Australia Day Parramatta

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Australia Day Parramatta
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Parramatta Park is going all out for Australia Day with big acts BEATZ, Thandi, Thundamentals and Eskimo Joe

City of Parramatta and Channel 9 News are hosting a huge party on January 26 with Sydney’s biggest hot air balloon display at sunrise and a main stage of Aussie rock and hip hop at sunset.

The Australia Day event kicks off at 6am with Aerial: a three-hour display of hot air balloons, plus kids’ rides and family entertainment. From 11am, visit the Big BBQ – ‘90 metres of meat’ from smoked to grilled and basted.

The annual CARnivale sees hundreds of beautifully restored vintage cars, bikes and trucks on display – including original racing cars from Parramatta Parks 1950s racing circuit. There’s a Hottest 100 party in celebration of Triple J’s annual countdown. Plus, kids can dance from 10.30am-4.30pm with free music performances at the Kids’ Crescent.

However, the Main Stage is where it’s at from 4.30-9pm, as hundreds of people gather at the Crescent to hear from musicians BEATZ, Thandi Phoenix, Thundamentals and Eskimo Joe – all before a fireworks finale at 9pm. 

By: Time Out Promotions

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This is a really relaxing day out - Parramatta Park is so big a lot like Centennial park. There's always great live music too. Good with mates and good too is you have mates with kids (I do!).