What’s on in Sydney in September 2024
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.
September is a very affordable time to visit. Prices for accommodation and flights rise the week before the school holidays begin.
The Spring school holidays are from Monday 30 September to Friday 11 October 2024
If you are visiting Sydney in late September, book ahead for the best rates as September is also finals season for winter sports, including the Australian Rugby League and AFL competitions. Perhaps make the most of this and 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.
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Major September Events in Sydney
Annual festivals in September include:
- Festival of the Winds
- The Sydney Fringe Festival
- Blackmore Running Festival
Festival of the Winds
Festival of the Winds, one of Sydney’s most-loved and colourful festivals, is back bigger and better than ever in the new Bondi Pavilion and surrounds.
Check out for all-day entertainment on two stages, children’s activities, kite-making workshops, food and kite stalls, and of course amazing kite displays on Bondi Beach. An all-inclusive event for young, old and everyone in between, come along and celebrate Spring in Bondi.
Where: Bondi Pavilion Park and Beach
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.
When: 1-30 September
Where: Various locations including hubs in Newtown, Paddington and The Rocks
Cost: varies from $12 up More info on the official site
Festivals, Fairs and Community Events
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
More info on the Official site
Watson’s Bay Spring Market
This annual market held at one of the city’s most beautiful harbour locations features over 100 stalls selling handmade homewares, art, and 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
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.
The Makers and Shakers Market
Support local creators at the Spring Makers and Shakers market. Over 120 stalls of slow fashion, homewares, food and best of all, it is all Australian Made!
Where: White Bay Cruise Terminal
Cost: $5 for adults, $2 for kids, and no pets allowed – More info on the event site
The Coal Loader Artisans Market
This sustainable and unique market is held four times a year, on the first Sunday of the season at the beautiful historic site of the Coal Loader.
Where: The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability 2 Balls Head Dr, Waverton
Carriageworks Spring Seasonal Market
Carriageworks, one of Australia’s most significant contemporary multi-arts organisations, today announced the return of its Spring Seasonal Market. Two brand new stallholders join the market this Spring, returning throughout the year, including Leaning Oak, an artisan cheese factory in Somersby that uses locally sourced cows and goats milk.
Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015
Cost: Free Admission More details here
Musicals, Opera, and Theatre in Sydney in September
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 films from Australia and overseas.
Featuring a full-scale cinematic smorgasbord of must-see feature and documentary films from around the globe, exciting Australian premieres and unforgettable shorts and live events, this not-for-profit annual film festival is an integral part of Sydney’s film industry and screen culture.
Where: Dendy Newtown, King St, Newtown
Cost: from $10
More on the official site
A Night of Horror International Film Festival (ANOH)
Australia’s longest-running showcase of horror and dark genre cinema, A Night of Horror International Film Festival (ANOH) has unveiled its frighteningly fantastic 2023 program.
Screening the very best in freaky, macabre and spine-chilling films from around the globe, a total of ten features and 31 short films.
Music, Comedy and Dance
Night at the Barracks
Find yourself captivated once more by some of the biggest names in music set against this mesmerising backdrop steeped in history and natural beauty, perched high above Sydney Harbour in Manly. A premium open-air experience like no other!
Where: The Barracks Precinct, North Head Sanctuary, Manly, NSW
Cost: from $79. More details here
Live at the Great: James Morrison Acoustic
Experience Australia’s beloved ‘Genius of Jazz’ James Morrison up close and personal for one special night at the Great, bringing his concert series live.
An evening of swinging jazz standards, sublime ballads, and haunting Latin numbers with a few surprises thrown in.
Where: The Great Synagogue 187 Elizabeth Street Sydney
Cost: From $32.57. More details here
Art and Exhibitions
Defined by the vibrancy of its host city, Sydney Contemporary provides collectors, industry professionals and the art-loving public access to cutting-edge art from some of the world’s most respected artists and galleries as well as the opportunity to discover new, emerging talent.
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. The Fair is also home to restaurants, cafes and bespoke bars making it an all-encompassing art and dining experience.
Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh NSW
More: on the official site
Oz Comic-Con caters to all, whether you identify as a Muggle, a Marshmallow, an Earper, a Jedi, a Whovian, or even if you’re completely unfamiliar with these terms. As long as you have a love for popular culture and enjoy a fun-filled day out, we have something exciting waiting for you!
Where: Sydney Showground
Tickets: From $25. Full guide here
Food and Drinks
Five Dock “Little Italy” Food Tour
Discover one of Sydney’s original Italian Communities on this walking tour of Five Dock and discover their passion and taste their delicious products!
This is a great experience for locals or visitors to Sydney wanting to see a slice of everyday life.
Where: Meet in front of Fred Kelly Place, just back off Great North Road Five Dock
Tickets: $50 per person (includes one coffee and 4 tastings Book here
St Ives Food and Wine Festival
Get ready for a bigger and better celebration of delicious food, tantalising wine and family fun!
This spectacular spring event attracts visitors from near and far thanks to its stellar showcase of over 50 food, wine and lifestyle stalls and an awesome line-up of entertainment for the young to the young at heart!
Where: St Ives Village Green, Memorial Avenue St Ives
Full details here
Sports and Outdoors
World Time Attack Challenge Sydney
World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) is the world’s largest time attack festival and is exclusively held at Sydney Motorsport Park. The concept of time attack racing is simple, all drivers and cars race against the clock for their one perfect lap. WTAC also features an international drift competition, a huge outdoor show and shine, and the largest trader and activations area yet.
Where: Ferrers Road Eastern Creek
Cost: from $64.30 More details here
Sydney Running Marathon
Run across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and finish at the Sydney Opera House.
Where: Bradfield Park Alfred Street South, Milsons Point
Cost: $125pp More details here
Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney
Athletes will race on a fast course that includes the iconic Penrith Lakes and the stunning Blue Mountains as a backdrop.
Where: Old Castlereagh Road, Castlereagh
More Info here
Experience a burst of colours and floral enchantment at the Tulip Time Festival in the Southern Highlands. The focus of Tulip Time is the spectacular display of 80,000 mass-planted tulips. The breathtaking display of colours and designs is based on a bright spring theme.
Tulip Time will feature daily entertainment, popular food and market stalls, along with the Country Women’s Association (CWA) homemade scones and sandwiches to raise funds for their wonderful community organisation.
Where: Corbett Gardens, Bendooley Street, Bowral
Full guide here
Dubbo Dream Festival – Connect | Celebrate | Illuminate
Dubbo DREAM Festival celebrates all forms of creativity from lights, lanterns, music, markets, art competitions and more.
Check out the program jam-packed full of things that are new and interesting to spark the imagination of attendees. From enlightening experiences such as lantern-making workshops or Fong Lees Lane to the well-known favourites: DREAM Lanterns, which includes the lantern parade, market stalls and entertainment to suit everyone.
Feature events include Sky Castle by ENESS, the Aussie Night markets, Catching Dreams – Pinot & Picasso, Zoocoustic and more!
Where: Dubbo NSW
Cost: free More: Visit the festival website
Leura Garden Festival
After the remarkable achievement of last year’s Festival, the organizing committee has opted to extend the 2023 Festival to span four days during the upcoming October long weekend.
The beautiful garden located at Everglades, a property under the care of the National Trust, has been a longstanding supporter of the Festival. Regrettably, for various reasons, the National Trust has reached the challenging decision to abstain from participating in this year’s Festival.
Where: Leura Blue Mountains
Check the website for more details