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Wollongong City Council

Spin Fest CBD

Experience race week in the city!

15-25 Sept. Free entry, no tickets required.

As the world’s best cyclists compete in Wollongong for the UCI Road World Championships, our city will come alive with the sights and sounds of Spin Fest, a community celebration with something for everyone.

What's On in the CBD

Head into the heart of the city to watch the race, then re-energise in one of our Spin Fest zones. Take a wander through Crown Street Mall, Globe Lane or the Arts Precinct to grab lunch, sip a sunset cocktail, browse market stalls and enjoy roving circus performers and live music.

Inflatable Sculptures

15-24 Sept, 8am-9pm daily.

Spin Energy, a collection of eye-catching inflatable artworks, will light up Crown Street Mall during Spin Fest. Renowned design duo The Beautiful and Useful Studio designed these colourful creations through collaborative community workshops, with participants combining bold colours and graphic prints to create truly unique pieces. Hot tip - the pieces light up after dark! 

Read more about the Spin Fest Inflatable project.

Laneway Nights

16-18 Sept + 23-25 Sept

As the racing winds down, the fun heats up in Wollongong's colourful laneways. Globe Lane and Crown Lane will come alive on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights during Spin Fest with an eclectic mix of DJs, circus artists, roving entertainers plus world-class food and small bars.

When? Food + drink in venues all day. Entertainment 5pm-10pm Fri + Sat. 5pm-9pm Sun.

Live Music

23, 24, 25 Sept

Check out free live music on the outdoor Crown St Mall Stage, and at Lux Bistro Bar from 5-9pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

There's a stellar line up including local rising star Aodhan, indie pop princess Abby Bella May, sunset jazz curated by Wollongong Jazz and a whole lot more. Check out the daily program below!

Markets + Entertainment

15-16 + 23-25 Sept.

Recharge day and night in the heart of Wollongong's central shopping district, Crown Street Mall. There'll be something new to discover each day. Explore outdoor cafes, hit the shopping centre, or enjoy a free program of family-friendly entertainment, markets and more.

Spin Fest Markets: Discover the world on a plate with all your favourite street foods, plus local handicrafts at the colourful growers and makers markets in Crown St Mall.

Book a market stall: If you're interested in becoming a stallholder, visit the Crown St Markets website.

Don't miss a moment

Download a printable guide to What's On in Crown Street Mall and Laneways

Or check out the daily program below.

TIMECROWN ST MALL
All dayI Ride the Gong exhibition
12pm-2pmLive @ Lunch, Illawarra Folk Club. Crown St Mall Stage.
5pm-9pmSpin Energy Inflatable Artworks by Beautiful + Useful Studio. Opening Night.
5pm-9pmMarkets - Street Food + Acoustic Music
5pm-9pmStreet Beatz Hip Hop performances
TIMECROWN ST MALLGLOBE LANECROWN LANEMORE CBD FUN
All dayI Ride the Gong exhibition   
8am-9pmSpin Energy Inflatable Artworks   
8am-3pmMarkets - Creative Wares, Produce + Street Food   
5pm-10pmRestaurants

DJ R.ICO + Light Projections

Street Beatz Hip Hop performances

LED Hoops + Roller skate roving entertainment

Bars + Restaurants

DJ + Light Projections

Bars + Restaurants

 
6pm-8pm   Languages of the Land Exhibition Opening Night, Wollongong Art Gallery.
6pm-9pm   Spin Fest Live, Wollongong Youth Centre
TIMECROWN ST MALLGLOBE LANECROWN LANEMORE CBD FUN
All dayI Ride the Gong exhibition   
8am-9pmSpin Energy Inflatable Artworks   
5pm-10pm

Sunny Bin DJs

Food Trucks

Restaurants

DJ Splashzone + Light projections

Showgirl performances

Aerial circus + LED Hoops performances

Bars + Restaurants

DJ + Light projections

Bars + Restaurants

 
5pm-10pm   Spin Fest Beach Party, North Beach Wollongong.
6:30pm-10:30pm   Lighthouse Light Projections,
Wollongong Harbour
TIMECROWN ST MALLGLOBE LANECROWN LANEMORE CBD FUN
All dayI Ride the Gong exhibition   
8am-9pmSpin Energy Inflatable Artworks   
11am-9pmFood Trucks   
5pm-9pm

Live Rockabilly Music: Wes Pudsey + the Sonic Aces, The Dovetails with Sara O'Connor

Swing Katz + Footloose Rocker dance performances

Roving Drag Queens

Restaurants

DJ Dean

Swing dancers

Roving Drag Queens

Aerial circus + LED Hoops performances

Bars + Restaurants

DJ + Light Projections

Bars + Restaurants

Roving Unicycle Ballet performances, 90 Crown Street. (5-8pm)
6:30pm-10pm   Lighthouse - First Nations Light Projections, Wollongong Harbour
TIMECROWN STREET MALLMORE CBD FUN
All dayI Ride the Gong exhibition 
8am-9pmSpin Energy Inflatable Artworks by Beautiful + Useful Studio. 
6:30pm-8:30pm Big Bike Film Night, Wollongong Art Gallery
6:30pm-10:00pm Lighthouse Projections, Flagstaff Hill
TIMECROWN ST MALLARTS PRECINCT
All dayI Ride the Gong photography exhibition 
12pm-2pmLive @ Lunch, Illawarra Folk Club. Crown St Mall Stage 
5pm-9pmSpin Energy Inflatable Artworks by Beautiful + Useful Studio 
5pm-9pm*Cancelled due to Rain* Markets - Street Food 
5:30pm-8:30pmStreet Beatz Hip Hop performances +
DJ Dumplings
 
5:30pm-6:30pm Sunny Bin DJs
6:30pm-8pm Symphonie de la Bicyclette, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre
TIMECROWN ST MALLGLOBE LANECROWN LANEARTS PRECINCT
All dayI Ride the Gong exhibition   
8am-9pmSpin Energy Inflatable Sculptures   
11am-3pmLive @ Lunch, Illawarra Folk Club. Crown St Mall Outdoor Stage   
11am-9pmMarkets: Creative Wares, Produce + Street Food   
5pm-9pmLive Jazz @ Lux Bistro Bar: Tessie Overmyer Quartet   
5pm-9pmLive Music: Crown St Mall Outdoor Stage.
5pm: Brekky Boy
6pm: Hope Wilkins
7pm: Sir Archer
8pm: Aodhan
  Roving Unicycle Ballet performances, 90 Crown St (5-8pm)
5pm-10pm

Shimmer Squad - Free Sparkles

Roving Rollerskaters + Drag Queens

DJ - The Remedy Man

Bars + Restaurants

Street Beatz Hip Hop performances

Aerial Circus + LED Hoops  performances

DJ + Light Projections

Bars + Restaurants

Sunny Bin DJs (5:30pm-7:30pm)

Symphonie de la Bicyclette, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre. (7:30pm)

TIMECROWN ST MALLGLOBE LANECROWN LANEMORE CBD FUN
All dayI Ride the Gong exhibition   
8am-9pmSpin Energy Inflatable Sculptures   
11am-9pmMarkets: Creative Wares, Produce + Street Food   
12pm-5pmRoving Circus Performers (12pm-1:45pm)  Community Art + Fun Day, Arts Precinct
5pm-9pm

Crown St Mall Stage:

5pm: Jack Willis

6pm: Meadowhip

7pm: Bread Club

8pm: Abby Bella May

Live Jazz @ Lux Bistro Bar: Hannah James Trio

  Hot Potato Band Pop up Performance, outside the Illawarra Hotel (5:30pm-7:30pm)
5pm-10pm

Shimmer Squad - Free Sparkles

TJs Dance Troupe

Roving Circus Artists + Rollerskaters

DJ Chelsey Dagger

Showgirl Go-Go performances

Aerial Circus + LED Hoops performances

Bars + Restaurants

DJ + Light Projections

Bars + Restaurants

Arts Precinct on Burelli St:

Sunny Bin DJs (5:30pm-7:30pm)

Symphonie de la Bicyclette, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre. (7:30pm)

TIME CROWN ST MALL GLOBE LANE CROWN LANEMORE CBD FUN
All day I Ride the Gong exhibition    
11am-9pm Markets: Creative Wares, Produce + Street Food    
12pm-1:45pmRoving Circus Performers   
5pm-9pmClosing Celebration! Crown St Mall Stage:
Lorenzo y Su Swing Band
Club Havana Band
Venus y Mauro dance show
Live Jazz  @ Lux Bistro Bar:
Chris Fields Cubop Quartet
DJ Ralph
Gong Salsa Hub Dancers
Shimmer Squad - Free Sparkles
Aerial Circus + LED Hoops roving performances
(6:30-7pm)
DJ + Light Projections
Bars + Restaurants
Hot Potato Band , Pop Up Performance near the Illawarra Hotel (5:30pm-7pm)

Unicycle Ballet Roving Performances, near 90 Crown St (5-8pm)

Plan your visit

Spin Fest CBD will take place throughout Crown Street Mall, and neighbouring Globe Lane and Crown Lane.

  • It is recommended that attendees travel to the CBD by public transport during Spin Fest and the UCI Road World Championships.
  • Road Closures: Some roads in and around the city will be closed daily from Saturday 17th - Sunday 25th September. Visit the Wollongong 2022 website to learn more about race road closures.
  • Trains: The nearest train station is Wollongong station. Additional train services will be running during this period. For up to date service info download the Opal App, or search train timetables here
  • Buses: Bus routes and times may vary during this period. For up to date service info, download the Opal App. Free shuttle bus routes will be operating 7am-10pm daily between 17-25 September. View route maps here.
  • Accessible Parking: The closest accessible parking spaces are located in nearby 80 Church Street carpark, and Wollongong Central shopping centre.
  • Taxis:  Book a taxi service from one of our local providers: Wollongong Radio Cabs and Illawarra Taxi Network

If you're a business located in the CBD, it's time to start planning how you can make the most of this exciting time, and get involved in Spin Fest and Wollongong 2022 celebrations.

Learn more

Gear up for Spin Fest

Let's welcome the world to Wollongong this September! As the world’s best cyclists arrive for the UCI Road World Championships, we’re rolling out the fun with Spin Fest - a free program of family-friendly celebrations right across our city.