Summer may be over, but Sydney isn’t slowing down. Usher in the new season with one of the quality events we’ve rounded up below.
#1 Party at Mardi Gras
In its 38th year, the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras promises to deliver all things wonderful from the rainbow community and its supporters. The parade takes place on Saturday March 5, snaking from the bottom of Oxford Street up to Taylor Square, before turning right and ending near Moore Park Road. BYO milk crate for the best views. There’s a plethora of events around Mardi Gras from theatre productions to art exhibitions, Gayborhood walking tours and Naked Man Weekenders! For the festival save the fuss and catch the bus (or anything, just don’t drive!). The parade starts from 7pm.
#2 Be your own queen at Beyonce dance class
After a sell-out Justin Bieber dance class series in January (to absolute banger ‘Sorry’), your guardian dance angel Amrita Hepi from Hollaback returns with a new class to make you sweat. Beyonce’s new black power anthem ‘Formation’ is the soundtrack for this class to be held at Plan B Small Club in Sydney’s CBD. People of all skill levels are welcome, even if you’ve never danced before. These tend to sell out pretty quickly but jump on the event’s Facebook page for last minute ticket releases from the sorry folk who can no longer attend.
#3 A gig at a zoo
You won’t find a better backdrop for a gig than the 180-degree views on offer as part of the annual Twilight at Taronga season. The raspy jungle-rock swagger of CW Stoneking will grace the sage on March 11 in what promises to be an atmospheric eve, complete with giraffes. He’s three studio albums in and set to dazzle as the sun sets over one of the world’s best harbours. Ticket prices includes a return ferry ride from Circular Quay so let your hair out, enjoy an Aperol Spritz or two and marvel at how great this city can be. There’s also gourmet picnic hampers available. All proceeds go to the not for profit organisation dedicated to wildlife conservation, scientific research and environmental sustainability.
#4 A silent disco in the sky
What’s 250 metres high and silent? Welcome to Eye Live, the Southern Hemisphere’s highest party, coming to Sydney this March 18. Held at the top of the Sydney Tower Eye, is the most scenic silent disco going around with 360-degree views of the city. There will be three DJs operating on three different channels, so everyone can dance to their own beat. Early bird tickets include complementary glass of champagne before the party starts at 9.30pm.
#5 A festival on the foreshore
Hospitality pioneers Merivale don’t do things by halves, so you can bet that their latest event as part of March into Merivale will be an all-out extravaganza. Having transformed the night scene in Coogee, Sunday March 20 will see the beachside suburb turned into a carnival. Taking place at Coogee Pavilion, you can enjoy food from institutions such as Papi Chulo, El Loco, Mr. Wong and sushi e. There will be live music and entertainment for kids big and small, and the festivities continue with specially created Veuve Clicquot cocktails. We’ll cheers to that. It all happens from 11am-6pm.
#6 For thought: Tim Flannery, Naomi Oreskes & David Suzuki
Everyone’s favourite, David Suzuki, is gracing the Sydney Opera House stage this March to get us thinking. In conversation with Tim Flannery and Naomi Oreskes, the trio will challenge global movement. They’ll be presenting local journeys and sharing stories on why we should still hold hope for the planet, and – more importantly – what we can do about it. It’s on March 8.
#7 Soft serve is back, people
Hook up with a SWEETIE DARLING for a Good Time Valrhona Chocolate & Strawberry Ice Cream , Toasted Marshmallows, Strawberry Crispies, Choc Sprinkles & Chocolate covered pretzels #yum @jcbgrdn #swirlfie
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Singlehandedly bringing the crowds back to the Cross is Good Times Artisan Icecream. Having just opened their doors in late Feburary, this place is the haven of everything soft serve. Located at Kings Cross end of Macleay Street, it’s the brainchild of former Nomad chef Nathan Sasi, his wife, Sali Sasi, and dessert queen Christine Manfield. Their flavours are divine with names to match including Smashing Pumpkin (salted-caramel with chunks of sweet pumpkin, salted peanut praline, caramel praline and candied bacon), the dairy-free Dancing Queen and the Ziggy Stardust to name but a few. New additions to the menu will include jaffles, (made from brioche, naturally), and customisable flavours. They even have gluten free cones so no one has to do without. Get your laughing gear around it.
(Lead image: Eye Live/Facebook)
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