We’re transforming village high streets into spaces for walking, shopping and dining with a series of special events.

Sydney Streets EOI

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What we’re doing and why

Sydney Streets returns from October 2022 for street closures across 7 locations. Our aim is to celebrate local neighbourhoods, bring communities together and support our high street businesses. For local businesses, it’s an opportunity to produce in-store activations to help attract customers and patrons to their venues, and potentially extend trading to outdoors subject to availability and approval.

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

Sydney Streets is part of our community recovery plan, supporting the economic and social recovery of businesses and local communities impacted by the pandemic.

Event details

Event date Sydney Streets event Expression of interest deadline
Saturday 1 October
11am – 10pm
Crown Street – between Cleveland and Foveaux street Sunday 4 September
Saturday 8 October
11am – 10pm
Harris Street – between Pyrmont Bridge Road and Union Street Sunday 4 September
Saturday 15 October
11am – 10pm
Stanley Street – between Yurong and Crown street Sunday 11 September
Saturday 22 October
11am – 10pm
Redfern Street – between Regent and Chalmers street Sunday 18 September
Saturday 29 October
11am – 10pm
Haymarket – parts of Dixon, Hay, Little Hay and Sussex streets Sunday 2 October
Saturday 5 November
11am – 10pm
Glebe Point Road – between Parramatta and St Johns roads Sunday 2 October 
Saturday 12 November
11am – 10pm
Darlinghurst Road and Macleay Street – between Bayswater Road and Hughes Street  Sunday 9 October 

Dates are all subject to approval by the Local Pedestrian, Cycling and Traffic Calming Committee.

"I had so much fun at the Surry Hills Summer Streets! What a cool afternoon.. can we do it every year?!"
Instagram post, February 2022.
"That was probably the best thing I've seen City of Sydney plan! We need more of this - it felt like I was in Europe for a night!"
Stanley Street business owner via Facebook, March 2022.

Opportunities for retailers

Opportunities for hospitality venues

Further event information

We’ll promote the Sydney Streets program through our event listing website What’s On. All business offers or activations can be listed on the free event 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 list your activations, special offers or in-store activity as early as possible.

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 without approval.
  • 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 within their indoor and approved outdoor areas, as required.
  • 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.
  • Consumption of alcohol will not be permitted outside of the approved licensed areas of hospitality 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 needed.

Contact us

Contact the City of Sydney’s Business Concierge team on 02 9265 9333 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm or at [email protected] 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.

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