Your guide to Real 2023

Real Festival returns to take over Tench Reserve

Real Festival returns to take over the Nepean River this September 15 – 17, and you are invited!

We are bringing illuminated and larger than life art displays, food trucks that'll have your taste buds breakdancing, and a pop-up Festival Bar that's cooler than a penguin in shades. And hold onto your joystick because there's also an open-air arcade that'll transport you back in time to hang with your old friends Pacman, Pinball, Space Invaders and more.

Not to forget, performances, workshops, markets and on-water activities to float your own boat (literally!). There is so much to see and do at Real this year! Don’t be a no-show, check out the guide below to help plan your weekend.

FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER | 4-10pm

Ready, Set, Action at all stations as Real Festival starts at 4pm!  

ALL DAY

  • Pre book your 30-minute session, including skate hire, at the Roller Rink by Busways for a neon lit roller skate by the river!
  • Dance like nobody is watching at the Silent DisGlow, and prepare your gaming thumbs at the Open Air Arcade, with your old friends Pacman, Pinball and Space invaders.
  • Learn how to move those hips at the Hula Hoop Station and try your hand at juggling or unicycling at the Circus Drop Zone.
  • Craft a keepsake with Neon Jewellery Making or get creative and show us your best skills at Paper Lantern Making and Rock Painting.
  • Connect with culture and community at Weaving with Nula, suitable for all ages.
  • Love music? Sing along with Stormer Music to get that singing sensation!

LIVE MUSIC

Main stage and acoustic stage

5pm - Live acoustic performances will set the mood from soulful Alicia Varas and Ebony Rose touching melodies will sing out from the main stage.

6pm - energic mash-up duo Frankie and Charles.

7pm – uplifting acoustic set Elina Roberts Turner.

8pm - Aussie funk and folk artist Jake Edgely.

8:45pm - Don’t miss Keely on the main stage with her sound-defying R&B and soul hits.

9pm Van Sereno will have you bopping the rest of the night away!

ENTERTAINMENT & PERFORMANCES

5pm, 6:15pm, and 7:30pm - the genius Penrith Performing Visual Arts team delivers Feral Hogs, a part-story, part-game experience!

At 6.30pm and 8pm, the iconic Nepean Belle will be transformed with Illuminart’s headline performance, featuring animated artworks sure to dazzle with sound and storytelling.

6:50pm and 8:20pm - Following straight after is a heart-pumping, mind-blowing adrenaline action Jetpack show!

FEAST ON OVER 20 FOOD TRUCKS ALL WEEKEND

Feeling Hungry? You must try the falafel pockets at Stripped Street Food from Gaza. For hot and fresh, Emmy’s Gozleme has you covered or pig out with American style with an Asian twist Mr Pig. For dessert, indulge on Yia Yia’s Honeyballs and baked goodness at Sift’d.

Family looking at artwork blogSATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER | 4-10pm

Grab your family, friends and neighbours and even your pet pooch and start the afternoon off right with a paw-some pic at the Neon Dog Park.

ALL DAY

  • Pre book your 30-minute session, including skate hire, at the Roller Rink by Busway for a neon lit roller skate by the river!
  • Watch out for Circaholics Anonymous with their fire twirling stunts 🔥
  • Get messy at the Slime Workshop sure to delight the kids! Craft a keepsake with Neon Jewellery Making or get creative and show us your best skills at Paper Lantern Making.
  • There’s a Hula Hoop Station to get those hips moving for all the food you’re about to eat!
  • Connect with culture and community at Weaving with Nula, suitable for all ages.

ENTERTAINMENT & PERFORMANCES

Check out the incredible entertainment at every corner to keep your eyes and ears occupied!

5pm - The Dauntless Movement Crew will have your jaws to the floor with their crazy and skillful stunts. 

6.30pm & 8pm - the iconic Nepean Belle will be transformed with Illuminart’s headline performance, featuring animated artworks sure to dazzle with sound and storytelling.

6:50pm & 8:20pm - Following straight after is a heart-pumping, mind-blowing adrenaline action Jetpack show.

6:15pm & 7:30pm - Catch Feral Hogs for the last time today by the genius Penrith Performing Visual Arts team, the performance promises to be a part-story, part-game experience!

food trucks lit up blogLIVE MUSIC

Main stage and acoustic stage

6pm – experience the unique high-energy Junkyard Beats and accomplished singer and performer for his story-telling music, Phil Davidson.

7pm - Penrith locals Demage will keep you cool and calm with tunes.

7:15pm Strings on Fire

8pm – be blown away by the brass band entertainers – Phat Brass!

9pm - Kirk Burgess to kick it on with faithful original recordings from 60s to today.

8:45pm – Blue Mountains rock and soul band, Bonniedoon, will have you dancing the night away.

FEAST ON 20 FOOD TRUCKS ALL WEEKEND

Make it a cheat night with happiness rolled into one with Lambda Souvla Grill or tasty award-winning Bratwurst sausages with Fritz’s Wieners. Top it off with classic gelato Messina or drool worthy Drippin Desserts that have everything your dessert stomach can think of! 

SUNDAY 17 SEPTEMBER | 10am - 3pm

Sunday FUNday has plenty more FREE activities, perfect for the family!

canoe boy dusk blogALL DAY 

  • Soak up the river scenery with Dragonboat Paddling, Kayaking or Stand up Paddleboarding.
  • Pre book your 30-minute session, including skate hire, at the Roller Rink by Busways for a neon lit roller skate by the river!
  • Catch a glimpse of the magical collection of artworks on display, can you spot all the birds or find a cheeky crab?
  • Experience the Nepean River with a ride on the breathtaking Nepean Belle. Limited spots available at the wharf so get in quick!

WORKSHOPS

Check out Mobile Playvan where little ones can play all day and a Musical Garden to stroll through, creating funky sounds and crazy tunes.

How about Making Your Own Instrument with Junkyard Beats, only from 1:30pm to 2:30pm.

The kids can get messy with Pot Decorating, and if you’re a budding gardener book a spot at the Wild Edibles Foraging Workshop and discover the edible joys right under your toes!

The Chilli Kids Yoga could be just what you’re looking for, allowing a relaxed environment with practical movement activities. Bookings are essential – book your spot today.

ALL DAY MARKETS

Stroll around the artisan market stalls and find something special for you or for a special someone. From sustainable crafted leather to handcrafted creations and trinkets, there is sure to be something to take home and treasure forever 💝

LIVE MUSIC

Main stage and acoustic stage

event site crowd blog11am - We’ve got you covered with chill Sunday vibes from Karleigh Rose.

12noon – Jerrah brings his whimsical style.

1pm - Ebony and Ivory dish out songs for all ages on the main stage while Shara Rose shares her warm engaging vocals at the acoustic stage.

2pm – followed by the 90s vocal tone, Brett Sams and giving us good vibes on the main stage until the end is Sun Affair.

FEAST ON 20 FOOD TRUCKS ALL WEEKEND

Did someone say Let’s Do Yum Cha? Perfect for that midday crunch craving. Say Kon'nichiwa to Little Tokyo, serving up Japanese fusion delights or how about a Rolling Schnitzel with the lot! Don’t worry, for all our vegetarian friends, Vege4Love has got you covered serving up flavoursome Southeast Asian cuisine.

If your heart desires sweetness, save some space for Slice of Sin and a fan fav of REAL festival, Stroopbros, serving up traditional fresh Dutch Stroopwafels.

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Check out the Real Festival website for ALL the info on activities and how to plan for this stellar weekend!

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