Now in its 49th year, the Orange Blossom Festival is an iconic Hills event, with its distinctive name stemming from the citrus orchards that were plentiful in the Hills Shire and Baulkham Hills many years ago.

Those born and bred in the Hills may remember attending the street parade that ran down Old Northern Road and some of our mums vied for the enviable title of Orange Blossom Princess! The parade culminated in a fair at Arthur Whitling Park.

The Orange Blossom Festival is now a month long event but the highlight for families in 2018 is the Hills Council Community Fun Day which will be held at Bella Vista Farm this Sunday 16 September from 12pm to 7pm.

The Hills Council Community Fun Day will showcase the best of the Hills community and include lots of fun, interactive and engaging activities for little kids, big kids, youths and adults. There will be roving entertainment, games, amusement rides, food and community stalls, all with an orange theme. And best of all it is FREE!

This event will be set out in zones to assist patrons to flow through the site, engage with the community groups and explore the activities on offer.

The zones will include:

  • Pipsqueaks – A special zone for toddlers with ball pits, activity gardens, rockers and rides, slides, games, tents and tunnels, activity gyms and lots more.
  • Pippa’s Playland – An area for kids with face painting, balloon twisting, workshops and games, a pop up library, petting zoo, craft and more.
  • OZone  – A Youth Zone with amusement rides and engaging activities for the teenagers including breakdancing, DJ’s, rock climbing wall and a silent disco.
  • Community Grove – A showcase of community groups and associations in the Hills. There will be information available from all of the community groups as well as engaging and interactive activities
  • Active Zest – An opportunity to be active and get involved in local sporting clubs featuring AFL, NRL, touch football, soccer, cricket, netball, baseball and more.
  • Local Blooms Stage – The stage will showcase talent from local schools as well as Splash Dance and Hype Band.
  • Green Thumbs – A zone for the whole family to enjoy learning about gardens and conservation, kids can get their hands dirty by taking part in an edible garden workshop, planting their own seeds and get creative with nature play.
  • Food Trucks – A number of food trucks offering a wide variety of tasty food option.

And finally, a fireworks display will light up the sky and wrap up the day’s festivities!

Sunday 16 September 2018 | 12pm – 7pm

Bella Vista Farm, cnr Elizabeth Macarthur Drive and Norwest Boulevard, Bella Vista.