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. Connections Exhibition at Lucas Gallery

    Thursday 28 July 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...

    28 Jul -26Feb
  2. A Hambledon Cottage Museum

    Thursday 4 August 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...

    04 Aug -14May
  3. Parramatta Farmers Market

    Friday 29 July 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...

    29 Jul -28Apr
  4. How to discover your local history: Parramatta and District Historical Society

    Wednesday 17 August to Wednesday 16 November 2016, Parramatta

    Parramatta and District Historical Society have a general meeting and evening of historical enquiry on the third Wednesday of the month, from February to November. Parking is available in the...

    17 Aug -16Nov
  5. Learn Your History Saturday: Parramatta and District Historical Society

    Saturday 6 August to Saturday 5 November 2016, Parramatta

    Come along to hear guest speakers give illustrated talks on Family History subjects. The exploration of your family history through internet, journals and reference folios are available at the...

    06 Aug -05Nov
  6. How to find your Family History: Hambledon Cottage House Museum

    Tuesday 2 August to Tuesday 1 November 2016, Parramatta

    Family History research is conducted on Tuesday in Hambledon Cottage Coach House where a team of volunteers use the library of local history.

    Parramatta and District Historical...

    02 Aug -01Nov
  7. The Literati

    Thursday 28 July to Saturday 30 July 2016, Parramatta

    By Justin Fleming, After Molière’s Les Femmes Savantes. The Literati is sassy, it’s silly, it’s Sydney.
    Juliet and Clinton are in love. Guileless, sweet, all-encompassing love. However,...

    28 Jul -30Jul
  8. The Sydney Knife Show

    Saturday 6 August to Sunday 7 August 2016, Parramatta

    The Sydney Knife Show is Australia's largest knife show, featuring a diverse array of knives, tools and supplies from manufacturers, knifemakers, collectors, dealers and associated industries all...

    06 Aug -07Aug
  9. SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show

    Saturday 20 August to Sunday 21 August 2016, Parramatta

    SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show is a Japanese pop-culture convention that is set to return with its spectacular two day convention at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, NSW.
    For fans of comic,...

    20 Aug -21Aug
  10. Arab Film Festival

    Thursday 28 July to Friday 12 August 2016, Parramatta

    The Arab Film Festival Australia is back in action, showcasing the best of what's on offer film-wise from a region in constant social and political flux. The Festival launches in Sydney, before...

    28 Jul -12Aug
  11. Kidtopia Festival

    Friday 7 October to Sunday 9 October 2016, Parramatta

    Kidtopia Festival is a new outdoor event to end the October school holidays with a bang! Enjoy amazing live music on our entertainment stage and delicious food from Sydney’s best. Take part in a...

    07 Oct -09Oct
  12. Opera Australia presents The Marriage of Figaro

    Friday 19 August to Saturday 20 August 2016, Parramatta

    The Downton Abbey of Opera, but a whole lot more fun! Masters are lusting over their servants, servants are outwitting their masters – Mozart’s brilliant opera The Marriage of Figaro follows the...

    19 Aug -20Aug
  13. The King’s Spring Festival and King’s Annual Art Show Weekend

    Monday 29 August to Tuesday 30 August 2016, Parramatta

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    From carnival rides, cartoon characters, arts and crafts, an animal farm, gourmet food, market stalls, the Western Sydney Wanderers and the...

    29 Aug -30Aug
  14. De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose Day

    Saturday 10 September 2016, Parramatta

    To kick off Sydney Spring Carnival, we are bringing the first Group One of the season, AUD1million De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose, to Rosehill Gardens.
    This is the day where racing...

    10 Sep
  15. Golden Pendant Day

    Saturday 24 September 2016, Parramatta

    Enjoy a blockbuster afternoon of entertainment and join racing fans to cheer on top quality thoroughbreds as they battle it out on the famous Western Sydney racecourse, Rosehill Gardens...

    24 Sep
  16. Parramatta Lanes

    Tuesday 11 October to Friday 14 October 2016, Parramatta

    An eclectic mix of gourmet food, world music, live performances, cutting edge art and engaging talks will bring to life hidden spaces in Parramatta as part of the popular Parramatta Lanes food and...

    11 Oct -14Oct
  17. Parramasala

    Sunday 23 October to Tuesday 25 October 2016, Parramatta

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Parramasala is a spicy celebration of cultures in Prince Alfred Square Parramatta and Harris Park.
    The celebration includes India...

    23 Oct -25Oct
  18. Derby Day supported by ADFA

    Monday 31 October 2016, Parramatta

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Supported by ADFA, Flemington's Derby Day will be aired on the biggest super screen in the southern hemisphere at the convenient and ideal...

    31 Oct
  19. SciFi Film Festival

    Monday 31 October 2016, Parramatta

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    The second SciFi Film Festival is again celebrating all things of the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres, including family friendly events...

    31 Oct
  20. Deepavali Fair

    Monday 7 November to Tuesday 8 November 2016, Parramatta

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Deepavali is a festival of lights which is also famous as Diwali. Hindu Council of Australia proudly presents this year's Deepavali...

    07 Nov -08Nov
  21. Parramatta Day

    Monday 7 November 2016, Parramatta

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Grab your family and friends and pack your picnic rug for Parramatta Day, an all day celebration of Parramatta birthday, rich heritage and...

    07 Nov
  22. Sydney Scale Model Show 2015

    Monday 7 November 2016, Parramatta

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Sydney Scale Model Show is a scale modelling event in Parramatta, where people can enter or just view scale models. Plenty of categories...

    07 Nov
  23. Loy Krathong

    Monday 14 November 2016, Parramatta

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    The Parramatta River foreshore comes alive with light, colour and energy for the Loy Krathong Thai Festival.

    Festivities...

    14 Nov
  24. Sydney Santa Spectacular

    Monday 5 December to Friday 30 December 2016, Parramatta

    The Sydney Santa Spectacular is going to be the much awaited family day out during the Christmas season, which will let your whole family to enjoy rides and other fun filled activities during the...

    05 Dec -30Dec
  25. New Year's Eve in Parramatta

    Saturday 31 December 2016, Parramatta

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Bring your picnic rug and settle in for an evening of family-friendly entertainment and spectacular fireworks as Parramatta hosts one of...

    31 Dec
  26. Australia Day Parramatta

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Parramatta

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Head to Parramatta Park on Australia Day - there is so much to enjoy!

    Aerial, from 6am to 11am, is Sydney's biggest hot...

    26 Jan
  27. Parramatta Lunar New Year

    Friday 17 February 2017, Parramatta

    Celebrate the Year of the Monkey and enjoy the cultural experience of the Lunar New Year festivities. Be entertained by performances from 2014 X-Factor winner Marlisa, Dauntless Movement Crew and...

    17 Feb
  28. Sydney Autumn Carnival

    Saturday 11 March to Saturday 15 April 2017, Parramatta

    The Sydney Autumn Carnival offers Sydney’s racegoers and social set a world-class festival of thoroughbred racing, stunning fashion, entertainment and premium hospitality. Over six weeks, some of...

    11 Mar -15Apr
  29. Ladies' Day

    Saturday 11 March 2017, Parramatta

    Ladies' Day at Rosehill Gardens racecourse is a day for the ladies - fashionably entertaining!

    Ladies' Day falls within the Golden Slipper Carnival, a first-class program of racing,...

    11 Mar
  30. Longines Golden Slipper Day

    Saturday 18 March 2017, Parramatta

    Be on course to witness the heralded AUD$3.5million Group One Longines Golden Slipper - the world’s richest race for two-year-olds.
    Boasting four other Group One races, The George Ryder...

    18 Mar
  31. Yoga: Science of Infinite Possibilities

    Saturday 1 October to Monday 3 October 2016, Parramatta

    This three-day international conference, Yoga: Science of Infinite Possibilities, is aimed at furthering the understanding of Yoga Therapy as an Integrated Approach in aiding preventative health,...

    01 Oct -03Oct

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