We’re transforming a series of village high streets into spaces for walking, shopping and dining for 1 day only in January to March 2022.

Residents and businesses will be able to come together to reconnect, celebrate and use the street as a shared community space.

What we’re doing and why

Our community recovery plan aims to support the economic and social recovery of businesses and local communities impacted by the pandemic. As part of this, our high street recovery program involves local high streets becoming spaces for walking, shopping and dining for 1 day each during January to March 2022.

Our aim is to celebrate local neighbourhoods and come together. For local businesses, it’s an opportunity to deliver in-store activations to help drive customers and patrons into their venues, and potentially extend trading onto footpaths and outdoor settings, subject to outdoor space approval by the City of Sydney.

Along with enabling road closures, we’ll provide some acoustic roving entertainment and chairs and tables around the street.

We encourage all businesses to activate in-store and make the most of this opportunity.

Event details

High street Date Time
Darlinghurst Road / Macleay Street, Kings Cross 
(between Bayswater Road and Hughes Street)
Saturday 22 January 11am – 10pm 
Redfern Street, Redfern
(between Regent Street and Chalmers Street)
Sunday 23 January 11am – 9pm
Crown Street, Surry Hills 
(between Cleveland Street and Foveaux Street)
Sunday 6 February 11am – 9pm
Glebe Point Road, Glebe 
(between Parramatta Road  and St Johns Road)
Saturday 12 February 11am – 10pm
Harris Street, Pyrmont
(between Pyrmont Bridge Road and Union Street) 
Saturday 19 February 11am – 10pm
Stanley Street  
(between Yurong Street and Crown Street)
Saturday 12 March 11am - 10pm

In addition, Lunar Lanes – Haymarket street party will be held on Saturday 29 January as part of Sydney Lunar Festival.

Opportunities for retailers

Opportunities for hospitality venues

Further event information

We’ll promote Sydney summer streets through our event listing website What’s On. All business offers or activations can be listed on the free listing platform and be part of our promotional content. Our What’s On e-newsletter has over 30,000 subscribers and the event-listing platform is an essential marketing tool for your business this summer.

To be part of the What’s On program marketing we will need activations, special offers or in-store activity listed by Tuesday 4 January 2022.

Note the following:

  • Each business will be responsible for management and costs involved with the use of the approved outdoor area, including seating, waste management and extension of liquor licensing if required.
  • Temporary structures will not be permitted for any outdoor activity.
  • Only the area in front of business premises will be available for retailer/hospitality business use subject to approval by City of Sydney and Liquor and Gaming (in the case of temporary liquor licence extensions).
  • Covid-19 responsibilities lie with businesses when business is conducted in their respective and approved areas.
  • A food court style arrangement of up to 150 tables and 475 chairs will be arranged by the City of Sydney at each street closure for patrons to consume food and drink (non-alcoholic), as well as waste management services to attend to any additional waste generated.
  • We cannot supply tables and chairs for individual businesses. Placement of communal furniture will be within the closed street-space for communal use and benefit of all businesses.
  • The management of waste generated on premises or within the outdoor dining space of businesses will be the responsibility of each business.
  • City of Sydney site management and security will patrol each pedestrianised site on the day.
  • NSW Police may be present and will provide assistance if necessary.

Contact us

Contact the City of Sydney’s Business Concierge team on 02 9265 9333 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm for one-on-one support.

We can advise what may be possible during the road closures, support you through the approval process and help you benefit from our marketing and promotional channels.