Welcome to March. Christmas, New Years and Summer are well and truly over, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to slow down. We recommending planning those after work drinks, dinners and weekend escapes far in advance to avoid any boring weekend’s spent Netflix and chilling.
Whether you’re keen to try some of Sydney‘s best grub, fancy letting your hair down at this year’s Mardi Gras, need a heft dose of art and culture or just want to get out and into the fresh air, here are our top picks of the things Sydneysiders need to do over the month of March.
Food & Drink
March Into Merivale
Time to expand your foodie horizons? This month the team at Merivale have your taste buds sorted with March Into Merivale. The annual five-week food and wine festival is now in it’s 8th year with many claiming it as one of the most anticipated events on Sydney’s culinary calendar. First-class food, desserts of the highest sin, and cheeky drinks to keep the party rolling have already kicked off across 50+ Merivale venues including Mr Wong, The Paddington, Felix, Ms. G’s, sushi e and more.
There’s something on every night of the week, whether it be ‘Friends With Benefits’ Tuesdays with $45 pp packages at Ash St. Cellar, Ms. G’s and Papi Chulo, or ‘Guilty Pleasures’ Fridays at Palings for an iconic British dance party for $20 pp.
Other notable March Into Merivale events include Foreshore Festival at Coogee Pavilion on March 20 featuring food from Mr. Wong, Papi Chulo and sushi e with live music, face painting and balloon animals, plenty of Pacha nights at Ivy over the course of the month, featuring live DJ acts like Robin Schulz, and Sunday Sundown at Coogee Rooftop and Pool Club on March 6 with Yahtzel and L D R U.
Merivale’s website promises to leave you decadent and satiated with “…nights dripping in chocolate, beachside carnivals, shameless dance parties and once-in-a-lifetime dinners.” Either way, it’s a good chance to at least soak up those last rays of Sydney sun before Autumn truly sets in.
Art & Culture
The Galeries Joins Art Month
If you’ve hit that point of the month where you’re experiencing a Summer lust come down and all you need is a big dose of culture and reality to make you feel sane again, then The Galeries is the place to be this March.
From today, The Galeries will be transformed into a living gallery of street art in an installation aptly named, Artists’ Playground. If the sight-seeing isn’t enough to bring you back down to earth, the centre will also be hosting art therapy sessions, life drawing classes, performance art installations, artist meet-and-greets, and personalised tours with Culture Scouts throughout the month.
It’s all about supporting emerging artists on the contemporary scene and celebrating accessible art in a public forum. As for the art itself, unexpected and original pieces will reveal themselves dramatically; the existing surfaces of spaces acting as canvases decorated by street artists including Apeseven, Bafcat and Numskull. Illustrators, multidisciplinary artists, object designers, painters, paper engineers and even friend of D’Marge sculptor Dion Horstmans will be unleashing their creative vision on the space.
Art Month Sydney is a city-wide festival that celebrates contemporary art and artists through exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions, artist studio visits, tours, precinct nights and more.
Not-for-profit and supporting emerging talent. Sounds like some good month-long karma to us.
Sydney Mardi Gras
Just when you thought all those Pacha nights at Ivy were enough to fill up your weekend calendar over March, think again.
One of Australia’s most famous and well-loved events, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is taking place this weekend, Saturday March 5th and as well as the main spectacle, the parade, there’s oodles of other events to be a part of. If you’re up for a bit of a nighttime culture fix, AMBUSH gallery is home to Mardi Gras themed art exhibiton HUMAN 3.0, the Mardi Gras Film Festival will continue to March 3rd at various cinemas around the city, plus there’s plenty of theatre productions and performances across Sydney like ‘The Pride’ at Eternity Playhouse and ‘The Ritz’ at New Theatre in Newtown.
If you just want to get in the spirit and let your hair down, Darlinghurst is the place to be. It’s become the epicentre for the entire Mardi Gras, and as such, the Darlinghurst Business Partnership have teamed up with the event and Airnbnb to showcase the suburb’s amazing nightlife and shopping offering. Punters can score themselves a 10% discount at small venues, pubs, clubs, and bars around Oxford St just by showing a ticket stub or receipt from any Mardi Gras festival event or show.
Sydney Harbour Regatta, Autumn Carnival & Telstra Premiership
If March, for you, is all about kicking back with a beer and the boys and tuning into the sports channel, then this month is setting the scene for a stellar year in sport.
Hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club, the Sydney Harbour Regatta is on this weekend from the 5th – 6th of March. It’s one of the largest, competitive keelboat regattas in Australia and this year will see more than 200 keelboats racing in 26 divisions on 10 course areas in Sydney Harbour and Offshore. There’s also plenty of live entertainment, great food and drinks, plus amazing vantage points all around the harbour to catch the action.
March 12th will also see the start of the Sydney Autumn Carnival, which boasts the finest thoroughbred racing, over AUD $20M in prize money and a staggering 49 Group races. Spanning over Rosehill Gardens and Royal Randwick Racecourse until the 26th of March, the event is sure to deliver world class racing, incredible fashion and fantastic entertainment for racing enthusiasts, socialites and your bro squad alike.
If NRL is more your scene the 2016 Telstra Premiership kicks off on Sunday March 13th at ANZ stadium.