Festivals, arts and Culture
Canterbury City Council stages community and cultural events within our City celebrating the multiculturalism, diversity and energy that defines our community.
Each year, we host a number of major festivals and events for our community to enjoy which are:
Saturday 1 June 2013 | 10am-4pm
Join us to celebrate one of the biggest events in our calendar, the Campsie Food Festival! Foodies will love Campsie's transformation into a bustling market place, while treating themselves to an array of exotic food from countries like France, Hungary and Portugal as well as some traditional favourites from Japan, Thailand and Turkey.
Saturday 24 August 2013 | 10am-4pm
The Haldon Street Festival has developed to become a landmark event for our local businesses, residents and visitors. This festival continues to bring our community together in a vivacious celebration that promotes Lakemba. Local residents and visitors come together to celebrate community harmony and the theme of the festival - 'Respect, Unity & Peace'.
Sunday 3 November 2013 | 10am
The Earlwood Village Festival is another of our not-to-miss events that combines the unique qualities of Earlwood's great community. The Festival plays host to plenty of bands, dancers and performers, amusement rides, entertainment and international cuisine, and reflects the quintessential Earlwood character.
Sunday 1 December 2013 | 6pm-9pm
Our Carols in the Park annual event brings the community together to celebrate the end of year and Festive Season. Families and friends descend to the Wiley Park Amphitheatre for a night of caroling with the Salvation Army Band and Christmas show. More than 5,000 spectators attend our Carols in the Park event making it a must for all the family join our community every Christmas!
Sunday 26 January 2014 | 10am-3pm
Over 2000 residents enjoy a relaxing day at our Australia Day celebrations. There's live entertainment, activities and ride for the kids, a free sausage sizzle, and discounted entry into our Canterbury Aquatic & Fitness Centre. We also hold our popular Australia Day Fun Run, which attracts many keen runners, from the novice to the professional.
The festivals, arts and culture program in the City of Canterbury make artistic and cultural celebrations accessible to all with numerous attractions, all of which are free. Each year promises to be just as well received and exciting as the previous years' celebrations.
By producing high-calibre events with free outdoor festivals, Canterbury City Council's program has gained a diverse and loyal audience. With the generous support of our community and corporate partners, we are able to continuously offer the quality events and attractions that participants and the community have become accustomed to.
By supporting our Community Events you can make a positive contribution to both the cultural lifestyle of our community and the City of Canterbury.
Our talented community
The City of Canterbury encourages artistic expression and is proud of the many talented local artists, musicians and writers who are willing to express and share their ability to the people of Canterbury through the art, music and written work that they create.
So, the next time that one of our events are taking place, we hope to see you there.
Art and the City
The Boxed Art Project project aims to beatify the City of Canterbury by decorating all traffic signal boxes in vibrant designs painted by community artists. To find out more check out the Boxed Art Project page.
As part of our Multicultural Street Mosaics program, mosaics have been constructed at Earlwood, Campsie, Lakemba and Riverwood. Each mosaic has a distinct theme, for example multiculturalism, young people's experiences, Anzacs or Aboriginal heritage, and features a unifying motto of "Respect. Unity. Peace".
Where to find out more
If you're interested in any of our festivals or celebrations and would like to find out how you can get involved or become a sponsor, contact our Events Coordinator on 9789 9327.
This is just one of the many ways we are working with the community to make the City of Canterbury 'A Great Place to Live and Work!'