From Grand Finals to flower festivals, there is no shortage of fun activities taking place right across Australia this month. Whether you are looking for a weekend getaway, or wondering what to do for the upcoming school holidays, there is something for everyone during September.
New South Wales
It's time to break out your favourite pair of running shoes for the 2014 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival on Sunday, 21 September. This iconic event accommodates runners of all levels, offering four different events including the Blackmores Sydney Marathon, Blackmores Half Marathon, Blackmores Bridge Run, and The Sunday Telegraph Family Fun Run. All four events begin at Milson's Point and take runners across the Harbour Bridge, offering up some spectacular views. Whether you are an avid marathon runner or just want to enjoy the atmosphere of an exciting event with friends and family, the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival has the perfect event for you.
Register as an individual or get at least five friends together to register as a team for some extra motivation. You can also run for free by choosing to fundraise for one of the partner charities, and raising the required amount for your event by the deadlineii.
Australian Capital Territory
Celebrate spring at the annual Floriade flower festival in Canberra. Running from the 13th of September through until the 12th of October at Commonwealth Park, Floriade showcases the best of spring with one million vibrant flowers in bloom. Floriade offers something for the whole family with photography workshops, face painting for the kids, gourmet cooking demonstrations and much more.
Floriade is a free event and there are plenty of accommodation options close by. Floriade is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, and 9.00am to 5.30pm on weekends and public holidays.
vThe excitement continues into the evening with NightFest
, featuring light shows, live music, DJs, and comedy acts. NightFest events kick off at 6:30pm on the 24th of September and will run each night until the 28th of September.
Parking options are limited and can vary depending on the day of the week. A free shuttle will be operating between Commonwealth Park and Canberra Centre. There are also various public transport options available.
On the 29th of September, residents of the ACT will be celebrating Family and Community Day. This territory-wide public holiday is a day for families to take some time out from their busy schedules and enjoy quality time together. If you are visiting the ACT on this day, be prepared for many businesses to be closed in observance of the public holiday; however, most busses and public transport shouldn't be affectediii.
Rottofest is on again from the 19th to the 21st of September on Rottnest Island. The annual comedy, film and music festival will have over 25 comedian performances and 12 music acts across the weekend.
For footy lovers, cheer on the QANTAS Wallabies as they take on the South Africa Springboks in one of three home test matches during the 2014 seasoniv. The match will be held at Patersons Stadium on the 6th of September and tickets are available through the official Rugby website.
Every September, the Brisbane Festival showcases local music, art, theatre, dance and much more over three weeks beginning on the 6th of September. Springing to life across a number of different venues in the South Bank area, the Brisbane Festival offers something for the whole family. Events and performances run daily from 10.00am during the festival, many of which are free. Some of the events will require tickets, and you can visit the Brisbane Festival website for venue and ticket information.
Just a two-hour drive north from Brisbane is the Tin Can Bay Seafood Festival (www.tincanbaytourism.org.au/events/seafood-festival) on 27 September. Indulge in fresh, local produce and enjoy all of the family-friendly activities the festival has to offer. Test out your prawn shelling and fly net tossing skills, or simply sit back and enjoy the live music and entertainment.
Kick off September with Darwin's first World Beer Tour, taking place right on the water's edge at the Darwin Ski Club on 2 September. This is the first stop on a national tour and will showcase over 40 international beers. Patrons can sample many of the featured brews, and family-friendly activities including a circus performance beginning at 12pm.
If you're in the Darwin area in September, you can also check out the Mindil Beach Sunset Market. The markets operate seasonally from the end of April to the end of October from Thursday to Sunday. Shop, dine and be entertained with over 200 stalls.
For an art festival like no other, head down to Launceston for the Junction Arts Festival from the 10th to the 14th of September. Now in its fourth year, the festival focuses on live arts and is known for getting all visitors and audience members involved in the show. Featuring local and international artists, the Junction Arts Festival is a truly interactive experience that is a must-do event for art lovers everywhere.
AFL fans will want to be at the AFL Toyota Grand Final on 27 September at the MCG. This is the biggest day of the AFL season and brings together the two best teams for one final match to decide who will take home the AFL Premiership Cup for 2014.
The Environmental Film Festival Melbourne is happening at the Kino Cinema from the 4th to the 12th of September. Now in its fifth year, the festival aims to provide a platform for discussion of the issues currently facing our natural world. There will be screenings of documentaries and short films as well as panel discussions with the filmmakers.
The annual Royal Adelaide Show is on again this year at the Adelaide Showground from the 5th to the 14th of September. The Royal Adelaide Show is a great day out for the family and showcases some of the best produce from the region's agricultural and farming communities. With over 300 showbags and 30 rides to choose from, there is definitely something for everyone at the Royal Adelaide Show.
If you're in Adelaide in September, you could also catch a gig by Australian folk duo, Angus & Julia Stone. The talented siblings are playing at the Thebarton Theatre on the 12th of September as part of their national tour following the release of their new album.