Parramatta is a hub of activity all year round and boasts a rich and vibrant cultural scene. Creativity in countless forms can be found all around the area, some of it loud and proud, some of it harder to find. One thing's for certain: the search is well worth it.
One great way to begin exploring the city and its artistic flair is with a self-guided walking tour of Parramatta's public art. A number of innovative and thought-provoking artworks are scattered throughout the CBD, and many represent an artistic impression of the physical, cultural and historic significance of their location; it's a gallery visit and history lesson rolled into one.
After a bite to eat on Church Street, catch a show at Riverside Theatres, Western Sydney's premiere performing arts venue. Located on the banks of Parramatta River, the theatre plays host to many of Australia's leading performing-arts companies. When the multi-use Western Sydney stadium reopens in 2019, a broader range of sports and large-scale outdoor entertainment and events will bring a new buzz to the City.
Each year we showcase incredible moments of celebration with a range of partners from the multi-award winning Parramatta Lanes Festival to Parramasala, Lunar New Year Festival and the much loved Winterlight Festival. There's also the annual Sydney Festival and Tropfest short film festival to look forward to. Our annual program of signature events and festivals and the way we activate our City every day are an expression of Parramatta's diversity.