What's on this weekend

It’s the long weekend that’s well known for NRL and AFL grand finals… but what else is there to do?

Here is our pick of things to do in Sydney and beyond!

For the Family:

Springfest for Kids – Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park.
How to entertain the kids over school holidays?
With free entry, Springfest could be the answer. It’s Sydney’s pop up fun park with amusement rides, a petting zoo, show bags, an art wall, Lollipop garden, games area and more.

For more information: www.springfest4kids.com.au

Market Mania:

Paddington Markets – Paddington.
Some of the best local and emerging designers can be found at Paddington Markets. Celebrating 43 years of trading and still attracting edgy designers and artistic traders.
When you visit and buy a product you are also supporting Sydney’s disadvantaged and homeless through the Eddie Dixon Centre, totally funded by Paddington Markets.

For more information: www.paddingtonmarkets.com.au  

Balmain Markets – Balmain
With 140 stalls, the Balmain Markets covers all bases. Organic fruit and vegetables, a nursery, high quality original art and crafts, jewellery, books, clothing and more. Make sure you sample the amazing meals made in the multicultural food hall.

For more information: www.balmainmarket.com.au

Get outside:

Blue Gum Walk – Hornsby

With spring firmly here it’s the perfect time to for a bush walk. The Blue Gum Walk a great 4km return loop, easily accessible from Rosemead Road Park in Hornsby and leads you on a journey through varying landscapes including a few river crossings - this track is a great work out!

Be entertained:

40th Annual Manly Jazz Festival - Manly

With multiple indoor and outdoor venues, including major stages alongside Manly Beach, this Jazz festival is where it’s at this weekend. Known worldwide for not only it’s location, but the caliber of diverse music it presents. This includes traditional New Orleans jazz to funk, Latin, fusion, blues, gospel, swing and roots.

For more information: www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

For the culture:

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes – Art Gallery of NSW.

An annual art event that you should not miss.

The Archibald Prize is Australia’s favourite, and one of the most prestigious, art awards. First awarded in 1921, it is for the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists.

The best landscape painting of Australian scenery, or figures sculpture is awarded the Wynne Prize.

The Sulman Prize is awarded to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media.

Visit the exhibition to witness these incredible works of art, vote for your favourite in the People’s Choice award and check out the work on display in the Young Archies, for budding artists aged 5 – 18.

For more information: www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au

Get out of town:

Southern Highlands 2017 Spring  Open Gardens.

It’s Tulip time in the Southern Highlands! What better excuse for a road trip to visit the incredible gardens that aren’t always open to the public. See the grounds of places such as: 5th Chapter Estate, Bundanoon Village Garden Ramble, Chinoisere, Corbett Gardens, Fitzroy Inn, Gardenalia, Greenbrier Park Garden, Harper’s Mansion, Leighton Gardens, Milton Park, Moidart, Peppers Craigieburn, Peppers Manor House, Perennial Hill, Red Cow Farm, Retford Park, Robertson Open Gardens, Sturt, Yarrawin and Zen Oasis.

For more information: https://www.southern-highlands.com.au/uploads/624/spring-open-garden-booklet-online-.pdf

Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival – Corbett Gardens, Bowral.

Corbett Gardens hosts the Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival this long weekend. Surrounded by all the tulips, you will enjoy the Highlands most innovative and award-winning cold-climate wine makers, creative food producers and chef’s all showcasing the regions’ abundance.

Foodies and wine lovers, you need to be here!

For more information: www.southernhighlandsfoodandwine.com.au