Make The Most Of Daylight Savings In The Inner City And Inner West

November 18th, 2022 - by Brad Gillespie

There’s something special about the long, balmy evenings of spring and summer.

Those extra hours of daylight are the perfect time to unwind at the end of a working day or stretch out the weekend. Get the most out of daylight savings with some of the best early evening activities in the inner city and inner west.

Enjoy dinner outdoors

One of the best parts of daylight savings is enjoying an alfresco dinner with friends and family as the sun sets. Tuck into delicious food truck fare while enjoying live music from local artists and sipping on something cold from the cocktail bar at Small Lane Friday Nights, running 5 – 9pm at Green Square Town Centre until 16 December.

Or there’s the Inner West Night Markets in Marrickville’s Fraser Park. These family-friendly, laidback markets are offering up food, drinks, fashion and produce from 5pm on the first Friday of the month. Meanwhile, the Sydney Chinatown Markets are open every Friday night from 4pm. Grab some yum cha, sushi, teppanyaki or pho from the market’s own Little Eat Street before browsing the 50+ stalls run by emerging designers, students and local artists.

Get moving

Now that the evenings are warmer and lighter, the idea of exercising at the end of the day is much more appealing. If you’re looking for early evening physical activity, there are lots of local sports leagues to choose from.

Green Square’s fresh and new Perry Park Recreation Centre, which opened only a year ago, hosts social sports competitions in the evenings. Sunday and Monday evenings are for mixed volleyball, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are for men’s, women’s and mixed futsal, and women’s and mixed netball is held on Thursdays. Game times vary from week to week, but all start around 6.30pm (earlier on Sundays).

High school students can enjoy a BBQ and free tennis lessons with a professional coach at Alexandria Park on Mondays from 3 - 5.30pm. And if you’re looking for something really different, why not try historical sword fighting? Reconstruct swordplay from late 19th century Britain using your new fencing skills at classes at Erskineville’s Joseph Sargeant Community Centre on Wednesdays from 7pm.

Learn a new skill

Now that daylight savings are here, why not add another string to your bow by learning a new skill at a local early evening course? Get creative and make your own polymer clay earrings in Redfern, and enjoy pizza and drinks while your new jewellery cures in the oven. Friday night classes start at 7pm and run once a month. Spend your Friday or Saturday night in Redfern from 6pm learning how to make cocktails using native ingredients foraged from around Sydney. Or join the free singing program hosted by Asahi Takahashi at the Redfern Community Centre on Wednesdays from 3.30 – 5.30pm. Beginners welcome!

Have a laugh

The Just for Laughs week-long comedy festival returns to Sydney at the end of November for its tenth year, with several of its shows to be staged in the inner west. Catch the Musical Comedy Gala and comedians Vir Das, Rob Beckett and Nurse Blake at the Enmore Theatre in Newtown or the Alternative Show at Marrickville’s Factory Theatre. All shows start at 7pm when it is still light, thanks to daylight savings.

Get festive

Yep, it’s that time of the year again – Christmas is on its way! Get into the spirit with an early evening Christmas craft workshop from Flower Lane & Co in Alexandria. Choose from the everlasting preserved flower Christmas wreath workshop on Friday 25 November at 6pm or the Christmas wreath-making workshop on various Fridays in early December, also from 6pm.

On Saturday, 3 December, Green Square Plaza will become a Christmas wonderland from 6 – 8pm for the Green Square Christmas Fair, complete with lights, live music and market stalls. Make some memories with the kids at the Alexandria Christmas Concert at Alexandria Park on Sunday, 11 December from 6 - 8pm. They’ll love singing and dancing along with their favourite entertainers. With food trucks, a sausage sizzle and Gelato Messina, dinner is taken care of, and even Santa himself is set to make an appearance.

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