If you're a North Shore resident and you can't find something to do in September, you're not trying hard enough. That's when the region's annual Emerge Festival takes over Sydney's northern suburbs for a month-long celebration of community and culture.
More than 30 events comprise the 2017 program, ranging from Chatswood's annual street fair to a short film festival dedicated to joy and diversity, and from Willoughby's craft beer affair and its Visual Arts Biennial as well. An afternoon of jazz, a chance to learn how to play croquet (attn: Heathers fans), bushwalking to find beetles and bugs, a pop-up repair cafe for broken household items and a three-day oasis hangout are all also on the agenda.
Theatre, ballet, the Sydney Taiwan Festival, deckchair chill sessions, arts and writing workshop: they're all on the stacked lineup too, and the list keeps going on. It all promises to be a busy few weeks — and if you don't live in the area, you might want to cross the bridge to get in on the fun.