Well autumn just marched on in…but it seems someone forgot to tell summer it’s time is up! Thankfully this means we can hopefully make the most of the last month of daylight saving with BBQ dinners at a local park.


Autumn is a lovely time for a drive to the ‘country’ to pick your own fruit and nuts! In season this month are apples, tomatoes, eggplants, chestnuts and walnuts.

Pick Your Own Fruit
Tomato picking at Canoelands Orchard (photo credit: Josephine Sicad-Minerva Photography)

Top 12 Local Events – Listed in Date Order

Is it just us, or is autumn (and spring) when there is a mega line up of great events!?! Well we haven’t done a proper analysis but it sure feels like it. Plus we struggled more than usual with coming up with our top 10 this month.

Now seeing we are publishing this What’s On in March guide a bit later than we had hoped (thanks to a few days in hospital), and two events may have happened by the time you read it, we have listed our top 12 worth attending in March. But there are so many other great family-friendly events happening in Marchlisted at the bottom.

1Clean Up Australia Day | 3rd March

Is it just me or is the amount of rubbish littering us parks, streets and waterways getting worse? Clean Up Australia Day is a great time to come together as a community and help our natural environment shine.

  • Where: Various locations, including Subiaco Creek, Meadowbank Wharf, Toongabbie Creek.
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2Eel Festival | 3rd March

This family-friendly event celebrates Parramatta’s namesake, the eel, and its significance to the local Burramattagal people, who would gather in autumn to trade goods and share stories and food. You can enjoy performances and entertainment as the community comes together to celebrate Indigenous culture and connect to country. Join the fun and engaging activities on offer, with storytelling at the yarning circle, weaving, boomerang painting and more.

3Art Express | 5th March to 28th April

ARTEXPRESS is a series of exhibitions of exemplary bodies of work created by visual arts students for the 2018 New South Wales Higher School Certificate. This year’s ARTEXPRESS at the Armory is titled Curious Visions. With works by 61 students, it’s the largest of all the metropolitan exhibitions. And before/ after, you can visit the fab Blaxland Riverside Park and grab something yummy from the Armory Wharf Cafe.

4Nut Picking | From 9th March for about 6-8 weeks

Did you know that you can pick your own chestnuts and walnuts about an hours drive from Parramatta? Now pick your own nuts is more collecting them then actually picking as when the nuts ripen they fall to the ground.

There are some important things to keep in mind before setting off. Wear sturdy shoes and bring jumper/jacket/raincoat as the weather can change quickly. There is no petrol station at Mt Irvine so make sure you have a full tank before going (nearest petrol station is at Bilpin or Mount Victoria over 40kms away). And bring cash with you as there are no card facilities available.

5Cinema and Orchestra in the Park | 9th, 16th, 23rd March

On three weekends in March, City of Ryde is putting on two free outdoor cinemas and an orchestra performance for our enjoyment!

  • Where: Yamble Reserve in Ryde, North Ryde Park and Brush Farm House in Eastwood
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6Race for Grace | 13th to 14th March

The 7th Annual Race for Grace, is a 24 hour cycle challenge held inside The Children’s Hospital at Westmead from 4pm Wednesday 13th until 4pm Thursday 14th March. The event will again attract a number of high profile individuals from all sporting codes, coming together for one special day to cycle and show their support. In 2018 the event was a huge success, raising over $85,000 for much needed lifesaving medical equipment utilised inside the Grace Centre for Newborn Care.

  • Where: The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, level 2
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7Parramasala | 15th to 17th March

The Parramasala welcome parade is our favourite part of any local festival! The costumes, colour, music and buzz is amazing and such a great cultural spectacular for kids to enjoy. The welcome parade starts at 7pm from Town Hall and ends at Prince Alfred Square. There are then markets, live entertainment and activities over the weekend all in celebration of Harmony Day/Week/ Month – many cultures, one Sydney.

  • Where: Prince Alfred Park, Parramatta
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Head down to Parramatta River Foreshore on Sunday 17th March for the Holi Festival of Colour. It’s free entry, with non-stop colour throwing, live DJ, kids activities, food stalls and merchandise stalls.

  • Where: Parramatta River Foreshore Reserve, Parramatta
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9Concord Carnival | 17th March

Concord Carnival is returning to Greenlees Park on Sunday 17th March from 10am to 4pm! Come along to the annual family fun day, with over 80 food, merchandise and information stalls, horse and carriage rides, vintage vehicle displays and FREE amusements.


The Australiana Pioneer Village is opening for special weekend event – sharing some skills from days gone by. Try cracking a whip, learn about school in the olden days and eat at the Oxboro Inn or The Damper Camp, plus so much more, all on 28 acres of beautiful riverfront picnic grounds.

  • Where: Australiana Pioneer Village, Rose St, Wilberforce
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This year the World’s Biggest Playgroup Day is moving to the Australian National Maritime Museum. The FREE exciting entertainment line-up this year includes Lah Lah’s Big Live Band, The Beanies, Kinderling and the two very lovable Hey Duggee and Bluey as special guests!

  • Where: Australian National Maritime Museum
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12Penrith Trucking Show | 31st March

Each year over 200 of Australia’s finest trucks gather at the Museum of Fire for Australia’s Premier Working Truck Show, with all funds directed towards fire education and preserving the heritage of our community’s bravest. Up to three children, are admitted FREE with a paying adult. After entry, families get to enjoy 20+ of the best “thrill” rides and other amusements absolutely free, plus free face painting, giveaways and live music. And of course all the working trucks on display!

  • Where: Museum of Fire, 1 Museum Drive, Penrith
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What’s On In March – Other Key Events

Here are the other fun key events during March. Plus, you can see more events around Sydney on our Facebook page.

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