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5 Things To Do In Sydney This Week 15th – 21st August

  1. SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show

When: Sat 20th and Sun 21st August, 8am

Where: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse- James Ruse Dr, Rosehill

Cost: $35-$55

Source: Weekend Notes
Source: Weekend Notes

Weaboos, Otaku and Japanese Australians unite for the 10th anniversary of SMASH!, Australia’s largest Japanese pop culture convention that brings artists, creators and fans together. This year it’s going to be massive with tonnes of high calibre guests, exciting activities, cosplay comps, panels, games and stalls.  Last year 70% of attendants dressed up for the occasion so feel free to get your cosplay on and live out your anime dreams. SMASH! gives fans the chance to enjoy unique experiences and celebrate their fandom in a social environment where everyone comes together to share in the awesome and the kawaii. This year’s headliners include Yuegene Fay, Thailand’s top-ranking cosplayer, and Takahiro (Goldy) Sakai, a master craftsman known for his lifelike mecha costumes.



  1. Kit and Ace Free Doughnut Day

When: Sat 20th August, 12pm-4pm

Where: Kit and Ace- Shop 3 – 157 Curlewis St, Bondi

Cost: Free

Source: Time Out
Source: Time Out

No that was not a typo, and yes you can actually get free doughnuts. Not just any doughnuts either, these are fancy AF Doughnuts from Nutie. I’m talking Pistachio Rosewater, Belgian Buttermilk and Caramelised Banana just to name a few. The best part is, you don’t even have to feel bad about eating these delicious morsels because they are gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. So get your butt on over to Kit and Ace between the hours of noon and four and you shall have your doughnuts and eat them too. You can even indulge in some new cashmere while you’re there.


  1. Italian Wine and Food Festival

When: Sun 21st August, 11am-9pm

Where: Sydney Town Hall- 483 George St, Sydney

Cost: $40 – $145

Source: IW+FF
Source: IW+FF

Mouth still watering from the thought of free doughnuts? Never fear – the weekend of great food continues on Sunday with Sydney’s Italian Wine and Food Festival. Because what goes better with food than wine? Get ready to feast because this annual event is a celebration of all the tastiest drops coming out of Italy. Standard entry gets you a tasting glass that you can give a serious work out to as you sample Italy’s best vino. Just remember to save room for plenty of pizza, pasta, cheese and salami.


  1. Sculpture by the Sea, Barangaroo

When: Everyday till Sun 21st August, From 8:00am

Where: Barangaroo Reserve- Barangaroo Point Park

Cost: Free

Source: Baragnaroo.Sydney
Source: Baragnaroo.Sydney

Sculpture by the Sea, in partnership Barangaroo Delivery Authority, are bringing action to the Harbour with a pop-up exhibition featuring 14 beautiful works from 15 Aussie artists. Eight sculptures have been newly commissioned for the event, and six existing works are also on

display. The sculptures are scattered along the Harbour foreshore promenade – from Wulugul Walk to Nawi Cove, up to Stargazer Lawn and Walumil Lawn. Many of the works are interactive; they offer sensory experiences, exploration, and ask for public contributions so that the works evolve throughout the exhibition.


  1. Fifties Fair

When: Sun 21st August, 10am

Where: Rose Seidler House- 71 Clissold Road, Wahroonga

Cost: $49 for adults, $42 for concession. Discounts for groups of 4+

Source: Nora Finds

Every year Sydney Living Museums throws one of the biggest retro events in NSW at the 1950s architectural icon, Rose Seidler House. This authentic vintage fair includes outdoor fashion markets, a classic car display, rock ’n’ roll dancing and live music from rockabilly bands. Stylish TV presenter and author Tara Moss is hosting the event, as well as judging the Best Dressed competition. Tony Vacher from Sterling will be running a pop-up barbershop offering retro cuts to the gents, with a team of dames ready to create outrageous up-dos for the ladies. So if you consider yourself a vintage fashionista or just a lover of really neat old stuff, the Fifties Fair is where it’s at cool cats.