Things to Do in Glebe
Regular Events in Glebe
Where: Glebe Public School, Glebe Point Rd
When: Every Saturday, 10am-4pm.
How to get there: From Central/CBD, catch the 431, 432 or 433 and alight at Glebe Public School, which is about the 2nd bus stop along Glebe Point Road after the Broadway/Parramatta Road turnoff. Alternatively, catch any bus that travels along Parramatta Road, alight at Victoria Park and walk for 2 minutes along Glebe Point Road (following the crowds!).
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Review by Clara Iaccarino, The Sun-Herald July 2004:
Sydney's original alternative markets, Glebe's bohemian flair lingers, although many of the recycled clothes have been replaced by affordable designs from young designers road-testing their latest. Incense and drumbeats fill the air, with live music providing a backdrop for punters relaxing on the grass. It's almost like a journey through South-East Asia, with stall holders featuring goods from Thailand, Indonesia, India and Nepal.
Star spotting: Pia Miranda, Cara Tobin of Tatu and Bree Desborough.
Review by Denby Weller, Fairfax f2, October 2002 on CitySearch:
"Who wants to trawl through a fluoro-lit department store on a weekend, when Glebe Public School offers this fresh outdoor alternative? Some would say it's the place to do your Saturday shopping. From juggling balls to fresh veggies, second-hand jeans to objets d'art, virtually every taste is catered for at this funky weekend market. Dozens of new and pre-loved clothing stalls sport a broad selection of gear for guys and girls. Browsing and buying here's a surprisingly fun (and cheap) way to keep up with the latest groove. If your wardrobe's already bursting, consider some of the original jewellery, leather goods, paintings, books, carvings, candles, rugs and general bric-a-brac on offer. Buskers as young as eight years old, a try-before-you-buy African drum stall, and the chatty vendors all give Glebe Market a colourful, distinctive atmosphere. Had enough of shopping? Get a 10-minute Tarot reading, boogie to the band or drape yourself in a sheet for a revitalising Chinese massage. If you need to rest and replenish, chill out on the grass with a yummy and/or nutritious snack from one of the market's ethnic food stalls, or pop across Glebe Point Rd for table service at one of the many local cafes."
The Sydney Collectibles and Antiques Fair
Where: Wentworth Park Greyhound Function Centre, Wentworth Park.
When: First Sunday of the month, 9am-4pm
Contact: 0419 333 220
Glebe Record Fair
Where: Peter Forsyth Auditorium, next to Broadway Shopping Centre and across from the Glebe Markets
When: once or twice a year, check with Egg Records for the next date
Contact: Egg Records, (02) 9550 6056: http://www.eggrecords.com.au
Annual Events in Glebe
The Glebe Street Fair
Where: Along Glebe Point Road itself, stretching from Broadway to Bridge Road.
When: Sunday, 18 November 2011, 10am-5pm
From the website of The Glebe Street Fair:
"There will be a wonderful carnival day enjoyed by locals, families, friends and guests from all over Sydney … and everywhere else.
The Glebe Street Fair will be the perfect place to do your Christmas shopping - 5 weeks before Christmas. There’ll be an intriguing selection of the quirky, the funky and the unusual on offer from the 200+ stalls lining the street from the crew that bring you the popular Glebe markets every Saturday. There’s a kilometre long centre of bustling fun, filled with stalls, fabulous international food, kids’ rides, entertainment and activities. Glebe Point Road is closed to traffic from Broadway to Bridge Road.
The Glebe Street Fair is one of Sydney ’s longest running annual events, attracting more than 100,000 people every November. Run by the Glebe Chamber of Commerce, the Glebe Street Fair has always had a strong connection to the Glebe community, and is proudly sponsored this year by the City of Sydney. The Fair is run on a not-for-profit basis, with proceeds being used by the Chamber to support a variety of local community projects."
Review by TimeOut.com:
"Sydney's largest street carnival marks the end of spring festivities. Every year some 150,000 people venture to the inner-city suburb of Glebe to visit the 300 different market stalls offering art, crafts, clothing and food from all over the world. The fair also incorporates multimedia installations, skateboard competitions and giant street decorations."
Review by Yahoo! Travel:
"This mega festival could easily be called the Taste of Glebe considering it is all about food. It takes place on Glebe Point Road, one of Sydney's longest dining strips. There are restaurants lining the road shoulder to shoulder and once a year they take the cuisines to the streets for masses (more than 100,000) to sample. Add some arts and crafts, decorate the street a bit, throw in a few rides, have some buskers and clowns entertain the crowds and you have a genuine festival. Cuisine samples include Malaysian, Greek, Japanese, Lebanese, Italian and a ton of Thai. Wine sampling is also a big hit."
The Glebe Music Festival
Where: Various locations in Glebe.
When: 9 November - 2 December 2012
Check out the official site for events, tickets and further information.
From the official Glebe Music Festival website:
"The Glebe Music Festival grew out of the many informal musical soirees held at the early 19th century building Margaretta Cottage since the late 1960s. The late Dr Vincent Sheppard built up a unique collection of keyboard instruments including an 18th century Dutch chamber organ, a 19th century Kapps grand piano, a Sperrhake harpsichord, a pedal piano and a clavichord. More recently a copy of a Rucker's Flemmish double harpsichord and an original Clementi piano have been added.
The underlying philosophy of the Glebe Music Festival is to bring together musicians at different stages of their careers in the intimate atmosphere of Margaretta Cottage. With large choirs this has expanded to the performance of major choral works at St Scholastica's Chapel in Glebe. Other venues have been used including Gleebooks and St John's Bishopthorpe. The repertoire is not limited to pure classical music and has included rhythm-and-blues and jazz.
Over the years Margaretta Cottage has seen the likes of Elizabeth Schwartzkof, Geoffrey Parsons, Christopher Hogwood, Fretwork and many other international artists. The 1999 Festival was in honour of the late Australian accompanist Geoffrey Parsons. The proceeds of the Festival went towards the Geoffrey Parsons Fellowship at the University of Sydney.
Sydney Teapot Show
Where: Clayworkers Gallery, Corner St Johns Road and Darghan Street, Glebe
When: July - August
From the Inner West Courier: "Every year, the organisers invite established and emerging potters to enter a teapot-making competition, based on their portfolio of works. For the 21st Sydney Teapot Show in 2009, the five categories, which change every year, were: hidden teapot, crouching dragon; Gen XYZ future tea; stranger than fiction; the perfect form; and the porcelain teapot."
Glebe Art Show
Where: Glebe Library, 240 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe 2037
Contact: Glebe Library Ph: 9660 8036
Tthe Glebe Art Show is held annually, traditionally in July. It aims to support and encourage both emerging and established artists living or working in the Glebe area, and to promote the work and services of the Glebe Library.
Sydney Shakespeare Festival
Where: Bicentennial Park, Glebe Foreshore, Glebe
When: 17 January - 24 February 2013
Performances of Much Ado About Nothing, and As You Like It on the programme for the 2013 season.
Other Events in Glebe
Where: Various locations in Glebe
When: every September
Contact: Glebe Chamber of Commerce: Ph: 9552 1546, PO Box 400, Glebe NSW 2037
Wentworth Park Games day
Where: Wentworth Park, Glebe
When: 18 May 2012
Contact: Mary Mortimer: 0410 679 204 or Ken Saunders: 9660 2602
From their website: "The Wentworth Park Games challenges residents of Glebe and Forest Lodge to take on Ultimo and Pyrmont in a day of fun sporting activity in historic Wentworth Park. Join in the People's Games to compete in such sports of antiquity as gumboot throwing, wine glass racing, Beckham bending, and obstacle courses. Heave away and haul away in the mass Pyrmont/Ultimo versus Glebe/Forest Lodge tug of war. Help your suburb to win the coveted Glebe Ultimo Pyrmont trophy, the GUP Cup!"
Carols in Vic Park
Where: Victoria Park (junction of Broadway and Glebe Point Road)
When: every December
Carols on the Point
Where: Jubilee Park (Blackwattle Bay end of Glebe Point Road)
When: every December
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