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William Street Festival

Experience the spirit of Paddington with a visit to the William Street Festival. Held in late October, this one-day festival boasts an array of outdoor retailers and attractions. It also provides you with opportunity to commemorate a variety of local talent.

Well known for its vast range of fashion boutiques, cafes and bars, there is something for everyone at this annual festival. Supported by several internal and external vendors, it is a community effort that aims to celebrate the abounding culture of William Street.

Take a stroll and bask in the street’s lively, vibrant atmosphere. Visit one of the many local eateries and mingle with the diverse range of people that the Festival attracts each year. With no car access on the day of the Festival, the public is invited to rejoice and reclaim this unique shopping district.

There is daily and nightly entertainment, such as a light projection show and an open-air cinema! Enjoy live music performances, installations, art exhibitions, delicious food and drinks, and special one-day offers from independent stores. For the little ones attending the Festival, the James Cook Reserve will be transformed into a kids’ hub thanks to Circus in Education and Paddington Library.

The William Street Festival is Sydney’s first laneway fashion festival. It’s a memorable, action-packed day for all. Don’t miss out! Come to Paddington this October and discover this eclectic side street.

Paddington is an inner-city Sydney suburb located about 10 minutes south-east of the CBD by car via the M1. There are also public transport options to get there (bus and train services). Museum Station on the City Circle route is the closest train station and from there you can catch a bus to Paddington.
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The William Street Festival is an annual event in Paddington that highlights the unique lifestyle and the boutique shops found in this area. The area is much more cosmopolitan than the rest of Sydney, which is what sets it apart and why this festival is highly anticipated by the local community each year.

For one whole day, the street comes alive as the festival promotes the diverse culture of William Street. All independent shops, eateries, and shops in the lane participate. This is a great way to get to know the people behind the one-of-a-kind businesses here and get your shopping fix on. It’s a fun-filled day with shopping, live entertainment, and lots of delicious food. Stroll through the street and find some hidden gems, and maybe get a great bargain on a fashion find. If you’ve never been here, this is the perfect time to explore the many pubs, cafes, and independent shops.

At night, attendees look forward to the light projection shows and the lounge area, which turns into a relaxing open air cinema. There is an art section as well, which showcases exhibits and live art performances by Australian artists. The kids will enjoy the James Cook Reserve, which transforms into a kids’ activity area filled with exciting happenings for the little ones. With a full day of entertainment, the William Street Festival is an excellent day out with family and friends.

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