October is all about purple for me – starting with wisteria in bloom and ending with jacaranda’s flowering towards the end – and BBQ dinners in a park. It’s such a lovely time to be outdoors enjoying one of the many great local events, parks, bushwalks or ferry adventures. Here are our top 10 picks of local family-friendly events this month, listed in date order. And make sure to look over all the other great family-friendly events happening in Octoberlisted at the bottom.

Plus, remember to ‘spring’ forward your clock on Sunday 7th October with the start of day light saving!

Weekly What's On Guide 30th September to 6th October

1Wistaria Gardens | October

Right next to Parramatta Park, the gorgeous Wistaria Gardens are a must visit in spring! It has a wonderful ‘secret garden’ feel about it and is rather magical to visit with kids. There are beautiful displays of wisteria and cherry blossoms to enjoy, even though sadly the has been no spring planting this year. Take a picnic, good book and your camera…..and enjoy! And make sure to wander around the banks of the river to see the sleeping fruit bats and across to Domain Creek playground for a play. Plus at the main entrance to Parramatta Park, the rose garden is in bloom.

  • Location: Next to Parramatta Park (north end), in Cumberland Hospital, Westmead
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2Fiji Day | 6th October

Fiji Day Festival is an annual event held to commemorate the Fiji Independence Day on the 10th October 1970. The festival is a celebration of our rich Fiji culture, its people with food, music and dance.

  • Location: Parramatta Riverside Foreshore Reserve
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3West Fest | 6th to 21st October

Celebrate the diverse culture and heritage of Western Sydney at this year’s West Fest! Take a tour and learn all about the iconic heritage sites in our City in ‘Step into Parramatta’s Past’ or enjoy the taste of Australian classic and modern fusion cuisines in ‘Taste of Australia’. There’s so much to discover and celebrate! And it kicks off with Creativity Unleashed on 6th Saturday, presented by the Community Migrant Resource Centre

  • Location: Parramatta CBD and across Western Sydney
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4Parramatta Lanes | 9th to 12th October

Parramatta Lanes is a fantastic annual foodie event in the heart of Parramatta- curated eats, chilled beats and art installations. And this year there are 14 lanes! If taking little ones, best to go early for dinner and then wander around afterwards.

5Spot On Festival | 9th to 13th October

Spark your child’s imagination and embark on new adventures together at Parramatta’s very own wonderful kids arts festival from 9th to 13th October at Riverside Theatres. Families will be treated to a great mix of live shows, drama workshops, movies and free activities!

  • Location: Riverside Theatres, Parramatta
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6Riverfest | 12th to 21st October

Riverfest is the premier annual community festival for Our Living River, which celebrates the Parramatta River and all of our local waterways that flow into it. Riverfest! 2018 will occur between Friday, 12 October and Sunday, 21 October.

7Granny Smith Festival | 20th October

The annual Granny Smith Festival celebrates the life and legacy of one of the Ryde district’s most famous citizens, Maria Ann Smith – aka Granny Smith. Back in 1868, she ‘accidentally’ grew the first batch of little green apples that bear her name and are now grown all over the world. Celebrating it’s 50th anniversary, the Granny Smith Festival has some serious fun on offer for families, with free entertainment, international food fair, great giveaways and parade.

8Invictus Games | 20th to 27th October

The Invictus Games Sydney 2018 will be the Games in which the community embraces our wounded, injured and ill veterans and serving defence personnel and the family and friends who support them. The spirit of mateship will shine as we strive to create a sense of belonging for all, both during the Games and everyday going forward.

9Garage Trail Sale | 20th October

Garage Sale Trail is one BIG WEEKEND of garage sales that’s happening right across Australia on October 20 and 21. Garage Sale Trail happens with the support of 146 Council partners and more than 400,000 bargain hunting, reuse loving Australians – who this year will shop and sell at more than 15,000 garage sales Australia-wide!

  • Location: Hundreds of homes across Australia
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10Little India Fair | 27th October

Experience a slice of India without flying all the way! Enjoy exciting all-day Bollywood entertainment, colourful stalls selling everything from delicious Indian curries to beautiful Indian handicrafts. Plus amusement rides for the kids and lots more. It’s great fun for everyone during Deepavali time!


What’s On In October – Other Key Events

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

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