The Real Festival is an annual event showcasing Australia’s most renowned theatre performers and creative artists at the Nepean River in Penrith.
The unique outdoor setting provides a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience for kids and adults alike.
Real Festival 2024, Dates, Program, Activities & Times, Penrith River
Many of Sydney’s most famous food trucks will also serve delicious snacks and treats throughout the event. Artisan markets sell many exciting finds, and the riverside bar provides the perfect setting for relaxing with friends.
While tables and seats will be provided, you can bring your picnic blanket, chairs, rugs, or cushions. These will come in handy, especially for enjoying live entertainment during the day and night.
The two-day festival takes place in November, and it’s completely free. It’s recommended to plan your trip to Penrith, especially considering that many things are happening during the event, resulting in several road closures. Note that Trench Avenue will be closed off to traffic heading north during certain times of the event, but it will stay open for southbound traffic.
If you are taking a car, secure car parks for up to 800 cars are available by the Nepean River. Those carpooling with other attendees may use the designated drop-off and pick-up area at the northern Tench Avenue section.
Jamisontown is about 72 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD via the M2 and M7. Public transport options are also available to get you there (bus and train services). Penrith is the closest railway station; you can catch a bus to Jamisontown.