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Cat Lovers Festival Sydney 2023 | August 26-27

Cat Lovers Festival pounces into Sydney for the furr-st time ever!

Hello Kitty! The first major event dedicated to educating, entertaining and inspiring feline-fanatics is finally coming to Sydney Showground on Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 of August

Cats across New South Wales will be purring, meowing, and knocking more things off tables than ever before!

“The Cat Lovers Festival is everything that’s cool about cats and a rare opportunity to immerse ourselves in all things feline”, said Festival Founder, Jason Humphris. “We hope that cat-fanatics from across NSW and Australia can attend this fabulous first feline-focussed festival, to join in the fun with other like-minded cat enthusiasts.”

“It’s all about celebrating the unique relationship we share with our cats, discovering insights to help better understand them, with expert tips on how to enrich their lives and be the best cat-parent we can be,” Humphris continued.

“There are no cat parks for our felines, so you just don’t get to see these beautiful creatures walking around the community like our more extroverted dogs. So, to get up close and personal with dozens of breeds and around 200 cats at the Festival is a truly unique opportunity”, Humphris concluded.


The WHISKAS® Stage, the Festival's ultimate education and entertainment destination, will deliver an impressive line-up of talks, demonstrations, and Q&As from leading cat experts.

Best-selling author and global rescue advocate Jackson Galaxy will be projected onto the big screen live via satellite from Los Angeles to discuss the benefits of home “Catification” and why playing with our cats is so important for their wellbeing.

Beloved Aussie TV Vet, Dr. Katrina Warren will also take the stage to address common cat problems, while internet sensation CATMANTOO, with over 1.6 million followers across Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, and his talented feline, Didga, will demonstrate how to train cats to use a harness and leash, proving that teaching cats at home is easier than we think. 

Crazy-cat-kids who love to sing and dance, will also love the live daily shows from Hello Kitty and her friends on the WHISKAS® Stage.

Trouble & Trix Breed Showcase

Check out the largest gathering of cats in NSW in the Trouble & Trix Breed Showcase with around 200 cats represented by dozens of rare and popular breeds including the American Curl, Exotic Shorthair, Munchkin, Ragdoll, Bengal, Napoleon, Siamese, Birman, Korat, Siberian, British Shorthair, Oriental, Tonkinese, Burmese, Maine Coon, Persian, Toyger and Chinchilla.

Festivalgoers can also engage in enlightening conversations with respected breeders and participate in free talks at the Trouble & Trix Breed Stage.

Pat-A-Cat Zone

For those seeking a hands-on experience, the Pat-A-Cat Zone will provide the opportunity to meet, connect, and learn more about a wide range of cat breeds in eight purpose-built pods.

Kids Activities

For the youngsters, the Festival offers free feline face painting, a neon glitter selfie wall and the Hello Kitty Kids Zone, where children can get crafty and even meet Hello Kitty in person!

Kitty Supermarket

Shop ‘til you drop at Australia’s biggest kitty supermarket, offering a wide range of products and services, including food, treats, toys, accessories, bedding, enclosures, insurance, litter, and more. Special show discounts will be available, ensuring a purr-fect shopping experience.

Purrfect Match Zone

Want to find the purrfect kitty companion for you and your home? Start the journey at the Purrfect Match Zone! Clear, large and easy-to-understand informational posters for each individual breed have been designed to help visitors quickly and easily learn more about 50+ rare, popular and exotic cat breeds.

WHISKAS® Adoption Zone

True to its mission of supporting cat rescue efforts, the Festival will present the WHISKAS® Adoption Zone, offering local shelters a platform to connect with future pet parents, find forever homes for felines in need, and raise awareness for responsible cat ownership. 

Shelter representatives and adoption groups, along with industry experts, will be available to guide visitors through the rescue process, enabling them to make informed decisions and ultimately provide fruitful futures for vulnerable four-legged friends.

Championship Cat Show

The Championship Cat Show, presented by ANCATS and the NSW Cat Fanciers Association, will see member breeders and their wonderful cats compete for cash prizes, ribbons, and glory. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to observe the inner workings of a championship cat show and perhaps even discover a hidden passion for grooming!


Festivalgoers can enter the Kitty Cosplay Fancy Dress Competition online prior to the event, and aim to out-groom fellow attendees by attending in their favourite cat costume for a chance to win big cash prizes and glory! Enter the Trouble & Trix Door Prize for a chance to win a claw-some pack of goodies for your kitty.

Food & Drinks

If you need to cat-ch a break, Sydney’s best food trucks will be on-site, including vegan and gluten-free options, plus a Paws & Prosecco Bar for the purr-fect day out.


A strictly limited number of ticket holders can purchase half price tickets to the Sydney Dog Lovers Festival, which will run next door at the same time all weekend. Festivalgoers are advised to pounce on tickets quickly as Sydney’s first Cat Lovers Festival is already looking to sell out.

Where: Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.

When: Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th August 2023, 9:30am till 5pm daily. 

For tickets, visit (pre-bookings online are essential).

For more information on any of the upcoming Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne Cat Lovers Festivals, please visit

MEDIA RELEASE, 21st August 2023 

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