Norton Street Italian Festa is a large annual street festival in Leichhardt. More than 140,000 people come together each year in late October to celebrate all things Italian.
This street has long been known as ‘little Italy’. The suburb of Leichhardt is the emotional centre of the Italian community in Sydney because it was the first stop for many of the first Italian immigrants to the city many decades ago.
This festival features the best of Italian cuisine as well as cooking demonstrations by the best Italian chefs for you to learn how to recreate delicious Italian meals at home yourself. There’s also hundreds of stalls selling the best Italian food, coffee, gelato, fashion and gifts. During the Festa, Norton Street is completely transformed by the colours, sounds and aromas of Italy.
It’s also an ideal family day with carnival rides, jumping castles, animal farms, pony rides, street performers and face painters all available to keep the kids amused. There’s also other concerts and dancing featuring other entertainers to keep spirits high throughout the day, as well as a display of famous Italian car and motorcycle models like the Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Ducati.
And best of all, entry to the Norton Street Italian Festa is free and so are all the activities! But make sure you take your wallet or purse because you’re sure to be tempted by all the great Italian food and coffee on offer.
Leichhardt is an inner-city suburb that’s 7 kilometres west of the CBD via the A4. It is also easily accessible via public transport (bus or train services). Petersham is the nearest train station and it’s on the Main Suburban Line.