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Oxford St in Sydney's inner east is always an interesting place to spend a lazy day shopping, however this weekend is an especially good time to visit with the Art & About Festival creating some extra buzz.

Below is a suggested itinerary for a great day along this historical strip on either Saturday or Sunday. Pick and choose the bits which interest you.

Start in Hyde Park with Sydney Life, the annual photography competition which looks at life in the Emerald City. You can browse the photographs yourself or on Saturday at 1pm there will be a free tour given by the curator. You will need to book your place on 02 9265 9296.

Next head to the Oxford Art Factory at 38-46 Oxford St, where the Art Market will be running from 11am to 4pm. The Art Factory is also a great place to return to at the end of the day for a drink and live music.

A little down the road at 60 Oxford St you'll find the New!Shop by artists Spat n Loogie which aims to play with your ideas about shopping. Unfortunately this does not open until 4pm so you may have to return later in the day, however it should be worth the effort.

Next on the list is Taylor Square the famous (notorious) Sydney nightspot. Local artist Gareth Ernst has an exhibition showing in the heritage toilet from 2pm to 6pm.

Leaving Oxford St for a moment, strike down Bourke St to number 417 and the Object Gallery. Here you will find the Designing Our City exhibition which looks at what Sydney will be like in 2030.

If you believe that too much art is never enough, then push on to the Ivan Dougherty Gallery at the corner of Albion Ave and Selwyn St where you will find Liberation Feet, which showcases contemporary drawings from China.

If your legs are still working head back to Oxford St and stroll east, doing some serious damage to your credit card along the way at any of the boutique shops which are a feature of Paddington. Make sure you don't miss William St, a quaint little terrace-lined shopping enclave which takes you away from the traffic.

Then head to the Paddington Markets which is half a block further east along Oxford St. The Paddo markets are among the most established in Sydney with a large range of stalls selling everything from waffles (yum!) to hand-made pepper grinders.

Now it's time to pull up in one of the multitude of great Paddington pubs for a well-earned rest and feed as you wait for the always entertaining Love TV to start at 7pm back in Taylor Square.

If you are still going then well done, you are a true warrior of Oxford St. You deserve your own interview on Love TV. Kick-on to any one of the reputable nightspots in the area and we'll see you at dawn.

Why? It's one of the most interesting times of the year to visit Oxford St.

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When: 18th & 19th of October
Where: Oxford St
Cost: Mostly Free
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