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The Definitive Guide To All The Things You Can Do This Long Weekend

It crept up on you, didn't it?

Long weekends sneak up on us every darn time. How many times have you heard, “Wait, it’s a long weekend this weekend?” My guess is lots of times.

Because we don’t realise when the long weekends are coming, we always fail to plan them properly. Thus, we’re left with half-baked plans and end up just relaxing in front of the TV. But we’ve already told you that if you want to make the weekend last longer, you have to do new and exciting stuff!

While you may not have planned a big weekend away in advance, there’s still lots of day adventures and activities to be had over the three-day break. Here are our picks:

Sydney

Sydney Film Festival

You can always stay in the city and watch your way through some of the world’s best films at the Sydney Film Festival. The festival really kicks into gear this weekend with showings in the all over the city, including Newtown, Circular Quay, Cremorne and Casula.

Ramadan Night Markets

Every year at Ramadan, Lakemba hosts one of the best night markets in the city. There’s even a tour you can do to make sure you hit the best spots. We suspect a food coma on the horizon.

Silent Disco Skating

Back again this year for VIVID, Silent Disco skating is the most fun you can have on ice. Also, it’s free! Remember to check out the city come alive with light installations, too.


Melbourne

Game of Rhrones Wine Festival

Yep, #WineIsComing to Melbourne’s Meat Market. A $65AUD ticket to ‘Game of Rhones‘ gets you a glass, food voucher and time with an expert sommelier. Buy them here.

Port Fairy Dachshund Dash

Important!! There will be a whole bunch of tiny-legged sausage dogs racing for glory at the Port Fairy village green. If you wanted to enter your doggo, it’s not too late. Head here.

Queen’s Birthday Street Festival

Say ‘appy birthday to her majesty with St Kilda’s funnest annual street festival. Food stalls, live music, drinks and even fire twirlers. There’ll also be a Queen impersonator because, why wouldn’t there be?


Brisbane

West End Brunch Safari

Like a real safari, but instead of spotting cheetahs, it’s avocado and dukkah. The West End Brunch Safari is $65AUD and you get a bunch of food, coffee and distinct local knowledge with it.

Brisbane’s Vegan Markets

Vegans, Vegetarians and omnivores all round are guaranteed to find something delicious at Brisbane’s newest animal-friendly markets. Think cruelty free food (doughnuts! burgers!), clothes and cosmetics.

Young Henrys Social Pins Competition

If your love of pinball has laid dormant for a while, head down to Saccharomyces Beer Cafe for a verified pinballin’ comp. The $15AUD entry fee gets you a spot in the competition, unlimited pinball and a scooner of Young Henrys. Sunday, sorted.


Adelaide

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Kicking off this long weekend, there’s a bunch of local and international cabaret acts to catch. You’re spoiled for choice at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Sea & Vines

It’s that time of the year, baby! We all know that Sea & Vines is the hottest ticket. Get yours here.

Sapporo Snow Party

Get around the glorious fake snow at Sapporo’s famous annual Sapporo Snow Party. Held at the Highway, the party will be serving up ice cold beers, espresso martinis and entertaining you with live music. Don’t forget your beanies, socks and scarves.


Perth

Sun Never Sets On Yoga

Celebrate International Yoga Day at Elizabeth Quay with this mass yoga class. All you need to do is BYOM (bring your own mat) and register here.

Corgi Playdate

If you own a corgi/corgi-cross breed, or just love their happy li’l faces and cute li’l legs, head down to Furbaby Cafe to watch a whole bunch of them muck around. It’s a free event, but think how much it’s worth to you in smiles :’). All hail the Corgi Playdate!

World (Bel)GIN day

Love gin? Yeah, us too. Belgian Beer Cafe is hosting a gin enthusiasts gathering. Think special G&T stations, gin cocktails, gin inspired food and the company of other gin-loving people like you.

(Lead image: McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival/Facebook)

The long weekend is nearly upon us! It’s never too late to book your next adventure with Qantas.