As the chill of August makes way for the warmth of spring, Sydney comes alive with numerous outdoor activities. Adults and children can look forward to a variety of activities and entertainment in September. You and your family can experience a Japanese themed family fun day; see kites take to the sky; view Filipino works of art; increase your awareness of dementia; play a game of passing the pig; relax to music in the park; learn more about the history of cinemas and theatres; savour popular food in Western Sydney; join in the blessing of fishing vessels; take a seaside walk; and celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. Whatever event or activity suits the family or your fancy, you'll find something for FREE in Australia's busiest city this month.
1 to 10 September - The Bayanihan Philippine Art Project
Head over to Mosman Art Gallery for the Bayanihan Philippine Art Project. It offers a contemporary art experience accompanied by an anthology of contemporary Philippine and Australian creative writing that is first of its kind for Sydney. Entitled "HalÚ", this exhibition showcases internationally acclaimed installation artists, Alfredo Juan Aquilizan and Isabel Gaudinez-Aquilizan and video works from multi-media artist, JD Reforma. Highlights include a large scale construction handmade from ubiquitous cardboard boxes that dominate the main exhibition spaces, significant works from the artists' archive, video works shot on location in The Philippines and a work about the Miss Universe 2015 pageant. Visit the website for more information.
Time: Daily 10am - 5pm Venue: Mosman Art Gallery Address: Corner Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Road, Mosman NSW
2 September - Central Coast Bonsai Society Family Fun Day
Enjoy a touch of Japan at the Bonsai Society of the Central Coast's family fun day. The organisation is celebrating its 20th birthday with displays of Bonsai, Suiseki, Ikebana, Calligraphy, and silk kimonos in the community studios at the Gosford Regional Gallery and Arts Centre. You and your family can look forward to Aikido, Suiseki, Ikebana and Bonsai demonstrations by four leading Australian bonsai experts. There is also photo taking in traditional Japanese costumes and with anime actors. Visit the website for more information.
Time: 9am - 5pm Venue: Gosford Regional Gallery Address: 36 Webb Street, East Gosford, Central Coast
Pass The Pigs is actually a classic dice game and game company Winning Moves Australia is hosting a Pass the Pigs Festival to celebrate the game and International Bacon Day. You and your family can look forward to a weekend of game competition and prizes on the bowling greens overlooking Sydney Harbour. There will also be pork and bacon themed food and beverage like salted caramel and bacon donuts, freshly roasted pork shoulder, pulled pork burgers, crispy pork dumplings and bacon infused Bloody Mary cocktail. Visit the website to register and get your free ticket.
Time: Daily 11am - 6pm
Venue: The Greens
Address: 50 Ridge St, North Sydney, NSW
2 to 26 September - Inner West Cinemas and Theatres History Week Exhibition
Sydney's Inner West was home to a host of cinemas and theatres from the 1900s to 1960s that formed the popular pastime of locals. These venues ranged from early suburban houses between 1909-1920 to larger cinemas in the 1960s. This history week exhibition in Leichhardt Library captures the colourful memories and images of the majestic buildings and the engaged audiences. No bookings are required. Visit the website for more information.
Grab the family and head over to Western Sydney for a free community event that showcases the area's top local food businesses and their food and drinks. This year's theme focuses on people and businesses that grow and produce food locally in Western Sydney. Some of these business include successful family businesses of more than 20 years.
You and your family can look forward to more than 50 food stalls with local favourites like Huong Xua (Vietnamese), Frank and Therese Abdo (Frank's Lebanese Restaurant), El Qahirah's koshary (Egyptian meat pie), Mirtha Gonzalez's seafood paella, Pasalubongs' Filipino soul food (chicken with rice and pickled papaya) and Raza Central's pupusas (Salvadoran corn tortillas stuffed with savoury mince).
There is also a variety of locally-brewed Western Sydney craft beers, the Parklands' own fresh farm produce, live music, cooking demonstrations by leading food personalities, gardening workshops and kids' entertainment. Visit the website for more information.
Grab the family and head over to Bondi Beach for the annual Festival of the Winds hosted by the Waverley Council. The skies above Sydney's most famous beach will come alive wind-powered kites of all designs and colours. These handmade creations come from around the world and Australia. They will be competing from 11am with winners announced at 3pm on the day. You cal also enjoy kite making workshops offered throughout the day, live entertainment on the main stage, children's activities and food stalls. Visit the website for more information.
Enjoy family time outdoors and welcome the spring season with Music in the Park. Hosted by the Sydney Secondary College Instrumental Music Program (SSCIMP), this free community event showcases some of Sydney's finest young musicians performing a variety of ensembles combining jazz, string and concert band sounds. The band and string ensemble will consist of 150 primary school students from the local inner west area collaborating with some 200 students from the Balmain, Blackwattle Bay and Leichhardt campuses of Sydney Secondary College. There'll also be a jumping castle for the kids and food available to purchase including sausage sizzle, gelato, cakes and barista coffee. No bookings are required.
Time: 11am - 3pm
Venue: Pioneers Memorial Park
Address: Norton Street, Leichhardt NSW
The iconic Sydney Fish Market remains one of the city's most popular markets for a variety of reasons. Now you can visit and participate in the unique Blessing of the Fleet festivities. This day of Italian feasting practised by the Market's fishing community includes a procession and blessing. You can also join in the spaghetti-eating competition and enjoy fresh seafood at the boardwalk accompanied by live entertainment. Visit the website for more information.
Time: 10.30am - 3.30pm
Venue: Sydney Fish Market
Address: Bank Street, Pyrmont NSW
17 September - Long Reef Aquatic Reserve Guided Walk
Grab the family and join the Department of Primary Industries Fishcare volunteers for a walk. You can enjoy a morning observing some of the diverse marine life that inhabit the inter-tidal zone of the Long Reef rock platform. During this guided walk, you will also learn about the geographical features of the area, fossils and migratory birds that travel tens of thousands of kilometres from Siberia and Japan to spend time at Long Reef. All you need is a pair of walking shoes and a bottle of water. Visit the website for more information and booking.
Dementia is the second leading cause of death of older people in Australia and an estimated 196,490 people are caring for people with dementia in 2017. By 2025 more than 255,800 carers may be needed in the community to care for people with dementia. To raise community awareness and support, Alzheimer's Australia NSW and Scalabrini Village are hosting a free community forum about dementia as part of Dementia Awareness Month. It includes an informational workshop led by experts. To participate, simply RSVP by calling Ms Maria Carnevale on (02) 9719 0665 by 11 September.
The much anticipated annual Cabramatta Moon Festival returns to the south-western suburbs with a wide range of entertainment and activities. It is one of the largest cultural festivals in Sydney, attracting more than 90,000 people each year. Akin to the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrated throughout Asian countries like Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong and China, the Cabramatta event celebrates with lion dances, a twilight street parade led by the Moon Goddess and fireworks. You and your family can look forward to live entertainment across two stages, a range of street food stalls and special guest appearances by popstar Dami Im, MKR contestants, Betty and David, Peppa Pig and the Minions. Visit the website for more information.