Lillian McKnight • 18 October 2012

Most importantly, it’s probably time to start teaching your old dog some new tricks. Or, at the very least, give him a neon dye job and tie some elaborate ribbons in his fur, because Surry Hills Festival is looming excitingly near and the dog show is back! Call us biased (we live and breathe the inner-city hub that gave birth to the delicious likes of Bourke Street Bakery), but we’re pretty sure that hitting Prince Alfred Park on October 27 to celebrate the best that Surry Hills has to offer is the very best way to spend a Saturday. With a roster full to the brim with musical acts, market stalls, delicious food and, of course, canine cuteness, your gold coin entry donation will be the best damn buck you’ve spent in a long while.

You’d have to be a bit of a scrooge to say no to a festival but, if the delights of that celebratory staple gozleme aren’t enought to tempt you, what say you to the likes of electronic cool kids Tijuana Cartel, popettes Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!, indie darlings Nantes and the guttural blues of Groupie favourite Mojo Juju? All are part of the chock-a-block musical lineup that will be the sunny soundtrack to the day.

With over 100,00 attendees expected, Surry Hills Festival 2012 is set to be a super duper spring outing. Cementing a commitment to sustainability, organisers suggest you hit public transport to get there on the day and, for the budding cyclists among us, there’s free valet parking for your fixie. How very Surry Hills.

Surry Hills Festival hits Prince Alfred Park on 27 October from 10am. For more information, visit