A Guide to Sydney in Spring

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What better time of year to visit Sydney than in spring? With flowers and sunshine, this is a great time to be experiencing one of Australia’s most popular cities. There’s plenty to see and do, with a wide range of festivals and events running throughout spring, so there’s something for everyone. No matter what your interests are, there’ll be something you’re sure to enjoy. If you’re in Sydney during spring, then be sure to check out these awesome events.

Fringe Festival

Dates: 1 – 30 September
Venue: Various

This is the sixth year running for Fringe Festival, and it has everything you need to get your art fix. There’s so much to see and do, including Fringe Ignite, independent productions, exhibitions, forums, gigs, and artisan workshops. Fringe Ignite will see Erskineville Road become an outlet for live gigs and street performances on September 5th. Erskineville Town Hall will be transformed into a 1920s themed bar and theatre, and there will be events for you to enjoy all over the city.

Festival of Dreams

Dates: 11 – 13 September
Venue: Moore Park

This three day festival will inspire you and awaken your inner spirit as it’s filled with musical performances, reading, healing, delicious food, sacred ceremonies, and spiritual workshops. There will be very special guests including Native American Elder Saginaw Grand, and spiritual pathfinder Rick Mora who will be performing their Voice of the Past, Voice of the Future talks and ceremonies. Award-winning medium Debbie Malone will also be making an appearance with fellow psychics for both readings and talks. The festival is for everyone to enjoy, so head to Moore Park and be enlightened.

Festival of the Winds

Date: 13 September
Venue: Bondi Park, Bondi Beach, and Bondi Pavilion

There’s something so joyous about flying a kite, no matter how old you are. Whether you’re just a child or a full grown adult, flying a kite is exciting to both see and do. The Festival of the Winds is the perfect opportunity to see some kites being flown, or even bring your own kite to fly as well. There will be all sorts of kites on the day, from tiny ones through to giant cartoon-shaped ones, all in flight at the same time. Local Australian and international kite flyers will be heading to the festival, so be sure to get down to Bondi Beach on the day. There’ll be food stalls and activities throughout the whole day, and it will be fun for the whole family.

Oz Comic Con

Dates: 26 – 27 September
Venue: Exhibition Centre

If you’re looking for a place to geek out, then you’d better head off to the Oz Comic Con’s run in Sydney. With merchandise stalls, exhibitions, and cosplay competitions and displays, there’s certainly a lot of fun to be had here. You can even meet some of your favourite celebrities who will be making an appearance, with stars from Stargate, Supernatural, The Hobbit, and the Harry Potter films turning up. There’s also voice actors such as Mike McFarland from Dragonball and Rikki Simons of Invader Zim. Of course, there’ll also be plenty of comic books to soothe your comic needs.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival

Dates: 24 – 26 September
Venue: Sydney Town Hall

If you’d like to take a look at some of the best designs Australian fashion leaders have in stall, Sydney Town Hall will be hosting the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival for you to feast your eyes on the latest glamorous looks and designer wears. Take a look at the designs making their way down the catwalk this year, followed by an after party like no other. Rub shoulders with the fashion elite and A-list celebrities while enjoying post-show canapes and drinks. This will be a great opportunity to get completely ‘frocked up’ and enjoy some great fashion in the process.

Good Food Month

Dates: October
Venue: Various

Australia’s largest food festival is right here in Sydney for the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month celebrations. This is a great chance to experience all the best foods and drinks Australia has to offer. There are also some special events that often find people coming back year after year, such as the Asian inspired Night Noodle Markets and the Shoot the Chef culinary photography competition. There’s so much to see and do (and taste!) during this month, so be sure to try out as much as you can fit in!

Fiesta

Dates: 2 – 11 October
Venue: Darling Harbour

Feel the heat with some Latin music, dance, food, and culture! If you’re looking for something a little different that will enrich you with a different culture and make you feel like dancing, then this is the festival for you. If dancing isn’t quite your scene, you’ll instantly be inspired when you taste some of the amazing foods on offer at the different food stalls. There’ll also be Fiesta-inspired drinks served at restaurants, cafes, and bars located around the harbour.

Twilight Concert

Dates: 17 October
Venue: Wahroonga Park

If you love the 60s and miss the days when the Beatles were played on the radio, the Twilight Concert will be packed with entertainment to send you back to this amazing era. The Diamonds will be performing hits from the 60s by artists like Aretha Franklin, the Supremes, and more. You can pack a picnic with your or browse some of the food and drink stalls on the site. This is a glass-free event, so please bring plastic cups with you if packing a picnic.

Sydney Craft Beer Week

Dates: 17 – 25 October
Venue: Various

There’s been an uprising over the past few years with the popularity of craft beers. No longer is a beer just a beer. Many people have taken a liking to tasting different kinds of beers and even experimenting with beer flavourings and styles. Sydney Craft Beer Week will certainly help you to enjoy some of the best beers around. One of the events many are looking forward to is the SCBW Oktoberfest. Held at Giant Dwarf in Redfern, a true erman hall experience will be sure to help you enjoy the festival at its prime. However there are lots of different events happening all over the city, so there’s definitely plenty to do and taste.

Sculptures by the Sea

Dates: 22 October – 8 November
Venue: Bondi Beach

If you love art and the beach, then this free event is not to be missed. The beach from Bondi through to Tamarama will be lined and scattered with art sculptures. They look truly stunning against the views of our beautiful coast. This is a great event for the whole family and can definitely be completed over the course of a day. Take a walk with the family, a loved one, or even alone as you gaze at the beauty of the sea and the sculptures.

Sydney Adventure Travel Expo

Dates: 7 – 8 November
Venue: Sydney Town Hall

Head on down to Sydney Town Hall for all the latest gadgets, contraptions, pieces of equipment, and news to help you on the next leg of your adventure travel across Australia. There will be many stalls and displays to help you with your travels, and it’s surely to be an informative and exciting weekend out. There’s free entry to the event, so you can come for just one day or both days without a worry about paying fees.

Campbelltown City Festival of Fisher’s Ghost

Dates: 6 – 15 November
Venue: Campbelltown

This festival is steeped in history, with its humble beginnings starting back in 1956. It’s named after Australia’s most famous ghost, Frederick Fisher. There are many events spanning over the ten days, including the spectacular Street Parade, Fisher’s Ghost Fun Run, street fair, and a giant carnival complete with a fireworks display. This is a great opportunity to be part of an iconic festival and it’s perfect for everyone in the family.