things to do august

Gather your crew and get planning with these cool activities happening in and around Sydney this month.

Make the most of the last month of winter with these cool activities happening in and around Sydney. From a Dog Lovers Show to a special wine and spice experience in Chippendale, a Middle-eastern inspired Yum Cha and unique float tank, call up your crew, clear the diary and get planning in August.

Head to Merivale’s new CBD Tapas Bar

Bar Topa, a tight and tantalising tapas bar, marks the newest edition to the Merivale empire. Head in after work for sangria on tap, an alluring wine menu and tapas. It might only fit 40 patrons standing at any one time, but you’ll quickly be transported to the foodie hangouts of Spain as you cross this eatery’s threshold.

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Pat all the pooches at this Dog Lovers Show

Prepare yourself for pooches, pats and plenty of licks as the Sydney Dog Lovers Show returns to the Hordern Pavilion. Running from Saturday 4th to Sunday 5th August, head along to watch pooch-inspired Olympic games, where the cutest four-legged companions will compete in K9 fusion sports. There’s also a dedicated pat zone, and opportunities for adoption if you’re in the market for a new furry friend.

Secure your space at Mekong x Handpicked Wines’ Wine and Spice Dinner

Mekong’s award-winning (Best Asian Sydney & NSW 2017) Executive Chef Tiw Rakarin has teamed up with Handpicked Wines to deliver a carefully curated menu, set to send your taste buds on an adventure of Wine + Spice and all things nice. Hosted on Wednesday 15th August for one night only, this is more than just a fabulous evening of food and drink. Take a seat at Mekong’s dining table and be guided through the interesting and dynamic world of South-east Asian flavours, gaining a greater understanding of what wines work best with these distinctive aromatic spices. Secure your space for just $120pp, which includes 6 courses expertly matched with 6 wines, by clicking here.

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Head into Thievery for Middle-Eastern Inspired Yum Cha

For one month only, Thievery will be transformed into a Middle Eastern Yum Cha wonderland, taking you on a journey through both the Middle East and Asia. The Dim Sum menu offers a balance of both China and the Middle East, with dishes including Baba Ganoush Dumplings, Middle Eastern Salt & Pepper Bug Tails, Lamb Kafta Pancakes, Twice Cooked Ras El Hanout Duck with Carob, Ginger and Caramel, and Bastourma spiced Char Sui Lamb Cutlets. On the drinks front, expect a unique selection of tea cocktails, served in large teapots designed to share. Guests can opt for either the a la carte or set menu for $53 which includes a selection of 11 dishes during dinner sessions and brunch on Saturday. Thievery’s Middle Eastern Yum Cha will run from 7th of August – 1st of September. Bookings are essential.

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Secure Your Space at Chin Chin’s Curry Club Dinner

Lords of South-east Asian cuisine Chin Chin Sydney are launching their very own Curry Club! Kicking off on Monday 6th August from 6pm, the team are working in collaboration with Stone & Wood to create a special beer and curry menu. For just $49.50 pp, enjoy a Stone & Wood Cloud Catcher on arrival, followed by a banquet prepared by Head Chef, Graeme Hunt. Secure your tickets via

Eat a burger with a cause at Burger Project

Head into any Burger Project store across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane this month to eat a burger with a cause. For every Outback limited edition burger purchased, $1 will be donated to the National Indigenous Culinary Institute (NICI), an apprenticeship, mentoring and support program for aspiring Indigenous chefs. The Outback burger ($12.90) comes with a Cape Grim beef pattie, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, roasted, sliced and marinated beetroot and Burger Project’s secret sauce. These flavours are given a native boost with a generous drizzle of lemon myrtle mayonnaise. In addition, Black Label by Burger Project in Sydney will make an ongoing contribution to the Institute by donating $1 from every Native burger ($17) sold from Wednesday, 1 August.

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Head to August Aperitivo Hour at The Streets of Barangaroo

The Streets of Barangaroo certainly don’t shut down over the winter months, and nor should you. Head down to this dynamic food and drinks hub for August Aperitvo Hour. Running throughout August from 4-7pm, Sunday to Thursday, Aperitivo Hour features carefully curated snack and drink combos to help whet your appetite. Head into 12-Micron and order the Rosebud cocktail ($19) to receive mouth watering polenta chips with whipped cheddar and bush tomato. Anason are offering up a Turkish meze selection with the order of the Wherling Dervish cocktail ($14), while NOLA Smokehouse and Bar dishes up charcuterie on toasted baguette rustique with the order of the signature NOLA Spritz ($19). To get the full list of venues involved in Aperitvo hour, click here.

things to do august

Book Yourself into a Float Tank Experience at Flow Revive

Struggle to switch off? At Flow Revive, head in and reap the benefits of a unique float tank experience. Often referred to as a sensory deprivation tank, these float tanks are filled with salt water, evoking the sensation of weightlessness. Soundproof in design, the idea is that your brain waves are encouraged to go from an Alpha (alert and active) into a Theta state, which is your gateway to sleep. Float tank experiences run for 75 minutes and cost $65 per session. To book and for more information click here.

Celebrate all things pork at Pigfest in Petersham

Back by porkular demand in the Inner West is Pigfest! This festival of all things pork is taking over Public House Petersham on Sunday 19th August from 11am. Pigfest-goers can indulge in a selection of carefully curated pig-centric dishes like Maple and Bourbon glazed bacon on a stick, BBQ glazed porky ribs and a selection of sweet treats like maple bacon doughnuts. Young Henrys, Batch Brewery and Wayward Brewing co. will be quenching your thirst with a selection of bacon-inspired brews. Accompanying all this will also be local DJs spinning tunes and activities for the entire family (and your doggo) including a colouring competition and a meat raffle with proceeds going to St Vincent De Paul Night Patrol.

Batyr Blue Tie Ball – sold out event!

Now in its 6th year, the Batyr Blue Tie Ball is a party with a purpose. It sees a large number of young professionals brought into a communal space to advocate change in the mental health space. At this special event, attendees contribute to an organisation that positively impacts the lives of young people. Kicking off on Saturday 18th August, your ticket includes a two course meal, entertainment, drinks, dancing and all round good times. All funds raised from the event will help batyr continue to run preventative education programs across Australia.

*Please note – tickets to this event have sold out! However, there are still sponsorship spots available. Become either a Silver, Gold or Platinum sponsor to gain a VIP table to the ball, your logo on the Blue Tie Ball website, promotion of your business through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in the lead up to the event plus more. For all enquiries, be sure to email

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Check out this pop up OzHarvest Café in Surry Hills

OzHarvest recently launched an exciting new collaboration with profit-for-purpose café Gratia, creating a pop up OzHarvest Café in Surry Hills from July-September. Head into Gratia over the next two months and have 100 per cent of the profits from your order donated to OzHarvest. Every $1 spent at the OzHarvest Café by Gratia can help deliver two meals to someone in need.

Gratia, 372 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Eat, drink and be merry at the Italian Wine + Food Festival

They say that the Italians do it better and we can’t help but agree. They’ve got the magnificent architecture and sites. They’ve got the gorgeous men with their enchanting accents. But upstaging all of that, they’ve got the wine and they’ve got the food. Make some room in your bellies because Sydney’s Italian Wine + Food Festival is back again for 2018 and is bigger and more Italian than ever. So if you’d like to pasta time away Sunday August 26th, the Italian Wine + Food Festival is the place for you.

Check out the NEW Ételek pop-up in Potts Point

As of Wednesday 25th July, head to the former Gastro Park/Antipodean site in Potts Point for an exciting new three-month pop-up. Introducing Ételek. With Chef Adam Wolfers, together with Marc Dempsey at the helm, you know you’re in for a treat with a menu featuring Wolfer’s heritage. Ételek will be open for three months, from 5pm Wednesday to Saturday and 2pm on Sundays.

Ételek, 5-9 Roslyn Street, Potts Point 

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