We have a riddle for you—what do delicious eats, beloved Sydney DJ Latifa Tee, your favourite local businesses, live entertainment and DJs all have in common? Spoiler, you can find them all at a string of free street parties taking over Sydney's suburbs throughout June and early July.
Enticingly titled, Your Street, Your Party, these all-day events are the initiative of the NSW Government through Investment NSW and are a celebration of the local businesses that operate as the lifeblood of Sydney’s suburbs. From the corner cafe that caffeinates you every day, to your favourite restaurant down the road, these street parties are an awesome way to say thanks to your local or to discover a new favourite.
Totally free to attend and inclusive to all, the parties will stack Sydney’s calendar throughout June and July, bringing the streets of Coogee, Randwick, Inner West and City of Sydney to life.
We’ve got all the details on this month’s parties below.
Coogee | Saturday, June 4 | 10am - 6pm
Coogee’s beachbound weekend traffic will give way for two-and four-legged traffic when the streets close off on Saturday, June 4 for Your Street, Your Party. We're talking a day of food, fun and some fancy Latin footwork. Explore Coogee’s local delights, and stalls and sit in extended outdoor dining spaces while Reggae band, Kool Vibration and Club Havana provide a soundtrack that will get your body moving.
Running from 10am to 6pm, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved and eat your way through the day with multiple culinary delights on offer. Kickstart your morning with a smoothie from Melonhead, tuck into a taco at Little Jack Horner and swing by Coogee Wine Room, The Lucky Cat or Courtyard for some quintessentially Coogee vibes. See in the sunset from the gorgeous Coogee Beach hillside with some delish bites from the vendors setting up shop for the day, and cheers to a day well spent down at Coogee Bay Hotel.
Inclusive of all Sydneysiders, it’s the perfect excuse to catch up with friends, see the family, or do date day with a difference.
You’ll find all the fun and plenty of places to relax, on Coogee Bay Road, between Brook Street and Arden Street.
Randwick | Sunday, June 5 | 10am - 6pm
Doubling down on the eastern ‘burbs festivities, Randwick will pick up where Coogee left off with another day of food and entertainment from 10am to 6pm. Pet-friendly festivities mean you can change up your Sunday routine and take your four-legged friend for a stroll with a difference, or see-in Sunday’s sunset to the sound of live music.
Speaking of live music, Randwick will be treated to the sultry sounds of New Orleans with a jazz and soul twist, provided by Crawfish Po'boys. Seeing in the sunset and ramping up the party vibes will be Adam Katz from Kaleidoscope Dream, rounding out your Sunday the right way.
The party will take over St Pauls Street, between Perouse Road and Nancy Street.
Summer Hill | Saturday, 11 June | 10am - 6pm
Summer Hill’s festivities will kick-off to the sound of opera, presented by Andiamo Trattoria, and will be followed closely by the fresh funk-pop vibes of the roving brass band, Phat Brass. As golden hour sets in, the soundtrack will slide into some soul and funk from Soul of Sydney, throwing in a dash of house and disco to ramp up the Saturday night vibes as the sunsets.
Treat yourself to a battered sav at Summer Hill Fish and Chips or enjoy pasta at Andiamo Trattoria while you explore the stalls from Fair Trade at the Hill, Summer Hill Village and Mad Whole Foods, or sit back and relax with a couple of drinks at The Rio, Temperance Society or the Summer Hill Hotel.
Get along to Lackey Street, between Carlton Crescent to Smith Street, for all the action.
Leichhardt | Sunday, 12 June | 10am - 6pm
Leichhardt will be treated to an eclectic mix of local performers, and cultural acts from Greece, Turkey and Italy all day long as Your Street, Your Party takes over Norton Street. Sydney-based, nine-piece funk band, Pezcobar will bring a dose of Funk to the streets and the day will round out with Local Sydney DJ, DJ Trey spinning some old school R’n’B, and hip hop.
Head down to Norton Street, between Marion Street and Macauley Street, to get involved.
City of Sydney
Chippendale | Friday, 17 June | Midday - 8pm
Chippendale was destined to host epic street parties with lush trees and wide streets perfect for strolling, exploring, and dancing straight through sunset.
A plethora of Sydney’s best local talent will be hitting the stage, including DJs Victoria Anthony, Latifa Tee, and Charlie Villas. Joining Charlie on stage throughout the day will be iconic local drag queens, so you better believe the vibes will be high. Keeping the energy elevated, The Dollar Bin Darlings will take over for the evening shift before handing over the mic to Discovery and their Daft Punk Tribute Show.
If you’re looking to get lucky on the food front, Chippendale has you covered with the extensive selection of street food in the iconic Spice Alley, and heaps of specialty stalls throughout the day. Enjoy your treats amongst the action or soak in some sun out on Chippendale Green.
Get amongst the action at Kensington Street between Broadway and Outram Street.
With this string of parties planned across Sydney throughout June and July, there is a heap of opportunities to explore an old favourite or discover another side of a suburb you don’t get to often.
Head over here for more information on the suburbs where the streets are coming to life, and when to stack your calendar in preparation.
Image credit: Transport for NSW
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