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A Surry Little Saturday

October 26, 2012 by

This Saturday, 27 October, it’s all about Surry Hills. So change whatever plans you’ve made, clear your schedule, and make your way down to Prince Alfred Park for the Surry Hills Festival.

The festival, which has been running for more than 10 years, began as an event nestled within the streets all along Crown Street but gradually came to call Prince Alfred Park home.

“It’s a donation only event,” said Rachel Stuart, Marketing Manager for the Surry Hills Festival. “What’s unusual is that in Sydney, people would normally pay 100 dollars for a one-day festival like this.”

All donations go to support the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre so that the centre can continue to a range of services to the community.

“We have a really, really eclectic lineup this year,” added Stuart.

The day is chocker-blocked with entertainment and events. The festival features three stages of live music with artists like The Tongue, Tijauana Cartel, Vally of the Kings, and many more, all playing for free to support the Surry Hills neighbourhood.

Other main events include their annual dog show, a children’s festival, 150 markets and food stalls to satisfy your taste-buds  the Sydney Rides festival with valet bike parking, a sustain arts program featuring performance art, live painting and much more.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., which is a festival first.

“The night time economy is very important to Sydney, so we are very much behind bringing more people into the Surry Hills area,” said Stuart.

And for those who want to keep the party going, the Surry Hills Festival will be moving indoors for its first big-time after party. The after party will be spanning all five floors of the Burdekin Hotel on Oxford Street from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., with a rocking line up of live-music continuing on through all hours of the night.

Tickets for the after party can be purchased here. For more information about the Surry Hills Festival, visit the website at

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