28 June 2024

By Hannah Wilcox

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, the Sun has compiled a what’s-on list for locals to keep making the most of the vibrant North Sydney area. 

Greenwood Snow Festival

North Sydney’s favourite after-work spot is transforming into a winter wonderland for eight days only. Greenwood Hotel’s Snow Festival, running from June 29 to July 6, will host a range of events and parties to help locals keep warm and stay cool! 

Kicking off with Network Canada’s Canada Day Party on June 29, partygoers will be able to get involved with a free hockey street tournament, boogie to Canadian and RnB DJs on the decks, and enter in trivia competitions, game shows and surprises from 2pm onwards. Over $25,000 in prizes and giveaways are up for grabs, including a return trip anywhere in Canada that United airlines flies. Come dressed in your best Canadian tuxedo or red and white.

FALLEN DISCO takes over Greenwood on day two from 2pm to 9pm with Spirit of House; a killer lineup of soulful house sounds from the nineties and the noughties. Tickets are $20 for a night of throwback tunes celebrating the roots of disco. 

On July 1, the Snow Queen herself makes an appearance for drag bingo! “The 6-foot something songstress”, Miss Prada Clutch, will host from 6pm – 8pm. Participants can snag a bottle of Mumm Champagne for only $99, or a Mumm Marlborough or $59 to accompany them in pursuit of the fabulous grand prize. Entry is free, bookings essential.  

As the area transforms into Sydney’s second CBD, companies have not been forgotten. Instead, workers are invited to come along and join in the Battle of the Businesses ultimate MarioKart showdown on July 2. Come take the wheel from 5pm to 9pm with a chance to take home the grand prize of 15 percent off all Greenwood Hotel purchases for their office, for a whole year!

Those who are braving the chill alone can check out No Swipes on July 3 from 6pm to midnight. Australia’s first-ever experiential winter party will see singles able to mingle during the winter rave in the chapel of love, chat to tarot card readers and sex coaches during the firepit sessions and have cosy fireside marshmallow dates all with the help of roaming snow angels. The hotel will also be running specials on the night, including winter inspired cocktails and gourmet food stalls. With space for only 200 men and 200 women, get in quick with tickets at $29. 

Greenwood Thursdays is back and better than ever with the Fire and Ice party on July 4. Kicking off at 5pm till late, the hotspot will be transformed with real snow, snow cannons, a two-for-one pizza deal and $7 Alizé and spicy Fireball shots. The best part – free entry!

The dance floor never dies with DJ’s Late Nite Tuff Guy, Robbie Lowe, Marley Sherman B2B Jake Hough and Alex Dowsing B2B Veda on the decks for the second last night of the festival. Smirnoff takes over Greenwood for Disco in the Snow with $8 Smirnoff sodas specials from 5-8pm. Dress code is retro ski, so pull out your beanies and goggles for a chance to win best dressed! Ski you there.

July 6 sees the best till last. SCENES Charity Social is taking the chance to give back to the community and support those who have faced challenges and adversity. All profits made from the night, tickets starting at $5.90, will go to the Women’s & Girls’ Emergency Centre in Redfern – an organisation that has dedicated itself to supporting women and families in crisis impacted from domestic violence, homelessness and systemic disadvantage. A range of Sydney based artists will be keeping the dance floor alive from 2pm.

With 50 tonnes of real snow forecasted to hit the venue, you’d be ‘cold’ not to check out the lower North Shore’s biggest winter extravaganza. 

Greenwood Hotel | North Sydney’s largest pub

North Sydney Community Centre

Free workshops, creative demonstrations and kids activities will be some of the things on offer during the North Sydney Community Centre’s Open Day on June 29. Running from 10am to 2pm, there will be things for the whole family to enjoy. For the little ones, a creative corner with blocks and playdough, face-painting and interactive storytime with Early Ed reading Michael Rosen’s We’re going on a bear hunt. For the young at heart, workshops will be running throughout the day for creative collaging, building a bee hotel and a woodwork demonstration with Northside Produce Market stallholder David. Keeping active is made easy with salsation and salsa, a choir singalong, zumba fun and self-defence classes. To top it off, Scouts NSW will be running a sausage sizzle stall alongside scones, tea and pure fruit slices. And the best part – it’s all free!

Home – North Sydney Community Centre (northsydneycentre.com.au)

Folly’s Bar & Bistro

On July 13, Folly’s Bar and Bistro will be transformed into a celebration of blue, white and red for Bastille Day Eve. Diners will be spoiled for choice with a four-course menu for $70 per person, featuring ocean trout gravlax blini, tartare de boeuf, supreme de poulet and Basque cheesecake. This will be accompanied by fine French wine, with glasses of Chablis and Bordeaux going for $14 a glass. For those who enjoy something a little fancier, drops of Beaujolais, Burgundy and other classics will be up for grabs for under $100 a bottle. Located at 429 Miller Street, lunch will be served between 12pm and 3pm and 5pm to 9.30pm for dinner. Bookings are essential, so get in quick!

Folly’s Bar & Bistro | Local restaurant + wine bar in Cammeray (follys.com.au)

Ensemble Theatre

Kirribilli’s much-loved local theatre is opening its newest show starting on July 26. Uncle Vanya is the story of a man and his niece, Sonya, who work tirelessly to preserve their family’s crumbling estate. A lonely existence, the two are only ever visited by the local doctor – until Sonya’s father and his alluring new wife turn up at their doorstep, stirring up long-repressed emotions with devastating consequences. Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith breathes new life into one of Chekhov’s classics with the help of Director Mark Kilmurry.

“I am so looking forward to directing Uncle Vanya as this new version by Joanna Murray-Smith has captured absolutely the melancholy, joy and comedy inherent in Chekhov’s words,” Kilmurry said.

“This is a stunning adaptation and a cast to match.”

Running until August 31, tickets start at $43 for those aged 30 years or under, $81 for pensioners and $88 for adults. 

Ensemble Theatre – Exciting. Extraordinary. Explosive.