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William Street Festival 2019

The Paddington street festival returns with live music, sales, food and Hendrick's gin cocktails.
By Concrete Playground
October 11, 2019
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William Street Festival 2019

The Paddington street festival returns with live music, sales, food and Hendrick's gin cocktails.
By Concrete Playground
October 11, 2019
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Each year sees William Street close to cars, with the usual traffic replaced with fun and frivolity spilling out onto the road for the annual William Street Festival. This year from 11am–8pm on Saturday, October 19, the unique businesses of Paddington will be celebrated in style with food, pop-up bars, shopping and live entertainment.

What happens? Well, all of the boutiques along this well-known shopping strip swap their usual trading for parties, food and deals galore to lure you away from the Westfields of the world and back to the simple joy of wandering around the Victorian terrace-lined, quaint streets of Paddo. Plus, there'll be live music, street art and swing dancing to keep you entertained.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the Victorian-inspired, eccentrically dressed entertainers, too, who will be roving throughout the streets in celebration of Hendrick's Gin's special edition, and deeply floral, Midsummer Solstice gin to keep you entertained and point you in the direction of the Paddo Inn — aptly renamed Paddo Ginn for October — where you can enjoy a Midsummer Solstice Spritz while surrounded by Dr Lisa Cooper's wonderful floral installations.

You can also line your stomach with some of the best food, wine and cocktails the area has to offer, with 10 William Street, Barbetta, Italian Bar and The London all taking part in this street-wide party.

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