This month, Sydney springs to life (pun intended) with a solid line-up of events.
There are festivals celebrating films and chocolate, art fairs and exhibitions, immersive theatre and so much more. Here are just some of the best.
Andrew Boy Charlton Pool season opening
Celebrate the first day of spring at the Andrew Boy Charlton pool season opening. There’ll be a poolside harp player, free breakfast, free entry, yoga classes and membership giveaways.
Surry Hills Festival 2018 and Spring into Surry Hills
It wouldn’t be spring in Sydney without the much-loved Surry Hills Festival. The family friendly event features live music, performance, local narratives, food and art. You can Spring into Surry Hills activities pre-festival with programs kicking off from 13 September. If you want to try something different, pop in to Yulli’s. The vegetarian restaurant and small brewery has a festive special on tap: Flower Power native botanic brew. You can also find it at other local participating bars in the area.
Sydney Fringe Festival
Celebrate our local independent artists, makers and performers at the 9th annual Sydney Fringe Festival. There’s bound to be something you’ll love. If comedy is your thing, don’t miss Sydney Fringe Comedy at the Factory Theatre.
Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out
Fashion takes over the city centre for one night only on Thursday 6 September for Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out. Grab your pals and prepare to shop like a VIP.
Smooth Festival of Chocolate
Head to Sydney Showground for the Smooth Festival of Chocolate. This celebration of decadent desserts and sweet treats is for the whole family. There’ll be chocolate and wine pairings, a ferris wheel, events for kids and more.
Australian Life and Little Sydney Lives Exhibitions
It’s Australia, as seen through a camera lens. Art & About’s huge photography prize and exhibition, Australian Life returns to Hyde Park alongside sister exhibition Little Sydney Lives, which showcases the work of kids 11 and under.
Performances, artist talks and the chance to buy directly from emerging and established artists from around the world. Australasia’s biggest art fair, Sydney Contemporary is for everyone, from the serious collector, to the art lover and those curious about contemporary art.
In this unique (and not so traditional) dinner-turned-performance, the rituals and customs of a Shabbat dinner are recreated. Written by award-winning playwright Jessica Bellamy, Shabbat Dinner weaves together poetic storytelling, live music and Bellamy’s best attempt at rekindling the taste of her Baba’s borscht.
Jewellery: Upcycled treasures with Susanna Strati
Learn how to transform reclaimed materials into one-of-a-kind treasures. Let object and jewellery designer Susanna Strati teach you basic metal-based jewellery techniques in this fun and hands-on workshop.
E-waste drop-off day
Got some old electronics gathering dust? Don’t send them to landfill. Gather your busted or just wanted electronics and bring them to our free e-waste drop-off day on Saturday 8 September.
The award-winning musical Jersey Boys returns to the Capitol Theatre. Discover the true-life story of the rise to stardom of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Late Night Library: Rethink the radical – genderfication
Explore the role of gender in art and storytelling in this free event featuring 8 artists.
A Midnight Visit
Head to a disused inner-west warehouse for A Midnight Visit, a choose your own adventure-style theatre work. Inspired by the works and worlds of Edgar Allan Poe, this dark unsettling immersive experience takes place over 30 rooms in the two-storey place.
Adobe Creative classes
Get some new creative skills or hone the ones you have at an Adobe Creative class at a City of Sydney library. Workshops are designed for beginners through to advanced students. Learn how to edit and enhance images using Adobe Photoshop, make and edit videos with Adobe Premiere Pro or use Adobe Illustrator or Adobe InDesign.
Edible gardens for renters
Find out how to get growing on your balcony, courtyard or small space in the edible gardens for renters workshop. You’ll get help, guidance and practical tips from an expert horticulturist.