TAKE some time to unwind on the women’s mental health hike or get out and about for the Spring Cycle, it’s all happening this week in Sydney.
WOMEN’S HEALTH HIKE
Sydney women will set off with their families and girl gangs on Bondi Beach’s stunning coastal trail for the Wild Women Mental Health Hike.
The 6km hike, which takes participants through some of Sydney’s most picturesque locations, was organised by Wild Women on Top founder Di Westaway.
Westaway, who used fitness and exercise to struggle through her own battles, is passionate about encouraging women to live adventurous, exciting and fulfilling lives.
She believes in bringing women together as a community to tackle common mental health issues.
The hike’s on tomorrow from 7am to 8am and the meeting point is Biddigal Reserve on North Bondi Beach.
Wild Women Mental Health Hike, wildwomenontop.com
RIDE TO WORK DAY
If you want a feel good about your daily commute, celebrate National Ride2Work Day in Martin Place with a coffee and croissant. There will be experts on hand to give your wheels a tune-up, alongside advice on what routes to take and why cycling to work is better for you.
National Ride2Work Day Breakfast, cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
Relax, unwind and meet like-minded people at the Women’s Wellness morning. It will begin with a morning yoga and meditation class, followed by a women’s circle to talk about moods, stress, anxiety and all things women’s business. Lastly, you can head to Audley Dance Hall Cafe for a delicious wholesome breakfast. The morning’s on today at The Royal National Park. Tickets cost $60.
Women’s Wellness Morning, eventbrite.com.au
SYDNEY SPRING CYCLE
Thousands of cyclists are gearing up for the Spring Financial Group Spring Cycle. Riders range from experienced to young ones just getting started. Participants of all ages and skills can take part and cycle through parts of Sydney’s stunning landscape and visit iconic sites along the way. It’s on tomorrow, starting from St Leonards Park in North Sydney, tickets $32-$76. Kids get to take part at no cost.
Spring Financial Group Spring Cycle, springcycle.com.au
FOOD AND DRINK
THE BREW IS BACK
The Australian Heritage Hotel’s Annual Beer Festival is back, bringing the products of Australia’s best craft breweries and gourmet food stalls. There’ll be Meet the Brewer sessions, cider masterclasses and live music. It’s on at The Rocks today and tomorrow.
The Australian Heritage Hotel’s 14th Annual Beer Festival, australianheritagehotel.com
TASTE OF INDIA
The Shangri-La Hotel’s A Taste of Indian festival will focus on southern Indian cooking this month. Acclaimed guests chefs from Shangri-La Bengaluru have been flown in to bring authentic flavours from regions such as Kerala and Tamil Nadu. To cool off after the spices, there will be a decadent dessert station with delicacies such as ada pradhaman and elaneer payasam, as well as executive pastry chef Anna Polyviou’s distinctive sweet treats. It’s on from October 18 to 28, it costs $65-$85 per person.
A Taste of India Food Festival, shangri-la.com
INVICTUS PIE CAMPAIGN
In preparation for the highly anticipated Invictus Games, Glenorie Bakery has launched an Invictus pie. Based on the traditional cottage pie, it will be used to raise funds for the games. The bakery is donating $5 for every pie sold. They have a target of $10,500.
Invictus Pie, glenoriebakery.com.au
WINE AND FOOD
The National Cool Climate Wine and Food Festival is coming back to Mayfield Garden. The festival, near Oberon, will have the best local wine and craft beer stalls as well as ginger beer. There will also be gourmet cheeses, cured meats and a cheesecake food truck. It’s happening at the Mayfield Garden today, tickets $20-$55.
National Cool Climate Wine and Food Festival, mayfieldgarden.com.au
HAZELHURST ARTS CENTRE
Hazelhurst Arts Centre is holding an evening where art, music and food lovers can unite. The latest edition of this annual event will feature three hours of live classical music by Krasiva Strings, enchanting storytelling, art making, bonsai sketching, brooch-making, tree sculpting, pottery demonstrations and tapas and cocktails. Another highlight includes Alexander McKenzie in conversation with fellow artist, Peter Sharp. It’s happening on October 19 from 6pm to 9pm.
Hazelhurst at Night, sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au
PAUL CONNOR EXHBITION
Sydney artist and architect Paul Connor is bringing his collection Architectural Things and Other Landscapes to Bondi Junction’s Art Atrium. It’s on display from now until October 27.
Architectural Things and Other Landscapes, artatrium.com.au
MODERN ART MASTERS
Some of the most renowned works of modern art are coming to the Art Gallery of NSW. The State Hermitage Museum collection includes works by Monet, Picasso, Cézanne, Matisse and Kandinsky. The exhibition is happening from October 13 to March 3.
Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage, artgallery.nsw.gov.au
Sydney fibre artist, Catriona Pollard is displaying her work in the Artisans in The Garden event at the Royal Botanic Gardens. It’s on now until October 21.
Artisans in the Garden, rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au
A STAR IS BORN
Eager fans of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper can get an early preview of the highly anticipated A Star Is Born. The film is about a star (Cooper) who helps a young singer (Gaga) find success as he struggles with his own demons. The ladies night preview comes with a glass of bubbly. It’s on at the Hayden Orpheum on October 17, tickets $18.
A Star is Born — Ladies Night Preview, orpheum.com.au
This psychological drama follows a man with a photographic memory onto a night-ride bus with his sister’s killer. Sydney Q&A sessions with writer-director David Fairhust are on October 17 at Event Cinemas George St or on October 29 at Event Cinemas Macquarie.
Reaching Distance Q&A, eventcinemas.com.au
LOST PICNIC FESTIVAL
The Lost Picnic Festival is perfect if you’re after a bohemian outdoor music experience that is perfect for the whole family. There will be myriad theatre and art performances to keep families entertained, including La Petite Grande, The Nylon Zoo, Fizzics Science, Circus Playground, alongside an impressive range of foods to try. Musicians will include Tash Sultana, Meg Mac, Marlon Williams and Hot Potato Band. To keep the kids happy, head to La Petite Grande, a 1920s art-deco tent which has songs, dancing and circus performances or let them get silly in the two jumping castles available. It’s happening today at The Domain, tickets $25-$316.
Lost Picnic, lostpicnic.net
The Coast is gearing up to again welcome its sustainable arts and music festival. It will have live music from 5 Lands Band, Gypsy Dub Sound System and Johnny Devilseed, plus eco-market stalls, talks, food, loads of kids activities. It’s on at Woy Woy South School tomorrow.
Woytopia Festival, woytopia.info
This award-winning Broadway and West End star will sing hits from more than 50 years of stage, screen and record success. It’s on at the State Theatre on October 16, tickets $107.
Live at State Theatre: Elaine Paige, statetheatre.com.au
Internationally acclaimed Australian pianist Piers Lane OA will collaborate with one of England’s greatest violinists, Tasmin Little, for a special Sydney show. The renowned musicians are favourites in the UK and have had numerous sold out concerts internationally with their enduring musical bond. They will perform works by Beethoven, Brahms, Kats-Chernin and Franck. It’ll run for two hours and feature Sonata No. 5 Op. 24 “Spring”, Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Russian Rag Revisited and Sonata in A major. It’s happening on October 16 at the Sydney Opera House. Standard tickets are $119 plus booking fees apply.
Piers Lane and Tasmin Little Together in RecitaI, sydneyoperahouse.com
THE NORMAN CONQUESTS
Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s brilliant trilogy The Norman Conquests is coming to Sydney with an exciting cast. The much-loved trilogy comprises three witty plays — Table Manners, Living Together and Round And Round The Garden. Extraordinarily, Sir Alan wrote all three in less than a fortnight in 1973. The comic masterpiece will star Danielle Carter, Rachel Gordon, Brian Meegan, Sam O’Sullivan, Yalin Ozucelik and Matilda Ridgway. It’s playing at the Ensemble Theatre, with previews from October 19, tickets $43-$73.
The Norman Conquests, ensemble.com.au
ART AT THE INTERFACE
This program of artworks is curated by Bonnie Cowan and Alex Stevenson, and presents 14 of Sydney’s most talented emerging artists. It seeks to explore the artifice of art through performances, live music, sound, light and video installations. The production explores the various forms of interaction and interface within art and how these shift due to human and technological influences. The show will be held today at the PACT Centre for Emerging Artists at Erskineville. Tickets are $15 online
or $20 at the door.
Artifice X Interface, pact.net.au
Sydney thrillseekers, its time to hold onto your seats. Monster Jam is revving up its Australian tour in Sydney tonight. Eleven-time Monster Jam World Finals Champion Tom Meents, will lead the pack of world-class drivers. The group also includes Australia’s only Monster Jam-trained driver Rhianna Buchanan. It’s bound to be a day of bumper entertainment, with the custom-designed Monster Jam trucks taking the centre stage. Also joining the line-up is
two-time Monster Jam Triple Threat Series Champion Justin Sipes. Gates open at 1pm, with the main event starting at 6pm.
Monster Jam, ticketek.com.au
JESUS WANTS ME FOR A SUNBEAM
This evocative, haunting and moving production is premiering at the Riverside Theatre at Parramatta. It’s based on a novella by acclaimed Australian author Peter Goldsworthy. The story follows The Pollards as their world changes entirely. The production is running from October 18 to 27, tickets $54 for adults.
Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam, riversideparramatta.com.au
LOUD SHIRT DAY
Pick out your brightest and wackiest clothes, and get loud to raise funds for deaf children. Loud Shirt Day can easily be organised as an event at work, school or at home just with friends. All funds raised will go the Shepherd Centre, which raises funds for early intervention services that can help infants and young children who are deaf or hearing-impaired. It’s a great opportunity to educate your community on the gift of sound. It’s happening on October 19 and you can register your event on the website.
Loud Shirt Day, loudshirtday.com.au
FAMILY FUN IN RYDE
North Ryde RSL is celebrating the launch of Macao Food Month with a free family event. There will be cooking demonstrations, live music, traditional face painting and more. For those interested in crafts, there will be Chinese calligraphy to try, paper cutting, balloon twisting and more. You can also try Macanese canapés, prepared by visiting celebrity chef from Macao, Palmira Pena, and the crew from the House of Tong Restaurant. It’s happening tomorrow and on Monday at the North Ryde RSL.
Free Ryde Family Event, northrydersl.com.au
MOCA DIAMOND MUSTER
The Morgan Owners Club of Australia is staging its Diamond Muster in the state’s central west. The muster happens every 10 years and this year’s is expected to attract more than 200 visitors from across Australia. There will 110 vehicles on display. The Oberon Heritage and Collectors Club will also have display at the station precinct. It’s happening on October 19 at the Oberon Railway Precinct.
Morgan Diamond Muster, morganownersclub.com.au
A DOG’S DAY OUT
Dogs get their own special day at Canberra’s Floriade, with the Ultimate Superhero Dogs’ Day Out. Pups of all shapes and sizes can bask in the spring sun and get exploring with Floriade’s dog friendly activities. There will be presentations, a superhero costume contest, and food and beverages for humans. There will also be a Superhero Photo Booth to grab mementos of the day. On the drinks front, there will be a Pooch Bar where you can have a brew while your pup tries special doggie beer. It’s happening tomorrow.
Floriade’s Ultimate Superhero Dogs’ Day Out, floriadeaustralia.com
7 BRIDGES WALK
The 7 Bridges Walk is back for another year. About 12,000 Sydneysiders are set to take on the 27km walking challenge through some of Sydney’s most spectacular sights, while raising money for people affected by cancer. The route crosses seven iconic bridges: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Pyrmont Bridge, Anzac Bridge, Iron Cove Bridge, Gladesville Bridge, Tarban Creek Bridge and Fig Tree Bridge. There will be event villages set up along the course to provide refreshments and entertainment for walkers. Registrations are now open so be sure to secure your spot. The walk will take place on October 28.
7 Bridges Walk 2018, 7bridgeswalk.com.au
MERCHANT OF BOLLYWOOD
Get a taste of Bollywood glamour as the Merchant of Bollywood returns to Australian stages later this month. The show brings a cast of more than 30 performers from the home of Bollywood films — Mumbai. Merchant of Bollywood has had four sold-out shows in London and sellout performances across the US, Europe and South-East Asia. Tickets are currently on sale and the show is on October 27 at the Star Event Centre.
Merchant of Bollywood, premier.ticketek.com.au
THE KRANSKY SISTERS
Plan ahead for some very quirky Christmas cheer this year with Mourne, Eve and Dawn Kransky — aka The Kransky Sisters — coming to Sydney for the festive season. Expect the trio’s unusual takes on crowd favourites, Christmas songs, and much, much more. Tickets are on sale now and the shows will run from December 5 to 8 at the Sydney Opera House.
The Kransky Sisters, sydneyoperahouse.com