13 Things To Add To Your Spring Bucket List

Bars, Drink, Eat, Guide, Play, Sydney / 21 September 2022

As the weather warms up, so does our social calendar… We’ve rounded up some delicious offers and fun activities to enjoy this spring in Sydney and beyond!

Whether you’re on the hunt for a delicious new bottomless offer to enjoy with friends, an epic live music event at a Sydney venue, or you want to partake in an outdoor activity to keep fit and healthy, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s our pick of the best things to do this spring, in Sydney and beyond.

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Oxford Art Factory’s 15th Birthday Party

The Darlinghurst institution has been providing Sydney with live music from local and international artists for 15 years. To celebrate, they will be throwing an epic party on Saturday 8th October.

From 7pm there will be a line-up of live music including Pacific Avenue, Lazywax, Nice Biscuit, Baby Beef & Next Of Kin, Peel and Abby Bella May. Get down early to catch all the action and enjoy a complimentary drink from the team on arrival.

The event is free but you need to snatch up tickets as an RSVP. Find out more and get tickets here.

Taco & Tequila Festival at Mejico

Sydney CBD’s adored Mexican-inspired restaurant is hosting its annual Taco & Tequila festival on Saturday 8th October. From 12pm, the restaurant will transform into a tasting room with pop-up stalls from iconic tequila suppliers including Herradura, Patron and 1800.

Over four hours you will get to chat directly with the producers, sip different agaves and try Mejico’s signature tacos. There will also be a special of $5 beers, $10 margaritas and the chefs will be putting on Mexican-inspired street snacks. The best part? Tickets are just $40 and include your tequila tasting glass and two tacos.

Find out more and get tickets here.

Cabaret About Gin at Hickson House Distilling Co

Round up your gin-loving friends for an evening of cabaret at The Rocks’ newest distillery. The glamourous Hickson House will welcome Mother’s Ruin for a performance about gin on Wednesday 12th October from 8pm. Guests can enjoy the gin-dominated cocktail menu and botanically-inspired Australian food with a side of song and a little debauchery for one night only. Hot Gin Punch is just $35 per ticket making for an affordable and fun way to spend hump day. Get tickets here.

Parramatta Lanes Festival Returns

Parramatta Lanes festival is returning from the 12th – 15th of October, 5pm – 10pm. Enjoy a smorgasbord of food including culturally diverse, sweet and savoury flavours, as well as local Australian acts, DJs and performers, light installations, inspiring artworks and dynamic art displays over four incredible nights. Best part? The event is free and suited to families, locals wanting a great night out after work and of course, visitors from across Sydney. Find out more here.

Experience A Taste of Talisker with Josh Niland

Celebrity chef and fish extraordinaire Josh Niland will be hosting a unique offering on the rugged cliff tops of North Head in collaboration with Talisker Whisky. For two nights only on the 21st and 22nd of October, experience a sustainably sourced seafood menu inspired by the flavours of salt, smoke and spice which you will find in Talisker whisky. Choose between a three-course seafood menu with matched whisky, or a two-hour whisky and bar snacks experience, all with iconic views of the ocean from your seat at the restaurant. Get tickets here.

Bottomless Lunch On The Rooftop at Bar Ombré

This rooftop restaurant and bar is serving up bottomless lunch every Sunday. Perched atop the Gateway building in Circular Quay, you can expect sweeping views of the city skyline and Sydney Harbour.

Enjoy 90-minutes of Bar Ombré’s signature spritzes, house wines and beers, paired with a 3-course share-style Italian feast for $79pp. Begin with a selection of their most popular starters including Housemade Arancini, Calamari Fritti and an Antipasti Board filled with local salumi and formaggi. This is followed by a combination of classic and more inventive pizzas including the Margherita and Capricciosa, the Diavola with hot sopressa salami and chilli, and the Super Truffle Bros with mushrooms, truffle manchego and truffle paste.

Seatings are available at 12pm or 2pm. Find out more and book here.

The Lobster & Co Pop-Up Dining Experience at Floriade

Canberra’s annual flower festival is set to assemble thousands of people from near and far within Commonwealth Park. If you’re heading down to enjoy the festivities, score fresh lobster rolls and champagne from Lobster & Co’s vintage-style food truck from the 23rd of September to the 9th of October.

The dining experience will pop up within Floriade each day from 10:30am – 5:30pm. Order a serve of their signature Lobster Roll and Parmesan Truffle Fries, washed down with a glass of the finest Pommery Champagne – does it get any more luxe? The lobster rolls first scored celebrity status in Melbourne, featuring Western Rock Lobster and buttermilk fennel slaw packed into a warm brioche bun.

The truck comes complete with a white picket fenced-off area, inviting you to perch up within the gardens for a unique lunch experience. Find out more here.

Acai Bowls From Oakberry Acai’s New CBD Location

Australia’s favourite acai bar has launched another location to get your fix, right next to the new MLC Centre. Inspired by the local Brazilian acai bar, Oakberry aims to satisfy the growing demands for fast, healthy and delicious food in our country.

Oakberry provides 100% natural, certified organic acai made with no food coloring, artificial preservatives or guarana syrup which means you can enjoy it guilt-free! Order a smoothie on the go with a coconut milk or water base, or get creative with a personalise bowl. There are three sizes to choose from and an array of layers and unlimited superfood toppings including passionfruit, strawberries, kiwi, banana, granola, coconut, chia pudding, cacao nibs and peanut butter. Plus, there are vegan and gluten-free options to keep everyone satisfied.

Visit the store between 7am – 3pm, Monday to Friday or skip the queue and order via the Deliveroo or Ritual app. Find out more.

34km Hike Around Sydney Harbour

The inaugural Sydney Harbour Hike, a charity initiative led by the Fred Hollows Foundation which aims to raise funds to restore sight to the blind, is happening on Saturday 15th October.

Consisting of a 34km harbour walk along Sydney’s coastline, participants can choose from two starting locations (Bondi or Manly) and finish up at Kirribilli next to the iconic Harbour Bridge.

Registrations are now open with an entry cost of $85. Find out more and register here.

Sydney’s LGBTQI+ Summer Camp Festival

Australia’s first touring pride festival will finally burst into Centennial Park on the 5th of November.

The festival just added a whole stack of new talent to the already abundant lineup. UK pop icon Sophie Ellis Bextor will join, along with party queen DJ Jodie Harsh and French music producer and singer Coucou Chloé. Find out more here.

Le Diner en Blanc in Sydney & Canberra

The world’s most elegant picnic is returning to Sydney on Saturday 12th November and to Canberra on Saturday 26th November, both in secret locations yet to be revealed.

With an all-white dress code including tables, chairs and table cloths, watch as iconic public spaces worldwide are transformed into a magical picnic wonderland.

Find out more and register here.

The Streets Of Barangaroo Firefly Festival

Firefly is the new two-night festival celebrating fire, art, music and culture in the incredible Barangaroo precinct. From 4pm – 9pm on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd September, the streets will transform into a playground with fire and light-based art including fire performers, fire pits and incredible light installations.

Restaurants and retailers across the precinct are also taking part in the festivities, creating bespoke Firefly-themed menus and specials. Sip a flaming cocktail called ‘This Girl Is On Fire’ at Love.Fish, get your glam on with glitter makeup and champagne at Luxe Blow Bar, devour 50c wings, $5 sides and drinks from $7 at WINGHAUS between 5pm – 7pm and indulge in Rivareno’s four limited edition Firefly gelato flavours including crema biscotti.

Find out more here.

Surry Thrills Festival

For two weeks from the 15th of September, some of the world’s best restaurants, bars, pubs, hotels, cinemas, galleries and karaoke rooms will be opening their doors to SURRY THRILLS, an all-new food and culture festival in one of the most vibrant parts of the city.

All participating venues are conveniently placed within a 2-block radius of each other, just walking distance from the CBD. Immerse yourself in the latest exhibitions at China Heights Gallery before kicking on to a quick Italo Disco Aperitivo at D.O.C Pizza. Enjoy a luxe lobster and champagne lunch at Nomad before checking out Ace Hotel Sydney’s new bar for a $12 negroni, then straight into a house party at Harry’s to dance what’s left of the night away.

Find out more here.

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