The Hills Shire Council’s Orange Blossom Festival – Lights, Beats and Eats returns this September with a brand new look, feel and location! The community favourite, now in its 50th year, will ignite Castle Hill Showground in colour, light and sound from 4pm to 9pm on September 14.

There’s something for everyone at the new-look Hills Shire Orange Blossom Festival, with an exciting line-up of entertainment and activities to keep you entertained and inspired throughout the evening, including top live music acts that can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike, dazzling light installations, delicious gourmet street food, roving entertainment, face painting and so much more.

Highlights include:

  • Entertainment: Acts on the night include children’s entertainment group Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band from ABC Kids, dance and acrobatic group Dauntless Movement Crew, The X-Factor Australia Season One winner Reece Mastin and Aussie rock legend Jon Stevens.
  • Food: Some of the best food trucks in the state will descend on the Showground, including Gelato Messina, Pimp My Chimney, Chur Burger, Smokin’ Grill Barbeque and Tsuru.
  • Light installations: See and snap photos with beaming light installations, including trumpet flowers and giant inflatable mushrooms. Plus, there will be glow in the dark face painting and light-up fairy floss.
  • Roving entertainment: To add to all the entertainment, LED dancers, hula hoop performers and fire twirlers will be wandering through the Showground on the night.
  • Skating rink: Enjoy a skating session around the OBF roller rink.
  • Fireworks: The evening event will end with a spectacular fireworks display.

In addition to the Orange Blossom Festival – Lights, Beats and Eats, community associated events will run as part of The Hills Shire Orange Blossom Festival, including:

Bella Vista Farm Open Day   

Relax, explore or enjoy a family picnic lunch at Bella Vista Farm’s Spring Open Day. The Friends of Bella Vista Farm are available to chat and answer any questions about the historic homestead and its history.

You can also pick up a treat from the Free Spirit Markets while you’re there and enjoy a stroll around this beautiful slice of heritage in The Sydney Hills.

  • Event Organiser: Friends of Bella Vista Farm
  • Date: Sunday 1 September, 9am – 2pm.
  • Venue: Bella Vista Farm
  • Cost: FREE

 Seniors Dance

Show off your best dance moves at The Seniors Dance. This dance is intended to encourage seniors to get out of the house and participate in a fun and healthy activity.

  • Event Organiser: 365 Care
  • Date: Monday 2 September, 11am – 4pm
  • Venue: Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground
  • Cost: FREE

Website: www.365care.com.au

Hills Community Aid workshops

Hills Community Aid will be running a number of workshops as part of OBF, including the value of volunteering skills, buttercream frosting, ballet dance for beginners, coffee appreciation and creating a vision board for your life workshop.

  • Event Organiser: Hills Community Aid
  • Date: 4 September to 19 September
  • Time: Visit Hills Community Aid website for the scheduled times
  • Cost: Some workshops incur a fee

Website: www.hca.org.au

The Hills Schools Expo

The Hills Schools Expo showcases Sydney’s leading independent schools serving Sydney’s north-west and Hills districts.

At the expo parents and families will be able to discuss their child’s specific educational needs with principals and teaching staff from many of Australia’s top schools.

  • Event Organiser: Dorsal Media
  • Date: Saturday 7 September and Sunday 8 September, 10am – 4pm
  • Venue: Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground
  • Cost: FREE

For more information: www.schoolexpo.com.au

Ride IN2BMX – Come and Try

Experience the thrill of BMX racing in the upcoming Ride In2 BMX – Come and Try event, supported by BMX Australia. On the day, trainers will run children through a beginners training session, which will provide them with the basic skills required to ride around the Fred Caterson Reserve BMX track.

  • Event Organiser: Castle Hill BMX Club
  • Date: 7 September, 1pm – 3pm
  • Venue: Castle Hill BMX Track, Fred Caterson Reserve
  • Cost: FREE

For more information: www.bmxnsw.com.au/castlehill/clubhome.aspx

Kenthurst Fair

The Kenthurst Fair is a family fun-day run by The Rotary Club of Kenthurst. Festivities include a street parade, bands, clowns, food stalls, carnival rides and stage acts.

  • Event Organiser: The Rotary Club of Kenthurst
  • Date: Sunday 8 September, 9am to 3pm
  • Venue: John Benyon Rotary Park, Kenthurst

For more information: www.kenthurstrotaryclub.com.au

Computer Pals for Seniors Open Day 2019

Join a free question and answer session on anything to do with the internet, computers, tablets and smartphones. Information will also be provided on the many courses Computer Pals for Seniors offers to all seniors and retirees.

  • Event Organiser: Computer Pals for Seniors the Hills Inc
  • Date: Wednesday 11 September,10am – 1pm
  • Venue: Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground
  • Cost: FREE

Website: www.cphills.org.au

Employment Workshop

This Employment Workshop will give attendees skills and tools to better equip themselves with their job search. This workshop will look to cover resumes, interview skills and job search skills.

  • Event Organiser: Olympus Solutions, a Member of Ability Options
  • Date: Monday 16 September,10am – 1pm
  • Venue: Rex Money Room, Vinegar Hill Library, Rouse Hill
  • Cost: FREE

For more information: www.olympus.org.au

 Australasian Native Orchid Spring Show

See colourful and native orchids in bloom. You can also purchase orchards at very affordable prices. Plus, members from the Australasian Native Orchid Society will be available to provide answers to your questions on orchid care and culture.

  • Event Organiser: Australasian Native Orchid Society (ANOS) Sydney Group
  • Date: Saturday 14 September – Sunday 15 September, 8.30am – 4pm (Saturday) and 8.30pm – 3pm (Sunday)
  • Venue: Kellyville Village
  • Cost: Free 

Orange Blossom Festival Annual Art Awards, presented by Castle Hill Art Society

Castle Hill Art Society will celebrate local art with the Annual Art Awards for adults and children. This exhibition also provides a great opportunity to buy original art from local artists.

  • Event Organiser: Castle Hill Art Society Inc.
  • Date: Saturday 14 September and Saturday 28 September, 10am – 4pm
  • Venue: Castle Glen Community Centre, Ridgecrop Drive, Castle Hill
  • Cost: Free

Website: www.castlehillartsociety.org.au

Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Sydney Contemporary Orchestra)

Prepare yourself to be immersed, excited and inspired as The Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra takes to the stage and performs renowned orchestral hits.

The orchestra includes a talented mix of young music lovers, music students, young musicians and music teachers in Sydney. And is directed by founding conductor, artistic and executive director, Dr Brian Chatpo Koo, and managed by the Management Committee of the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra.

  • Event Organiser: Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Sydney Contemporary Orchestra)
  • Date: Thursday 19 September, 7.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Cost: Ticketed event
  • Venue: Pioneer Theatre

For more information: www.wsso.com.au

Bonsai Journey

This year’s Bonsai Show has something for everyone and includes a great display and well-stocked bonsai market place. The exhibition also includes a build-a-bonsai workshop for the young and young-at-heart. Plus, a clinic where attendees can bring their own trees for advice and help with improvement and maintenance.

  • Event Organiser: Bonsai Society of Australia Inc
  • Date: Friday 20 September – Sunday 22 September,10am to 5pm (Friday and Saturday) and 10am to 4pm (Sunday)
  • Venue: Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground
  • Cost: Ticketed event

For more information: bonsai.asn.au or search “Bonsai Society of Australia” on Facebook.

Hills Shire Symphony Orchestra Community Concert

Hear classical music performed by The Hills Shire Symphony Orchestra – a local group which aims to bring classical music to the Hills Shire by trained musician.

  • Event Organiser: The Hills Shire Symphony Orchestra
  • Date: 20 September, 7.30pm – 9:30pm
  • Venue: Pioneer Theatre
  • Cost: $10 a ticket (children under 12 free)

For more information: www.hillsshiresymphonyorchestra.org.au

Hills District Light the Night

Light the Night is an inspiring twilight walk where friends, families and the local community come together to shine a lantern of hope. Blue to show your support, white for your own journey and gold to remember a loved one. By raising money and carrying a lantern at Hills District Light The Night, you will help light the way for those suffering from blood cancer. The money raised goes towards practical services and much needed research.

  • Event Organiser: The Leukaemia Foundation of Australia Limited
  • Date: Saturday 21 September, 4pm – 8.30pm
  • Venue: Bella Vista Farm
  • Cost: Free

Website: www.lightthenight.org.au

Celebrating Women

Celebrate successful local women at the Soroptimist International Celebrating Women Event. This Orange Blossom Festival event aims to educate and empower local women to live their best lives through a seminar.

  • Event Organiser: Soroptimist International of the Hills Inc
  • Date: Saturday 21 September, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Venue: Aveo Bella Vista
  • Cost: Ticketed event

Website: www.siswp.org

Cross Country Challenge

The Rotary Club of Castle Hill is hosting the Cross Country Challenge as part of The Hills Shire Orange Blossom Festival. Challenge distances include 10.5 kilometres, 7.5 kilometres and 3 kilometres. All funds raised from this event will be donated to Headspace and local charities.

  • Event Organiser: Castle Hill Rotary
  • Date: Sunday 22 September
  • Time: 8am – 11am
  • Cost: This is a ticketed event
  • Venue: Bella Vista Farm

For more information: www.crosscountrychallenge.com.au.

Pawsitive Steps – Mind, Doggy & Spirit Festival

Bring your furry friend for a wonderful walk through Castle Hill Showground. There will be food stalls and entertainment on the day.

  • Event Organiser: Positive Vibes Foundation
  • Date: Sunday 29 September, 11am – 3pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Venue: Castle Hill Showground

For more information: http://positivevibes.org.au

The Sydney Hills Garden Competition and Presentation Evening

The Sydney Hills Garden Competition recognises excellent gardens in The Hills District, while fostering a sense of pride in the community. The competition has categories for a wide range of gardens, from courtyard gardens to vegie patches; from commercial and industrial sites to the normal house garden and the gardens of apartment complexes and school gardens. The competition is run by the Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville Inc. To enter your garden in this year’s competition, head to the website to download the entry form.

  • Event Organiser: The Hills-Kellyville Rotary Club
  • Cost: FREE

Website: www.hillsgardencomp.org.au