It’s here again – six spectacular weeks where Chatswood celebrates spring with a huge Festival of events, activities, workshops, and more…

Get set for one of our favourite local festivals that not only showcases our wonderful community but also brings it together. Emerge Festival 2019 will be held throughout Chatswood, with an array of exciting events to get everyone out and about to celebrate spring in our beautiful area.

Willoughby City Council Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney says this year’s festival included new attractions such as a public art walk, rock climbing wall, Bollywood dance workshops, yoga, meditation and runway shows. And don’t forget the unicorns, performance art and slime-making workshops!

“Emerge Festival is a time when the North Shore comes alive and emerges from winter to enjoy the sunshine and outdoor activities and discover new groups and activities in their community,” Mayor Gail said. “This year, it’s a jam-packed program of events for little ones, and the young at heart.”

Here’s what you can expect for this year’s wonderful line-up of events and activities:

The StreetFair, Saturday September 7, 10am-4pm.

This amazing free event has become the North Shore’s biggest street party, and now returns for its 22nd year.

The Chatswood CBD will spring to life in a sea of colour with over 700 people showcasing their cultures, costumes and style as they march, dance and perform in the annual street parade. This is a spectacular opportunity to see all of the groups, clubs, associations, emergency services and more that make up the wonderful fabric of our community as they proudly parade through the street. Come and clap them on and be dazzled by the diversity. Last year there was everything from medieval knights to belly dancers, and dragons to dancing flowers!

Pet Festival

Animal lovers take note, and dog owners please put this one in your doggy’s diary! The best day of the year for your fur friend is The Pet Festival at OH Reid Oval in Chatswood on Saturday September 21. This family and fur friendly event promises fun for everyone who loves animals – there’ll be doggie fashion parades, games, a 101 Dalmations jumping castle, free caricatures, talks from vets and experts on the best pet care and advice on behavioural problems, an international food market for the humans, and an off-leash area for the four-legged socialites.

The winner of the second annual Archipaws Pet Portrait competition will also be announced at The Pet Festival, with 136 paintings, illustrations, drawings and photographs of beloved pets entered this year. The top 20 artworks have already been transformed into flags that are flying in the Chatswood CBD!

For more on the Pet Festival visit

More for Kids and Families

Emerge Festival always offers great entertainment for children and families with a collection of creative, colourful and entertaining events, workshops and activities.

Magical lane, with its unicorn rides, jumping castle, and farm animals, returns this year to delight young and old.

Chatswood Mall will have pop-up entertainment throughout the Festival, including circus activities, cosplay, K-pop and beatboxing performances. Meanwhile, the Kidzone stage will host performances from the North Shore’s best dance schools.

Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney says there is a huge mix of activities, particularly during the school holidays.

“We’ve tried to better cater for teenagers and young adults, including video gaming, a rock climbing wall and creative workshops.”

Families always love the Festival Oasis on offer during school holidays too. Held on The Concourse from 28 Sept-13 October, you can find free activities for kids-tweens, including DIY workshops, a silent disco, LEGO ® and slime making workshops, Bollywood dance workshops and lots more..

The Arts Biennial

Above: ‘Willoughby Train’ by Tom Loveday and ‘The Eclipse’ by Eye Shen.

Art lovers will already have this on the calendar, but if you haven’t experienced it before – now is the time. The Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial runs from September 4 – October 13, and this year is all about ‘The Tenacious Realm’, which explores the very resounding theme of resilience and the community.

Highlights include

  • The Tenacious Realm Public Art Walk where you can follow the trail to explore sculpture installation and performance art at the outdoor space at The Concourse.
  • Giant video artworks on The Urban Screen at The Concourse.
  • Exhibitions curated at Incinerator Art Space (2 Small Street, Willoughby), Spring Street Hub (Victoria Avenue, Chatswood), and the Foyer Exhibition Space (31 Victor Street, Chatswood).
  • An evening of video and performance art set to a party atmosphere at The Moon Bar on September 27.

For the full Arts Biennial program visit and Willoughby.

For the full list of events and activities for Emerge Festival 2019 visit

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