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Annual Events in Glebe

Glebe’s annual Calendar of Events is impressive, beginning with regular book launches and readings at Gleebooks throughout the year and those held by the Friends of Benledi and Glebe Library, email The Friends meet on the second Monday of each month, public holidays excepted, at Benledi, 184 Glebe Point Road, Glebe. There are many local galleries. For example, the long-established Inner City Clayworkers Gallery at the eastern end of St. Johns Road is a co-operative which provides a forum for individual craftsmen to present new ceramics on a regular basis. Their Annual Teapot Show held every August is “a must”.

Another gallery of importance is the Glass Artists Gallery at 70 Glebe Point Road, where you can find individual pieces by well-known glass artisans at a range of prices. FFI, call 9552 1552, email: This gallery takes part in community events on a regular basis. Adjacent to the Glass Artists Gallery at 70A Glebe Point Road, is the GIG Gallery which provides gallery space for hire. Visit their website at

Glebe has many bookshops and in the western St. Johns Road precinct, one of particular speciality is Florilegium at 145 St Johns Road, where you will find anything and everything you wanted to know about plants and gardens of the world, email: In this precinct at 172 St.Johns Road you will also find an interesting spot for coffee and artworks at YUGA Floral Design and Cafe by Setsuko Yanagisawa (; nearby is Tom Osment’s ‘glebepictureframes‘ at #168 where you will find creative conservation framing, gallery work and artists’ shows as well as works on paper and prints for sale. (

The NSW National Trust’s Heritage Festival events are usually held in April and are followed by the popular Book Fair at Glebe Library. Donations of books for the Fair are welcomed – please contact the Library for further details. There will be boxes so you can donate birthday gifts (unwrapped please) for the disadvantaged children who attend the before, after and holiday care Centipede Centre at Glebe Public School. Please think of these children when you come to the Book Fair. Additionally Forest Lodge Public School plans to hold a sausage sizzle and sell cakes, so come along and enjoy the books and food.

The Glebe Art Competition is held every year at Benledi (184 Glebe Point Road) and the adjacent Glebe Library at 186 and local residents are encouraged to contribute their artworks — Well over 200 entries are received for this 10-day event, which now includes contributions from Pyrmont and Ultimo artists following our 2003 transfer to the City of Sydney which generously provides a $3,000 first prize. The exhibition continues every day from 11am-6pm at Benledi during this period and in regular library hours. New arrangements have been made for the library to be open from 12.00 midday to 4.00pm on Saturdays, as well as Sunday from 11.00am-4.00pm during the exhibition. For those intending to enter the competition, entry forms will be available in early May from Glebe Library (note $15.00 fee) and these will provide further information for potential exhibitors. Any other enquiries should be directed to the library on 9298 3060. Our library also holds regular exhibitions and events throughout each year — watch our Calendar for details of forthcoming events.

September brings Glebe Week when a community-wide range of activities is organised by the Glebe Chamber of Commerce. Each year St. Scholastica’s College celebrates its anniversary to mark the arrival of the Good Samaritan Sisters at Glebe Point — on October 16, 1901 the Sisters made their journey from Pitt Street to Toxteth House when the government resumed the convent site (formerly a Debtors’ Prison) to build a new rail terminal, now Central Railway Station.

In early November, Glebe residents have the pleasure of enjoying the annual Glebe Music Festival (co-sponsored by The Glebe Society) at various local venues. Keep checking this website or for full details.

The Glebe Street Fair is held annually on the third Sunday of each November when a kilometre of Glebe Point Road is closed to traffic and the roadway is transformed into a mass of food stalls and wine-sampling booths, arts and craft stalls, stilt walkers, clowns and bands, while Foley Park is devoted to children’s activities. A crowd of over 100,000 people often visit the Fair!

2008 Glebe Street Fair

By December, Christmas activities and parties are in full swing at many venues — and Carols by Candlelight is an annual event at Bicentennial Park at Glebe Point (or at Minogue Reserve, check our Calendar of Events). It is hardly surprising that after a year-full of such interesting and varied activities, Glebe residents need to relax in January!

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