Chief of Concierge, Mark Anderson, is here to take us through Sydney's upcoming events including arts and culture, food and sport. Visiting Sydney for the weekend or planning your next staycation in the Harbour City? Check out Mark's top tips for August and September escapes below.
Saturday 19 August
International Rugby returns to Sydney as the annual rivalry over Rugby Union between Australia and New Zealand reignites. The new-look Wallabies will seek redemption after years of dominance from our Trans-Tasman neighbours, as they continue one of the most successful periods in Rugby history.
Location | ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park
Price | Tickets from $49
Insider Tip | Make sure that you book in advance, tickets will sell out.
College Football – University of Stamford v. Rice University
Sunday 27 August
Once again, Sydney will host the kick-off game of the 2017 NCAA College football season with the Stamford Cardinal playing against the Rice Owls. This is a great opportunity for both local and international fans to experience the atmosphere of American football in our own backyard with the full experience including bands, cheerleaders and classic American stadium food.
Location | Allianz Stadium, Moore Park
Price | Tickets from $49
Insider Tip| Enjoy the full experience with tailgate parties before and after the event.
Blackmores Sydney Running Festival
Sunday 17 September
In addition to Sydney Marathon, Sydney Half Marathon and Blackmores Bridge Run, Sydney Running Festival is an annual event with a picturesque route across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and around the iconic Harbour. Participants will make their way through the city, jogging past some of our most scenic areas as they complete the fun-run.
Location | Starting in Milsons Point and throughout Sydney
Price | Registration from $50
Insider Tip | Extensive road closures throughout Sydney CBD will be active this day, which will effect access to and from the hotel – plan your journey in advance as there may be delays.
Art & Culture
Sculpture at Barangaroo
Sculpture at Barangaroo returns for its second time in Sydney, showcasing artwork by emerging and established Australian artists. A partnership between the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and Sydney’s iconic Sculpture by the Sea, this outdoor exhibition showcases 14 unique pieces in the picturesque location of Barangaroo Point Reserve.
Location | Barangaroo Point Reserve, Barangaroo
Insider Tip | Take the ferry from Circular Quay to the new Barangaroo Wharf and enjoy the scenic walk along the Harbour back through Barangaroo, Walsh Bay and The Rocks.
The Moderns – European Designers in Sydney
The Moderns – European Designers in Sydney tells the history of Sydney design and how designers from Vienna, Budapest and Berlin have influenced current trends. This exhibition features relics from the 1930-1960s design era by iconic architects, interior designers and furniture makers of the time.
Location | Museum of Sydney, Bridge Street
Price | Adults $12 for museum admission
Insider Tip | A short stroll from InterContinental Sydney, the Museum of Sydney also features great permanent exhibitions if you would like to learn more about the history of our Harbour City.
My Fair Lady
Ow, wouldn’t it be loverly? Opera Australia brings to life the iconic musical, My Fair Lady, featuring Dame Julie Andrews as Creative Director. Reminisce on favourite show tunes including ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’ and ‘On the Street Where You Live’, as this production returns to Sydney after a successful season in 2016. Sure to be a hit with the young and the young at heart, this is a performance not to be missed.
Location | Capitol Theatre, Campbell Street, Haymarket
Price | Adults from $69.90
Insider Tip | Enjoy a pre-theatre dinner in Surry Hills before a short stroll to the performance. You’ll be spoilt for choice on Crown Street!
Mercado has reopened in Ash Street, bringing its mix of old and new to one of the most dynamic pockets of Sydney’s CBD. Chef Nathan Sasi, formerly of Nomad in Surry Hills, is committed to reviving traditional kitchen skills, making bread and cheese from scratch onsite.
Location | 4 Ash Street, Sydney
Insider Tip | The foie gras parfait is an absolute must try – a signature dish and my personal favourite!
The Grounds of the City
Coffee lovers rejoice! The Grounds of Alexandria opened its much-anticipated CBD location, The Grounds of the City, in late May this year. Serving their signature coffee along with breakfast and lunch daily, The Grounds is fast becoming known as the best (and most instagrammed) venue in the centre of the city for a light meal.
Location | The Galleries, 500 George Street, Sydney
Insider Tip | The Grounds is set to open later on Fridays and Saturdays for dinner – no need to wait till morning to taste their signature recipes!
Neil Perry is bringing his Italian dining offering to Sydney, opening Rosetta in the iconic Harry Siedler designed Grosvenor Place. The restaurant acknowledges the rich heritage of the original Rosetta in Melbourne, but updates its menu with a taste of Sydney’s finest Italian flavours.
Location | Grosvenor Place, corner of Harrington and Essex Streets, The Rocks
Insider Tip | Opening on 15th August, Rosetta is set to be the place to eat in Sydney throughout spring and summer – make sure that you reach out to our concierge team in advance to secure your reservation.