Parramatta Events

Located to the west of the city, Parramatta also known as Parra, is Sydney’s second CBD (Central Business District) and boasts a wide range of venues, many sites of historical significance and a multitude of restaurants with food from all over the world.

Parramatta is home to many great sporting teams and Parramatta stadium is a great place to catch a rugby league or soccer game, and Parramatta Park plays host to a variety of outdoor events year round.

Head to Parramatta for some of Sydney’s most vibrant festivals. The Sydney Festival takes place in both the city and Parramatta, with free activities and events throughout the laneways of Parra. There are some great cultural, film and of course, food festivals to check out year round, as well as outdoor festivals and events in Parramatta Park. The Riverside Theatre has a great program of theatre, music and comedy, and you can see fierce sporting contests taking place at the Parramatta Stadium. While in the area, don’t miss Elizabeth House; it’s the oldest surviving European building in Australia.

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  1. Rosehill Gardens Race Day

    Saturday 10 December 2016, Parramatta

    The racing season heats up this summer with a stunning line up of live racing and spectacular entertainment. Rosehill Gardens is celebrating the festive season and is spreading Christmas cheer! Be sure to keep an...

    10 Dec
  2. Connections Exhibition at Lucas Gallery

    Saturday 10 December to Sunday 26 February 2017, Parramatta

    The Connections exhibition in the Lucas Gallery of Hambledon Cottage Museum continues the Female Factory Story with Reverend Samuel Marsden and his quest for better conditions for the convict women. He performed...

    10 Dec -26Feb
  3. Sydney Santa Spectacular

    Saturday 10 December to Tuesday 27 December 2016, Parramatta

    Together with Santa and his working elves, they bring you a huge announcement!Through December a large area of Rosehill Gardens is transformed into a Winter Wonderland, complete with fairground rides,...

    10 Dec -27Dec
  4. Parramatta Farmers Market

    Friday 16 December to Friday 28 April 2017, Parramatta

    Over 20 farmers and producers from the Sydney basin and regional NSW will be selling high quality, authentic local, seasonal produce directly from growers and artisan food producers.Come early and...

    16 Dec -28Apr
  5. A Hambledon Cottage Museum

    Thursday 22 December to Sunday 14 May 2017, Parramatta

    Hambledon Cottage, a colonial Georgian cottage built for John Macarthur in 1824, is a house museum where visitors, young and old, can experience the 19th century lifestyle. Temporary exhibitions are mounted in the...

    22 Dec -14May
  6. New Year's Eve in Parramatta Park

    Saturday 31 December 2016, Parramatta

    Bring your picnic rug to this event's new home in Parramatta Park and settle in for an evening of family-friendly entertainment and spectacular fireworks as Parramatta hosts one of Sydney's largest New Year's Eve...

    31 Dec
  7. iD

    Thursday 12 January to Sunday 22 January 2017, Parramatta

    An international sensation since 2009, iD is a high-energy blend of circus arts and urban dance - a production for the young at heart featuring an inspiring soundtrack and innovative video projections. 15 acrobats,...

    12 Jan -22Jan
  8. Tipping Point

    Tuesday 17 January to Saturday 21 January 2017, Parramatta

    London-based Ockham’s Razor push themselves to the limit on five metre metal poles that transform into a myriad of walkways, pillars and pendulums in a blend of circus, acrobatics, playground games and trust exercises...

    17 Jan -21Jan
  9. Australia Day Parramatta

    Event dates to be confirmed: January 2017, Parramatta

    Head to Parramatta Park on Australia Day - there is so much to enjoy!Aerial, from 6am to 11am, is Sydney's biggest hot air balloon display,...

    Jan 2017
  10. Parramatta Lunar New Year

    Friday 3 February 2017, Parramatta

    Celebrate the Lunar New Year and enjoy the cultural experience of the Lunar New Year festivities.Feast on dumplings or Asian street food from Tsuru and Mama Linh's, try delicious treats from dessert experts...

    03 Feb
  11. Tropfest Australia

    Saturday 11 February to Tuesday 14 February 2017, Parramatta

    Tropfest, the world's largest short film festival, is a free, outdoor event, and in 2017, celebrating it's 25th anniversary! Set in Sydney's beautiful Parramatta Park, a summer calendar would be naked...

    11 Feb -14Feb
  12. Ladies Day

    Saturday 11 February 2017, Parramatta

    The opening day of the 2017 Longines Golden Slipper Carnival, Ladies Day gathers Australia’s best fillies and mares to compete in the much anticipated Group One AUD600,000 Coolmore Classic.Offering award...

    11 Feb
  13. Parramasala

    Friday 10 March to Sunday 12 March 2017, Parramatta

    Parramasala is a spicy celebration of cultures in Prince Alfred Square Parramatta and Harris Park.The celebration includes India Tourism Pavilion and Chai Tea Stall, Friday Night Street Parade and Colombian...

    10 Mar -12Mar
  14. Sydney Carnival

    Saturday 11 March to Saturday 15 April 2017, Parramatta

    Sydney Carnival encompasses two hallmark events, the Longines Golden Slipper Carnival at Rosehill Gardens and The Championships at Royal Randwick, continuing the tradition of world-class thoroughbred racing combined...

    11 Mar -15Apr
  15. Longines Golden Slipper Day

    Saturday 18 March 2017, Parramatta

    Steeped in tradition, Longines Golden Slipper Day is where legends are born. With a spectacular line-up of first-class racing, the day features five Group One races with an impressive prize pool of over AUD7 million...

    18 Mar
  16. Legends Day

    Saturday 25 March 2017, Parramatta

    The 2017 Longines Golden Slipper Carnival concludes with Legends Day, a thrilling day of Group One racing, headlined by the AUD1.5 million The BMW and the AUD500,000 Vinery Stud Stakes.Legends Day honours...

    25 Mar
  17. NSW Caravan, Camping and Holiday Supershow

    Tuesday 25 April to Sunday 30 April 2017, Parramatta

    The Supershow is on for six days and there's no better place to check out everything that's new in the caravan and camping industry, pick up some great show specials or speak to expert exhibitors who are on hand to...

    25 Apr -30Apr
  18. Cracker Night 2016 - Riverside Theatre

    Wednesday 26 April 2017, Parramatta

    It's quite simply Sydney's biggest night of comedy! Featuring a dazzling line up of the biggest and best Australian legends, international stars, and next big things of comedy, Sydney Comedy Festival's Cracker Night...

    26 Apr
  19. Golden Rose Day

    Saturday 9 September 2017, Parramatta

    To welcome the very first day of Sydney Spring Carnival, join them at the newly refurbished Rosehill Gardens racecourse and let the celebrations begin!Kicking off the Group One action on the track will be...

    09 Sep
  20. Golden Pendant Day

    Saturday 23 September 2017, Parramatta

    Get the gang together for Golden Pendant Day and experience all the fun and excitement that a day of Carnival racing at the newly refurbished Rosehill Gardens has to offer! With lively trackside...

    23 Sep
  21. Derby Day

    Saturday 28 October 2017, Parramatta

    Derby Day is suited to a social-seeking and on-trend crowd, with many embracing the tradition of black and white fashion.On the track - an exhilarating program of live racing and all the action from...

    28 Oct
  22. Girls Day Out

    Saturday 11 November 2017, Parramatta

    Girls Day Out, otherwise known as "Australia's cheekiest race day" is the perfect reason to gather your closest girlfriends to celebrate!Whether it’s a birthday, a Hen’s do, or just a cheeky get-together,...

    11 Nov

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