The Emerge Festival is the largest cultural and entertainment celebration on Sydney’s North Shore featuring visual arts exhibitions, live entertainment, film & music performances, kids’ & youth events and more. And with the Northwest Metro connecting the Hills to Chatswood, it’s easy to join in the festivities!

‘Emerge’ brings an exciting, colourful and creative flare to Spring, with a huge line up of events and activities – including plenty of new activities to tempt you. Nearly 80 art, workshop, music, and kids events combine to form the Emerge Festival, which is celebrating its 22nd year. And kids and tweens are a special focus of Emerge, with lots of fun activities just for them including ‘Festival Oasis’ throughout the next school holidays!

Highlights include:

StreetFair – 7 September in Chatswood. All day entertainment, music, video gaming, street parade, rock climbing wall, children’s activities, international food, ‘zen hub’ with yoga and guided meditation.

Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial, 4 September – 13 October, exploring the theme of ‘resilience and the community’ through exhibitions, public art walk, temporary public art installations, large scale video art and performance art. Free. Chatswood and Willoughby. http://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/wvab-2019/

Matsuri – Japan Festival, 14 September, 11am – 6pm. Chatswood Mall. Enjoy the many delights of Japanese cuisine and culture. Free.

Pet Festival – 9am – 3pm, Saturday 21 September, OH Reid Memorial Oval, Reid Drive, Chatswood West. Activities for pets and their human companions. From doggy fashion parades to pet workshops, there’s plenty to do with your animal friend. Free.

Festival Oasis – 28 September-13 October, The Concourse, Chatswood. Perfect for tweens with loads of school holiday activities. Dig into DIY workshops, a silent disco, LEGO®, slime making and Bollywood dance workshops. More details here.

Red Carpet Ready – talks, runway shows and styling sessions at Chatswood Chase. Throughout September. chatswoodchasesydney.com.au

Click here for more details and the full festival program.