It’s that time of the year again — Melbourne Cup Day! Here’s a guide on where to watch the race that stops a nation, as well as the best events happening around Sydney this week.
FESTIVAL OF FUN
Barangaroo will be one of the best places in Sydney to celebrate the Cup. The waterfront will be buzzing with pop-up eateries and bars, a Mumm Champagne Terrace, Craft Beer Garden and live entertainment throughout the afternoon.
You can enjoy the coverage from the lounge chairs with a glass of champagne or relax in the beer garden with acoustic entertainment.
There will also be Eat Art Truck’s American barbecue street food, with the menu including eight-hour, hot smoked pulled pork burgers. For something sweet you can try Devon Cafe’s exclusive Cup Day cronuts.
There will be musical performances on the main stage from noon through to 9pm. Entry to the waterfront is free.
Cup Day Festival at Barangaroo, thestreetsofbarangaroo.com
PLANAR RESTAURANT AND BAR
Darling Harbour’s Planar Restaurant and Bar is offering an afternoon of delicious food and great entertainment this Cup Day.
You will be treated to three hours of bottomless beer and wine, the restaurant’s signature dishes and a Fashion on the Field event to shine a spotlight on the fashionistas in attendance.
There will also be live race coverage on three large screens. It’s happening on Tuesday, tickets
5 per person.
Planar Restaurant and Bar Melbourne Cup, planarrestaurant.com.au
Do you want to enjoy the races while you can also savour some stunning ocean views? Then head to the Manly Greenhouse for their Melbourne Cup special.
The ground floor will serve a special menu while the rooftop will have delicious canapés. All the races will be screened live on the rooftop level and there will be sweepstakes and prizes for the
best-dressed. Tickets are 0 a head for canapés and 9 per person for the special Melbourne Cup shared menu.
Manly Greenhouse Melbourne Cup, manlygreenhouse.com.au
Bondi’s Drake Eatery will be another excellent location to catch the races over lunch. Head chef Ian Oakes has crafted a spring menu of six courses and guests will receive a glass of bubbly on arrival.
There will be screens with live coverage of the race that stops the nation, sweepstakes and a lucky door prize. Tickets 5 per person.
Drake Eatery Melbourne Cup, drakeeatery.com.au
Fratelli Fresh Darling Harbour will host its inaugural Melbourne Cup lawn party to bring some Italian flavour to the big race day.
There will be bottomless cocktails, live music, DJs, and several outdoor televisions to give you all the big race day highlights. There will be an outdoor pizzeria station serving up Roman-style pizzas and there’ll be delicious canapés.
Fratelli Fresh Melbourne Cup Lawn Party, fratellifresh.com.au
THE ROYAL HOTEL
Leichhardt’s The Royal Hotel will celebrate the country’s favourite race day with a glass of G.H. Mumm or tap beer on arrival before patrons take in the live coverage over a two-course lunch.
Put on your most glamorous spring outfit to be in the running for the best-dressed or best fascinator prize; tickets 5 a head.
The Royal Hotel, theroyalleichhardt.com.au
Celebrate the Cup at Anason in Barangaroo with a special Turkish meal.
Chef and owner Somer Sivrioglu has created a four-course share menu with traditional starters, hot and cold mezes and ending with milk and rose pudding.
The cost is 20 per person.
Anason, Barangaroo, anason.com.au
If you are looking for luxury this Melbourne Cup Day then celebrate at Seadeck Sydney.
This cocktail event offers three hours of food and beverages with live coverage of all the races on multiple screens aboard the cruise.
Seadeck’s executive chef Drew Bolton has prepared a custom menu and special cocktails have been designed by award-winning bartender Jason Crawley.
The event is not open to those under 18 years of age. The cruise will depart from King Street Wharf. Tickets for the Cup Day cruise will cost 75 per person.
Seadeck Sydney Melbourne Cup Day, eventbrite.com.au
SCULPTURES BY THE SEA
It’s the final weekend for Sydney art lovers to take in the Sculptures by the Sea exhibition.
There are 107 sculptures on display across the 2km long coastal walk between the beaches at Bondi and Tamarama.
There are various walking tracks available to choose from, depending on your level of mobility, and tactile tours for people with disabilities.
For those interested in learning more about the artists behind these works, there are free artist talks throughout today and tomorrow at Tamarama’s Marks Park.
You can also attend the closing ceremony tomorrow, where People’s Choice and Kids’ Choice awards will be handed out.
Sculptures by the Sea, sculpturebythesea.com
Artist Mike Staniford is presenting his first solo exhibition Contours — featuring interpretations of different Australian landscapes.
The artworks explore an interplay of colour and structure to create exquisite coastlines and fields. The exhibition will be held at me Artspace in St Leonards from November 8 to 28 and entry is free.
The legendary American singer, actress and TV host will perform ’60s and ’70s hits such as Do You Know The Way to San Jose? at her one-night-only concert. It’s happening on November 8 at The Star, tickets from 9.
Dionne Warwick, star.com.au
Legendary Aussie singer-actor Normie Rowe will play his biggest career hits at a special show this week.
He will play his 1960s hits Que Sera, Sera and Shakin’ All Over, and songs from acclaimed stage performance in Les Misérables. Normie and his Playboys Orchestra will play November 9 at Chatswood Concourse, tickets from 9.95.
Normie Rowe, theconcourse.com.au
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s principal flautist Melissa Farrow leads an enchanting program at this year’s Sunset Soiree; an intimate musical evening on the harbour.
A three-course dinner and drinks will be served. It’s on November 8 at International Towers Barangaroo, tickets 50.
Sunset Soiree 2018, brandenburg.com.au
ON THE THRESHOLD
Enjoy a glorious collection of choral music from across the world at Bel a Capella’s concert. The 30-strong choir’s show, with afternoon tea, is on tomorrow at the Independent Theatre, tickets 6-8.
Threshold of Night, belacappella.org.au
Written by English playwright Debbie Tucker Green and directed by award-winning Australia director Leticia Cáceres, Random tells the story of a family caught in a nightmare.
The play stars two-time Helpmann Awards nominee and Green Room award winner Zahra Newman in a seamless solo performance of 17 characters.
Newman will transition into the different characters that make up an entire family, street and community. It’s showing now until November 11 at the Belvoir Street Theatre, tickets 5-9.
This inspiring celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and spirit has been lauded by international critics and theatre lovers for its heartwarming story.
The musical pays tribute to the South African leader’s charisma and strength and documents his struggles in apartheid South Africa.
Mandela is played by Perci Moeketsi while Ruva Ngwenya steps into the shoes of Winnie Mandela. Australian music fans will also get to see Tim “Timomatic” Omaji in the role of Sam Onotou.
It’s happening at the State Theatre from now until November 11, tickets 0.41.
Madiba the Musical, madibamusical.com.au
AN EVENING WITH JT
Newly retired rugby league star Johnathan Thurston will take the stage tomorrow at The Star Event Centre to discuss his incredible career — spanning from his winning NRL premierships with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and his stellar run at North Queensland Cowboys, playing for the Maroons in Origin and his international success with the Kangaroos. It’s happening tomorrow, tickets 9-99.
An Evening with Johnathan Thurston, star.com.au
A STUDY ON SATIRE
Nigerian social media star Adeola Fayehun will be joined by The Chaser’s Julian Morrow and Professor Umberto Ansaldo to discuss the role satire can play in the 2018 news cycle.
The panel will reflect on the relationship between media, culture and language to reveal how satire can be used to do good and make a difference.
It’s happening at the Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium at the University of Sydney on November 5 and the event is free.
Satire is a new global saviour for news, seriously, sydney.edu.au
If you haven’t had enough of a Halloween fix, you can get one last gasp in — and include your pets — at My Vet Animal Hospital’s Howl-O-Ween Pawty.
About 150 animals and their owners will get dressed up in their spookiest attire and take to the runway to raise awareness and funds for Assistance Dogs Australia.
The animals will dress to impress with the titles of Best Dressed, Scariest Costume and Best Fur-Family Costume up for grabs.
Attendees will also get a goodie bag, tickets to play carnival games, a family photo with your pet and treats for both the four-legged friends and their families. It’s happening at Commune Waterloo today from 2pm.
My Vet Animal Hospital’s Howl-O-Ween Pawty, eventbrite.com.au
RISE OF TARONGASAURUS
If your little ones are budding palaeontologists, then Taronga Zoo’s Rise of Tarongasaurus is a must-see for the family. There are 10 life-size animatronic dinosaurs to learn about including a Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Raptor, and a Dilophosaurus.
You can also embark on the Dino train where there will be moving and roaring dinosaurs to spot. There are also Dinosaur Keeper talks twice a day, a fossil dig and photo opportunities with a Pachyrhinosaurus.
The event is included in the zoo ticket and runs until February 3.
Rise of the Tarongasaurus, taronga.org.au
SLIMED AT SEA LIFE
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium has created an interactive experience to get the whole family involved.
Slimed gives you fun facts about slimy sea creatures such as anemones, sea cucumbers, moray eels and hagfish.
If you’re up for a surprise, try the Black Box Challenge, where you put your hands into a mystery box and guess what slimy animal the texture is similar to.
It’s on for one last weekend today and tomorrow, tickets 4-5 and kids under three can attend free.
Slimed at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, sydneyaquarium.com.au
To celebrate National Bird Week, Birdlife Australia will host an art and photography exhibition to educate animal lovers about the wild world of Australian birds.
You can take the family along to learn more about the birds in our woodlands or flying through your own backyard. It’s showing today and tomorrow at The Corner Gallery.
Little Birds, angelarobertsonbuchanan.com
US comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias is bringing his One Show Fits All World Tour to Australia at the start of the new year.
The stand-up comedian has had sellout shows in New York City’s Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theatre.
Iglesias has starred in the stand-up concert film, The Fluffy Movie and co-starred in A Haunted House 2. The highly anticipated show is coming to the ICC Sydney Theatre on January 12. Tickets are on sale now.
One Show Fits All World Tour, abpresents.com.au
The American actor, singer and impressionist Christina Bianco has announced that she is coming to Sydney this December.
Bianco has performed her critically acclaimed solo shows, Diva Moments and Party Of One, to sold out crowds across both the US and the UK. Her new production is called O Come All Ye Divas! and it will be showing at The Studio in the Sydney Opera House from December 13 to 15.
Christina Bianco, sydneyoperahouse.com
Enjoy a weekend of tranquillity in Ourimbah on the Central Coast with the Firefly Magic festival. The fireflies come out at dusk. You can bring a picnic and stroll through the sanctuary or try the fireflies high tea on November 25.
It’s an evening high tea which includes a walk at dusk to see the fireflies in the rainforest. It’s happening at the Australian Rainforest Sanctuary from now until December 31.
The Hunter Valley Gardens rose spectacular is on now with 35,000 stunning rose bushes in 125 different varieties on display.
The roses are mostly grown in the Hunter Valley region and are of the fragrant kind, making it perfect for strolls on a weekend away.
It’s on from now until November 11, garden entry tickets are 0-5 and children under three years can come at no cost.
Hunter Valley Gardens Rose Spectacular, huntervalleygardens.com.au