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by Cassandra A (subscribe)
I escaped to Sydney over 11 years ago and haven't looked back since. I enjoy going to cafes, local markets and festivals, and finding the best views in town for free. Visit my twitter page: https://twitter.com/sydneyonabudget
Published March 5th 2017
Make the most of Autumn with these great events
MARCH

After a long, sweat-inducing Summer the cooler months of Autumn are a welcome relief. It is also an opportunity to get out and enjoy Sydney before the chill of winter forces us all to become shut-ins. Pick and choose from these events and activities that will make Autumn your new favourite season.

Taste Sydney Festival
9-12 March: Taste of Sydney
Spend a day at Centennial Parklands tasting dishes from some of Sydney's top restaurants, without the top-dollar prices. The dishes are small so you can try a few. Cooking demonstrations and music will easily fill in the rest of the day in between tastings. A taste pass begins at $25 if you book in advance or $30 on the day which gives you access for 4-5 hours. sydney.tastefestivals.com

Sunday 19 March: St Patrick's Day celebration at Prince Alfred Park
Prince Alfred Park In Surry Hills will play host to the 'Green Gathering' which will provide entertainment and stalls that the whole family will enjoy. Visitors are encouraged to wear green and join in the parade to honour the Patron Saint of Ireland, St Patrick. Although technically St Pattie's day is on 17 March, the event will celebrate the significant date and invite everyone to experience a slice of traditional Irish culture. sydneystpatricksday.com.au

29 March - 1 April: Art & About Sydney's 'Highly Sprung'
Highly sprung Art and About Sydney
As part of the Art & About program, the live act Legs on the Wall will be showing their latest project especially for Sydneysiders. Using movement as a way to tell stories, Legs has captivated thousands of people all over the world. Running over 4 weeks at Martin Place, the free trampoline performance centres on the story of two people who struggle to begin their day. It is intended to resonate with workers in the city. In between live performances, you will be able to have a jump yourself. https://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/highly-sprung

APRIL

1 April: Sydney Colorfest
This family friendly event at St Ives will have music, food and rides, not too dissimilar from most festivals. However this one comes with a difference - coloured powder and lots of it! Leave your favourite clothes at home and be prepared to be covered from head to toe.
Tickets to the event are $25 for adults and $15 for children aged 5-12. The powders are an additional cost. www.colorfest.com.au

Wanderlust festival
8 April: Wanderlust 108 Sydney
This one-day event features a triathlon designed for most fitness levels to allow you to exercise your body, free your spirit and steady your mind. The triathlon consists of a 5K run/walk, a yoga session with DJ music and finishes with a meditation. You can take part in additional activities such as AcroYoga or photography, or meander through the Mindful Marketplace. Being held at the Domain, cost ranges from $40-60 per person. https://wanderlust.com/108-events/sydney/

5-23 April: The Play That Goes Wrong
The play that had London laughing so much they showered it with awards, is now touring Australia. It will be showing in Sydney at the Roslyn Packer Theatre from 5 April. Starring former Neighbours and Wonderland star Brooke Satchwell, the play is about a drama society running a production that keeps going wrong. From mispronouncing words, poor props and a dead person who keeps moving, the play is terribly genius. Tickets range from $90 to $120. theplaythatgoeswrong.com.au

6-19 April: Sydney Royal Easter Show
One of the largest events in Sydney, the Easter Show
Sydney Royal Easter Show ride
displays the country's best in agriculture, arts and crafts, wood chopping, sheep shearing and whip-cracking amongst others. There's also a hall full of showbags and rides to keep you screaming for days. Some of the lesser known but still incredibly fun activities include the Baby Puppy Competition, exploring the World Bazaar for exotic goods, live music and balloon monsters. You can also feast on snacks such as the cheese burger pie and Nutella shot donuts, or stick to old classics like the dagwood dog to relive your childhood memories. Book online for discounts on tickets and free public transport. www.eastershow.com.au

MAY

13-22 May: Pyrmont Wine, Food and Art Festival
A collaborative event that showcases the areas of
Pyrmont festival pirrama park
Pyrmont and Mudgee, the festival provides the best that city and country life has to offer. The regional NSW town of Mudgee has over 40 cellar doors, heritage museums and national parks. Pyrmont, on the other hand is a picturesque metropolitan suburb by the water. Experience both on 13-14 May when the festival will host 100 stalls, live music, sculptures, wine tastings and a pop-up produce market at Pirrama Park. There will also be degustation meals available at restaurants in Pyrmont and Ultimo during the festival. pyrmontfestival.com.au

22-28 May: Sydney Writers Festival
The largest literary festival in Australia will return in May. The popular event will again be staged at Walsh Bay as well as other locations around Sydney. Each year, talented writers, authors, essayists, poets, historians and futurists come together to participate in panels and talks to discuss a wide range of topics from writing creatively to innovation and politics. Previous speakers have included Charlotte Wood, Tom Keneally, James Patterson and former Prime Minister John Howard. Whether you're an avid reader, writer or somewhere in between you will enjoy hearing the intimate insights from some of our best creative thinkers and influencers. The 2017 program will be released on 6 April. www.swf.org.au

From 26 May: Vivid Sydney Festival
Running for the ninth year, Vivid has grown into a major event that attracts millions of visitors. The dazzling light, music and ideas festival typically features projections on landmark buildings around the city including the Sydney Opera House, laser lights and interactive displays. A full music program, art exhibitions and business forums round out the festival to create a unique, immersive experience unlike any other. To make the festival extra special or to avoid the crowds, book a cruise to view the lights from the water. www.vividsydney.com


Vivid Sydney 2016 Timelapse from Destination NSW on Vimeo.

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*St Paddys
by turqu (score: 0|3) 131 days ago
Please note the St Patrick's Day celebration this Sunday has been cancelled due to wet weather conditions
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