A summer street festival will be held in Cronulla in early February after the normal spring event was canceled for the last two years due to the pandemic.
The event will be held in the mall, but will flow into Cronulla Park, with live music and other performances on a beach stage.
Cronulla Spring into Summer Festival is held the weekend of February 12-13.
The Sutherland Shire Council has worked with event organizer Sold Out Event Management, and a draft traffic plan will be discussed at meetings in November.
A staff report to the municipality’s traffic committee said: “The event is a street festival similar to the well-known Gymea Village Fair.
“This event has been endorsed by councilors as it is in line with the municipality’s vision of the Sutherland Shire as a ‘connected and secure community that respects people and nature and enjoys an active life in a strong local economy’.
“Monro Park will no longer be part of the festival. This year, the event will add additional event space by utilizing h Cronulla Park and beach.”
The report said the event organizer proposed closing the northern half of the Gerrale Street car park.
“Staff and councilors have expressed concern that the parking loss from the closure of this car park is too great,” the report said.
“If the parking lot is not closed, some parking spaces will be removed for the sake of the event.”
Plans include a Rose Bar in Cronulla Park from 6 p.m. 10:00 to 16:00 on weekends, with a stage on the beach with live music, more than 100 stalls, live music, food trucks, local performances, rides, face painting, children’s zoo and local breweries.
Traffic controllers will control crowds on Surf Road and on Gerrale Street crossings to the beach.
An estimated 40,000 people attended the last spring festival in 2019.