I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
The Willoughby Spring Festival is almost upon us once again and this year's event has over 80 events scheduled, meaning there should be something for everyone. Activities cover everything from art to music, fashion to fauna, and most of them will take place throughout September.
The biggest event of them all is the annual StreetFair, which lays claim to being the largest outdoor event on the north shore. Falling on Saturday September 7, it's a day of music, dance, market stalls and a huge 1000 parade through the heart of Chatswood's CBD. A Kids Zone will offer circus activities, music and dance shows, and live reptiles to amuse young ones, while the Youth Lounge will cater to those a bit older.
[ADVERT]The rest of the festival's events include a strong music schedule, with one of the highlights being the Spring Music Festival on Sunday September 8. It will be presented by the Northern Sydney Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Film events include The Joy House Film Festival on Saturday September 14, featuring ten films based on the theme of 'joy', and A Night of Persian Films on Wednesday September 18, which consists of short films and animation from the Persian International Film Festival. The Willoughby Mini Film Festival will take place on Sunday September 15, with ten-minute films from students, while there will also be individual films to catch throughout the event top.
The festival's theatre program caters to the whole family, with political fairy-tale Iolanthe and The Book Club for the adults, and The 13-Storey Treehouse (based on Andy Griffiths' and Terry Denton's best-selling book) and Fluff for the kids.
Amanda Muggleton stars in The Book Club
Anyone with an interest in comedy should check out Jason Byrne's Special Eye on Friday September 20 and A Night of Comedy at The Haven on Saturday September 28.
Chatsood's shopping centres have your fashion fix covered with Icons of Style set to take place at Chatswood Chase throughout the month and the Westfield Fashion Festival hitting Westfield Chatswood on Sunday September 15.
Some of the key art events include the Willoughby Sculpture Prize, the Willoughby Artists Open Studio Weekend on Saturday September 14, and the Northbridge Art Prize, while many other exhibitions can be found in local galleries (and in public places too, don't forget).
Young kids should enjoy all the programs on offer from the Jeral Puppets: Puppeteria Theatre, while Kids in the Kitchen will run at Westfield Chatswood during the first week of the school holidays, letting kids practice their culinary skills. Pirate-themed Bushland Adventures in the School Holidays will also run at Clive Park, while Pre-schoolers Spring Bush Scramble should be a morning full of fun.
The whole family can get close to nature at the Willoughby Fauna Fair on Sunday September 1. You can also admire some flora at the North Shore Orchid Society Spring Show on Friday September 6 or join Bushcare's Major Day Out on Sunday September 8.
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Cycling events will be a major focus in late September, when NSW Bike Week takes place between Saturday September 14 and Sunday September 22. A full day of cycling activities planned on Saturday September 21.
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Other events taking place include the Chatswood Community Wellness Festival on Saturday September 14, Willoughby Public School Vintage Family Fair on Sunday September 8, the Castle Cove Spring Fair Sunday September 15, the Willoughby Fun Run on Saturday September 21 and the Willoughby Craft Beer Fair on Sunday September 15.
For a full list of events, head to the Willoughby Spring Festival website.