Council and supported events

To build an engaged community, each year Council organises many events for both invited groups and that are open to the community.

We also support other organisations to run events through our event sponsorship and community programs. In 2016/17 over 160,000 people attended events run or supported by the City of Canada Bay. This excludes workshops and classes.

Current events are listed on our What’s on website


City of Canada Bay organises regular civic events such as citizenship ceremonies, the major one for the year being Australia Day. We also celebrate project milestones particularly openings and new project announcements. These are often joint initiatives with other government and private stakeholders and/or funding partners.

Opening events in 2016/17 included our major projects and

  • Bennelong Bridge Run – a community event to celebrate the opening of the Bennelong Bridge
  • Bay Run completion
  • Community recycling Centre opening – run by Council, developed with funding from the EPA
  • Cabarita Conservatory opening and a morning tea event to raise money for Cancer Council
  • Business networking events held in our commercial areas.

The Mayor also attends events run by local groups to lend support. 


Council organises two recurring events each year, Ferragosto and Concord Carnival and in 2016/17 also held an open day for the community to celebrate the opening of The Connection, Rhodes and Vivid Ideas, also at The Connection.


Council’s premier event, held close to the Italian Ferragosto celebration date of 15 August each year. In 2017, Ferragosto celebrated its 20 year anniversary with 115,000 visitors, over 130 stalls, four stages, rides and roving entertainment. From humble beginnings in the Garfield Street carpark, the event now runs the length of Great North Road, Five Dock from Queens to Lyons Roads.

Concord Carnival

Family friendly Concord Carnival is held in Greenless Park in October each year attracting over 30,000 people. Each year has a theme that guides the entertainment and activities provided. 2016 was ‘heroes’ celebrating superheros and everyday heroes alike. 2017 will have everyone Jump to the Beat with a strong music theme through the day.

Revel in Rhodes

Running from December to the end of March, Revel in Rhodes is Council's annual summer events and activation program in Rhodes. Featuring over 50 free and ticketed events, from Christmas concerts to tech workshops at The Learning Space to family film nights and badminton on the lawn, the program is bursting with fun-filled activities for the whole family. View the 2017-18 event guide here.

The Connection Open Day

To mark the opening of the $21 million development, The Connection, the City of Canada Bay held an open day inviting the community to visit the centre and celebrate the milestone with us. Over 8,000 people attended the event which, as well as tours and displays in The Connection itself, included music and children’s performances, rides, petting zoo and pony rides.

Vivid Ideas

City of Canada Bay was privileged to host a number of Vivid Ideas events at The Connection. Place Leaders Conference, held in conjunction with Place Leaders Australia, and a number of workshops put together by Council’s team at The Learning Space, our library offer in The Connection. 

Each year the City of Canada Bay works with community groups and organisations to support them to run events and activities in their local communities for their community.


The City of Canada Bay hosts five ANZAC Day ceremonies that are run by the local RSL sub branches with support from Council. (The main event held at Drummoyne, outside Council chambers has significant Council support along with the barbeque run by the Drummoyne Rotary Club. ( Not sure we can say this – largest and most significant ANZAC Is at Kokoda an has regional and state significance –it s run by the board and  supported significantly by Council but not CPR. Five DAock is also much bigger and their sub branch pays to support Drummmoyne but noeeds and takes laess Council support. )

Clean up Australia Day

Each year Council runs a number of volunteer groups around the bay as part of Clean up Australia Day as well as supporting other community groups to hold their own clean up events. Council organises waste collection for all the sites.

Matador Cup and Governor General’s XI

City of Canada Bay is very proud to host major sporting events at our facilities including these major cricketing events at the wonderful Drummoyne Oval.

Bike Day

Organised as part of Bike Week, NSW with some funding from Transport for NSW, City of Canada Bay promotes bike use and safety through its Bike Day in Rhodes. Last year the event included workshops such as how to mend a puncture, bike decorating and bike tune-ups.

Chiswick Splash

The Chiswick Baths are celebrated every year through Chiswick Splash.

The Chiswick Progress Association suggested a pool and public reserve at Blackwall Point Road in 1944. It was not until 1956 however that the Chiswick Baths were finally opened. The pool was maintained through community volunteers with financial and material support from Drummoyne Council (and later the City of Canada Bay).

Sixty years on the tidal pool remains a popular spot with locals.

Author Talks

Throughout the year, our three libraries at Five Dock, Concord and Rhodes run the very popular author talks series where authors of new release books speak to interested locals and sign copies of their books.

Salsa, ukulele and guitar lessons

Chiswick Community Activities Group, with support from City of Canada Bay runs regular lessons aimed at seniors but open to all age groups in the Chiswick Community Hall.

Five Dock Art Walk

As part of the Five Dock revitalisation, there are now numerous artworks around Five Dock. Aiming to bring vibrancy to the area, encourage people to pause and celebrate the local culture, the range of artworks formed the basis of a highly successful walking tour.


There were two main Poetry events held in 2016-17: Poetry Slam and the celebration of Henry Lawson’s 50 year anniversary. Henry Lawson spent some of his later years as a resident in Abbotsford.

Concord Rotary Farmers Market

City of Canada Bay provided significant support to establish the Concord Rotary Farmers Market which is now able to operate, promote and sustain itself with minimal input from Council. 

Each year the City of Canada Bay runs two rounds of funding totalling $80,000 to encourage and promote local organisations and groups to run events for the local community. There is a mix of repeat and new events each year. The following lists some of the larger repeat events.

Rhodes Moon Festival

Council has sponsored the Rhodes Moon Festival providing cash and in-kind support for this well attended cultural event for the past three years. Run by the Rhodes Multicultural Society the event is a celebration with cultural performances, art, music and dance. It is a key cultural event in the Rhodes calendar now attracting about 1000 people.

Lunar New Year

Council has sponsored the Lunar New Year event in Rhodes for the past six year with both cash and in-kind support. The event celebrates the ties the local population have with their Asian ancestry (Rhodes population is heavily Chinese and Korean) and has grown to attract over 2,000 people.

Breakfast Point Spring Fair

The local business community in Breakfast Point has formed a community association which produces the Breakfast Point Spring Fair each year. Council has sponsored the event with for the past four years. The local event attracts about 4,000 visitors and offers a variety of stalls with food and produce from local restaurants and lots of child-friendly entertainment.

Carols in the Park

The local carols event is run by Communities for Communities, a local charity, with sponsorship from Council. The event held in Halliday Park has grown significantly and is now attended by about 5,000 people. 

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