This is your September What’s On curated by our local staff covering events happening all over Australia. Current students can check their inbox for the full digest.



Next Move [Tickets from $28]
When: Sept 9-17
Where: Chunky Move Studios, 111 Sturt St, Southbank
Chunky Move, one of Australia’s best contemporary dance companies, is excited to present its ninth Next Move performance season, an initiative unique in scale in Australia that commissions new work, supporting and nurturing the next generation of leading dance makers. In a world-premiere double bill, choreographer Melanie Lane presents Remake, and choreographer Jo Lloyd in collaboration with performance maker Nicola Gunn present Mermermer – two works born from unique collaborations and a shared fascination for the histories embedded in another’s body.

Lavazza Italian Film Festival [Tickets from $16.50]
When: Sept 15 – Oct 9
Where: Various cinemas throughout Melbourne
Palace Cinema presents the Lavazza Italian Film Festival driven by Fiat with 30 exquisite films from, by and about Italy. See Italy’s most award-winning films direct from the world’s most prestigious festivals. Highlights include: Opening Night selection Perfect Strangers, Paolo Genovese’s star-studded box office hit; record-breaking comedy phenomenon Where am I Going?; cross-cultural, romantic drama The Space Between; Cannes highlights Fiore and auteur Marco Bellocchio’s Sweet Dreams; stunning coming-of-age drama Arianna; Stefano Accorsi in the thrilling Italian Race; the compelling drama The Worldly Girl screening only weeks after its Venice berth; and newly restored versions of classic films Rocco and His Brothers and Closing Night selection Roman Holiday.

Melbourne Fringe Festival [FREE and ticketed events]
When: Sept 15 – Oct 2
Where: Various venues around Melbourne
2016 marks the 34th year of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, one of the biggest fringe festivals in the world! With hundreds of shows taking place in various theatres, bars and alleyways around Melbourne, there’s something for everyone. From comedy, theatre, dance and visual arts, you’re sure to find something cool to see. The Fringe Hub at the North Melbourne Town Hall is the best place to start browsing what’s on. Here’s where you’ll also find the Fringe Club, which will host various free events throughout the Festival. Some of the best free events to check out are the Opening and Closing night parties.

Listen Out music festival [Tickets from $115]
When: Sept 24
Where: Catani Gardens, St Kilda
Listen Out is Australia’s intelligent dance music event, bringing quality dance music to four spectacular inner city venues across Australia this spring. The antidote to many of the things you don’t like about big music festivals, Listen Out is a carefully handcrafted party with a killer lineup of the dance music that matters and a philosophy of best, not biggest.

Live Music at Highlander [FREE]
When: Every Thursday night till December
Where: Highlander Bar, 11a Highlander Lane, Melbourne
Live Music at Highlander is a weekly showcase of Melbourne’s amazing musical talent every Thursday night. Every night there are up to three acts playing in a range of styles from acoustic to rock, jazz, funk, soul, folk and rhythm and blues in a cosy and intimate venue.

Wake Up For Peace [FREE]
When: Sept 21
Where: Federation Square
On the morning of Wednesday 21st September, the Melbourne community and its leaders will come together to wake up for peace and proactively support the UN International Day of Peace, along with millions around the world. Join this event and create silent, powerful intentions of peace and goodwill. This simple but significant meditation event will be led by a team of 21 special guest meditators, from teachers to practitioners, academics to business people, artists to sports individuals, and faith to non-faith representatives.

Hophaus Annual Oktoberfest Dachshund Race [FREE]
When: Sept 24
Where: Southgate Shopping Precinct, Southgate Ave, Southbank
Hophaus Bavarian Bier Bar Grill along with My Dachshund Online have got together once again to bring you the ‘Hophaus Annual Dachshund Race’ as part of their Oktoberfest celebrations raising money for Dachshund Rescue Australia. The race will be held at the Southgate podium level with heats commencing at 11am and the finals race expected to start around 2pm. There is a costume parade at midday and then the heats will continue. These are fun races, the track is only 15-metres long but you should see the dogs go!

AFL Grand Final Parade [FREE]
When: Sept 30
Where: Commences at the Old Treasury Building on Spring Street
Due to our love of footy, the 30th September is the newest public holiday in the state of Victoria and this is the day of the famous AFL Grand Final Parade! A chance for supporters to see their favourite players who will take to the field in the Grand Final. Marching bands, roving entertainment and many others will join the cavalcade of Toyota HiLuxs carrying the two Grand Finalist teams to Yarra Park.



Evolve 2016 Expo [$27]
When: Sept 3-4
Where: HBF Stadium, Stephenson Ave, Mt Claremont
Evolve 2016 is a Pop Culture Expo filled with entertainment, games, specialist traders and exhibitors, competitions, workshops and fun activities for fans of science fiction and popular culture. Whether you’re a die-hard comic collector or casual fan who enjoys an escape from reality every now and then, there’ll be something for you!

Local & General Markets [FREE]
When: Every weekend in Sept
Where: Armadale, Secret Harbour and South Perth.
Market-goers can enjoy perusing a wide variety of handmade and unique stalls, offering baked goods, homemade jams and quality homewares. Plus there’s informative community displays and fun activities, including live music performances and gourmet food,

Rugby Union – Australia VS Argentina [From $45]
When: Saturday, 17th Sep
Where: NIB Stadium, 310 Pier St, Perth
The final Rugby Championship match on home soil for the Qantas Wallabies in 2016 will double as the inaugural Test at the rectangular venue, where Western Australian fans will experience the action closer than ever before when the Wallabies host Argentina.

Perth Royal Show [$30]
When: Sept 24 – Oct 1
Where: Claremont Showground, Claremont
The show is Perth’s biggest community event attracting thousands of visitors every year. With a rich history spanning 170 years, the Perth Royal Show is an iconic social and cultural event, which showcases WA agriculture, small business and entertainment alongside family fun such as rides, showbags and entertainment.

UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs Johnson [FREE]
When: Sunday, Sept 18
Where: The Brass Monkey, 209 William Street, Northbridge
Love UFC? Then head here to watch all of the UFC action live and loud. Lightweights Dustin Poirier and Michael Johnson will square off in an American Top Team battle in the main event of the UFC Fight Night 94 card, while middleweights Uriah Hall and Derek Brunson will tangle in the co-feature bout.

Tijuana Cartel [$30]
When: Saturday, Sept 24
Where: Indi Bar, 27 Hastings St, Scarborough
Tijuana Cartel serve up a tasty mix of world music and club beats. This Gold-Coast-based band is renowned for their live shows and tight production.

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival [From $70]
When: Sept 20-25
Where: Perth Concert Hall, 5 Saint Georges Terrace, Perth
Perth is fast becoming a fashion hot spot and with iconic events like Telstra Perth Fashion Festival, there’s little wonder why. Now in its eighteenth year, the Festival sees fashionistas experiencing high fashion events at a range of unique venues. With world-class runway shows, free public events and fashion lunches, the Festival’s line-up keeps getting better.

Indi Jam! [FREE Entry]
When: Every Tuesday night
Where: Indi Bar, 27 Hastings St, Scarborough
Jump in the Indi Jam! Bring your instruments, bring your music, bring your friends and bring your vibes. Let’s jam the night away! Free entry, Margherita pizzas $10, Free drink for those who join the jam!

Kings Park Festival [FREE]
When: Sept 1-30
Where: Kings Park
Celebrate the Kings Park Festival and see the planet’s most stunning wildflowers in full bloom. The Kings Park Festival includes a range of diverse activities and events for visitors. There will be live music each Sunday, family activities, wildflower walks, art exhibitions and much more to bring together the best of Western Australia in one of the world’s most spectacular parks. There is something to suit everyone and most events are free.

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SALTFEST Surf Festival [FREE]
When: Sept 3 from 10am to 4pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park, Marine Parade, Coolangatta
Saltfest is a unique Surf Festival delivering a fusion of surf products, surf lifestyle and surf culture all in the one spectacular location. This is Saltfest’s 2nd year running and the day will cater for ocean lovers. From surfboard shapers, to yoga classes, from food trucks to cutting edge apparel and accessory ranges. Throw in a bit of skate, some awesome not-for-profit groups, surf artists and photographers.

The Village Markets [FREE]
When: Sunday 4th & Sunday 18th Sept, 8.30am to 1pm
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, Lower Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
95+ of the best boutique market stalls around by the loveliest of folk in fashion, vintage, art, homewares and lifestyle, plus street eats, live tunes and plenty of sweet Sunday vibes.

UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs Johnson [FREE]
When: Sunday, Sept 18
Where: Broadbeach Tavern, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach
Love UFC? Then head here to watch all of the UFC action live and loud. Lightweights Dustin Poirier and Michael Johnson will square off in an American Top Team battle in the main event of the UFC Fight Night 94 card, while middleweights Uriah Hall and Derek Brunson will tangle in the co-feature bout.

Barre by the Beach [FREE]
When: Every Tuesday from 6.30am – 7.15am
Where: Marine Pde, Nobby Beach
Barre by the Beach is a fun free class mixing a dynamic blend of ballet barre techniques, yoga flows and pilates exercises. Meet near the corner of Nagel St and Marine Parade Nobby’s beach – in the park by the beach.

Miami Marketta – Street Food Market [FREE]
When: Every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday night, 5pm to 10pm
Where: 21-21 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
Watch Miami come alive with Gold Coast’s first street food markets from all different nationalities – complete with a dessert hall! Street food brings together an eclectic and authentic food mix in an open air dining experience. The main stage hosts local independent blues, jazz, and indie alternative artists.

SWELL Sculpture Festival [FREE]
When: Sept 9-18
Where: Pacific Parade, Currumbin
Come face to face with awe-inspiring sculptures by local, national and international artists at the 14th SWELL Sculpture Festival. Stay a little longer and discover a range of unique experiences; guided twilight walks and artist talks; salute to sculpture yoga; artist led workshops; delicious food on The Green and live music at SWELL Sounds.

Up Late at The Oracle Boulevard [FREE]
When: Every Thursday night from 5pm
Where: The Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach
The entire Oracle Boulevard is shut down and lit up with DJ sets, eats and drinks al fresco style! Mingle and dine at the ultimate dining destination on the GC!

Surfers Paradise Beachside Night Markets [FREE]
When: Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night
Where: Surfers Paradise Foreshore
Wander along the coastal stretch of more than 120 market stalls, while live entertainers set a casual mood. One of the largest of the Gold Coast Night Markets, the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets feature a variety of premium products, including fashion, jewellery, accessories, artworks, photographs, beauty products and décor (pick up some unique stuff for family and friends back home!)

Stand up Comedy Night [FREE]
When: Every Monday night, 7.30pm
Where: Broadbeach Tavern, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach
Some of the best stand-up comedians from around the country take to the stage to entertain you. The venue also hosts a Sunday Session featuring local and national bands and DJ’s.

Romeo & Juliet – Live Theatre on screen [$20]
When: Saturday, Sept 3 from 12.15pm and Wed Sept 7 from 10.15am
Where: Gold Coast Arts Centre, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live cinema season continues with a new vision of Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale of forbidden love. Branagh and his creative team present a modern passionate version of the classic tragedy. A longstanding feud between Verona’s Montague and Capulet families brings about devastating consequences for two young lovers caught in the conflict. Romeo and Juliet will be screened in high definition black and white.

Brickworks Centre – Inside Out Festival [FREE]
When: Sept 11 from 9am – 5pm
Where: Brickworks Centre, 107 Ferry Road, Southport
Celebrating all things local, The Brickworks Centre hosts the ‘Inside Out’ festival. Don’t miss nationally renowned artists Frank and Mimi demonstrate their talent on a live mural painting , free food and drink tastings, listen to the DJ play and choose between the bar and food tents available in the market style outdoor picnic zone.

Food Truck Feast [FREE]
When: Friday, Sept 30 – 5 to 9pm
Where: Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport
Spring is here and what better way to spend a Friday evening with friends than casual waterfront dining offering the best selection of food in town. Come along, grab a bite and enjoy some great local entertainers while you sit back, relax and take in our beautiful Broadwater.

Chillout Sunday at Finders Keepers [FREE]
When: Every Sunday from 2pm
Where: Finders Keepers Bar & Dining Lounge – 49 James Street, Burleigh Heads.
Every Sunday Finders Keepers hosts James Street’s ONLY Sunday session. Doors open at 2pm, with live music starting at 2.30pm. If you’re looking for a laid back and live Sunday, then Finders Keepers is the place to be! Live Music and weekly offers.

Surfers Paradise ParkRun [FREE]
When: Every Saturday from 7am
Where: Evandale Parklands (meet on the southern side of Evandale Lake)
ParkRun organise weekly, 5km timed runs. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and people of all abilities are encouraged to take part.



Rio Olympics 2016 Welcome Home Parade [FREE]
When: Friday, Sept 2 from 12-1pm
Queen Street Mall
“Don’t miss your chance to see members of the Rio 2016 Australian Olympic Team as they walk through the streets of Brisbane.”

Brisbane Festival [Various Ticket Prices]
When: Sept 3-24
Where: Various locations around the city
The Brisbane Festival is back with great a great line up of theater, comedy, music, and more. Most events require pre-booking of tickets but there are still plenty of free events that will be offered to the public stationed around the city. Be sure to check out the program and website for a full program of what you can expect from this year’s event!

Brisbane Writers Festival [Various Pricing]
When: Sept 7-11
Where: Various Locations around Brisbane City
There will be plenty of chances for you to hear some of Brisbane’s finest writers perform during the Brisbane Writers Festival this year. If you are an avid reader, definitely have a look at the lineup of authors that will be in town for this event as well.

New Farm Markets [FREE]
When: Every Saturday 6am – 12pm
Where: New Farm Park, right in front of The Powerhouse
New Farm Park is the perfect place to be when you want a Saturday morning market stroll. These markets are perfectly located in front of The Powerhouse and filled with a variety of produce and freshly made foods.
You can easily catch the CityCat to New Farm Wharf and walk 2 minutes to get here.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers [FREE]
When: Sept 18-27
Where: Toowoomba Cecil Plains Road
Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers is an incredible event that tourists travel to each year. There will be a wide range of events hosted during the week including its famous floral parade, rose festival, garden competitions, live entertainment and music, flower food and wine festival, classic cars, big band, pub tours and more.

Scandinavian Festival Brisbane [FREE]
When: Sept 11 from 10am-4pm
Where: Austin Street, Newstead
Come join Brisbane’s celebration of Scandinavian culture that will include live entertainment, authentic food, traditional music and dancing, and vibrant markets.

Brisbane Oz Comic-Con [$42.50]
When: Sept 17-18
Where: Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre
Oz Comic-Con is the destination for pop culture fans in Australia with a show floor packed with exhibitors, autograph and photograph sessions with the hottest celebrities and one-of-a-kind panel events!

Singing in the Rain [From $75]
When: Sept 22
Where: Queensland Performing Arts Centre – South Bank
“This spectacular show is packed full of the charm, romance, comedy and Tinseltown glamour of one of the world’s best-loved movies. It tells the story of the first Hollywood musical, when the silver screen found its voice and left silent movies – and some of its stars – behind.”

Livespark- Live Music [FREE]
When: Every Sunday 3:30-5:30pm
Where: The Powerhouse, New Farm
“Join us at Livespark each Sunday for an ever-changing and eclectic mix of indie, pop, folk, alternative country and rock.”

BIGSOUND Music Festival [$75]
When: Sept 7-9
Where: Various Venues located around Fortitude Valley including The Wooly Mammoth, The Zoo and The Elephant Hotel
“For 3 days every September, a unique combination of musicians, music lovers and industry experts from across the globe assemble in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley to explore the challenges of our ever-evolving industry, build new relationships and experience the next wave of music from Australia and beyond.”



Magnetic Island Bay Dayz Festival [Most events FREE]
When: Sept 2 – Oct 2
Where: Magnetic Island
Now in its 10th year, Bay Dayz Festival celebrates with 50+ events for the whole month including the Great Barrier Reef Film Festival, Rotary Beer Can Regatta, Spring Equinox Earth Fest, Youth Talent Quest, Twin Peaks Challenge, Best Of Magnetic Ocean Swim Classic, Junior Fishing Competition, Bookfest, Medieval Banquet, Kids School Holiday Fun, Workshops, Discounts, Walks and Talks PLUS MUCH MORE!

Great Barrier Reef Film Festival [Mostly FREE]
When: Sept 9-11
Where: Arcadia Village Hotel, 1 Marine Parade, Arcadia, Magnetic Island
The 2016 Great Barrier Reef Film Festival is an innovative new event that combines feature films, 360o virtual reality display of the GBR, kids film workshops, ‘Elvis In Paradise’ interactive movie, music for film, the new digital media, film industry forums and workshops, Great Barrier Beer Tasting, and MORE! It will be presenting a range of feature, historical, documentary and short films. Some of these may feature the GBR as a location, its flora and fauna, or relate to living on small islands or near the GBR, but it they are not limited to this.

Theatre NQ Shakespeare Under the Stars present Hamlet [$40]
When: Sept 13-25
Where: Queens Gardens, Gregory Street, North Ward, Townsville
TheatreiNQ’s Shakespeare Under The Stars 2016 is William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Based on the popular Nordic legend of Amleth, Hamlet has endured as one of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedies. TheatreiNQ is taking it back to its roots with a Viking-era adaptation. Townsville’s beautiful Queens Gardens will once again play home to Shakespeare Under The Stars. Directed by Terri Brabon this production features James Raggatt and Townsville’s own Brendan O’Connor. Enjoy a magical night under the stars! Either purchase seats at a table with dinner included or sit in the stands and have a picnic at intermission. Possibly one of the best events on offer in Townsville, and very much worth checking out!

Riverway Movie Night: Minions [FREE]
When: Sept 16 from 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Riverway Parkland, 20 Village Boulevard, Condon
Minions have been on this planet far longer than we have. They all share the same goal – to serve the most despicable master around. Finding a master is easy, keeping a master – that’s where things got tricky. But then one brave minion, Kevin, stepped forward to find the biggest and baddest villain to serve. Kevin is joined by Stuart and Bob in his mission. Bob was frightened of the job ahead and Stuart was hungry for bananas mostly. They find themselves at Villain-con and meet super villain Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock). This fun, uplifting animation will leave you laughing and hungry for bananas.

Cairns Festival [Mostly FREE, cost dependent on event]
When: Aug 26 to Sept 4
Where: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, 64 Collins Avenue, Edge Hill, Cairns
The Cairns Festival seeks to deliver a vibrant, progressive and collaborative arts and cultural festival that speaks to their own unique stories and celebrates the distinctive colours and hues of their tropical lifestyle. The Cairns Festival runs for 10 days and features events spanning visual arts, theatre, music, dance, film and community collaborations.

Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival [$25 entry]
When: Sept 9-10
Where: Cannon Park Racetrack, Woree, Cairns
The Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival is two days of fun, fashion, glamour, food and entertainment built around two days of horse racing in Cairns in early September each year.

Earthdance Festival [$80, FREE camping]
When: Sept 24
Where: The Billabong, 186 Mt Haren Rd, Kuranda
After 4 years Earthdance Cairns is back! Set in the rainforest of Kuranda, the Earthdance Festival has live music, electronic dance music and market stalls on offer. Run by Plant the Seed Productions advocating environmental stewardship and peace-making. Licensed venue and free camping for ticket holders. All age event.



King St Crawl [FREE]
When: Sunday, Sept 4 from 4 – 11:30pm
Where: Various venues along King St, Erskineville Rd & Enmore Rd
If Newtown is the heart of Sydney’s underground music scene, the pubs, bars, restaurants and shops that line King Street and the surrounding roads are what makes it beat. The King Street Crawl combines both traditional and non traditional venues and spaces to showcase music and the arts, and the businesses in Newtown, Erskineville and Enmore Rd. It’s an opportunity to see some local Australian bands, check out the lineup on the website.

Taste of Coogee [FREE]
When: Sept 3-4 from 10am-6pm
Where: Coogee oval, Dolphin St, Coogee
The annual food and wine fest ‘Taste of Coogee’ is an opportunity to sample some of the best food from local eateries little Jack Horner, Poke, Sofrito, La Spiagiia & Coogee Pavilion. Ex MasterChef contestant Mindy Woods’ will be launching her pop-up container restaurant which will serve up fresh Mexican inspired food.

New Romance Exhibition [FREE]
When: June 30 – Sept 4 from 10am-5pm (Thurs till 9pm)
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art
If you have been to Circular Quay recently you may have noticed the huge ‘biodome’ parked outside the Museum of Contemporary Art. The installation is part of the MCA’s exhibition New Romance: Art and the PostHuman. Artists from Australia and Korea imagine the future-human experience in this new show. Born across five decades, from the 1940s to 80s, the artists employ an eclectic array of technologies in their works. Drawing inspiration from science fiction, robotics, biotechnology, consumer products and social media.

Kirribilli Market [FREE]
When: Sunday, Sept 11 (Art, Design, Fashin Market) and Sept 24 (General Market) from 8.30am – 3pm
Where: Kirribilli Bowling Green, 68 Alfred Street, Kirribilli
A visit to the Kirribilli Markets is an opportunity to explore the North Shore of the harbour. The markets are located at the exit of Milsons point station, the first stop once you cross the harbour bridge. Kirribilli General Market features over 100 stall of new, second hand fashion and accessories. You can also find unique antiques, collectables and homewares. There are a number of food stalls so you can grab something to eat and wander down to the harbour foreshore where you can find a seat under the harbour bridge. The market is 5 minutes from Luna Park (free entry) where you can ride the ferris wheel and experience views of the bridge and harbour.

Sydney Fringe Festival [FREE and Ticked Events]
When: Sept 1 – 30
Where: Various venues throughout Sydney
Sydney Fringe Festival is back for its seventh year – inviting Sydney to see over 300 productions spread through more than 50 venues across five ‘cultural villages’. Highlights include Fringe Ignite, the festival’s opening party (September 3 in Darlinghurst’s Stanley Street & surrounding laneways) and a massive Silent Dinner Party at Paddington Town Hall on Saturday September 24.

Encampment at Carriageworks [FREE]
When: July 30 – Oct 9
Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
The concrete jungle of Carriageworks is brighter as of this week, with the arrival of six sprawling hand-painted jewel-toned tents – courtesy of artist Francesco Clemente. Born in Naples and based in New York and India for much of his career, Clemente broke through the New York art scene in the late 1970s. The work was created over three years in collaboration with an artisan community in Rajasthan. It’s super easy to get to Carriageworks, catch a train to Redfern station and it’s a five minute walk.

Sydney Spring Carnival
When: Sept – Nov
Where: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Racing fever ignites Sydney in spring as Australia’s harbour city gathers trackside to celebrate a festival of racing, fashion, entertainment and hospitality. “Racegoers can bask on the trackside lawns and enjoy some of the world’s finest thoroughbred racing”.



Yours and Owls Festival [$90 One Day Pass]
When: Oct 1-2
Where: Stuart Park, George Hanley Drive, Wollongong NSW
This year the beautiful beach-side Wollongong location will play host to a crew of renown international artists alongside a list of local legends. Take a look at the website to see the full lineup – ranging from local sydney artists DMA’s to Big Scary, The Jezabels & Ladyhawke. Yours & Owls will also host a collection of mind-blowing art, visual projections and film, plus a great selection of food, drink, and booze. You can buy one day tickets for $90, a cheaper option!

Fringe Outdoor Cinema [$9.60]
When: Sept 25-28 from 6pm
Where: Outdoor Cinema, Arts Precinct
Sunday, September 25 – The Life Aquatic & The Royal Tenenbaums
Monday, September 26 – The Great Gatsby
Tuesday, September 27 – Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters II
Wednesday, September 28 – Kill Bill & Kill Bill II

Le Flaneur Market [FREE]
When: Sept 23 – Oct 3
Where: Arts Precinct (You’ll find the Arts Precinct on Burelli Street, between Wollongong Art Gallery and Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, and across the road from the Council administration building and library.) A creative, vibrant, eclectic little market on the south coast, home of local art, craft, design, food, music & sweet vibes.



Olive Tree Markets [FREE entry] 
When: Saturday Sept 3 from 9am – 2pm (First Saturday of each month)
Where: Civic Park, (in front of the library and art gallery)
This is a great place to buy from a local artist. Want to get a gift for someone or a souvenir that’s more significant than a fake boomerang? This is the place!  Discover Newcastle’s Leading Contemporary Handmade Art & Design Market in the beautiful grounds of Civic Park. Wander amongst over 150 unique stalls, meet the makers, sample gourmet artisan food, take part in workshops with local artists and designers and sit back and enjoy live music by talented local musicians.

Newcastle Farmer’s Markets [FREE entry]
When: Every Sunday 8am to 1pm
Where: Newcastle Showgrounds, Broadmeadow
Farmer’s market for fresh local produce, arts, crafts, and other items. A great place to buy a local souvenir.

Newcastle China Week [FREE and ticketed events] 
When: Sept 17-25
Newcastle China Week will return for the third year to celebrate elements of traditional and contemporary Chinese culture. From delectable Chinese cuisine to trade talks, popular films both on the big screen and outdoors, and a bustling pop-up Chinatown in Hamilton, Newcastle China Week will delight, inspire and entertain over 30,000 locals and visitors with its program of events in 2016. Come along for an immersive experience of Chinese culture, flavours, colours, arts and culture.

Noodle Night Market and Outdoor Cinema [FREE]
When: Saturday, Sept 17 from 5-10pm
Where: Gregson Park, Hamilton
Newcastle China Week will be launched at twilight on Saturday 17th September with an array of Chinese and Asian-influenced food trucks, festivities and an outdoor cinema for the whole family to enjoy in the sprawling greens of Gregson Park, Hamilton.

Pop-Up Chinatown Street Festival [FREE] 
When: Sunday, Sept 25 from 10am – 3pm
Where: Beaumont Street, Hamilton
The Newcastle China Week celebrations will conclude with a colourful and vibrant Shanghai-inspired marketplace on Beaumont Street from 10am to 3pm on Sunday 25th September, with a mix of traditional and contemporary performances, food stalls and interactive cultural activities set to be highlights.

Sydney Comedy Festival Roadshow [$52]
When: Saturday, Sept 17
Where: Civic Theatre
The funniest comedians from this year’s Sydney Comedy Festival are hitting the road and bringing an all-star comedy showcase to your doorstep this September! With an epic comedy line up expertly curated from this year’s festival, audiences will need to get in quick for this hot ticket to a massive night of laughs. A great way to delve into a culture is to see what makes people laugh. Highly recommended!