Penrith REAL Festival

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Settle in for a picnic by the Nepean River and enjoy a festival of food, music, art and kids’ activities

Penrith residents enjoy walking and cycling along the Nepean River all year round, but the riverbank has been surprisingly underused as meeting point or major event space until now. REAL is a new festival of River, Environment, Art and Lifestyle activities over two days in November, which will include food and entertainment on Friday night, plus health and environment-themed workshops, talks and tours on the Saturday.

Food trucks Knafeh and Char Char will be there on Friday, with a pop-up stall from Gelato Messina. There’ll be a Bush Tucker River Walk led by a ranger, where you can learn about the history and significance of the river for the first communities in the area. Plus, there’ll be an outdoor art gallery of works by artists Amanda Parer, Kevin Jo Smith and many more.

Kids can join in with workshops by ABC2’s Dirtgirl World and Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis, watch explosions on stage in the Fizzics Science Show or try out the pedal powered disco, cinema and light show. All that, plus bubble soccer, a pop-up library, lifestyle markets, circus workshops and dreamtime stories.

For sporty types, you can try out water sports like paddle boarding, kayaking and dragon boating on the Nepean River. As well as gentler wellness classes like body balance (free on Saturday morning), yoga, Zumba and boot camp on the foreshore. If you have a dog, join the group dog walk to make new four-legged friends. 

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