3 Standout Things That Make Newtown Unlike Any Other

If Newtown were a person, it would be top hats, big beards, bright lippies, purple hair, Doc Martens, the owner of a quirky vintage store, a coffee lover, a thai food enthusiast, a striking soul, warm, welcoming arms, thriving, artsy, comfortable, a little lost, tired, sometimes slumped on the floor but always rising with a form of never-seen-before beauty – it would be you and me.

And the recent Newtown Festival was a testament to that.

Now in its 38th year, the festival celebrates everything Newtown.

The People

What would Newtown be without its bird-carrying messiahs, gorgeous beards and eclectic styles?

The Food

The festival featured some of Newtown favourites including Black Star Pastry, Brewtown Newtown, N2 Extreme Gelato, Rising Sun Workshop, The Stinking Bishops and Young Henrys amongst others.

The Arts

The festival featured some amazing creatives including Mulga, FlutterLyon, and Hot Potato Band, which was definitely a crowd favourite. The park turned into a dance floor for many of us as we grooved to this one-of-a-kind brass band.

The crowd was still buzzing at 5pm and happy vibes were emanating all round. The Newtown Festival was a reminder that this unique suburb has its quirks, characters and unmistakable charm – I guess that’s why it makes so many of us feel at home.

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