The Granny Smith Festival is held in October every year and has grown to be one of the largest community events in NSW, attracting over 90,000 people each year.
The festival will celebrate 38 years, featuring old favourites and new activities, with amusement rides, market stalls, food trucks, performances, youth zone, kids activities and ending the night with a Celebrity Performance and Fireworks Spectacular!
Granny Smith Festival 2023 Eastwood, Dates, Fireworks Time & Queen
The true strength and success of the Granny Smith Festival is its community character, which sees over 230 stall holders attend, 880 performing artists and 700 local participants who proudly take part in the grand street parade.
It will be a huge day of entertainment planned across six stages. Enjoy a singing and dance competition, cultural demonstrations, dance performances, live bands, and kids shows, including stage performances and a meet-and-greet with CocoMelon. Finish off the night with multi-platinum selling ARIA nominated popstar Ricki-Lee.
Get ready for an exciting experience at the Youth Zone on West Parade from 11am – 6pm, exclusively made for ages 12-24! Enjoy resident DJ Ryan Collings, live music acts and a headline performance by Redbull Thre3style National Champion DJ BEAST MODE.
Chill out on comfy bean bags or take part in a free art class! There will be also be a TikTok Dance challenge for you to get involved in and FREE popcorn on the day.
If you are hungry and craving some food, they’ve got you covered! Right by the Youth Zone, you’ll find food and drink options available.
K-Town Madang Stage
Walk through the underpass on West Parade to reach the small commuter car park by the train station, where you’ll find the K-Town Madang Stage. Here, you will be able to witness cultural performances, loads of live music and dance performances and watch the K-Zuma fashion show, which will showcase makeup and hair demonstrations.
Another highlight will be taking part in The Hanbok Experience, where you can dress up in traditional Korean costumes and have your photo taken behind a beautiful backdrop of Korea.
There is so much for everyone. From digital art workshops (BYO iPad as there will be limited devices available), free face painting and a variety of food options in Koreatown.
The Grand Street Parade will kick off at 9:30am with a beautiful array of colour and sound, celebrating our vibrant and diverse community. Enjoy marching bands, community floats, dancers and of course our Granny Smith Festival float that will feature Mrs Smith herself as she sits waving from her farm.
Each parade group will have the chance to win special prizes, so make sure to cheer and applaud for your favourite parade group.
The best spot to view the parade is on Rowe Street so follow the pink parade route on the map and grab your spot early.
Come visit the Apple Shed located in Eastwood Public School Hall for all things Granny Smith Festival.
Here, you can talk to volunteers, learn the history of Maria Ann Smith, get a free program and take a spin on our Granny Smith Wheel of Fortune for your chance to win. Every lucky spinner will receive a free apple, thanks to the sponsor, Woolworths.
The Apple Shed will have a range of live stage shows throughout the day, special visits and photo opportunities with Granny Smith and Sweetie Pie at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm.
After learning about all things Granny Smith, you’ll have the opportunity to pat Granny Smith’s farm animals at the petting zoo from 9am to 3pm.
The grounds of Eastwood Public School is where you can start developing your circus skills between 9am and 3:30pm. A circus-inspired workshop area with juggling, diabolos, devil sticks, pedalos, twirling things, hula-hoops, walking beams and hand-held stilts will be sure to keep the kids busy.
Circus not only teaches essential hand-eye coordination and balance, but it is also a fun, confidence-building activity that is very beneficial to a child’s development as well as being accessible to all age groups – children, young people and adults alike.
The area will also feature free face painting and side show alley games for all ages.
Batlow Cider Bar
Visit the Batlow Cider Bar from 10am – 8pm on Eastwood Oval. Here you can enjoy free cider tastings to decide which cider is your favourite before grabbing a seat whilst you watch the Oval Stage entertainment.
Not a cider fan? Don’t worry; there’ll also be apple seltzers on offer and local NSW and ACT beer and wine.
Panetta Mercato will also be onsite ready to pair the perfect sides to your cider!
Getting To Granny Smith
Leave the car – there are plenty of other options! At the last Granny Smith Festival, around 100,000 people came to Eastwood to attend the festival. Parking around the area is limited and will be filled early in the day.
Eastwood Station is just across the road from the Festival. Trains run on the Northern Line, with northbound trains going to Epping and Hornsby, and southbound trains going to Denistone and the City.
The City of Ryde Shop Ryder bus will be running an extended service until 6pm on the day – Saturday 21 October 2023.
So gather your friends and family for a fun day at the Granny Smith Festival!