Community 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 Granny Smith Festival to clean-up and tree planting days in your local area, there’s so many ways you can be involved.


Please note: many events listed may have been cancelled or modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check each individual event for more information.


Revel in Rhodes
December 2019 to March 2020

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


World Wetlands Day
Sunday, 2 February 2020

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.


Business Clean Up Day
Tuesday, 26 February 2019

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.


Youth and Schools Clean Up Day
Friday, 28 February 2020

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, 1 March 2020

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 2020

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.



Masters Open Water Swim
Sunday, 19 April 2020

Join in as a spectator or register to swim at the 2020 MSA National Championships. This year an Open Water Swim will be held at the beautiful Lake Parramatta. Find out more.



Cork and Fork
Sunday, 17 May 2020

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 2020

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



World Environment Day
Wednesday, 5 June 2020

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.


NRMA’s Bright Futures Parramatta event
6-7 June 2020

In 2020, NRMA is setting off on a centenary road trip tour across NSW to celebrate the many diverse communities. The event will feature large scale artworks and installations by Australian artist Stephen Mok, exhibitions, community engagement, activities for the whole family, fantastic local food and entertainment. There’ll also be plenty of exciting things to share, opportunities to get involved in and loads of fun to be had. 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.


AMSA/NZMSS 2020 Conference in Sydney
5-9 July 2020

This year’s conference is examining ‘Marine Science in the Anthropocene’ and aims to blaze a path forward in the governance of today’s marine systems and identifying ways of maximising a sustainable and biodiverse future. Find out more.


Burramatta 2018 women performing

Naidoc Week
5-12 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
Sunday, 2August 2020

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, 2 August 2020

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
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
Date TBC

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
Date TBC

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.



Burwood Festival
Date TBC

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


Riverfest 2020
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:

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