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Seven Free September Events in Sydney

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by Geraldine Massey (subscribe)
I'm an experienced corporate communicator and editor with an eye for interesting events and an attachment to my trusty Oxford dictionary.
Published August 29th 2012
Spring into culture, art, music, fashion, kites & gymnastics
Seven Free September Events in Sydney

Seven September Sydney events will add a certain sibilant splash to your start of Spring entertainment this month. So strap yourself in, save your pennies and spring into culture, art, music, fashion, kites and gymnastics. Best of all, it's all free.

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Jessica Mauboy will sing sweetly at Fashion Meets Music, part of Fashion's Night Out on 6 September. Image:

Fashion's Night Out

If you're like most women you hardly need an excuse to shop. But when you throw late night entertainment, celebrities, discounts and competitions into the mix then who can resist? Vogue Fashion's Night Out hits Sydney on 6 September and is part of a global fashion and beauty shopathon that stretches from Europe to the United States, creating one big style sisterhood. Of course, your purchases must be paid for but entertainment and gifts are free.

When: Thursday 6 September. Official hours are from 5pm to 10pm but some events may be held outside these times.
Where: Various retailers and shopping centres across Sydney
What's On: Fashion Meets Music will present sultry and smooth songstresses. Fashion and beauty stores throughout the city will have discounts and gifts with purchase
More Information: See here for details of Fashion Meets Music performances. You can find the list of participating retailers here. You can keep up to date with everything that's happening on their Facebook page here.

Cultural Festivals @ Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour hosts a large number of annual cultural festivals throughout the year and September is an action-packed month with 5 opportunities for you to delve into the culture of another land.

Brazilian Festival
Brazilian Festival
Burmese Festival
Burmese Festival

Nepal Festival - Sunday, 2 September
Indonesian Festival - Saturday, 8 September
Brazilian Festival - Sunday, 16 September
Burmese Festival - Saturday, 22 September
Malaysian Festival - Sunday, 23 September

Where: Darling Harbour
What's On: Cultural celebrations including art, music, dance, and traditional cuisine.
More Information: Visit the Darling Harbour website here.

Festival of the Winds

There's something so childishly pleasant about flying a kite and watching it skip and soar in a clear, blue sky. Well, what about hundreds of kites; colourful, crafty creations from professionals and amateurs alike, along with workshops, demonstrations and a whole lot of fun. Waverly Council's popular Festival of the Winds will certainly fit the bill this September.

When: Sunday 9 September from 11am to 4pm
Where: Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Park and Bondi Beach
What's On: Fly your own kite, make your own kite, kite demonstrations, puppet shows and art exhibitions.
More Information: See the website here.

Manly Vibe

In 2012 Manly Vibe will draw together all of Manly's favourite festivals including the Manly Arts Festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Sydney Chamber Music Festival and the Bike Live Festival. From 14 September to 1 October the streets, galleries, beaches, studios and museums of Manly and surrounds will form the backdrop for a kaleidoscope of entertainment and much of it is free.

When: From Friday 14 September to Monday 1 October
Where: Multiple venues around Manly and the Northern Beaches.
What's On: Manly Arts Festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Sydney Chamber Music Festival and the Bike Live Festival. There will be musical performances, visual art, street performances and the ever popular Lantern Parade.
More Information: The full Manly Vibe program will soon be available. The program for Manly Arts Festival will be available on the website here from 1 September. Manly Jazz Festival runs from 29 September to 1 October. The full program will be released closer to the date.

Lantern Parade
Lantern Parade. Image from

Manly Jazz Festival.
Manly Jazz Festival. Image:

Beams Arts Festival

Beams Arts Festival, billed as "One Bright Night in Chippendale", showcases history, creativity and sustainability throughout these suburban streets. There's a mix of contemporary art, food, dance, music and light installations on offer.

Beams Arts Festival
image : Beams Arts Festival Facebook page.

When: Saturday 22 September from 5pm to 10pm
Where: Balfour Street, Wellington Street, Henrietta Street, Queen Street, Little Queen Street, Teggs Lane and Dick Street, Chippendale.
What's On: Live music, performances, workshops, art installations, bars and outdoor dining.
More Information: See the website here and check out the full program here.

Cabramatta Moon Festival

Fairfield City Council will once again host this popular Asian cultural festival, which last year drew 90,000 people into the ancient celebration. Traditionally a harvest festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the lunar calendar's eighth month by Chinese and Vietnamese people, the Cabramatta Moon Festival adds a modern touch to its traditional roots with a range of entertainment.

When: Sunday 23 September from 11am to 8pm.
Where:John Street, Park Road, Railway Parade and Arthur Street Cabramatta
What's On: 3 stages with live entertainment, Hip Hop performances, cooking demonstrations, mooncake and pho noodle eating competitions and more.
More Information:Visit the website here.

Sydney International Gymnastics Festival

Now that the 2012 Olympics are done and dusted where can you get your fix of flipping, falling, flying fun? Try the Sydney International Gymnastics Festival at Cronulla this September.

When: From Wednesday 26 to Sunday 30 September
Where: Various Cronulla venues
What's On: Gymnastics performances and workshops featuring teams from countries such as New Zealand, Japan and Denmark.
More Information: Visit the website here or the full schedule of events is available here.
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