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 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
- Current Major Exhibitions
- Markets and Fairs
- Art and Culture
- Food and Drink
Annual festivals this month
Annual festivals in September include:
- Festival of the Winds – 8 Sept.
- Cabramatta Moon Festival – 8 Sept.
- Surry Hills Festival – taking a break this year
- Sydney Underground Film Festival – 12th-15th Sept.
- Sydney Fringe – Syd1- 30 Sept.
- Blackmore Running Festival – Sept. – Oct.
- Pyrmont Festival – 28 Sept. – 6 Oct.
Current Major Exhibitions
The Art of Banksy
This is your chance to see 80 privately owned; original Banksy works up close. These pieces produced between 1997-2008 include canvases, screen prints and sculptures.
Where: The Entertainment Quarter
When: 11 am – 7pm, Opens on 14 Sept – 27 Oct.
Cost: $32-$36 More on the official site
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 and theatre, to cabaret and performance art.
Where: Various locations including hubs in Newtown, Paddington and The Rocks
When: 1-30 Sept.
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.
Where: Mrs Macquarie’s Road
When: 6pm to 11pm, 21 Sept.
More info on the event website.
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 When: from 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday 15 Sept. Check out the official site
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, 14 Sept.
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.
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 Australian and overseas.
Where: Factory Theatre Marrickville
When: 12-15 Sept.
Cost: $14-$16 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: 12-15 Sept.
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
When: from sunrise to sunset 7 Sept. to 7th October.
Cost: free The full program of events on the official site
Australian Life 2019
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 smallgoods and plenty more.
Where: Pirrama Park Playground
When: from 11 am, 28-29 Sept.
Check the Official site for the program.
Fever-Tree Gin & Tonic Festival
Explore over 100 of the world’s most loved local and international gins from 40 distillers with complimentary Discovery Sessions to help you learn more about this classic cocktail. Masterclasses will also be available
Where: Rose Garden in Centennial Park (Randwick end)
When: 27-29 Sept.
More details on the official site
If your idea of heaven is a belly full of burgers, you are in luck! Burgapalooza will see 10 of our best-loved burger shops selling their best work. With a full entertainment line-up, this is a fun day out for the whole family. Oh, and there is a cheese fountain and a chilli eating competition. What more could you want?
Where: Prince Alfred Square Park Church St Parramatta
When: midday–4 pm and 5–9 pm, 21-22 Sept.
Cost: $7-$14 entry
More: See the event website
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.
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