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Top 8 In Sydney | The May Edition

PSA: Winter is coming.

Look, we don’t mean to get all Jon Snow on you but whilst it feels like only yesterday we were frolicking in the ocean and enjoying the glorious Sydney sunshine, we are actually about to enter the last month of Autumn. So make the most of warmer days before it officially becomes way too cold to leave the house with these marvellous May events.

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

The nation’s premier fashion event, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will return to Carriageworks this May. The five-day schedule will showcase a curated selection of Australia’s most established and emerging designers. With DJ duo Client Liaison debuting a fashion line this year (yes, you read that right), alongside the likes of Camilla and Marc who are opening the week on their 15th anniversary, it is set to be one of the year’s most exciting events. For those of us not lucky enough to score front row seats (it’s fine we’re not jealous at all) all the runway action will be live-streamed at Pitt Street Mall.

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Carriageworks, Eveleigh | 13 – 17 May | Various Prices


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Vivid Sydney

Sydney will once again illuminate with creativity and innovation with the return of the annual light, music and ideas festival. Witness the lights switch on for the 10th time this May, as celebrated artist Jonathan Zawada transforms the sails of the Sydney Opera House into a dynamic digital sculpture. See some of the best Australian and International acts at iconic Sydney venues and join masterminds and creative catalysts for inspiration and future-shaping ideas. The festival will run until mid-June and can be experienced at a number of locations, including the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, The Rocks, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, King’s Cross, Chatswood, and Taronga Zoo.

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Various Locations | 25 May – 16 June | Free Entry


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Sunrise On The Steps

Bend, box and salute the sails with a new series of fitness and wellbeing classes on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. Work up a sweat as the sun rises over Sydney’s most iconic building with a 60-minute high intensity circuit training class on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Or channel your inner zen with chilled yoga classes on Wednesday and Friday mornings. Whether you’re still perfecting your downward dog or are a master of the one-handed tree pose, classes are run by a team of local professionals and are suitable for people of all fitness levels.

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Sydney Opera House Steps | 13 March – 18 May | $25
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Royal Wedding Dinner

Call on your horse-drawn carriage and head down to the Royal Hotel in Paddington for the (un)official royal wedding dinner! Enjoy a three-course banquet of traditional English delicacies, and raise a glass of Moet & Chandon as the world watches Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on the big screen. Bookings are, of course, essential for the event of the year! Yorkshire pudding anyone?

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The Royal Hotel Paddington | 7pm 19 May | $85
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Seafood + Sake Chef’s Table

Join Chefs Stanley Wong and Angie Ford as they host their monthly Chef’s Table Dinner Series at Eastside Kitchen + Bar. The series, designed for the chefs to curate a one-off menu of innovative dishes, champions a different theme each month. This May it will be Seafood + Sake with a five course set menu including dishes such as Kinmedai with watermelon + ponzu & chargrilled baby octopus with seaweed + cucumber. Seafood and Sake connoisseurs out there, book now as spaces are strictly limited with only 16 tickets sold each month.

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Eastside Kitchen + Bar Chippendale | 6.30pm 3 May | $168pp
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Mother’s Day Classic

Walk or run for breast cancer research this May in the annual Mother’s Day Classic fun run. Join more than 100,000 participants in the event that has become synonymous with Mother’s Day for its 21st year in gathering to remember and support loved ones affected by breast cancer. With options for a 4km walk, 4km run, 7km walk or 8km run, get the whole family together and don your best pink outfit this Mother’s Day for a good cause!

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The Domain, Art Gallery Road, Sydney | 13 May | Various Prices
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Priscilla Queen of The Desert

Get ready to shake your groove thing, as the iconic homegrown musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert shimmies into town for its 10th Anniversary tour this May! Based on the Oscar-winning film of the same name, prepare to embark on a heart-warming story of self-discovery and acceptance (with a dash of sass), as three friends hop aboard a battered old bus bound for Alice Springs to put on the show of a lifetime. Returning for the first time in nearly a decade with revamped versions of iconic hits, including It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive and many more, you’d be a fool to miss this one.

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Capitol Theatre | 13 May – 19 July | Tickets from $49
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ARDC x SMWS Pop Up Bar

Archie Rose Distilling Co. is partnering with the exclusive Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) for ARDC x SMWS – a three-day Society pop up bar to give whisky lovers access to new releases and rare archives. Each day of the event, held in a space reminiscent of the Edinburgh SMWS Vaults, will consist of a special archive cask opening in addition to the launch of a single cask cocktail created by Archie Rose showcasing one of the SMWS twelve flavour profiles. In a further daring act of blasphemy, the event will close with a one-off whisky blending class where guests can create their own signature blended whisky from a carefully curated selection of society bottlings. Three day drinking event? It’d be rude not to!

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Archie Rose Distilling Co. Rosebery | 3 – 5 May | Free Entry from 4pm Thurs & Fri and 5pm Sat | Whisky Blending Class $150pp