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19 Things to do in Sydney this Weekend (24-26 May)

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Wondering what to do in Sydney this weekend? There’s lots happening! Vivid Festival kicks off this Friday night! Or by day, you can enjoy some family fun at The Coal Loader, take your furry friend for a fun day out at the RSPCA Million Paws Walk, or head to Cork & Fork by the Riverside for free tastings, music and food.  


Vivid, Sydney’s hypnotic festival of lights and music kicks off this Friday night for three weeks…. and there are so many ways to experience this incredible experience! To help, we’ve compiled a list of Best Family-Friendly Vivid Events in 2024 to help you choose the best option for your family. To prepare for the night, be sure to read our safety tips if you’re going with kids.

There’s lots of Family Fun happening at The Coal Loader in Waverton over the next few weeks. The unique North Sydney Art Prize combines creativity with sustainability, offering something special for every member of the family. 

On Sunday, enjoy a day out at Cork & Fork along the picturesque Parramatta River. Enjoy free tasting samples from a range of boutique wine from the Mudgee and Hunter Valley regions, locally made spirits and craft beer. Or join the RSPCA Million Paws Walk at Cathy Freeman Park for a huge family and dog-friendly day of fun, and help raise vital funds for animals in need.

Want to take the kids to a live show? Berowra Musical Society proudly presents The Wizard Of Oz, which is showing at Berowra Community Centre from Saturday 25 May to Sunday 2 June.

There are plenty of markets happening around the North Shore and beyond this weekend! On Saturday there’s St Ives Organic Markets, Castle Hill Farmers Markets, Kirribilli Markets and the Cambridge Markets EQ. On Sunday, enjoy everything French at Le Marche French Markets and check out Mona Vale Organic Markets.

VIVID 2024: BEST FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS


Things to do all weekend

    1. Vivid Festival

    Sydney’s hypnotic festival of lights and music is back, and Vivid 2024 promises to be a more colourful affair than ever. Running for 23 nights from Friday 24 May – Saturday 15 June, Vivid Sydney features family-friendly installations and activities that children and adults can all enjoy.

    If you’re looking to take the kids to Vivid Sydney in 2024, be sure to take a look at our recommendations for the very best family-friendly Vivid events:

    And if you’re concerned about how to do Vivid Festival with kids, be sure to read our 10 tips to keep children safe at Vivid Sydney.

    2. Family Fun @ Coal Loader

    Head to the Family Fun @ Coal Loader at Waverton from 11 May to 2 June.

    If you’re on the hunt for an educational and fun family outing, The Coal Loader in Waverton is your must-visit destination. The unique North Sydney Art Prize combines creativity with sustainability, offering something special for every member of the family. 

    3. The Wizard of Oz

    Berowra Musical Society proudly presents The Wizard Of Oz, which is showing at Berowra Community Centre from Saturday 25 May to Sunday 2 June.

    Young Dorothy Gale is swept away by a tornado from her Kansas farm to the magical land of Oz. There, she encounters a host of whimsical characters: good witches, bad witches, animals that talk, scarecrows that walk, and things magical to behold. To find her way home, she must journey along the Yellow Brick Road to see the mysterious and all-powerful Wizard in Emerald City. Along the way, she makes new friends, but must also brave many dangers, including the Wicked Witch of the West, who will stop at nothing to get her hands on Dorothy’s magical ruby slippers.

    • When: 25 May – 2 June
    • Where: Berowra Community Centre, The Gully Road, Berowra
    • Cost: $35 adult | $30 child | Family of 4 $110
    • More: northshoremums.com.au/events

        4. Seussical the Musical

        Seussical is a magical musical extravaganza that brings your favourite Dr Seuss characters to life in a colourful production that’s fun for the whole family.

        Woven throughout the story are powerful messages of inclusion, equality, friendship, loyalty, advocacy and standing up for others who don’t have a voice. With colourful costumes, catchy songs and an incredibly talented cast, it’s a show not to be missed!

        • When: 24 May – 1 June
        • Where: Model Farms High School, Gooden Drive, Baulkham Hills
        • Cost: Tickets from $35
        • More: northshoremums.com.au/events

        5. Incredibilia

        A magical theatre experience for kids and families, created by author Libby Hathorn and visual artist Kim Carpenter, on at the State Library of NSW from 12–26 May. Come along to see 101 fascinating objects brought to life through music, song and puppetry! Suitable for ages 5 to 10 years.

          6. Maho Magic Bar

          Take a seat, select a drink and be ready to disbelieve your eyes as Japan’s leading close-up magicians and sleight-of-hand specialists perform exclusive magic shows at your table.

          Returning by popular demand, Maho Magic Bar will transport you and your family to a glittering Tokyo night! Following a sell-out season for Sydney Festival 2023, Japan’s close-up magic masters are ready to astound audiences afresh in 2024 with fresh tricks and Maho Magic Bar’s signature charm. Maho Magic Bar features incredible magic, lots of laughter and delicious cocktails and mocktails! You’ll see these masters at work at point blank range, putting a wild contemporary spin on Japan’s magic traditions.

          Maho Magic Bar has special family-friendly performances* before 4pm every weekend during our Sydney season and select weekday afternoons during the school holidays. Experience world-class magic up-close at your table, while sipping on delicious Japanese-inspired drinks. Bring the whole family for a magical afternoon, book a unique birthday party activity or book an adults-only date night for one of the evening sessions.

                7. Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

                The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize and Exhibition of Finalists is on in Gordon, Thursdays to Sundays, from 10am – 4pm until the 26th of May.

                As the highest valued art prize for women in Australia, its purpose is to celebrate and raise the profile of our nation’s women artists. With artists representing every state and territory across the Professional, Indigenous Emerging and Emerging Artist categories. All 117 finalist artworks are available for sale (21 have already sold!), and we encourage you to vote for the People’s Choice Award.

                8. & Juliet

                From pop music’s #1 hitmaker and the Emmy-Winning writer from Schitt’s Creek; the international smash hit & JULIET is playing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre until 16 June 2024.

                The Emmy®-winning writer from Schitt’s Creek flips the script on Shakespeare in this hilarious and poignant story of self-discovery and second chances. Legendary songwriter; Max Martin delivers one of the most addictive and joyous soundtracks to ever hit the stage, in this inspiring new musical that proves there’s life after Romeo.

                After premiering on the West End and earning a staggering 8 x Olivier Awards nominations, & JULIET has also been one of the most unexpected and spectacular theatrical triumphs on Broadway, with Forbes Magazine boldly saying: “This is easily the best musical of the year”

                 


                Things to do in Sydney this Friday

                                  9. Chatswood Mall Market

                                      The Chatswood Mall Markets are held in Chatswood Mall every Thursday and Friday from 9am-9pm.

                                      You’ll find pastries, pizza or pork buns. There’s Japanese, Malaysian, Greek and Gozleme and a whole host more to explore including fresh produce. Pop down for lunch, dinner and shopping in the Chatswood Mall.


                                          Things to do in Sydney this Saturday 

                                          Wondering what to do around Sydney this Saturday? There’s plenty of fun events to choose from!

                                              10. Community Open Day at Norths Fitness

                                              Excited for free rooftop classes? Join the Community Open Day at Norths Fitness on Saturday 25 May from 8am to 12pm, inside Norths Cammeray. Enjoy free samples, classes, complimentary body scans, go in the draw to win in our $500+ giveaway, check out the gym, pool and more! Plus, take advantage of hot membership offers on the day.

                                              11. Castle Hill Farmers & Fine Food Market

                                              The Castle Hill Farmers & Fine Food Markets are held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at the Castle Hill Showground.

                                              These markets promote the importance of fresh seasonal produce, sustainable local agriculture, showcasing small business and introducing visitors to the wonders of The Hawkesbury region.

                                              Begin your market experience by succumbing to the tantalising aroma of freshly ground coffee beans brewing away in the crispy early morning air of the showgrounds. As you sip your coffee and munch on your egg and bacon roll, you’ll be drawn by the perfumes of the many freshly cut blooms from Flowering Eucalyptus with a vast array of colours and species to suit all occasions.

                                              12. Kirribilli Markets: Art, Fashion & Design

                                              The Kirribilli Art, Design & Fashion market has a vibrant atmosphere, fantastic stalls, great products and delicious food. Artists, craft practitioners and designers sell their original paintings, glass, ceramics, fashion and accessories, homewares, millinery and fresh flowers in an atmosphere of great live music and international food.

                                              The Burton street tunnel exclusively features Artisan made products with the Green and Gravel areas featuring Fashion stalls and much much more.

                                              • When: Fourth Saturday of the month, 8.30am-3pm
                                              • Where: Kirribilli Markets, Burton Street, Milsons Point 
                                              • Cost: Free
                                              • More: northshoremums.com.au/events

                                              13. St Ives Organic Markets

                                              The St Ives Organic Food Markets are held at St Ives Showgrounds every Saturday from 8am-2pm.

                                              At these markets, you’ll find Certified Organic food, artisan gourmet produce and conventional fresh fruit & veg*, freshly baked bread and patisserie, seasonal produce from the farmer, salami, local and French cheese, smoked salmon and other delicacies, Aussie truffles…..in fact all the goodies you love to eat are at the markets, every week, rain or shine.

                                              At these friendly community markets you will find everything to fulfil your weekly shopping needs and an exciting choice of fashion, home wares, plants and of course, eco-friendly, sustainable fare trade and healthy products.

                                              You will all enjoy mixing with other like minded fun-loving, friendly foodies…people like you, that care about the environment and the health of the people they feed.

                                              14. Cambridge Markets EQ

                                              The Cambridge Markets EQ are on every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am – 2pm at The Entertainment Quarter. These markets are a vibrant celebration of community, creativity, and culture that promises to add a splash of excitement to your day.

                                              Up to 50 stallholders come together to sell an amazing variety of goods, ranging from fresh produce to gourmet French fare specially imported for our customers. Be sure to pop by to enjoy some fresh air and fill your basket with beautiful, seasonal produce and gourmet treats. Check out the amazing stalls full of one off a kind and artisan gifts for that special someone in your life (or just treat yourself!), or stop past one of the most beautiful stores for flowers you’ll ever see.


                                                      Things to do in Sydney this Sunday

                                                          15. Cork & Fork by the Riverside

                                                          Cork & Fork returns to Kissing Point Park in Putney on Sunday 26 May, from 10am-4pm.

                                                          Enjoy a fantastic day out with family and friends along the picturesque Parramatta River while enjoying free tasting samples from a range of boutique wine from the Mudgee and Hunter Valley regions, locally made spirits and craft beer. Bring a picnic rug and grab some food from our food trucks as you listen to music from our talented artists. Bring the kids along as there is lots of activities for them to enjoy including ponies and amusement rides.

                                                          Entry into Cork and Fork is free of charge. If you would like to drink alcohol from the range of breweries, distilleries, and wineries attending the event, you can purchase a Cork and Fork festival glass for $10, this will includes free tastings. If you like what you sip full glasses can be purchased individually from stallholders

                                                          16. RSPCA Million Paws Walk

                                                          Join the RSCPA Million Paws Walk at Cathy Freeman Park for a huge family and dog-friendly day of fun, and help raise vital funds for animals in need. Before and after the walk, hang around with your pooch for all the pawsome fun on offer! food, drinks, various stalls, music, raffles, games, competitions and much more! It’s set to be a tail-waggingly good day for the whole family, so register now and get ready to put on your walking shoes for a fun day out with the pooch and family!

                                                          17. Gai-mariagal Festival

                                                          Celebrate Ku-ring-gai’s indigenous culture at Gai-mariagal Festival between 26 May and 9 July with music and art, children’s stories and guided walks.

                                                          The Festival was founded in 2001 and aims to raise awareness of First Nations people living in the northern Sydney region.

                                                          It starts in northern Sydney and concludes at the end of NAIDOC Week on 9 July. Events include workshops, performances, talks and more.

                                                          18. Mona Vale Organic Food Market

                                                          The Mona Vale Organic Food Markets are on every Sunday from 8:30am-1pm at Pittwater RSL. These weekly markets offer gourmet food and produce market specialising in Certified Organic food, artisan gourmet produce and conventional fresh fruit & veg*, freshly baked bread and patisserie, seasonal produce from the farmer, salami, local and French cheese, smoked salmon and other delicacies, Aussie truffles.

                                                          19. Le Marche French Markets

                                                          Experience a taste of France in Sydney. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of a traditional French market a the delightful heritage Laurelbank in Willoughby, on Sydney’s Lower North Shore.

                                                          Le Marche French Markets are held on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, and celebrate all things French – from delectable cuisine to exquisite artisanal crafts.

                                                          Savour the flavours of France with an array of French delights: Freshly baked baguettes and creamy cheeses to delicate pastries and smelly raclette. Bon appétit! 

                                                          Or treat yourself to some French Artisanal Treasures like Brocante, french linen, berets, jewellery, handmade ceramics, and lots more.

                                                          Whether you’re a foodie, a lover of anything French, or simply seeking a taste of European culture, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

                                                          • When: 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month, 8.30am-1.30pm
                                                          • Where: Laurelbank Willoughby, Penshurst Street, Willoughby
                                                          • Cost: Free
                                                          • More: northshoremums.com.au/events

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