256_1_market shoppingAt a loss for things to do at the weekend?

Then why not head to one of Sydney’s colourful, neighbourhood festivals.  Over the past few weeks there have been festivals In Marrickville, Newtown and Glebe, with many more to follow.  Its a great chance to see the variety Sydney has to offer and experience the diversity in this great city of ours.  You never know what hidden gem you will uncover.

In Marrickville for example, we found a great little jazz bar named Lazy Bones.  Like a true New Orleans jazz dive, spruced up for a laid back clientele, with a riot of colour and a notable air of decadence, its a great place to kick back with friends and soak up the atmosphere.  Who’d have thought you would find a bar like this in the self styled ‘New Newtown’, but it’s definitely an up and coming place to hang out, with new bars and restaurants popping up regularly.

Speaking of the new Newtown, how about the old one.  Still a classic neighbourhood and the home to Sydney’s alternative scene.  It”s all about character and expression there.  The festival is held in a large park, with a variety of music stages to suit everyone’s taste.  There are loads of street entertainers and food stalls, with a clear emphasis on educating as well as entertaining.  There is a real carnival atmosphere, which is often present in the day to day lives of those who live there.  If you haven’t been here yet, you really need to check it out.

Finally you have the Glebe festival.  Even the rain failed to dampen everyone’s spirits as people mooched up and down the main street, taking in the stalls and aimlessly wandering into one cool bar or cafe after another.  From the Sappho Books cafe where they have set up a cute garden cafe out back of a bookshop to a bar which is a converted house and has sofas to lounge around on while you play board games with your friends, this is truly a bohemian neighbourhood to savour.

Find your inner curiosity to explore Sydney’s inner west and you will be rewarded with some great experiences in some unique neighbourhoods and check out the upcoming Sydney neighbourhood festivals

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