Eastwood’s favourite festival is back on Saturday 19th October 2019 Saturday from 9am – 8.30pm! Beginning in 1985, The Granny Smith Festival is now regarded as one of Sydney’s largest street events, in which the community comes together to celebrate the life of Maria Ann ‘Granny’ Smith and her Granny Smith apple.
The festival is always fantastic fun and again this year, there is SO MUCH on for kids! Here’s everything you need to know.
12.00 pm and 2.00 pm | Oval Stage
Come along and watch the characters of PJ Masks perform on stage. Meet and greet Catboy, Owlette and Gecko on the Oval at 1pm.
9.00 am to 8.30 pm | Eastwood Oval
There are carnival rides including Ferris wheel, dodgem cars, big slide and much more located on the Oval.
11.00 am to 7.00 pm | Eastwood Oval
Visit our giant inflatable Circus tent on the Oval. We will have interactive circus workshops including juggling, stilt walking, unicycles and many more fun activities.
Creative Kids Hub
9.00 am to 4.00 pm | Eastwood Public School
Enjoy the FREE creative workshops listed below, as well as free face painting, from 9.00am – 4.00pm.
Paint your own rock or shell necklace while learning about traditional symbols used in indigenous culture.
ECO BAG DECORATING
Decorate your own eco-bag ready to fill with all your Granny Smith Festival needs.
Build your best masterpiece with creative free play all day or take part in the tallest tower challenge.
JUNKYARD BEATS – CREATE, PLAY, PERFORM!
Kids will learn to recycle everyday day items to build instruments with the team from Junkyard Beats during their workshops at 10.30am, 1.00pm and 2.30pm. Following the workshop, kids will get the opportunity to play along with the Junkyard Beats stage performance.
THE ILLUME GIRLS STORYTELLING
Be immersed in Dreamtime stories through song and dance from The ILLUME Girls as they take you on a journey through aboriginal spirituality.
SPINJOY HULA HOOPING
Come and swing those hips and be entertained by SpinJoy Hula Hoopers. Kids will get the chance to have a go and be amazed by the experts.
12.00 noon to 5.00 pm | Eastwood Public School
Pop- up Skate and Scooter Park, free ride time, workshops and competition. The Youth stage will come to life with Dance Kool battles and performances, Karaoke and youth bands.
11.00 am to 5.00 pm | Oval
Come along and pet the farm animals at our animal farm located on the Oval.
11.00am | Oval Stage
Come along to the Oval Stage to sing and dance along with the Tiptoe Giants. Music about the big and small things in life.
Meet and Greet with Granny
11.00am, 1.30pm & 3.00pm | The Oval
Come along to the Oval meet and greet tent to get your photo and say hello to Granny Smith and our Festival Mascot Sweetie Pie.
Granny’s Cider Bar Sponsored by Bilpin Cider Co
11.00am -7.00pm | West Parade
Come down to West Parade (near the oval and the train station) and visit our Granny Smith Cider bar sponsored by Bilpin Cider Co. A refreshing break to chill out, listen to some beats, and pick up what we believe would have been Mrs Smith’s favourite drink.
An array of Bilpin ciders and other beverages will be on offer.
Kids under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
What’s on West Parade
Some new activities for the older kids on West Parade this year near the Train Station.
Get festival glam with our free hair braiding and eco-glitter bar!
Enjoy the beats from our giant DJ Boombox truck and test your skills on our mini Putt-Putt.
For the over 18’s come and visit Granny’s Cider Bar sponsored by Bilpin Cider co. Plenty of seating to take a break, fill up at the Sydney water refill station and there will also be a giant chess game.
For more details and a map of the festival make sure to check out the full program here!
Last year, around 90,000 people came to the Festival. Parking is limited, so leave the car at home and catch a bus, train or the Shop Ryder free shuttle service. Visit Trip Planner at www.transportnsw.info to organise your journey from start to finish or visit www.ryde.nsw.gov.au/gettingtogsf