See all the photos from IlluminARTe Festival 2018

Thousands descended on Picton for a night full of colour, lights and entertainment.

The annual IlluminARTe Wollondilly Festival was held in Menangle Street on Saturday, May 5 from 12pm.

Locals and visitors wandered the streets of Picton looking at market stalls and listening to buskers sing and play instruments.

Kids had a ball on carnival rides and tried their luck in the sideshow alley games at the RSL Memorial Park. They also watched children's entertainers perform on stage.

As night fell the old Picton Post Office, the old NAB Building, John Digger Furniture Store, St Anthony’s Church, Wollondilly Shire Hall and the tree outside Wollondilly Council building were illuminated with changing colourful designs.

The animated displays had many trying to snap a picture at twilight.

Mayor Judith Hannan said she had a fantastic time during the day and was sure others did too.

Council general manager Luke Johnson said the festival was once again a great success.

Their was an air of excitement at the festival and many enjoyed spending time relaxing or walking around with their family.

The highlights included performances from Missy Lancaster, Alfie Arcuri and But 4 Grace as well as the fire dancing from Leider Theatre performers.

Many also enjoyed swiveling around in one of Channel 9’s The Voice chairs.

Hundreds waved to crowds as they walked in the lantern parade. Adults and children proudly showed off their handcrafted designs which they had made earlier in the day.

Festival-goers also looked at the Wollondilly Arts Group exhibition and the tunnel light exhibition. 

Street artist Joe Quilter finished painting his artwork that represented the shire’s history.

Many ate an array of cuisines from food trucks and soaked up the vibrant atmosphere.

Those who wanted to “chill out” headed to St Mark’s Anglican Church.

As the night drew to a close fireworks exploded over Picton – a fitting end to a great celebration.