As if having an extra day off work wasn’t already something to celebrate, this long weekend Sydneysiders get treated to a host celebrations happening around the city. So if you’re looking for something to fill in your days, we’ve rounded up the top 5 things to do in Sydney on the Queens Birthday long weekend (hint: there’s something for everyone).
E.P & L.P. TAKE OVER THE DOLPHIN
If you’ve ever wanted to dine like a celebrity at LA hotspot E.P & L.P. but can’t justify the flights half way across the world to get there, then head to The Dolphin in Surry Hills on Sunday night. The Aussie guys from E.P & L.P in LA are taking over the venue, with their Head Chef Louis Tikaram serving up eats from their infamous menu and their co-owner, renowned Australian Dj Grant Smilie, will be spinning tunes on the decks on the night. E.P. & L.P. opened in 2015 and has dominated the L.A. bar and restaurant scene ever since, with Sydneysiders set to get a taste of the hype on Sunday. The Wine Room menu on the night will feature Aperitivo Snacks from $5-7 with dishes such as Blue swimmer crab congee, Wagyu crackers, Hollywood Abalone and Kakoda Fijian style ceviche. Whilst the tables and chairs will be stripped back from The Dolphin’s Dining Room, making way for Tikaram’s and Monty Koludrovic’s fuller Bar menu and a host of mouth watering cocktails straight from their West Hollywood Bar menu, such as their famed Dirty Bubble Teas, and the LP California Love on The Roof, Rosé. The fun starts on Sunday 11th June, from 5pm.
The Dolphin Hotel, 412 Crown St Surry Hills
ESCAPE FROM POMPEII
For something that doesn’t involve eating and drinking, travel back in time to explore the incredible exhibition held at the Australia National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour. Featuring more than a hundred objects buried by a volcanic eruption more than 2,000 years ago in the ancient city of Pompeii, this exhibition brings to Australia rare artefacts and a unique insight into the lives of the sailors of the Roman fleet and the people who lived on the Bay of Naples. History buffs will delight at the short film ‘A Day in Pompeii’ which depicts what life was like as Mount Vesuvius was erupting in the final hours. Running daily from 9:30am – 5pm, adult tickets are $32 and available online HERE.
Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray St Sydney
MISTER FITZ ICE CREAM SANDWICH POP UP
As the weather cools down, the guys from Brisbane’s beloved Mister Fitz ice-cream sandwiches are bringing along some extra coolness to Sydney this week with their pop up store in Myer. The brains behind Doughnut Time, Mister Fitz is known for it’s tasting yet quirky menu featuring flavours such as the ‘Sticky AF’ – a heavenly slice of sticky date pudding with vanilla ice cream, topped with hot caramel sauce and unicorn crumb (you’ll have to try it IRL to find out whatever that is). This pop up is located alongside their friends at Doughnut Time, situated in the custom Alpine Village that is complete with a real life ice skating rink.
Mister Fitz Ice Cream Sandwich Pop Up, Myer Sydney, 436 George Street
HARPOON HARRY HOUSE PARTY #5 W/ RICK WILHITE, FRANK BOOKER & THE POSSE
As part of what’s already been an extraordinary Vivid line up, the folks over at Harpoon Harry are throwing an epic House Party featuring Rick Wilhite, Frank Booker & The Posse. Taking place on Sunday night, the party headlined by Detroit DJ Rick Wilhite promises to be a night full of music, dancing and plenty of drinks. Kicking off at 7pm and beating through the night until 3am, Harpoon Harry’s in Surry Hills is the perfect venue outside of Sydney’s lock out laws, meaning you can party your way long into the night. So for the deepest disco, 80s boogie and some super special re-edits, head to Harpoon Harry on Sunday night. Tickets are just $25, available online HERE.
Harpoon Harry, 40-44 Wentworth Ave Surry Hills
CURVE BALL AT CARRIAGEWORKS
A public holiday on a Monday is the perfect excuse to let your hair down and what better way to do it than at a large scale live show featuring an extraordinary line-up such as Safia, Client Liaison, Tkay Maidza, Motez, Confidence Man, Thandi Phoenix, Nyxen and Made in Paris? The party people behind the group Fuzzy bring this line up for Vivid Sydney 2017 and for $86 a ticket you’ve got the choice of 2 rooms of music and beats from 3pm until late. It’s an over 18’s event and you can purchase tickets HERE.
Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St Eveleigh