This Weekend in Sydney 13/7

Culture clearly extends beyond food and film, but that’s a great place to start. This weekend in Sydney sees plenty of both – and even a little Christmas spirit in July, too.


With France now guaranteed to be playing in the World Cup Final the timing of this year’s Bastille Festival couldn’t be more fitting. Between Friday and Sunday, the festival is celebrating all things to do with the French and their culture; including the arts, wines and beers, and of course – food, glorious food. The highlight of the weekend for many will be the Christmas in July markets at The Rocks. They’re shipping over 12 chalets to really give the whole thing a festive feel. Expect Christmas trees, quaint stalls, authentic cuisine and lots of mulled wine. Plan your weekend:


Look, we know there’s a a day for everything now, but why complain when this celebration is all about fries and their potato-y goodness? To celebrate, the kind folks at Chargrill Charlie’s are in on the action and are giving away a free small bag of fries to everyone who pops in on the day (this Friday) – so you can be in on the action, too. Find your nearest store:


Whether you identify as Indigenous or not, NAIDOC in the City welcomes everyone to immerse themselves in this event, dedicated to experiencing some of the things that make up Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Guests will be treated to delicious foods and cooking demonstrations, dance performances and crafts. This year’s theme is Because of Her, We Can so there’s a focus on celebrating the efforts of Indigenous women. Bring friends or even the whole family along to Hyde Park this Saturday between 10am and 2pm. Be ready to listen, learn and love. More info:


While Australia’s Scandinavian Film Festival spans a couple of weeks in the city, this weekend sees many highlights of the overall event, such as the Australian premiere of the Danish Academy Award-nominated film While We Live. Films in Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Icelandic will be subtitled in English, and you can see a total of ten over the course of the weekend. For the full list of Sydney sessions: