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North Rocks Markets (Every Sunday) | Rotary Carlingford@ Royal School for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC)
Aug 25 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
North Rocks Markets (Every Sunday) | Rotary Carlingford @ Royal School for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) | North Rocks | New South Wales | Australia

The North Rocks Markets is a local community market run by members of the Rotary Club of Carlingford since 1983.

The markets are open to the public every Sunday from 7am to 1pm. Entry is by cash donation. Funds raised goes to the many charities supported by Rotary, including RIDBC. Your support is very much appreciated.

North Rocks Markets are outdoors. Weather permitting it will operate every Sunday, except those that fall on Dec 25, Dec 26, Jan 01, Apr 25.

Places are reserved for permanent stallholders. Casual stall holders are welcome and should arrive at 6:30am. There is a fee of $40, which includes insurance and GST.

AnnanROMA Food, Beer and Wine Festival | Mt Annan@ The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The AnnanROMA festival is bigger and better this year! Running over two days for the first time since it began 12 years ago, the festival will showcase the best in the business! International cuisines,BBQ and smoked meats, burgers, desserts, gourmet condiments and more. Brewers and bubbles, cider. craft beer and wine cellar doors all showcasing their delicious products for you to enjoy.


The stunning backdrop of The Australian Botanic Gardens Mt Annan is the perfect venue to host this festival.

There will be a kids zone for the families, live music and demonstrations. VIP experiences will be launched soon, including child minding packages so parents can enjoy the festival whilst the kids have a great time!


Penrith District Show@ Penrith Showgrounds
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Annual Penrith District Show is returning in 2019 for the 176th time!

Posted by Penrith Show on Monday, 20 May 2019

The main attractions will be the D Max Isuzu Precision driving demonstration, stilt walkers and a Sunday Demolition Derby. Plus, Penrith Show fireworks display starting at 7.30pm on Saturday 24th August can be described as a “Fireworks Spectacular” based on the previous years’ experience.

There will also be Arts and Crafts on display as well as ring events which will include a variety of Horse events.

Other sections of the show not to be missed are our Poultry Pavilion, Dog High Jump events, Dairy Goats, Cooking and Preserves, School Ag & Photography.

Ticket Prices

  • Adults: $20
  • Children 5-16: $10
  • Pensioners: $10
  • Family Passes: 2 Adults and up to 4 children $50
  • Club Paceway Members free on production of membership card with one guest included.

Please note:- these are cash prices at the gate – when buying your ticket online there are system & credit card processing fees that are added.

Visit the website to purchase tickets and for the show schedule.

Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival | Auburn Botanic Gardens@ Auburn Botanic Gardens
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Celebrate the beautiful cherry blossom at the annual Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival over 9 days, from Saturday 17th August to Sunday 25th August 2019, at the Auburn Botanic Gardens. Take photos under a sky of pink, snack on Japanese food, beat a drum and watch sumo wrestling. Plus lots more, including kids activities!

More details still to come on the program for 2019.

2018 Info

There are two Hanami (‘flower viewing’) weekends which are extremely popular (aka busy) but also full of entertainment and activities. We much prefer however to go on a weekday and are looking forward to the kids day on 22nd August. And there is also a gardening day with Costa Georgiadis on 21st August.

Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Viewing

Hanami (meaning “flower viewing”) is the traditional Japanese custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, especially cherry blossoms (桜 sakura). The practice of Hanami is more than a thousand years old and is still very popular in Japan today. It takes place in the spring for only a week or two when the flowers are in bloom. Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival invites you to enjoy a self-guided tour around the cherry blossom trail and discover pockets of wonderful cherry blossoms all along the walking trail in our Japanese Gardens.

Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival

Flavours of Japan

With the scenery of the Japanese Gardens good enough to eat, why not put some Cherry Blossoms on your plate with a series of signature dishes honouring the flower to be released in 2018. One of a kind festival delicacies include:

  • Aunty Tomsu’s Cherry Blossom Cheesecake
  • Sweet Pink Lotus Bun by Tsuru
  • Cherry Dessert Gyoza by Shiso Fine
  • Famous Japanese festival dessert Taiyaki by Otsu

Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival

Other culinary highlights that nod to Japan’s rich gastronomic heritage include:

  • Sakura Burger with pink milk bun by 2018 battle of the burger winners, Mate Burger
  • Smoked beef brisket in yakitori and miso sauce by The Hardstyle Kitchen
  • Tokyo (hot) Dogs by J-Dog


The Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival is FREE to Cumberland Council residents and children under 16. Entry is $5 for everyone else. Book online for your chance to win return flights to Japan.