Best Spring Festivals For Kids & Families In Sydney
Welcome the blossoming of sweet-smelling flowers and the warm sunshine tickling your skin with a fabulous Spring festival! What better way to come out of hibernation than with food trucks, market stalls, carnival rides, and a plethora of live entertainment?
There is something for families of all ages at our top picks for festivals this Spring and they might even offer FREE entry.
Carnival Of Colours At Hunter Valley Gardens
Hunter Valley Gardens is the place to be for spring colours, spring florals and the best spring festival entertainment for the whole family! Throughout September, their Carnival of Colour celebrates new foliage and flowers as the Gardens really come alive. They will be looking their blossoming best with an abundant array of flowers on show, so you can soak up nature at its most stunning in the award-winning, themed landscapes.
The Rose Spectacular also brings an incredible sensory explosion of colour and fragrance to The Gardens in October, with 35,000 beautiful rose bushes across the property.
Where: Hunter Valley Gardens
When: 1 - 30 September 2020
Back this spring with an exciting program of 80+ events, the much-loved Emerge Festival on Sydney's North Shore will be jam-packed with a collection of colourful and creative COVID-safe community events. Celebrating diversity and creativity, the festival program including art exhibitions, workshops, food and drink, outdoor activities, digital events and plenty for the kids. This is a Spring Festival you do not want to miss!
This year, Emerge Festival will host around 20 smaller-scale community events and sadly The Street Fair will not be going ahead.
Where: Events across Willoughby City
When: 1 September - 11 October 2020
Over two jam-packed days in November, the Real Festival is a major event for Western Sydney, bringing together celebrated performers, artists, musicians and creative minds in a spectacular fusion of fun at the Nepean River. On the first weekend of November each year, a creative schedule of interactive and immersive experiences transform the riverbank with spellbinding stage shows, breathtaking art installations, pop-up performances and hands-on activities. Sydney’s best food trucks and market stalls will also be there!
Where: Nepean River, Penrith
When: Friday 6 - Saturday 7 November 2020
This year the Camden Festival will be run completely online so you can enjoy loads of fun activities and entertainment from home. Expect competitions, virtual flower crown tutorials, clown shows, cook-offs and more!
When: Throughout the whole of September 2020
Fancy a three-hour trip down the highway? A fiesta of beautiful blooms and all-things Spring awaits you in Canberra! Australia's biggest celebration of spring is back with a bang in a whole new format at Floriade: Reimagined. In 2020, Canberra will be transformed in a whole new way, as the festival moves from its traditional home in Commonwealth Park to bloom across the city, creating a tulip trail throughout the ACT. One million blossoming bulbs and annuals will be on display in this stunning family-friendly event. Popular activities of previous years will be back including Floriade Life workshops, talks and virtual marketplace, Floriade Sprouts for little flora lovers and the NightFest after-dark experience for one night only.
Where: Throughout Canberra. View the Floriade Map for a full list of locations.
When: 12th September to 11th October 2020
Spot On Children's Festival
Hit the spot at Riverside Parramatta's this spring at Spot On Children's Festival 2020. The school holiday schedule includes a jam-packed line-up of live and virtual family shows including The Beanies Eggs-traordinary Day, DrAudiYO’s Giant Adventure and the award-winning Avocado Smash. Stomp, dance, tiptoe and colour the world with Tiptoe Giants, see ordinary household items transformed into extraordinary musical instruments with Junkyard Beats The Box Show and get creative with hands-on workshops like comedy for kids, upcycling a Junkyard Orchestra or creating their own podcast!
Where: Riverside Parramatta and online
When: 29th September - 2nd October 2020.
Tamworth Country Music Festival
One to start planning now! A highlight on the Summer festivals calendar, the Tamworth Country Music Festival is hailed as one of the top 10 music festivals in the world. If you're a family of country music lovers, you simply cannot miss the largest music festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Attracting over 300,000 visitors across 10 days, the festival has evolved into a family-friendly event with a dedicated Family Zone to ensure the kids also have a toe-tapping good time. The Festival may look different in 2021, but there will still be a country music hoedown in Tamworth next January!
Where: Across many venues throughout Tamworth
When: 15th - 24th January 2021
Campbelltown Council's Festival of Fisher's Ghost
Despite the odds, the legendary annual Festival Of Fisher's Ghost is back again this year! Steeped in history and dating back to 1956, one of Campbelltown's iconic festivals will be back and bigger than ever as the city celebrates Sydney's famous ghost, Frederick Fisher. Held over 10 days, the festival will enliven and entertain families with a spectacular street parade, street fair, Fisher's Ghost Fun Run, a giant carnival with fireworks and much more. See the full program of events.
Where: Events throughout Campbelltown
When: Festival Of Fisher's Ghost live events are cancelled for 2020. Friday 30 October - Sunday 8 November 2020
Festival Of The Winds
Let's go fly a kite... at Sydney's largest kite-flying event of the year! Bondi's Festival Of The Winds brings together thousands of Australian and international kite flyers who come to showcase their epic skills for the masses to ogle at. The family-friendly festival also features a main stage with live performances, food stalls, roaming performers, kite-making workshops, jumping castles, puppet shows, face painting, installations, and amateur kite flying competitions. What a way to celebrate the beginning of spring!
Where: Bondi Beach
When: Festival Of The Winds live events are cancelled for 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions around public gatherings, the festival will go online offering of workshops, talks, music, photo galleries and lessons on how to make and fly a kite.
Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival
Right in the heart of Bowral, the Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival showcases the region's innovative and award-winning cool climate winemakers, artisan food producers and creative chefs. The regions’ abundance and diversity of food and wine will delight your senses. The festival has evolved to feature satellite events across the entire month of October throughout the Southern Highlands.
The Highlands also makes a perfect mini family getaway! Make the pleasant 70-minute drive south of Sydney for the festival, and check out our family guide to the Southern Highlands for the best things to do and the most awesome places to go while you're there.
Where: Bradman Oval, Bowral
When: The 2020 Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival to be held over the October long weekend has been cancelled. They are endeavouring however to deliver a selection of smaller events in the region.
Norton Street Italian Festa
Held annually on the last Sunday in October, Norton Street Italian Festa is a celebration of community spirit... with a delicious Italian slant! In the heart of Sydney’s ‘Little Italy’ this fun, family day out features carnival rides, jumping castles, animal farms, face painting, street performers and pony rides for the kids, entertainment, plus concerts, dancing and free cooking demonstrations. Hundreds of stallholders showcase the best in products, including authentic food, coffee and gelato. Dine at the long communal table and check out Auto Festa – Sydney’s largest collection of Italian cars.
Where: Norton Street, Leichhardt
When: Festa 2020 is postponed and will return on Sunday 31 October 2021.
The St Ives Medieval Faire
Every September, St Ives Showground is transformed into a medieval world across two days for the St Ives Medieval Faire! There will be trained hawks and other birds of prey, knights in full armour competing in Grand Tournaments and plenty more, so bring the family along to step back in time! Loyal subjects of all ages can immerse themselves in the action of the Medieval Village, and enjoy the captivating experience of traditional fare and authentic artisan markets. Whatever your fancy, you’ll find sights, sounds and experiences to delight, enchant and amaze at the St Ives Medieval Faire.
Where: St Ives Showground
When: St Ives Medieval Faire will not go ahead this year but will return next year on 18-19 September 2021.
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