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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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PARRAMATTA'S EAT STREET GETS 'Ready for Spring': On the first Saturday of October and November, Eat Street will look like spring and the eateries will serve up some delicious taster plates (fee). And, entertainment will be on show: roving stilt walkers, jugglers, musicians -- and face painting. On display those fantastic Morris Cars will thrill car buffs. East Street will be closed to traffic -- get out, stretch your legs and indulge your tummy! 11am-3:30pm; evenings 5-9pm.
LAKE PARRAMATTA RESERVE: "Art is Art and Water is Water" out on Lake Parramatta. You can hire rowboats, pedalboats, canoes and standup paddle boards. 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/
CONFLUENCE FESTIVAL OF INDIA - RIVERSIDE THEATRES 20 SEPTEMBER. International musical giants bring their talent to Parramatta for one night only. The two international stars are Artists in Residence at Alice Springs, Dessert Song Festival.. For details, visit http://confluencefoi.com/events/
HARRIS PARK NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE 26 SEPT - OCT 2 holds its week of free events. Luncheons, bike rides, historic houses tours -- lots of activities -- all in the 'Hood'. We'll blog about it next week, but until then mark your calendar.
HOLIDAY INN AT 18 Anderson Street continues its full service for visitors while most accommodation in Parramatta are under some form of construction. www.holidayinnparramatta.com.au for bookings.
OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE, PARRAMATTA PARK. The gift shop staff stocked lovely pillows and pillow covers -- products in collaboration with Aboriginal artists this morning. We browsed through the collection and you will find the art interesting and beautiful. Great gifts for friends or family. 02 9635 8149
'WELCOME AND DISCOVER' TOURS AROUND PARRAMATTA. New comer residents or workers are invited to explore the corners and lanes of Parramatta on 'discover tours' led by Council's professional and knowledgeable Host & Guides. Bookings required. Read more about the tours http://www.discoverparramatta.com/events/tours/city_discovery_tours
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