Two jam packed days of creative play, art making and amazing shows. Free entry!

SIDESTEP KIDS FESTIVAL is a fantastic FREE arts festival for kids of all ages and families presented by Roundabout Theatre. On Saturday 18 March and Sunday 19 March (10am – 4pm) Sidestep Kids Festival will transform Banner Park, on the banks of the river in Brunswick Heads, into a magical playground.

There is something for everyone including arts and craft workshops, live music, circus, dance, comedy, game playing, storytelling, singing, collaborative construction and much, much more. Sidestep Kids Festival is a celebratory time for families to play and make magic together – led by kids who really know this stuff!

Performances are happening all day including Bunny Racket and new band for kids ‘The Gumboots’, Joel Salom – The International Man of Circus with special guest Erik the Robot Dog, Kids Shire Choir, The Pitts Family Circus, Spaghetti Circus, Byron Circus Arts and Roundabout Theatre. There’s also Delta Kay Arakwal bush food and cultural tours, eco-storytelling with Tiff Bollhorn and activities with Mitch King, Luminous Youth, Brunswick Girl Guides, Brunswick Primary School, the North East Waste Forum and more!

“Sidestep Kids Festival celebrates intergenerational connection, community and art and encourages kids to lead adults into the fun and creativity,” says Festival Director Valley Lipcer. “Everything at the festival is about participation and inclusion. The program is led by professional artists as well as kids.”

The festival was made possible with funding from a portion of a $362,050 grant the NSW Government’s Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Program and is supported by Byron Shire Council.

Minister for the Arts and Regional Youth Ben Franklin said the Community Events Program is supporting the State’s events and hospitality sectors by providing economic assistance while enabling communities to reconnect.

“The past three years have been difficult, with many unpredictable events including floods, drought, bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, but we know NSW residents will come out the other side stronger and more resilient,” Mr Franklin said.

“People have been disconnected from family and friends. We want to see communities thriving and businesses benefitting from more local activities, events and opportunities in the regions.

“The NSW Government is backing local events that bring local communities together and this funding will help to reinvigorate Byron and contribute to a sense of improved wellbeing and connectedness in 2023.

“Sidestep Kids Festival will be a wonderful opportunity to unite the Northern Rivers community, as well as create opportunities for everyone to access and enjoy the arts.”

Sidestep Kids Festival is an inclusive, wheelchair accessible event. Please contact us if you require an Auslan interpreter or if you have any other access needs at [email protected].

For more information follow the Sidestep Kids Festival Facebook Event and

10am – 4pm Sat 18 & Sun 19 March, 2023
Banner Park, Brunswick Heads
BYO picnic rug and lunch or visit one of the many cafes in Brunswick Heads.
For up to date info follow Sidestep Kids Festival Facebook Event page