We mentioned that The Valley’s laneway culture was large, but Hidden Lanes Festival illuminates just how much the suburb has on offer – this one-day affair will celebrate the 80 businesses that call California, Winn, Bakery, Lucky and Little Valley Lane home. Headlining the festival is a top-notch line-up of live music acts, held across a staggering nine stages from 10:00 am until late – so you can literally rock around the clock. Notable names from the talent pool include interstate guests The VANNS, Tyne-James Organ and Cry Club, as well as local heroes Concrete Surfers, Pink Matter, Greta Stanley and oodles more.
As much as the live tunes are a huge drawcard, there is plenty of other activity happening at Hidden Lanes Festival that is well worth your attention. First up, the discovery trails are a must-do – you can stroll and learn across the fields of fashion and beauty, art and design, food and wine, heritage, plus a bonus market trail that features plants, homewares, ceramics, fashion, art and vintage clothing. Prefer to get a little more hands-on? There are 19 amazing masterclasses happening across the day that allow you the chance to pick up skills and meet some of The Lanes’ brightest makers – from cookie decorating to cocktail making and even how to do the perfect festival braids, there’s something for everyone to get stuck into.
This is just a small taste of what you can find at the Hidden Lanes Festival – for more information, times and maps of where to scout out the action, head to the official website.
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