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  1. China Town dining strip at night
    Photograph: Katherine Griffiths
  2. Two kids hola hooping on the street
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  3. A DJ at a street party with a large crowd
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  5. A Sydney Streets van with people alfresco dining
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  6. China Town street food stall at night
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Sydney Streets returns with three exciting alfresco parties

Save the dates for these fun street parties in Redfern, Darlinghurst and Haymarket across May and June

By Melissa Woodley for Time Out in association with Sydney Streets

Stop the traffic! The City of Sydney is bringing magic and fun back to the streets of Redfern, Darlinghurst and Haymarket for a new season of Sydney Streets. As always, this trifecta of street parties in May and June promises all the ingredients for a wholesome day out with energetic DJs, lively entertainers, kids’ games, alfresco dining and pop-up bars. 

The best part? Sydney Streets is free for all – families, kids, friends, neighbours and four-legged friends – giving locals the chance to celebrate their community and support local businesses, or discover a new one. Mark your calendars with these upcoming street fiestas:

When: Sat May 13, 10am-11pm

Redfern knows how to party and is pulling out all the stops for this alfresco affair on Redfern Street on Saturday May 13. 

During the day, you can get hands-on with creative activities including child and adult painting classes at Sydney Creative, a clothing swap at 107 Projects, or medium readings and hair braiding at Furniture and Other Things. Sydney Streets is all about supporting the local community, so be sure to check out First Nations artwork merchandise from the National Centre Of Indigenous Excellence, or listen to engaging stage interviews with community members, hosted by Koori Radio.

As the sun sets, stop for a bop and a beer with groovy DJs, kid-friendly games and pop-up bars at the Tudor Hotel, the Redfern and Atomic Beer Project. From 4-9pm, there’ll be lively music from soul singer, rapper and spoken word artist Radical Son; reggae fusion from Redfern's own Green Hand Band; swing and Gypsy beats from Lolo Lovina; and the 6-piece band and Hype Trio with a great mix of Aussie classics.

Enjoy delicious burgers from Bush, New York-style bagels from George St Deli, seafood paella from Vamonos Paella modern Asian fare at Redbird Chinese, or woodfired pizza at La Coppola. Don’t forget about dessert too, including Sweet Monster’s Thai street treats and Donut Papi’s fresh, fluffy donuts.

When: Sat May 20, 10am-11pm

Darlinghurst is Sydney’s pulsing hub of nightlife and entertainment, so we have no doubts that the Stanley Street party on Saturday May 20 will be one of their biggest yet. From day to night, local businesses will transform the space into a bustling fiesta with engaging performers and alfresco dining spilling out onto the road.

Stanley Street is Darlinghurst’s undisputed dining district so you’ll be spoilt with some of the best eats in town. If you get in early, try to nab a streetside table at beloved long-term local Bill and Toni’s Italian or buzzing Tuscan Milano eatery Harrys by Giuls. La Farmacia will also be slinging street tacos and Margaritas, Yorimichi will have Japanese draft beers and snacks, Flave returns with its plant-based burgers, and the Long Goodbye will host a funky pop-up bar. Sing and dance the night away later with infectious tunes from Stanley’s Bar, Verde Restaurant and the Lord Roberts Hotel

In the spirit of community, St Paul’s Lutheran Church is also hosting a wholesome knitting activity and face painting for the young ones.

When: Sat Jun 24, 10am-11pm

The bustling lanes of Chinatown, including parts of Dixon, Hay, Little Hay and Sussex Streets, will liven up for a celebration on Saturday June 24. Step straight off the light rail and into the party, as cars are cleared to make way for two- and four-legged friends.

Get ready to stretch your stomach because Haymarket is home to lots of food and drinks to cure your winter cravings. Warm up Ho Jiak's comforting Hainan chicken rice, Loon Fong’s signature fish with Sichuan pickles or Nanjing Dumpling juicy steamed dumplings. Chinatown definitely delivers on the dessert front too with hot cream puffs from Emperor’s Puff, crepe cakes and egg tarts at Sweet Lu, sweet shaved ice bingsu at Lamoon Bingsu, and durian pancakes at Hong Kong Day Dessert. Move the party indoors to Covent Garden Hotel after dark and continue dancing the night away until doors close at 3am.

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