September heralds the beginning of spring and after a few quiet months where we all tend to hide indoors, the events start coming thick and fast. People are happy to be out and about again enjoying the slightly warmer weather. It’s one of the nicest months of the year. It is also the official beginning of the swimming season, but only the bravest locals hit the water before October.
Generally, September is a very affordable time to visit. The NSW School holidays begin on Monday 30 September, so prices for accommodation and flights tend to rise the week before.
If you are visiting Sydney in late September book ahead for the best rates. September is also finals season for winter sports including the Australian Rugby League and AFL competitions so visitors might want to grab a chance to watch a game. Attending a footy final in Australia is a great cultural experience.
Average Temperatures: 21-11°C (50-68 °F)
While each year varies last September saw only four days of rain.
New events and updated content are added to these pages as it becomes available.
Annual festivals this month
Annual festivals in September include:
- Festival of the Winds
- Cabramatta Moon Festival
- Surry Hills Festival
- Sydney Underground Film Festival
- Sydney Fringe
- Blackmore Running Festival
- Pyrmont Festival
Current Major Exhibitions
Sydney Fringe Festival
The Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest independent arts festival in NSW annually hosting over 400 events across 21 postcodes during the 30-day festival. Everything from stand-up comedy and theatre, to cabaret and performance art.
Where: Various locations including hubs in Newtown, Paddington and The Rocks
When: 2022 dates TBC
Cost: various from $12 up More info on the official site
Sydney Rides Festival
Light the night – grab your bike and head to Mrs Macquarie’s Road in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Walk or ride through the tunnel of light, the field of beams and more along the 2.5km loop. Discover the rainbow path and don’t miss the Glitter Ball Arena and a silent disco.
Markets and Fairs
Dulwich Hill Fair
Celebrating all things local this fair features two stages, one with will highlight the talent of the local food and drink producers and the other with some great music. Where: Dulwich Hill Village – Marrickville Road and Seaview Street, Dulwich Hill
Check out the official site for news of the 2022 dates
Glebe Artisan Market
Artisans Market Glebe features over 60 stalls offering original handmade products. Nothing is mass-produced. You will find everything from fashion and ceramics to jewellery and homewares. This quarterly market is in its fourth year, and it’s a great chance to find some original Christmas gifts or souvenirs. As well as checking out the goods and talking to the stallholders, you can relax and listen to live music.
Where: Foley Park, corner of Bridge Road and Glebe Point Road
When: 10 am to 3 pm
More info on the Official site
Watson’s Bay Spring Market
This annual market held at one of the cities most beautiful harbour locations features over 100 stalls selling handmade homewares, art, clothing for the whole family, even your pets! Plenty of Christmas gift ideas including candles, skincare products, gifts, wrapping paper and gourmet food.
Where: Robinson Park Watson’s Bay
When: 10 am to 4 pm
More info on the event site
While you are there take a walk out to the lighthouse for some of the finest views in the city.
Art and Culture
Sydney Underground Film Festival
Lots of good things happen at the Factory Theatre in Marrickville, and this 4-day festival is most certainly a good thing! The event will showcase the best of independent and alternative film from Australia and overseas.
More on the official site
You don’t need to be an art buff to enjoy Sydney Contemporary. Three hundred artists, from more than 30 countries with everything from performance art to large scale installations.
When: 8-11 Sept 2022
Cost: $26-50 More info on the official site.
HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures
Rookwood is the oldest, largest and most multicultural cemetery in Australia. Hidden Rookwood sees 36 sculptures set in place through the oldest part of the cemetery. Join photo tours, heritage tours and art-making sessions most for free.
Where: Rookwood Cemetery
Cost: free The full program of events on the official site
This photography exhibition showcases the 28 finalist images from both amateur and professional photographers. The photos range from intimate portraits to sharp observations of Australian Life. Will you choose the same winner as the judges?
Where: Hyde Park North
When: 19 Sept.to 13 Oct.
More: on the official site
Food and Drink
A two-day extravaganza of food, wine and art in a lovely waterfront location. The Pyrmont Festival brings the very best of Orange in Central NSW to the city. Organic wine from our favourite Tamburlaine Organic and over 40 other great vineyards will be here to share their best along with cheeses and small goods and plenty more.
Where: Pirrama Park Playground
Check the Official site for the program.
If nothing here takes your fancy, then why not check out our list of self-guided walks. September is a fine month for walking. Stay tuned for our October listing shortly.
- Big Picture Fest Street Art Festival: 30 Sept-2 Oct (Newcastle)
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