This month’s top cultural and sporting events include the AFL Grand Finals, Elton John and His Band, and Canberra’s Floriade. Compiled by Samantha O’Brien.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole into the whimsical world of Lewis Carroll’s book with The Australian Ballet’s production, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.
When: 12-30 September
Where: Arts Centre Melbourne
￼Here for a limited season, Pop-up Globe gives Shakespeare’s most popular plays – including Othello and Much Ado About Nothing – a modern twist, with sweeping dances and dramatic battles.
When: 21 September-12 November
Where: ￼Beside the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
AFL Grand Final
It’s the biggest date on the AFL calendar – the hotly contested 2017 premiership will be decided in front of a crowd of thousands on the hallowed grounds of the ’G.
When: 30 September
Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Richmond
Come Sailing with the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter as he takes you through his timeless hits, including Arthur’s Theme, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1982.
When: 7 September
Where: Forum Melbourne
With more than 130 works on display, covering the artist’s entire career, the exhibition celebrates one of Australia’s most highly regarded painters of the avant-garde.
15 September-28 January 2018
Where: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Catch a comedy set with America’s Arj Barker and see live art take over Brunswick – just two of the 400-plus events to look forward to at this 18-day independent arts festival.
￼When: 14 September-1 October
Where: Various venues
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
The Australian premiere of the critically acclaimed bio-musical is here. Witness the life and music of one of the world’s most legendary songwriters, including the release of her first hit (Will You Love Me Tomorrow) in the ’60s and Tapestry, the album that made her an icon.
When: From 17 September ￼
Where: Sydney Lyric theatre, Pyrmont ￼
￼Having performed at New York City’s Met and London’s Royal Opera House, the Italian bass singer is coming to Australia for a series of recitals, accompanied by pianist Igor Tchetuev.
When: 27-29 September ￼
Where: City Recital Hall, Sydney
Celebrating her 40th year in the entertainment business, the pop icon is on tour, making a stop in Sydney to perform old favourites.
When: 23 September ￼
Where: ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour ￼
Just for Laughs Sydney
Scottish stand-up Kevin Bridges is among the stars heading to Sydney for this internationally renowned comedy festival, which culminates in the All-Star Gala at the Sydney Opera House.
11-17 September ￼
Where: Various venues
Sydney Running Festival
Lace up your runners and get set for a marathon or half-marathon course that takes in Sydney’s most beautiful landmarks, including the Harbour Bridge.
When: 17 September ￼
Where: Milsons Point to Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Sydney Fringe Festival
NSW’s largest independent arts festival returns with more than 300 productions, including a world-first interactive art showcase from British artist Insa that will take over World Square.
￼When: 1-30 September ￼
Where: Various venues
Heuer Globetrotter Exhibition
Celebrating more than 150 years of fine craftsmanship, the Swiss watchmaker's Australian flagship will host an exhibition to commemorate the brand's history and impact on sports timekeeping, featuring vintage Heuer models on loan from their museum in Switzerland.
When: 16-30 September
Where: TAG Heuer Boutique, Westfield Sydney
Parrtjima: A Festival in Light
Brilliantly illuminated for this event, the MacDonnell Ranges become a 300-million-year-old canvas.
When: 22 September-1 October
Where: Alice Springs Desert Park
Festival Darwin International Film Festival
Cleverman actor Rob Collins is the ambassador of DIFF, which will screen Indigenous documentaries and international entries as well as drone films.
￼When: 14-25 September ￼
Where: Deckchair Cinema, Darwin
The American songstress is bringing her Dangerous Woman Tour to Australia, with hits that are set to entertain fans old and new.
￼When: 12 September ￼
Where: Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Michael Mosley – Live on Stage
The man behind the internationally popular 5:2 Fast Diet talks to Julia Zemiro about health myths, followed by an audience Q&A.
When: 6 September ￼
Where: Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane
Wallabies vs Springboks
See our green-and-gold Qantas Wallabies take on South Africa’s Springboks as part of the 2017 Rugby Championship.
￼When: 9 September ￼
Where: NIB Stadium, Perth
A comedy legend in his own right, the Community star is bringing his charm and special brand of stand-up to Perth audiences.
When: 18 September ￼
Where: The Regal Theatre, Subiaco
Sounds of the Silver Screen
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra performs memorable movie soundtracks, including music from the Harry Potter, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings films.
When: 7 and 9 September ￼
Where: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, and Albert Hall, Launceston
Junction Arts Festival
This cultural festival, celebrating community and creativity, showcases some of the best art, comedy and music in Tasmania.
When: 6-10 September
Where: Various venues, Launceston
Elton John and His Band
Put on your electric boots (and mohair suit) – the legend is back and he’s bringing his iconic songs.
When: 27-28 September
Where: Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart
Royal Adelaide Show
The annual agricultural show is bigger than ever, with animals, rides and plenty of carnival food – fun for the whole family!
￼When: 1-10 September ￼
Where: Adelaide Showground
￼To mark the release of his new album, Killer, the alt-rock musician is bringing his tour to Adelaide, backed by a full band.
When: 15 September ￼
Where: HQ Complex, Adelaide ￼
Celebrating the artistic and cultural ties between Australia and Asia, this festival features exhibitions and performances, including the dance-theatre production Until the Lions. Don’t miss the Lucky Dumpling Market.
When: 21 September-8 October
Where: Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide￼
Australia’s biggest celebration of spring is in full bloom. Expect a glorious display of more than a million bulbs and annuals across 8000 square metres of parkland.
￼When: 16 September-15 October
Where: Commonwealth Park, Canberra
Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters
This Indigenous-led exhibition takes you into the heart of Australia on an immersive multimedia journey.
￼When: 15 September-25 February 2018
Where: National Museum of Australia, Canberra
Five major works from the contemporary artist will call the gallery home for six months, including her award-winning silent anthem, Rapture (2009). ￼
When: 9 September-March 2018￼
Where: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ￼