Parramatta Foundation Festival

The 2019 Parramatta Foundation Festival takes place from Thursday 31 October to Sunday 3rd November 2019.  Celebrating and appreciating our rich cultural heritage, there are events over 3 days in 10 locations important to Parramatta’s past.

Thursday, 31st October

Time What's On Where Buy Tickets
7:30 pm 

Halloween Ghost Tour
At night you are invited to come and explore this 214-year-old Georgian mansion by candlelight. Revisit the scene of a tragic accident and witness places within the house where psychics, guides and visitors have experienced ghostly encounters.

Presented by Friends of Old Government House and Experiment Farm Cottage. 

Old Government House
Parramatta Park




 

$35 per person includes supper. 

Visit
Friends of Old Government 
website
to purchase tickets.

Friday, 1st November

Time What's On Where Buy Tickets

10:45 am
to
2:45 pm


World Heritage Wonders - Parramatta Park Walking Tour & Lunch
This comprehensive walking tour of a World Heritage site includes entry and guided tours of elegant Old Government House and the historically significant Dairy Cottage, lunch and a guided tour of Parramatta Park.

Presented by the City of Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre.
 

The Diary Cottage
Parramatta Park



 

$45 per person includes lunch.

Visit the Eventbrite website to purchase your tickets. 

5:30 pm
to
7:30 pm

Warami Mittigar Aboriginal Twilight Cultural Walk with Darug Elders
This easy walk, along the river and in beautiful Parramatta Park, is a wonderful opportunity to spend time on country with an Aboriginal traditional custodian, learning about connections to land, plant uses, tools, hunting and other aspects of local culture. 

Presented by the City of Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre.

Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre
346A Church Street Parramatta 

 

 

$5 per person.

Visit the Eventbrite website to purchase your tickets.

7:30 pm
to
10:00 pm

John Macarthur- Villian or Visionary? Experience
John Macarthur is remembered by most people for laying the foundations of the great Australian wool industry – but did he?! In fact, he spent so much time away in England and Europe facing a court-martial and as a witness to another, his practical achievements owe a very great deal to the persistence and loyalty of his wife and sons. But was he the only person to develop the wool industry?

Presented by the Parramatta & District Historical Society. 

Hambledon Cottage
Gregory Place Parramatta 

 

 

 

$35 per person. 

Contact Parramatta Historical Society on
0402 045 312.

Saturday, 2nd November

Time What's On Where Buy Tickets

9 am
and
2 pm


Meet the Ancestors - Guided Tour of Parramatta's Cemeteries
A guided tour of Parramatta’s four cemeteries with true stories of their ‘residents’. Tours are led by popular historian and past-Parramatta expert, Judith Dunn OAM.

Presented by Friends of the Parramatta Cemeteries.

May’s Hill, St John’s, All Saints and St Patrick’s Graveyards.

 

 

$5 per person. 

Visit the Eventbrite website to purchase your tickets. 

10 am
to
12 pm


Feisty Females of Parramatta's Past
Celebrate Parramatta’s unsung heroines on this relaxed coach tour visiting a wide range of Parramatta's significant heritage sites, including the Female Orphan School, Elizabeth Farm and World Heritage listed Parramatta Park.  Uncover the intriguing and surprising stories of our colonial women and discover the lasting impacts they have had. 

Presented by the City of Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre.
 

Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre
346A Church Street Parramatta

 

 

 

$10 per person.

Visit the Eventbrite website to purchase your tickets. 

 

11:30 am
to
12:30 pm

Book Launch: "Then and There Lying Dead" by Judith Dunn
A garden launch with morning tea and a short talk by Judith Dunn. Judith Dunn's latest book is "Then and There Lying Dead - Murders, inquests, accidents, and gossip in Sydney’s Greater West" - stories taken from early newspapers. 

Presented by the Parramatta & District Historical Society.

Hambledon Cottage
Gregory Place, Parramatta 




 

Free.

 

 

11 am
to
2 pm

Mrs. Macquarie's Picnic
Bring a hamper for this fun family event, in the spirit of picnics of the days of Mrs. Macquarie. 

Presented by National Trust (NSW), Parramatta Park Trust and the City of Parramatta. 

Old Government House
Parramatta Park



 

Free.

Register your attendance via the Eventbrite website

11 am
to
3 pm
 
Open Day and Garden Party Brislington Medical & Nursing Museum 
A family day on the front lawn under the huge fig tree and inside this fascinating museum. 

Brislington Medical & Nursing Museum
Corner Marsden & George Streets, Parramatta
 
Free.
6:30 pm
to
9 pm

Elizabeth Farm: Now Museum - Now You Don't
A very different museum experience, "Now Museum, Now You Don't" explores themes such as the Macarthur family and the Darug people - but also focuses on you, the participants. It allows you and your friends to engage, react and respond to the museum in creative, sometimes surprising ways. It is energetic rather than sedate, outward rather than inward giving you a truly reflective VIP experience you won’t find anywhere else. Light refreshments included. 

Presented by Sydney Living Museums.
 
Elizabeth Farm
70 Alice Street, Rosehill 





 


$40 per person. 

Visit the Sydney Living Museum website to purchase your tickets.


 

Sunday, 3rd November

Time What's On Where Buy Tickets

11 am
to
4 pm


Foundation Day
A huge family day at the North Parramatta Heritage precinct with heritage tours, chats with local historians, ‘rare trades’ demonstrations, arts, crafts and skills workshops, live music, market stalls, great food, native animals and biologists, horse and cart rides and activities for everyone. Plus, experience Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo! Meet lifelike life-size dinos and a real dinosaur research scientist. Learn about things. Learn to do things! 

Presented by the City of Parramatta. 

North Parramatta Heritage Precinct
Fleet Street, North Parramatta




 
Free. 

Visit the event page for more information.
When

-
-
Daily

Where

North Parramatta Heritage Precinct
Fleet Street North Parramatta 2150

How much

Various -

Contact

City of Parramatta
(02) 9806 5050

Website

Website