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Summer Streets Festival

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Local bar and food vendors on Stanley Street in Darlinghurst
Photograph: Supplied/City of Sydney
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Time Out says

A series of one-day block parties will be taking over neighbourhood streets all over Inner Sydney

Sydney is a city of villages, each with its own distinctive character. To celebrate this eclectic mix of neighbourhoods, the City of Sydney is laying on a series of one-day block parties heroing the very best culture, food and entertainment in the area, with family-friendly activities during the day and vibrant performances after dark.

The festivities kick off on February 6, when Crown Street in Surry Hills will come alive with dancing divas, fabulous drag queens, fire and LED performances, live music and of course, a whole lot of incredible eats from one of Sydney’s best-loved foodie destinations. The stretch of Crown Street between Cleveland and Foveaux will be closed to traffic, so the fun can spill out over the entire road.

On February 12, Glebe Point Road will be the star of another one-day fiesta, featuring performances from the Kate Wadey Trio, the Oompah Loompah Band and the Pre-Loved. There will also be the thrilling beats of roving African drummers and First Nations musicians from the Yulugi Keyna Wilkins Ensemble on offer, as well as market stalls and local snacks. 

It’s Harris Street’s turn to step into the spotlight on February 19. The stretch between Pyrmont Bridge Road and Union Street will play host to the likes of the Daniel Francis Band and George Washingmachine and Crawfish Po-Boys. There will also be a native bird show that’ll be a dead-set hit with kids and a whole host of cuisine from the restaurants of Pyrmont and Darling Harbour.

The Summer Streets Festival rounds out on Stanley Street on March 12. Expect a Mexican mariachi band, street-side dining with a bunch of one-day special offers and fabulous cabaret performances with fire dancing. The Summer Streets Festival is absolutely free to attend, with each starting at 11am and running until 10pm. It's the perfect way to discover the best of a ‘hood you might not be familiar with, and given that the summer of 2022 hasn't exactly panned out the way we had hoped, with indoor events feeling like a roll of the dice, it's also a Covid-safe way to keep your spirits high.

Maxim Boon
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