Emerge features events for the whole family across Willoughby City. From art exhibitions, workshops and food and drink to outdoor activities, digital events and plenty for the kids, there's something for everyone from Saturday 1 September to Saturday 13 October 2024.

The Emerge Festival is a time when the North Shore comes alive and emerges from winter to enjoy the sunshine, take part in outdoor activities and discover new groups and events. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover the hidden gems in your neighbourhood in 2024 and to support local businesses and community groups.

Festival vision

The Emerge Festival is a celebration of Willoughby City Council’s diversity and creativity.

The festival provides invaluable opportunities for community groups and emerging artists to be showcased in the Willoughby City's cultural and entertainment celebration.

The program of events includes stimulating, modern and contemporary material that encourages people young and old to get out and explore the Willoughby local government area.


Willoughby City's landscape is as diverse as our people and urban places. Our city is home to significant bushland as well as Middle Harbour estuary and Lane Cove River. These are important tributaries to the world renowned Sydney Harbour. We are committed to protecting, conserving and improving these diverse landscapes, for current and future generations.

Council's Our Green City Plan 2028 outlines how we will respond to the community’s key needs and priorities to protect our environment. In line with this plan, Council aims to lead by example and presents its events and festivals, including Emerge Festival, as sustainably as possible.

It's our policy to avoid single use plastics, balloons and other pollutants. Where possible we endeavour to source supplies locally and we work with our stall holders and event organisers to do the same. Included in the festival’s program are events and activities to educate the community in how to live sustainably. There are also lots of opportunities to get out and enjoy our wonderful environment. 

Contact us

The Emerge Festival is coordinated by the Arts and Culture Unit of Willoughby City Council. 

Please email events@willoughby.nsw.gov.au for enquiries or call 9777 1000. 

Please note many events are organised by local businesses, community groups and events organisers not associated with Council, so if your enquiry is about a specific event, please contact the event organiser directly.