Riverfest

 

 

 

 

 

Riverfest is the premier, annual community festival for ‘Our Living River’, celebrating the Parramatta River and all of our local waterways that flow into it.

Riverfest 2019 will occur between Thursday, 17 October and Sunday, 27 October.

Do you have an event idea that could be held during this year’s Riverfest?

We invite you to organise your own event or get in contact with us to partner with other great events being held across the festival period.

We welcome any events that connect people to the river and our catchment, such as art exhibitions, clean-up days, bike rides and celebrations.

Please note that all events will need to meet our event guidelines to be successfully registered as a Riverfest event. For more information, please contact the Riverkeeper@ourlivingriver.com.au

 

REGISTER YOUR EVENT FOR RIVERFEST 2019 HERE.

 

Riverfest 2019 Events

Friday, 18 October 2019

Step into Parramatta’s Past
Parramatta Heritage and Visitors Information Centre

An engaging historic tour of the CBD, looking at how some of our historic sites have shaped the city, enjoying the city’s early architectural gems and revealing the stories of her early inhabitants. It visits the Parramatta River, World Heritage listed Parramatta Park and heritage highlights of the CBD, uncovering the city’s hidden history. Find out more or register here.

 

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Granny Smith Festival
City of Ryde

The annual Granny Smith Festival celebrates the life and legacy of one of our district’s most famous citizens, Maria Ann Smith (aka Granny Smith )who, back in 1868, ‘accidentally’ grew the first batch of little green apples that bear her name and are now grown all over the world. Join us on Saturday, 19 October for a fun-filled day out for the whole family! Find out more or to register.

 

5 Senses Garden Tour
Inner West Neighbour Aid

The second instalment of the 5 Senses Garden Tour! Spring is wondrous time to see gardens; they are at their most glorious, so come along and discover some of the beautiful gardens of Concord. It will be a fun and inspiring day as we meet the owners sharing their private gardens. We will end the Garden Tour with lunch at the 5 Senses Garden. Find out more or register here.

 

Connect with Your City Tours (Parramatta Resident Tour)
Parramatta Heritage and Visitors Information Centre

Parramatta is a vibrant and evolving place to work, live, explore and play. Now you can discover all that this great city has to offer with free walking tours for new residents and workers. Led by friendly, energetic and knowledgeable guides, find out what makes living or working in Parramatta such a unique and enriching experience. Find out more or register here.

 

Bag Making Bee with Boomerang Bags
City of Canada Bay and Boomerang Bags

City of Canada Bay and Boomerang Bags are working together to reduce the reliance on single-use plastic by making reusable shopping bags. Made from donated materials, Boomerang Bags is a means of providing a sustainable alternative to plastic bags. Find out more or register here.

 

 

21-27 October 2019

Aussie Backyard Bird Count
Birdlife Australia

The #AussieBirdCount is a great way to connect with the birds in your backyard no matter where your backyard happens to be — a suburban backyard, a local park, a patch of forest, down by the beach, or the main street of town. You can count as many times as you like over the week, we just ask that each count is completed over a 20-minute period. The data collected assists BirdLife Australia in understanding more about the birds that live where people live. Find out more or register here.

 

24-25 October 2019

WET workshop
Sydney Olympic Park

This two-day workshop will focus on easy steps and practical operations of commonly used tools and emerging technologies in knowing water plants, managing habitats for them and monitoring wetlands. The workshop will also highlight lessons learnt from successful management and monitoring by using  practical tools. Top experts in the industry and academia will deliver the talks and tutorials. Find out more or register here.

 

Friday, 25 October 2019

Sustainable Parramatta Shopping Tour
Parramatta Heritage and Visitors Information Centre

Looking for some responsible retail therapy? Discover how to shop ethically and sustainably in Parramatta. Learn about the circular economy, discover some hidden gems and pick up easy tips and hacks on how to get started on a more sustainable life! Led by a friendly, energetic and knowledgeable guide, the tour includes an environmentally friendly coffee stop and a sustainable survival kit to help you convert your discoveries into everyday practices. Find out more or register here.

 

Night Walk at Darling Mills Creek
The Hills Shire Council/Boronia Tours

Experience the sights and sounds of the bush after dark. An active fox baiting program has seen an increase in the numbers and variety of native animals in the Darling Mills Creek Valley and we may be lucky enough to see some of them on this night time walk. You will be required to bring a torch (torch function on mobile phones is not adequate), water and mosquito repellent and wear warm clothes and closed shoes. Please note that this walk includes steep inclines. Find out more or register here.

 

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Sustainability Hub Working Bee
Blacktown City Council

The Sustainability Hub in Seven Hills is a showcase environmental education centre run by Blacktown City Council. The site is the base for many of our environmental education programs that aim to inspire the residents of Blacktown City to be environmentally aware and live more sustainably. We hold regular working bees at the Sustainability Hub where volunteers can help with a range of tasks to help maintain the garden and demonstration areas. Jobs vary each month and could include helping with planting and watering, weeding and mulching, compost-turning, and general site maintenance. Find out more or register here.

 

Kayaking Bushcare Volunteer Workday at Lake Parramatta
City of Parramatta

Join us for a day of conservation kayaking at Lake Parramatta. Activities on the day will include weed control (Coral Trees, Senna & Taro (Elephant Ears) and rubbish removal. BYO lunch for a post-paddling picnic. Participants who haven’t kayaked before are welcome, as you will be given tips and guidance on the day. However, you will need to be reasonably fit and agile to climb in and out of the kayak onto the bank of the lake. The event is suitable for adults and children over 15 years. Registrations for this event are essential as places are limited. Find out more or register here.

 

Step into Parramatta’s Past
Parramatta Heritage and Visitors Information Centre

An engaging historic tour of the CBD, looking at how some of our historic sites have shaped the city, enjoying the city’s early architectural gems and revealing the stories of her early inhabitants. It visits the Parramatta River, World Heritage listed Parramatta Park and heritage highlights of the CBD, uncovering the city’s hidden history. Find out more or register here.

 

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Riverfest Clean Up
ParraParents

Join the awesome team of volunteers from ParraParents to help clean up the Parramatta River at Rydalmere Wharf and Eric Primrose Reserve. We will meet at the playground and focus on cleaning up the foreshore from the playground to the wharf. It will be low tide and there are a number of ‘beaches’ full of litter that we can access and clean up as well as clean up rubbish in the park. This event is kid-friendly and we would love to see lots of families join us as we help make Parramatta River swimmable again!

Find out more or register here.