Seems autumn has finally decided to show up and with it lovely sunny, cooler weather and colourful leaves.

May is full of great events to keep the kids, and us, entertained. It actually has four of our favourite annual events and a new one we are looking forward to attending. So get out your calendar as you won’t want to miss these!


Top 10 Local Events – Listed in Date Order

Here are our top 10 picks of what’s on in May for families. And at the bottom, we have included all the other key events happening in May.

The National Diesel Dirt and Turf Expo returns for its 4th year. The expo has the biggest range of earth moving machinery, agricultural machinery, mowing equipment, trucks, boats, bikes. And this FREE ‘digger’ expo is perfect for CONSTRUCTION loving kids!

  • When: Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May
  • Where: Penrith Panthers Showground
  • More Info

The Bunnings Family Fun Nights are always great, free fun. And on 9th May, the you can celebrate all things mum at your local Bunnings store. All will have a mother’s day craft and most also have face painting, petting zoo and light refreshments.

  • When: Thursday 9th May, from 6pm to 8pm (except Carlingford 4pm to 6pm)
  • Where: Local Bunnings Store
  • More Info

3Hawkesbury Show | 10th to 12th May

Step right up and experience a local show from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th May! From fireworks displays and wood chopping to exhilarating rides and animal shows. There’s something for everyone at the Hawkesbury Show.

  • When: Friday 10th to Sunday 12th May
  • Where: Hawkesbury Showgrounds
  • More Info

Mother’s Day is that special day to show our great appreciate to our wonderful mothers. And if you are looking for something different to, how about running or walking for a great cause! Join the Mother’s Day Classic at Parramatta Park as a family and raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Plus there are lots of fun free kids activities.

  • When: Sunday 12th May
  • Where: Parramatta Park
  • More Info

The annual Fire Station Open Day is a much awaited event in our household, with two fire engine loving kids. On Saturday 18th May, you can visit fire stations across the State to get a glimpse into what it is like to be a firefighter. The list of stations participating this year is yet to be released, but most local fire stations participate. Our local in Rydalmere usually has a free BBQ, tour around the fire station, fire truck to sit in and we even got to put on a firefighter uniform last year. Plus there is a goodie bag for all the kids.

  • When: Saturday 18th May
  • Where: Local fire stations
  • More Info

6Blacktown City Medieval Fayre | 18th and 19th May

This is one event that absolutely impressed us last year. And we left really wishing we had been going sooner and counting down to this years event! The Blacktown City Medieval Fayre is like stepping onto a movie set for the knights of the round table. It feels so authentic and is very well organised. There are combat displays, roving entertainment, bird shows and an international jousting competition. Plus food trucks, kids activities and playgrounds. And its FREE!

  • When: Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May
  • Where: Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside
  • More Info

Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, preschools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. The book this year is the funny Alpacas with Maracas.

  • When: 22nd May at 11am
  • Where: local libraries
  • More Info

8Vivid Sydney | 24th May to 15th June

Over 23 nights from 24th May to 15th June, the world’s largest festival of light will paint Sydney in the colour and spectacle of Vivid Light. Now in its 11th year, Vivid Sydney will expand through Sydney CBD and make a dazzling return to our much-loved favourites.

  • Taronga Zoo: Festival favourites for the last 2 years are back along with a mob of fierce, fantastic, quirky and endearing species for Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild. Unfortunately though in 2019, its only on Wednesday to Sunday.
  • Chatswood: this is a great free Vivid precinct to visit with young kids. It will have its own mini-festival of light, music, and ideas with a number of spectacular installation,like Trumpet Flowers, I DANCE WITH YOU and Cascading Harp, from 5.30pm to 10.30pm daily.
  • Darling HarbourCelebrate the art of play and the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing at Tumbalong Lights: Inclusive playSPACE in Darling Harbour from 6pm to 11pm daily.

9Mandarin Picking Season | From 25th May

Mandarin lovers rejoice, Watkins Family Farm and Fords Farm near Wiseman’s Ferry will soon have trees covered with amazing orange globes of yumminess for us to pick! Both farms open on the last weekend in May for pick your own sessions.

10Steam Ahead Kids Festival | 25th to 26th May

STEAM AHEAD is a dynamic and immersive weekend at Bungarribee Park exploring how we co-exist with nature through the lens of Science, Technology Engineering, Art and Mathematics. It’s a NEW free event at the great Bungarribee Park. And we look forward to checking the giant roving creatures, interactive installations, games, workshops, discussions and demonstrations.


What’s On In May – Other Key Events

It was hard deciding on our top 10 picks as there are a LOT of cool events happening in May. Here are some of the other key events and we still have more to enter! And you can see more on our Facebook page.

Oct 24 all-day Various across Parramatta River catchment
Riverfest is the premier, annual community event for ‘Our Living River’, celebrating the Parramatta River and surrounding catchment. This year’s Riverfest takes place between Thursday 17th October and Sunday 27th October. Riverfest 2019 launch –[...]
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am Richill Park
The NEW Playgroup NSW Play Van is visiting 5 parks in the City of Parramatta each week during school term – returning to the same park on the same day each week. The play van[...]
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Armory Gallery, Newington
Operation Art is the premier state-wide visual arts exhibition for school students from Kindergarten to Year 10. With more than 800 artworks by students from throughout NSW, this year’s exhibition offers Armory Gallery visitors a[...]
Oct 25 all-day Telopea, Newington, Parramatta, North Rocks and Epping
Community infrastructure is essential to our community’s well-being. Open spaces, libraries, and childcare centres underpin our lives and ensure everyone can access the essential services and recreational spaces needed to live well. The Draft Community[...]
Oct 25 all-day Various across Parramatta River catchment
Riverfest is the premier, annual community event for ‘Our Living River’, celebrating the Parramatta River and surrounding catchment. This year’s Riverfest takes place between Thursday 17th October and Sunday 27th October. Riverfest 2019 launch –[...]
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am Jubilee Park
The NEW Playgroup NSW Play Van is visiting 5 parks in the City of Parramatta each week during school term – returning to the same park on the same day each week. The play van[...]
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Armory Gallery, Newington
Operation Art is the premier state-wide visual arts exhibition for school students from Kindergarten to Year 10. With more than 800 artworks by students from throughout NSW, this year’s exhibition offers Armory Gallery visitors a[...]
Oct 26 all-day Telopea, Newington, Parramatta, North Rocks and Epping
Community infrastructure is essential to our community’s well-being. Open spaces, libraries, and childcare centres underpin our lives and ensure everyone can access the essential services and recreational spaces needed to live well. The Draft Community[...]
Oct 26 all-day Various across Parramatta River catchment
Riverfest is the premier, annual community event for ‘Our Living River’, celebrating the Parramatta River and surrounding catchment. This year’s Riverfest takes place between Thursday 17th October and Sunday 27th October. Riverfest 2019 launch –[...]
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Armory Gallery, Newington
Operation Art is the premier state-wide visual arts exhibition for school students from Kindergarten to Year 10. With more than 800 artworks by students from throughout NSW, this year’s exhibition offers Armory Gallery visitors a[...]
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre
Come down to The Bower’s Repair Cafe in Parramatta on the last Saturday of every month from 10am-12pm. The repair cafe is free, but Bookings essential There will be an electrician, a carpenter and bicycle mechanic available[...]
Oct 27 all-day Various across Parramatta River catchment
Riverfest is the premier, annual community event for ‘Our Living River’, celebrating the Parramatta River and surrounding catchment. This year’s Riverfest takes place between Thursday 17th October and Sunday 27th October. Riverfest 2019 launch –[...]
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Australian Pioneer Village
The Australiana Pioneer Village will absorb you into the atmosphere and activities of life over 200 years ago. Come and visit this slower lifestyle. Read more about our recent visit here. The Australiana Pioneer Village[...]
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Armory Gallery, Newington
Operation Art is the premier state-wide visual arts exhibition for school students from Kindergarten to Year 10. With more than 800 artworks by students from throughout NSW, this year’s exhibition offers Armory Gallery visitors a[...]
Oct 27 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Newington Armory
On every Sunday, Riding the Rails takes visitors on a 30min train ride around part of the former Royal Australian Navy Armament Depot, on a train once used to transport missiles, torpedoes and other WW2[...]
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am Sturt Park
The NEW Playgroup NSW Play Van is visiting 5 parks in the City of Parramatta each week during school term – returning to the same park on the same day each week. The play van[...]
Oct 28 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am The Container North Parramatta
Dads Group is all about helping fathers connect with other fathers- to increase in confidence, competence and develop meaningful connections for thriving in this new season of life. If you are caring for your kids[...]
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Armory Gallery, Newington
Operation Art is the premier state-wide visual arts exhibition for school students from Kindergarten to Year 10. With more than 800 artworks by students from throughout NSW, this year’s exhibition offers Armory Gallery visitors a[...]
Oct 29 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am Sherwin Park
The NEW Playgroup NSW Play Van is visiting 5 parks in the City of Parramatta each week during school term – returning to the same park on the same day each week. The play van[...]
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Newington Armory Visitor Centre, Sydney Olympic Park
Explore the natural environment in a fun and interactive way with Ranger Judy and Joseph, reading stories, doing craft and wondering amongst the trees. The FREE Mini Park Rangers program runs each Tuesday morning during[...]
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Armory Gallery, Newington
Operation Art is the premier state-wide visual arts exhibition for school students from Kindergarten to Year 10. With more than 800 artworks by students from throughout NSW, this year’s exhibition offers Armory Gallery visitors a[...]
Oct 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Westpoint Shopping Centre
Westpoint Shopping Centre are hosting playdate sessions for preschoolers every Tuesday morning from 11am to 12pm. Book your place for a range of activities including singalongs, storytelling, dancing, music and imaginative play. Sessions are run[...]
Oct 29 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Wenty Leagues
Tiny tots Tuesday takes place each week at Wenty Leagues, at a new time of 11am to 2pm. There is a different activity each week. SEPTEMBER 3 | Brick Building Workshop Get creative with a[...]
Oct 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am Rosella Park
The NEW Playgroup NSW Play Van is visiting 5 parks in the City of Parramatta each week during school term – returning to the same park on the same day each week. The play van[...]
Oct 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am Anzac Park, West Ryde
The Magic of Storytelling playgroup is now held weekly from 10am to 11:30am at Anzac Park, West Ryde. It is free to attend and you don’t need to register in advance – just go down[...]
Oct 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Armory Gallery, Newington
Operation Art is the premier state-wide visual arts exhibition for school students from Kindergarten to Year 10. With more than 800 artworks by students from throughout NSW, this year’s exhibition offers Armory Gallery visitors a[...]
Oct 31 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am Richill Park
The NEW Playgroup NSW Play Van is visiting 5 parks in the City of Parramatta each week during school term – returning to the same park on the same day each week. The play van[...]
Oct 31 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Armory Gallery, Newington
Operation Art is the premier state-wide visual arts exhibition for school students from Kindergarten to Year 10. With more than 800 artworks by students from throughout NSW, this year’s exhibition offers Armory Gallery visitors a[...]
Nov 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am Jubilee Park
The NEW Playgroup NSW Play Van is visiting 5 parks in the City of Parramatta each week during school term – returning to the same park on the same day each week. The play van[...]
Nov 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Armory Gallery, Newington
Operation Art is the premier state-wide visual arts exhibition for school students from Kindergarten to Year 10. With more than 800 artworks by students from throughout NSW, this year’s exhibition offers Armory Gallery visitors a[...]
Nov 2 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am James Ruse Reserve
Dads and Kids Breakfast is a free BBQ breakfast and play time for dads and kids fortnightly in Parramatta. The breakfast used to be held at Pavilion Flat in Parramatta Park. But has moved to[...]
Nov 2 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Trainworks
A Day Out With Thomas is great fun for all ages and includes lots of fun Thomas activities. Plus access to ALL of the museums exhibits, use of the BBQ facility, playground and free parking[...]
Nov 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Armory Gallery, Newington
Operation Art is the premier state-wide visual arts exhibition for school students from Kindergarten to Year 10. With more than 800 artworks by students from throughout NSW, this year’s exhibition offers Armory Gallery visitors a[...]
Nov 3 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Trainworks
A Day Out With Thomas is great fun for all ages and includes lots of fun Thomas activities. Plus access to ALL of the museums exhibits, use of the BBQ facility, playground and free parking[...]
Nov 3 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Bella Vista Farm
Bella Vista Farm opens its doors on the 1st Sunday of each month from 9am to 2pm to the general public for FREE. Relax in the peaceful grounds of the Farm or bring a family[...]
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Australian Pioneer Village
The Australiana Pioneer Village will absorb you into the atmosphere and activities of life over 200 years ago. Come and visit this slower lifestyle. Read more about our recent visit here. The Australiana Pioneer Village[...]
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Armory Gallery, Newington
Operation Art is the premier state-wide visual arts exhibition for school students from Kindergarten to Year 10. With more than 800 artworks by students from throughout NSW, this year’s exhibition offers Armory Gallery visitors a[...]
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Wascoe Siding
Real coal-powered steam, electric and/or petrol powered trains will be running, subject to the weather (rain). Note that all train passengers must be wearing fully enclosed shoes. (No thongs or sandals etc). Some of our facilities[...]
Nov 3 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Newington Armory
On every Sunday, Riding the Rails takes visitors on a 30min train ride around part of the former Royal Australian Navy Armament Depot, on a train once used to transport missiles, torpedoes and other WW2[...]
Nov 4 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am Sturt Park
The NEW Playgroup NSW Play Van is visiting 5 parks in the City of Parramatta each week during school term – returning to the same park on the same day each week. The play van[...]
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central Gardens at the Bush School (near play equipment on Paton St side)
We absolutely love going along to this FREE monthly outdoor storytime. The Bush School Storytime starts at 10am with a nature craft and discovery activity. Then there’s songs and stories and finally cuddles with Poppy[...]
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Armory Gallery, Newington
Operation Art is the premier state-wide visual arts exhibition for school students from Kindergarten to Year 10. With more than 800 artworks by students from throughout NSW, this year’s exhibition offers Armory Gallery visitors a[...]
Nov 5 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am Sherwin Park
The NEW Playgroup NSW Play Van is visiting 5 parks in the City of Parramatta each week during school term – returning to the same park on the same day each week. The play van[...]
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Newington Armory Visitor Centre, Sydney Olympic Park
Explore the natural environment in a fun and interactive way with Ranger Judy and Joseph, reading stories, doing craft and wondering amongst the trees. The FREE Mini Park Rangers program runs each Tuesday morning during[...]
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Armory Gallery, Newington
Operation Art is the premier state-wide visual arts exhibition for school students from Kindergarten to Year 10. With more than 800 artworks by students from throughout NSW, this year’s exhibition offers Armory Gallery visitors a[...]
Nov 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Westpoint Shopping Centre
Westpoint Shopping Centre are hosting playdate sessions for preschoolers every Tuesday morning from 11am to 12pm. Book your place for a range of activities including singalongs, storytelling, dancing, music and imaginative play. Sessions are run[...]
Nov 5 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Wenty Leagues
Tiny tots Tuesday takes place each week at Wenty Leagues, at a new time of 11am to 2pm. There is a different activity each week. SEPTEMBER 3 | Brick Building Workshop Get creative with a[...]
Nov 6 @ 7:00 am – 2:00 pm Children's Hospital at Westmead
Fortnightly on Wednesday, you’ll find the Hospital Farmers Market out the front of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. The special event has live music, fresh organic produce, stacks of unique hot food stalls from around[...]
Nov 6 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am Rosella Park
The NEW Playgroup NSW Play Van is visiting 5 parks in the City of Parramatta each week during school term – returning to the same park on the same day each week. The play van[...]
Nov 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am Anzac Park, West Ryde
The Magic of Storytelling playgroup is now held weekly from 10am to 11:30am at Anzac Park, West Ryde. It is free to attend and you don’t need to register in advance – just go down[...]

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