Things to do this July in Parramatta 2024

From lively festivals and theatre to culinary delights, there's no shortage of things to do.

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Welcome to our guide on what’s on this July in Parramatta! As the heart of Western Sydney, Parramatta is a vibrant city brimming with culture, history, and excitement. 

From lively festivals and theatre to culinary delights, there's no shortage of things to do. Join us as we dive into the must-see attractions and events that will make your July in Parramatta memorable!


Warami brings together a vibrant program of events and activities celebrating both traditional and contemporary First Nations culture in the City of Parramatta. A highlight of this celebration is the Burramatta NAIDOC festival, taking place on Saturday 13 July. This large outdoor event promises an unforgettable day with a music concert headlined by acclaimed hip-hop artist JK-47. The event will also feature engaging workshops, dance performances, and a variety of market stalls showcasing Indigenous arts and crafts. Best of all, it is free entry!

In addition to the festival, you can immerse yourself further in First Nations culture by booking a cultural walking tour in Parramatta. For those interested in hands-on experiences, don't miss the opportunity to learn the art of weaving baskets with Ngiyampaa and Guringai artist Tarni Eastwood. These activities offer a unique chance to connect with the rich heritage and traditions of the First Nations peoples.

Riverside Theatre

To coincide with NAIDOC week, Riverside Theatres will be showing films Heart of the Man and The Skin of Others, with both films providing insight to Indigenous stories and experiences. For musical fans, Brittanie Shipway will be starring in Beyond Broadway. With some songs featuring her First Nations Gumbaynggirr language, Beyond Broadway is a celebration of culture and the power of music to transcend boundaries.

Since July falls in the School Holidays, Riverside Theatres has a fantastic line-up of productions to keep the family entertained including the hilarious Children are Stinky and the beautiful book adaptation of The Bugalugs Bum Thief.

Cafes and Dining

Gaining a reputation as one of the best restaurant destinations in Sydney, Parramatta offers a culinary adventure for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Start your day with a freshly roasted coffee at Circa Espresso, where their award-winning, Middle East-inspired menu is sure to delight your taste buds.

For lunch or brunch, visit Havenstone nestled in the heart of historic North Parramatta. The gorgeous venue and delicious seasonal menu won’t disappoint. Pop back to Parramatta Square at dinner time to visit Lilymu to experience fine dining at the award-winning Pan-Asian restaurant offering a contemporary twist on Chinese and South-East Asian cuisine. Round out the day with a drink at chic 1920s-style cocktail and champagne rooftop bar Nick and Nora’s.

Get Your Game On

There is plenty to keep the sport and fitness lovers entertained this July in Parramatta.

Catch the excitement of Round 18 of the National Rugby League at CommBank Stadium on Thursday 4 July as the Parramatta Eels take on the Rabbitohs. Then on Friday 26 July the Eels will be back at CommBank Stadium facing off against the formidable Melbourne Storm.

Keep the kids active in the winter holidays at Sydney Olympic Park. They are running Olympic sports programs including archery, basketball, diving, soccer and more.

If you prefer a swim, the water’s always perfect at the PAC! The Parramatta Aquatic Centre is your year-round destination for all your fitness and aquatic needs. With both indoor and outdoor heated pools, it’s the perfect place to make a splash in any season. 

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