Although Manly is popular for its sand, surf and myriad water activities, the beloved beachside suburb is now switching things up with a lovely festival of light, art, music and food. For 10 days you can rediscover Manly and it’s hidden gems thanks to Play Manly which aims to reinvigorate the CBD area of one of Sydney’s most iconic locations.
Play Manly, 2022
A number of exciting and free events will transform the area into a joyful playground this year. On the cards are over 20 live music performances, a picturesque beachside cinema and illuminated lighting tracks for all the photo buffs.
Among the highlights, you can look forward to the harbourside promenade illuminated with colour, The Corso’s palm trees drenched with light, street art murals and workshops and heaps of food and drink options as you stroll through the area.
Local businesses will be putting their best foot forward with special menus and dishes curated by some of Manly’s favourite eateries including Daniel San, Glasshouse Manly, Bucketty’s Brewing Co. and more.
Have a ball with bands like Lambros, Eagle Eye Jones and Buffalo Grass Boys at The Corso and learn more about the rich indigenous history of the area with history and heritage walks as you stroll through the suburb.
Other highlights include bookstore open mic night for storytellers and poets, jewellery making demonstrations, snorkelling and eco walk tours and photography workshops. There are games to play, art to explore, food and drinks to demolish and secret gardens to walk through. This excellent event gives Sydneysiders an opportunity to see a vital part of the city in a brand new light.
The event is on now until April 30, find the full event program and participating venues here.