The Coolest Things to Do in Sydney This November
From open-air cinemas and buzzing music festivals to artistic coastal walks and Champagne brunches, Sydney has plenty to keep you occupied throughout November. So you don’t miss a thing, here are our top picks for the month ahead.
EAT & DRINK
‘Plate for a Farmer’
Solotel have launched ‘Plate for a Farmer’ – an initiative designed to support the ongoing drought relief. By ordering an empty plate ($5 for an entrée plate or a main plate for $10) from Solotel and Matt Moran venues during lunch and dinner, Solotel will match each contribution, dollar for dollar, to help a drought-affected farmer.
Every Thursday in November Rosé Royale will be hosting a unique culinary experience, pairing six delicious dishes with accompanying glasses of French rosé. Dishes will be lovingly prepared using classic French cooking techniques, but with an updated, modern twist. Look forward to an array of elaborate flavours – think rosé Gazpacho, foie gras-stuffed tomato, and Salmon Belly cured in rosé and citrus – presented artistically and with effortless flair.
7 Kellett Street, Potts Point
November is set to be a huge month for Darling Harbour’s Fratelli Fresh with feasting, festivities and Formula 1 fun top of the agenda. Dust off the aprons for Fratelli’s pizza masterclass (Saturday 10th November) hosted by Fratelli’s expert pizzaiolo. Guests will learn the art of pizza making and enjoy the fruits of their labour afterwards. The following week diners can experience the ultimate Campari dinner (Wednesday 14th November) with a three-course menu featuring Fratelli’s signature dishes, each course matched with three exquisite Campari cocktails.
For Formula 1 buffs (17th-18th November), the team have partnered with Red Bull Organics to deliver $10 spritzes, live music and entertainment all weekend long. A two-hour lunch package is available between 12pm and 2pm, featuring three courses of classic Italian dishes and bottomless Organics spritzes. Fratelli’s latest Long Table Series will take place on Saturday 24th November, with a sharing menu that takes guests on a journey along the Amalfi coast, designed to highlight the region’s most delicious specialities.
Saturday 10th November, 1pm- 3pm
$99 per person
Dinner with Campari
Wednesday 14th November, from 6:30pm
$69 per person
Formula 1 Celebrations
17th- 18th November
Long Table Series
Saturday 24th November, 12pm- 2pm
$79 per person
Tenancy 2, 14 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour
Coinciding with the Spring Racing Carnival, The Royal Paddington will be throwing a bottomless brunch with delectable share plates and hearty brunch dishes, paired with bottomless Rosé Aperol, espresso martinis and Chandon de Peche.
29th September- 10th November, 11am- 1pm (Saturdays and Sunday only)
$70- $85 pp
237 Glenmore Road, Paddington
The must-visit foodie destination, Wine Island provides the perfect gourmet escape on Sydney Harbour’s Clark Island. Over three days, taste your way through the endless food and wine huts showcasing Australia’s best producers, and learn a thing or two at a masterclass.
2nd-4th November, 10am-2pm and 4pm-8pm
From $99 pp
Clark Island, Sydney Harbour
Odd Culture are putting on a badass lambic showcase for their fans of Zenne fizz, featuring some of the most rare and coveted brews from Belgium’s top lambic producers, alongside Odd Culture’s very generous bottle selection of over 100 wild ales (the largest bottle list of wild ales and sour beers in Australia).
Level 2, 122 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst
Returning exclusively for the month of November, Chiswick Woollahra will host a series of four sundowner events every Wednesday in collaboration with Bombay Sapphire to lead Sydneysiders into the silly season. Running from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, the sprawling, luscious lawns of Chiswick will come alive with live acoustic tunes, garden games and roaming canapés, all completely free of charge. Guests can purchase speciality Bombay Sapphire drinks from the pop-up bar along with 4 Pines Pale Ale and Chiswick housemade lemonade.
Wednesday 7 November from 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Wednesday 14 November from 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Wednesday 21 November from 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Wednesday 28 November from 5:30pm – 7:30pm
65 Ocean Street, Woollahra
What better way to spend your Sunday arvo then getting stuck into beer and cheeses against the backdrop of some of Sydney’s best landmarks? For $35 per person, you’ll enjoy a selection of King Island cheeses paired with James Squire beers, hosted by brewing legend Chuck Hahn at The Squire’s Landing.
Sunday 4th November, 3:30pm – 5:30pm$35pp
Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay Way, The Rocks
Set to transform Sydney’s food scene for four days, Taste of Sydney Collective will feature never-seen-before collaborations with world-renowned international chefs, local Sydney favourites and interstate superstars to create unique dishes and an electrifying foodie hub at The Cutaway from 8th-11th November. For those who are seeking something new, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Check the website for booking details.
The Cutaway Barangaroo Reserve- Hickson Road, Barangaroo
Opening the doors to their first northside venue, El Camino Cantina will be the party destination of the hour on Friday 9th November. For $69 per person, get in the festive spirit with a two-hour food and beverage package including margaritas, chips, salsa and their signature Tex-Mex bites. The soundtrack for the evening will be provided by a mariachi band and DJ, with Jose Cuervo and Red Bull popping up to fuel the party.
Friday 9th November, from 6pm
Manly Wharf- Belgrave Street and, West Esplanade, Manly
The Hendrick’s Assistance Dispensary for Advantageous Cocktail Mixing Bar will take up residency at The Tilbury Deck for a month of glorious cocktail concoctions. The Tilbury Deck will also be one of the few locations in Sydney serving the new, limited edition Hendrick’s Orbium, allowing Sydney-siders to be some of the first in Australia to try this experimental new gin.
Until Sunday 18th November
Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 12am
Sunday: 12pm – 10pm
12-18 Nicholson Street, Woolloomooloo
Rockpool Dining Group and Culinary Director Neil Perry are bringing Blue Water Grill back to Sydney diners after a 30-year hiatus with a six-day pop-up in the heart of the CBD. Blue Water Grill will open in the group’s Eleven event space at 11 Bridge Street from Monday 19th to Saturday 24th November with lunch and dinner sittings daily. Serving the fresh seafood with Asian flavours that Blue Water Grill was renowned for, the retro seafood diner will offer a menu of around 20 hallmark dishes, an ‘80s-style cocktail list and an array of Australian wines.
19th – 24th November
11 Bridge Street, Sydney
NOLA Smokehouse and Bar presents their Louisiana-inspired Plantation High Tea. Indulge in an assortment of sweet and savoury treats such as lobster rolls, southern fried chicken po’boys, as well as s’mores with passionfruit and chocolate ganache, fruit flan and lemon meringue tartlet. This will be accompanied by your choice of bottomless house-made, booze-free Southern Iced Tea or freshly squeezed lemonade, PLUS a glass of Champagne Taittinger Cuvée Prestige or cocktail.
Sunday 25th November, 12pm- 4pm
Level 1, Tower 1, 100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Brew and smokehouse Endeavour Tap Rooms, in the heart of The Rocks, has a host of specials to get you through the week and into the weekend. From a delicious beer and burger to cure those mid-week blues, to weekday ‘Tappy Hour’, their specials are sure to give you something to smile about.
Monday-Friday – Tappy Hour $5 Taps & Wine between 4:30pm-6:30pm
Tuesday – $15 Smoked Chicken Tuesday’s from 5pm
Wednesday – $22 Beer & Burger Wednesday’s from 5pm
Saturday – Live music Saturday’s between 4pm-7pm
39/43 Argyle St, The Rocks
Throughout spring and summer, a Summer of Gin bar menu inspired by Archie Rose will be served at West Hotel’s Solander Dining and Bar. The menu showcases bite-sized bar food infused with gin and native botanical rubs, and paired cocktails using Archie Rose gins. Guests will be able to enjoy the Summer of Gin menu daily, and on Friday nights there will be live music in the bar’s lush open-air “jungle” atrium.
65 Sussex Street Sydney
Pizza fans prepare to rejoice – ReccoLab, Rozelle are serving up unlimited slices of traditional woodfired pizzas every Tuesday for just $20. The ‘Giro Pizza’ (translation: all you can eat) will include a selection of handmade creations cooked the famous Neapolitan way, so expect the perfect combo of soft and crispy dough, bubbling mozzarella and all the Italian toppings. Plus, for an additional $10, you can throw in an Aperol on the side. Buon appetite.
Every Tuesday from 5pm
$20 bottomless pizza, $10 Aperol Spritz
ARTS, CULTURE & DESIGN
On Saturday 3rd November, Paddington institution OPUS will be hosting a festive get together to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Think colourful balloon installations, a roving Magician, cocktail classes and demonstrations, accompanied by loads of giveaways of top brands like but not limited to Happy Socks, Elk, Sunny and more. To top it all off there will be Champagne for the adults and a party bag for the kids.
Saturday 3rd November, 9pm-6pm
354 Oxford St, Paddington
Sculpture by the Sea will take over the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk. Over three weeks, the coastal walk will be transformed to showcase over 100 sculptures from both Australian and International artists.
18th October – 4th November
Bondi Beach to Tamarama Coastal Walk
Della Hyde is turning up the comedic heat in November with not one, but two, hilariously intimate evenings with a host of Australia’s most gifted stand-up comedians. Partnering with Laugh Mob, Della Hyde brings you a solo show from comedic genius Steve Hofstetter on Tuesday 13th November. On Wednesday 21st November, Della Hyde will host their monthly Down for Good Laughs comedy night featuring headliner Jacques Barrett, alongside EJ, Pat Doherty, Dave Noble, Kathryn Mealbox and MC Kyle Legacy.
Steve Hofstetter- Comedy Without Apology
Tuesday 13th November, from 6pm
$20 per person
Down for Good Laughs
Wednesday 21st November, from 4pm
From $10 per person
34 Oxford St, Darlinghurst
During his life, this Aussie artist flew under the radar, but this exhibition thrusts him into the spotlight. And it’s about time! In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Russell was friends with Van Gogh, Monet and Rodin, and taught Matisse the basics of colour theory. Thanks to his talent and impressive connections, he was a big deal in the art world. His paintings and drawings are finally on display in Oz at the Art Gallery of NSW. Along with impressionist and pure colour paintings, there’s a series of stunning works showing Rose Bay in the 1920s, which is where Russell lived in his later years.
Until 11th November 2018
Art Gallery of NSW
Kicking off on November 29th, Moonlight Cinema will be back in full force until March 31st. Picnic-lovers, wine-guzzlers and movie buffs unite annually in Centennial Park for films beneath the stars. A casual affair, bring your own basket of goodies, picnic blanket and even a bottle of wine. (Yes, BYO wine!) Otherwise get in early, snap up a beanbag and order movie snacks from the food trucks. Heaven.
Centennial Park, corner Carrington Drive and Broome Avenue, Paddington
Nestled in the heart if Kirribilli, The Botanist has collaborated with creative crown makers, The Flower Social, to bring a floral crafternoon on Sunday 18th November. Fashioning flower crowns, the workshop includes a beautiful selection of fresh, seasonal flowers to work with, floristry equipment, expert advice from the floral host, bubbles on arrival and snacks.
Sunday 18th November
$85 per person (+BF)
17 Willoughby St, Kirribilli
The MCA is home to the biggest – and most beautiful – collection of Australian contemporary art. While exhibitions come and go, the gallery has a ‘hang’ of carefully curated artworks that stay on display. Before this, the last time the hang got a shake-up was back in 2012 (MCA Collection: Volume One), so there are plenty of fresh works to feast your eyes on. The collection showcases 40 of the country’s best artists from the 1960s to now, but don’t expect to talk a walk through history. The works aren’t in chronological order. Instead, they draw from the Aboriginal concept of time, which is circular and believes that the past, present and future are connected.
Until 29th March, 2020
Museum of Contemporary Art
MARKETS & FESTIVALS
Presented by the Centre of Ethics and UNSW, the Festival of Dangerous Ideas is Australia’s leading academic forum where tough conversations are ignited. In its ninth year, the festival brings together thought leaders and academics, across various industries, to lead talks and performance-based around boundary-pushing topics. This year you can expect discussions around facism, post populism, sex robots and climate change.
3rd- 4th November
Check website for booking information
Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour
The Newtown Festival has become one of Sydney’s biggest and most beloved local events and this year will be its 40th anniversary. With live music, market stalls, food vendors and a dog show, Newtown Festival is a celebration of the diversity, culture and people of the local area.
Sunday 11th November, 9:30am-5:30pm
Contributions accepted (min $5)
Camperdown Memorial Rest Park
Sydney Open unlocks the doors to more than 60 of the city’s most important, inspiring and intriguing buildings and spaces, allowing you to go behind the scenes. Over the course of the weekend, either make your way around the CBD buildings with a VIP pass or book in for an expert-led tour at one of the open sites.
Drawing a crowd of over 80,000 people and celebrating its eighth year, the Double Bay Street Festival is back for 2018. From the fun doggie lane and interactive kids zone to the relaxing garden bar and lively main stage, there is plenty of reason to get amongst the community and enjoy a fun day out.
Sunday 4th November, 10am-4pm
Guifoyle Park- 7 Guilfoyle Ave, Double Bay
Lovers of a crisp glass of rosé will be on cloud wine when Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel hosts a buzzing street festival dedicated to summer’s iconic pink drink. The Rosé Street Fest will have rosé-themed fun spilling out on to Military Road. Expect live entertainment, rosé tasting stalls from over 15 leading Australian and international producers, a pop-up food market – including the world’s first rosé fairy floss courtesy of Fluffe and rosé gelato from the hotel’s gelato cart – plus a Rosé Dunk Tank with prizes and fun competitions across the day.
Sunday 25th November 2018, 11am – 6pm
Free entry ($32+BF to purchase wine tasting tokens)
The Military Road strip adjacent to Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
For lovers of all things creative, handcrafted and artisan, this biannual market will spark delight and empty wallets. Designers and makers will showcase everything from ceramics and homewares to ethical fashion and jewellery, while a line-up of wholesome food trucks sort out lunch.
30th November- 2nd December
$5 per person (Free entry- 12 & under)
The Cutaway Barangaroo Reserve- Hickson Road, Barangaroo
To start your day with a spring in your step, Pullman Quay will be opening the doors to seasoned yogis with their newly launched early morning Zen Sessions. A soothing combo of yoga and meditation, Zen Sessions are hosted in luxe areas of the hotel such as their renowned bar Hacienda or on the pool deck, so you can stretch out with breath-taking views of Sydney Harbour. Classes focus on either dynamic flow or slow yoga and are open to all levels and abilities.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 7-8am
61 Macquarie St, Sydney
Wanderlust 108 is the world’s first and only ‘mindful triathlon’, by combining three mindful activities—running, yoga and meditation—in a celebration of mindful movement. Expect inspiring teachers, uplifting activities, tasty treats and plenty of fun on the main stage and at Kula Market.
Saturday 10th November, 7:30am-3:30pm
Centennial Park, Sydney
Independent radio station FBI is turning 15 and to celebrate they will be throwing an celebratory anniversary bash. Bringing together a solid lineup of Australian indie legends (CC: Cloud Control, Sampa the Great, Miss Blanks), the party will be hosted at FBI’s heartland, Sydney Uni’s Manning House. The first two ticket releases have already sold out, so be sure to book yours before they sell out.
Saturday 3rd November, from 2pm
Manning House- Manning Rd, Camperdown
Get ready for a three-day blow out of big beats and laid-back summer grooves, as Return to Rio once again spreads her wings. A festival with all the frills, this theatrical extravaganza goes all out with outlandish costumes, giant river floats, water sports and cocktails by the pool. Some of the biggest names in house, soul, disco and hip-hop will grace the stage, i.e. Greg Wilson, Roni Size, Skream and Sasha. For downtime, be sure to indulge in some yoga and meditation, or a quick bite. Accommodation options include luxury glamping, camping, BYO campers/caravans, or floating houseboat.
Day tickets from $130; Weekend tickets from $300
Del Rio Wisemans Ferry, Webbs Creek
Triple J faves The Rubens will be embarking on their nationwide tour this month for their latest album LO LA RU. Joined by Triple J Unearthed winners Little May, the Aussie five piece band will play an array of their soulful back catalogue along with a stack of new favourites.
Friday 16th November, from 7:30pm
Enmore Theatre- 118-132 Enmore Road, Newtown
Small yet perfectly formed, Fairgrounds is one of the hottest newcomers on the Aussie festival scene. Set in Berry’s idyllic countryside – just two hours from Sydney – the festival is back for its third year, and fans will once again flock to the pretty town of Shoalhaven for two days of carnival-themed frolics. This year’s line-up includes the likes of punk stalwart Billy Bragg, indie rockers The Breeders, Chicago rapper Saba, along with local legends Pond, Winston Surfshirt, Maddy Jane, and Sampa The Great. To accompany its stellar line-up, there are plenty of delicious food options, a mini-Fairgrounds festival for little ones, a swimming pool, record fair, and games-a-plenty.
30th November – 1st December
Two-day tickets from $169.90; one-day tickets from $109.90
Disappear down the rabbit hole into a world of mystery, where the lush sloping hills of Riverwood Downs magically transform into a land of glittery, psychedelic sparkles, pink flamingos and dreamlike shamanic rituals for Subsonic. Look forward to three days of explosive DJ sets with some of the hottest names in dance, electro, techno, house and trance (this year look forward to Honey Dijon, Andhim, Raresh, Zip, Klute, Jayda G and Batu) along with theatrical stage sets, elaborate costumes, burlesque shows, friendly crowds, chic stalls filled with fashion, crafts and delicious food, and a rippling river providing essential ‘cool-down’ from the blistering sun.
30th November – 2nd December
Weekend tickets $350
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