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Parramatta Foundation Festival

Dive into Parramatta's cultural past with four days of guided tours, live tunes and more.
By Rachel Fieldhouse
October 18, 2019
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Parramatta Foundation Festival

Dive into Parramatta's cultural past with four days of guided tours, live tunes and more.
By Rachel Fieldhouse
October 18, 2019
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While you might know Parramatta for its top-notch eats, it also has over 60,000 years of cultural history to explore. So, to celebrate its roots, the western Sydney suburb is hosting its Foundation Festival from Thursday, October 31 to Sunday, November 3. With a jam-packed lineup of events, the four-day event will have something for everyone.

Since the festival kicks off on Halloween, you can go on a ghost tour Old Government House — and maybe even catch a ghost or two — before tucking into some well-earned supper. But, if ghost-hunting isn't really your thing, there's plenty to do come the weekend, too. On the Friday night, take a stroll through the suburb at twilight on a guided tour with local Darug Elders, where you'll learn all about the deeper history of Burramatta (Parramatta) and the Burramattagal people. Or, on the Saturday, you'll be able to jump on a coach for a 'Feisty Females' tour, where you'll learn all about the historical women of Parramatta. And, since all that learning's sure to build up an appetite, make sure to pack a picnic basket and perch yourself on Old Government House's lawn for the Mrs Macquarie's Picnic.

To round out the celebrations, North Parramatta heritage precinct (just five minutes' walk from Parramatta League Club) will host Foundation Day on the Sunday. There's a full day of events planned — think everything from live music and food trucks to walking tours, vintage cars and hands-on workshops.

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