Your guide to what’s on across Australia this weekend

what to do this weekend australia

We're inching closer to that time of year where everyone's schedules are juiced up and overflowing. If you've got a spare moment and prefer to amp up your weekend, here are all the gigs, theatre performances, exhibits and shopping experiences that are worth your while. For a list of what to do this weekend across Australia, continue scrolling.



Make your way to ghd's pop-up styling bar at Bondi Junction Westfield this Saturday and Sunday to experience a 40 minute hair-styling session. Walk out with a Hollywood Luxe do, your hair looking Sleek and Straight or opt for Beachy Waves instead, just remember to book in your session here.

Free right now? Head to Right Click Save, a digital festival taking place today at Bondi Pavillion; with creative minds like Client Liaison and Serwah Attafuah set to present.

Dior is hosting a pop-up at Westfield Bondi Junction until December 29 to celebrate the launch of its Cruise 2023 collection.

Hop from Dior's pop-up to Paddington to experience premium unisex label Charlton's first retail space. Located at 20 William St.

If you want to finish your retail therapy with a hit of nostalgia, Re Borne Vintage is nearing the tail end of its Sydney pop-up in Chippendale. Cruise in this weekend for corsets galore.

There's plenty of good music to catch this weekend too, from Khruangbin at the Sydney Opera House, Big Thief at the Enmore Theatre, and Danté Knows at Red Rattler Theatre.

Zampatti Powerhouse opens today, so why not take some time this weekend to explore the legacy of one of Australia's most iconic designers. While you're there, step into Gucci Archetypes and Unpopular.

Three choreographers, from three of the world's top companies responding to modern-day composers working in divergent musical fields with Instruments of Dance, presented by Sydney Dance Company.

SEE LV has arrived in Sydney. Step into the travelling exhibition this weekend and discover its 160-year legacy of innovation, craftsmanship and imaginative design.

As part of its UnWrapped program, Sydney Opera House presents Queer As Fluxa solo performance by Zac Callaghan that speaks to transitions of all forms, be it sexuality, gender, spirituality, ageing, near-death experiences – you name it.

The Jewish International Film Festival is touring across Australia until December 7. Explore the program for its Sydney leg at the JIFF website.



Missed out on getting tickets to Boiler Room this Saturday? Get grovelling. Hosted at PICA, you're not going to want to miss Yung Singh, Mall Grab or Pretty Girl, promise.

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis are playing at Hanging Rock Reserve this weekend, a reminder to all who have tickets and a sign to wrangle some up if you don't.

If you're feeling festive, snag a seat to see A Christmas Carol starring David Wenham at Comedy Theatre, Melbourne.

Festival X is coming to Flemington Racecourse this weekend, bringing with it acts like Calvin Harris and Nina Kraviz.

Beloved one-woman show, Boys & Girls, has arrived in Melbourne fresh from seasons in London and New York. Book tickets now. Experience it for its final weekend.

Find tickets to see Big Thief at the Forum.

Olivier Award-winning stage show EMILIA makes its Australian debut at Arts Centre Melbourne from November 10 – 27.

The weekly drop from Lune Selects is quickly becoming our favourite part of the week. Explore the latest selection of vintage at the brick-and-mortar store in Carlton.



MELT festival continues to bring some of the biggest acts to Brisbane this November. Stop by this weekend to see rappers Jesswar and JessB.

Nadia Reid is playing Black Bear Lodge this weekend, meanwhile Alex Cameron will take The Triffid stage.

<play/ground> celebrates the city of Brisbane as a concrete playground, with hosts of artists revealing visual stories of their personal relationship to the city.

Make your way through the winners of Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award at Home of the Arts, Gold Coast.

Brisbane's best local comedians come together for After Hours at Brisbane Powerhouse.

Experience the limited season of Mary Poppins at QPAC this month.



There's only one place for Canberrans to be this weekend, and it's at Spilt Milk festival dancing to A Girl, Genesis Owusu and Steve Lacy.

Canberra REP Theatre is putting on a production of Sense & Sensibility, for those who want a dash of Austen's Dashwood sisters this weekend.

Hippo Co. are leading one of its famous whisky tastings on Saturday evening at 6pm.


South Australia

Plan a spring escape at the newly opened Ukiyo House, a pillar of Japandi design, at Port Willunga.

Explore the Fleurieu Peninsula, starting with these 5 beaches.


Western Australia

Fancy a little bit of Crowded House? You're in luck. The band is coming to Kings Park this Saturday.

Freo.Social is your reliable source for a good time. Head down there Saturday night to see Surprise Chef.

Make sure to catch the Scarborough Sunset Markets for food, live music and overall good vibes.


Northern Territory

Araluen Arts Centre will host its annual Christmas dinner this Sunday, with a screening of Love Actually to follow dessert.

November is the best month in Darwin. Why, you ask? It's Darwin International Laksa Festival. After four weeks of following the Laksa trail to sample all the different bowls, this Sunday one vendor will be crowned the winner.

Explore a side of the Territory you haven't seen before with this guide.

Make your way over to Nightcliff Markets for Laksa, pastries, massages, and jewellery.



Put on your hiking boots and spend the day exploring Kunanyi. Make sure you leave yourself enough time and check the weather conditions on the day.

As always, Music at Mona is on this weekend. This time around Warren Mason and Jethro Pickett are just some of the acts set to perform.

Salamanca Market is open and calling your name this Saturday.

Road trip your way to any of these magical stays in Tasmania.

If art is on the menu this weekend then take this guide to Australian Art in November 2022.

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