The Colour Tumby Festival has wrapped up for 2022 and what an awesome long weekend it was, full of colour, fun and loads of events to interest everyone in the family.
This is the fourth time this street art festival has taken place and it now combines with a number of other community and council run events to make an action packed long weekend of arts, music, food, markets, classic cars and family fun.
Over the long weekend, the town sees thousands of people descend on it and the caravan park was full, but with events spaced out around the town it doesn’t feel overcrowded at all.
Tumby Bay is a beautiful relaxed town on the water with a long jetty where you can catch some squid, tommies and whiting which we did, and a convenient foreshore path that leads from the caravan park to the centre of town. This is a great way to get some exercise in and enjoy all that the town has to offer on foot.
The artists that were in town this year to paint murals were Danielle Weber @Daniellesartwork, Sam Bates (SMUG) @smugone, Loretta Lizzio @loretta_lizzio, Jimmy Dvate @Dvate and Shawn Lu @shamuslu and each brought their own style and incredible talent to add to the existing stunning artwork around Tumby.
Over the few days that the festival runs you can wander past the walls as the artists are painting them and see the progress from blank walls to remarkable works of art that are worth the drive to Eyre Peninsula in South Australia to see. During the weekend you can also take part in local workshops including painting, and macramé or give the 5 km fun run a go.
While the artists were working away there were also markets on in a few different parts of town, food and drink trucks and caravans, children’s entertainment and bands for the adults to enjoy as well. On the Saturday night, fireworks drew everyone to vantage points along the foreshore to see them explode in bursts of colour from the jetty, lighting up the night sky.
On Sunday the Cruzee Car Show was held with a huge amount of cars on show along the shady foreshore grass area, where there were lots of varieties of cars to drool over and reminisce about those first cars we used to drive.
The town is full of friendly welcoming folk and the businesses are worth taking a look at too while you’re wandering the streets. There are two hotels which both serve excellent meals and ice cold drinks and Tumby Bay has supermarkets, a hardware store, petrol stations, gift shops and more.
The Colour Tumby Festival seems to be growing and incorporating more events as the years go on so we are looking forward to returning next year and enjoying more that Tumby town has to offer, and of course marvelling at more of the amazing art that these street artists produce.