#5 Sydneysider – The Newtown Festival

One of my favourite suburbs in Sydney is Newtown.  It attracts a slightly alternative community; where you find students hanging out, people with mad pink or dreadlocked hairdos, and a few goths thrown into the equation; it’s where grunginess is cool.

Tattoo at the Newtown Festival

Trying to fit into the crowds with my “fake” Beck Wanderer tattoo!!!

Newtown is a great place on weekends to just to chill out at, drink chai, chomp down on some great veggie food or browse through the eclectic mix of shops.

Graffiti at Newtown

Some cool graffiti.

Today’s visit was extra special since it was the Newtown festival.  It is a community festival, held yearly.  All monies raised goes to providing community support services to the local community, in particular the aged, people with disabilities, people who are homeless, people with mental illness, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people on low incomes.

Man wearing plastic bags at the Newtown festival

Petitioning for a plastic bag free NSW

You can have fun, whilst doing some good!!!!

Graffiti Artist at Newtown Festival

Graffiti Artist

Today Newtown was blessed with glorious sun.  However, I didn’t pack my sun cream or hat, so I’m in great danger of Santa mistaking me for Rudolf – doh!!!!!  However, a cold beer helped to keep me cool.

Girl holding unmbrella at Newton festival

Why did I not think of buying a brollie?

There was music ranging from a great reggae band to some modern Irish fiddlers to a “not so great” heavy metal band; plenty of markets stalls to browse, loads of yummy food and cold beer.

Food at Newtown Festival

Yummy festival food!!!!

Perfect ingredients for a great festival!!!

Crowds at the Newtown Festival

A lotta, lotta people

Info: The Newtown festival is held yearly every November.  Entry is a gold coin donation.  It is held at Camperdown Park, which is a 5 minute walk from Newtown train station.  Check out the 131500 website for the latest transport details on getting to Newtown.

Man on shoulder at the Newtown Festival

Enjoying the reggae.

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