Springtime Events in Sydney: Culture and Taste buds

Posted on Sep 21 2015 - 5:30pm by Kate Flannery

The spring season is upon us and joie de vivre is all around while Sydney is brimming with events and things to do and see. With so much going on, it can be difficult to choose, so we’re giving you a short guide through the season and we hope you find something of interest.


  • Sydney Fringe festival – during the entire month – September the 1st through September the 30th, this is the largest independent arts festival in NSW, spreading across five cultural villages. Check out the festival e-guide to plan your route from over 300 productions in over 50 venues. http://www.sydneyfringe.com/ticketing/festival_e-guide/

sydney fringe festival


  • Balcony Styling workshops – a well known garden designer ,Judith Sleijpen, will be teaching about design, furniture, accessories, plants and everything you need to know to make a great garden and patio for yourself. This is a 3 hour workshop including brunch. http://www.petiteretreat.com.au/

balcony styling workshop

  • The Greats: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland – Sydney is home to many exquisite galleries the whole year round, with both regular and guest exhibitions to fascinate even the most critical of enthusiasts. You should book a Sydney tour and see them all, but take special note of the Art Gallery of NSW this spring and summer – October the 4th through February the 14th, 2016, is the right time to feast your eyes on the sight of 70 masterpieces from the greatest European artists including Botticelli, Leonardo, Cézanne, El Greco, Gauguin and Monet. The exhibition will be presented exclusively in Australia by the Art Gallery of NSW as part of the Sydney International Art Series.
The Greats: Art Gallery NSW

Sandro Botticelli
The Virgin adoring the sleeping Christ child, c1485 (detail)

  • Sydney Morning Herald Growers Market – October the 3rd through November the 7th, held in Pyrmont Bay park, this market has been a tradition for the last 14 years, selling everything from seafood, vegetables and fresh fruits to locally roasted coffees on tap. Specialty breakfasts are served outdoors by the harbor, and a special celebrity chef cook-off will take place at the Market Chef Stage.
Growers' Market Best of the Brunch

Growers’ Market Best of the Brunch

  • Night Noodle Markets – October the 8th through October the 25th, held in Hyde Park, with over 50 food stalls as part of the Good Food Month, the world’s largest food festival and the best time for outdoor cooking and dining. Enjoy the rich flavor, sounds and smells of Asian cuisine and the buzz of a festival.
Good Food Month in Sydney

Photo by Shannon Reddaway


  • Twilight Racing – October 30th sees the start of the sailing season that will continue till March. You can join the Pilgrim Sailing crew on a beautiful yacht and help sail the boat or just sit back and enjoy. You will get sailings instructions if you want to get involved but the crew will try and win the race. Races are held on Wednesday and Friday nights. Book in advance.
  • Sydney Open – this November the 1st, presented by Sydney Living Museums, this event gives visitors the chance to see some of the city’s best heritage, architecture and urban design. This year, the focus will be on buildings across the CBD, Ultimo and Chippendale.

Sydney Living Museum

  • Chinatown Night Market – going on from mid September to January, every Friday night as part of Good Food Month, take a moonlit walk among food stalls and lanterns along Little Eat Street and enjoy the flavors, from Hong Kong to Hanoi, with yum cha, tepanyaki, takoyaki, sushi, Sichuan, pho and more!

Springtime is here, the buzz is on, get out and enjoy all the wonders this amazing city has ready for you!

Kate Flannery

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Kate is an adventuring globetrotter, and a part-time sailboat crew-member. She likes authentic food, blogging, contemplating the eldritch, and playing with her two dogs.