8.30AM BIKE RIDE
Parramatta Heritage Ride Female Orphan School, Parramatta Park, George St Entrance, Parramatta; from 8.30am, adult $10, conc/child $5, family $20, parramattaheritagerides.net Join in the National Trust’s Heritage Festival with a guided bike tour around some of Parramatta’s historic buildings. Start at the George St gatehouse of Parramatta Park. The highlight is a tour of the infamous Female Orphan School.
10AM FREE OPEN DAY
Mary MacKillop Place Open Day, Mary MacKillop Place, 7 Mount St, North Sydney; 10am-4pm, free, marymackillopplace.org.au Celebrate the legacy and life of Australian saint Mary MacKillop. Visit the chapel built in her memory and enjoy free entry to the museum. There will be kids’ activities, a sausage sizzle and live music.
10AM FREE FESTIVAL
Sydney Writers’ Festival Family Day, Pier 2/3, Club Stage And The Big Backyard, Walsh Bay; 10am-5.30pm, swf.org.au Celebrate 20 years of the curly-hatted magician Tashi, have a sing-a-along with Justine Clarke, meet the “just shocking” Andy Griffiths or learn to draw with Leigh Hobbs. Teen readers can get a sneak peek at upcoming YA titles, and enjoy a “Keeping It Real” talk with YA authors on issues affecting young people.
10AM FREE WORKSHOP
Homefront Workshop: Vintage And Preloved Fashion, Penrith Regional Gallery, 86 River Rd, Emu Plains; 10am12pm, penrithregionalgallery.org Get some wartime austerity tips for the modern day and learn practical ideas to help you live more sustainably. Find out how to pick up bargain threads, mix and match with your current clothes and get sewing tips with a “make do and mend” thrifty mentality.
11AM FREE PLAY
Camden Play Day, Kirkham Park, Hilder St, Elderslie; 11am-2pm, 4654 5084, camdenkids.com.au/camdenplayday Kids, put down your consoles and tablets and get active at this innovative games-based family event. There will be “come and try” workshops, junior gym and sports classes, and don’t forget your bike to try out the BMX challenge. There will also be classic fun games like Tug o’ War and sack races, and a visit from the fire brigade.
Slicing, Dicing, Writing, Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay; 11.30am-12.30pm, $20, conc $14, swf.org.au At the Sydney Writers’ Festival, The Chaser’s Chris Taylor looks at how critics, reviewers and bloggers shape food culture. He’s joined by renowned British chef Rick Stein, Masterchef’s Adam Liaw, food editor Myffy Rigby and reviewer and chef Andrew Levins.
David Naseby, Badger And Fox Gallery, 201 Albion St, Surry Hills, badgerandfoxgallery.com David Naseby, one of Australia’s leading artists — his portraits of writer Bob Ellis and poet Les Murray are in the National Portrait Gallery collection in Canberra and he has been hung many times in the Archibald Prize — invites all comers to join him for drinks today at this gallery, where his exhibition, The Lost 15 Years, closes on May 31.
Back To The Future 30th Anniversary Screening, Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, 380 Military Rd, Cremorne; $25, orpheum.com.au Great Scott! Has it really been 30 years since Marty McFly and Doc Brown went back to the future?! From 4pm, you can meet some of the beloved characters and get a photo op with the Delorean, before the classic sci-fi adventure films screen back-to-back. Dress up as there are for prizes for best costumes. Hoverboards not included.
Eurovision — Hello Vienna This Is Sydney Calling, Oxford Art Factory, 38-46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst; 6pm, $15, g4p.com.au/2015/05/eurovisionsydney Guten Tag, Vienna! As we all know, Australia is — bizarrely — in the Eurovision competition this year, so get your mates, cheer on Guy Sebastian and party in true Euro style. There will be mash-up of the finalists’ songs from 6pm, trivia, and a best-dressed competition at 7pm, followed by the screening of the grand final at 7.30pm.
Christopher Lloyd and Michael J Fox in Back To The Future, screening in Cremorne.