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Festivals in Lane Cove


Lane Cove Festival


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.

2022 Festival Program 

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The Lane Cove Festival Program is available to download below or to pick up at local Council venues. Inside you'll find more than 50 Council and community-run events taking place this September. 

View your 2022 Lane Cove Festival program.

Download the PDF version of the 2022 Lane Cove Festival program.

Download the plain-text version of the 2022 Lane Cove Festival program.

Program updates:

  • Please note the correct date for the Shinn-yo en Open Day is Sunday 25 September (pg. 23)

  • The venue for the Tastes of the World event has been changed to the Living and Learning Centre, 180 Longueville Rd (pg. 22)

  • The correct entry for Carisbrook House has been updated in the PDF version of the program (pg. 35)

Children's Art Project

Each year childcare centres, schools and local groups participate in the Children's Art Project. This year, 20 groups and over 200 children used recycled yarn to decorate a metal hoop. They were asked to weave or knot different textures in a way that reflects their love for Lane Cove. These hoops were then all tied together and hung in the Lane Cove Plaza. This project encourages young people to explore their creativity and create an eye-catching collaborative design. At the end of the Lane Cove Festival, the artworks will be returned, or the material recycled for other projects. 

Thank you to Bela Babes, Birrahlee Preschool, Cubby OOSH at Mowbray, Currambena Preschool, Currambena Primary School, Farran Street Quality Childcare Centre, Greenwood Lane Cove, Happy Kids Early Learning, Kindy Cove, KU Osborne Park Preschool, Lane Cove Montessori, Lane Cove Montessori Academy Child Care Centre, Lane Cove Out of School Care, Lane Cove Youth Centre, MindChamps Early Learning Lane Cove, Nicky's Kids Town, Possums' Corner Child Care Centre, Shinnyo-en Australia, St Michael's Catholic Primary School Lane Cove and Stringybark Child Care Centre. 

Cameraygal Week

First Fridays: Bush Tucker

Friday 2 September, 3:30pm – 5:00pm, Lane Cove Plaza

To celebrate Cameraygal Week, join Jess from Koori Kinnections to learn about bush foods and how they are sourced and prepared. As a special gift, those who attend will be able to try some of this fantastic locally sourced bush tucker. Gluten-free options will be available. No bookings required.

Indigenous Practices & Yarning Circle

Monday 5 September, 5:30pm arrival, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Tambourine Bay Reserve, Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview

Join Uncle Les McLeod and Marc Cottee to learn about Indigenous practices amongst the splendour of Tambourine Bay. The group will gather around the fire pit with Uncle Les presenting traditional fire techniques with a demonstration of using fire sticks. You will take part in a yarning circle and be treated to a didgeridoo performance by Marc Cottee. Bring your own camping chair for comfort and a torch for safety.

Book online. 

Mana Badangai Bushwalk

Wednesday 7 September, 9:30am – 11:30am, Blackman Park, Lloyd Rees Dr, Lane Cove West

Explore Aboriginal heritage on the Mana Badangai (meaning 'Gather Sydney Rock Oysters'), a peaceful walk along the shores of the Lane Cove River. A wonderful opportunity to gain insights into Aboriginal heritage, culture, spirituality, language and connection to the land with Karen Smith from the Aboriginal Heritage Office.

Book online.

Traditional Weaving Workshop - event postponed

Wednesday 7 September, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Lane Cove Youth Centre, 8 Little St, Lane Cove

Come to Lane Cove Youth Centre and join Karleen Green, expert Indigenous weaver, to improve your DIY projects at home. Learn deeply about Aboriginal weaving traditions in a workshop using natural materials to create beautiful and useful objects that you can practice at home. For ages 11-18.

**Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been postponed. We will confirm a new date and update this page as soon as possible.**

Festival Events

Waterbug Blitz

Saturday 3 September, 9:00am – 11:00am, Lane Cove Community Nursery 

Grab a dip net and magnifying glass and join in the Water Bug Blitz to discover which aquatic creatures are living in our creeks! These tiny creatures are great indicators of waterway health, so any water bugs you collect will provide useful information about our creeks. A great Citizen Science program for all the family to be involved with! All equipment and guidance provided by Council.

Book online.

National Child Protection Week

Sunday 4 September – Saturday 10 September

National Child Protection Week is a 30 year initiative that aims to educate, engage and empower Australians to understand the complexity of child abuse and neglect and work together to prevent it. This is achieved by sharing and creating resources, hosting webinars and events for communities to have conversations regarding children's safety and wellbeing. Council will have a family activity booklet available from Council's Civic Centre to start conversations and raise awareness amongst families.

Find out more

Lane Cove Bush Kids – ABC Aussie Animals

Tuesday 6 September, 9:45am – 11:15am, Tambourine Bay Reserve, Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview

Encourage your child to learn their ABCs. Participants will sing the ABC song and learn the Aussie animal alphabet. They will also go on an ABC bushwalk and look for animals to match the letters of the alphabet, make a nature letter and decorate one to take home. This is a term activity for children aged 2 to 5 years.

Book online

Growing Native Wildflowers

Thursday 8 September, 9:30am – 12:00pm, Lane Cove Community Nursery, Banksia Cl, Lane Cove West

Lane Cove bushland is home to many attractive spring wildflowers. Discover how to grow beautiful local native shrubs such as Grevillea and Correa from cuttings; a handy propagation technique useful for all home gardeners!

Book online.

Plant for Wildlife at Stringybark Creek

Saturday 10 September, 9:00am – 12:00pm, Stringybark Creek, Mindarie Park, Cnr Mindarie St & Kullah Pde, Lane Cove North

Join Bushcare for some tree planting, bush activities and a short nature walk at Bushcare's Big Day Out along beautiful Stringybark Creek. All welcome to this fun, family-friendly morning, with activities suiting most fitness levels. A great way to spend time in nature whilst caring for your environment. Tools and morning tea provided. A joint initiative of Stringybark Creek Residents Association and Lane Cove Council.

Book online

Saturday Sounds: Maryqueenofsax

Saturday 10 September, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Lane Cove Plaza

Get your morning coffee and come down to the Plaza for a special Lane Cove Festival edition of this monthly free event. Our special guests are performing on the bandstand to keep your Saturday morning lively. No bookings required. 

Music at The Canopy: Dave & Errol Duo

Sunday 11 September, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, The Canopy, Lane Cove

Drop by The Canopy for some live music for a relaxed Sunday afternoon in the village. 

Introduction to 3D Printing: Print, Bake, Eat

Tuesday 13 September, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Lane Cove Library, Library Walk, Lane Cove

Cookie cutters are a great way to bake and with 3D printers there is no limit to expressing your cookie creativity!  Learn how to download and print 3D printer files from Thingiverse. $5 per person.

Book online.

Lane Cove Bush Kids – Sensational Senses

Wednesday 14 September, 9:45am – 11:15am, Gore Creek Reserve, far end of the oval, St Vincents Rd, Greenwich

How many of our senses can we use to explore the natural world? Join Bush Kids for a look closely, listen carefully and feel softly bushwalk. Will we hear birds? Will we feel the breeze on our face? Will we touch some soft moss? One thing is certain, participants will use their sense of touch with your nature craft. This is a term activity for children aged 2 to 5 years

Book online

UNCOVERED: Northwood, Lloyd Rees and Beyond

Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios: 15 September – 22 October 2022

Macquarie University Art Gallery: 12 September – 21 October 2022

UNCOVERED: Northwood, Lloyd Rees and Beyond features an exciting and unexpected new discovery, a rare collection of life drawings by renowned Australian artist Lloyd Rees now held in the Macquarie University Art Collection. Shown to the public for the first time, the drawings pertain to the celebrated Northwood sketch club Rees attended every Thursday evening at the Santry's house that was situated nearby. 

Rediscovered in Rees' Northwood studio in 2019, the drawings will be displayed alongside several unfinished paintings produced by Rees, John Santry, Helen Stewart and Roland Wakelin that capture the atmosphere and mood of the period. Also included will be a selection of paintings held in private collections by other Northwood group members that illustrate their relationship and connection to the locale, as well as the similarities and differences in their subjects and painterly styles.

In addition, contemporary artist Brendan Kelly has created a series of new works in response to the Northwood group. Kelly's responses to site, places, buildings and topics frequented and favoured by these artists interweave a rich narrative ebbed with the tones and textures of history where the past meets the present.

This exhibition is a partnership between Macquarie University Art Gallery and Gallery Lane Cove and will be shown over both venues.

For more details on these exhibitions and to RSVP for the opening events, visit the Gallery Lane Cove website.

Bike Maintenance Workshop

Thursday 15 September, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, location confirmed upon booking

This free, practical workshop for Lane Cove residents teaches you how to maintain and care for your bike.

Bookings essential via Council's Road Safety team at or 9911 3576. 

Lane Cove Bush Kids – Sensational Senses

Friday 16 September, 9:45am – 11:15am, Gore Creek Reserve, far end of the oval, St Vincents Rd, Greenwich

How many of our senses can we use to explore the natural world? Join Bush Kids for a look closely, listen carefully and feel softly bushwalk. Will we hear birds? Will we feel the breeze on our face? Will we touch some soft moss? One thing is certain, participants will use their sense of touch with your nature craft. This is a term activity for children aged 2 to 5 years

Book online.

Harbourcare Land Based Clean Up x World Clean Up Day

Saturday 17 September, 9:00am – 11:00am, Tambourine Bay Reserve, Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview

Lane Cove Council's Harbourcare team invites you to take part in a land-based clean-up around Tambourine Bay Park and the foreshore of Warraroon Reserve to celebrate 2022 World Clean Up Day! This event will see us collect litter through creeks, parks, mangroves and bushland, all while enjoying a beautiful bushwalk. Clean-ups are a great way to bring the community together, make a real impact to the natural environment, and start the conversation about reducing litter at the source.

Book online.

Free Child Car Seat Safety Checking Clinic

Saturday 17 September, 9:00am – 1:00pm, Lane Cove Council Civic Centre Car Park, 48 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove

Council is offering a free child car seat safety checking clinic for people who live in the Lane Cove Council area. You can have your child car seats, harnesses and booster seats checked for safety and fit by an authorised restraint fitter.

Bookings essential via Council's Road Safety team at or 9911 3576.

Lane Cove Youth Centre Open Day

Saturday 17 September, 12:00pm – 3:00pm, Lane Cove Youth Centre, 8 Little St, Lane Cove

The Youth Services team at Lane Cove Council are inviting Lane Cove locals into the Youth Centre at Little Street. Always wanted to know what goes on at the Youth Centre or want to check out the cool gadgets available? Then this is the perfect time to visit the Youth Centre and learn about the programs offered during school term and school holidays. Join the Youth team for light refreshments and a chance to tour the centre.

Find out more

Hands-on Car Maintenance Workshop 

Saturday 17 September, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Lane Cove Council Civic Centre car park

This free workshop will help participants to learn practical skills and feel confident in looking after their cars.

There will be 'hands on' experience learning how to change a tyre and check the tyre pressure, how to check the engine to keep it running smoothly and safely. It can also help teenagers on their journey to becoming safer drivers, informed and empowered road users.

This workshop aims to equip participants with knowledge and skills to ignite a sense of accomplishment.

Book online

Lane Cove Makers Market

Sunday 18 September, 9:00am – 3:00pm, Lane Cove Plaza

The Lane Cove Makers Market uniquely offers a wide selection of original products and hand-crafted items you are guaranteed to love. The Makers Market attracts visitors from all across Sydney in search of something a little different. Take a look around and you'll soon discover it's a great place to find a wide variety of selected items produced and crafted by our Makers. There's always something uniquely original to be found in Lane Cove!

The Big Family Fun Ride

Sunday 18 September, 11:00am – 2:00pm, Cameraygal Park, Cnr Longueville Rd & Epping Rd, Lane Cove

Spring is in the air and with it is the time to enjoy cycling with the whole family at The Big Family Fun Ride! All routes will be on shared user paths, off-road where possible and away from busy streets. There will also be multiple skill level courses to choose from and family-friendly activities at the finish line.

Register online.

Tapas and Salsa Class

Tuesday 20 September, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Lane Cove Library, Library Walk, Lane Cove

Follow some delicious Spanish tapas with a dynamic Salsa class.  Instructors will entertain you with a lively demonstration before inviting you to join in some follow-me moves for solo Salsa. 

Book online.

LaVoce Community Choir – Celebrating Lane Cove

Tuesday 20 September, 6:45pm, Living and Learning Centre

LaVoce is a Lane Cove community choir who sing for fun and good health. LaVoce celebrates Lane Cove by singing each week and contributing to our local community. Join us to listen to the choir, sing along AND consider joining the LaVoce choir! No booking required.

Moments in Music – Music from the Movies

Wednesday 21 September, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Lane Cove Library, Library Walk, Lane Cove

Films employ music to make comedy funnier, tragedy more poignant and to build tension, but most commonly music establishes the mood and sets the scene.  The composition of the film score is written explicitly to accompany action and enhance dramatic and emotional impact.  Local musician Graham Ball discusses the history of film music and key composers who contributed to the development of film music as an art form.

Book online.

Small Fish, Big Pond: Managing the high school transition

Wednesday 21 September, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, online via Zoom

Do you think your child might need some help moving from primary school to high school? Interactive webinars are a fantastic way to learn and support your child. Join Ryan Usher from Headspace and Nick Kenny from KYDS Youth Development Service as they present and share their information on the transition to high school.

Book online

Get That Job! **Event postponed. New date TBC**

Thursday 22 September, 9:30am – 1:30pm, Terrace Function Room, Lane Cove Community Hub, 1 Pottery Ln, Lane Cove

Join us to receive tools and tips from a career management consultant on preparing your CV, interview techniques and developing your network. After the workshop participants are invited to have a one-on-one follow-up meeting to focus on individual needs – all designed to help you get that job!

Book online. **Event postponed. New date TBC**

Lane Cove Bush Kids – What's for Lunch? Event Postponed

Thursday 22 September, 9:45am – 11:15am, Stringybark Reserve, Murray St, Lane Cove North

What do you eat for lunch? What do animals and insects eat for lunch? Participants will go on a bushwalk to look for nibbled leaves, spiders in their webs and more. Add storytelling and nature craft for an adventure-filled activity. This is a term activity for children aged 2 to 5 years.

Book onlineEvent postponed to Thursday 13 October.

Seated Zumba

Friday 23 September, 10:00am – 10:30am, Lane Cove Library

Get an exhilarating workout with the fabulous upper body dance moves of Seated Zumba.  With its irresistible Latin American rhythms you'll find it almost impossible to stay in your chair! 

Book online.

Spanish Storytime and Craft

Tuesday 27 September, 11:00am – 12:00pm, Lane Cove Library, Library Walk, Lane Cove

Come along to a Spanish language storytime at Lane Cove Library. Stories will be followed by a Spanish craft session and the opportunity to read and share books from the new Spanish language collection. Suitable for school aged children. This event is delivered in partnership with Instituto Cervantes.

Book online

¡Hola! My First Spanish Lesson

Tuesday 27 September, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Lane Cove Library, Library Walk, Lane Cove

Join in a short, fun Spanish lesson suitable for school-aged children to celebrate the launch of the Library's new Spanish language collaboration. No prior knowledge of Spanish is necessary, just a willingness to try something new. This event is delivered in partnership with Instituto Cervantes.

Book online

Lane Cove Bush Kids – Birds Build Nests

Wednesday 28 September, 9:45am – 11:15am, far end of Blackman Park, Lloyd Rees Dr, Lane Cove West

Spring is animal nesting time. Birds build nests and there are lots of different looking nests. Participants will have a look at a few of them, go on a bushwalk to look for nests and nesting boxes and make a nest of your own to take home. This is a school holiday activity for children aged 2 to 12 years.

Book online

Spanish Movie – Ferdinand (G)

Wednesday 28 September, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Lane Cove Library, Library Walk, Lane Cove

Disney's film, Ferdinand (G) has charmed adults and children around the world. Gentle young bull, Ferdinand is destined for a life in the bull ring following in the footsteps of his famous father.  A series of wild adventures and unlikely friendships take him down a very different path. This animated film is a delight for all ages.

Book online

'At Your Request' Concert

Wednesday 28 September, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Civic Centre Foyer, 48 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove

Looking for a special way to spend your Wednesday night? Join this amazing Jazz Quintet as they play some of your favourite tunes while you enjoy a glass of wine and some light refreshments. On arrival you will be invited to request your favourite song which may be played on the evening. $10.00 per person.

Book online.

Lane Cove Bush Kids – Magical Stones

Thursday 29 September, 9:45am – 11:15am, Tambourine Bay Reserve, Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview

From the big island Australia, participants will be visiting a small island in the middle of the sea to learn about magical stones. Then they will go on a bush walk to see what kinds of stones we can find and if it can turn into a magical one! This is a school holiday activity for children aged 2 to 12 years.

Book online

Screen on the Green: Cult Classics

Thursday 29 September, 5:00pm – 9:30pm, Lane Cove Plaza

This year, join Council in the Plaza for The Muppet Movie (G) and Home Alone (PG) and see what these mischief makers get up to!

  • The Muppet Movie (G) – 1979: 5:00pm – 6:45pm
  • Home Alone (PG) – 1990: 7:30pm – 9:15pm 

Lane Cove Bush Kids – River Life

Friday 30 September, 9:45am – 11:15am, far end of Blackman Park, Lloyd Rees Dr, Lane Cove West

It's World River Day in September and what better place to celebrate than spending time along the beautiful Lane Cove River. You'll learn about some of the plants and animals that call the river home and have some water fun. This is a school holiday activity for children aged 2 to 12 years.

Book online.

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Festival artwork by Ros Gervay

Festival by the River

Celebrate life on the river with a range of events, activities, self-guided walks as well as digital artworks and displays.

The 2021 Festival program featured furry friends, HarbourCare clean-ups and special activities in the Plaza. Although the Food + Wine by the River event was sadly missed this year, we look forward to welcoming it back in 2022. 


2021 program artwork by James Lesjak-Atton.

Download the Festival by the River 2021 program

Download Festival by the River 2021 Text Only program

Sunset in the Village: January - February

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Sunset in the Village is a a handpicked guide to events and activities in and around Lane Cove over the Summer. This program also includes the popular annual Lunar New Year celebration. 

Summer 2022 was jam-packed full of exciting activations across Lane Cove. There were outdoor movie screenings, live music, sport on the big screen, talks, walks, workshops and more! Unfortunately wet weather dampened plans for the Lunar New Year and Sunset Artists' Market events, however we still managed a lion dance in Lane Cove village plus online promotion of the excellent artists scheduled for the markets.

2022 festival artwork by Shana Danon @emiliofrankdesign

Download the Sunset in the Village 2022 Program (PDF)

Download the Sunset in the Village 2022 Text Only Program (Word)

Autumn Harmony: March

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Celebrate diversity and inclusion in March with the annual Autumn Harmony festival. The month-long annual Festival features live music, workshops, events and more for the whole community to enjoy!

The 2021 program saw activities galore with a community morning tea, African drumming workhsop, yarning circle, guided bushwalk, online sustainability workshop, live music and much more across the month. The annual Kaleidoscope of Lane Cove event was modified due to the forecast wet weather, but treated the Lane Cove Library foyer with an array of cultural experiences in celebration of Harmony Day.

2022 Festival artwork by Kasia Jacquot.

Download the Autumn Harmony 2022 Program (PDF)

Download the Autumn Harmony 2022 Text Only Program (Word)

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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