The banks of the Nepean River come alive with music, art, sport, craft, circus, shows and more on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November!
And for families there’s even better news, all the activities are FREE!
The Real Festival is Penrith’s massive annual celebration of what makes this area so good to live in and to visit:
The massive range of artworks, shows and activities and the very hands on nature of most of the festival make this very family-friendly indeed.
The Real Festival Penrith: Where + When
- Friday 2 November 5pm – 10pm
- Saturday 3 November 2pm – 10pm
Tench Reserve, Tench Avenue, Jamisontown
The Best of Real Festival For Kids
There’s just masses of interactive fun for families, do check the website to read about it ALL. But as a taster here’s what we think is most appealing for families with kids up to primary age.
River: Free cruises on the Nepean Belle, watch the Jetpack show, explore the river by kayak or paddle board
Circus: learn circus skills and try the trapeze school
- Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo shows are on at 6.45pm both Friday and Saturday
- Chores by Hoopla Clique at 6pm is a comedy circus show
- Mountain by Stalker Theatre is an exciting blend of circus, dance and acrobatics, on at 7.45pm and 9pm each night
- The Owl’s Apprentice at 8pm is a story of a young owl learning to be wise
- Kids will love the street theatre of storybook classic Grug too
Workshops and Interactive: try kids cooking and bush tucker workshops, click here to book. Enjoy kids’ craft, a giant interactive projection play wall, face painting, the puppy cafe, garden art and more.
Sydney’s Best Food Trucks: plenty of options for families to enjoy great grub, picnic by the river and let the kids run around for a bit
Artisan Markets are open throughout the festival
Enviro World: check out the Waste Stage talks and demonstrations, including from Costa Georgiadis. Check out the rooftop cafe, on a shipping container! There are also waste sorting activities, gardening activities and more.
Real Festival: Parking and Transport
Public Transport: Free shuttle buses to Real Festival run continuously betweeen Penrith Station and the festival, this is the easiest and most sustainable option
Parking: A carpark (with capacity for approximately 800 cars) has been created for festival patrons at 66-76 Tench Avenue (next to the Coffee Club) and is accessed from Tench Avenue. To park here you will need to enter Tench Avenue from Jamison Rd. Once the car park is full, all cars will be directed to park at Penrith Paceway or Jamison Park and catch the free Busways shuttle buses.
NB Road closure: Tench Avenue will be closed to northbound traffic between Jamison Rd and Cross Rd from 7am on Friday 2 November through to 8am Sunday 4 November. Tench Avenue will remain open for southbound traffic entering from Jamison Rd.
Read more on the Plan Your Trip Section of the Real Festival website, click here.
Real Festival – The Background
Penrith has become a vibrant city in Sydney’s west and the time was ripe to stage a major event which celebrated and activated the river for locals to enjoy and gave local people the opportunity to see world class performances and entertainment in their own backyard.
Real Festival also attracts visitors from outside the region who come to Penrith to enjoy the Real Festival itself and its riverside setting.
Real Festival began in 2016 and attracts more than 20,000 people annually.
Now pop over to check out the Real Festival website and we will catch you on the banks of the Nepean River!
Disclaimer: Hello Sydney Kids is proud to partner with Penrith Council to promote the Real Festival, it’s just the sort of family-first event we love to let our readers know about. This is a sponsored post, all opinions are our own.