Break out those sunnies and board shorts lads, it’s officially spring and that means a bevy of the town’s best events and festivals to arrive at your doorstep.
At D’Marge, we understand that no man is created equal. Hence we’ve done our darned best to track down a diverse number of things to see and do around Sydney town.
From catching films such as Snowden to dining at the newly opened Tramsheds to seeing the world’s fastest cars in the one place, this is your ultimate guide of what the hell to do in October.
The Hurt Business
Given the global success of MMA, it was only a matter of time before someone took a closer look behind the scenes once the bright lights subside and the blood is wiped off the octagon floor. The Hurt Business comes from the documentary producers behind ‘Bowling for Columbine’, ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ and ‘Generation Iron’. Based on the trailer it looks like one hell of a riveting ride too as it examines the rise of MMA and today’s stars behind it.
Soldier. Fugitive. Hacker. Spy. Hacker. Traitor. Hero. The hotly anticipated Oliver Stone film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the elusive ex-CIA agent who stole and leaked damaging information from the NSA is a must-see in October. Part suspense, part-thriller and drama, Stone takes the audience on one intense biopic which follows Snowden from hero to one of the most wanted men in America. See the trailer for it here.
David Brent: Life on the Road
The Magnificent Seven
Gunslinging action and a tale of revenge isn’t all that makes this film a must-see. Some of Hollywood’s brightest stars from the past and present also star in this classic Western made for modern times. See the trailer here.
Food & Drink
The boys at Bondi’s iconic Icebergs have done it again. Beginning from October 4, Ramen Ragazzi will be a dinner event not to be missed for purveyors of progressive Japanese dining. Executive Chef Monty Koludrovic and his team will helm the menu which comes in the form of a 6 course Kaiseki menu with dishes such as pork neck ramen and grilled prawn dashi. There will also be a special Sake trolley filled with some of the best drinks curated by Matt Young from Black Market Sake. Can’t make a Tuesday dinner? No worries, Ramen Ragazzi will run every Tuesday night from 6:30pm over the month of October. Tickets are essential so make your way here now to book your tickets which will set you back $130pp.
Italo at Icebergs
Not to be outdone by the Japanese fanfare, the signature Italian grub by Maurice Terzini and Giovanni Paradiso have again come together. The result? Italo Dining & Disco Club which kicks off on Thursday 13 October at the Icebergs Dining Room and Bar. The event will be a fun concoction of music, food, partying and all things Italian. In true Terzini fashion, it will be a blurring of the lines between restaurant, club and bar. It will only be on for one night so grab your tickets with haste if this sounds like your kind of afterwork shindig. Italo will be held on Thursday the 13th of October from 7pm till late. Tickets go for $150pp and includes food and beverages for 4.5 hours. Grab yours here.
If you’re going to have your coffee cold, make sure it’s one of Sydney’s most creative brews. Featuring a crazy concoction of specialty coffees which sound more like elaborate cocktails, Dutch Smuggler located in Ultimo have dreamt up stuff such as Coco Coffee (coffee, coconut water and a topping of coconut ice cream and cacao nibs), rosemary and tonic coffee, and lemonade coffee. Call them crazy to the bean traditionalists, but there’s no denying that these will go down just fine during the warmer days of October. Check them out here.
Sydney’s newest dining and entertainment precinct is a must-visit spot if you’re heading outside of the CBD. Developed by luxe property group MIRVAC, the old tramshed yard has been completely gutted and transformed into a unique space with quaint eateries dishing up Italian, Spanish, Egyptian, Japanese and modern western food. Think names like Belles Fried Chicken, Bodega, A Tavola, Tokyo Bird, Gelato Messina and you’re on the right track. No literally you’re on train tracks. Head in early to avoid crowds and dodgy traffic. See more here.
You know summer is on its way when The Island opens its doors for another year of sun drenched entertaining. Things will heat up on October 7 when The Island throws its annual Island Live Party. Featuring DJs such as Triple J’s Nina Las Vegas, Yahtzel and more, the event will be one of the coolest way to welcome in the October sunset. The party runs from 5pm–11pm and tickets are essential. Get yours here now.
Manly Jazz Festival
Lovers of jazz and sun have only the long weekend to get their October fix. Manly is serving as the perfect locale for a blend of New Orleans style jazz, gospel, reggae and Latin tunes to keep the party going well into the night. The festival is run across various venues at Manly beach so punters can choose to be in the thick of the dance or kicking back to it.
Tickets to some acts are essential so head over here to Manly Jazz for tickets, venues and times.
Sydney Architectural Festival
Purveyors of fine design and architecture don’t need to be left out of October frivolities. Just like the Manly Jazz Festival, this one will only run across this long weekend so plan your outings right to see the exhibition, tours and installations of some of the city’s greatest architecture on show. Find out more here.
Enmore Comedy Club
In need of a good laugh? Drop by the Enmore Comedy Club for some late night laughs that won’t break the bank. The up and coming stand up talents will entertain guests at the newly revamped wine bar every Tuesday See here for more details.
World Time Attack Challenge
Some of the world’s fastest cars will be coming to Sydney this October to race in an annual event called the World Time Attack Challenge. Think some of the wildest aero you’ve ever seen allowed on a car, and then add about 1,000hp to it. The car which does the fastest lap time is crowned the winner. This year Japan’s ‘Drift King’ will be in attendance as well as model Jarrod Scott who is racing his own wild creation. Get your tickets at the door or here.
Rookwood Cemetery Hidden Sculpture Walk
That’s right. Some sicko decided it’d be awesome to erect cool sculptures in NSW’s largest cemetery. Just in time for Halloween too. The event called Hidden will boast over 40 sculptures throughout the dead’s backyard in a bid to celebrate history, culture, remembrance, and love. From October 1 there will be photography workshops whilst the sculptures’ artists will be there on the 9th for meet and greets. We suggest you show up dressed like a killer clown. See here for more details.