The festival season is only just beginning, but there are plenty of events for you to hang out at this weekend – be it inside or out. Whether you want to grab some noodles, check out spoken word poetry or dance your socks off, Backyard Opera have you covered.
Night Noodle Markets
It opens on Wednesday, and the best time to go is midweek, so why not start tonight? With so many firm favourites on offer, including stands from Longrain, Mamak and more, we're sure you'll want to return later in the month for more.
5-11pm. Hyde Park North, Sydney. Information: http://sydney.goodfoodmonth.com
French Liaisons: Capucon plays Saint- Saens
Have the afternoon off work and fancy escaping the heat? Grab a glass of Bordeaux for this Sydney Symphony Performance of the music of three great French composers. Even if you can't tell your Dutilleux from your Berlioz, the changes in mood across all works will transport you between worlds of flamboyance to the drug- induced musings of a jilted lover.
1.30pm. Opera House, Sydney. Tickets: $35-$125 on http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com
Word Travels Festival.
The Australian poetry National Slam final has expanded to become the inaugural Word Travels festival, kicking off this Friday until Sunday. Friday's program has two juicy events. In, 'This is not a campaign speech', the panel examines if slam poetry can exist without preaching to its audience. The main event of the night takes place later, as 18 poets battle it out at the NSW poetry slam final for the chance to perform at the national finals in the Opera House.
Various Times. Sydney. Information: http://wordtravels.info/
Secure your spot early for the opening night of this festival which attracted thousands of spectators last year. Whether you'd like to learn to salsa, check out some music, or watch the opening night Carnivale- style parade, there's something for everyone with an interest in Latin American culture.
12pm- 10pm. Darling Harbour, Sydney. FREE. Information:
Lucky Film Festival
Support local filmmaking at this exciting, fun- filled festival. Now into its third year, Lucky Film Festival selects ten of the best short films to screen in its grand finale. This year, all money raised goes to The Arts Platform to help keep its artists in residency program alive. Oh, and there will be a zombie flick. Don't say we never tell you anything!
Doors 6pm. Platform 2, Leichardt. $15 entry. Information:
Sydney Rides the Park
Now into its third year, Sydney's cycling festival coincides with a 110% increase in the number of cyclists taking to our streets since its inception. Celebrate decreasing carbon emissions with this opening party hosted by the Sydney Park Cycling Centre. Featuring free workshops on bike maintenance, a pedal powered smoothie maker and even the chance to win $850 towards your new bike, there's something for even the occasional cyclist.
9.30am- 2pm. Sydney Park. FREE. Information: http://sydneycycleways.net/bike-courses
- Suzanne Rath