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11 things to do in Sydney this weekend (May 27 – 29)


Wondering what to do in Sydney this weekend? North Shore Mums is turning 10 and we’re celebrating! We’ve teamed up with The Greens for a fabulous Family Fun Festival this Sunday, so come along and join us for an afternoon of live music, kids entertainment and delicious food. We have all the inspiration you need for a fun-filled weekend. Here’s a list of fun things to do in Sydney this weekend.

Ready to make the most of your weekend (with or without the kids)?  Sydney is one of the best places to get out and about with the weekends just bustling with fun things for the whole family to do. From face painting and balloon animals, to delicious food and good music, there are so many reasons to head to The Greens this Sunday and check out the Family Fun Festival.

Vivid also kicks off this weekend, with so many great events for you to enjoy! Head into the city for the Festival of Lights, or take a trip to Taronga Zoo, Sydney Zoo or Luna Park to see the action.

Enjoy a fun day out on Friday checking out the millions of bricks at Jurassic World by the Brickman, or head along to Lifeline’s famous $2 Book Clearance Sale on Saturday and Sunday and grab yourself a bargain.

If you’re wondering whether Ravenswood School for Girls might have something to offer your daughter, head along to their Open Day on Friday morning and get a feel for the school firsthand. Or perhaps you’re on the hunt for a preschool for younger kids. Head along to the the Castlecrag Montessori Open Day on Saturday 28 May.

Spend some time giving back to the community and join the Humpty Dumpty Balmoral Burn this Sunday and put yourself to the challenge, while helping make a difference to those on the frontline and sick kids in hospital.

Get a little culture on and head to the North Sydney Art Prize in Waverton, or check out Pyrmont Food & Wine Festival. You might choose to combine the theatrical with horticulture, at the Inside the Tide exhibition at Royal Botanic Gardens.

Looking for something a little bit different? Why not head to the Upside Down House at the Entertainment Quarter and really turn things topsy turvy!

You can also grab your shopping bags and head out the door to check out a number of markets around Sydney this weekend, offering everything from fresh produce to handmade finds.

Of course, if you’re craving a weekend at home enjoying a little peace and quiet with the kids, you can check out these 115 activities to keep the tribe busy. Here’s some of our top picks for things to do in Sydney this weekend, to help you get out and about – or even enjoy an evening at home. Discover what’s on this weekend and get planning!


Things to do this Friday

After a long week wrangling the kids, you might be looking to get out and about with some girlfriends or perhaps treat the kids to something around the North Shore. Here’s your guide to things to do this Friday night in Sydney.

1. Vivid

Sydney’s hypnotic festival of lights and music is back, and Vivid 2022 promises to be a more colourful affair than ever. Set to run for 23 nights from Friday 27 May – Saturday 18 June, Vivid Sydney will feature family-friendly installations and activities that children and adults can all enjoy. Here are our top picks:

2. Ravenswood Open Day

Come to Ravenswood Open Day on Friday 27 May, to discover how Ravenswood’s vision to ignite passion for excellence, empowered by grit and resilience is allowing their girls to fulfil their potential and lead purposeful lives.

See why Ravenswood is an award-winning Positive Education and wellbeing school – and one of Australia’s top schools academically, ranked 20th in NSW.

3. Inside the Tide, Royal Botanic Gardens

things to do in Sydney this weekend

Combining the theatrical with horticulture, this exhibition creates a surreal, magical and playful display.

Telling the stories of hero plants in three aquatic communities: Kelp Forests, Coral Reefs and Seagrass Meadows, wander through what feels like an under the sea experience and watch a pantomime come to life.

Come face to face with giant sea creatures like the topiary blue whale, a chandelier of jellyfish or blue ringed octopus with interactive elements both children and adults will enjoy.

4. Jurassic World by Brickman, Australian Museum

Featuring over 50 large-scale dinosaurs, props, scenes and activities made from over 6 million LEGO® bricks. Walk through the iconic gates of the park and experience the inner workings of the Jurassic World lab. Venture into the baby dinosaur enclosure, where a life-size Brachiosaurus weighing well over 1.8 tonnes awaits! Encounter incredible models of Triceratops, Velociraptors, T.rex and many more.

        Things to do this Saturday

        Wondering what to do after a morning running around after the kids at their sports? It’s election day! Time to go find a place to vote – get it out of the way early, and you can also check out some other great activities. From the best Sydney things to do Saturday during the day, to fun things to do on a Saturday night, we have you sorted!

        5. Lifeline $2 Book Clearance

        Calling all book lovers and serious bargain hunters! Lifeline’s famous $2 Book Clearance Sale is on again at Hornsby RSL Memorial Hall on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May. For the price of just one small gold coin, you can buy one book, or a couple of DVDs or CDs, while helping Lifeline to make a real difference to other people’s lives.

        6. Pyrmont Food & Wine Festival

        Enjoy plenty of activities at this year’s Pyrmont Food & Wine Fair: fair rides, jumping castles, face painting, kid’s entertainment, live music, gourmet food, and – most of all – wine tastings from the wineries of the Orange region.

        The Pyrmont Food & Wine Festival is 100% family-friendly – so you can bring your furry friends along to enjoy the festivities too!

        • When: Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 May, 11am-5pm
        • Where: Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont 
        • Cost: Free
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        7. North Sydney Art Prize

        The popular North Sydney Art Prize is showcasing more than 110 artworks displayed across the historic grounds of the Coal Loader Centre in Waverton from 14 to 29 May 2022.

        This transformed industrial site provides a unique backdrop for visitors to experience a broad range of artworks from immersive, site-specific installations within the atmospheric underground chambers and tunnels, to sculptures dotted throughout the picturesque parklands and paintings, works on paper and multimedia works displayed in the Cottage.

        • When: 14 May – 29 May
        • Where: The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, Balls Head Drive, Waverton
        • Cost: Free
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        8. Castlecrag Montessori School Open Day

        Join Castlecrag Montessori School Open Day (preschool for 3-6 year olds) on Saturday 28 May from 10am – 12pm.  Explore the Montessori classroom, meet teachers and parents and learn more about how Montessori will benefit your child.

        Things to do this Sunday

        Sunday funday is here, which means it’s time to bundle up the kids and check out what’s happening! If you’re wondering what’s on in Sydney, here’s some extra fun things to do in Sydney on Sunday. Guaranteed for the whole family to enjoy!

        9. Family Fun Festival @ The Greens

        Kids will be captivated by the children’s entertainer

        Looking for an excuse to have a fun afternoon with friends and family? We’ve got it! In celebration of our 10th birthday, we’ve teamed up with The Greens North Sydney to host a Family Fun Festival! Join us for an afternoon of live music, kids entertainment, delicious food and good times!

        Everything (except drinks!) is included in your ticket to our Family Fun Festival at The Greens.

        • Delicious lunch! Enjoy unlimited access to Gourmet Food Station for adults and Kids Food Stations
        • Kids Dessert Bar: Popcorn machine, Ice Cream Stand, Lolly Station
        • Kids entertainment including face painting and balloon artist
        • Live music from Leon Fallon
        • Barefoot bowls

        Come along and enjoy a fun & relaxing afternoon out with friends and family! It’s the perfect excuse to organise a group of friends, or pop along as a family and be surrounded by others families from the North Shore Mums community!

        • When: Sunday 29 May, 1-4pm
        • Where: The Greens, 50 Ridge Street, North Sydney
        • Cost: Adults: $45 | Kids: $15
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            10. Upside Down House, Entertainment Quarter

            things to do this weekend in Sydney

            It’s a house… Just UPSIDE DOWN! The ‘House Down Under’ seemingly defies gravity by remaining completely stable even though it’s been flipped onto its roof… and it’s your turn to check it out at The Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park. Very insta-worthy!

            11. Humpty Dumpty Balmoral Burn, Mosman

            Join the Humpty Dumpty Balmoral Born on Mosman’s infamous Awaba Street on Sunday 29 May to celebrate 20 years of Sydney’s landmark event, the Humpty Dumpty Balmoral Burn. 

            So much more than a physical challenge – on one morning alone you will be helping the Humpty Dumpty Foundation to make a significant difference to those on the frontline and sick kids in hospital.

            Sydney Markets to enjoy this Weekend

            things to do in Sydney this weekend

            In the mood for a spot of shopping this weekend? If you’re after things to do in Sydney this weekend, check out one of the markets happening around the North Shore.

            Friday 27 May

            • The Beaches Market, Warriewood: 8am-12.30pm. Details.

            Saturday 28 May

            • Kirribilli Markets: General & Fashion: 8.30am-3pm. Details.

            Sunday 29 May

            • Organic Food Markets, Pittwater RSL: 8.30am-1pm. Details.

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