The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Best Weekend - - PLANNER - Com­piled by So­phie Ly


Par­ra­matta Her­itage Ride Fe­male Or­phan School, Par­ra­matta Park, Ge­orge St En­trance, Par­ra­matta; from 8.30am, adult $10, conc/child $5, fam­ily $20, par­ra­mat­ta­her­ 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.


Mary MacKil­lop Place Open Day, Mary MacKil­lop Place, 7 Mount St, North Syd­ney; 10am-4pm, free, mary­mackil­lop­ 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.


Syd­ney Writ­ers’ Fes­ti­val Fam­ily Day, Pier 2/3, Club Stage And The Big Backyard, Walsh Bay; 10am-5.30pm, 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.


Home­front Work­shop: Vin­tage And Preloved Fash­ion, Pen­rith Re­gional Gallery, 86 River Rd, Emu Plains; 10am12pm, pen­rithre­gion­al­ 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.


Cam­den Play Day, Kirkham Park, Hilder St, Elderslie; 11am-2pm, 4654 5084, 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.

11.30AM TALK

Slic­ing, Dic­ing, Writ­ing, Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hick­son Rd, Walsh Bay; 11.30am-12.30pm, $20, conc $14, 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, bad­gerand­fox­ 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, or­ 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,­ro­vi­sion­syd­ney 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.

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