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Festivals in Lane Cove


Lane Cove Festival is now online!

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Each September, we celebrate everything that is great about living in Lane Cove with an annual month-long program of community and Council-run activities.

Life looks a bit different in 2021, but we think it's an important time to connect and celebrate Lane Cove's valuable community groups so we're working hard to adapt the Festival to keep you connected to your community in a COVID-19 safe way this September. 

Check out the Lane Cove Festival 2021 program, connect with local community groups and explore what's on offer in a COVID-19 safe way. Updates to activities featured in the program are available further below.


View the Lane Cove Festival 2021 program.​

Download a copy of the Lane Cove Festival 2021 program.

Download a text only version of the Lane Cove Festival 2021 program.

There are more than 20 online activities you can participate in this September, hosted by Council and local community groups. Why not try something new during lockdown? From cooking classes and music performances; to storytimes and creative workshops, there's something for everyone to enjoy online this month. ​
We encourage you to contact community organisers prior to attending scheduled events. We'll continue to provide related program updates as they become available. 


New details are available for the following activities:

Workshop for Parents and Supervisors of Learner Drivers Thursday 2 September, 6:00pm-7:15pm
The workshop will offer practical advice about current driving rules and requirements for L and P platers, how learner drivers benefit from supervised on-road driving, and how you can help make learning to drive a safe and positive experience. The workshop will be held online via Zoom. Visit Council’s Events webpage for bookings.

First Fridays: Aboriginal Education with Koori Kinnections Friday 3 September
Organised by Lane Cove Council. This Fun Fridays we come together to celebrate Cameraygal Week which acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which the Lane Cove Area now stands. Join Jess from Koori Kinnections as she teaches us some fun Aboriginal games. Can’t play at school? Don’t worry, these are still fun games you can play with your family. This pre-recorded workshop video will be presented on Council’s Facebook page.

Emperor Penguin Illustrations for Dad Saturday 4 September, 11:00am-12:30pm
Emperor Penguins are one of the hardest working fathers in the animal kingdom. Learn to draw a regal emperor penguin inspired by your dad!  Bring along one of your Dad’s favourite accessories such as a tie or a hat to draw on your penguin. Only basic drawing materials required, suitable for kids aged 5 years +. Teacher: Yvonne Le. Bookings via the Gallery Lane Cove website.

Beach Sunset Painting with Dad Sunday 5 September, 10:00am-11:30am
Join Jo on Father's Day for a special Family Friendly online workshop involving step by step instructions to paint your very own Sunset Beach scene with yourself and your dad! Teacher: Joanna Williams. Family Friendly Workshop, $35 per household (maximum 5 people). Bookings via the Gallery Lane Cove website.

HIITMeUp Session with Lane Cove Youth Centre 6, 8, 13 and 15 September, 4:30pm-5:30pm
Lane Cove Youth Centre has partnered with the team from Blue Fit to develop a new online mental health and wellbeing program. Aimed towards young people aged 14-18, this free program involves a 45-minute group fitness session with a Blue Fit Personal Trailer via Zoom. Bonus: no equipment is needed! We'll get the ball rolling on Monday 6 September, with the following sessions held on Wednesday 8, Monday 13 and Wednesday 15 September. Numbers are limited.

Meditation on Zoom Every Tuesday (7, 14, 21, 28 September), 4:00pm-4:45pm
Relax and celebrate inner peace with our mantra meditation group. A simple practice easily learned, but rarely mastered! Zoom link provided on booking. Contact Karen at or on 0400 299 751

Rehearsals and Fun Thursday 9 September, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Organised by LaVoce. LaVoce celebrates Lane Cove by singing for fun each week. For the Festival we would like all to experience what it is like to sing in rehearsal on Zoom. Join us to sing popular songs and hear us sing some old standards. The rehearsal will be hosted online and link provided after booking. Contact Adrian Lee at 

Book Club Thursday 9 September, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Organised by Lane Cove Community Chaplaincy. Celebrate the joy of reading and our different viewpoints about life. Book Club will be hosted online with link provided after booking. Contact Karen at or on 0400 299 751.
Children’s Art Project From 10 September
Each year child care centres and local groups participate in the Children’s Art Project. This year, participants were asked to decorate recycled plastic bottles with colours and images that represent what they love about Lane Cove. These bottles were then cut by teachers ready to be hung in the Plaza. The project aims to educate and explore creativity through reusing items for artistic purposes rather than sending them to landfill.
Thank you to 1st Lane Cove Scouts, Greenwood Lane Cove Meriton, Happy Kids Early Learning, Kindy Cove, KU Osborne Park Preschool, Lane Cove Montessori, Lane Cove Montessori Academy, Lane Cove Out of School Inc, Mirrabrook Early Learning Centre, Possum’s Corner Child Care Centre and Stringybark Child Care Centre.​

Introduction to Baha’i Sunday 12 September, 9:00am-10:00am
Organised by Baha’i Community of Lane Cove. The Baha'i Community of Lane Cove will be hosting an online event which will include an introduction to the Baha'i Faith, as well as an inter-Faith devotional service drawing on Writings from the world's major religions. The Temple Bus Tour has been postponed to a future date due to the current restrictions. Email to register and you will be sent the login details

Storytime Online: Where's Lucky? by Jacqui Halpin and Sandra Severgnini Monday 13 September, 10:00am
Sara from Lane Cove Library joins us to read 'Where's Lucky' by Jacqui Halpin and Sandra Severgnini. Lucky, the orphaned swamp wallaby, has a knack for getting into mischief. While Theresa and Tony care for him, and their mob of other joeys, Lucky gets into lots of places he should not be. Where will they find Lucky next? An amusing tale about the delights and difficulties of caring for orphaned joeys. The pre-recorded video will be shared on Council's Facebook page.

Native Flora of Lane Cove Council Thursday 16 September, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Organised by Lane Cove Council’s Bushcare Team. Join ecologist Meredith Brainwood from Applied Ecology who will discuss the results of a recent flora survey of Lane Cove’s bushland, including updated vegetation maps, the condition of our bushland reserves and interesting species discovered during their investigations. Bookings via Council’s Bushcare Events webpage

What Day Is It Again? – Lane Cove Youth Orchestra Friday 17 September
Organised by Lane Cove Youth Orchestra. Lockdown is tough and brings with it new challenges and learning the ways of the virtual world. Lane Cove Youth Orchestra did not want to miss out on the opportunity to perform and show audiences their hard work. We take a look back at the Orchestra’s 2020 isolation performance aptly called ‘What Day Is It Again?’. This piece was composed by Tim Hansen, conducted by Mark Brown and sound and video engineered by Ruari Campbell. The pre-recorded concert will be shared on Council’s Facebook page

View of India from a Language Perspective Saturday 18 September, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Organised by The Lane Cove Indian Community. Join the Lane Cove Indian Community and learn about the sub-continent of India and its culture through the languages that are used. In this presentation you will also get to learn words in one of these vast languages. Enquiries via Lane Cove Indian Community Facebook page

Lane Cove Children’s Festival Sunday 19 September, 9:00am-9:45am
Organised by Baha’i Community of Lane Cove. The Children’s Festival has moved online. The theme of the festival will be joy and the program will include yoga, arts and dancing! Complete the Children’s Festival online registration form to attend and details and resources will be sent to you.

Lebanese Cooking Class Sunday 19 September, 11:00am-2:00pm
Organised by Culinary Tales. Culinary Tales provides refugees with meaningful work experience as they share their story and cuisine through leading an interactive cooking class. Join Lebanese chef, Saida, to cook some traditional dishes and learn about their personal story. Date moved to Sunday and will be hosted online. For tickets visit the Culinary Tales website​ where you will be able to select from two options. One will include all ingredients from local grocers and the other will require you to source your own produce.

Storytime Online: Lucy's Book by Natalie Jane Prior and Cheryl Orsini Monday 20 September, 10:00am 
Join Chris from Lane Cove Library to read ‘Lucy’s Book’ by Natalie Jane Prior and Cheryl Orsini. This book captures that special connection between a child and their favourite book, as well as celebrating the way sharing stories can bring people together. Lucy's mum takes her to the library every Saturday. Lucy loves to read, but there is one special book that she borrows over and over again. The book is shared between friends, dropped in the ocean, flown to China and even made into a banana sandwich. But what will happen when everyone's favourite book goes missing? The pre-recorded video will be shared on Council's Facebook page.

Local Music Livestream with JËVA Friday 24 September, 5:00pm, Council's Facebook page
Organised by Lane Cove Council in partnership with EventSound. Lift your mood and get the weekend vibes flowing with tunes from local artist JËVA as we livestream a performance on Council's Facebook page. Dancing around your living room is highly recommended! JËVA is a locally-based singer-songwriter, and self-identified budding pop prince. Writing in the Pop and K-Pop genres that helped raise him, JËVA is bound to get you up and grooving. Check it out on Council's Facebook page.​​

Creative Workshop with Hotbed Designs Friday 24 September
If you are looking for a way to entertain the kids these school holidays, look no further. This Festival Friday we have a special workshop from Hotbed Designs where Bess takes us through a craft workshop. The pre-recorded concert will be shared on Council’s Facebook page.

Simple Indian Cooking – A Kerala Dish Saturday 25 September, 10:00am-12:00pm
Organised by The Lane Cove Indian Community and the Malayali Community of the North Shore. An online live interactive cooking demonstration where you’ll learn how to cook a simple Indian dish made in 'Kerala' style and can be adapted using various locally available ingredients. Enquiries via Lane Cove Indian Community Facebook page

Butterflies of Sydney Tuesday 28 September, 7:00pm - 8:15pm​​
Organised by Lane Cove Council's Bushland Team. With names like Orchard Swallowtail and Painted Lady, butterflies and their myriad colours and patterns capture our imagination. These flying beauties are also key pollinators for the plants of our gardens and bushland. Discover more about our local butterfly species, tips on identifying them and attracting them to your garden with Dr Suzi Bond from the Butterflies Australia Citizen Science Project. Find out how to share your sightings and photos with researchers through the Butterflies Australia website or app to help conserve these fascinating insects! Bookings essential for this online presentation via zoom on Council's Eventbrite page.

Balcony Garden Plant Giveaway All September
Organised by Lane Cove Council’s Backyard Habitat Team. Gardens come in all sizes and greening your small space with potted plants also creates a beautiful and relaxing sanctuary. Council’s Backyard Habitat Program is offering a free native pot plant to residents interested in starting or adding to their balcony or apartment garden. Registrations for the Balcony Garden Plant Giveaway are still open. To claim a native seedling pot for collection post-lockdown, contact Backyard Habitat Officer Vickie Lee on 9911 3654 or while stocks last.
Child Car Seat Safety Checks All September
Lane Cove Council is offering free child car seat fitting vouchers to people who live in the Lane Cove Council area. A voucher entitles the recipient to have a restraint checked, refitted or fully fitted by a designated local Authorised Restraint Fitter. Limited numbers of vouchers for distribution. Vouchers must be redeemed by Sunday 3 October 2021. For enquiries contact Council’s Road Safety Officers at or 9911 3576.


Unfortunately, the following events are no longer going ahead:

Lane Cove Art Award Postponed
Unfortunately for the second year in the row the Lane Cove Art Award has been postponed. A lot of work goes in behind the scenes with dedicated volunteers from Lane Cove Art Society helping to receive and coordinate artworks and help to deliver a popular opening night. With Sydney still in a critical phase of COVID-19 the difficult decision has been made not to host the Award later this month. Artists can register their interest to be notified of the next Award date by emailing Council supports this decision and thanks Lane Cove Art Society for their ongoing involvement in this signature event on our annual calendar. 

Rotary Fair Cancelled
Due to the current Covid-19 situation and considering the current NSW Government information, Rotary Lane Cove and Lane Cove Council have agreed to cancel the Lane Cove Rotary Fair and Sustainability Lane event planned for Sunday 10th October 2021. We considered there is too much uncertainty to be able to provide a safe community event. Both organisations believe that this is the responsible decision to ensure community protection. We look forward to welcoming you back in October 2022.


Cameraygal Week

Traditional Basket Weaving Workshop Cancelled

Aboriginal Art with Dreamtime Connections Cancelled
Organised by Lane Cove Council.​


Celebrate with Music

Saturday Sounds with Special Guests: Emad Younan and James Lyon Postponed
Organised by Lane Cove Council. The Saturday Sounds program in Lane Cove Plaza will recommence when restrictions allow.

Twilight Concert Postponed
Organised by Lane Cove Youth Orchestra. The scheduled Twilight Concert has been postponed, taking place on a future date post-lockdown.

‘At Your Request’ Jazz Quintet Cancelled
Organised by Lane Cove Council. 

Celebrate Creativity

Lane Cove Maker’s Market Cancelled
Organised by The Beaches Market​.


Celebrate Culture

Shinnyo-en Open Day Postponed
Organised by Shinnyo-en Buddhist Temple. Open Day has been postponed until further notice. Visit the Shinnyo-en Buddhist Temple website or contact for information.

Temple Bus Tour Postponed
Organised by Baha’i Community of Lane Cove. The Temple Bus Tour has been postponed to a future date due to the current restrictions. For enquiries contact Ruhi at or 0422 346 192 

Wednesday Weekly Walk Postponed
Organised by Lane Cove Community Chaplaincy. Walks will resume when the lockdown lifts. Contact Karen at or on 0400 299 751.

Celebrate Nature

Waterbug Blitz Cancelled

Growing Ferns and Groundcovers Cancelled

Sustainability Workshops Cancelled
Organised by Market Garden Park Community Garden. Enquiries via Mary Anne at 

Spring Native Plant Stall Cancelled
Organised by Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society. The Society looks forward to welcoming the community to the next plant stall in March 2022. 

Walk and Wonder Postponed
Organised by Lane Cove Community Chaplaincy. Monthly walks will resume when the lockdown lifts, on the third Sunday afternoon of the month. Contact Karen at or on 0400 299 751.
Bushcare's Big Day Out Cancelled

Carisbrook’s Springtime Garden Seminar and Plant Sale Postponed
Organised by Lane Cove Historical Society. Seminar cancelled for 2021 with intention to run in 2022. Plants will be sold on weekends after lockdown. Visit the Carisbrook Historic House Instagram page​ or contact

Spotlight Stroll Cancelled


Celebrate Community

Family Fun Day Cancelled
Organised by Meeting House Inc.

Movie and Pizza Night Postponed
Organised by Longueville Uniting Church. September event has been cancelled. Movie nights scheduled for Tuesday 5 October and Tuesday 2 November. For bookings and enquiries, contact 9428 4287.​

Coffee and Company Postponed
Organised by Lane Cove Community Chaplaincy. This group will resume when the lockdown lifts, on second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Contact Karen at or on 0400 299 751.

Lane Cove History Tour of Gore Hill Memorial Cemetery Cancelled

Animal Adventure Screen on the Green Cancelled

Carisbrook Historic House - Devonshire Tea Weekend Postponed
Organised by Lane Cove Historical Society. September event cancelled with November event expected to go ahead. Visit the Carisbrook Historic House Instagram page or contact 

Frontier Services Charity Barbeque Cancelled


Celebrate Your Library 

Father’s Day Card Craft Cancelled

Be Connected – Games for Desktop and Laptops Computers Cancelled

Brain Games Cancelled

Author Talk – Sandie Jessamine Cancelled

Be Connected – Games for Smartphones and Tablets Cancelled

Spring Craft Cancelled

Military History Talk – Seaman Teddy Sheean VC Cancelled

Author Talk – Gerdette Rooney – Womadic Wanders Cancelled

Moments in Music – The Story of Modern Music: The First 40 Years Cancelled


Celebrate Being Active

Orienteering Cancelled
Organised by Garingal Orienteers Inc & Bold Horizons. This event has been cancelled to comply with current COVID-19 regulations. If you live locally and would like to try out orienteering in your own time, please contact the organisers: or 0418 270 476.

Big Family Fun Ride Cancelled

Bike Maintenance Workshop Postponed 
Organised by Lane Cove Council’s Road Safety Team. Date moved from September to Thursday 18 November, 6:00pm-9:00pm. See the details for the November Bike Maintenance workshop​. Contact Council’s Road Safety Officer on 9911 3576 or


Festival by the River

Celebrate life on the river with a range of events, exhibitions, self-guided walks and a virtual Food + Wine by the River experience.

Download the 2020 Festival by the River program today!

Download a text only version of the 2020 Festival by the River program.

Autumn Harmony: March

Celebrate diversity and inclusion this March with Autumn Harmony. The month-long annual Festival features workshops, film screenings, yoga sessions, Art Month exhibitions, talks and more for the whole community to enjoy!

Download the 2021 Program (PDF)

Sunset in the Village: January - February

Take advantage of the warmer months and enjoy free film screenings, live music, local bushwalks, creative workshops, public art and more! This program also includes the popular annual Lunar New Year celebration.

Download the 2021 Program

Gai-mariagal Festival

The Gai-mariagal Festival was founded in 2001 and aims to raise awareness of First Nations People living in the Northern Sydney region.

The festival starts on Sorry Day, 26 May and goes through to the end of NAIDOC Week; the second week in July each year. 

Visit the Gai-mariagal Festival website to view the 2021 program.

Village History Audio Guide:

Immerse yourself in Lane Cove village's history with a brief and entertaining audio guide that will take you back to Lane Cove's beginnings through to today. 

To access the guide you can download the free izi.TRAVEL app to your personal device via the Apple, Google and Windows app stores or download from the izi.TRAVEL website.

To find the guided walk, search 'Village History Audio Guide' once in the app to discover text, audio, images and GPS tracking to guide you along the walk. 

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Contact Us

Council's Cultural Team
Phone: 9911 3594