Events calendar

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.

All year

2021 International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development

This initiative recognises the need to promote sustained and inclusive economic growth, foster innovation and provide opportunities, benefits and empowerment for all and respect for all human rights. It also identifies the ongoing need to support developing countries and countries with economies in transition in diversifying production and exports, including in new sustainable growth areas, including creative industries. Find out more.

February

World Wetlands Day
Sunday, 2 February 2021

World Wetlands Day is celebrated each year 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 Apology 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.

March

World Wildlife Day
Wednesday, 3 March 2021

World Wildlife Day celebrates the diversity of wildlife and marine life that exists. It also aims to raise awareness about the increasing number of endangered species and the importance of conserving their habitats to ensure their survival. 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.

Harmony Week
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.

Earth Hour
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.

April

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.

Earth Day
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.

May

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.

June

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.

Burramatta 2018 women performing

July

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.

NAIDOC Week
Sunday, 4 July – Sunday, 11 July 2021

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

Carnarvon Golf Course Habitat Planting
Thursday, 22 July 2021

Carnarvon Golf Club, together with Greater Sydney Landcare Network and the Parramatta River Catchment Group, is holding a tree planting day to extend the local habitat corridor and provide more homes for small birds and pollinators. Find out more

National Tree Day – Schools Tree Day
Friday, 30 July 2021

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

August

National Tree Day
Sunday, 1 August 2021

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

National Landcare Conference
4-6 August 2021

This annual campaign acknowledges and celebrates the many Landcare networks, facilitators, environmental care community groups, and volunteers who are working on conservation and sustainable land management activities in their local area. Find out more.

National Science Week
14-21 August 2021

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.

Keep Australia Beautiful Week
16-22 August 2021

Keep Australia Beautiful Week is held in late August each year to raise awareness about the simple things we can all do in our daily lives to reduce our impact on the environment and encourage action. Find out more.

September

National Biodiversity Month
All month

This day aims to promote the importance of protecting, conserving and improving biodiversity. Find out more.

National Walk to Work Day
Friday, 3 September 2021

National Walk to Work Day encourages the community to build regular walking into their daily routine and, at the same time, support a worthwhile cause. This year, the event continues to support Diabetes Australia. Find out more.

National Threatened Species Day
Tuesday, 7 September 2021

National Threatened Species Day is commemorated each year to raise awareness of native plants, animals, and ecosystems that are under threat and reflect on how we can protect them into the future. The day also celebrates the amazing work that is being done to save them by passionate conservationists, researchers, volunteers, and community experts. Find out more.

Sustainable House Day
Sunday, 19 September 2021

This day aims to inspire people to live sustainably, showing them how to lower energy bills, live comfortably and help the environment through good home design, practices and technology. Find out more.

World Car Free Day
Wednesday, 22 September 2021

World Car-Free Day encourages motorists to give up their cars for a day to highlight the many benefits, including reduced air pollution and the promotion of walking and cycling in a safer environment. Find out more.

World Rivers Day
Sunday, 26 September 2021

World Rivers Day celebrates the world’s waterways, highlighting the many values of our rivers and encouraging greater public awareness and improved management and protection. Find out more.

October

Riverfest 2021
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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.

World Migratory Bird Day
Saturday, 9 October 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.

International Day for Disaster Reduction
Wednesday, 13 October 2021

This annual event celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. Find out more.

National Bird Week
18-24 November 2021

National Bird Week aims to support and celebrate our native and endemic birds. The AussieBirdCount is a great way to connect with the birds in your backyard or local area. The data collected assists BirdLife Australia in understanding more about the birds that live where people live. Find out more.

National Ride2Work Day
Wednesday, 26 October 2021

Ride2Work Day encourages people who have never commuted by bike before to give it a go, and allows regular riders to stay motivated and encourage their work mates to get involved. Find out more.

Enviroweek
18-24 October 2021

This campaign allows schools and students the opportunity to have fun while connecting with their local environment and community. Schools can choose from 14 easy actions which they then showcase and celebrate during Enviroweek. Find out more.

World Day for Audio Video Heritage
Wednesday , 27 October 2021

This commemorative day was established by UNESCO in 2005 to raise awareness of the significance and preservation risks of recorded sound and audiovisual documents. Audiovisual archives tell us stories about people’s lives and cultures from all over the world. Conserving this heritage and ensuring it remains accessible to the public and future generations is a vital goal. Find out more.

National Water Week
18-24 October 2021

National Water Week encourages individuals, communities and organisations to build awareness of and protect our water environments and resources, and learn how to use water wisely. Find out more.

November

Australian Pollinator Week
7-14 November 2021

This week acknowledges our important and unique insect pollinators during Australia’s spring. It also encourages the community to come together to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and support their needs. Find out more.

National Recycling Week
8-14 November 2021

National Recycling Week provides an important opportunity for councils, workplaces, schools and individuals to improve their recycling knowledge, build better recycling habits and build trust in recycling. Find out more.

World Fisheries Day
Sunday, 21 November 2021

This day is dedicated to highlighting the critical importance of our oceans to human lives, and the sustainable management of the world’s fisheries. Find out more.

December

International Day of People with Disability
Friday, 3 December 2021

International Day of People with Disability aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. Find out more.

International Volunteers Day
Sunday, 5 December 2021

This day provides an opportunity for organisations to acknowledge and celebrate the signficant contribution made by volunteers, and to encourage governments to support volunteer efforts at local, national and international levels. Find out more.

Human Rights Day
Friday, 10 December 2021

Human Rights Day commemorates the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The day is usually marked by high-level political conferences and meetings and by cultural events and exhibitions that address human rights issues. 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