10 things to do during mid-year break

18 Jun

The Grates

June 24

It’s Friday night and exams are officially over! Huzzah! Come celebrate with the most overly perky band on the Australian music scene; The Grates! The band will be playing an intimate show over at the Oxford Art Factory to launch their new album. Tickets are $30 with Guineafowl and Big Scary supporting


Dendy Winter Wonderland

June 27

The Dendy Opera Quays are showing a different classic film every Monday morning as part of their Winter Wonderland series. This week’s is the classic “Singin’ in the Rain”. What better way to snap out of your exam misery than with a cheery Hollywood musical?


Art After Hours

June 29

Every Wednesday the AGNSW opens its doors till late for a very rad and very free after hours program. Every week features a different line up of guest speakers, musical performances and film screenings, as well as access to all the exhibitions. They’ve also thrown in a bar and courtesy bus! This week Bonnie and Clyde (1967) will be screening, along with talks and tours around the new contemporary collection space.


Chinatown Night Markets

July 1

If you find yourself near Chinatown on Friday night, head over to Dixon Street Mall. From 4pm until 11pm each week you’ll find best and cheapest dinner you can get anywhere in the city. Alongside cheap clothing, jewelry and giftware, the markets also offer a wide range of dishes, with Japanese, Chinese, Malaysian and Korean stalls all at hand.


Good Food & Wine Show

July 3

If you’ve been drooling over Masterchef for the past couple of weeks than this event is for you! There will be markets, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and even a few master classes. You’ll be able to learn everything from what to look for in a good merlot to how to make fancy cupcakes and chocolates.


The Real Story of Super Heroes

July 6

This highly acclaimed exhibition has arrived in Sydney and will be sticking around for the rest of the semester break. Celebrating the notion of unsung heroes, photographer Dulce Pinzon has portrayed Mexican immigrant workers going about their daily lives in full superhero garb. The free exhibition will be taking place at the Australian Centre for Photography in Paddington.

Bondi Bergstation

July 10

Ice-skating, Gluhwein & Bratwurst! No it’s not Bavaria, strangely enough this is all happening at Bondi. Featuring a alpine food stalls, DJs and ice-skating perfromances, the 2011 Winter Festival will be setting up camp by the Bondi Pavilion until July 17


The Last Ever Harry Potter Movie!

July 12

No matter what age you are you can’t not be excited about this! There will be midnight screenings happening all over the place; Randwick Ritz is already selling tickets for a double bill of both parts! So get your robes on and wands out because you’ll most likely be duelling over the best seats. Also, what’s all this about pottermore.com? Apparently Rowling is announcing something big on the 23rd of June. Keen!


Lady Gaga

July 13

Love or hate her, you can’t deny she can pull off a meat dress like no one else. Lady Gaga is set to return to Sydney for an exclusive one off show at Sydney Town Hall in July for just 1000 die-hard fans. How to score tickets? Easy, just head to the Facebook page from June 8 and post a picture of yourself doing something insanely Gaga-esque. Nothing a couple of prime rib steaks couldn’t win you!

Reservoir Bazaar

July 16

Held at Surry Hills’ The Winery, Reservoir Bazaar is quickly becoming known as one of the best and quirkiest markets around town. Here you’ll find everything from vintage comic books, wood framed sunglasses and gourmet muesli. Just make your way down to the Crown Street establishment every Saturday between 10am and 4pm.


Happy Holidays!


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