Your guide to the second annual Real Festival on the river

Penrith’s second annual Real Festival kicks off on Friday and patrons have been encouraged to plan their visit so they don’t miss a thing.

When’s it on?

The Real Festival takes place from 5pm to 10pm on Friday, November 3 and from 2pm to 10pm on Saturday, November 4.

Pre-registered workshops only are being run on Sunday, November 5 from 8am to 12pm.

Where does it take place?

The Real Festival takes place at Tench Reserve, on the Nepean River.

How much does it cost?

The Real Festival is completely free of charge.

So what’s on?

The Real Festival has a range of performances, entertainment and food, as well as sparkling sounds, glowing artworks, shimmering performances and tunes to keep you going throughout the night.

A list of the top 10 things to do at the festival is here.

Will roads be closed?

Tench Avenue will be closed to northbound traffic between Bellevue Road and Cross Road through to Jamison Road from 7am on Friday 3 November through to midnight on Sunday 5 November. Tench Avenue will remain open for southbound traffic entering from Jamison Road.

Is parking available?

A car park (with capacity for approx. 800 cars) is located at 66-76 Tench Avenue (next to The Coffee Club) and is accessed from Tench Avenue. To park here you will need to enter Tench Avenue from Jamison Road. There is a designated passenger drop off and pick up area located at the northern end of Tench Avenue and accessed from Jamison Road. This drop off area is for cars, Taxis and Ubers.

Once the car park is full, patrons will be directed to park at Penrith Paceway or Jamison Park and catch the free shuttle services.

What if I don’t want to drive?

Busways is providing free shuttle bus services across Friday and Saturday. The shuttles will run on a continuous loop; collecting and dropping off passengers from convenient locations across Penrith. The shuttle buses are accessible and can accommodate prams and strollers.

The drop off and pick up locations are located at Penrith Paceway at Ransley Street (outside of Hog's Breath) and Jamison Park at Batt Street (near netball courts) and at Tench Reserve (boat ramp). There will be four shuttle buses running continuously from 5pm –11pm on Friday 3 November and 2pm – 11pm on Saturday 4 November.

The closest railway station is Penrith Station, approximately 6 kilometres from the event site. Several bus services (797 and 795) pick up from here and continue along Mulgoa Road towards the event site. The bus services may have altered routes due to road closures for Real Festival. The real-time trip planner at will help you plan your travel to Tench Reserve by train, bus and on foot using the most up-to-date service information.

Where can I find more information?

The Real Festival website is the best place to find detailed information on parking, public transport services, pick up and drop off locations and road closures. To find out more, click here

Who sponsors the festival?

The Real Festival is proudly produced by Penrith City Council with the support of our Major sponsors Busways and Penrith City Gazette.

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