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The North Shore is gearing up for a super fun spring with some fantastic fairs and festivals. We’ve rounded up a list of some of the best for your calendar…

Lane Cove Festival

Another long-standing local event, the Lane Cove Festival is on now for its 31st year. 

The 2023 Festival runs for the entire month of September and will feature workshops, open days, performances, art exhibitions, children’s activities, food and wine, open days and so much more.

Some of the highlights include the Lane Cove Fun Run, the Big Family Fun Ride, Car Free Sunday, the Lane Cove Rotary Fair, a Paw-some Party (for dogs and their humans) and the Carisbrook Wine, Cheese and Jazz Event.

Location: Various, throughout the Lane Cove local Council area

When: The whole month of September

More information: http://www2.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/flipbook/LaneCoveFestival2023/index.html?page=48

North Sydney Council’s Neon Night

As part of their Village Vibes program of events, North Sydney Council will be making Hume Street Park in Crows Nest glow for Neon Night.

The family-friendly evening will include a fluorescent art installation, UV facepainting, roving LED entertainment and music from a neon DJ booth. Neon clothes are optional but highly recommended!

Location: 45 Hume Street, Crows Nest

When: Thursday 7 September, 5:30pm – 9:30pm

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1029623031397237

Multicultural Spring Fair

The annual Multicultural Spring Fair at the Willoughby Uniting Church is on 9 September. There’ll be something for everyone – from entertainment for the kids, to demonstrations in origami, cooking, calligraphy and flower arranging, as well as demonstrations and performances by local multicultural dance groups and choirs. All this, and lots of stalls where you can pick up a bargain – plants, books, toys, cakes and more.

When: Saturday, 09 September 2023 | 09:00 AM – 03:00 PM

Where: Willoughby Uniting Church, 10 Clanwilliam St Willoughby, Willoughby

Website: https://www.emergefestival.com.au/Events/2023-Program/Multicultural-Spring-Fair

Pymble Ladies’ College Garden Party

Nothing says stunning spring days quite like a good old fashioned garden party. 

Pymble Ladies College will be throwing their annual Garden Party on Saturday the 16th of September, and all are welcome.

There will be food, coffee, market stalls, entertainment, rides and more and all funds raised will be distributed to the Smith Family and Dignity charities. 

Our hot hint for the day – make sure you get in now and purchase an unlimited rides pass to keep the kids entertained all day long!

Location: Pymble Ladies College, Avon Road Pymble

When: Saturday 16 September, 10am – 3pm

More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1793803801054271/

A brilliant day of family fun with something for everyone to enjoy… Delight in wine tastings from premium and boutique wineries, liqueurs, handmade spirits and cocktails. Enjoy delicious multicultural cuisine from fabulous food trucks. Meander through the lifestyle stalls to your heart’s content and take home gourmet products and wonderful items for your home. Be entertained by live music and scheduled entertainment. The kids will love the animals at the petting zoo, the Planet Entertainment rides, and facepainting.

A special new additionto the festival this year is Paw Parade for the doggie member in your family!

Proceeds raised from this event will support Kuringgai Neighbourhood Centre and Rotary Club of St Ives community and youth projects

Location: St Ives Village Green 

When: Sunday 17 September, 10am – 4pm

More Information: https://www.stivesfoodandwine.com/

Tastes of Naremburn

Organised by the Naremburn Progress Association this event is all about fun and offers the opportunity to support local businesses while enjoying a fun afternoon with your family and mingling with your neighbours.

The event will have markets, live music, food and shopping, and a jumping castle and face painting for the kids. Most importantly Tastes of Naremburn is about bringing the community together by transforming the shopping village into a celebratory community space.

Location: Naremburn Village Shops carpark

When: Sunday September 17, 1pm – 4pm

More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/5939219729515598/

Manly Jazz Festival 

This three-day festival of all things jazz will feature more than 50 artists across four different stages: Beachfront Stage, Sydney Road Stage, Jazz Stars of the Future Stage and St Matt’s Stage. 

Musicians and their styles will vary greatly, with everything from the Sydney Conservatorium Big Band to intimate ensembles and solo acts, right the way through to some of our best and brightest jazz school bands. You’d be hard pressed not to find an act (or ten) that you’d be tapping your feet along to.

The festival is completely free and non-ticketed, the only requirement is that you bring a love of music and your dancing shoes!

Location: Various, around the Manly Corso area

When: Daily from Friday 22 September to Sunday 24 September

More information: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/manly-jazz

Lane Cove Rotary Fair and Sustainability Lane

Rotary Club of Lane Cove have been running their popular annual Street Fair since 1993. This year, the fair will feature plenty of entertainment, market stalls, a kid’s petting zoo, rides, face painting and displays from local community groups.

This year will also incorporate Sustainability Lane. This event is designed to promote sustainable living and eco-friendly lifestyle options and will give visitors the opportunity to join in on themed workshops, view electric vehicles and learn more from local community organisations, conservationists and more. 

Location: Lane Cove Plaza, The Canopy and Longueville Road

When: Sunday 8 October, 9am – 4pm

More Information: https://www.lanecoverotaryfair.org/ & https://www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/Environment-Sustainability/Sustainability/Get-Involved-and-Green-Events/Sustainability-Lane

Crows Nest Fest 

This year’s festival promises over 150 artisan and produce stallholders, boasting an array of activities, delectable cuisine, captivating entertainment, and more.

There’ll be a Food Alley with the best of Crow’s Nests culinary delights; the top section of Willoughby Road will transform into a lively Licensed Zone featuring the beloved Crows Nest Hotel with a selection of boutique drink marquees. Talented local artists and performers will grace multiple music stages, setting the perfect ambiance for the festivities. Big Music has programmed the musical talents on the Ernest Place stage and local school bands and dance groups will perform on Holtermann St.

Children and families are in for a treat with the lively Kids’ Zone, featuring a petting zoo, pony rides, street entertainers, buskers, and the much-loved Circus Playground with juggling toys, stilts, unicycles, spinning and balancing acts in the new Hume St park.

Location: Crows Nest, Sydney

Date: Sunday 15 October 2023

Times: 10am – 5pm

More Information: www.crows-nest.com.au

Mosman OctoberFeast Night Market

Oktoberfest gets its own little Mosman tweak as part of Festival of Mosman and becomes OctoberFeast Night Market.

Featuring all the things you’d expect including gourmet food and artisan beer, you’ll also be able to enjoy some great live entertained by Dom Diaz, The Sauerkrauts and St Raphaels German Folk Dancing Group.

Get ready to eat and dance the night away with your family under twinkling fairy lights.

Location: Mosman Square and Village Green

When: Thursday 26 October, 4:30pm – 9pm

More Information: https://www.festivalofmosman.net/2023/event/octoberfeast-night-market/

Mosman Children’s Fair

Running in conjunction with the annual Festival of Mosman will be a special event just at children. The Children’s Fair morning is completely free and will feature performers, rides, arts and crafts, story time, animal exhibitions, drumming and face painting.

The morning is suitable for all children aged 5 and over. 

Location: Mosman Village Green

When: Friday 27 October, 10am – 12pm

More information: https://www.festivalofmosman.net/2023/event/childrens-fair/