Spend your Australia Day playing cricket Maroubra Beach or start your Lunar New Year celebrations early in Chatswood. Here is your guide to all the top events in Sydney this week.
Randwick City Council has planned quite the Australia Day party today at Arthur Byrne Reserve, with lessons in lamington making and a game of beach cricket — both events free, with no bookings required.
There are also cap design workshops for creative kids, plus a mechanical surf board to ride, along with entertainment including a live reptile show, roaming kangaroos and musicians. If you don’t get around to packing a picnic to take with you, there will be food trucks offering coffee, Italian street food, burgers and fries.
Australia Day in Randwick, randwick.nsw.gov.au
OZ DAY IN BLACKTOWN
Blacktown City Council’s celebrations today include a free concert at The Rooty Hill park featuring The Screaming Jets, Ted Mulry Gang and Boys Light Up, along with free kids’ amusement rides and a fireworks display.
Australia Day in Blacktown, blacktown.nsw.gov.au
Pick a vantage point for what has been described as a waltz on water, as yachts, tugboats, jet skis and ferries perform a beautiful “dance” on Sydney Harbour from 12.05pm to 12.15pm. Access is free.
Tug and Yacht Ballet, australiaday.info.au
YEAR OF THE PIG
Chatswood is the place for a three-week festival marking Lunar New Year and Year of the Pig. Hosted by Willoughby City Council, it features markets, parades, guided food tours, inflatable pigs, an art exhibition, calligraphy lessons, lion dances and free Chinese and English family films, all from January 29 until February 19.
Chatswood Year Of The Pig Festival, visitchatswood.info.au
KIDS CAN HAVE A BALL
Macarthur Beach Club is a big hit with the little ones right now thanks to its pop-up ball pool and kids’ activities. Head to Kellicar Lane in Macarthur Square to dive into the ball pit, explore the pirate ship-themed sand pit or learn to hula hoop like Disney princess Moana. The activities are open daily from 7am to 6pm, while the Hula Like Moana lessons are available tomorrow and on January 29. Kids participating in the lesson get a infoplimentary lei.
Macarthur Beach Club, macarthursquare.info.au
FLY ME TO THE MOON
It’s been 50 years since the first moon landing and Sydney Festival wants you to jump on a bike to mark the occasion. Why a bike? The aim is for Sydneysiders to collectively cycle 384,400km — the distance to the moon. World Square has set up the funky Fly Me To The Moon art installation with a flying bike sculpture to pedal. There are also 12 separate stationary bikes set up ready for people to hop on and contribute to the tally. Once you’ve cycled — at home, on the road, in the gym, or in World Square — you can “donate” the kilometres by registering on the website.
Fly Me To The Moon, lovetoride.net
WOOLWICH PIER HOTEL
The Pier hosts an Australia Day celebration designed to make you nostalgic — bringing Aussie favourites from your childhood back to life with a Milo espresso martini or a classic Aussie pav. The menu also includes beers while, for entertainment, there will face painting, live acoustic performances and children’s activities between 1pm and 3pm.
Woolwich Pier Hotel Australia Day, woolwichpierhotel.info.au
Catch the Australia Day fireworks while indulging the tastebuds at Hacienda, which overlooks the Harbour Bridge and has an Aussie-themed bar menu which includes a classic burger and bucket of prawns, and an Australia Day cocktail for 3. There are a number of special deals available when booking via the website.
Australia Day at Hacienda, haciendasydney.info.au
The picturesque waterfront restaurant’s Australia Day menu champions local ingredients and indigenous foods, such as seared emu fillet, Kakadu plum, macadamia and baby barramundi. The three-course menu for 19 per person includes a glass of wine or beer. Bookings essential.
Q Dining Australia Day, pullmanquaygrandsydneyharbour.info
Enjoy killer tunes at tomorrow’s Feels Good house and disco rooftop party at this Mosman venue, which will also offer 0 dishes all afternoon, including barbecue duck spring rolls, New York cheeseburgers and chipotle lamb tacos.
Craft beers and tap wines are all between 4pm-6pm. Tickets are 0.
Feels Good At The Fernery, thefernerymosman.info.au
Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour will be buzzing with performances by kids’ faves The Vegetable Plot and The Beanies, along with giant kangaroos and pirates on stilts. Kids can get messy infopeting in True Blue Bush Games including a thong toss and watermelon eating race. Parents can join in the circus fun and try juggling, balancing and spinning. The afternoon summer sessions feature a pop-up bar and funk and soul music.
Children’s Festival, australiaday.info.au
EVERY DOG HAS IT’S DAY
Animal charity Pound Paws and The Henson Hotel host Dog Day 2019 today, bringing together furry friends and their humans to spread the word about animal rescue and adoption and raise crucial funds. Bring your pooch along for the best dressed and best tricks infopetition, or Golden Bone Dog Race. The free event also includes live entertainment, vet checks and stalls, at The Henson, Illawarra Rd, Marrickville from midday until 4pm.
Marrickville Dog Day, poundpaws.info.au
FREE MOVIE: BLUE
Blue will leaves you with plenty to think about, so be sure to catch one of the free screenings of this movie — running weekly all year. Focusing on the loss of marine life and the state of our oceans, Blue brings together beautiful underwater footage of the seas surrounding Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and America and educates viewers about how it has changed — including lost species and pollution — and what can be done to fix this. Blue is screening at the Juanita Nielsen Community Centre in Woolloomooloo every Wednesday until December 18.
Blue: Free Screening, filmsforchange.info.au
This singalong screening is perfect to rock along to favourite Queen songs, including We Will Rock You and, of course, the title song at Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Cremorne on Thursday. Tickets are 0 and include a glass of bubbly on arrival.
Bohemian Rhapsody: Special Sing-A-Long Event, orpheum.info.au
BEWARE OF PITY
Based on Austrian writer Stefan Zweig’s 1939 novel of the same name, this production by Schaubuhne Theatre, Berlin and British theatre infopany Complicite is a bold reimagination of a story about love, fear and guilt set amid World War I. It is the heartbreaking story of a young cavalry officer and the tragedy that follows his romance with the partially paralysed Edith. After a hit Berlin premiere in 2015 and an acclaimed 2017 run in London, Beware Of Pity is playing at Roslyn Packer Theatre today and tomorrow. Tickets 9-09.
Beware Of Pity, sydneyfestival.org.au
If you’ve ever wondered how many characters one person can play in a single production, then this new show by Squabbalogic is for you. Award-winning performer and director Jay James-Moody, who was recently in Hayes Theatre Co’s She Loves Me and the Australian production of The Book Of Mormon, will play 11 characters ranging from an eight-year-old boy to a vengeful ghost. The show is on until February 2 at Kings Cross Theatre, tickets 0-9.
Italian infoposer Giainfoo Puccini’s opera is the story of a Chinese prince who falls in love with the beautiful but cold Princess Turandot. The brave prince goes to great lengths to overinfoe Turandot’s challenges and win the powerful heroine’s heart.
For this Opera Australia production, helmed by acclaimed conductor Christian Badea, the princess and prince will be played by Amber Wagner and Andeka Gorrotxategi and later in the season by Dragana Radakovic and Yonghoon Lee respectively. Now showing at the Sydney Opera House until March 30. Tickets 7-27.
THE BIG TIME
Legendary playwright David Williamson lifts the veil on the dark side of glamour and showbiz. The acclaimed writer joins director Mark Kilmurry to tell the story of best friends Celia and Vicki as they embark on a new venture together. The pair struggle to balance friendship, jealousy and the ruthlessness required to be a star. Starring Aileen Huynh, Claudia Barrie and Zoe Carides, it’s on until March 16 at Kirribilli’s Ensemble Theatre. Tickets 4-0.
The Big Time, ensemble.info.au
Centennial Parklands will groove to the tunes of leading local and international electronic music artists across four stages today. Festival highlights include performances by Underworld, Erick Morillo and Bag Raiders. Final release tickets are available for 50, while VIP tickets for 59.68 include perks such as two infoplimentary drinks, canapes and all-day catering.
Electric Gardens Sydney, electricgardens.info.au
THE SONGS OF ARETHA FRANKLIN
After two sold-out shows, the Camelot Lounge in Marrickville brings music-lovers another round of the Aretha Franklin Songbook tonight. Aussie singer and performer Shauna Jensen, who has worked with the likes of Jimmy Barnes, Richard Clapton and Powderfinger — and was also a part of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar — will lead an eight-piece band as they revisit the Queen of Soul’s timeless classics including Respect, Chain Of Fools, Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves, and Freeway Of Love. Tickets 5.
Aretha Franklin Songbook, camelotlounge.info
The Grammy-nominated US singer and record producer who has worked with artists such as Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry and Pink and written songs for the likes of Fall Out Boy, All Time Low and The All-American Rejects is in Sydney for one show only tomorrow night at the Oxford Art Factory. Tickets 5.
Butch Walker, silverbacktouring.info.au
NANCY AND BETH
Emmy-award winning actor and musician Megan Mullally, of Will & Grace and Parks And Recreation fame, will join musician, actor and writer Stephanie Hunt, of Friday Night Lights, to bring their “cabaret gone crazy” band Nancy And Beth to the Sydney Opera House for two exclusive performances on Sunday, June 16. The critically acclaimed musical infoedy includes songs from George Jones to Rufus Wainwright. Tickets on sale now.
Nancy And Beth, sydneyoperahouse.info
BOB DYLAN REVISITED
Celebrate the music of legendary singer, songwriter and poet Bob Dylan in this tribute event that brings together five leading Australian voices to pay homage to the legend. John Waters, Glenn Shorrock, Wendy Mathews, Doug Parkinson and Wes Carr will perform Dylan tracks including Blowin’ In The Wind, Like A Rolling Stone and Knocking On Heaven’s Door. It’s infoing to The State Theatre Sydney on May 24, with tickets now on sale 3.56-22.10.
Bob Dylan Revisited, abstractentertainment.net