Sunday Sorted: Here’s What To Do With Your Crew This Weekend

Huge news: the first weekend of summer is officially upon us.

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Huge news: the first weekend of summer is officially upon us.

Whether you’re hunting for free live music in the Brisbane CBD, getting stuck into Christmas shopping at markets in Perth and Melbourne, or slurping oysters at an outdoor table at Sydney Fish Market, this weekend is all about lapping up that sweet, sweet sunshine.

Sydney: The Sydney Fish Market


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Name a better way to spend a sunny Sunday than trawling Sydney’s iconic Fish Market, choosing lunch from a selection of the best and freshest seafood around, and scoffing it all in the sunshine; we’ll wait.

Load up on Sydney rock oysters from De Costi Seafoods or a grilled platter from Salty Squid Café and we promise you’ll regret none of it – unless, of course, you opt for feeding the seagulls. Don’t like seafood? Blackwattle Deli has everything required to make a mean cheeseboard and there’s Fisherman’s Wharf Seafood Restaurant upstairs for all your yum cha needs, too.

Melbourne: The Big Design Market


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Did someone say Christmas is in 23 days? Because it is, people. Get a head start (or a late start, depending on how you see things) on your holiday shopping at The Big Design Market, an annual convergence of Australia’s top independent artists and makers. The 2018 line-up includes the likes of luxe stationary brand Milligram, ceramicist Bridget Bodenham, and Indigenous social enterprise Bush Medijina.

There’ll be All Day Donuts, 5 And Dime bagels, and Gelato Messina, too, for when hunger strikes. Entry is $2 per person.

Adelaide: Moonlight Cinema


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There’ll be thrills, chills and perhaps a few spills during the opening weekend of this Adelaide’s favourite al fresco cinema. Catch cult classics and summer blockbusters in the prettiest of locations when the Moonlight Cinema returns to the Botanic Park.

BYO food and drink, or pick up something from the Moonlight Cinema food truck and bar to keep you well sated while you experiment with the perfect blanket position on the grass. The season runs through to February 17, so there’s plenty of time to see your favourites.

Brisbane: City Sounds


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If you’ve been living in Brisbane a while, you may have noticed the CBD filling with sweet, sweet music every weekend. It’s City Sounds, and it’s the largest live music program in Australia.

Stroll around Queen Street Mall, Post Office Square, and other central locations for a dose of live music from some of the city’s up-and-coming local musicians. On offer is everything from alternative and folk to jazz and electro. For a look at who’s playing, visit the City Sounds City Sounds Facebook page.

Perth: Perth Makers Market at Fremantle Markets


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In a shopping event that could very well go down in history as the best ever, Perth Makers Market is joining forces with Fremantle Market for a one big monster market this weekend.

Perth Makers Market is famous for pulling together the very best in handmade items from across Western Australia, and this joint market will be no different. Expect a selection of 40 Perth Makers Market stallholders, live music, and unbeatable market food.

We sure do hope it’s pay day for everyone.

Canberra: California Cool: Art and Los Angeles 1960s-70s


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Can’t make it to sunny California this year? Don’t sweat it – just make a beeline to the National Gallery of Australia, where California Cool: Art and Los Angeles 1960s-70s, an exhibition engaging with America’s relationship to the perpetually sunny west coast, is gracing the walls until February 2019.

Featured artists like Edward Ruscha, Christine Godden, Joe Goode, David Hockney, and Robert Heinecken are considered ground-breakers of their generation, each grappling with the idea that life in an apparent paradise is never quite as it seems.

(Lead image: Emily Fitzgerald / Visit Victoria)

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