February 2019 Festivals and Things to Do

I think when February swings around, you can finally stop greeting people with ‘Happy new year’ when you encounter them for the first time in 2019, unless you’re greeting them ‘Happy Luna New Year!’ of course. But here are my top things to do in Ol’ Sydney Town for the month of Feb!

Watch the Super Bowl in Sydney- Mon 4 Feb

The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room, 225 George Street, Sydney   

You’ll have to take an annual leave day to be a part of this one, but you can join ¾ of the United States and the couple of thousand Aussie Gridiron fans to watch Super Bowl 53 Live! But if you’re one of the faithful (or just wanting to get involved in one of the largest Spectacle of the year) head on down to the Morrison’s for an American breakfast and lunch while cheering on the Patriots and the Rams! Doors open 9am for breakfast (kick-off at 10.30am). FREE entry but booking is essential.

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Sydney Luna Festival- Dragon Boat Races- Sat 9 Feb – Sun 10 Feb

Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Park, Sydney 

Darling Harbour comes alive to the churning waters and drum-beats of the Dragon boats! Come celebrate the Luna New Year with two days of dragon boat racing, Lion dancing, and a festive atmosphere! Cheer on the crews of guys and gals who have been training all year long for this! And just have a jolly old good time of it! Sat 8am to 5pm, Sun 8.30am to 3pm. Cost is FREE!  

For more info, visit:

https://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/dragon-boat-races

Valentine’s Day Singles Party- Thurs 14 Feb

Cargo Bar, 52-60 the Promenade, Darling Harbour

Don’t spend Valentine’s Day 2019 alone! Join all the playful singles of Sydney at the Cargo Bar for a single’s night out! $10 will gain you entry plus 2 complementary drinks! Do the math, at worse you’re $2 better-off if you end up with both drinks; or maybe you’ll find Mr/Ms Right to give your second drink vouchy to! Hey Hey? 7pm till Late. Show those boring couples how the Singles par-tay!

For more info and to grab your tickets, visit:

Summer Night Market 2019- Fri 15 Feb

Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh

Curated in 2019 by celebrity chef Kylie Kwong, the Summer Night Markets will feature 60 stores made up of Australia’s best producers and hatted chefs! Expect locally sourced dishes, live music, and cooking demos. 5pm to 10pm, $10 entry for adults, children under the age of 12 and accompanied by their parents go FREE!

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Luna New Year Twilight Parade- Sat 16 Feb

91 Archer St, Chatswood

For the very first time, Chatswood will play host to the Luna New Year Twilight Parade- drumming out from Chatswood Interchange, Lion-dancing their way through Chatswood Mall, before oinking down Victoria Avenue to Bertram Street. Line the path with your kids and welcome in the year of the Pig with sound and colour! Parade starts at 6pm and afterwards grab a bite at one of the many many Asian restaurants in the area. The cost to take part is FREE, unless you really want to ‘take part’, they’re still accepting registrations for community and friendship groups to be a part of the floats! Hey babe! Let’s get the Chinese Poem Reciting Group back together again for one last recital!?

For more information, and a listing of other Luna NY events in Chatswood, visit:

http://www.visitchatswood.com.au/lny2019/

January 2019 Festivals & Things to do

It’s going to take a couple of days to get used to seeing 2019 written in all the date fields, but here are my top 5 Festivals and things to do in Sydney for the month of January!

Night Owls Kids Film Festival- Fri 4 – Sun 20 January, 2019.

Darling Quarter Village Green, 1-25 Harbour Street, Sydney NSW 

17 nights of free outdoor live music, short films and 2 movie screenings. Movies air each night at 6pm (Family friendly films like Coco, Paddington 2, Lego Ninjago movie, Peter Rabbit, or Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle). While the 8.30pm screening will be more for the ‘big-kids’ e.g. Star Wars the Last Jedi, Thor: Ragnarok, Oceans 8, Pitch Perfect 3, Black Panther etc.

Cost: FREE. Food can be obtained from nearby restaurants, and best in best dressed to get the best patch of grass to see the screen.

For more info visit:

https://www.filmfest.net.au/festival/night-owls-kids-film-festival/

Cockle Bay Wharf Pedal Boats- Fri 4 – Mon 28 January, 2019

The Promenade Cockle Bay Warf, 201 Sussex Street Sydney NSW

Picturing yourself paddling in a paddle boat like in the film ’10 Things I hate about you?’ Live out the fantasy and head on down to Cockle bay!

  11am to 8pm, book a pedal boat (first come first served) and you and 3 others can pedal around Darling Harbour! **Note: Pedal boats have a canopy for shade and lifejackets for your safety.

Cost: $30 for a family of 4.

For more information visit:

https://www.cocklebaywharf.com.au/what-s-on/cockle-bay-wharf-pedal-boats

Sydney International Tennis- Sun 6 – Sat 12 January, 2019

Sydney Olympic Park, 2 Rod Laver Drive, Sydney Olympic Park NSW   

World class Tennis stars including Australia’s own top ranked players, 8 Grand Slam champions, 8 of the top 10 female players and many many young guns will be serving it up at SIT. Expect family fun, music and a whole lot of sweat (the player’s, not yours).

Cost: Adults, various costs. Kids, go free during all sessions (except for finals day on Sat 12 Jan).

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Inner West Fiesta- Sun 20 January 2019

Sydney Portugal Club, 100 Marrickville Road, Marrickville NSW

A full day community festival to celebrate Latin America’s fiery culture! Expect dancing, music, food and art/craft stalls.

Cost: Adults $10 (if tickets are purchased online) or $15 at the door. Kids $5 or FREE if under the age of 6.

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Rozelle Collectors Markets- Sat & Sun all year round

Grounds of Rozelle Public School, 663 Darling Street, Rozelle NSW 

A Picker’s dream! A Minimalist’s nightmare! An open air antique, collectables, fashion, art and jewellery market. Expect stalls filled with pre-loved wares, local musicians and food stalls.

Cost: Free entry but bring your money purse (ain’t no pay-wave here). 9am – 3pm.

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