I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
The annual Granny Smith Festival will be returning to Eastwood on Saturday October 20 with a host of family-focused activities. The event, now in its 33rd year, is one of the largest street festivals in Sydney and this year's celebration is set to be extra special; 2018 marks 150 years of the Granny Smith apple.
Granny Smith (Maria Ann Smith) was a local resident. She grew her first Granny Smith apple in 1868.
Kicking off the event is a Grand Parade, with over 2000 participants. There will be marching bands, floats, performers and an appearance from 'Granny Smith'. It will start at 9.30am and you can find a map of the parade route here (the best viewing spots will be along Rowe Street).
Throughout the day, there will be hundreds of stalls and four different stages featuring performances by local schools, community groups, dance centres and more. Hi-5 will perform twice on the stage at Eastwood Oval (12.00pm and 2.00pm) andSamantha Jade will close the finale concert, which starts at 5.30pm and will be followed by a fireworks show.
A stall at a past festival. Photo by Andrew Beeston, courtesy of Flickr.
If you've got young kids, Eastwood Public School will be hosting craft activities, games and face painting, while Eastwood Oval will have camel rides, carnival rides, an animal farm and a circus workshop. Teens and those up to 25 years old have been catered for at The Core, where there will be a block party featuring a talent quest, dance battles, live music at more. It will also be found at Eastwood Public School.
Last year 90,000 people attended the Granny Smith Festival, so it's best to plan your trip in advance and try to utilise public transport. Eastwood Station is within the bounds of the festival, so catching the train is ideal. Buses are also an option, as is the free Shop Ryder shuttle bus (which transports people within the City of Ryde to places like Eastwood Station).
To find more information on the best way to get to the festival, as well as details on road closures, a schedule of events and more, head to the City of Ryde website.