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Parramasala, Prince Alfred Square and Harris Park
Labour Day long weekend This long weekend spicey festival celebrating the many South Asian cultures of Parramatta. A Friday night parade, Saturday Morning yoga and breakfast, Saturday evening dance to favourite bands. Spend Sunday at Masala Markets and spice garden. From Africa to India, this Festival of South Asian Arts is a mainstay of Parramatta
Loy Krathong Thai River Festival
November 14th - 16
Parramatta River foreshore South-East Asia water festival. Activities – 'Krathong' ritual at sunset when lotus-shaped boats are launched onto the water. Brings good fortune for the coming year.
Christmas At Centenary Square
November, 4:30pm - 8:30pm.
Christmas trees, Christmas lights, music, fun for kids -- all in the Square!
Parramatta is in a state of construction - an evolutionary period where progress is imprecise but definitely 'on the upward move'. Construction surges - towering and proud - into the blue sky over Macquarie and George Streets and along the riverfront on Church Street at Lennox Bridge.
PARRAMATTA BULLETIN BOARD,
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NATIONAL HERITAGE LISTING: PARRAMATTA FEMALE FACTORY LISTING ANNOUNCED TODAY BY MINISTER JOSH FRYDENBERG. The Factory was established in 1818 and almost 9000 women performed hard labour there from 1821 to 1848. Society viewed infractions by women by much harsher standards and through religious eyes, these women were to blame and could not be rehabilited. national heritage listing for the female factory
PARRAMATTA CHRISTMAS, 18 NOVEMBER 2017, DREAMERS MARKETi @RIVERSIDE THEATRE COURTYARD. Artisans "Handmade in Australia" 9am - 2:30pm. Art, Textiles, jewellery all Australian made.
PARRAMATTA PARK MUSIC Ft,ESTIVAL, ' THE PLOT' 18 NOVEMBER. Performing on multiple stages, kick-off at 12:30pm with the most fantastic break-through musicians of Sydney. Follow the signs! Tickets on sale Link to the lineup? ttp://theplot.co/2017/08/23/the-plot-2017-line-up-is-here.html
PARRAVISION 2018. 11 DECEMBER FINALISTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED and will perform on Australia Day 26 January, Parramatta Park's Parravision 2018.Sun
LANCERS BARRACK, WW2 RESTORED MATILDA MILITARY TANK ON DISPLAY, Sundays 19, 26 November & 3 December. Talk with the restoration team. 10am - 4pm. fee.
2017 TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY, 30 NOVEMBER, 5PM-9PM, Food, music, entertainment in Centenary Square, Parramatta Town Hall. Great family event.
PHILLIP RUDDOCK HERITAGE CENTRE, MACQUARIE & MARSDEN STREETS, Skye Hotel. Open Monday - Saturday 10 - 11:30, 2:30 - 4pm. School groups must book. . The Centre exhibits archaeological findings of a convict hut and the cellar of an Inn unearthed during excavations. The Centre is a new addition to the collection of discovered colonial exhibits around Parramatta. The Heritage Courtyard (norh George Street) hidden between the Justice Centre complex houses the archaeological remains of the 1790 hospital. Enjoy exploring the many archaeological findings from this site.
PARRAMATTA PARK: Tours of the Dairy and Rangers Cottage are offered on the second Saturday of each month at 11.00am and 12.00pm. Plan to see our recently restored historic cottage in Parramatta Park.
PARRAMATTA LAKE: Warmer weather brings out rowboats, pedalboats, canoes and standup paddle boards.-- all water going paraphanelia. No bookings required, just show up . Life jackets required for kids under 12 (cost is included in the cost of hire). Spring & Summer hours: Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 10am-5pm.http://www.parramattarowboats.com.au/
With some effort we can still glimpse the numerous historic towers or church steeples around the city and on Fleet Street, three kilometres north of the CBD, the historic (1818) Parramatta Female Factory is under consideration for the National Heritage List. 2015 has been a year of numerous events around 'next big city' and in particular, the Anywhere Festival in March was fantastic.
The 'eat street' scene in Parramatta and Harris Park multiplies at warp speed. We could not possibly explore every restaurant or cafe nor could our waistline guard against the onslaught of calories. Therefore, we list some that have been recommended by our readers. Still most references are built upon our experience - we are, so to speak, a 'word of mouth' reference.
In this update, we segmented our map by neighbourhoods and we have walked each:
- South of the Railway Station, connecting Church Street with Wentworth and Anderson Streets
- Phillip Street – upmarket shops and restaurants
- Iconic Town Hall and St John's Cathedral
- Church Street – 'eat street'
- Parramatta Park historic and recreational spaces.
- Harris Park – international eateries, beauty salons, jewellery and exotic clothing along with its historic farms and cottages