Top 9 Things To Do in Sydney This Long Weekend

June 7, 2018

There is nothing we love more than a long weekend. It has all the joys of a normal weekend, but it’s a whole 24 hours LONGER. What more can you ask for?! An extra day means extra time for activities. With so much on, it can be hard to know where to begin. That’s why we’ve pulled together the ultimate guide for all things music, art and culture this weekend. Check out our top 9 picks below and let us know what you’re getting up to.


1. Vivid Jazz
Love jazz and jails? Well, get around this. Orange Is the New Black star Le DeLaria (aka “Big Boo”) is in Sydney for an intimate, one-night only gig. The beloved and outspoken actress is set to deliver a stellar show, combining “sultry vocals” and stand-up comedy.

City Recital Hall, Sydney CBD
Saturday, 9th June
Tickets: Official Website

Prefer punk over jazz? Upcoming Aussie punk band, WAAX, are taking over The Metro this Saturday as they continue their huge national headline tour. Having just recently inked a local record deal, the five-piece band are sure to drop some new tracks, so don’t miss out.


The Metro, Sydney CBD
Saturday, 9th June
Tickets: Official Website

3. Mazzy Star
If you’re a fan of psychedelic tunes, then you’ll undoubtedly know cult classic group, Mazzy Star. If you don’t, then you will want to. Fusing psych-tinged folder with blue, the five-piece that first formed in 1989, are in Sydney for their first gig in five years.

Sydney Opera House, Sydney CBD
Monday, 11th June
Tickets: Official Website


4. World Press Photo Exhibition 2018
The WPPE is one of the world’s most renowned photography competitions, with entrants submitting images that encapsulate the most thought-provoking news stories of the past year. The top submissions are showcased around the globe, and currently resides in the State Library of NSW. Check them out before the season ends on June 24th.

State Library of NSW, Sydney CBD
Saturday, 26th May – Sunday, 24th June

5. Archibald Prize
Everyone’s fav portrait exhibition is on now at the Art Gallery of NSW. It appears that selfie-culture has officially taken over the Archie this year, with over a third of entrants submitting self-portraits for 2018. You can check out all the cool and quirky works until September.

Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney CBD
Saturday, 12th May – Sunday, 9th September
Tickets: Official Website

6. Biennale of Sydney
This bi-annual celebration of art may have been kicked off in March, but with such an epic line-up this year, we guarantee there’s something new for everyone to see. Catch a ferry to Cockatoo Island, check out the grungy goodness of Carriageworks or get amongst the intimate Artspace in Woolloomooloo before it all wraps up on Monday, June 11th.

Cockatoo Island, Carriageworks + More
Until Monday, June 11th
Information: Official Website


7. Sydney Film Festival
Lights, camera, action! The Sydney Film Festival has officially kicked off, celebrating the very best in global cinema. From cartoons to comedy, documentaries to virtual reality flicks, there’s something for everyone at the festival this year. Plus, it’ll be a great excuse to stay indoors now that the weather is a little more on the chill side.

Wednesday, 6th June – Sunday, 17th June
Tickets: Official Website

8. Feedback Presented by MusicNSW
Feedback is the ultimate event for youngsters interested in the music industry. Discover how to release your own music, build a network of impassioned fans, work with publicists, get radio play, find a manager and more. With a keynote by one of our favourite Aussie acts, Alex The Astronaut, this is sure to be an invaluable experience for those looking to crack the music biz.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney CBD
Monday, June 11th
Tickets: Official Website

9. Vivid
Now that it’s been #LIT for a couple of weeks, there’s never been a better time to check out Sydney’s best lightshow. Less crowds means shorter wait times, and more importantly, greater personal space for you as you navigate the Sydney CBD. Our top pick? Emoji-fy your face with a little help from Samsung and see what you’d look like as the face of Luna Park.

Circular Quay, The Rocks, Chatswood + More
Until Saturday, 16th June
Information: Official Website


Want to stay in amongst all the action this long weekend? We’ve got some great accommodation in the heart of Sydney that won’t break the bank meaning you can hit up more gigs and cultural events throughout the weekend! Check out our Darling HarbourKing Street Wharf or World Square accommodation if you want to stay in the thick of it.


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