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9 Free Things To Do In Sydney This September

By Angela Law - 02 Sep 2016

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There are many festivals and markets happening in Sydney this weekend that’ll no doubt satisfy all of your needs for culture, delicious food and an awkwardly tight wallet (yeah, we hear that!). Whether you live in the Inner West, Eastern Suburbs or prefer to kick it on the Northside, there is plenty to do, so we recommend that you start now and try to tick as many of these off your September bucket list. 

Backstreet Block Party 

North Sydney

Kicking off Sounds of September music month, Backstreet Block Party will combine many street party staples, featuring lights, live DJs, food trucks, live art, a pop-up bar, lawn and arcade games. Possibly our favourite thing to pop up at this day party is the silent disco, which is always a good idea and the perfect way to make a complete and utter fool of yourself (in the best possible way). 
What: Backstreet Block Party
When: Thursday 1 and Friday 2 September
Where: Napier Street, North Sydney

Spring Night Market at Carriageworks


Carriageworks has got to be one of our favourite places to spend an evening when they decide to treat us to an extra special market and this spring, they’re certainly looking out for us. For one night only, Sydney’s best and most celebrated restaurants are joining forces with providores and wine makers (from 14 wine regions) to set up a stall and sell directly to you lovely humans. Think Bar Pho, Billy Kwong and Pasta Emilia for starters, but make sure you prepare your belly (read: fast for hours in preparation) for Porteno, Sweetness the Patisserie and Efendy. 
What: Spring Night Markets
When: Saturday 3 September
Where: Carriageworks – 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh

Live at St Leonards Park

St Leonards

The only thing better than spending the day sprawled out on a picnic blanket in the sun with your mates at a music festival is doing all of those things, minus the entry fee. The line-up at Live at St Leonards Park is eclectic, covering indie-pop rock, jazz, rockabilly blues and more, with appearances from High Street Fluke, Black Bird Hum and DJ Phil Toke among others. If after all of this, you are inspired to start your own band, then head off to the instrument-making workshop, run by Reverse Garage. 
What: Live at St Leonards Park
When: Sunday 25 September
Where: St Leonards Park

Spring Walk

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney 

It is finally that time of the year when you suck it up, and deal with the severe hayfever all in the name of soaking up the glory that is spring in Sydney. With that being said, why not do it in the Royal Botanic Gardens? Celebrating the Garden’s 200th birthday, this year’s Spring Walk will be planted with over 10,000 red and white tulips along with a bunch of other beautiful blooms that are set to peak just in time for September. 
What: Spring Walk
When: Early August – early September
Where: along Macquarie Wall – Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Beams Arts Festival


Marching in to Chippendale this month, Beams Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that’ll be showing off work from the whole spectrum of the arts. That means you’ll see all kinds of workshops, light installations, live music and performances taking over the streets for one night only. For foodies, you will have many options to choose from, and will no doubt happily ply yourself with goodies from Kensington Street, Spice Alley and pop-ups like Veggie Patch Van, Agapé Organic and more. Delicious. 
What: Beams Arts Festival
When: Saturday 17 September from 5pm to 10pm
Where: Various Streets Surrounding Central Park

Australia Street – Portraits from the Inner West


Zahn Pithers has been shooting for around 20 years and his latest photography exhibition consists of a collection of 33 portraits that reflect our streets, neighbourhoods and more broadly, our way of life. It took Zahn 16 months to create the collection and it features celebrities (like Julian Hamilton from the Presets) and a bunch of regular Joe’s like you and I. By that we mean fire fighters and photographers, to sportsmen and motor mechanics. The exhibition will take place in various locations on Australia Street, Newtown so check here for specific locations. 
What: Australia Street – Portraits from the Inner West
When: Saturday 10 – Friday 30 September
Where: Australia Street, Newtown

Taste of Coogee 


Take advantage of the sunshine and warmer weather, while stuffing yourself silly at Taste of Coogee this weekend. There will be cooking demonstrations by Darren Robertson (Three Blue Ducks), Justin North (Hotel Centennial) and Andy Allen (MasterChef winner 2012) and stalls by local favourites Little Jack Horner, Poke and La Spiaggia. In the interest of full disclosure, entry and atmosphere is free, but you should bring a little bit of cash if you want to feast or take part in the master classes that will take place over the weekend. But we whole-heartedly recommend that you take advantage of any (and all) free samples. 
What: Taste of Coogee
When: Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 September from 10am to 6pm
Where: Coogee Oval – Dolphin Street, Coogee

Writers In The Park 

Centennial Park 

A festival dedicated to Australian literature is coming to Centennial Park this month and not only is it entirely free (which we love), but it’s also a good chance to rub shoulders with, and pick the brains of, some of Australia’s top writers. The line up is a mixed bag, with Jessica Rowe of ‘Is This My Beautiful Life?’ and Gold Walkley investigative journalist Joanne McCarthy, as well as loved children’s creators Sarah Davis, Julie Hunt and James Foley. Your stomach will be well cared for by Matt Moran’s catering, which is always a winner. 
What: Writers In The Park
When: Sunday 4 September 
Where: Centennial Park

Active Living Expo


Lorna Jane is synonymous with active living and for the fifth year running, Active Nation Day is coming back again this month. Upping the ante this year with an Active Living Expo, this is not only your chance to try out a new gym class for free, but also a good opportunity to pick up a bargain at their warehouse sale and hang out will other like minded people at the expo while you’re at it. Just head here to register for one of the many free events that will take place around Australia on the Sunday and mark your calendar with the expo, because we all love a bargain, right? 
What: Active Living Expo
When: Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 September
Where: Entertainment Quarter – 122 Lang Road, Moore Park

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