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What’s On in Western Sydney: A 2023 Events Calendar for International Students

This article is sponsored by Western Sydney University

There’s no shortage of fun things to do in Western Sydney. From triathlons and park runs to massive stadium concerts and maker’s markets, there’s something here for everyone. Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered. 

With the help of this handy 2023 events calendar, you’ll always know what to do in Western Sydney and how to make the most of life on the west side. 

Read more: 10 Awesome Reasons to Live in Parramatta

Arts and culture

The National 4: Australian Art Now
30 March-25 June 2023

An important biennial survey of contemporary Australian art, bringing together 48 new artistic projects and involving over 80 artists from across the nation.

Sydney Comedy Club at Riverside Theatres Parramatta
15 April-17 June 2023

Monthly stand-up comedy shows featuring professional local, national and international comedians.

Blacktown Medieval Fayre
20-21 May 2023

If you’re wondering what’s on Western Sydney, this one might surprise you! The Blacktown Medieval Fayre will feature a birds-of-prey show, combat artillery, handmade arts and crafts, free camel and pony rides, and more!

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap
15-24 June 2023

The world’s longest-running play is coming to Parramatta with performances set to take place at Riverside Theatres.

Camden Art Prize
17-23 June 2023

This annual art competition, exhibition and sale is now in its 45th year!

Winterfest Camden
7-9 July 2023

A jam-packed program of winter-themed activities and entertainment over three days. Watch this space for more details!

Illuminate Wollondilly Festival of Art and Light
September 2023

An annual festival of art, performance, light and colour.

Oz Comic-Con Sydney
23-24 September 2023

Two days of fun for fans of all ages, interests and pop culture passions.

Sharp Short Dance 2023
14-18 November 2023

An opportunity to witness performances from emerging talent as part of this exciting Australian youth dance festival.


Maketi Moana Pasifika Makers Market
6 May 2023

Pasifika businesses, makers and artists showcase and sell handcrafted products.

National Sorry Day
26 May 2023

Gather to honour the Dharug people with a full program of First Nations events, activities and resources.

Burramatta NAIDOC Day
8 July 2023

Experience the vibrant culture and history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Reckōning – Te Waiata Paihere Wairua
24 August 2023

A depiction of indigenous culture through storytelling, original songs and dance.


Meatstock – The Music and Barbecue Festival
5-7 May 2023

Don’t be fooled – Meatstock is as much about music as it is about meat. Catch Australian music legends Grinspoon and Jebediah among many others in a great lineup!

WuTang Clan and NAS
13 May 2023

Check out two of New York’s seminal hip-hop legends of the 90s as they perform at Qudos Bank Arena.

Eric Chou
19 May 2023

Enjoy an evening of love ballads with the Taiwanese singer, songwriter and actor. 

Make Music Day
21 June 2023

A day of free live music concerts in Parramatta for everyone to enjoy.

​​Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music
29 July 2023

If you’ve never seen The Sound of Music, now is your chance! Hosted by Australian cabaret royalty, Hans.

23 and 24 July 2023

Lizzo is a history-making, culture-shifting soul and disco-funk powerhouse. These performances are sure to sell out fast, so get your tickets while you can!

Sam Smith
3 and 4 November 2023

Check out Sam Smith’s tour in support of their fourth studio album, Gloria.

Sound West

A music and technology festival in Parramatta – watch this space for 2023 dates and details.

Sports and fitness

Penrith Lakes Run
8 April 2023-13 January 2024

No matter your pace, everyone is welcome to join the Penrith Lakes Park Run every Saturday morning from 8am!

Sydney Olympic Park
10 April-17 June 2023

Catch Australian Football League (AFL), Netball and NRL at Sydney Olympic Park.

Commbank Stadium
15 April-19 August 2023

Catch National Rugby League (NRL), Football and Rugby Union matches at CommBank Stadium.

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023
20 July-20 August 2023

The world’s largest women’s sporting event is coming to Sydney, with games scheduled to take place at Parramatta’s Accor Stadium!

Nepean Triathlon
28-29 October 2023

Join in or come along as a spectator to the Nepean Triathlon, Australia’s oldest triathlon.

Three Bridges Run
29 October 2023

Enjoy this iconic 5km, 9km, 21km or 42km run along Parramatta River.

IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney
24 September 2023

Join in the excitement as a spectator or even a competitor!

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