Parramatta will come alive this January with a variety of entertainment for young and old in a series of events aptly named, Summer Nights. Taking place at four destinations within this Western Sydney CBD, there'll be concerts, disco on wheels, cinema, games and plenty of food to keep you going.
Over 20 summer nights, here's what you can enjoy:-
Parramatta Square Jazz Nights - Thurs-Sun, 7th-24th January, 7pm-9pm
Stroll through the new Parramatta Square dining destination, grab some dinner and enjoy the sounds of jazz music in the Eastern Amphitheatre. The music is free and no ticketing is required.
If you haven't been to Parramatta lately, you'll find this Square on the corner of Darcy & Macquarie Sts, next to Centenary Square. It's jam-packed with restaurants and bars and has attracted some big names in the hospitality business. Maurice Terzini (behind Bondi Icebergs Bar & Dining and Ciccia Bella) has opened another Ciccia Bella with Italian rustic-style peasant food and wood-fired dishes, whilst the duo behind Henrietta and Nour (Ibby Moubadder & Jorge Farah) have opened Lilymu, a 160-seat spot serving up dishes from China and South-East Asia that include tom yum prawn dumplings, red curry scampi, tres leches cake for dessert and creative drinks featuring a margarita made with Thai chilli-infused tequila and a dragon fruit & gin sour.
Other favourites include Betty's Burgers, poke bowl chain Fishbowl, Sushi Yuzen, Harvey's Hot Sandwiches, Threefold Pastry and Rivareno Gelato.
The Rooftop Hangout - Thurs-Sun, 14th-24th January, 5.30pm-10.30pm
On the rooftop of Eat St Car Park (30 George St), you can chill with live music from the likes of singer Ruby Fields, rapper Briggs, rock band The Chats, Bodega Collective playing a range of music genres, the hard to categorise Triple One, and more.
For thrills, you can disco a few rounds on the roller skating rink or get your game on with some arcade and rooftop games thrown into the mix. Of course, there's food and quench thirsters from the bar to keep you on your game too.
Entry to this rooftop hangout is, as follows -
Thursdays (DJ night) - Free Fridays to Sundays - $10
The cult screenings bring a variety of themes, from romance to monsters and Bollywood nights, and include Ghostbusters, La La Land, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Street Dancer and Hotel Transylvania. There'll be plenty of reminiscing under the night sky.
Tickets are $11.60 (children under 4 are free). Gates open 5.30pm, entertainment begins at 6pm and movies commence at last light (around 8.30pm).
Summer Nights Live - 25th & 26th January, 5pm-10pm
What better note to end the Summer Nights series on than with two epic live concerts featuring The Veronicas, Jon Stevens, Kingswood, ARC, Jackie Brown Jr and Bonnie Anderson.
Taking place at The Crescent stage in Parramatta Park, this revelry of family-friendly rockin' vibes provides good value for money with tickets from just $14-$30, plus booking fee.
It's been a tough time for many, including musicians who have had to postpone or cancel concerts and tours. Covid has twisted all of our lives in 2020 but 2021 brings new hope with a vaccine. Let's support music and the hospitality industry as much as we can (as long as you are well) by heading to Parramatta and enjoying the above spaces this January.