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What’s happening this weekend across Australia: August 26-28, 2022

We’re bringing you this Friday afternoon to bring you a searing dispatch of the best activities happening this weekend. Western Sydney is the place to be, along with Sound West. Immerse yourself in the festivities at The Albion with DJ Discretion and end your weekend with an afternoon session in Pari. MCA opens late tonight to host Our House, an evening celebrating Australian ballroom culture, with workshops, a pole performance by Basjia Almaan and Queer storytelling. Meanwhile, the Freedom Day Festival takes place over three days in Gurindji Country to celebrate the birth of land rights and commemorate the Wave Hill Walk-Off. As for the rest? Find out what’s happening this weekend across Australia, below.

New South Wales

Chill out in Sound West this weekend at The Albion with DJ Discretion behind the decks. And get ready for Xaddy’s Out Westie with my Bestie party on Saturday night, that’s if you have tickets. Otherwise, on Sunday, Serwah and Kai organized a lineup of DJs to kick off an afternoon session in Pari.

See you at MCA Late for Our House, an evening celebrating Australian ballroom culture and its connection to Queer family, community, identity and stories.

Meremere, an award-winning performance documentary by celebrated dancer and performer Rodney Bell Ngāti Maniapoto premieres this weekend. He is inspired by his Maori culture and his extraordinary life experience.

Running from August 16 to September 30, the Sydney Fringe Festival brings six weeks of theatre, comedy, music and dance to city centers and venues across Greater Sydney. Discover the program now.

Whitefella Yella Tree, a gripping and heartbreaking play that explores the impact on the development of queer Aboriginal identities as a result of British colonizers importing their beliefs and laws surrounding homosexuality, premieres this weekend at the SBW Stables Theatre.

The National Basketball Association has announced NBA Gallery, an immersive pop-up exhibit that will run through September 1. The free exhibition, which will showcase the convergence of the NBA and popular culture as well as Australia’s many ties to the NBA, will take place at EDDY at Central Station.

Darling Square will transform into a world of color to celebrate the annual Darling Square Moon Festival. Traditionally observed in Chinese culture, the festival will see the Darling Square area come to life with hundreds of light-up lanterns illuminating the night, an exclusive mooncake stand from Gong Grocer by Thai Kee IGA, DJ sets and a live music experience. immersive projection.

Kip Williams is back, this time with an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic, Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at the Roslyn Packer Theater.

Settle into the Ensemble Theater for one last part of playwright Vanessa Bates’ play The one.

It’s your last chance to see the 2022 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes at the Art Gallery of NSW this weekend.


Bangarra dance theater SandSong: Stories from the Great Sand Desert will perform at the Arts Center Melbourne.

Hannah Gadsby Presents body of work at the Arts Center Melbourne this weekend.

Anna K, a play about how women in public roles are attacked by hostile voices eager to silence them, runs at the Malthouse Theater tonight.

If you dug Looking for Alibrandi, you will want to get tickets for Laurenda. It is an adaptation of Alice Pung’s novel of the same name starring Netflix’s Fiona Choi, Gemma Chua-Tran Raised from heartache reboot, and takes place in the schoolyard as a study of culture and the classroom.

Come from afar finally reached its Melbourne leg. Take a seat as soon as it opens this weekend.


Confidence Man is playing a concert at Fortitude Music Hall tonight and 1300 support them.

W Brisbane’s WET deck has been transformed into a winter play area. Enter among them.

The Brisbane Music Festival brings the joy of sound to the city this weekend.

The soul trembles highlights twenty-five years of artistic practice by Chiharu Shiota. Open at QAGOMA this weekend.

Brisbane’s top local comedians come together for After Hours at Brisbane Powerhouse.


Thelma Plum performing her new album Meanjin in the canteen of the UC this Saturday evening.

North country girl currently playing at the Canberra Theater Centre.

Enter the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia to see Australians and Hollywood.

Spend your afternoon hanging out at Capital Brewing Co.

Hippo Co. hosts one of its famous whiskey tastings on Saturday evenings at 6 p.m.

southern australia

A Tale of Star-crossed Lovers hits the stage at Her Majesty’s Theater with La Traviata.

Explore the Fleurieu peninsula starting with these 5 beaches.

Western Australia

Freo.Social is your reliable source for having a good time. Head there on Sundays for its Front Yard sessions.

Hayden James brings his Survey Visiting Red Hill Auditorium this Saturday night.

Catch live music this Sunday at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

North territory

The Gurindji people hold a three-day celebration with the Freedom Day Festival to commemorate the legendary Wave Hill Walk-off and the birth of land rights.

Explore a side of the territory you’ve never seen before with this guide.

Head to Nightcliff Markets for Laksa, pastries, massage and jewelry.


Unyoked has added two new off-grid hosting sites to its portfolio, this time in Hobart. Book your next weekend now.

As always, Music at Mona is this weekend. This time around, Hetty Kate and Spike Mason Trio are just some of the numbers to play.

The Salamanca market is open and calling you this Saturday.

Travel by car to one of these magical vacations in Tasmania.

If art is on the menu this weekend, grab this guide to Australian art in August.

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Images: Instagram – Jase McCormack