The Coolest Things to Do in Sydney This February
View Gallery – Things to Do in Sydney this February
From buzzing music festivals and Valentine’s Day romance, to Chinese New Year celebrations and Aperol-infused desserts, Sydney has plenty to keep you occupied this month. So you don’t miss a thing, here are our top picks for things to do throughout the rest of February.
CHINESE NEW YEAR – THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY THIS FEBRUARY
Burger Project is bringing Chinese New Year to life with its latest limited-edition burger, the Peking Chicken. Made up of free-range crumbed chicken, salted chilli and a generous layer of house-made hoisin sauce, this authentic combination of Chinese flavours is sandwiched between a soft milk bun, alongside fresh slices of cucumber. Burger Project is also pairing the new limited-edition burger with a bottle of Tsingtao beer, a light and crisp brew with subtle, honeyed notes. Go all out and add a serving of Sichuan pepper and salt chips.
Monday 4th February- Sunday 31st March
Bondi Junction, Broadway, Circular Quay, Grosvenor Place, Martin Place, Parramatta and World Square
Bodhi Restaurant Bar, one of Sydney’s most established vegan restaurants, will ring in the ‘Year of the Pig’ in February with a dedicated specials menu. Throughout the month of February, diners will be able to enjoy Bodhi’s pan-Asian inspired vegan dishes, with Lunar New Year specials aiming to ensure a prosperous life. There are two set menus on offer: one for the lunch yum cha ($35), featuring special snow pea dumplings. The other for the evening ($60), which includes a traditional Lunar Near Year dish – longevity noodles – the symbol of a long and prosperous life.
2-4 College Street, Sydney
Sydney’s Queen Victoria Building (QVB) will celebrate the Lunar New Year in style, with an extraordinary wishing tree display and rotating pop-up activations:
- The QVB Wishing Tree – A peach blossom tree installation beneath the historical central dome. It reaches six metres tall and spans more than four metres in diameter. Visitors can take a seat upon its base and gaze up to take a closer look – the blossoms are actually thousands of tiny felt piglets.
- Artist in Residence – Sydney calligrapher Teresa Ling will be on site to craft complimentary and customised LNY prints using calligraphy and letterpress.
- Exclusive Offers – There will be exclusive LNY offers and retailer pop-ups. Some offers include collecting a fortune cookie from ECCO for a chance to receive 88 per cent off.
- Limited Edition Gift – UnionPay cardholders can receive an exclusive Swarovski Crystal Coin by spending $399 or more on their UnionPay card in a single day at QVB retailers.
24th January – 24th February
For the first time ever, Chatswood is hosting a three week-long cultural festival, Chatswood Year of the Pig Festival 2019. The festival will include a variety of cultural events and performances that will transport visitors to celebrations across China and other Asian destinations. The Golden Market, a traditional end-of-year food and fashion market, and the Lunar New Year Twilight Parade, a traditional Chinese New Year street parade, will be the major events of the Festival. Other highlights will include the Taste of Asia Food Tours, guided journeys eating Asian delicacies at local food hot spots, and Flicks for Piglets, free screenings every evening of Chinese and English films for families.
Everybody’s favourite dumpling den Din Tai Fung will celebrate Lunar New Year with limited edition piggy buns inspired by the Year of the Pig. These too-cute to eat buns are filled with decadent chocolate and served on Oreo flavoured soil.
Available till mid-February
Westfield Sydney, The Star, World Square, Chatswood, Miranda, Greenwood Plaza, Broadway, Gateway and Central Park
Junk Lounge on Level 2 of Cruise Bar is hosting an exclusive Lunar New Year celebration. Indulge in a delightfully curated, Asian-inspired three-course menu with matching wines. To kick off the Year of the Pig, guests dining on launch night (Friday 1st February) will experience live entertainment and lion dances from 7pm.
$69 per person
Available every evening from 1st – 10th February
Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay
Located right in the heart of Sydney’s bustling Chinatown, the retail and foodie hub will come alive to mark the Year of the Pig with an exciting array of events:
- Learning how to cook a lucky Lunar New Year feast with television chef and author Adam Liaw
- Feasting on banquets and exclusive dishes from a stellar line up of Market City’s newly transformed 1909 Dining Precinct
- Fun, family-friendly mural painting for the little ones inspired by the pig zodiac
Running until Tuesday 19th February
9-13 Hay St, Haymarket
Throughout the Lunar New Year period, The Galeries will be celebrating the Year of the Pig with over $2,000 in prizes to be won, lion dances, local artists and pop up food and beverage stations. Throughout the week long celebration shoppers can guess the number of fortune cookies inside the ‘Get Lucky’ box for the chance to win a cash prize worth $2,000. Alternatively, keep an eye out for trays roaming the space with fortune cookies and special messages of love and blessings. In supporting local artists, Sydney-based freelance illustrator Freda Chiu has collaborated with The Galeries to create an illustrative narrative behind the Year of the Pig. Find Freda inside and be in awe of her creativity each day and track the artwork progress on Insta.
31st January – 9th February
500 George St, Sydney
Luna Park Sydney will be transformed into a festival to celebrate Lunar New Year this February. Expect a dazzling display of food, light, music and dance, to ring in the Year of the Pig. Red lanterns will line the promenade and each night, guests will be treated to a special lion dance performance. Throughout the festival, a life-sized Pass the Pig gaming zone, personalised calligraphy station, and glittering wishing tree will be on hand to ignite the Lunar New Year experience. There will be plenty of Asian-inspired food options and all of Luna Park’s favourite rides will be up and running, with the addition of two Pig-themed sideshow games.
1st-2nd February and 8th- 9th February,4pm – 10pm
Tickets from $35
Luna Park Sydney: 1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point
VALENTINE’S DAY – THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY THIS FEBRUARY
Treat your plant-based Valentine to deliciously clean foods that don’t compromise on taste. Indulge your taste buds with Kimchi Dumplings, Kelp Noodle Cacio e Pepe and Strawberry Panna Cotta – need we say more? Situated at Woolloomooloo’s picturesque Finger Wharf, Alibi’s harbourside venue is the perfect spot to woo your special someone.
Ovolo Woolloomooloo- 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo
Pull out all the stops this Valentine’s Day with floor to ceiling harbour views, a curated menu and premium beverage offerings at Aria. Starting at 7:30pm for $295pp, guests will enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival, followed by a decadent five-course tasting menu, curated by Executive Chef Joel Bickford. For those who want to start the festivities early, reservations are also available at either 5.30pm or 6.00pm, dining on Aria’s pre-theatre menu. With arguably the most romantic setting and view in Sydney, Aria is set to be a night you and your special someone will never forget.
1 Macquarie St, Sydney
Sydney’s first dedicated vermouth restaurant and bar is serving up a six-course banquet, designed for sharing. The harbourside venue is perfect for Valentine’s Day romance with Ruinart Rosé Champagne on arrival, followed by a curated sharing menu, topped off with Banksii’s famous vermouth trifle to sweeten the deal ($145pp).
11/33 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Wine and dine your Valentine in a Sydney dining institution that puts as much love into its wine list as its delicious food. The award-winning restaurant, known for its innovative and inventive food, has curated a special Valentine’s Day menu with snacks and six-courses for $200pp. The menu includes oysters, Spencer Gulf kingfish and dry aged strip loin, expertly paired with boutique wines from Nick Hildebrandt’s eclectic international list.
27 O’Connell St, Sydney
Chiswick Woollahra has curated a Valentine’s Day menu around their garden to table ethos, including a glass of prosecco on arrival, canapes and a four-course share-style menu for $105pp. With a unique location, picturesque setting, delicious seasonal menus, incredible service and stylish furnishings, Chiswick will create the perfect Valentine’s Day for you and your loved one.
65 Ocean St, Woollahra
Indulge your senses with the best seafood Sydney has to offer, while sipping on awarded wines at Cirrus- one of Sydney’s premier waterfront restaurants. For $180pp, enjoy a shared style menu of ocean trout, grilled Western Australian marron and chocolate cake.
23 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
To celebrate the most romantic night of the year, The Langham, Sydney has curated a range of luxurious Valentine’s Day dining experiences and accommodation packages that are sure to delight. You can choose to book in for couple’s spa day including massages and pool access, or a mid-week getaway including an overnight stay, a bottle of Perrier-Jouet Champagne, three-course dinner, and buffet breakfast. For a romantic meal, The Langham have their ‘All We Need is Love Valentine’s Dinner’, complete with four-courses and Champagne at Bistro Remy or the ‘Pink Kisses Afternoon Tea’ with sweet and flirty themed treats – think Cupid’s chestnut mousseline and rose macarons.
89-113 Kent St, Millers Point
Experience the romance of Valentine’s Day at Park Hyatt Sydney, where magnificent harbour views and exceptional service are unsurpassed. Nestled on one of the world’s most glittering harbours, Park Hyatt Sydney’s Valentine’s offering is an intimate indulgence not to be forgotten. Park Hyatt’s special Valentine’s Day Dinner menu by Executive Chef Etienne Karner consists of both three-course and four-course options, a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rose on arrival and special gift for the ladies ($220 pp).
7 Hickson Rd, The Rocks
With one of the prettiest pub restaurants in Sydney, The Tilbury Hotel has all the right elements to get your Valentine’s Day date off to a good start. Choose from a two course ($89pp) or three course ($99pp) set menu, both including a complimentary glass of Veuve Clicquot plus a shared starter of fresh oysters.
12-18 Nicholson St, Woolloomooloo
Bae-less this Valentine’s Day? Gather your group of best gals because Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel and AIX Rosè have got you covered with a complimentary bottle of rosè for you and your ‘Galentines’. By simply booking either a $60pp two-course or an $80pp three-course Italian inspired banquet for a group of 6 or more, your table will receive a complimentary 1.5 litre magnum of AIX Rosè, and with the litre increasing by your number of guests, there is no better excuse to get your girls together on Valentine’s Day for a glass of rosé overlooking the best harbour views in Sydney! Plus there’s a chance to win a ginormous 15 litre NEBUCHADNEZZAR rosè bottle at the end of the night.
1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay
EAT & DRINK – THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY THIS FEBRUARY
World Pizza Day
In honour of World Pizza Day on Saturday, 9 February, all seven Fratelli locations across Sydney will treat guests to two-for-one pizzas. Diners can choose from any classic pizza on the menu, including quattro formaggi with gorgonzola, mozzarella, fontina and parmesan, and capricciosa with red sauce, artichokes, ham, rosemary, mushrooms, olives and scamorza.
Make the most of summer with Fratelli Fresh’s recharged happy hour menu. Classic Italian bites and refreshing drinks, spritzes and cocktails are on offer for $3 – $6 between 3pm and 6pm every weekday. A range of appetisers includes three cheese arancini, bruschetta with Roma tomato, onion and basil, and fried zucchini flower stuffed with five cheeses. The tempting happy hour drinks menu features negronis, espresso martinis, Aperol spritzes and Fratelli house wines, beers and spirits.
Gelato Happy Hour
Gelato Happy Hour happens every day from 3pm to 4pm at Fratelli Fresh Darling Harbour, with scoops of artisanal, house-made gelato on offer for just $2.50. Diners can choose from black forest, cookies and cream, blueberry and yoghurt, tiramisu, espresso, chocolate crunch, rum and raisin, mascarpone and figs, Nutella, hazelnut salted caramel, pistachio, snickerone, vanilla, coconut, and raspberry and passionfruit sorbet.
Alexandria, Bridge Street, Crows Nest, Darling Harbour, Entertainment Quarter, Walsh Bay and Westfield Sydney
Summer just got sweeter as a handful of popular venues have announced the arrival of a Sydney first; the Aperol Spritz Donut. A delicious collaboration with boutique bakery, Shortstop Donuts, the donuts will be sold individually in the Club Aperol Gardens at Untied, The Winery and Bungalow 8. Available until 28 February, each donut is filled with a specially crafted Aperol Spritz gel, a light and refreshing orange glaze, candied orange peel and finished with a pipette filled with Aperol to deliver a final touch of summer sharpness. Perfectly paired with a full Spritz menu at each of the three venues, donuts will be baked fresh throughout the day.
Bungalow 8- 3 Lime St, Sydney
Untied- 400 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
The Winery- 285A Crown St, Surry Hills
The Summer Night Market returns for another year with renowned chef Kylie Kwong returning to curate the program. With over 60 stalls from Australia’s best producers and venues, expect delicious dishes, live music, talks and demonstrations.
Friday 15th February
245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
From glamorous ’50s-style drinking dens to grungy beer and burger bars, there all kinds of wondrous new watering holes to the city. Make like the Rat Pack and swill a martini at Maybe Sammyin The Rocks or head across town to beer and burger joint 4 Pines Surry Hills. So, whether you’re after cocktails and a bite or wine with a beautiful view, these are the new bars in Sydney your weekend is crying out for.
Local institution North Bondi Fish is all about the spritz this summer. Serving up a wide array of refreshing summer spritzes, including, but not limited to, a seasonal G&T, Bondi Bro-sé with rosé and patron tequila, or a watermelon spritz, with vodka, aperol, lime, vanilla and watermelon, there’s something on the menu for everyone. And to take it one step further, there’s a weekly $100 bar tab up for grabs if you upload a pic of your spritz to Instagram with the hashtag #showusyourspritz. So, if you’re lucky, the drinks will just keep on coming!
120 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi
- For dairy-free/vegan fans: Vegan cinnamon donut with maple glaze and dairy-free chocolate chip cookie dough
- For dairy lovers:Buttermilk donut with brown sugar glaze and peaches and cream
Wednesday, 13 February, from 8am till sold out
72 Pyrmont Bridge Road, Camperdown
Barangaroo foodie favourite, NOLA Smokehouse and Bar brings the best of America’s southern hospitality to Sydney. Just when you thought summer couldn’t get any better, gelato cocktails arrive at NOLA. Head into the bar to try their three limited edition gelato and sorbet cocktails featuring scoops from fellow Barangaroo resident and gelato geniuses, RivaReno. Here are this summer’s selection of tantilising flavours:
- NOLA Spritz: gin, Aperol, mandarin sorbet, sparkling wine, soda, and fresh blood orange
- Pina Colada Fizz: white rum, spiced rum, pineapple juice, coconut gelato, and soda
- Burgundy St. Highball: vodka, blackberry liqueur, raspberry sorbet, grapefruit juice, ginger beer, and fresh berries
Available till the end of February
Level 1, International Tower, 100 Barangaroo Avenue Barangaroo South
Chiswick Woollahra’s Gin On The Lawn returns this February to make the most of the warm summer nights. Running from 5:30pm through to 7:30pm every Wednesday evening in February, the sprawling, luscious lawns 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 including a classic Garden G&T ($10), a fresh Summer Twist ($12) and a fruity Passionfruit Collins ($14). For those who claim gin isn’t their thing, there’ll also be a 4 Pines Pale Ale ($10) and Chiswick Orange Coconut Soda ($5) to keep the good times flowing. Take a swing at a game of bocce or lawn bowls or have a seat and enjoy the acoustic stylings of different local musicians.
65 Ocean St, Woollahra
Pier One Sydney Harbour have reopened their wildly popular summer pop-up ‘The Pool’, Sydney Harbour’s first ever plunge pool under the bridge. This Summer, The Pool is back with a tropical new look in collaboration with Chandon x Seafolly. Perched on the hotel’s private pontoon in Walsh Bay, you will be available to book for private pool parties or the ultimate summer hangout for events of up to 30 people, taking a dip alongside the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge at sunset from only $50 per person. Guests will have access to luxury pool toys, including paddle boards and a lifeguard and waitstaff. The food and beverage menu includes lavish grazing platters featuring homemade dips, charcuterie and Aussie retro classics created by The Kerrigan smokehouse, matched to bubbles by Chandon and a selection of mouth-watering cocktails.
Available until 28th February 2019 (Advance bookings are required – Exclusive Use Only), 1pm – 4pm or 5pm – 8pm
$1,500 minimum spend ($500 set hire fee)
11 Hickson Road Walsh Bay
What better way to while away your Saturday afternoon than with a bottomless rosé feast. Still one of the best bottomless offerings around Sydney, guests can enjoy two hours of bottomless rosé surrounded by great food and great company. The current menu serves up moreish burrata with fennel jam and extra virgin olive oil, zucchini flowers with truffle honey and pecorino, and Ranger Valley rump cap with bbq sugar loaf cabbage, and bagna cauda.
Lunchtime every Saturday
16 Foster St, Surry Hills
Calling all coffee fiends and obsessive Instagrammers: gather in tow for the ultimate weekend brunch date. For an insta-worthy affair, the relaxed farm-style setting at Boronia Kitchen does this trick, while those who are in need of hotcakes, lobster bagels and lamb shanks, Goodfields Eatery in Lindfield has all your cravings covered. These are the cafés crying out for your attention this month.
ARTS & CULTURE – THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY THIS FEBRUARY
Mardi Gras Fair Day, the biggest and best-loved free community event of the season, returns on Sunday 17th February with over 80,000 people expected to come together in Victoria Park. A day filled with live entertainment, over 200 stalls, and food and drink outlets, 2019 will see the all-new Doggywood and Sports Village. FOr those wanting to continue the festivities, the official Fair Day After Party extravaganza will be at the Seymour Centre ($5), complete with live music and entertainment all night long.
Sunday 17th February, 10am-9pm
Victoria Park, Broadway
Get up close and personal with one of the most significant draughtsmen in Western art history, Picasso. Start your weekend with an exclusive drawing session looking at Woman with a fan 1907 and his other notable works. With the guidance of our artist educators, you will explore the nuances of line and form in this modern masterpiece. All levels of ability welcome and the ticket includes all materials and entry to the Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage exhibition.
Saturday 16th February, 8.45am
$65 adult, $60 member/concession
Art Gallery of NSW
Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul explores the Australian landscape and a sense of place through the genius of Arthur Boyd, considered one of Australia’s most important artists. The exhibition features 60 paintings, drawn from the Bundanon Trust and including a group of masterpieces borrowed from major state art museums, as well as 20 works on paper, letters, photographs and sketchbooks spanning almost half a century and featuring works from his adolescence through to his final years.
Thursday 10 January – Saturday 9 March 2019
National Art School Gallery, Forbes St & Burton Street, Darlinghurst
Throughout the ’30s and ’50s, street photographers would stroll around Sydney and snap people going about their daily lives. They were a familiar sight, and some city-slickers would stop to pose, while others were captured candidly. This exhibition gives us a peek into post-war Sydney, with photos of families, young-and-in-love couples out on the torn, uniformed servicemen, and migrants exploring their new city. The old-school photos sit next to contemporary photos by Anne Zahalka, who does the same thing today!
Museum of Sydney
Until 21 July 2019
Are you a Leia, Luke or Jabba the Hutt? Find out once and for all at this exhibition. Armed with a smart technology bracelet, you’ll answer questions about your personality and values at a series of interactive stations. At the end of the intergalactic identity quest, you’ll have your match. The quest aside, there will be over 200 original artefacts, costumers and props on display, including Yoda’s green ears and Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon.
Until 10 June
Admission: $36 for adults, $32 for concession, and $23 for children aged 4-16
500 Harris Street, Ultimo
CINEMA – THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY THIS FEBRUARY
One of Australia’s iconic cultural events, Tropfest is back for its 27th year. Celebrating all things local film, this year will see AFI Award-winning Australian film legend Eric Bana join the Tropfest Australia 2019 Jury to judge the 16 finalists and, for the first time, Facebook will be the exclusive live-stream partner.
Saturday 9 February
The Crescent, Parramatta Park, Parramatta
Picnic-lovers, wine-lovers and movie buffs unite annually in Centennial Park for films beneath the stars at the Moonlight Cinema. 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.
Until Sunday 31st March
Centennial Park, corner Carrington Drive and Broome Avenue, Paddington
On the northside of the bridge, when the sun begins to dip, North Sydney Oval transforms into pop-up cinema. Expect a mix of cinema’s cult classics and biggest blockbusters to light up the night.
Until Saturday 30th March
North Sydney Oval, Miller Street, North Sydney
Sydney’s uber-glam outdoor cinema is set to return this month, with a whole new roster of alfresco cinematic fun. As well as some of the latest blockbuster hits you can dine in style in the onsite restaurant, which will once again partner with Matt Moran’s fine dining institution, Chiswick. Look forward to a delicious selection of paddock-to-plate fare served with a side of spectacular harbourside views. Notable mentions include Mary Queen of Scots, Vice and Holmes and Watson.
Various showings running from 9th January – 17th February
Tickets from $40
Royal Botanic Garden at Mrs Macquaries Point
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE – THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY THIS FEBRUARY
Merivale has announced its new summer music program, See Sound, a series of free live music events presented by Furphy. Throughout summer, music lovers can get out and see sound with an epic line-up of live music sessions with some of Sydney’s best local bands and DJs at Coogee Pavilion Rooftop, Vic on the Park and The Royal Bondi, along with several big-name events featuring some of Australia’s most loved DJs.
Coogee Pavilion- 169 Dolphin St, Coogee
The Royal Bondi- 283 Bondi Rd, Bondi
Vic on the Park- 2 Addison Rd, Marrickville
Celebrating all things summer and live music, the American Express Twilight at Taronga concert series is a must for all Sydneysiders. Set up on the lawn overlooking the harbour skyline, the series features a host of notable bands and acts from 1st February- 9th March. The series kickstarts this weekend with Aussie legends You Am I & Magic Dirt supported by Maddy Jane on Friday night. On both Saturday and Sunday, ABBA tribute band Bjorn Again will bring out your inner Dancing Queen.
1st February- 9th March
Tickets from $73
A magical deep forest adventure where the disco doesn’t stop. Well, for 48 hours it doesn’t. Located just an hour from Sydney, this enchanted, glittery utopia is a partying paradise, where music, dance, performance, food and theatre entwine. Feathers and whimsical fancy dress waft through the fairy-lit foliage, whilst buzzing soundtracks beckon through the towering, jungly trees. The line-up is never announced until tickets are sold out (note to self: this jungle rave is always a sell-out), but if previous years are anything to go by – think DZ Death Rays, Holy Holy, Alex Lahey, The Jezabels and Japanese Wallpaper – you won’t be disappointed. Plus, all profits made from the festival are shared out between the organisers’ chosen charities, for that added feel-good factor. Uplifting, joyous and wildly intoxicating, Secret Garden is one 2019 festival not to be missed.
23rd – 24th February
Tickets from $219.37
Downs Family Farm, NSW
Wine Machine is a jam-packed day of music and wine appreciation. The stunning Hunter Valley wine region backdrop sets the scene for an amazing day celebrating our local produce and music. This year Hot Dub Time Machine takes the stage alongside Aussie legends The Presets and electronic maestro Hayden James.
Saturday 23rd March
Tickets from $89
Roche Estate, Hunter Valley
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