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 Cherry Blossom Festival to clean-up and tree planting days, there’s so many ways you can be involved. We’ve also added relevant environmental observance days so look out for related events and activities in your local area.
Please note: events listed may be cancelled or modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check each individual event for more information.
World Wetlands Day
Sunday, 2 February 2021
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.
International Day of Women & Girls in Science
Thursday, 11 February 2021
This event provides an opportunity to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and empowerment. Find out more.
Anniversary of National Day
Saturday, 13 February 2021
This day acknowledges the public apology Prime Minister Kevin Rudd gave in 2008, on behalf of the Federal Government, to the Stolen Generations – the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were forcibly removed from their families and communities by successive colonial and Australian governments. Find out more.
Clean Up Australia Day – Business
Wednesday, 3 March 2021
Get your staff involved and choose a location to clean up to support your local community and help deliver lasting environmental change. Find out more.
Clean Up Australia Day – Youth and Schools
Friday, 5 March 2021
A Schools Clean Up is a great way to inspire your students to learn about the impact of rubbish on their local environment while playing an active role in their community. Find out more.
Clean up Australia Day
Sunday, 7 March 2021
Clean up Australia Day is held each year to inspire and encourage communities to clean up and conserve our environment. Find out more.
Sunday, 21 March 2021
Harmony Week celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity and promotes inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. Find out more.
World Water Day
Monday, 22 March 2021
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.
Saturday, 27 March 2021
Earth Hour aims to raise awareness of energy consumption by turning off our lights for one hour. It also encourages people to adopt other ways they can re-use, buy less, and choose nature-friendly products to help to protect our planet. Find out more.
World Heritage Day
Sunday, 18 April 2021
This day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as highlight its vulnerability. Find out more.
Australian Heritage Festival
18 April – 19 May 2021
This event offers the community a wide range of events and activities that celebrate our cultural, Aboriginal, natural and built heritage nationally. Find out more.
Thursday, 22 April 2021
Earth Day is an annual reminder to consider the environment in our busy lives and do what we can to reduce our energy consumption, recycle or repurpose what we buy and conserve and celebrate nature. Find out more.
International Composting Awareness Week
Sunday, 2 May – Saturday, 8 May 2021
International Compost Awareness Week Australia aims to improve awareness of the importance of compost and promote its use, knowledge and products. Find out more.
World Migratory Bird Day
Sunday, 9 May 2021
This day aims to raise global awareness of the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. Find out more.
World Turtle Day
Sunday, 23 May 2021
World Turtle Day was created as an annual observance to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world. Find out more.
National Sorry Day
Wednesday, 26 May 2021
National Sorry Day, or the National Day of Healing, is held each year to acknowledge the grief, suffering and injustice experienced by the Stolen Generations, and highlight the ongoing process of reconciliation between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the settler population. Find out more.
National Reconciliation Week
Thursday, 27 May – Thursday, 3 June 2021
National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. Find out more.
World Environment Day
Saturday, 5 June 2021
World Environment Day is an annual, international day of environmental awareness and action that is hosted each year by a different country with events focusing on a central theme. Find out more.
World Oceans Day
Tuesday, 8 June 2020
Hosted by the United Nations, the day celebrates the role of the oceans in our everyday life and inspires action to protect the ocean and sustainably use marine resources. Find out more.
Plastic Free July
Plastic Free July aims to build a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling worldwide. Find out more.
Sunday, 4 July – Sunday, 11 July 2020
NAIDOC Week is held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme is ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’. Find out more.
National Tree Day – Schools Tree Day
Friday, 30 July 2020
Schools Tree Day is a great way to inspire students to learn about the local environment while playing an active role in their community. Find out more.
National Tree Day
Sunday, 2 August 2020
NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme is Heal Country! that calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. Find out more.
National Science Week
15-23 August 2020
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 2020
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.
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.
Clean up the World Day
Saturday, 19 September 2020
Clean up the World Day aims to stand up against the global rubbish problem and clean up illegal waste. Find out more.
A fun, free community event for the whole family to enjoy, including performances, food, stalls and children’s activities. Find out more.
6-31 October 2020
Riverfest is our annual, premier community event for ‘Our Living River’, celebrating the Parramatta River and surrounding catchment. Join us for a month of fun and interesting ways to connect with Sydney’s most iconic waterway and help make a difference. Find out more.
23rd International Riversymposium
10-13 November 2020 (online)
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: