Support for business

Summer Streets to kick start 2022

Local streets are transforming into car-free zones for a series for special events

Summer Streets 2022 - Stanley Street

To help support small business, and to provide more outdoor entertainment for residents, we’re kicking of 2022 with a series of neighbourhood events.

Over weekends across January and February, the Summer Streets and Lunar Lanes events will see a series of main streets closed until late into the evening. Locals and visitors are encouraged to show their support for businesses.

Roving performers and entertainers will help bring the streets to life for each event. Darlinghurst Road and Macleay Street will be the first to transform on Saturday 22 January, featuring a line-up of drag queens, live music and fire dancers.

“People want to get out of the house and enjoy what Sydney has to offer. While Omicron may have cast a shadow over the new year, we hope the extra road space will allow people a safer option to support their community in the wake of this latest challenge,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“Given the ongoing spread of the Omicron variant, people still need to exercise caution and follow health guidance – stay home if you’re unwell, wear a mask and ensure you practise safe distancing. There will certainly be many more opportunities to come back into the city and enjoy everything on offer as we work closely with local businesses to recover post-Covid.”

The Summer Streets program includes:

In addition, Lunar Lanes - the Haymarket street party will be held on Saturday 29 January as part of Sydney Lunar Festival.

The Summer Streets program is part of a recovery plan to help business and communities adapt and thrive in the face of the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic, with similar events planned throughout the year.

The events on Crown Street and Darlinghurst Road are proudly funded by the NSW Government's The Festival of Place.

We’re working with the NSW Government to ensure the events are managed in line with public health orders. We recommend attendees are fully vaccinated and wear a face mask. If people feel unwell, we’re asking them to stay home.

Find more information about Summer Streets and The Festival of Place.

Published 15 January 2022, updated 29 February 2024