Balloon Glow

See the mesmerising Balloon Glow illumination in Parramatta Park! Set to music, the spectacular lighting and hot air balloon display will illuminate the night sky. With family activities, live music and entertainment, food trucks and a bar, this will be an evening to remember. 

Parramatta Park, Cattle Paddock
Thursday 25 January, 5pm – 10pm
Free entry


Main Stage Program

Cass Greaves DJ – all the hits with live sax and vocals too!

Junkyard Beats Show – high-energy show stage show with drumming, body percussion, dance, junk percussion, circus and hilarious skits.

Those Folk – a folk duo with breathtaking vocal harmonies alongside guitar, accordion, mandolin & banjo.

The Rajin Cajuns – Sydney based The Ragin Cajuns are concoction of Louisiana Swamp, New Orleans jazz, blues and rockabilly, dripping with feeling.

Clayton Doley - a giant of the Australian blues, jazz and soul scene, catch him in Parramatta before he heads up to Blues Fest.

Our MC for the night will be the energetic and entertaining former Triple J DJ and TV presenter Maynard.

Balloon Glow 

At 9pm the night sky will be illuminated as the stunning hot air balloon and lighting display choreographed to music begins.

Children’s Activities and Information

Free Activities

Junkyard Beats will be spreading the joy as they rove amongst the crowds in their up-cycled Junk Mobile with drummers, break-dancers and circus performers.

Take part in the ‘science of play’ with The Children’s Discovery Science workshops where everyone gets to discover, create, and have fun doing it.

Laser tag sessions will be free and running from 5pm – 10pm.

Football panna cages will be set up for 1 v 1 shoot outs.

Amusement Rides

Amusement rides will be running from 5pm – 10pm. Tickets for the rides can be purchased at the event.

What do I do if I have a lost child?

Please speak with event staff or security within the event site or at one of the gates.

Do you have wristbands/ID for children?

Child wristbands are available at the information booths, for parents and guardians to write their mobile number. This assists event staff and security in reuniting lost children with their parent or guardian.

Food & Drink

Is there food on site?

Yes, there will be food trucks on site including Black Bear BBQ serving up delicious slow cooked and smoked meats – absolute perfection! 

We also recommend bringing a picnic rug to make a comfortable space for yourself on the grass. 

Is there a bar on site?

Yes, Kombi Keg will be serving a selection of alcoholic drinks on the night at our on-site bar. You must carry valid ID to enter. 

Can I bring my own food and drinks?

Yes, you are allowed to bring your own food from home. We recommend bringing a picnic basket and/or Esky, with low foldable festival chairs or a picnic rug to make a comfortable space for yourself on the grass. Cooking equipment, such as camping gas burners, are not permitted on site.

Can I bring alcohol (BYO)?

Alcohol is permitted in small amounts for people over 18. Security may ask to inspect your bags and check ID if you are bringing alcohol into the event. Liquor brought into the park will be strictly restricted to 1 litre with a 14% maximum alcohol or 6x Beers/Ciders (5%) per person. No glass will be permitted into the park.

Where can I refill my water bottle?

Free drinking water taps are located throughout the park. Bring your own bottles and refill through the evening!

General Information

What date and time is the event?

Thursday 25 January 2024, from 5:00pm – 10:00pm. 

Where is the event located?

Parramatta Park, Cattle Paddock. 

Please refer to the event map.

Is the event free?

Yes, this event is free!

What if the weather is hot/windy/rainy?

Light/medium rain will not cause cancellation of the events. As public safety is one of our priorities, adverse weather forecasts of extreme temperatures, lightning storms, torrential rain and/or strong winds may result in event cancellation. 

Where is the ATM?

There are no ATMs within the park, however, vendors will have digital payment options available.

Where are the toilets?

Toilets are in two locations; (1) Laser tag area, (2) Near the workshops.

Where is first aid?

There is a First Aid tent beside the Information tent, near the workshops.

Where can I fill up my water bottle?

Free drinking water stations are located throughout the park. Bring your own bottles and refill at one of three locations – (1) Food vendors area, (2) Laser tag area, (3) Near the workshops.

Can I bring a shade tent/dome?

No, shade tents/domes and other similar structures are not permitted at the event.

Can I bring a drone?

No, you cannot bring a drone. 

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, but they must remain on leash.

Parking, transport and access?

Please visit here for more information.