Eel Festival 2021

Online tickets are now booked out. If you haven't registered you can still attend on the day by arriving early to the event but there may be a delay on entry if we reach site capacity. We ask that you kindly follow our staff instructions and thank you for your patience.

Discover the Indigenous heritage of Parramatta, on Darug Country.

On Sunday 7 March the annual Eel Festival returns to Elizabeth Farm. This family-friendly event celebrates Parramatta’s namesake, the eel, and its significance to the local Burramuttagal people, who would gather in autumn to trade goods and share stories and food.

The day begins with a Welcome to Country and a smoking ceremony, followed by a corroboree by Nulungu Dreaming and performances by Gumaroy Newman.

Drop-in activities throughout the day include boomerang painting, weaving, Darug language workshops, as well as a live eel display.

Explore the house and gardens, join Sydney Living Museums’ colonial gastronomer Jacqui Newling in the courtyard to discover the various ways colonists prepared eels. Enjoy a meal by Indigenous food providers Kallico Catering. 

Unfortunately Fred’s Bush Tucker & cultural cook-up will not be available at this year’s event. To learn more about Uncle Fred visit our website here

The day is a wonderful opportunity to learn about, engage with and celebrate Indigenous culture.

We look forward to you seeing you at Elizabeth Farm.

Plan your day, download our event program here.

Please note: The event will take place outdoors with limited cover. We recommend bringing a water bottle, hat and sunscreen and rain cover if necessary. The event will go ahead in light rain; however, in the event of any cancellation, updates will be posted to the Eel Festival Facebook event page and on our website.

With the exception of special service dogs (i.e. guide dogs), no pets are allowed on site at Elizabeth Farm


Budjari Naami Darug Nurawa. Good to see you on Darug Country. 
Our museums and places are on Aboriginal land. As we walk together and tread gently on this country we acknowledge the Burramuttagal of Darug nation, the traditional custodians, and pay respect to the Elders, past and present, and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Aboriginal people have a deep and continuing cultural attachment to this country and are the rightful interpreters of their history and heritage.
We acknowledge the impact Elizabeth Farm has had on Aboriginal Country and that this impact continues to be felt today. Was, is, and always will be Aboriginal land.

Performers at Eel Festival at Elizabeth Farm

Performers at Eel Festival at Elizabeth Farm.

Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums.

Maya Jovanic with her young cousin, Lexie Bacci, enjoying the Eel Festival

Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums. 

Please read our important COVID-19 conditions of entry before booking your tickets.

Free event

Registration recommended

When & Where

Sunday 7 March 2021 10AM–3PM

Elizabeth Farm

70 Alice Street, Rosehill, NSW 2142
+61 2 9635 9488

Transport information

There is free but limited on-street parking on Alice Street. 

The 909 bus from Parramatta Station stops near Elizabeth Farm. This bus departs from Stand B at the Parramatta Bus Interchange. Hop off on the corner of Alice and Alfred streets and we’re only about 100 metres away. Plan your trip at