Parramatta Lanes

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Parramatta Lanes
Photograph: Peter Dovgan

Explore the laneways of Parramatta in a fabulous four-day festival of food, art and performance

Hidden spaces and laneways in the Parramatta CBD will be bustling with activity over four days in October as Sydney chefs, artists, musicians, brewers and performers come together for a street festival like no other.

The award-winning festival returns this spring, expanding out to 14 laneways full of pop-up bars, street food stalls, art installations and live music. And for the first time, they’re hosting a retro roller skating rink where you can roll with your homies to groovy disco tunes on rentable or BYO blades. There’s sky high mini-golf and arcade games beside the rooftop rink, and unlimited access to the skating zone will only cost you $5.

The art and performance program is set to impress. It features a roving disco dancefloor by the Dollar Bill Darlings, pop-up performances by Shaun Parker and Company and installation artworks tackling issues like mental illness, sustainability and community connectedness.

On the four-day menu, expect eats from Sydney favourites popping up in the lanes, like Daisy’s Milkbar, 2 Smoking Barrels and 2 Boys in Saris, who’ll fuse their fabulous drag performance with the evening’s South East Asian dishes. You’ll find dancing juice by way of Archie Rose, who’ll be shaking cocktails with an Asian twist, beers from Parramatta small bar Uncle Kurts and more.

While the partying will be varied and wild, it’ll also be sustainable, with the festival committed to reducing its environmental impact. The laneway bars and eateries will be supporting this by banishing single-use drinking cups and not offering plastic straws or drinking bottles throughout the festival.

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