Real Festival returns to Penrith this September

Real Festival is back in Penrith this September.
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Real Festival will return to Penrith’s Tench Reserve for the first time since 2019.

The event will span three days from September 15 to 17.

The festival’s headline performance by Illuminart will provide an enchanting transformation of the Nepean River with storytelling through light and sound displays on Friday and Saturday nights. Audiences can expect a captivating and animated artwork by the No Boundaries Art Group starring the iconic Nepean Belle.

Junkyard Beats will be returning to the Festival with their high-energy drumming, dancing, comedy and creative recycling performance and workshops.

Another not-to-be-missed highlight is the Roller Rink by Busways, bringing a nostalgic roller-skating experience by the riverside for skating enthusiasts and novices alike. Pre-booking is required for FREE 30-minute sessions including skate hire. Numbers are limited so get your skates on and book now at

Interactive and immersive experiences are set to transform the riverbank day and night with highlights to include illuminated art installations, a silent disco, a retro open-air arcade and fun kids shows.

Real Festival will offer a bustling market area, with local artisans and vendors plus the food truck lineup will satisfy all taste buds, with delectable treats and culinary delights. For those looking to relax and unwind, the Festival Bar will be the perfect spot to enjoy a refreshing beverage while taking in the beautiful views of the Nepean River.

Real Festival returns to Penrith in September.

This year’s program also offers a diverse array of workshops, providing a chance for attendees to explore their creative talents. From hands-on arts and crafts to circus skills and dragon boating, there’s something for everyone to learn and be inspired by.

Penrith Mayor Councillor Tricia Hitchen expressed her excitement for the much-awaited event encouraging everyone to come along and experience Real Festival once more.

“The return of Real Festival is a momentous occasion for Penrith,” Hitchen said.

“After a three-year hiatus, we are thrilled to welcome everyone back to Tench Reserve with such a spectacular program to enjoy.

“This year’s program offers a vibrant array of entertainment, activities and experiences suitable for people of all ages.

“There will be many highlights across the event, with some including the Roller Rink by Busways, the many workshops on offer and the visual, interactive and illuminated experiences available to festivalgoers.

“We are bringing the very best in fun and family-friendly entertainment and activities to Penrith. Real Festival is free to attend and this year’s program is not to be missed,” Cr Hitchen said.

To view the program, book workshops and plan your trip to the event, head to the Real Festival website

The Western Weekender is a proud sponsor of the festival.

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