The City of Sydney will be kicking off 2022 with a series of special street closures allowing residents to support their local businesses whilst outdoors.

Held across a number of weekends over January and February, ‘Summer Streets’ will see the main streets of suburbs close traffic from 11am to late evening, to encourage people to celebrate and re-engage with local businesses.

The festival is part of a $12 million recovery plan to help businesses and communities thrive in the face of the pandemic.

“Having brunch with friends, a wine after work or grabbing a quick bite and watching the world go by are some of the best moments of urban life. Being able to shop, dine or drink on our footpaths and roadways make it easier for us to enjoy those things and support local businesses in a Covid-safe way,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

The City of Sydney is encouraging stores and venues to participate in the ‘Summer Streets’ program using special events or offers. Roving performers and entertainers will also be present, to help bring the streets to life.

“For many local businesses in the Kings Cross area, it’s been a really tough couple of years. I think Summer Streets is a great initiative where we can get out on the street and share with everyone who we are and what we do,” said Larry Papadopoulos, owner of Boxing Works.

“We’re really excited to be part of the event and we’ll be offering free sessions and membership discounts for anyone joining on the day.”

Summer Streets locations include:

  • 22 January – Darlinghurst Road and Macleay Street, Darlinghurst
  • 23 January – Redfern Street, Redfern
  • 6 February – Crown Street, Surry Hills
  • 12 February – Glebe Point Road, Glebe
  • 19 February – Harris Street, Pyrmont

Additionally, there will also be an evening-only event at Green Square place from 6pm on February 19th.

Participants are still to exercise caution and follow health guidance at the event. They are told to stay at home if unwell, wear a mask and ensure safe distancing is practiced. 

More information about the Summer Streets Festival is available here.