Parramatta Day is about celebrating a growing, vibrant city and all the wonderfully diverse cultures and people that call it home, now and in the past.
It is a perfect event for families to enjoy and this year’s celebrations are bigger and better than ever.
- Let the kids run around and join in a host of free activities.
- Relax on a picnic rug while listening to live music and tucking into a delicious array of food available from Parramatta Farmers Market food stalls, including Sofrito Paella, Gozleme King, Porky’s Henhouse, Shaku’s Kitchen, SaCrêpe Bleu Creperie and Mate Burger and Darcy St Project.
- Learn a little about the history of Parramatta.
Excited? Want to know more? Then keep scrolling or jump down to the day program, evening program and info on getting to Parramatta Day. And if it is a hot day, you can always take the kids to James Ruse Reserve water playground, a short walk away, for a quick cooling off.
1DAY PROGRAM – Food Stalls, Arts and Crafts, Story-Time, Animals and Games
Throughout the afternoon, families can enjoy live music from the main stage, plus a variety of activities, workshops and games, like Bollywood dancing, Indigenous weaving, face painting and windmill making. There will also be a chance to meet some Australian wildlife, read along with story time sessions, see live eels and take guided tours of Experiment Farm and Hambledon Cottage.
There will be tables and chairs to sit at and if you happen to forget your picnic rug, there will be some available. Remember to pack your hat and sunscreen if it’s a warm afternoon.
All activities are free and registration is only required for the tours, talks and dance classes.
Free Workshops and Activities from 2pm to 6pm – Just Turn Up and Play
- Story time for toddlers with Parramatta Library.
- Live native animal demonstrations with Australian Wildlife Displays
- Face painting with Art and Soul
- Children’s art workshops with Parramatta Artists Studios
- Windmill making and Kids in the Garden pot a plant
- Clay model making with Parra Clay
- Paint an Umbrella with Cool Parramatta
- Indigenous Darug tool making, weaving and yarning plus food tasting and art demos.
- The Wishing Tree with LongyardSideshow.
- Photos, tattoos and trading cards & live eels thanks to Our Living River.
- THE BOWER Reuse & Repair Centre – recycling and up-cycling demonstrations.
- Community Art Project with headspace Parramatta.
- Any Body Can Dance – Indian dance workshops and flash mob performances with Indian Support Center Inc.
- Kids’ games
- Indigenous: Wana and Kangaroo,
- Colonial: Quoits and Six Pins,
- Sustainability: Bower Bird and Habitat Tree.
Main Stage, Hosted by MC Robert Neil
- 2pm: Opening Ceremony and Welcome to Country with Bruce Gale.
- 2.15pm to 3pm: Evie J Willie – acoustic blues, roots and soul.
- 3.15pm – 4pm: Lolo Lovina – swing and Balkan Gypsy beats.
- 4.15pm to 4.30pm: Tenderfoot – folk-inspired indie pop-rock.
- 5.30pm to 6.15pm: Trent Bell – modern pop from X-Factor star and rising singer-songwriter.
- 2pm to 6pm: Indigenous animals thanks to LongyardSideshow and James Ruse, Elizabeth Parry & Convict Servant.
- 4pm to 5pm: Tiddalik the Frog performance.
Free Workshops & Tours – REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Sustainability workshops with Liveable Parramatta
- Energy efficiency in the home and solar power – 2.15pm
- Worm Farming/Composting Demonstration 3.15pm
- Growing Food in Small Spaces – 4.15pm
- Launch of Parramatta City Councils Solar Program – 5.15pm
History Talks with Parramatta Historical Society
- 2.15pm: History Talk – Old Parramatta
- 3pm: History Talk – Brief History of Parramatta
- 4pm: History Talk – Parramatta’s Heritage Sites and Museums
- 5pm: History Talk – Brief history of Parramatta
Guided Tours with Parramatta Historical Society
- 2.15pm: Hambledon Cottage Guided Tour
- 3pm: Hambledon Cottage Guided Tour
- 4pm: Hambledon Cottage Guided Tour
- 5pm: Hambledon Cottage Guided Tour
Bollywood Dance Classes with Indian Support Center Inc
2EVENING PROGRAM – Parravision and Fireworks
From 6:30pm on Parramatta Day, get ready to cheer on the best talent from Parramatta and surrounds at the second-annual Parravision talent competition. And to end the celebrations, there will be a beautiful fireworks finale.
Hosted by MC Darren Percival from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Finalists and their stage times will be listed closer to the event date and there is an audience vote award.
Finish the day with a fireworks finale from the stage between 8.30pm and 9pm depending on Parravision end time.
3GETTING TO PARRAMATTA DAY
Parramatta Day 2016 is at Experiment Farm Cottage on Ruse Street, Harris Park.
It is a short walk from Parramatta, Harris Park, Rosehill or Camellia train stations to reach the Cottage. There are also regular bus services along Parkes Street. To plan your journey visit transportnsw.info or call 131 500.
‘Bike Buses’ will operate to the festival, and bike valet is available on site thanks to Addventageous. Bike buses registration:
- Bike Bus from Barry Wilde Bridge to Festival – 1.30pm
- Bike Bus from Westmead Gate @ Parramatta Park to festival – 1.30pm
Parking is available by gold coin donation at St Ioannis Greek Orthadox Church on Purchase Street, open 9am to 9pm. Please note that other on-street parking is limited.