Events on the river

The Parramatta River and its surrounds offers people a wide range of fun and enjoyable things to do. From popular cultural and community events such as Loy Krathong and the Granny Smith Festival to clean-up and tree planting days in your local area, there’s so many ways you can be involved.



Revel in Rhodes
December 2018 to March 2019

The Summer Revel in Rhodes event offers events, workshops, and activities for all ages across the Rhodes Peninsula. Find out more.


World Wetlands Day
Friday, 4 February 2019

World Wetlands Day is celebrated each year on 2 February, and marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance in 1971. Find out more.


Beat the Bottle – Ryde
Sunday, 24 February 2019

Join urban eco-warriors, Good for the Hood and 5 for Ryde, and Sydney Water at this free, fun event to clean up Kissing Point Park and fight the war on waste. There will be food, stalls, music and freebies for anyone who gets involved. Don’t forget to bring your reusable water bottle! Find out more.



Business Clean Up Day
Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Find out more.


Youth and Schools Clean Up Day
Friday, 1 March 2019

Find out more.


Clean up Australia Day
Sunday, 4 March 2018

Clean up Australia Day is held each year to inspire and encourage communities to clean up and conserve our environment. Find out more.


World Water Day
Friday, 22 March 2019

World Water Day is held annually to highlight the importance of freshwater. The day is celebrated around the world with a variety of events. Find out more.



Cork and Fork
Sunday, 19 May 2019

Located on the Parramatta River in Kissing Point Park, Cork & Fork is a gourmet pop-up that celebrates great food and wine. Find out more.


International Day for Biological Diversity
Wednesday, 22 May 2019

This day aims to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues around the world. Find out more.



World Environment Day
Wednesday, 5 June 2019

World Environment Day is the United Nation’s most important day to encourage awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Find out more.



Plastic Free July
All month

Plastic Free July aims to build a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling worldwide. Find out more.


Burramatta 2018 women performing

Naidoc Week
7-14 July 2019

NAIDOC Week is held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Find out more


National Tree Day
Sunday, 28 July 2019

National Tree Day provides an opportunity for communities and individuals to do something positive for their environment by connecting with nature. Find out more.



Moocooboola Festival
Sunday, 4 August 2019

One of Hunters Hill’s most popular events, the Moocooboola Festival features more than 200 hundred stalls, including food, health products, clothing, antiques, bric a brac, community and environmental information, displays, products and much more. Find out more.


National Science Week
10-18 August 2019

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. More than 1000 events are held nationally, including those delivered by schools, libraries, research institutions and museums. Over a million people ranging from children to adults, and science amateurs to professionals take part each year. Find out more.


Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival 2019
Saturday, 17 August to Sunday, 25 August 2019

The award winning Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival is back on once again, offering you a wide range of exhibits and activities on food, flowers and feeling good. There are different themes and entertainment for weekends and weekdays so be sure to pick a day that’s best for you. Find out more.


Footprints Ecofestival
Sunday, 25 August 2019

This annual eco event focuses on demonstrating and showcasing environmentally sustainable practices, as well as projects and programs developed by Council and local community groups. Find out more.


Riverside Community Day at McIlwaine Park, Rhodes
Sunday, 25 August 2019

Learn about marine life through fun games and activities, enjoy a free barbecue lunch, coffee and treats and provide feedback on the City of Canada Bay’s $5 million McIlwaine Park foreshore upgrade and Brays Bay river access project. Find out more.


2019 Stormwater NSW Conference
Tuesday, 27 – Friday, 30 August 2019

The focus for this year’s conference is ‘Failure to thrive: are sustainable stormwater practices really catching on?’ The theme aims to explore sustainable stormwater practices and if they are becoming the new normal, or if they are at risk of sliding backwards as the excitement of innovation and implementation begins to shift toward the less glamorous yet crucially important long-term management and maintenance. Find out more.



Strathfield Spring Festival
Saturday, 7 September 2019

Come along for a fun filled day of carnival rides, headline entertainment, stalls, food, sports activation and more. Find out more.


Clean up the World Day
Saturday, 21 September 2019

Clean up the World Day aims to stand up against the global rubbish problem and clean up illegal waste. Find out more.



Burwood Festival
Sunday, 6 October 2019

A fun, free community event for the whole family to enjoy, including performances, food, stalls and children’s activities. Find out more.


Riverfest 2019
17-27 October 2019

Riverfest is our annual, premiere community event for ‘Our Living River’, celebrating the Parramatta River and surrounding catchment. Join us for 10 days of fun and interesting ways to connect with Sydney’s most iconic waterway and help make a difference. Find out more.


22nd International Riversymposium
20-24 October 2019

This annual event provides a platform for river managers, policy developers, scientists, consultants, NGOs and community organisations to share knowledge and innovative ideas on all aspects of river and water management. Find out more.


To find out about other events in your local area, click on your council website for more information:

Blacktown City Council            

Burwood Council                         

City of Canada Bay                      

City of Canterbury Bankstown     

Cumberland Council               

Hunters Hill Council             

Inner West Council                  

City of Parramatta                    

City of Ryde                                

Strathfield Council                  

The Hills Shire Council