The Events You Need to Know About in September

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Sep 01, 2017

This month’s top cultural and sporting events include the AFL Grand Finals, Elton John and His Band, and Canberra’s Floriade. Compiled by Samantha O’Brien.

VICTORIA

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole into the whimsical world of Lewis Carroll’s book with The Australian Ballet’s production, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.

When: 12-30 September
Where: Arts Centre Melbourne

Pop-up Globe 
Here for a limited season, Pop-up Globe gives Shakespeare’s most popular plays – including Othello and Much Ado About Nothing – a modern twist, with sweeping dances and dramatic battles.

When: 21 September-12 November
Where: Beside the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne 

AFL Grand Final
It’s the biggest date on the AFL calendar – the hotly contested 2017 premiership will be decided in front of a crowd of thousands on the hallowed grounds of the ’G.

When: 30 September
Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Richmond

Christopher Cross
Come Sailing with the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter as he takes you through his timeless hits, including Arthur’s Theme, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1982.

When: 7 September
Where: Forum Melbourne

Gareth Sansom
With more than 130 works on display, covering the artist’s entire career, the exhibition celebrates one of Australia’s most highly regarded painters of the avant-garde.

15 September-28 January 2018
Where: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 

Melbourne Fringe 
Catch a comedy set with America’s Arj Barker and see live art take over Brunswick – just two of the 400-plus events to look forward to at this 18-day independent arts festival.

When: 14 September-1 October
Where: Various venues 

NSW 

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
The Australian premiere of the critically acclaimed bio-musical is here. Witness the life and music of one of the world’s most legendary songwriters, including the release of her first hit (Will You Love Me Tomorrow) in the ’60s and Tapestry, the album that made her an icon.

When: From 17 September 
Where: Sydney Lyric theatre, Pyrmont 

Ferruccio Furlanetto
Having performed at New York City’s Met and London’s Royal Opera House, the Italian bass singer is coming to Australia for a series of recitals, accompanied by pianist Igor Tchetuev.

When: 27-29 September 
Where: City Recital Hall, Sydney

Tina Arena
Celebrating her 40th year in the entertainment business, the pop icon is on tour, making a stop in Sydney to perform old favourites.

When: 23 September 
Where: ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour 

Just for Laughs Sydney
Scottish stand-up Kevin Bridges is among the stars heading to Sydney for this internationally renowned comedy festival, which culminates in the All-Star Gala at the Sydney Opera House.

11-17 September 
Where: Various venues 

Sydney Running Festival
Lace up your runners and get set for a marathon or half-marathon course that takes in Sydney’s most beautiful landmarks, including the Harbour Bridge.

When: 17 September 
Where: Milsons Point to Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Sydney Fringe Festival 
NSW’s largest independent arts festival returns with more than 300 productions, including a world-first interactive art showcase from British artist Insa that will take over World Square.

When: 1-30 September 
Where: Various venues

Heuer Globetrotter Exhibition
Celebrating more than 150 years of fine craftsmanship, the Swiss watchmaker's Australian flagship will host an exhibition to commemorate the brand's history and impact on sports timekeeping, featuring vintage Heuer models on loan from their museum in Switzerland.

When: 16-30 September
Where: TAG Heuer Boutique, Westfield Sydney

NT

Parrtjima: A Festival in Light
Brilliantly illuminated for this event, the MacDonnell Ranges become a 300-million-year-old canvas.

When: 22 September-1 October
Where: Alice Springs Desert Park 

Festival Darwin International Film Festival
Cleverman actor Rob Collins is the ambassador of DIFF, which will screen Indigenous documentaries and international entries as well as drone films.

When: 14-25 September 
Where: Deckchair Cinema, Darwin

QUEENSLAND

Ariana Grande 
The American songstress is bringing her Dangerous Woman Tour to Australia, with hits that are set to entertain fans old and new.

When: 12 September 
Where: Brisbane Entertainment Centre 

Michael Mosley – Live on Stage 
The man behind the internationally popular 5:2 Fast Diet talks to Julia Zemiro about health myths, followed by an audience Q&A.

When: 6 September 
Where: Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane

WA

Wallabies vs Springboks 
See our green-and-gold Qantas Wallabies take on South Africa’s Springboks as part of the 2017 Rugby Championship.

When: 9 September 
Where: NIB Stadium, Perth 

Joel McHale 
A comedy legend in his own right, the Community star is bringing his charm and special brand of stand-up to Perth audiences.

When: 18 September 
Where: The Regal Theatre, Subiaco 

TASMANIA

Sounds of the Silver Screen
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra performs memorable movie soundtracks, including music from the Harry Potter, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings films.

When: 7 and 9 September 
Where: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, and Albert Hall, Launceston

Junction Arts Festival
This cultural festival, celebrating community and creativity, showcases some of the best art, comedy and music in Tasmania.

When: 6-10 September
Where: Various venues, Launceston 

Elton John and His Band
Put on your electric boots (and mohair suit) – the legend is back and he’s bringing his iconic songs.

When: 27-28 September
Where: Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart 

SA

Royal Adelaide Show 
The annual agricultural show is bigger than ever, with animals, rides and plenty of carnival food – fun for the whole family!

When: 1-10 September 
Where: Adelaide Showground 

Dan Sultan
To mark the release of his new album, Killer, the alt-rock musician is bringing his tour to Adelaide, backed by a full band. 

When: 15 September 
Where: HQ Complex, Adelaide 

OzAsia Festival
Celebrating the artistic and cultural ties between Australia and Asia, this festival features exhibitions and performances, including the dance-theatre production Until the Lions. Don’t miss the Lucky Dumpling Market.

When: 21 September-8 October
Where: Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide 

ACT

Festival Floriade
Australia’s biggest celebration of spring is in full bloom. Expect a glorious display of more than a million bulbs and annuals across 8000 square metres of parkland.

When: 16 September-15 October
Where: Commonwealth Park, Canberra 

Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters
This Indigenous-led exhibition takes you into the heart of Australia on an immersive multimedia journey.

When: 15 September-25 February 2018
Where: National Museum of Australia, Canberra 

Angelica Mesiti
Five major works from the contemporary artist will call the gallery home for six months, including her award-winning silent anthem, Rapture (2009). 

When: 9 September-March 2018
Where: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  

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