September boasts an exciting line-up of people and activities to help you plan for an adventure-packed visit to the Central Coast this year. On the music front, this is the best time to pursue some of Australia’s top acts. For music enthusiasts, there are too many performances to mention – from the Annual Gathering of the Clans and a Ukulele Festival, to the new Good Times Festival. Many spring fairs with fun and food, an orchid show and more will keep you musing on the myriad of things to do this September in the Central Coast. Australians love a good festival – so make your plans early enough to secure your ideally situated Central Coast accommodation as a comfortable home base for your other activities.
Wyong Shire Agricultural Show and Orchid Show
Passionate about orchids? An exciting part of the Wyong Shire Agricultural Show is the Wyong Spring Time Orchid Show Competition and Exhibition. Five different events making up the agricultural show, held across 5 locations on the second weekend in September, make this an action packed weekend. Besides orchids, you can take pleasure in the produce competition, cake and biscuit baking competition, and horse show, and photography competition.
Chinese Cultural Festival
A colorful experience for the whole family, the Chinese Cultural Festival is in its 5th year at Memorial Park. Featuring a wide range of Chinese cultural entertainment, including Chinese lion dancing, traditional Chinese bands and choirs, bright costumes, still others will exhibit their talents amongst the many craft and food stalls.
The Central Coast Ukulele Festival
This 4th annual Ukulele Festival includes workshops, top ukulele acts from all over Australia, jams, dancing, markets, activities for the kids, and more. Imagine hundreds of people of all ages happily strumming their ukuleles together. No experience required – entry to the festival is free; simply bring your ukulele or your voice, the kids, and have some fun!
The Annual Gathering of the Clans
The largest Scottish gathering on the coast, in Norah Head- will you be there? Pipe bands, Highland dancing, competitions, and Highland games are all part of the day. Men and women compete in the Highland Games, a traditional test of strength for choosing the strongest men fit for combat. Clan stalls for those who want to trace their Scottish heritage and plenty of haggis to be consumed, are some of the added attractions.
The Good Times Festival
The Central Coast has no shortage of popular music festivals. This new festival at Mangrove Mountain Heritage Hall promises to be a gem. Featuring the Central Coast’s favorite blues and rock duo, Grizzlee Train, just back from their US tour, and also Jack Dawson and Woodie McClean, this is the best time to view some of the hottest Australian acts. Interact with hundreds of other people in the Good Times art space. Canvases, brushes and paints are all supplied – you just need to make art with your friends. Take your art home or donate it to the charity auction to maintain the important heritage buildings – Mangrove Mountain Hall and Fairview Homestead.
Go see the Russian National Ballet
Something that doesn’t happen too often – the Russian National Ballet is in the area this September, giving two performances at the Laycock Street Theatre. This ballet company is famous for their staging of the well-loved fairytale Sleeping Beauty. Besides performing Sleeping Beauty this month, the company will also delight the audience with the classic Russian favorite, Swan Lake. You will be completely transported to Russian imperial times, with the sweeping music of Tchaikovsky, the grandeur of the scenery, romance, good and evil, and of course the absolutely best in ballet.