What’s on in Sydney in September 2023

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 25 September to Friday 6 October 2023

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 – Sunday, 10 September 2023 at11am-4 pm
  • Sydney Underground Film Festival – 7-9 September
  • The Sydney Fringe Festival – 1-30 September
  • Blackmore Running Festival – 17 September

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.

Colorful kites of various shapes and sizes soar high against a clear blue sky at the Festival of the Winds

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
When: Sunday, 10 September 2023 from 11 am – 4 pm  
More here

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.

Sydney Fringe Art Festival

Throughout the month of September, Sydney Place will be transformed into a living gallery with a captivating occupation by a diverse and renowned group of visual artists that will activate Sydney Place with art installations in shop fronts, offices, restaurants and walkways. The Art Occupation will feature a combination of traditional art forms and new interactive AI technology, allowing passers-by to engage in the process of AI-generated art by simply interacting with an immersive digital touch screen. A range of food and beverage offerings will be available throughout the precinct, offering special menus and offers in celebration of the festival.

Sydney Fringe Block Party

The highlight of the month-long festival will be the Sydney Fringe Block Party event on September 9th, an evening of live entertainment, theatre, immersive art and delicious food and drink offerings.  Sydney’s finest visual and performing artists will inhabit the precinct, with multiple stages, DJs and jaw-dropping live performances from the world of circus, cabaret and drag, extending from day to night. 

Where: Various locations including hubs in Newtown, Paddington and The Rocks
When: 1-30 September 2023
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.

artisian Festival Glebe

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: 9 September 2023 from 10 am – 3 pm
More info on the Official site

Bayside Spring Fair

Celebrate our cultural diversity. Free rides, arts & crafts, live music, petting zoo, food stalls, face painting and more.

Where: Jack Mundey Reserve, Eastlakes
When: Saturday 9 September at 11 am – 7 pm
Visit their Facebook page for full details

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.

When: Sunday 17 September 2023, 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Marrickville Road and Seaview Street, Dulwich Hill
Check their page for more info

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
When: Sunday 17 September 2023. 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.

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!

View of the Australian Made Market - Makers and Shakers
Australian Made Market – Makers and Shakers

Where: White Bay Cruise Terminal
When: 16 – 17 September 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: $5 for adults, $2 for kids, and no pets allowed – More info on the event site

Pregnancy Babies and Children’s Expo

The Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo is the premier parenting event in Australia and an essential experience for new or expecting parents. This expo offers a wealth of information, resources, and expert advice to support you on your parenting journey.

Whether you’re seeking guidance on pregnancy, baby care, or early childhood development, the Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo is a must-attend event.

Where: Sydney Showground
When: 16 – 17 September 10 am – 4 pm
More info on the event site

Real Festival 2023

Featuring fantastic art installations, a pop-up bar, arcade games and performances by local talent, Real Festival celebrates the landscape of the Nepean River by day with hands-on workshops and on-water activities and by night, the riverside will become an illuminated playground of fun.

Where: Nepean River, Jamisontown
When: 15 – 17 September 4-10 pm
Check their Facebook Page for more details

Tramsheds Clothes Swap

The City of Sydney and The Clothing Exchange are joining eco-friendly forces to bring a clothes swap for the whole family to Tramsheds.

a lively scene of participants exchanging clothing items for a Tramsheds Clothes Swap event in Sydney

This event is only open to residents who live in the City of Sydney local council area

Where: Tramsheds Harold Park
When: Saturday 2 September from 11 am to 1:15pm
Cost: Free
Full details here

The Makers + Shakers

The Makers & Shakers Market is an inclusive and enjoyable day out no matter your budget. Whether it’s simply enjoying a coffee on the harbour or discovering new handmade treasures, we’ve got you covered with a fun indoor market + free parking.

Where: White Bay Cruise Terminal
When: 16 -17 September 2023 from 10 am-4 pm (each day)
Cost: $5, kids: $2 family ticket (2 adults, 2 kids): $12 (pre-purchase only)
Full details here

Yellamundie Festival

Moogahlin Performing Arts, in association with Carriageworks and APAM, proudly presents the 10th anniversary of the Yellamundie Festival. Commemorating a decade of championing First Peoples voices and stories across the performing arts, the festival announces its vibrant 2023 program. This year’s line-up reflects the richness and diversity of contemporary First Peoples performing arts, showcasing writing, movement, and sound works.

Vibrant scene from the Yellamundie Festival, September edition

Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015
When: 28-30 September 2023
More here

Harbour Trust

Get ready for an amazing event where there will be a range of free activities at the new Torpedo Factory Precinct, including a traditional Aboriginal performance, live music, talks, artmaking, guided tours and fun for kids. Plus, there will be gelato and hot food.

Where: 120 High Street, North
When: Saturday, 16 September 2023 at 10 am and 3 pm
Cost: Free
More here

Backyard Chickens

Keeping backyard chickens in North Sydney can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. They can help reduce your household food waste, help manage bugs, and produce a steady harvest of fresh eggs. This friendly course with The Coal Loader Chicken Volunteers is designed to help you get started.

Where: The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability 2 Balls Head Dr, Waverton
When: Saturday, 9th September 2023, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Cost: Free
More here

Imperfectly Sustainable

These free classes cover different topics each month on how to live and grow with the planet in mind.

Where: The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability 2 Balls Head Dr, Waverton
When: Saturday, 23rd September 2023, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Check the event site for more details

Seasonal Feasts: Perfect Pineapples

Join Andrea and Mark from the Sustainable Food Kitchen and The Coal Loader Team to learn about a million and one (nearly) exciting ideas for using and preserving pineapples.

Where: The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability 2 Balls Head Dr, Waverton
When: Saturday, 30th September 2023, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Check the event site for more details

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
When: Sunday 3 September 2023 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: Free
Check the event site for more details

St Marys Spring Festival 2023

The St Marys Spring Festival is a community event that showcases the CBD and local businesses and performers. Mark the date in your diary and prepare to be part of the fun and excitement.

Where: St.Marys Town Centre
When: 02 September 2023 at 10:00 AM – 03:00 PM
Cost: Free
Check the event site for more details

Luddenham Country Market

Enjoy a lazy Sunday drive and then browse through the stalls. A market in the country. There are market stalls, food stalls and variable amusements to be enjoyed by the whole family.

Where: Luddenham Showground, Park Road Luddenham
When: 17 September 2023 at 09:00 AM – 01:00 PM
Cost: Free
Check the event site for more details

There’s Something About Bottom

An immersive experience of fairy mischief inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Shakespeare’s favourite ass.

Where: Sideshow – Reverie Rooms,32 Harrington St.
When: 7 September – 1 October 2023
Cost: $42
Check the event site for more details

Authentic Flamenco Presents Paula Rodríguez

Flamenco embodies intense passion and emotions, paying homage to the very essence of human sentiments. Emerging in Spain, this extraordinary spectacle, presented in collaboration with Madrid’s Royal Opera and produced by SO-LA-NA, unites acclaimed artists for an unforgettable show featuring mesmerizing vocals, instruments, and dances.

Where: Hayden Orpheum and Seymour Centre (Everest Theatre)
When: Select your date & time directly in the ticket selector
Cost: $79
Book here


A truly artistic and cultural experience like no other! Transport yourself to another country, or specifically Singapore, known for creating some of the most artistic, cultural and mesmerising experiences. Klook and the Singapore Tourism Board are introducing ‘The Singaportal’, the ultimate immersive Singapore nightlife event in Sydney.

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Discover the vibrant and dynamic world of Singaportal in September in Sydney

Book your tickets now and let Klook and the Singapore Tourism Board transport you to an evening of cultural excitement, flavours and experiences.

Where: Circular Quay
When: 7-8 September 2023
More details on the event site

Spring Farmers’ Market

This Sunday, Matt Moran will be joined by his five chefs and our valued suppliers on the Chiswick lawn for our first-ever farmers’ market.

Start your day with a Chophouse breaky BBQ sausage, egg, & cheese muffin. Explore Aria’s baked goods, including Executive Chef Tom Gorringe’s strawberry and Davidson plum Swiss roll and a chocolate and truffle petit gâteau. 

Where: Chiswick Gardens
When: Sunday, 17 September 2023 from 10am – 3pm
More details here

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
When: Saturday 16 September 2023, 8am – 1pm
Cost: Free Admission
More details here

Musicals, Opera, and Theatre in Sydney in September

Lots of previously mentioned shows continuing this month including Beauty and the Beast and Tina Turner


Experience the unforgettable, award-winning musical WICKED in Sydney. Courtney Monsma as Glinda and Sheridan Adams as Elphaba, the wicked witch of the West are supported by Todd McKenney as the Wizard and Robyn Nevin as Madame Morrible.

Sheridan Adams as Elphaba in WICKED (c) Jeff Busby
Sheridan Adams as Elphaba in WICKED Credit: Jeff Busby

Tickets are selling fast with the best availability from November.

Where: Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star
When: from 25 August 2023
Cost: From $79.00 (Transaction fees apply). Tickets here.

Miss Saigon

Direct from the West End and Broadway, experience Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of this epic love story of passion and tragedy at the iconic Sydney Opera House. This is a spectacular performance and tickets are selling very fast!

Miss Saigon Sydney
Miss Saigon – The Evacuation. Credit: Matthew Murphy and Johan Persson

Where: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
When: 17 August to 13 October 2023
Tickets here.

Venus and Adonis

Following its critically acclaimed cinematic debut in 2020, Sport for Jove and Seymour Centre are thrilled to present the world premiere of Damien Ryan’s new play Venus and Adonis, reframing the extraordinary vision of Shakespeare’s most important work of poetry.

Venus and Adonis performing on stage in Sydney

Where: Seymour Centre
When: 29th September to 21st October 2023
Tickets: single tickets here / multiple tickets here


Celebrate the Sydney Opera House’s 50th anniversary with 50 consecutive days of rare and unseen recordings from the archive, spanning opera, classical, dance, theatre, contemporary music, documentaries and live streams from their Birthday Festival.

Where: Sydney Opera House
When: 2 September – 21 October 2023
Cost: Free. More info on the event site

Is God Is

A thrilling, high-powered, utterly engrossing tale of revenge from an award-winning US playwright.

Where: Wharf Theatre
When: 15 September – 21 October 2023
More info on the website

Authentic Flamenco Presents Paula Rodríguez

Embark on an unforgettable journey to the essence of flamenco with The Royal Opera of Madrid. Discover a vibrant show full of sensibility and powerful images. Get to know the real flamenco!

Where: Hayden Orpheum and Seymour Centre
When: various dates from 21 September til 7th October 2023
Tickets: from $79. Book here

Mr Bailey’s Minder

A powerful drama by beloved Australian writer Debra Oswald and starring theatre legend John Gaden.

Mr Bailey’s Minders – A Classy Flock of Feathers and Finesse

Where: Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall Street, Kirribilli
When: til 2nd September 2023
Cost: $38-80. Secure your tickets here

Bach A Child of the Stars 

Early music specialist, Bach Akademie Australia – with their redoubtable director and violin virtuoso Madeleine Easton –
return to form with three spectacular concerts, in Sydney.

Bach A Child of the Stars  performing on stage in Sydney

Featured in this performance alongside a large ensemble comprising some of Australia’s finest exponents of early music.

Where: The University of Sydney – Great Hall
When: Friday, September 22, 19:30

North and South

This extraordinary live music series presents world premieres and new music commissions. Co-curated in collaboration with composer, artist and curator Lawrence English (Room 40).

Where: Art Gallery Road, The Domain
When: Wednesday, 27 September and & Wednesday, 4 October 5–10 pm
Cost: Free
Visit the event site for full details

The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde’s greatest and funniest play is reworked for modern audiences. Three actors, one musician, multiple roles, and countless laughs.

If you’ve never seen Earnest before, you’ll love this version. If you have, you’ll enjoy seeing a timeless classic, only slicker. Come for a fun, funny and fabulous Wilde ride!

Where: The Bordello Theatre, Level 4, Kings Cross Hotel, 244-248 William St, Potts Point
When: 6-23 September 2023
Cost: $35, Concession $24, Deadly Tix $14
Direct booking here

The Weekend

The brilliant, hilarious and touching new adaptation of The Weekend, Charlotte Wood’s bestselling novel of Friendship and the Wisdom of Age, will make its world premiere at Belvoir.

A blissful moment where leisure meets adventure and smiles at the Weekend Vibes in Sydney

When: 5 August – 3 September 2023
Where: Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre
Cost: from $72, Seniors from $62, Concession from $52, 30-Down from $50, Student Saver from $37. Check the website for more information about the event

Requiem Mass

A work considered by some to be his greatest masterpiece had an extraordinary gestation.

A solemn and serene image from the Requiem Mass event in Sydney, held in September to honor and remember.
A moment of reflection and remembrance at the Requiem Mass event in Sydney

The composer was initially asked to contribute a single movement to a Requiem Mass in memory of fellow Italian composer Gioachino Rossini.

When: Sunday, 3 September 2023 at 15:00
Where: The Concourse, 409 Victoria Av, Chatswood
Cost: Standard $55 | Concession $45 | Junior/Child $20 | Family (4 tickets, max 2 adults) $125
Info & bookings here | In person at the Concourse box office or Ticketek 1300 759 012


A new triple bill of solo works by resident company Sydney Chamber Opera. Featuring new Australian work, a radical interpretation of a 20th-century classic, and a major work by a leading 21st-century international composer, the program is designed as a reflection of Sydney Chamber Opera’s major musical and dramatic achievements.

the captivating harmony of Earth, Voice, and Body in this mesmerizing event happening in Septembe

When: 28 September to 7 October 2023
Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015
Cost: Pre-sale $40.00, Full $50
Bookings here

Juanita Nielsen: The Final Days

Threatening phone calls, stolen documents and hidden romances leave an indelible imprint on the lives of those who loved her and those who sought to silence Sydney’s fiercest journalist. In her absence, a community is torn and her legacy is left to those who lived to tell the tale.

Where: The Crypt, St. James’ Church, 173 King St
When: Thursday, 28 September to Saturday 14 October 2023
Cost: $96.61
More info on the event site

Razor Gang Wars

Enter the gritty underworld of Razor Gang Wars 4, a thrilling immersive experience at Deadhouse.

Razor Gang Wars

Where: The Crypt, St. James’ Church, 173 King St
When: Thursday, 31 August 2023 to Saturday 16 September 2023
Cost: $96.61
More info on the event site

The importance of being earnest

The fabulous Helen Thomson plays Lady Bracknell, the wittiest and most wicked role in one of the greatest comedies ever written

Where: Roslyn Packer Theatre
When: 5 September – 14 October 2023
More details here

Plenty of Fish

A darkly humorous and physically adventurous contemporary fable about finding the perfect catch, created and performed by theatre-maker collective Clockfire Theatre Co featuring Emily Ayoub and Madeleine Baghurst.

 Plenty of Fish

When: 5-9 September 2023
Where: Pact
Tickets:$34.00- $39.00, Book tickets here

Betty is a Butcher

An unmissable debut play written and performed by Thomas Campbell explores the need for love and the power of family.

Betty is a Butcher in Sydney

Betty is a Butchera black comedy filled with dark humour, pathos and unsettling personal narrative.

When: 5-9 September 2023
Where: Pact
Tickets:$34.00- $39.00, Book tickets here

Marvellous Elephant Man

Shed your outerwear at the entrance and prepare to be amazed, for The Marvellous Elephant Man the Musical, a groundbreaking and acclaimed comedic production, is set to captivate audiences at The Entertainment Quarter. Prepare to have your expectations shattered and your laughter abound as this extraordinary musical extravaganza unfolds.

The Marvellous Elephant Man the Musical, entertaining audience with laughter and perfomance in Sydney

When: 1 September- 1 October 2023 from 7:30 pm
Where: Spiegeltent Festival Garden – Sydney Spiegeltent, The Entertainment Quarter 122 Lang Road, Moore Park 2021
Cost: From $56+ BF. Secure your tickets here


TIM is a novel written by Australian icon Colleen McCullough and adapted for the stage by acclaimed playwright Tim McGarry.

Tim in Sydney

TIM features a stellar cast with Ben Goss, a young man with a disability and a recent graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, in the title role. Joining Ben on stage will be Valerie Bader, Akkshey Caplash, Jeanette Cronin, Andrew McFarlane and Julia Robertson.

When: Members from $47| Non-Members from $49
Where: Riverside Theatre, Riverside Theatres – Cnr Church and Market St, Parramatta
Cost: Members tickets starting from $53 | Non-Members Tickets starting from $56.
Check the website for more information about the event

ACE at Dusk: Exchange 23

An exhilarating art party featuring the work of creative legends, musician June Jones and visual artist Serwah Attafuah.

Spectacular twilight view of the ACE in Sydney

When: 6 pm – 10 pm, Saturday, 16 September
Where: Arts & Cultural Exchange, 8 Victoria Rd Parramatta
Cost: $25 and available for audiences of all ages
Check the website for more information about the event

Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana will keep you on the edge of your seat with its rousing choruses and wicked humour. Elena Kats-Chernin’s Human Waves is inspired by the rich tapestry of our migrant history. And Yuwaalaraay man James Henry paints a fond portrait of the ibis in Murrgumurrgu.

When: Saturday, 9 September 2023 at 2:00 pm
Where: Concert Hall
Cost: from $45
Check the website for a full guide

Arts Alive Choral Festival – Wyangan Concert

The Arts Alive Choral Festival is a suite of performances held annually celebrating the talents of students in NSW public schools. The event features a massed choir as well as outstanding ensembles and soloists representing schools across greater Sydney and beyond.

When: 11 September 2023 at 7:00 pm
Where: Sydney Opera House
Cost: from $45
Check the website for a full guide

Miss Saigon 2023 Premier

“An epic show, in an epic venue, with an epic cast!” “A beautiful story told in a brilliant way.”

Where: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
When: 17 August – 13 October 2023
Full guide here

Film Festival


Celebrate the launch of the JIFF 2023 program with the Australian Premiere screening of the highly anticipated biographical thriller Golda, starring Helen Mirren as Golda Meir during the tense negotiations of the Yom Kippur War.

Golda in Sydney

Featuring the celebrated Helen Mirren. Tickets to the program launch are on sale now. With limited capacity and the first chance for Australian audiences to see this hotly anticipated film.

Where: Ritz Cinemas, Randwick
When: Thursday 21 Sept 7 pm
Cost: $35.00 More info on the event site

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.

Sydney Underground Film Festival

Where: Dendy Newtown, King St, Newtown NSW 2042
When: 7th to Sunday 10th September 2023
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.

A Night of Horror International Film Festival in Sydney

Screening the very best in freaky, macabre and spine-chilling films from around the globe, a total of ten features and 31 short films.

Where:  Dendy Cinema, 261-263 King St, Newtown
When: 29th September to 1st October 2023
Cost: $15 – $25. Buy tickets here
View the full program here

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
When: 15 September – 8 October 2023
Cost: from $79. More details here

Nights at the Museum

Enjoy live music and a drink at the pop-up bar as Sydney’s favourite FREE after-hours culture fix is back! Explore our incredible galleries and exhibitions and be inspired by our natural history and cultural collections.

Where: Museum-wide
When: Every Wednesday at 5 pm – 9 pm
Cost: Free. More info on the official site.


A new festival of music, film and performance.

Where: Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney
When: 22 September – 8 October 2023
More info on the event site

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.

Live At The Great
The Great Synagogue’s grand interior evokes spiritual, otherworldly magic.

An evening of swinging jazz standards, sublime ballads, and haunting Latin numbers with a few surprises thrown in.

Live At The Great

Where: The Great Synagogue 187 Elizabeth St.
When: Wednesday, 13 September 2023 at 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Cost: From $32.57. More details here

Titanic: The Movie, The Play

Strap on your life jacket and get ready to board this comedic homage to the most epic romance of the 90s.

When: 1 September- 1 October 2023 from 7:30 pm
Where: Spiegeltent Festival Garden
Cost: $39.00 – $53.00. Secure your tickets here


A unique mix of storytelling, circus, and physical prowess to godlike proportions. Expect a bod-yssey of gravity-defying stunts, actual tests of heroic strength and muscularity, and surprise comic twists.

GODZ performerming on stage at : Spiegeltent Festival Garden,Sydney

When: 31 August – 1 October 2023
Where: Spiegeltent Festival Garden – Sydney Spiegeltent, 122 Lang Road, Moore Park 2021
Cost: $43.00 – $49.00. Book here

Garry Starr

An overzealous idiot attempts to perform all of Greek Mythology in order to save his Hellenic homeland from economic ruin.

Garry Starr making fun with the audience while performing at Spiegeltent Festival Garden in Sydney

When: 31 August – 1 October 2023
Where: Spiegeltent Festival Garden – The Vault
Cost: $45. Book here


A hilarious circus show for children and parents of all ages following three foolish Neanderthals as they struggle to survive the harsh natural world.

When: 02 September – 01 October 2023
Where: Spiegeltent Festival Garden, The Vault, Entertainment Quarter, 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park NSW 2021
Cost: $33.00. Book here

Crème De La Crème

An incredible display of the hottest acts in this year’s Fringe festival. This is the best of the best, a variety night like no other.

Creme De La Creme offering an indulgent experience for attendees in Sydney

Expect world-class acrobatics, from seasoned performers showcasing their weird and wonderful talents.

Creme De La Creme_Tenae Francis

Expect great skits and physical comedy, provided by the charming boys from Head First Acrobats. Expect more than a hint of cheeky nudity.

When: 12 September – 08 October 2023
Where: The Entertainment Quarter 122 Lang Road, Moore Park 2021
Cost: $44.00. Book here

Fringe Ignite

A free street party headlined by the iconic Rogue Traders. Artists will descend on the historic cobblestone laneways, sandstone buildings, and pop-up stages by showcasing the best of Fringe comedy, cabaret, music, dance, and more.

Fringe Ignite performing live in Sydney

The Rogue Traders will take to the Argyle mainstage, alongside live performances by The Great West, False London, MUNGMUNG, PEPTALK and DJ Victoria Anthony.

When: Saturday 2 September
Where: The Rocks
Tickets: FREE. Book tickets here


An evocative work exploring vulnerability, uncertainty and risk through movement, design, and music.

When: 30 August- 3 September 2023
Where: Studio
Cost: $59.90. Full guide here

Delta Goodrem

In a night of incredible music and storytelling, audiences will be brought up close and personal into Delta’s incredibly inspiring journey.

When: 25 – 26 September 2023
Where: Concert Hall
Tickets: $99.90
Full guide on the website

Pleasures of Versailles

Pinchgut Opera presents Pleasures of Versailles by Charpentier – two tiny operas, short and sweet.

Opulence and Elegance at Versailles

Celebrate the glorious music of the French Baroque, and the sweet simplicity of life itself.

When: 9–10 September 2023
Where: City Recital Hall, Sydney
Tickets: from $62. Full guide here


A heart-warming, autobiographical tale of borders and belonging, the show features an original score inspired by South Asian classical music, jazz, rock and blues.


When: 5-9 September 2023
Where: Pact
Tickets:$35.00- $39.00, Book tickets here

Blaque Showgirls

Co-directed by Shari Sebbens and Ursula Yovich, Blaque Showgirls is Nakkiah Lui’s sparkly, smart-arsed spoof of the so-bad-its-good cinematic masterpiece Showgirls.

Blaque Showgirls in Sydney

The luminous Stephanie Somerville will fan-kick her way to the front of the chorus line, going head-to-head with all-dancing all-diamentéd drag icon Foxxy Empire!

When: 1st September – 14th October 2023 | Monday to Saturday at 7 pm; Saturday at 1 pm.
Where: SBW Stables Theatre – 10 Nimrod Street, Kings Cross
Cost: Full $62 / Seniors, Previews $52 / Concession $46 / Under 35 $38.
Check the website for more information

Tones, Moves, Strings

Over 40 pop-up music and dance performances by more than 35 international and local artists will pulse through the Art Gallery during Volume. Free, no bookings required.

When: Saturday, 23 September – Sunday, 8 October 2023, 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm
Where: Art Gallery Road, The Domain
Cost: Free
Check the website for more information

Timberlina & Friends: A Drag Cabaret

Get ready for an unforgettable evening of glitz, glamour, and pure entertainment with Timberlina & Friends’ drag cabaret show for Sydney Fringe!

When: 15 – 23rd September 2023 at 7 pm
Where: 25 Harbour Street
Cost: $34
Check the event site for more information

Decadence and Debauchery

Get ready to indulge in a lavish and delightfully unconventional experience at this renowned burlesque variety night.

When: Sunday 17th – Saturday 23rd September 2023
Where: 25 Harbour Street
Cost: $32. More details here

Spankie Jackzon – Just The Tip

A wildly entertaining adventure with Australia’s Drag Superstar Spankie Jackson in her uproarious one-woman debut show! Join Baza the Sheep as you delve into the story of a rural teenage drag queen’s life and experiences. From a childhood tooth fairy to a full-fledged “I Will Survive” drag show in high school, it was clear that destiny had fabulous plans. But that’s merely scratching the surface! And if you think you’re fulfilled by that, well, she begs to differ.

When: 27th & 28th September at 8:30pm
Where: 25 Harbour Street
Cost: $34. Book here

Beverly Kills Presents: Heaven & Hell

Come celebrate the music, wonder and spectacle of the one and only ABBA at ACON’s Bingay. Putting the dead in drop-dead gorgeous – Beverly Kills is stuck between “Heaven and Hell”. Part comedy, part cabaret and 100% DRAG.

When: 29th & 30th September at 8:30pm
Where: 25 Harbour Street
Cost: $29. Get tickets here

Candlelight: Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ft. Ballet

Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations over the globe. Get your tickets now to discover an unforgettable concert under the gentle glow of candlelight.

When: 08 September at 6:30 pm
Where: Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace 380 Military Rd
Cost: from $26. Get tickets here

Artbar: Spring

An evening of art, music and performance curated by Primavera artist and Quandamooka woman Elisa Jane Carmichael. Featuring DJs, live music, roaming performances, multi-sensory installations and workshops across all levels of the Museum, the spring edition of Artbar celebrates First Nations artists, Country, and our connection to nature.

Vibrant Artbar event in spring featuring colorful installations and joyful atmosphere in Sydney

When: Friday, 1 September 2023 from 7.00 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: MCA
Tickets: General admission $45 MCA Member $36 Concession $36 Book here

Songs for Freedom Concert

An inspiring, free concert bringing you soul, blues, and unique country music, created by artists in the Ieramugadu community (Roebourne, WA) and beyond. 

a live performance on stage in sydney by theSongs for Freedom Concert
Harmonious Melodies at Songs for Freedom

When: 02 September at 6 pm–9 pm
Where: Barangaroo Reserve
Cost: Free. Get tickets here

Three Times Laughter

This is the place to be if you’re in need of a good laugh. A show full of laughter and mayhem.

When: 08 September 2023 at 7:00 pm
Where: John Lees Centre, 15 Evan Street
Cost: Free. Bookings essential by email: comentrysailability.penrith@gmail.com
More details here

Mr Snotbottom Comedian For Kids LIVE at The Comedy Store

Don’t miss Mr. Snotbottom LIVE at The Comedy Store. Creator and star of the 2022 Best Children’s Podcast Busy Bodies, Mr. Snotbottom is back by popular demand with his slimiest of songs, gross-tactic gags and just wrong routines!

When: Saturday, 09 September 2023 at 14:30
Where: The Comedy Store
Cost: Unreserved Seating: $29.50 Unreserved Seating (Family of 4): $91.4. tickets here
More details here

Circus the Show

Roll up! Roll up! Prepare to enter a world of whimsy, wonder and amazement where your imagination will soar like never before, in this completely re-imagined family circus spectacular!

When: 28 September – 8 October 2023
Where: SSpiegeltent Festival Garden – The Vault Hello Darling
Cost: $33
More details here

Nicola Benedetti performs Marsalis

Grammy Award-winning violinist Nicola Benedetti performs a new concerto by Wynton Marsalis, the genius of performer and composer.

When: Wednesday, 6 September 2023 at 8:00 pm
Where: In the Concert Hall
Cost: from $28
Full guide here

Feel The Magic: Magic Men Live

Get ready to experience the ultimate night out with Australia’s rated #1 male revue show! Magic Men’s “FEEL THE MAGIC” features the hottest hunks bringing the heat to town with their sizzling performances.

When: Every Saturdays from 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Home the venue
Cost: $50
Secure tickets here

Sydney Fringe Block Party

Get excited for a fun night of live music, immersive urban street art and jaw-dropping live performances. Sydney’s favourite disco doof, POOF DOOF, will pop up with their Pride Patrol truck featuring an exhilarating line up of DJs and live performers from the world of circus, cabaret and drag including a breathtaking fire performer!

When: 9th September 2023
Where: 180 George St, Sydney 2000
Cost: Free
Secure tickets here

Tony Robbins

Unleash the Power Within is an emotional, human experience designed to satiate your hunger for results when you gain the tools, strategies and psychology to achieve beyond your wildest imagination – no matter WHO you are.

When: Thursday,14 – Sunday 17 September 2023
Where:  Qudos Bank Arena
Cost: From $899
Make booking here

Piccolo Ponies

Welcome to the magical world of Piccolo Ponies! Fairy Erin and her Unicorn Piccolo sing & dance while using their imaginations!

When: 23- 24 September 2023
Where:  Hello Darling
Cost: From $25
Make booking here

Art and Exhibitions

Kaleidoscope by Keith Courtney

Step inside the intricately formed, ever-shifting optical illusion designed to be enjoyed by all ages, day and night as Australia’s pre-eminent installation artist Keith Courtney, known for House of Mirrors and 1000 Doors, will bring his breathtaking new interactive mirror maze, Kaleidos in Sydney.

Kaleidoscope, the awe-inspiring new interactive mirror maze

While the sun shines, the Kaleidoscope is a sparkling crystal playground of wonder, and as the sun sets, visitors become part of a spectacular colour field of light under the night sky.

colorful, immersive environment with mirrors reflecting intricate patterns and vibrant hues, creating a visually captivating experience at Kaleidoscope by Keith Courtney

When: 29 July – 10 September 2023
Where: Sydney’s Powerhouse Ultimo
Cost: $15 + booking fee. Ages 5 and under and over 75 enter free. Full guide on the website

Sam Smith A concave space

Artist Sam Smith will transform our subterranean gallery space, the Tank, into a futuristic, neon wetland featuring multiple, synchronised projections that spill across a 40-metre expanse.

When: Sat 23 – Tue 26 Sep Fri 29 Sep – Thu 5 Oct 10 am–3.30 pm
Where: Art Gallery of New South Wales North Building Lower level 4, The Tank
Cost: Free
Check the website for more information

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: 21 October – 19 November 2023.
Cost: free. Full details of the events are on the official site

Australian Life

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 September to 13 October 2023
Cost: Free Full guide here

Sydney Contemporary

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.

  • The Selfie and Questions of Identity– One of the first self-portraits was made by Pharaoh Akhenaten’s chief sculptor Bak in 1365 BC, it is estimated that in 2023 over 93 million selfies are taken each day. This talk will explore how the form of self-portraiture / the selfie constantly moves through portrayal, subversion, exploration and straight narcissism. 
  • Art + Interiors: Matching the couch is not a requirement– An interior designer, gallerist and art advisor discuss how they approach specifying art for interior projects, how they engage clients, what are the frequently asked questions, and what have been some of the most successful outcomes.
  • From the Indigenous Voice to Futuristic AI– Editors of four of Australia’s major cultural publications will discuss how they are navigating current sensitive and topical issues in the Australian and global landscape. From the current national referendum on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament to a rising voice of a different kind – that of generative AI.
Contemporary art exhibit titled 'Selfie Identity' in September, featuring diverse artworks

Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh NSW
When: 7 – 10 September 2023
More: on the official site

Waranara Tours

Expand your understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures on this unique tour of objects from the Australian Museum’s exhibitions, led by a First Nations guide.

Where: Meet at the Gadigal Shield, near the Admissions Desk
When: Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays: 11.30 am1 pm
Tickets: $28 Members, $35 non-members, $31.50 concession, $17.50 child. For more details, check their website.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition

Jurassic World: The Exhibition is a family-friendly exhibit of massive proportions based on one of the biggest blockbuster franchises in cinema history.

a life-sized animatronic dinosaur in a prehistoric setting for the " Jurassic World: The Exhibition"

Visitors walk through the iconic “Jurassic World” gates, explore richly themed environments, and encounter a life-sized brachiosaurus, velociraptors, and the most fearsome dinosaur of all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex.

When: From Friday, 22 September – Early December 2023
Where: SuperLuna Pavilion, Sydney Showground at Sydney, Olympic Park
Full guide here

Oz Comic-Con

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!

When: 23-24 September 2023 at 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Sydney Showground
Tickets: From $25. Full guide here

Inner West Brick Fair

The Inner West Brick Fair is a community event that showcases creations from the not-for-profit Sydney Lego Users Group (SydLUG).

Hosted by Croydon Public School as a community and fundraising event it attracts families and adult Lego enthusiasts around the inner west and greater Sydney area.

When: Sunday, 10 September 2023 from10 am-4 pm
Where: Croydon Public School, Young St Croydon NSW 2132
Tickets: Single tickets $5 (available at the door) Family tickets $15 (4 people per family available online only) Children under 4: Free. Book here

There’s Something About Bottom

An immersive experience of fairy mischief inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Shakespeare’s favourite ass.

When: 7 September – 1 October 2023
Where: Sideshow – Reverie Rooms 32 Harrington St, The Rocks
Tickets: $42 Book here

Arts After Dark

Prepare to be propelled into the fascinating world of AI and how humans can avoid its pitfalls whilst also leveraging its benefits.

Man and AI robot waiting for a job interview: AI vs. human competition

Hosted by Peter Greste, an award-winning foreign correspondent for the BBC, Al Jazeera and Reuters, the night will start with a performance from the one-only drumming, rapping robot, Keirzo, created by Dr. Richard Savery, a developer of artificial intelligence and robotics.

When: Thursday, 14 September 2023, 5: 45 pm – 8 pm
Where: Mason Theatre, Macquarie University
Learn more about the event

Lullaby Love

Come and experience the joy of signing and the magic of music with your little ones.

When: 9 September & 18 November 2023
Where: Centre for Creativity
Cost: $15 per adult attending (babies are free)
Learn more about the event

Sydney Fringe Art Occupation

Experience a month-long celebration of art, culture and theatre at Sydney’s newest lifestyle precinct.

Sydney Place is doing happy hour specials every Thursday night in September (starting this Thursday, 14th Sept). Guests can enjoy specials from some of Sydney’s favourite food and beverage operators.

The deals include:

  • Bourke and Ward – pop-up bar will serve drinks from 4-8 pm, offering $7 happy hour specials from 4-6pmBar Besuto – $5 serves of their mini Steak Frites with every drink purchase
  • ToastieSmith – 20% off everything
  • Eat Fuh – $5 pho and bánh mì
  • Open Sesame – $10 wraps
  • Sushi Yuzen – free miso soup with any sushi box
  • C9 Chocolate and Gelato – $5 single scoops for the first 50 guests
  • Dopa by Devon – $10 mini dons
Dopa by Devon during the Sydney Fringe Art Occupation in August 2023

When: 1st – 30th September 2023
Where: 180 George St, Sydney 2000
Cost: Free
Learn more about the event

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!

enticing spread of delectable Italian dishes on a food tour in Five Dock's Little Italy in Sydney
Discover the vibrant flavours of Five Dock’s Little Italy on our food tour in Sydney

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
When: Friday, 8 September 2023
Tickets: $50 per person (includes one coffee and 4 tastings Book here

Brick Burger

Step into Brick Burger, the extraordinary destination where food and amusement seamlessly merge into an extraordinary adventure.

Hidden Sydney Brick Burger
Credit: Hidden Sydney

Prepare to embark on a truly exceptional dining experience, as Brick Burger invites you to unleash your imagination and construct a burger masterpiece using an array of vibrant and delectable building blocks, featuring a range of classic and specialty bricks made from the freshest and highest quality ingredients, so you can be sure that every bite will be a flavour explosion.

Where: King Street Wharf, The Promenade, Sydney, New South Wales
When: 09 -10 September 2023
Tickets: from A$47. For more details, check their website.

Spring Walk High Tea with the Country Women’s Association

An iconic blooming paradise with vibrant colours and divinely perfumed flowers. Immerse yourself among the blooms with high tea catered for by the Country Women’s Association.

Where: Spring Walk, Along the Macquarie Wall, Royal Botanic Garden
When: Sunday, 10 September 2023 at 2 pm – 3.30 pm
Tickets: $100 ($80 Foundation & Friends Members)
More details on the event site

Cake Bake & Sweets Show

The ultimate event for anyone with a sweet tooth! Explore interactive workshops, demonstrations, and tastings featuring everything from macarons to show-stopping cakes. With so much to see and do, don’t miss out on the chance to satisfy your sweet cravings.

Where: Sydney Showground
When: 22 – 24 September 2023
Tickets: $15. Full guide on their website

Rosé All Day

Get ready to celebrate the return of the 10-day festival, Opera Bar’s Rosé extravaganza, showcases Rosé in all its delightful forms, from still to sparkling, Spritz cocktails, luscious boozy soft serve, and the ever-popular Frosé! But that’s not all; this year, we’re thrilled to bring on our latest pink offering – the Bro-groni – our unique twist on this timeless classic.

Where: Sydney Opera House, Lower Concourse Level
When: 8 – 17 September 2023
Tickets: $40 . Book here


A sumptuous night of storytelling, laughter, and Filipino food, FEAST features Wong and six of Sydney’s funniest comedians, writers and a chef, as they guide audiences through a family-style feast with stories about how we eat, and how we live.

Plus on Friday 15 September, Hurstville Plaza will come alive for Fringeville, one huge night of live music, dance and spectacle, celebrating the local flavours and creativity of Southwest Sydney.

Where: Hurstville Entertainment Centre
When: Thursday, 14 September 2023
Tickets: $45. Book here

Urban Cocktail Trails

Embrace the art, craftsmanship, and pure enjoyment that a well-crafted cocktail brings. Join hands with the Urban Cocktail Trail as we team up with top-notch bars. Embark on a self-guided adventure and savour the essence of exceptional cocktails!

Where: Multi-Venue across Sydney
When: various dates in September- October
Tickets: $75 – $92 . Book here

 Urban Wine Walk

Taste, walk, explore and experience the Urban Wine Walk, a self-guided wine-tasting journey crafted for groups of friends to relish on a delightful Saturday afternoon creating the ultimate wine-tasting experience featuring the most exciting winemakers – and all without leaving a convenient inner-city location.

Where: Multi-Venue across Sydney
When: Dates on the website

Feast Campbelltown 2023

Feast returns in 2023 and we are excited to bring this amazing cultural event back to Redfern Park in Minto. Come along with your family and friends and enjoy a festive blend of sights, sounds and tastes from all over the world at Redfern Park in Minto.

A vibrant and delicious feast awaits at the Campbelltown Feast event in September

Where: Redfern Park Minto
When: Saturday, 16 September 2023 | 2pm to 9pm
Cost: Free. Full guide here

St Ives Food and Wine Festival 2023

Get ready for a bigger and better celebration of delicious food, tantalising wine and family fun!

delightful culinary experience at the St Ives Food and Wine Festival in September.

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
When: Sunday 17 September
Full details here

Rosé All Day

The celebration will showcase Rosé in all its delightful forms, from still to sparkling, Spritz cocktails, luscious boozy soft serve, and the ever-popular Frosé! But that’s not all; this year, we’re thrilled to bring on our latest pink offering – the Bro-groni – our unique twist on this timeless classic.  

Where: Sydney Opera House, Lower Concourse Level
When: 8- 17 September 2023
Cost: $40 per person
Full details here

 The Barbie Brunch

Barbie people in a Barbie world! It’s time to get together, pick your best pink outfit and come together for this amazing Barbie-themed extravaganza!

Hidden Sydney, The Barbie Brunch
Credit: Hidden Sydney

Where: World Square, Unit 6, Level 1/644, George St.
When: Saturday, September 16, 11:00AM – Sunday, September 17, 19:00PM
Cost: From $AUD60 per person
Tickets here

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

A musical play about the life of jazz great Billie Holiday, starring AACTA Award-winner Zahra Newman.

a stylish interior at 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill' with dimmed lighting, intimate seating, and a sophisticated ambiance
Timeless elegance and intimate moments at ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’ in Sydney

Directed by Mitchell Buteland written by Lanie Robertson, Newman (The Book of Mormon, GWB’s Girl From The North Country) both stars as the musical legend behind some of the most famous jazz hits, and is also Associate Director of the show.

Where: Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre
When: 14 September – 15 October 2023
Cost: Full price from $72, Seniors from $62, Concession from $52, 30-Down from $50, Student Saver from $37
Full details and ticket booking here

The Voice: A Deep Dive

This free discussion will examine the 2023 Referendum to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice in Parliament.

Where: UG, Hintze Hall
When: Wednesday 20 September 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Cost: Free, registration required
Full details and ticket booking 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.

When: 1-2 September 2023
Where: Ferrers Road Eastern Creek NSW
Cost: from $64.30
More details here

Sydney Running Marathon

Run across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and finish at the Sydney Opera House.

When: Sunday, 17 September 2023 from 7:05 am
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.

When: 24 September 2023
Where: Old Castlereagh Road, Castlereagh
More Info here 

Wednesday Wellness

Residents can enjoy free classes including Pilates, yoga, meditation, and strength training at the stunning waterfront Coal Loader Platform every Wednesday until 3 April 2024.

When: Wednesday, 27 September 2023 7:30 am – 8:15 am
Where: The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, 2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton
Cost: Free to local residents – booking required
More Info here 

The Great Rotary Whitewater Duck Race

The spectacle of thousands of rubber ducks racing down Penrith Whitewater Stadium course attracts people from far and wide, whether they have a chance to win the prize or not.

When: 09 September 2023 at 1:00 pm
Where: Penrith Whitewater Stadium, McCarthys Lane, Cranebrook
Cost: Free
Full guide on the website

Regional Events

Tulip Time

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 in September in Sydney
Tulip Time Festival blooms in Sydney

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
When: 19 September – 2 October 2023
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
When: 9 September 2023
Cost: free
More: Visit the festival website

Parramatta Lanes

Parramatta Lanes is back for 2023, bigger and brighter than ever. Discover all-new eats, beats and art as Parramatta is transformed into a maze of FREE, after-dark fun.

Where: Parramatta Lanes
When: Wednesday 11 – Saturday 14 October 2023
Cost: Free
More details here

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
When: 29th September 2023 – 2nd October 2023 from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Check the website for more details

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