Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The PENRITH DISTRICT SHOW on 27th & 28th of August 2016 is a country show packed with whole day family entertainment!

This year's 173rd Penrith District Show will be held over 2 days on Saturday & Sunday, the 27th & 28th of August. The Show will be packed with entertainment from start to finish - some highlights include:

. Arts & Crafts on display

. Schools Agricultural Competition

. Live stage performances including Amber Lawrence

. Food & Wine Expo

. Ute Muster

. ShowMow Racing

. Working Dog & Sheep Shearing Demonstrations

. Dog High Jump Competition

. Animal Farm Nursery

. Woodchopping Competition

. Fireworks Spectacular


DATE: Saturday & Sunday, 27th & 28th of August 2016

TIME: 9am to 7.30pm on Saturday and 9am to 4pm on Sunday

VENUE: Penrith Showground, corner of Station & Ransley Streets, Penrith. Penrith is a suburb in western Sydney located 50 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: If driving, there's parking on-site. For public transport services there, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or check out their website on

ENTRY FEE: TBC. Adults $16, Children 5-16 years/Pensioners/Senior Citizens $9,
Family Tickets $45 (2 adults and maximum of 4 children).

MORE INFO: Call 02 4721 2375, email: or check this link:

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Enjoy RIVERFEST, a celebration of cultural diversity & environmental sustainability on Saturday, 27th of August 2016

Riverfest Stage Performance
The annual Riverfest is a festival which focuses on environmental sustainability and celebrates cultural diversity.

The festival is returning this year on Saturday, 27th of August with live performances from different cultural groups, delicious foods from around the world, recycled craft projects, interactive workshops, environmental tips from The Lorax and stalls.

Learning about our sustainable environment and celebrating our cultural differences has never been so much fun with something for everyone!


DATE: Saturday, 27th of August 2016

TIME: 11am to 3pm

VENUE: Koshigaya Park, cnr of Camden Road & Hurley Street, Campbelltown. It is the largest and most popular park in Campbelltown and is named after Campbelltown's sister city in Japan. Campbelltown is a suburb in South-western Sydney and is located approximately 51 km south-west of the Sydney CBD.

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GETTING THERE: The best way to get there is to catch a train and alight at the Campbelltown train station. The venue is within walking distance from the station. For bus services to the park, call the Transport Infoline: 131 500 or check out their website:


MORE INFO: Call 02 4645 4515 or check this link:

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Visit KING'S FESTIVAL on 27th & 28th of August 2016 for loads of family fun entertainment!

King's School Spring Festival
The annual Spring Festival at King's School will be held this weekend the 29th & 30th of August. This popular festival is always packed with lots to see and do, and offers a variety of entertainment to keep the whole family happy!

Some festival highlights include:

. The King’s 37th Annual Art Show

. Free Kids Zone with stage entertainment, animal farmyard, face painting and balloons.

. Over 100 market stalls with a huge range of wares including children’s products, fashion, gourmet foods, health and beauty, homewares and jewellery.

. Land Growers Market offering a range of fresh produce and artisan foods (Sunday only).

. Nickelodeon JR’s Paw Patrol & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle stage shows with Meet & Greet

. Good selection of hot food, snacks & beverages

. British Vintage Car Rally on Sunday with 1,500+ British vintage cars

. Jewellery expo showcasing pearls, diamonds, gold, antique reproduction, sterling silver and natural gemstone.

. High Tea at the Gowan Brae mansion. Pre-booking is recommended here.

. Western Sydney Wanderers Fan Zone including penalty shoot-out competitions, player meet and greets and merchandise giveaways

. Carnival rides for toddlers to teens including the Hurricane, Jungle Challenge, Adrenaline Slide, Super Heroes, Mini Ferris Wheel, Rockin Tug and Dodgem Cars.


DATE: Saturday & Sunday, 27th & 28th of August 2016

TIME: Saturday - 10am to 5pm; Sunday - 10am to 4pm

VENUE: King's School, 87-129 Pennant Hills Road, North Parramatta (nearest cross street is Russell Street). North Parramatta is located 24 kilometres north-west of the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: For public transport info, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or check their website on If driving, you can park on-site for a $5 per car parking fee.

ENTRY FEE: $5 per car entry fee. Also High tea $30/sparkling high tea $40, carnival rides $35 all day rides pass. There may be other costs involved with some of the activities available.


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Monday, August 22, 2016

The GLUTEN FREE EXPO is your one-stop shop for gluten free shopping + info on 26th & 27th of August 2016

People with coeliac disease has immune system that reacts abnormally to gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats) causing bowel damage. Coeliac disease affects approximately 1 in 100 Australians but it is believed that about 75% currently remain undiagnosed. There is no cure for people with coeliac disease but they can still live a very fulfilling life by maintaining a gluten free diet.

If you have anyone at home who has coeliac disease, make sure you don't miss the Gluten Free Expo in Sydney on the 26th & 27th of August. At the Expo, you have the opportunity to sample and purchase gluten-free products from a big range of exhibitors including Coles. Some highlights include:

. Lots of gluten free products on show such as breads, cakes and pastries; Asian cuisine; sauces and marinades; pastas; cookies and crackers; frozen meals; yoghurts; confectionery; sausages and meats; snacks; tortillas; cereals; wraps; gluten free flours and bread mixes; pizzas and pizza bases.

. Presentations from leading professionals including respected medical practitioners and dietitians.

. Coles Cooking Demonstrations featuring celebrity chefs.

. First 5,000 visitors through the expo doors will receive a complimentary visitor tote bag full of information and some exciting sample products.

The Gluten Free Expo is presented and supported by Coeliac NSW/ACT.


DATE: Friday & Saturday, 26th & 27th of August 2016

Friday August 26th - 12pm to 7pm
Saturday August 27th - 9am to 4pm

VENUE: Exhibition Hall 4, Sydney Showground, 1 Showground Road, Sydney Olympic Park. Sydney Olympic Park is a suburb in western Sydney located approximately 16 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: For info on how to get there including parking, go to this link:

ENTRY FEE: $15|Adult, $10|Student/Concession, Children aged 16 years and under are free. Tickets are slightly cheaper if you purchase them online here.

MORE INFO: Call 02 4929 5139, email: or visit their website:

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The OATLEY WEST PUBLIC SCHOOL COMMUNITY FESTIVAL has plenty of fun for all on 27th to 28th of August 2016!

The annual Oatley West Public School Community Festival (formerly known as Art and Craft Show) is back this year and will be held from the 27th to 28th of August with an Opening Night on Friday, the 26th. The Show is a great place to enjoy original art sale, high quality jewellery & craft, kids' rides and market/food stalls.

Some Show highlights:

. Live stage entertainment.

. Amusement rides for all ages including Rock Climbing Wall, Turbo Tubs, Atomic Giant Slide, Inflatable Obstacles, Windjammer + more.

. Interactive sports clinics with Little Kickers, ANZ Hot Shots (Holland’s Tennis Academy), AUSKICK (AFL) and NRL.

. Creative Construction and Craft Corner offering mini workshops for kids including finger nail art, plaster figure painting, upcycling timber drawers, creating vintage book page bunting & more.

. Pop-up Art Gallery showcasing a wide range of art from renowned artists, including photography, sculpture, sketches and paintings.

. Market stalls selling a diverse range of goods/services such as candles & diffusers, chocolate, handmade items, toys, homewares, giftware, jams and preserves, lollies, women’s & children’s clothing, accessories, cards/stationery and much more.


DATE: Saturday & Sunday, 27th & 28th of August 2016.

TIME: 10am to 4pm

VENUE: Oatley West Public School, Oatley Park Avenue, Oatley. Oatley is a suburb in southern Sydney, located 21 kilometres south of Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: For public transport info, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or check their website on

ENTRY FEE: Free entry except for the Opening Night which costs $25 per person.

MORE INFO: Visit their website:

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STRAND ARCADE, one of Sydney's oldest retail venues is celebrating it's 125th ANNIVERSARY from 25th to 27th of August 2016!

Strand Arcade
Strand Arcade, established in 1891 is one of the oldest retail venues in Sydney. This August, the iconic retail destination is celebrating its 125 years since its first opening and you are welcome to join in the celebrations!

There will be a three-day celebration from 25-27 of August, where you can enjoy a range of experiences including pop-up food stalls, artisan masterclasses, a whisky tasting station and creative art installations across different levels. For keen shoppers, there will also be limited edition retailer offerings including Mastercard exclusive offers.


DATE: Thursday to Saturday, 25th to 27th of August 2016

TIME: Stores generally opens from 10am to 4pm (individual store hours vary)

VENUE: Strand Arcade, 412-414 George Street, Sydney.

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GETTING THERE: The best way to get there is to catch a train and alight at Town Hall, Martin Place or St James train station. Strand Arcade is within walking distance from any one of these stations. For other public transport services, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or check their website on


MORE INFO: Call the Strand Arcade Centre Management on (02) 9265 6800 or visit their website:

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Join in FOOTPRINTS ECOFESTIVAL, a festival with a sustainability message on Sunday, 21st of August 2016

The Footprints Ecofestival is a family fun festival offering a range of workshops, activities, music, stalls and entertainment — all with a sustainability message. The aim of the festival is to expose the community to a range of environmental topics and have community fun at the same time.

Some event highlights include:

. Live entertainment presenting the Yaama Boys, The Jitterbugs, The Maybes, and Ciao Magazine's Recycled Fashion Parade.

. A variety of workshops covering Pickling for Kids, Home Cheese-Making, Plastic-free Lunches, Composting, Worm Farming & more.

. Footprints Film Festival screening with winners announced on the day.

. Footprints Clothing Swap


DATE: Sunday, 21st of August 2016

TIME: 11am - 3pm

VENUE: Whites Creek Valley Park, corner of Piper and Smith Streets, Annandale. Annandale is an Inner West suburb located 5 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD.

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GETTING THERE: The best way to get there is to catch the free shuttle bus that will be running in a loop around the Leichhardt local government area. To check out the bus route, visit this link.


MORE INFO: Call the Community Events Co-ordinator, Costa Atzemis on 02 9367 9359, email: or visit this link:

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Join in BARANGAROO RESERVE 1st BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS on Sunday, 21st of August 2016!

Barangaroo Reserve 1st Birthday Celebrations
Bring the family and join in the special celebrations and festivities to mark the first birthday of Barangaroo Reserve on Sunday, 21 August 2016! The immersive, family-friendly event will feature a range of entertainment and activities spread across the six-hectare headland Reserve:

• The party starts at 10am with a Welcome to Country on Walumil Lawn and a performance by Sydney Children’s Choir overlooking Sydney Harbour.

• Cutting of a birthday cake and 3,000 free birthday cupcakes (first come first served).

• Pop Up Nature Playground in the Cutaway from 10am-3pm where kids 1-12 can play in the giant sandpit, landscape a garden in the mulch pit, sow their own seedling to keep, brew native bush tea, and taste and smell native herbal teas. Kids can also help build a giant gunya tunnel, their own mini cubby houses or create their own stone artwork.

• Orienteering Race around Barangaroo Reserve from 11am-3pm. Just turn up in the Cutaway to take part in the orienteering race and explore the natural environment of the Reserve.

• Roving music and theatre performances throughout the Reserve.

• A delicious selection of food and beverages available to purchase or bring your own picnic.

• Last day to view Sculpture at Barangaroo, an outdoor art exhibition.


DATE: Sunday, 21st of August 2016

TIME: 10am to 3pm

VENUE: Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo, Sydney. Barangaroo is located on the western edge of Sydney CBD. You can enter the reserve at Towns Place and at the northern end of King Street Wharf.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: The nearest train station and ferry stop is at Circular Quay. For bus services, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or check their website on If driving, the car park under the reserve can be accessed via Towns Place.


MORE INFO: Email: or visit their link:

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Step back into the good old days at the FIFTIES FAIR this Sunday, 21st of August 2016!

Rose Seidler House
The Rose Seidler House was the first commission for internationally renowned architect Harry Seidler. He built the house in 1948-50 for his parents Rose and Max, who lived there until 1967. The house is one of the finest examples of mid-century modern domestic architecture. The house, contents and grounds have been carefully restored to the 1950 theme and still contains a collection of original furniture by important post-war designers Eames, Saarinen and Hardoy.

And this Sunday, 21st of August, visit the Fifties Fair at the Rose Seidler House and you will be transported back to the good old days of the Fifties era! It will be a fun day celebrating all things 1950s with fashion, entertainment, music and dancing. Shop for authentic vintage wares, have your hair styled, enjoy live music and rock n’ roll dancing, tuck into gourmet food, and marvel at the classic car displays and Rose Seidler House.

Some highlights:

. Shop for authentic 50s fashion, furniture and vintage wares.

. Rock n’ roll at the main stage to live bands, DJs and swing dancing demonstrations.

. Tuck into food and snacks by some of Sydney’s hippest foodies.

. Marvel at Rose Seidler House, Australia’s iconic 50s home, with its original furniture and fixtures.

. Check out the bigger and better than ever classic car display.

. Join in the fabulous Fifties Fair best-dressed competition for the chance to win first prize.


DATE: Sunday, 21st of August 2016

TIME: 10am to 4pm

VENUE: 71 Clissold Road, Wahroonga. Wahroonga is part of the Upper North Shore of Sydney and is located 22 kilometres north-west of the Sydney CBD.

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GETTING THERE: Best way to get there is to catch a train to Turramurra Station and then catch the free vintage shuttle bus to Rose Seidler House, thanks to Sydney Bus Museums. Useful info on how to get there can be accessed here.

ENTRY FEE: General $49, Concession $42 and free for kids under 5. You can purchase your tickets online at the link provided below.

MORE INFO: Call the Sydney Living Museums on 02 8239 2288, email: or check this link:

The popular FERRAGOSTO FESTIVAL is back on Sunday, 21st of August 2016, showcasing the best of Italian culture!

Ferragosto Festival - stage performance
The Ferragosto Festival is an annual Italian themed cultural event in Five Dock. The popular event attracts more than 50,000 visitors and this year, will be returning on Sunday, 21st August. The Festival offers an impressive variety of entertainment including 160+ food, wine and merchandise stalls, live performances over four different stages, free children’s rides & activities, competitions, kitchen demonstrations and displays of Italian vehicles including Mini Fiats, Ducati Bikes and Alfa Romeos.

Live entertainment will be spread over 4 stages:

. FerraVarieta stage located outside Club Five Dock will showcase traditional Italian entertainers and community-based variety performances including Italian choirs, traditional Italian dancers, accordion players and solo performers.

. FerraMusica stage located on First Avenue will present the best home-grown dance, music and vocal talent.

. FerraGiovani stage located opposite Rodd Road is for kids of all ages featuring an array of performances from musicians and magicians, dancers and dinosaurs.

. FerraCucina stage located in Fred Kelly Place will run all day with local & celebrity chefs cooking the best Italian cuisine including popular Australian-Italian chef, Tobie Puttock who will whip up Italian 'dolci' as part of FerraCucina's dessert-themed menu in two live cooking sessions.

Other fun places to check out at the Festival are FerraSagra (licensed wine & food area), FerraAuto (display of elegant European vehicles), the open air FerraCinema showing Italian movies, and FerraMercato with 160+ market stalls selling a smorgasbord of delicacies from Italy and around the world!


DATE: Sunday, 21st August 2016

TIME: 10am to 4pm

VENUE: Great North Road, Five Dock (between Fairlight Street and Lyons Road). Five Dock is a suburb in Inner-West Sydney, located about 10 kilometres from the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: For info on how to get there, visit this link.  Please note that some road closures will be in place on the event day. There will be a free shuttle bus operating on the day from 10am to 4pm and the shuttle bus route can be accessed here.


MORE INFO: Call the Canada Bay Council on 02 9911 6555, email:, or visit this link:

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