From gelato to jousting, there will be something for everyone during the Blacktown City Festival.
The week-long celebration is set to take over the region, starting this weekend and running until Sunday, May 28.
Take a look at our list of some of the best activities and feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments.
1. Medieval Fayre
Chances are you’re familiar with Doonside’s Medieval Fayre – in fact, Blacktown Council expects 40,000 to be there this weekend.
The epic festival features weaponry and hand-to-hand combat, Live Action Role-Playing (LARPing), birds of prey, and authentic Dark Ages arts and displays.
For fans of Heath Ledger in A Knight’s Tale, there’s even sessions of full-contact tournament jousting.
The fair will take over Nurragingy Reserve on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, and put on your walking shoes because there are plenty of activities to see and experience.
2. Sydney’s best desserts
Rich Spanish churros, pillow-soft doughnuts, crepes, macarons, mouth-watering cupcakes, silky smooth gelato and chocolate fondue… are you hungry yet?!
Mayor Stephen Bali has promised all that and more will be at Civic Lane from 3pm to 9pm next Thursday, May 25, for the Sweet Indulgence Dessert Festival.
He predicts 2000 people will show up but, with 25 of Sydney’s finest dessert vendors involved, we wouldn’t be surprised to see double that many dessert-lovers indulging their sweet tooth.
Don’t miss Mark Iskandar from Seven Hills – his new business SaCrepe Bleu offers made-to-order Parisian crepes with all kinds of mouth-watering fillings.
3. Ice skating
You read that correctly – it’s not even winter yet, but the Blacktown CBD is about to get a whole lot cooler.
A synthetic rink will be set up on the Village Green from Monday, May 22 all the way through to Sunday, May 28.
The rink will run from 10am to 6pm every day, and stay open later for the dessert festival on Thursday. Tickets are $5 for a 20-minute session so don’t put this unique opportunity on ice.
4. Lots of laughs
So Tahir Bilgic, Mick Meredith, Emma Zammit and Jason Ryder walk into a club…
And not just any club – Rooty Hill RSL. The four Aussie comedians are coming to Blacktown for a free show on Friday, May 20.
Bookings are recommended as spots are going fast for this unmissable night of laughs, where no topic will be off limits. Get in touch with the RSL or Blacktown Council now to reserve your spot.
5. Peppa Pig
While parents will enjoy the comedy stylings of Tahir from Fat Pizza and Housos, kids will certainly not be overlooked next week.
Peppa and George Pig will be live on stage with their friend Sammy for the Taking Turns show next Wednesday, May 24, at Bowman Hall.
Bookings are also essential for this free show, which promises muddy puddles, dinosaurs, pancakes and much more fun.
For those who love live shows, the Trolls Kids Concert the following day also promises to be plenty of family-friendly fun.
6. National Sorry Day
Blacktown City Festival is not all fun and games – it’s hard to properly enjoy this modern, thriving city without reflecting on its past.
May 26 is an annual opportunity for our nation to understand the shameful history of the Stolen Generations, and take steps toward healing and reconciliation.
Special guest Professor Tom Calma, a 2013 Australian of the Year finalist, will be at Blacktown Arts Centre for this important recognition from noon to 2pm next Friday.
7. The Wiggles
Arguably Australia's most beloved performers, The Wiggles will round out the festival when they perform in the CBD on Saturday, May 27.
Anthony is the only original wiggler left in the line-up, but newbies Emma, Lachy and Simon are sure to impress fans of all ages with old favourites and new hits.
The Wiggles hit the main stage at 1pm, but the Streets Alive festival promises to be loads of fun from 9am right through to late afternoon.
Picture free rides, market stalls, a street parade, and a host of characters including Belle, Rapunzel, Superman and Batman, and you’ve got some idea how big this party will be.
- Read more about these activities and others at festival.blacktown.nsw.gov.au.