Though some of us might question whether the eight hour working day is still something to be celebrated (here’s looking at you and your newly-instilled 6 hour working (holi)day, Sweden), but as it’s time for a long weekend, who’s to quibble? That’s right Sydney-siders, Labour Day is coming up on the 3rd of October, which means one thing: sourcing some fresh things to do around town.
To help you out, here’s our list of the top 5 things to check out this week in Sydney.
1. Get cultured at the Sydney Fringe Festival
Thursday 01 September to Friday 30 September 2016
The Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest independent arts festival in NSW, and showcases some of Sydney’s finest artistic talent across multiple venues every night in September. Hopefully you’ve managed to make it to at least one event by now… but if you haven’t, make sure you start your weekend off right and get down to something Fringe related for the final day – this Friday.
For more information, visit www.sydneyfringe.com
2. Wrestle a Komodo Dragon (the safe way) at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition
Thursday 23 June to Sunday 16 October 2016
42,000 entries. 96 countries. 100 awe-inspiring photographs. 1 fantastic day out.
On show until mid-October, residents of, and visitors to, Sydney can be transported from the ice shelves of the Antarctic to the sweltering Okaukuejo Camp in Namibia, all from the Australian National Maritime Museum. On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, this year’s finalists of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition are definitely worth a visit.
For more information: www.anmm.gov.au
3. Tantalise your tastebuds with a wander through one (or more) of Sydney’s food markets
Since spring has now officially sprung, why not spend one of the long weekend mornings out at one of Sydney’s incredible markets? Some of the best include Surry Hills, Cobbitty Village, or Riverside Markets, among a huge array of others around the city. There are also an assortment of Organic Food Markets, which are a must-do for any true foodie.
As it’s also coming into Good Food Month in Sydney, it simply wouldn’t do not to mention the reopening of the famed Night Noodle Markets. Verging on a festival in its own right, the Night Noodle Markets come complete with over 40 food stalls, watering holes and entertainment daily.
For more information, visit www.goodfoodmonth.com
4. Party hard at ‘Listen Out’ Festival
Saturday 01 October 2016
It’s baaaaaack. Australia’s ‘intelligent’ dance party is back and better than ever. What better way to start the weekend than to get down to Centennial Park to get the weekend started with a bang?
For more information, visit www.listenout.com.au
5. Thank god you’re sitting down watching rather than swinging from the ceiling like the performers at Cirque du Soleil
Tuesday 30 August to Sunday 06 November 2016
Paying homage to the colourful, death-defying, and all around heart-stopping traditions of circus, the international cast of 50 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors of Cirque du Soleil present their new show ‘Kooza’ for your viewing pleasure.
With shows across October, you have plenty of chances to see the spectacle Cirque du Soleil always promises (and delivers), but as they say; no time like the present!
For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com
By Courtney White