All the top events across Australia in September 2019
Melbourne Fringe Festival
12-29 September | Various venues, Melbourne
Get ready, Melbourne – Fringe is back. Audiences are in for a treat as more than 3000 performers take over theatres, galleries, alleyways and libraries during the 18-day program.
13 September 2019-2 February 2020 | National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
More than 200 original works from 100 contemporary photographers will be on show, each representing life in urban environments around the globe.
2, 4, 7 and 9 September | Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
The rock icons that helped shape the soundtrack of a generation visit Melbourne on their Australian tour, joined by new members Mike Campbell, formerly of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, and Australia’s adopted son Neil Finn.
17-28 September | Arts Centre, Melbourne
Christmas comes early as the festive tale of Clara and her trip to the dream realm delights audiences in the Victorian capital, before it heads to Adelaide and Sydney.
Bangarra: 30 Years of Sixty Five Thousand
5-14 September | Arts Centre, Melbourne
The talented crew at Indigenous dance company Bangarra (celebrating its 30th anniversary season) present three works that tell stories of the world’s oldest continuous culture.
Blackmores Sydney Running Festival
15 September | Sydney Harbour
Taking in picturesque views of the harbour and surroundings, competitors can test their mettle in four races, from the 3.5-kilometre Family Fun Run to the 42-kilometre Sydney Marathon, which finishes at the Sydney Opera House.
Mudgee Food and Wine Festival
7-29 September | Various locations, Mudgee
The residents of Mudgee will welcome the crowds to their beautiful region, with the area’s bounty of gourmet delights on offer for three weeks.
The Lover Circles His Own Heart
Until 22 September | Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Examining relationships and the connections between people and the world around us, this exhibition of works by a variety of artists is centred on its namesake piece by artist Hossein Valamenesh.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Concert
12-14 September | Sydney Opera House
Playing from a galaxy not too far away (the orchestra pit), the Sydney Symphony Orchestra will bring John Williams’ masterful score to life as the seventh chapter of the epic Star Wars story plays behind them on the big screen.
12-15 September | Carriageworks
See diverse artworks by more than 300 local and international artists on display at the nation’s largest art fair, in the Carriageworks cultural precinct.
14 September-13 October | Commonwealth Park, Canberra
Commonwealth Park comes alive with multi-coloured blooms as Floriade returns for its 32nd year, with more than a million bulbs and annuals on show.
Until 3 November | National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ complex identity is explored at this multimedium exhibition in the NGA’s new Learning Gallery.
Barossa Gourmet Weekend
6-8 September | Various venues, South Australia
Enjoy delicious South Australian produce at this seasonal festival featuring tastings, masterclasses, fine wines and more.
From Broadway to La Scala
7 September | Adelaide Festival Centre
Theatre and opera combine spectacularly as six acclaimed Australian performers, including Caroline O’Connor and David Hobson, sing their hearts out.
The Book of Mormon
From 3 September | Crown Theatre, Perth
The Tony Award winner that follows Mormon Elders Price and Cunningham on their mission is stopping in Perth after leaving audiences in Sydney and Adelaide rolling in the aisles.
7-15 September | Various venues, Broome
This festival puts Broome and the surrounding Kimberley region on show. One must-do is The Floating Lantern Matsuri, in which participants write a message and send it out to sea in a glowing flotilla at sunset.
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
20-29 September | Toowoomba CBD
Toowoomba turns blooming beautiful as flower lovers from across the nation flock to the Queensland town for nine days of floral feats and dinners that highlight local produce and the region’s best wine.
Muriel’s Wedding the Musical
From 19 September | QPAC, Brisbane
Fresh from smash-hit seasons in Melbourne and Sydney, star Natalie Abbott brings our Muriel to life for Brisbane audiences.
Country to Country
29 September | Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
A host of American and Australian country music talents, including the legendary Tim McGraw, will descend on Brissie for a one-off hoedown on multiple stages.
Desert Song Festival
6-15 September | Alice Springs
Observe the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages at this 10-day music festival, where you’ll see Australian Indigenous acts and others from across the globe, including Grammy winners Soweto Gospel Choir.
Darwin International Film Festival
12-22 September | Various venues, Darwin
Bringing a selection of local and overseas films to the starlit Deckchair Cinema, this annual film festival will descend on the city for 10 days, alongside a program of workshops and exhibitions.
Junction Arts Festival
4-8 September | Various venues, Launceston
The ninth running of this vibrant arts and culture festival sees musicians, artists, food and wine producers take over Prince’s Square park, plus various events throughout the city.
The Fairy’s Kiss
13 September | Federation Concert Hall, Hobart
Performing scores and concertos by Mozart, Stravinsky and Dvořák, this Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra concert will be led by acclaimed English violinist and conductor Anthony Marwood.
Geoff Dyer: Portraits
Until 6 October | Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart
Best known for his stunning landscapes, Archibald Prize winning artist Geoff Dyer’s Portraits features paintings of high-profile Tasmanians, including Mona founder David Walsh and activist Bob Brown.