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What to do in Sydney this September

From Fringe Festival to film festivals, musicals to gardening classes. Here are our top picks for your month ahead.

This month, Sydney springs to life (pun intended) with a solid line-up of events. Here are just some of the best.

You can find also everything happening this month on What’s On.

Bernie Dieter's Club Kabarett at Sydney Fringe Festival

Celebrate the best of Sydney's culture at Fringe Festival

Culture creators from all over the city join forces for Sydney Fringe Festival, with a huge program of entertainment. Here are a few highlights from the program.

Discover the Runaway Gardens and Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent over in The Rocks. Each night, the area will come to life with cabaret, music, drag and comedy. There’s also a great selection of drinks and a pop-up restaurant. Here you’ll find a dazzling spectacle of sword swallowing, hair hanging, burlesque, pole dancing and acrobatics at Bernie Dieter’s Club Kabarett.

If you’re in need of a laugh, pick from over 100 comedians performing across 5 venues at Marrickville’s Factory Theatre.

Don’t miss Yummy – the wild new drag and burlesque show that’s on for 1 week only at Darlinghurst Theatre Company.

Catch a hilarious parody of The Titanic at the Maritime Museum.

The kids will love BasketballMan as he spins, dribbles and juggles for this family-friendly circus at Monkey Baa Theatre Company.

Until 25 September.

Food trucks and live music at Green Square

Kick off your weekend at Green Square

Bring your friends, family and furries to enjoy the newest outdoor community space at Green Square. Enjoy an evening of drinks, delicious food trucks and funky live music.

Every Friday from 5pm.

The Big Design Market at The Cutaway, Barangaroo

Shop independent design at The Big Design Market

The Big Design Market returns to Sydney this September, brimming with all the fabulous designer goodies and sumptuous shopping snacks you've been longing for.

Friday 9 September to Sunday 11 September

Lebanese Film Festival

Watch a Lebanese film

The largest showcase of Lebanese cinema in the world is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Until 10 September.

Feast for the senses in North Sydney

Indulge in good food in North Sydney

3 immersive sensory zones will pop up in Greenwood Plaza, hosting experimental food, multi-layered technology, and live performances.

Over the first 2 weekends in September.

Edible gardens for renters workshop

Boost your gardening skills in time for spring

Learn how to grow food at home, even if you’re renting an apartment. Take a guided walk and discover how bush foods can nourish our city. Learn how to improve your food waste by getting the basics on worm farming.

Throughout September.

Take some time for your wellbeing

Get involved in a week of women’s health-themed classes and events at Juanita Nielsen Community Centre.

Monday 5 to Saturday 10 September

R U OK? Day on 8 September reminds us that every day is the day to ask, Are you OK?, and check in on loved ones’ mental health, as well as our own.

To mark the event, Juanita Nielsen Community Centre will host a free brunch and talk about how to support yourself and others. On Friday 9 September, Redfern Community Centre will host a sheng zhen meditation class, morning tea and trivia.

Tapping the Tooheys Collection event for History Week

Learn more about Sydney’s past for History Week

Themed 'Hands On History', this year’s innovative program features online talks and lectures, heritage trails, interactive workshops, and valuable lessons from Indigenous history.

Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 September.

Jennifer Wong presents FEAST

Hear delicious stories from Jennifer Wong

Join Jennifer Wong and friends for a sumptuous hour of storytelling and flavour-packed hot takes about how we eat and live.

Saturday 10 September.

Australian Life and Little Sydney Lives exhibition

Explore 28 photographers’ snapshots of Australian Life

From heart-achingly intimate portraits to larger-than-life spectacles, Australian Life is a series of 28 images that encapsulate Australia’s unique personality. The photos will be on display in Hyde Park.

Every day from Thursday 15 September.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Enjoy a night out at the theatre

If you’ve not yet seen the dazzling Moulin Rouge! The Musical, prepare to be amazed. The production received 10 Tony Awards last year. You have until 20 November to catch it in Sydney.

Six the Musical was so popular earlier this year it sold out the Opera House, and it’s back for a second run. Theatre Royal is the new home to the empowering, Tudor-themed phenomenon. Until 1 October.

Whitefella Yella Tree is a heart-warming and heartbreaking story about love, Country, and Blak queerness throughout history. Until 1 October.

Daniel Boyd, Treasure Island

Spark your curiosity at an exhibition

Featuring more than 80 works from across his nearly 2-decade career, Treasure Island unpacks Daniel Boyd’s perspective on colonial history and First Nations’ resistance.

Displayed at Art Gallery of NSW until January 2023.

Light & Darkness is a major exhibition drawing on the University of Sydney's Power Collection.

Displayed at Chau Chak Wing Museum until Sunday 27 November

Coming up in October

Sydney Streets is back with a bang this October, don’t miss it! Crown Street will be kicking off the series on 1 October.