorrow from 10am-5pm.
Blak Markets NAIDOC Art Fair, blakmarkets.com
Love true crime? Become your own super-sleuth detective to sniff out who the murderer loose in the museum is. Join fellow clue hunters to try to outsmart the crook through the museum’s Westpac Long Gallery before it’s too late. the over 18s event is on July 3 across three sessions, tickets $43-$49 and include a drink on arrival.
Murder at the Museum, australianmuseum.net.au
FOOD AND DRINK
Not keen on Dry July? Then embrace the warming winter spirit of rye whiskey at NOLA Smokehouse’s Rye July. The month-long celebration will host events such as rye and chocolate pairing (month-long, $85), rye matches to charcuterie ($120), rye flights ($85) and a rye masterclass on July 14 ($169pp). Check website for booking details.
Rye July, nolasydney.com
FOURTH OF JULY
It may be America’s national holiday but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the best of it through food. Taste your way through a Fourth of July New York inspired six course degustation such as seafood chowder, truffled mac n cheese, strip steak and oysters Rockefeller. It’s on July 4 at Chippendale’s Eastside Kitchen and Bar and is $95pp.
Eastside Kitchen, eastsidekitchen.com.au
Truffle lovers can get their fix at The Star this month, with three restaurants hosting one-off truffle dinners. At Black Bar and Grill on July 5 dine on a six course menu ($270pp) featuring disses such as a truffle sandwich with poached marron and crispy sweetbread. While Sokyo will pair WA truffles with Japanese flavours in a five course menu paired with wine ($250pp) on July 12. And at Balla on July 19 enjoy a Tuscan inspired menu with Tasmanian black truffles with wine pairings ($230pp)
Truffle dinners, star.com.au
BEER & BBQ
It’s been lighting up Adelaide for the past three years and in a win for Sydney, the Beer and BBQ Festival is headed to Sydney for the first time this weekend. Head along to Moore Park to taste your way through drops from more than 70 local and international brewers and cider makers and pit masters including Africola’s Duncan Welgemoed, Belles Hot Chicken’s Morgan McGlone as well as the guys behind Mary’s, Bovine and Swine and more. There’s also a vinyl store, barbershop and masterclasses and a family friendly program on Sunday. Tonight will also host live music from Bob Evans, Holy Holy and more. Tickets from $30, check website for session details.
Sydney Beer and BBQ Festival, beerbbqfest.com.au
Take your yoga indoors but keep the best view in Sydney with the Sydney Opera House’s Sunrise at the House. Each Wednesday and Friday at 7am and Saturday at 8am from July 4 to August 31, the house will host indoor yoga sessions in their Concert Hall Northern Foyer. It’s $25 per class and $10 parking is available. Not this is an 18+ event.
Sunrise at the House, sydneyoperahouse.com
Kids entertainer Justine Clarke is back with a new show, taking her Silly Songs Tour around Australia. Catch the beloved entertainer when she plays the Sydney Opera House on September 22 encouraging kids to let loose and embrace the sillier, fun side of things.
Justine Clarke, justineclarke.com.au
Take a trip north of Sydney these school holidays to treat the family to a little taste of snow. The Hunter Valley Gardens will again host their popular Snow Time in the Garden event, full of winter wonderland fun in a giant ice skating rink, toboggans and snow adventures. Let little ones build their own snowmen in the Snow Play Zone, take a ride on a ferris wheel and warm up with hearty fare and hot drinks. It’s on daily from today to July 22, 10am-6pm and is $32 for adults and $25 for kids.
Snowtime in the Garden, huntervalleygardens.com.au
Comedian, writer, actor, travel presenter … Michael Palin has worn many hats over his career and has stories to share from each. The Monty Python star is back with a new direction, documenting the adventures of 19th century Antarctic explorer ship HMS Erebus, examining what happened to the lost ship and its damned crew. Catch his comedic spin on the mystery live when he brings the show to the Enmore Theatre on December 5, tickets from $95.
Michael Palin, ticketek.com.au
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
If Christmas seems to far then this little taste of a European noel should tide you over. The Rocks are hosting a Christmas in July market run to coincide with Bastille Day. Feel a world away with the 12 wooden chalets selling mulled wine and hearty food and stalls of Christmas goods while carollers sing. It’s on from July 12-14 at 11am-10pm and July 15 from 11am-7pm.
Christmas in July markets, bastillefestival.com.au
Get your fix of high adrenaline, fast action motor racing at the NSW championships today and tomorrow. Head along to Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek to catch sedans, Formula Vee, Formula Ford and Formula Cars and Supersports battle it out in the pit. Check website for times and prices, kids under 15 free.
NSW motor race championships, sydneymotorsportpark.com.au
Ice Hockey fans won’t want to miss this battle between fierce rivals Canada and the USA, who will take to the ice at Sydney Olympic Park tonight. Both teams boast veteran star players and up-and-comers keen to defend their nation’s glory. The event will also be raising money for Stop Concussions Foundation and Brain Injury Australia. Tickets from $59.
Ice Hockey Classic, ticketek.com.au