The annual Granny Smith Festival celebrates the life and legacy of one of our district’s most famous citizens, Maria Ann Smith – aka Granny Smith – who, back in 1868, ‘accidentally’ grew the first batch of little green apples that bear her name and are now grown all over the world.
The Granny Smith Festival began in 1985 and is now regarded as one of Sydney’s largest street festivals, a true community carnival, full of colour and good old fashioned fun. It attracts over 90,000 each year and is supported by local businesses, sporting and service organisations, schools and the wider community.
Where is it held?
The festival is held in and around the Eastwood shopping precinct and Eastwood oval.
What happens if it rains?
The festival goes ahead rain, hail or shine!
What time does the parade start?
Best viewing for the Parade is at 10:00am on Rowe Street, Eastwood.
Where does the parade go?
The parade begins at Eastwood Oval and heads down Lakeside Road, turns right into Glen Street, left into Shaftsbury St and left into Rowe Street before heading back into Lakeside Rd from the Avenue.
What time are the fireworks?
Fireworks begin around 8pm.
Are there accessible toilets at the festival?
Yes, accessible toilets are located in various locations around the festival.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes, but they must remain on leash at all times. Please remember to clean up after your dog and make sure they get plenty of water and shade if it’s a hot day.
Will there be alcohol sold? Can I bring alcohol?
No. The Granny Smith Festival is within the Eastwood precinct alcohol free zone.
How do I get there?
Eastwood train station is right next door and buses head through Eastwood from all directions. You can also get the free Shop Ryder shuttle service. You’ll find more information on the Getting There section.
Is there parking?
Parking will be limited and will fill early on the day. You may find parking in the streets around Eastwood but be prepared to walk some distance to the Festival area. Try to catch public transport instead. See the Getting There section for more information.
Will there be road closures?
Sections of road will be closed from 6pm the night before until 9pm on the day of the festival. Temporary road closures are also in place during the street parade from 9am – 11am. See details on road closures.