Summer Streets on Redfern Street
Every weekend this summer the City of Sydney is pedestrianising a main street to support local businesses. This Sunday January 23, the celebratory takeover comes to Redfern.
From 11am until late in the evening, Redfern Street will be closed to traffic for a full day of community spirit and socially distanced summer activities. The whole neighbourhood is getting involved between Regent Street and Chalmers Street, turning the stretch into a walkable hub of activity all day and into the evening.
Local watering hole The Redfern will be cooking up pork on the spit, freshly carved and served up in a bread bun with tasty toppings – plus frozen margaritas to boot. The Tudor Hotel will be offering lawn games for kids and parents can enjoy beers and barbeque treats, while The Noble Hops will be offering a side of live entertainment with their huge selection of craft beers.
Visitors can also enjoy live music from The Pre-Loved, First Nations ensemble Yulugi, and the King Street Brass Band throughout the day. For kids, there’ll be giant bubble performers, as well as fire performers and LED dancers.
With pedestrian-only access to the area all day, it’s a welcome extension of the outdoor dining initiatives that have been in place over the last few years.
The Summer Streets program is part of a recovery plan aimed at helping businesses and communities adapt and thrive in the face of the challenges brought about by the pandemic. After this weekend, the initiative will continue on Crown Street on Sunday February 6, Glebe Point Road on Saturday February 12, and Harris Street on Saturday February 19. There’s also a special evening-only event at Green Square Plaza from 6pm on Saturday February 19. There’s also a special evening in Haymarket on Saturday January 29 as part of Sydney Lunar Festival.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with the City of Sydney.