Sydney Edition: 11 non-alcohol related activities you need to try in January.

January. That time of the year when everyone is coming off the Christmas comedown looking for a fresh start, usually consisting of exaggerated gym regimes and unrealistic drinking bans. The exercise part is up to you but here’s 11 must-do activities in Sydney that’ll keep you off the drink until at least until February comes around.

1. Sydney Festival Bushfire Appeal

Sydney Festival Bushfire Appeal banner for sydney activities this month

Support Australia this weekend at the Sydney Festival Bushfire Appeal with all ticket sale proceeds going towards Red Cross and WIRES. Unite with your city and enjoy sets from volunteer artists, Polish Club and Art vs Science at the Metro Theatre this Saturday 11th.

2. City Loves Country

city loves country activity banner to support the fires

If you’re less rock and more pop but still looking for a way to support Australia this weekend, go check out the Bushfire Relief Fundraiser, City Loves Country. Enjoy being entertained for a good cause with artists by the likes of Hermitude, Horrorshow, Thundamentals and acclaimed Indigenous artist Rebecca Hatch.

3. Night Owls Film Festival 2020

Night Owls Film Festival activities in sydney

Animated movie night > Beers with the boys. Get that alfresco vibe with the return of the annual Darling Quarter Night Owls Film Festival kicking off Jan 9 – 25 from 6pm nightly.

No matter the age or the interest, with over 17 nights of movies, there’s a movie suited for you. So go let that inner child take over with screenings of Toy Story 4, Incredibles 2, Over The Hedge and Pokemon Detective Pikachu.

4. The Fork Festival

The fork festival activities for foodies

Food over frosé? We think big YES. If you’re feeling snacky and you’re not keen on breaking the drinking ban yet then The Fork is offering up a massive foodie festival for the month of Jan. Indulge in a foodie heaven for cheap with over 300 restaurants signed up to offer 50% off your total food bill. Uh please.

How do you snag this fat deal you ask? Just make a reservation through The Fork website or app and you’re sorted. 

5. Eat from one of the best new restaurants in Sydney

The best new restaurants in sydney this month

Screw the health kick and get ready to feast at any one of Sydney’s top new restaurants this month. No matter the budget you could be munching away at some of the best in the biz like Banh Cuon Ba Oanh in Marrickville or Barbetta in Paddington. All you need to do is decide what cuisine you’re in the mood for and get booking.

6. Summer Skin Check Sessions

Skin check summers team

Yo beach lovers, head into The Collaroy from the 16th to the 18th or Coogee Pavilion from the 31st to the 2nd to get your summer skin check. Regular checks are crucial for early discovery of melanoma, so make a day out of it and gather the crew for 10-20 mins of sun safety then grab a guilt free feed after knowing you’ve taken the right steps to tackling one of Australia’s biggest killers.

7. Oyster Hour

gold dusted oysters from Fratelli Fresh

Happy hour with a twist. Don’t be shellfish this summer and take your girl out to one of the Fratelli Fresh venues this month. Keep it cheap from 5-6 and have yourself a cheeky date night with $2 oysters. For a bit of a splurge you can also get a sprinkling of gold dust and salmon roe for $4.

To redeem this discounted deal all you need to do is order a drink (opt for a non-alcoholic option), it’s as easy as that.

8. Shrek The Musical

Cast photo from Shrek the musical

This one’s for the real DreamWorks fans… If you’re after some childhood nostalgia and a bit of a laugh this month then here’s your chance. Shrek is taking stage with his all star cast to bring you a 19 song, 2 hour long performance exclusively for all the Shrek lovers out there.

9. Mov’in Bed 2020

Pizza, popcorn and milkshake at the outdoor movies in Perth

Grab your bed buddy and get down to the annual Mov’in Bed theatre at Moore Park starting this Jan 17. Only showing the goods both old and new, from Joker, Frozen 2, Charlie’s Angels, Dirty Dancing and Pulp Fiction. Check here for the full movie selection online.

If you’re more of a BYO kind of guy then bring a blanket and book a spot on the grass for $12 before you arrive.

10. The Big Bounce

The Big Bounce birds eye view

To whoever says jumping castles are for kids, we say f*ck all that noise.

Get pumped and get ready for a good jumping at Australia’s biggest inflatable theme park. From the world’s biggest jumping castle to the giant 300 metre long inflatable obstacle course, you’ll be knackered after tackling this beast of an event.

11. Australia is Burning: Dragathon Fundraiser

Poster for the dragathon fundraiser for more activities to try in sydney this month

Join the drag community at the Secret Garden Bar this Saturday 11th with their Dragathon Fundraiser. $5 is all it takes for entry to watch some fab performances from over 20 queens with all of the profits from the show will be donated to the NSW Rural Fire Service.

For additional activities their will also be a raffle supported by local artist Jeff McCan, Secret Garden Bar, Ziggy’s Barber Salon, Pegasystems and Milli Hall.

For more Sydney based activities check out our Cheap Eats Guide with 10 of the best foodie deals going.


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