What’s On – 291

Vegan Day Out

Returning for its fifth year, the weekend-long Vegan Day Out is set to be bigger and better than ever before, with record numbers expected to partake in the cruelty-free fun.

Taking place all along Glebe Point Road on the 17 and 18 September, make sure your first stop is the Cruelty Free Shop where you can pick up your free Vegan Day Out Map, browse their storewide discounts and sample some delicious vegan fare. With your map secured, go on a stroll to all the participating cafes and businesses, showing your map to receive the special Vegan Day Out specials. These include meal deals, free coffees, two for one offers, discounted vegan groceries, food sampling, wine tasting and so much more.

And don’t think the specials are limited to vegan speciality shops; many of your favourite cafes and restaurants will be putting on exclusive vegan menus for the event. With over 2500 people coming along for the flesh-free ride last year, get in early to ensure you get to try it all!

Head to www.facebook.com/CrueltyFreeShop for more info.


Sydney Indie Spirits Tasting

Inner West legends Young Henry’s and Poor Tom’s Gin of Marrickville will be setting up shop at the upcoming Sydney Indie Spirit Tasting to prove that us Inner Westies know our stuff when it comes to gin distilling. This year marks the first time the event is open to members of the public and it will be taking place at Frankie’s Pizza on September 18. Aiming to educate the public on the vast array of boutique spirits being produced around Australia, over 40 suppliers and 120 artisan spirits will be on show, with lots of tastings and talks with distillers. Despite being better known for their all-round great beer brews, Young Henry’s will be showing off their Nightsweat Moonshine and Noble Cut Gin, which the boys describe as a “brewers gin”, blending techniques and flavours from both distillation and their expertise in brewing. Catering to anyone with an interest in specialist spirits, the event is open to both consumers and trade so get in early to secure your spot.

Tickets are $40 online; $50 at the door.


13-24 Sept, 7pm, 8.30pm
Montague Basement at Erskineville Town Hall

New independent theatre company Montague Basement are putting on an ambitious spread this Fringe Festival season, with three productions gracing the stage of our local Erskineville Town Hall. Featuring a mix of new and established work, the residency will kick off with the new, all-female work Tammy & Kite. This will be followed up by Metamorphoses, an adaption of the epic Roman poem with a dose of Kanye for good measure and Crave, which takes a poetic look at the uglier parts of humanity. Tickets are $15-$20. To book visit montaguebasement.com/tickets.
Where: Erskineville Town Hall, 104 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville


Wed 21 Sept, 7pm
FuelBox Date-Night

Tapping into a hot topic – how technology is affecting our social lives – FuelBox is teaming up with Social September to raise money for the Reach Foundation. Social September is all about disconnecting to reconnect and encouraging people to press pause this September. FuelBox took this as a sign to organise a date night, taking over Alegrias Spanish Tapas for the occasion. Local businesses have donated goods for a raffle on the night and each couple will be gifted a bottle of Evan’s & Tate Wine. Tickets are $65; visit fuelboxaustralia.com.au.
Where: Alegrias Spanish Tapas, 9/332 Darling St, Balmain


Thurs 22 Sept, 2-3.30pm
Internet for Beginners

The Internet is becoming a part of every aspect of life and it has never been more necessary to understand its workings. If you have ever felt like you are falling behind, this workshop will cater to those looking to uncover the basics of computer use. The classes aim to foster confidence in new computer users, allowing them to keep up with the changing technological age. innerwest.nsw.gov.au; 9367 9211.
Where: Leichhardt Library, Italian Forum and Balmain Library, 370 Darling St, Balmain


Sun 25 Sept, 10am-2.30pm
Big Bike Day

Celebrating all things cycling, the Big Bike Day will cap off the wider Inner West Big Bike Week promoting safe and enjoyable cycling across the Inner West. The event will cater to cyclists of all levels of experience, with music, face painting and BMX stunt shows ready to keep the kids entertained. On site there will be free bicycle maintenance checks to keep your wheels riding smoothly and bike riding lessons, or even unicycle lessons if you’re a hipster who views two wheels as too mainstream! This is a free event with lunch and beverages supplied.
Where: War Memorial Park, 39-73 Moore St, Lilyfield


Sun 25 Sept, 4-9pm
Let Them Stay at Petersham Bowling Club

A bunch of musos called Not From Here who, in their own words, have “been round the dancefloor a time or two” are teaming up with the Newtown Asylum Seekers Centre and Petersham Bowlo to play some tunes, have a dance and raise some funds for those less fortunate than themselves. Come join them for an afternoon of stories and song with all funds going directly to the Asylum Seekers Centre, so that they can continue to support asylum seekers in our local community.
Where: Petersham Bowling Club, 77 Brighton St, Petersham


Sunday, 9 October
Concord Carnival

Our annual family fun day – is returning to Greenlees Park. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Heroes’. We see heroes all around us. They can feature on movie screens, perform on the sports field, save lives in operating theatres or work as Council volunteers. Who are your heroes? This year’s event promises to be fun with spectacular performances from local entertainers, over 80 stalls and outdoor entertainment for the whole family. Help us to celebrate them at Concord Carnival this year.
Where: Greenlees Park Concord