Best Spring Festivals For Kids & Families In Sydney

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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 2019, and they might even offer FREE entry. 

Spot On Children's Festival

Five full days of family entertainment in Parramatta during the October school holidays? Yes, please! Bring the kids along for jam-packed spring festival of family shows, films, workshops and free activities from 1 to 5 October 2019. Don't miss out on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty BeastsTröll (direct from New Zealand) and Lullaby: Sonic Cradle (traditional Indian lullabies and meditative projections).  

When: 1 to 5 October 2019
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Campbelltown Council's Festival of Fisher's Ghost

The legendary Festival Of Fisher's Ghost is back again! 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 from Friday 1 November to Sunday 10 November 2019, the Festival Of Fisher's Ghost will enliven and entertain families with a spectacular street parade, street fair, Fisher's Ghost Fun Run, giant carnival, Nerd Con, Hero Hub, and stacks of competitions.  

When: 1 to 10 November 2019
More information here.

Carnival Of Colours At Hunter Valley Gardens 

With not 1 but 3 colourful events on at this year's Carnival Of Colours, Hunter Valley Gardens is the place to be for spring colours, spring florals and the best spring festival entertainment for the whole family. From 1 September, come along to celebrate new foliage and flowers at Spring Time in the Gardens. Next up it's the School Holiday Carnival from 28 September-13 October when the Gardens really come alive with super-charged entertainment featuring none other than 360 ALLSTARS and their posse of break-dancers, cyr wheel world record holder, drummers and beatboxers! Other highlights of Spring Time in the Gardens are the giant indoor ball cave with 20,000 colourful balls and the Gardens’ four incredible rides, including our Venetian carousel, 25m Ferris wheel, super speedy swing chair and giant slide.

Last on the agenda is the Rose Spectacular - an incredible sensory explosion of colour and fragrance of 35,000 beautiful rose bushes across the property.

When: 1 September to 10 November 2019
More information here.

Emerge Festival

An exciting program of 80+ events has been announced for the much-loved Emerge Festival on Sydney's North Shore. Festivals, Fairs and more festivals are on the jam-packed agenda including Spring Fair, the Matsuri Japan Festival, Pet Festival, Festival Oasis Fun Day, Build-A-Bear Workshop, the Jump Into Spring Giant Ballpit, Silent Disco, Creative Arts Festival, and, of course, Street Fair, the North Shore's biggest street party. Wow - this is a Spring Festival you do not want to miss!

When: 1 September to 13 October 2019
More information here.

REAL Festival 

Taking over the Nepean River over two jam-packed days in November, the Real Festival brings Australia’s best theatre performers, artists and creative minds together in one stunning outdoor location. There’ll be jaw-dropping surprises and non-stop action at every corner of the riverbank, from water sports (kayaking, stand up paddleboarding) to endless kids' entertainment - think a silent disco, a trapeze and circus activities. Sydney’s best food trucks and artisanal markets will also be here...phew!

When: 1st & 2nd November 2019
More information here.

Camden Festival

The Camden Festival is back for another stellar yet! Every September Camden comes alive with a huge variety of fun, family-friendly events and activities. Some highlights include Picnic in the Park where families can enjoy a park feast, live entertainment, flower crown workshops and a jumping castle, as well as Kid's Fun Day full of roving entertainment, a magic show, an animal farm, free BBQ lunch and loads more! This year don't miss the Skateboarding Clinic at Kirkham Park, and the big Backyard Bash.

When: 8-29 September 2019
More information here.

Tamworth Country Music Festival

If you're a family of country music lovers, you simply cannot miss the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Hailed as one of the top 10 music festivals in the world, and the largest music festival in the Southern Hemisphere, the Tamworth Country Music Festival is always a highlight on the Spring/Summer festivals calendar. Attracting over 300,000 visitors across 10 days, the Tamworth Music Festival has become a family-friendly highlight with a dedicated Family Zone to ensure the kids also have a toe-tapping good time. 

When: 17th January to 26th January 2020
More information here.

The St Ives Medieval Faire

St Ives Showground will be transformed into a medieval world of grand tournaments, lavish food, and brave knights across 2 days! There will be market stalls, 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!

When: 21st & 22nd September 2019
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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!  

When: 8 September 2019
More information here.

Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival

Right in the heart of Bowral, the Southern Highlands most innovative and award-winning cool climate winemakers, artisan food producers and creative chefs will be back again to showcase the regions’ abundance and diversity of food and wine. Make it a mini family getaway: make the pleasant 70-minute drive south of Sydney for the festival, and while you're there, check out our family guide to the Southern Highlands for the best things to do and the most awesome places to go. 

When: 5th & 6th October 2019
More information here.

Norton Street Italian Festa

A celebration of community spirit... with a delicious Italian slant! There will be market stalls with great food, fashion & wine, and a long communal table for family and friends to get together. There are rides and fun activities for the ‘little kids’ and Auto Festa – Sydney’s largest collection of Italian cars – so the ‘big kids’ can dream about driving an Alfa Romeo, Ferrari or Lamborghini. 

When: 27 October 2019
More information here.

Floriade Festival Of Spring

Fancy a three-hour trip down the highway? A fiesta of beautiful blooms and all-things Spring await you in Canberra! Australia's biggest celebration of spring is back with a bang for Floriade 2019. From mid-September to mid-October, Canberra's Commonwealth Park comes to life for 30 days of floral displays, food stalls galore and a range of fun, family-friendly entertainment. 

When: 14th September to 13th October 2019
More information here.

Other Things To Do In Spring

Kids Spring Theatre Shows
Where To Pick Your Own Fruit This Spring
Spring Flower Festivals Near Sydney

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