Get to the fair
Dulwich Hill Village Fair is sure to impress visitors young and old this year with music, dancing and delicious food for all.
A huge line-up of local entertainment is planned for the Fair on Sunday 1st December from 10am to 4pm, including an appearance by Simon Meli (The Voice 2012) and his band The Widowbirds along with reggae group Revolution Incorporated and children’s performers Lolo Lavina and the Gypsy Caravan.
Kids under 12 are also invited to learn to drum like the pros at the Earthbeats workshops running throughout the day, or check out the Kids Play Park in the Seaview Street Car Park for free children’s activities. If you’re around Loftus Square, don’t forget to take in an animal show, jump on a ride or stop for a free photo with Santa!
Aside from all this though, there will also be stalls galore for grown-ups to do some Christmas shopping and plenty of food on offer from locally produced cakes, bread and pastries to savoury delights.
• Where: Marrickville Road between New Canterbury Road and Durham Lane. For more information visit www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au
Get your GroovABILITY on
Aussie comedian Tim Ferguson will headline this year’s GroovABILITY Festival in celebration of International Day of People with a Disability, so get ready for a barrel of laughs!
Now in its third year, the GroovABILITY Festival will be held at Burwood Park on Thursday 5th December, from 10am to 3pm.
In a unique collaboration between local councils, the festival offers a fun-filled day of live entertainment including performances by Mick on Wheels, Georgia Juliette and the Kings of Windsor Choir, as well as a movies screenings and workshops, all alongside a disability service provider expo.
Visitors can also enjoy inclusive free cultural and sport activities such as drumming, yoga, tai chi, soccer, softball and modified cricket, and then take a break for a BBQ lunch.
“GroovABILITY will be a day of entertainment and fun but it will also be an important source of information for the community, particularly families and carers,” said Mayor of Marrickville, Jo Haylen.
The day’s events will include a discussion about the National Disability Insurance Scheme, where guests can ask questions and talk about what the scheme means for them.
• For more information call Burwood Council on 9911 9911.
Saturday 30th November
Footpath sale at Meshea
Meshea Lifestyle are stocked up and ready for Christmas (can you believe it’s only four weeks away?!) so if you plan to do a little Christmas shopping this weekend be sure to stop by their footpath sale from 10am to 2pm on Saturday. They’ve got perfect party frocks for summer from Mist, Firefly, Layer’d and Vigorella as well as Liberty print night dresses from Love & Lustre and new Sol Sana sandals – and you can get it all gift wrapped. Don’t miss the one-day only reductions.
• Where: 40-42 Short St, Leichhardt
Sunday 1st December
Dawn Fraser Baths Open Day
Held annually in December, the Dawn Fraser Baths’ Open Day is coming around again. Offering free entry from noon to 4pm and remaining open until 7pm, this is a great chance to enjoy this great community asset and have a fun day in the sun with the family. Other than giving free access to the swim facilities at the baths, this Open Day will also have a fantastic slew of activities including a BBQ, swimming races, sandcastle competition, yoga demonstrations and live music entertainment. Come join the fun and kick off summer with a bang!
• More info at www.lpac.nsw.gov.au/Dawn-Fraser-Baths
Tuesday 3rd December
Bring It On Annandale
The school holidays are a time for fun and activities for kids, but at times it’s hard to find something that’s fun to do. Luckily, Leichhardt Council is providing a day of fun, free activities. From 3.30pm to 6.30pm at the Annandale Neighbourhood Centre on Johnston St, Bring It On Annandale is an event for kids aged 12-18. With activities including ping pong, pool, cupcake decorating, jewellery making and beading, as well as food and drinks, this is just the kind of fun you need. With a fitness class from 4pm to 5pm and a screening of the film Bring It On from 5pm, this will be a good time for anyone struggling with boredom!
• See the events page on www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au
Wednesday 4th December
Strathfield Coffee Tour
This Amazing Coffee Tour of Strathfield kicks off at 2pm and runs for 2.5 hours. It takes coffee lovers on an excursion where they will taste the best coffee in the area before learning how to make a great coffee themselves with a mini-barista course. Don’t miss all the behind the scenes tips from coffee experts, tickets cost $50. Expert Local is also currently looking for local tour guides to show people around their area; if this is something you’d be interested in doing visit www.expertlocal.com for more information! They need more Inner West-based tour experiences!
• More info at www.expertlocal.com/experience/54/Amazing-coffee-tour
Saturday 7th December
Get in touch with your inner Cinderella at the FMK Hair Charity Masquerade Ball. To be held at Lauriston House this year, all funds raised at the event will go towards the Westmead Childrens Hospital. The evening starts with pre-dinner drinks at 6.30pm and tickets are $90 per person or $900 for a table of 10. To purchase tickets over the phone call the Fairfield Heights store with your credit card details handy.
• Where: 146 Marsden Rd, Dundas Valley
Sunday 8th December
A young string duo – Charlotte Featherstone (from Chippendale) and Alastair Duff-Forbes – will feature as the star performers in Sinfonia’s final concert for the year, to take place from 2.30pm at the Macquarie Theatre (Macquarie Uni), North Ryde. Led by founder and conductor of the orchestra, Balmain’s Gary Stavrou – who celebrates his 21st year with the sinfonia this year – the musicians will play works from the greats like Mozart, Sibelius and Beethoven. Tickets are $25, or $20 for concession and available online.
• Visit www.balmainsinfonia.com to book your tickets
Thursday 12th December
A Very Woggy Xmas Comedy Gala
Returning for its fourth year and hosted by the Factory Theatre in Marrickville, A Very Woggy Xmas Comedy Gala promises to have you in holiday-themed stitches. This night will feature some of our nation’s biggest names in comedy, including Fat Pizza’s Tahir, International Comedy star Joe Avati and Aussie Italian Gabriel Rossi, as well as introducing newcomers Freda Deguise and Neel Kolhatkar, who shot to fame overnight for his YouTube clip ‘Australia in 2 Minutes’. Any fans of Aussie ethnic comedy will not want to miss this!
• For more information, visit www.factorytheatre.com.au
Sunday 15th December
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way…Do you know the next line? If so, then join the sing-along! Carols on Norton will be held on December 15th from 7pm and everyone is invited! This is a free, outdoor event where our local children’s choir teams up with the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus to put on a unforgettable night of silly season entertainment featuring traditional and contemporary festive tunes. Join MC Lex Marinos as well as the orchestra and team of singers at Pioneers Park to celebrate the holidays. Tickets are $25, or $15 for kids, and available online.
• For more information visit www.espressochorus.com.au
Until Sat 21st December
Red Bull Curates: Ross Halfin
This rather rad exhibition hits Earl’s Duke Joint in Newtown this December showcasing a selection of photographs by one of the world’s most acclaimed music photographers, Ross Halfin. The limited edition works span four decades and feature legendary subjects including Led Zeppelin, The Who and Black Sabbath. Each of the 12 small bars involved in the exhibition (of which Earl’s is just one) has chosen 10 images to exhibit, in collaboration with Halfin, that best represent their venues. The images will rotate and be exhibited until the end of the year with the images on display all available for purchase.
• More info at www.redbull.com.au/curates