Parramatta’s Loy Krathong is a wonderful festival that my family, and lots of other local families, looks forward to each year. And it’s easy to see why….. the Parramatta River Foreshore comes alive with the magical flavours, sounds and excitement of Thailand.
Join us on Saturday 17th November at this fun family-friendly event. There will be free workshops, traditional ceremonies, special performances, a range of delicious South East Asian food and spectacular fireworks.
And at any point the kids need to burn off some energy, there is the great Parramatta River Foreshore playground. Plus the playground gets a special Thai Water Festival treatment, with a canopy of floating sky lanterns. There are toilets available, including one accessible for prams and wheelchairs.
Wondering how to get to this great family festival? Plan your trip with our handy map and info.
Loy Krathong Highlights
1Experience Life in a Thai Village
Kids and adults can participate in free cultural workshops and learn about their significance to Thai heritage. Including making your own krathong (a buoyant, decorated basket) and float it on the river during the official launch ceremony. The workshops are on a drop-in basis. Simply turn up and participate in the activities.
2Enjoy Special Performances and Demonstrations
The Loy Krathong stage will come alive with performances by local and international stars as well as interesting and fun demonstrations, including renowned chef Sujet Saenkham of Sydney’s popular ‘Spice I Am’ restaurant. Mr Saenkham will demonstrate the wonders of authentic Thai cuisine and some lucky audience members will be selected to take part in a cook off.
- Buddharangsee Thai School Stanmore performance
- Massage demonstration
- Flash Muay Thai boxing demonstration
- Authentic Thai cuisine cooking demonstration by Sujet Saenkham, Head Chef of ‘Spice I Am’.
- Contestants cook off
- Krathong procession commences, led by Councillor Lord Mayor and Royal Thai Consulate-General
- Fireworks spectacular
3Tantalise Your Tastebuds
Enjoy delicious cuisine from a variety of food stalls and trucks or take a break at the glowing Thai beer garden. There will be traditional Thai cuisine, Asian delights, sweet tea, sugar cane, scrumptious desserts and ice cream. And hopefully there will be a lot more food stalls this year, reducing wait times!
4Float Your Krathong
Be part of the sunset ritual of launching candle-lit Krathongs on the river from about 7:30pm. A krathong is a buoyant, decorated basket.
The annual tradition, during a full moon, symbolises the release of negativity, anger and bitterness, and represents good luck and embracing new life as you make a wish for good fortune.
There will be a captivated fireworks spectacular at 9pm.
Getting to Loy Krathong
Loy Krathong is located at the Parramatta River Foreshore, between Barry Wilde Bridge and Elizabeth St Footbridge. There are activities on both sides of the river and in front of the Parramatta River Foreshore playground.
The festival is located close to bus stops along Victoria Road and Church Street and is an easy 10 minute walk from the Parramatta Interchange. Parramatta Ferry Terminal is also only a short 10-minute walk away, but keep in mind the last ferry is at 7:38pm.
The closest car parks are Riverbank and Eat Street car parks. Plus the Novotel Parramatta isn’t too far away and has 6hr parking for $10.