From Hannah Gadsby to Hope St Radio: Here’s what’s happening across Australia this weekend

what's on this weekend

Ah, the elusive weekend. It may have only been five days but boy, have we missed you. As we fill our schedules with plans and fret over what to do, here at RUSSH we've rounded up a non-exhaustive list of activities to enjoy indoors as well as outside (for those located on Australia's soggy East Coast). For others using these two days as an opportunity to slide under the covers and recharge, take this as a case for leaving your bed.

Below, find a selection of things to do this weekend. From the Gabrielle Chanel exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria to Hannah Gadsby performing at The Sydney Opera House, there's plenty to sink your teeth into this weekend.



Catch Hannah Gadsby perform Body of Work at the Sydney Opera House.

Revolution Renegade is back at Darlinghurst Theatre Company for its second iteration.

The monumental Matisse: Life and Spirit exhibition presented by Oroton is on at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Revisit a classic and watch Death of a Salesman performed by Sydney Theatre Company.

Drop into Maybe Sammy and Cantina OK! who were recently featured in the list of the World's 50 Best Bars.

Moonlight Cinema is back with its annual program, book tickets now!

Dine at Chin Chin and immerse yourself in the Lovehoney Museum of Erotic Art with works by Jeff McCann, Bianca Beers, Sophie Tea, PinkBits and so many more. Bookings are open now.

Secure yourself something special at the Wayside Chapel Op Shop in Bondi (42-44 Warners Avenue, North Bondi NSW 2026) and support people experiencing homelessness at the same time.

A multi-sensory immersive space experience is up for grabs with Neighbourhood Earth at the ICC.

Get your Santa photos taken down at Marrickville Metro.

Dancefloors are back! Boogie away those months in lockdown at Red Rattler Theatre for A Queer Undie Party hosted by LYON.



Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto is on at the National Gallery of Victoria. Why not check it out tonight as NGV Friday Nights returns once more. Tonight DJ Jimmy James and In2Stellar are set to hit the decks.

Wander over to Gertrude Street in Collingwood to shop textiles, furniture, artwork and homewares curated by Hattie Molloy, Nicole Lawrence, Sunday Salon and Curio Practice.

See the Linda McCartney: Retrospective at Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

Head on over to Hope St. Radio for dinner and music.

The Japanese Film Festival has reached its Melbourne leg, don't miss it.

If all else fails, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is still showing...



Warm up your vocal cords and head over to the Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols in Brisbane.

The holidays are upon us! Get into the spirit with A Christmas Carol at Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

Immerse yourself in the Michelangelo Sistine Chapel exhibition at the Ice Cream Factory.

Begin your Christmas shopping at The Finders Keepers market pop-up in Brisbane this Saturday.

Wander over to Lefty's Music Hall for live music and good times.

The Asia Pacific Triennial has just opened at Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art.



Spend your afternoon hanging out at Capital Brewing Co.

Music on the Greens is kicking off at Kambri Lawn this weekend.

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

Christopher Samuel Carroll is breathing new life into Albert Camus' Nobel Prize-winning play, The Stranger.

Take your friends and family and find your way across Mix 106.3's Christmas Light Trail.

Treat yourself to some live soul at The Polo this Saturday eve.


South Australia

Explore the Fleurieu Peninsula, starting with these 5 beaches.

Holden Street Theatres presents Bumming with Jane a play inspired by the poetry of Charles Bukowski and the modern Australian city.

Ever wanted to try your hand at bee-keeping? Now's your chance with an introduction to backyard beekeeping taking place this Saturday.

Spend Sunday long-lunching at Comida.

Settle in for a night on the green and watch a new release film at Moonlight Cinema.

Experience the best in contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art with Tarnanthi at Art Gallery of South Australia.


Western Australia

Check out the best in Western Australian artists with the newly opened exhibition The View From Here at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Get your dose of laughs in at Oasis Comedy Club.

Celebrate the women in your life at Fremantle Arts Centre's Remarkable Women Event.

Sly Withers is performing their album Gardens tonight at Freo. Social.


Northern Territory

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

Move your body at Neon Jungle, a dance party hosted by Smith St. Social.

One Mile Brewery is the spot for a LGBTIQ+ end of year party.

Usher in the weekend with a yoga flow.



As always, Music at Mona is on this weekend. This time around Drunken Snow Angels, Mia Palencia Trio and Tim Jones Trio are set to perform.

There are still tickets left to catch The Chats live at Republic Bar, Hobart.

Salamanca Market is open and calling your name this Saturday.

Take a walk through the bush and look out for edible native flora with an experienced guide.

Planning to spend your weekend devouring art instead? Here is a non-exhaustive list of all the exhibitions happening across Australia this December.

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