Our guides for the weekend are back, just in time for silly season. We’ve curated the best of the best for you guys, so no need to trawl the web for suggestions to impress your mates! Your friendly neighbour Social101.com has your back, especially when it comes to festive fun!
This even includes the chance to win a return trip for 2 to Berlin to celebrate an official piece of the Berlin Wall here in Sydney!
Check out our picks below:
Behold the Fountain of Goose: Live Like Summer Never Ends with French vodka, GREY GOOSE
Whilst sitting at your desk or going about the hustle and bustle of your day, have you ever dreamed of stopping for a moment to sip a refreshing cocktail by a beautiful fountain basking in the warm summer sunshine? Even better yet, finding yourself doing so somewhere in Europe like the French Riviera. It might seem like the sort of thing that dreams are made of, but French vodka, GREY GOOSE, have turned your fantasy into a reality with their tres chic, inner-city escape, the “Fountain of Goose”. Discover it popping up at First Fleet Park, Circular Quay, from 20 – 24 November, turning ordinary, everyday moments into a celebration that’s worth taking a moment to enjoy.
The Fountain will be a little (but impressive in size) taste of the kind of decadence and treat yourself mindset that Grey Goose aims to offer as the celebratory drink of summer. The bespoke build with white marble look finish, is a captivating sculptural working fountain, inspired by the brand’s luxury French heritage with its ornate European architecture.
The world first Grey Goose brand experience is journeying the east coast of Australia, having visited Broadbeach in Queensland in October, before travelling south to Circular Quay in Sydney and then onto Federation Square in Melbourne. The Fountain of Goose will be open to the general public and those who stumble upon it.
A play on the Fountain of Youth, the Fountain of Goose is for those who are young at heart, complete with its own wishing well, visitors will receive a GREY GOOSE coin to toss into the Fountain – encouraging them to make a wish and ‘Live Victoriously’ with joie de vivre. The Fountain also doubles as a bar featuring the limited-edition GREY GOOSE x Maison Labiche Riviera bottle. Serving complimentary GREY GOOSE Vodka, Lime and Soda mini-cocktails, the Fountain of Goose scene is a wonder-filled space brimming with endless photo opportunities underneath GREY GOOSE umbrellas and surrounded by deck chairs – with the Fountain as your backdrop, you could almost believe you’re relaxing in the French Riviera.
Visitors will also be surprised and delighted by the ‘out of the blue’ performances and experiences that will materialise like magic during each of the pop-ups. The acts will change depending on the day, so visitors to the Fountain of Goose will never know quite what to expect – which is all the more reason to visit twice!
For those who like to eat their cocktails as well as sip on them, GREY GOOSE has collaborated with Gelato Messina to deliver a custom-made, everyone’s favourite pick me up, Espresso Martini flavoured gelato to the Fountain of Goose at Circular Quay on November 22. Made using GREY GOOSE vodka, there’s no better way to celebrate the weather getting warmer than with a Vodka, Lime and Soda in one hand and a delicious Espresso Martini gelato in the other!
To keep the good times going, GREY GOOSE has partnered with Maybe Sammy and Quay Bar, where visitors to the Fountain can rendezvous with their friends to redeem a speciality cocktail token.
For those wanting to experience the Fountain of Goose, find it at First Fleet Park in Circular Quay on:
o Wednesday 20 November, 2 – 6pm
o Thursday 21 November, 2 – 6pm
o Friday 22 November, 3 – 7pm
o Saturday 23 November, 1 – 5pm
o Sunday 24 November, 1 – 5pm
Celebrate the iconic pop-art gallery with live pop music, pop entertainment and popping food!
One of Sydney’s most eye-catching art galleries, POP on the Rocks, turns one this month with Atherden Street transforming into an all-encompassing pop paradise that cannot be missed!
On Saturday 23 November and Sunday 24 November from 10am – 5pm, Sydneysiders will be treated to a street POP party experience, including a DJ spinning all of your favourite pop classics from Britney Spears to Aqua and everything in between! The day is guaranteed to get everyone singing and dancing.
There will also be brightly coloured, tasty POP on The Rocks sodaPOPs and POPcorn for a gold coin donation, with all proceeds from the sales going to Beyond Blue. As well as this, 10% of sales over the weekend will go to the non-profit organisation, which supports education and awareness of mental health in Australia.
Grab your friends and family, head down to Atherden Street at The Rocks and join in on all of the birthday celebrations.
AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF THE BERLIN WALL HERE IN SYDNEY
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of German history the German National Tourist Office (GNTO) together with the Goethe-Institut host, has set up an official exhibition of Sydney’s own original piece of the Berlin Wall, which is now set up for permanent public display in the small park directly in front of the institute in Woollahra.
The concrete structure stands almost four metres tall, weighs more than two tonnes and still displays original graffiti with the words: ‘Jeder hat Kraft’ – ‘Everyone is powerful’. Sonja Griegoschewski, director of the Goethe-Institut in Australia, described to the captive media audience how a piece of one of the most iconic structures of the 20th century made its way from a warehouse in Blacktown to Euroka Reserve in Sydney. She concluded: “When I lived in Berlin, I thought the wall would always be there. The Russians would never allow it to go. Now I will be able to see a piece of it from my window”.
At the official opening ceremony this Saturday, 23. November from 3pm, visitors have the chance to win a flight for 2 persons to Berlin on Scoot. The official inauguration of the Berlin Wall by Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of NSW, the Mayor of Woollahra, Councillor Susan Wynne, the German Consul General, Peter Silberberg and the Director of the Goethe-Institut, Sonja Griegoschewski will start at 3.30pm, followed by a panel discussion: Remembering November 1989; eyewitnesses share their personal stories at 4.30pm.
Location: Goethe-Institut, 90 Ocean Street, Woollhara.
KETEL ONE TERRACE NOW OPEN AT ICEBERGS BONDI
Now open, Bondi’s most iconic summertime destination, the Icebergs Terrace, has been transformed into the Icebergs Terrace x Ketel One Botanical, a beautiful oasis to celebrate the launch of the new Ketel One Botanical, a spirit based drink made with vodka distilled with botanicals and infused with natural fruit essences
Serving each Ketel One Botanical varietal as part of a cocktail menu, guests can enjoy; Ketel One Botanical Cucumber & Mint, Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose, Ketel One Botanical Peach and Orange Blossom. Topped with soda from the unique soda range Icebergs has created especially for the Terrace.
AMERCIAN EXPRESS OPENAIR CINEMAS PYRMONT
American Express Openair Cinemas continues to delight cinema-goers, who enjoy a movie under the stars at Metcalfe Park, right next to the Star Casino. This weekend, tickets are available to see: Gemini Man (23.11) and Zombieland: Double Tap (24.11).
Don’t forget, food is available from the popular Canberra-based food truck Mr Papa, who has come down from the capital to delight moviegoers with delicious Peruvian eats including loaded fries, street burgers and epic grazing platters. Drinks on tap too from Giesen Wines, 4Pines beers and PIMMS
JAZZ ON THE PIER
Pier One Sydney Harbour has launched Jazz On The Pier just in time for Summer – Set your Sundays swinging with live jazz overlooking Sydney Harbour and Walsh Bay. Make your way down to Pier One to enjoy hand-crafted cocktails, tasty food truck delights, and an exciting line-up of jazz musicians.
I thought this may work well for any weekend activity inclusions, with Jazz On The Pier happening every Sunday from 2:00pm to 5:00pm all Summer long.
These are our top picks for this weekend, however there is SO much more going on! We pledge to bring you the best of the best.
SYDNEY’S CBD OFFICIALLY OPENS FOR FESTIVE FUN THIS WEEKEND
Silly season officially kicks off this weekend, with festive treats popping up all over the city!
Sydney’s 2019 Christmas program gets underway tonight with the CBD transformed into a festive playground for Christmas in the City.
From 6.30pm to 9.30pm, a street party in and around Martin Place, Pitt Street and King Street will feature live entertainment, choirs, roving entertainers, decorations, and lights.
There will be stages at Pitt Street Mall, King Street and Martin Place featuring family favourites including Jimmy Giggle, Justine Clarke and SplashDance. The cast from The School of Rock musical will stop by for a special performance.
Roving magicians, elves on reindeers and candy-cane stilt walkers will add to the festivities, while DJ Peter Baecker from Vienna is sure to get crowds dancing to his renowned mix of 80s floor-fillers.
Art and craft activities will keep little ones busy and visitors can help the City’s Christmas charity partner, Surf Life Saving NSW, by purchasing a $5 fundraising showbag packed with goodies.
The Lord Mayor will join Santa in his reindeer tricycle sleigh led by a marching band through the city from Circular Quay, along Pitt Street to Town Hall.
Pitt Street Mall will be a festive wonderland with performers, roving entertainers, choirs and shopping offers at pop-up outlets including Jurlique, Microsoft, Superdry and Dr Seuss. Nearby at Lees Court, KIIS 1065’s ‘KIIS Beach’ will have live sand sculpting, gelato and super-sized deck chairs.
And from 7.30pm, the Martin Place Christmas Tree will illuminate every 15 minutes with a special sound and light show.
BOPP & TONE
To celebrate its first birthday, CBD favourite Bopp & Tone is launching a pop-up Lillet Cocktail Bar on their alfresco wrap around terrace, serving this season’s hottest drink, the Spritz! The terrace has seen a lot of action in the year since the restaurant and bar first opened last November – on last count, the number of spritzes served there clocked in at more than 2000.
Launching Thursday 21 November the pop up Lillet Cocktail Bar will offer three new fruity and herbal cocktails:
The classic Lillet Spritz (a blend of strawberry, cucumber and mint mixed with the fruity, Bordeaux-born aperitif and topped with tonic)
Rouge and Soda (Lillet Rouge, lemon peel, soda)
Ginger Rose (Lillet Rosé, lemon myrtle, PS Soda Ginger Beer).
These cocktails are $16 each, except for during happy hour (weekdays from 4 to 6pm) when they will be $14.
Sydney – Safe to say that it’s a playground to be discovered!