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September events in Sydney

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People at an Antidote workshop in 2018
Photograph: Prudence Upton

Throw off your doonas and discard your scarves: spring has arrived. September heralds all kinds of exciting events, from major arts festivals like Sydney Fringe to some of the city’s favourite fun runs. It’s also prime time to explore Sydney’s best parks and seaside spots like Manly and Cronulla before the summer tourist horde descends.

Start spring by seeking out exciting dishes from the best Filipino restaurants in Sydney or find refreshment as the days warm up with these very cool frozen desserts.

And don't forget, it’s Father’s Day on Sunday, September 1 and school holidays from September 28. 

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September's biggest events

Kaldor Public Art Projects 2019 AGNSW supplied
Photograph: Eric Sierins

Making Art Public: 50 Years of Kaldor Public Art Projects

icon-location-pin Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

Fifty years ago, John Kaldor changed Australian art history when he invited international artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Sydney to wrap the coastline with vast swathes of white fabric. To mark the project's 50th anniversary, he's inviting British artist Michael Landy to create a retrospective exhibition.

People sleeping under a purple cloud at the Big Anxiety.
Photograph: Silversalt
Things to do, Fairs and festivals

The Big Anxiety

icon-location-pin Around Sydney, Sydney

The Big Anxiety is returning to shine a light on mental health. It’s being organised by UNSW in collaboration with the Black Dog Institute and other mental health awareness organisations and practitioners to bring a series of conferences, workshops, exhibitions, performances and interactive experiences to Sydney.

Paper daisies
Photograph: Supplied
Things to do, Walks and tours

Paper Daisy Display at Australian Botanic Garden

icon-location-pin The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, Sydney

Native to Western Australia, paper daisies are rarely seen outside the state but every year the Australian Botanic Garden has a sprawling display of white, pink and yellow paper daisies that draws hundreds of people to the site. Over one million seeds have been planted to create the vibrant flowerbed.

Then White Rabbit 2019 supplied image
Photograph: Supplied


icon-location-pin White Rabbit, Chippendale

White Rabbit is celebrating some of its finest moments at the end of its first decade. The exhibition will bring together some of the gallery's earliest shown works, alongside others that haven't been exhibited before. There'll be more than 60 works on display and, as always, entry is totally free.

people ride in carts at Hyde Park for the Cargo Bike Parade.
Photograph: Damian Shaw
Things to do, Fairs and festivals

Sydney Rides

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This bike-riding bonanza will give you that extra push to get back on the pedals this spring, with more than 40 bike-based events happening across the city, including cycling courses and family-friendly food, art and sporting events.

A suitcase with stickers and pins on it full of cute embroidered purses.
Photograph: Supplied
Shopping, Markets

Artisans Market Glebe

icon-location-pin Dr H J Foley Rest Park, Glebe

Artisans Market Glebe is all about handmade and local products, sold direct to you by the artist or designer who created them. The quarterly market takes place at Foley Park and there are around 60 stallholders selling jewellery, plants, furniture, fashion and children's toys.

The Real Thing Sydney Theatre Company 2019
Photograph: Rene Vaile
Theatre, Drama

The Real Thing

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Geraldine Hakewill and Toby Schmitz will star in this Tom Stoppard play about the nature of real love. Of course, being Tom Stoppard, things aren’t entirely what they seem and there’s a play-within-a-play device happening. But it still ranks as one of his most charming and human stories.

Tables by the water at Pier One Sydney Harbour.
Photograph: Damien Ford Photography
Things to do, Classes and workshops

Santa Monica at Pier One Sydney Harbour

icon-location-pin Pier One Sydney Harbour, Dawes Point

Waterfront venue Pier One are bringing the lazy summer vibes of Santa Monica to the centre of Sydney. They’ll be emulating the LA beach city with a transformed lounge that’ll host renowned Santa Monica chefs, free yoga sessions, a Sunday farmers' market and twilight live music.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
Things to do, Exhibitions

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

icon-location-pin Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo

The Powerhouse Museum has become a biodiverse forest of flora and fauna with the arrival of the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibit. Visitors can expect stunning portrayals of the bioregions of Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand and Antarctica.

Seek out wide open spaces

Barangaroo Reserve
Photograph: Anna Kucera
Attractions, Parks and gardens

Where to find the best Sydney parks

Whether you’re in need of place to laze around or a quiet spot away from the city, these Sydney parks have sprawling open spaces, free barbecues and shaded spots to while away an afternoon.