As Spring rolls around once again it's time to get ready for the Willoughby Spring Festival, which has to be the biggest spring event in Sydney, running for the entire month of September. Its biggest attraction is the street fair, but there are so many other things going on too that you might have to clear a few days on your calendar.
Held early in the month, on Saturday September 6 from 10.00am, the Willoughby Street Fair is the focus of the festival and is always full of bright, colourful action. There's a street parade, children's film screenings, markets, classic cars and lots of entertainment.
At the other end on the month is the Festival Oasis at The Concourse, a more relaxing celebration that captures the essence of spring and helps you wind down from all the festivities. It costs nothing to attend and will run from Thursday September 25 to Sunday September 28, from 10.0am to 6.00pm daily. Head here for yoga, music, giant board games and face painting for kids.
Markets to be held during the festival include the Chatswood Mall Market every Thursday and Friday and the Night Market at Artarmon Village on Friday September 12. Another great event is the free Joy House Film Festival, which will showcase ten short films about joy on Sunday September 21.
For kids, there's the 'Bush Scramble' bushwalks, puppet theatre, an activity zone and school holiday activities. For the adults, there's dancing, theatre, orchard shows, the spring/summer fashion launch and lots of art exhibitions.Music events include Spring music concerts and free live music each weekend as part of Sunday Sounds.
More stand-alone events within the festival include the Colourful Taiwan festival on Saturday September 13 and the Willoughby Craft Beer Fair the following day, Sunday September 14. Carnivale 2014: Colours of Canada will be running across all of Willoughby's local libraries from Monday September 15 to Friday September 3 as well.
For more info an any of these events, as well as all the others that make up the 2014 Willoughby Spring Festival, head to the Willoughby Spring Festival website by clicking here.