Can you believe there’s less than 8 weeks to go until Christmas? Which means Santa will soon be making an appearance at your local shopping centre! And we have started to add these arrivals, parades and special appearances to our Christmas events calendar. But there is so much more to enjoy about November, with lots of great events to enjoy with your family.

What's On In November

The combo of daylight saving and warmer weather means BBQ dinners at the park for us. And we have shared 20 of our favourite spots to give you some inspiration on where to enjoy a BBQ dinner with your family.

BBQ dinners

Of course the warmer weather also means we need some fun places to cool off – like a nearby beach, water playground or natural swimming spot.

Plus, there are some great fruit picking adventures to be had at the moment within an hour from Parramatta! Juicy nectarines, strawberries and peaches are available to pick at the moment. And plums and cherries towards the end of November.

Canoelands Orchard


Top 10 Local Events

Here are our 10 top picks of events worth attending in November. And make sure to look over all the other great family-friendly events happening in Novemberlisted at the bottom.

1Penrith Real Festival | 2nd to 3rd November

The banks of the Nepean River come alive with music, art, sport, craft, circus, shows and more on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November! And all the activities are FREE!

2Market By The River | 3rd November

Market By The River is a great, local market on the 1st Saturday of the month at Halvorsen Park in Ermington along Parramatta River from 9am to 2pm. With Christmas around the corner, you can grab some yummy and special gifts at Market By The River on Saturday 3rd November. And afterwards, you can head to the Melrose Park Family Fun Day.

You’re invited to a family fun day at Melrose Park Public School. There are some seriously cool rides on offer, great market stalls with gourmet and fresh food, handmade gifts and speciality offerings.

4Santa Arrives – Local Shopping Centres | From 3rd November

The jolly man in the red suit is coming to Rouse Hill Town Centre and Winston Hills Mall on the first weekend in November. There will be a parade at Rouse Hill Town Centre, with special guests Dora the Explorer AND Paw Patrol. And face painting and giveaways at Winston Hills Mall. On the second weekend in November, Santa arrives at Stockland Merrylands and Westpoint. And then at other local shopping centres throughout November (we are still waiting on details to be released).

5Deepavali Festival Parramatta Park | 3rd to 4th November

Deepavali or Diwali is the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals. It is the festival of lights – deep means “light” and avali “a row,” or “a row of lights.” Diwali is marked by four days of celebration, which literally illuminates the communities with its brilliance and dazzles all with its joy. Australia’s biggest and best Deepavali Festival organised by Hindu Council of Australia is held at Parramatta Park on 3rd and 4th November.

There are also Diwali events in Strathfield (11th November), Wentworthville (17th November) and Ryde (18th November).

Join us for a lovely family Sunday picnic on the beautiful historic grounds of Heritage Precinct celebrating Parramatta’s birthday. Enjoy a chilled afternoon with live music, lots of fun kids activites, yummy food, historic tours and market stalls. And make sure to come and say hi at the ParraParents rock painting activity!

  • Where: Heritage Precinct, Fleet Street, North Parramatta
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At the Sydney Pregnancy & Newborn Special Expo you can chat face-to-face with a wide range of Exhibitors to gain up-to-date, expert advice on the early years of parenting. You can also see, touch, try and buy the products and services that best suit your needs. Discover all you need to know for you, your pregnancy or young child!

  • Where: Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park
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8Armistice Family Open Day | 11th November

Commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice – the historic agreement that ended the First World War – with a series of family-friendly activities and services on (and leading up to) 11 November. From 12pm to 4pm, you can enjoy a family-friendly open day at the Lancer Barracks, complete with kids activities, free community sausage sizzle lunch, storytelling, chance to try on nurse and Light Horse Lancer uniforms, face painting, live music and entertainment and armoured vehicle display.

  • Where: Royal Lancer Barracks and NSW Lancer Memorial Museum
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9Loy Krathong | 17th November

Experience the beautiful traditions of Thai culture at Loy Krathong on Saturday 17th November 2018, from 4pm. The magical energy, sounds and flavours of Thailand will be on display, with enchanting lighting treatments, traditional games, cultural performances and delicious South East Asian food offerings.

10Light Up Ryde | 25th November

Join in the fun at Light Up East Ryde from 3pm to 8pm at Sager Place on 25th November 2018. There will be a Christmas street fair, international food trucks, Santa cave, petting zoo, live entertainment and wine tasting.


What’s On In November – Other Key Events

Here are the other fabulous key events for November. Plus, you can see more on our Facebook page. Remember to also check back as more events are announced for November and added to our What’s On Calendar.

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