The St Marys Spring Festival will return to Queen Street on the first Saturday in September.
With spring just around the corner, St Marys Town Centre can reveal that this much-loved community event will be bigger and better than ever.
Acting Town Centre Manager Malama Psarianos said it will be exciting for the community to come together post-pandemic.
“It’ll be a beautiful day,” she said.
“We’re very confident that the weather’s going to be fantastic.
“St Marys and surrounds are a diverse community from all over the world and there will be talent and food and great experiences at this year’s festival.”
Between 10am and 3pm on Saturday, September 2, festival goers will be able to enjoy the market stalls, rides, entertainment and a great variety of food.
Penrith City Council, Sydney Metro and community groups will be on show, and of course, the grand parade is set to return which will be led by the Town Crier.
A horse drawn Bennett Wagon, with Penrith Mayor Tricia Hitchen, St Marys Town Centre Chair Faye Aboghazaleh and Deputy Chair Cassandra Ratcliffe on board, will be followed by marching bands, show cars, and community groups.
According to Psarianos, there will be three stages set up, at Belar Street, Carsons Lane and Coachmans Park, where a number of school groups and dance studios will be performing.
There will also be music performances and dancing throughout the day.
“There’ll be traditional Greek dancing and modern Greek dancing, which is something that I believe we’ve never seen in Queen Street,” Psarianos said.
“It’s going to be really nice; people are going to feel like they’re on holidays on the Greek Islands.
“There’ll be some belly dancing as well.”
Psarianos said there will be lots to do, for the whole family.
“There will be hundreds of stalls lining Queen Street for people to come and do some shopping,” she said.
“There’s some fun things for the children as well because it’s a family orientated event.”
With the new airport and Metro under construction, St Marys Town Centre is quickly becoming the gateway to Sydney.
Psarianos, who was also responsible for transforming Church Street in Parramatta, said she is excited to see a similar vision coming to fruition in St Marys.
“It’s heaven on Earth here,” she said.
“We’re really looking forward to introducing our city to these new people that have made Penrith local government area their home.
“People will be coming over to help us celebrate this amazing event that happens here once a year.
“We’re looking forward to showcasing our beautiful Main Street because it really is a focus between now and 2026.”
The event begins at 10am.