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Events in Rockdale City

Civic Ceremonies

From time to time, Council receives a request to hold a Civic Ceremony to recognise an official day of of cultural significance for a Country of Origin. Please use Council's form for Civic Ceremony Guidlelines and Application. There is also a FAQ sheet (Frequently Asked Questions) with more information.



Australia Day
Thursday 26 January 2017Australia Day

Free Event

On the shores of Botany Bay this iconic celebration takes place at Peter Depena Reserve - Russell Avenue, Dolls Point. The day consists of a Flag raising, Citizenship Ceremony and Rockdale Citizens of the Year Presentations, a traditional Welcome to Country, family entertainment including face painting and a community sausage sizzle.



Lunar New Year
TBC 2017Lunar New Year

Free entry

Lunar New Year (formerly known as Chinese New Year) is held annually in King Street Place, Rockdale in celebration of the City's Australian-Asian community. The event features Dragon and Lion Dances, stalls, traditional performances, authentic food and children's activities.

As part of the Lunar New Year 2016 celebrations we are running a colouring competition with prizes for winning entries. We encourage all children under 12 years old to participate in our colouring competition by submitting your entry (download and print from the link above). Entries will be displayed at the event and at Council following the event.



Rockdale Arts FestivalRockdale Arts Festival
Sunday 10 April to Sunday 8 May 2016

Free entries

The Rockdale Arts Festival (RAF) is a program of arts initiatives, activities and events across the City annually in March/April. Details to follow - get ready to participate!



The Albie Thomas Rockdale Fun Run
Sunday 22 May 2016The Albie Thomas Rockdale Fun Run

Entry Fee Required

The Rockdale City Community Fun Run/Walk has been renamed The Albie Thomas Rockdale Fun Run, in honour of Albie's contribution to this event.

Council runs this event annually in association with the St George Athletics Club Inc. The event consists of a 2km and a 5km Fun Run/Walk along the Botany Bay foreshore. Funds raised from the Fun Run are donated to the Knights of St George Association for the St George Hospital Cardiac Surgery Unit.

Thank you everyone that participated in this event and helped raise funds for such a deserving cause.

2015 Race Results

Open Male

  1. Nathan Breen 16:32
  2. Mark Simpson 17:03
  3. David Sullivan 17:48

Open Female

  1. Imogen Stewart 18:13
  2. Jamie McIver 19:03
  3. Suzanne Harrington 19:23

The full results are available from



Rockdale Around The Christmas Tree
TBC December 2016

Free Event at King Street Place, Rockdale

Featuring the official lighting of the Christmas Tree by the Mayor at 8pm. This fun family event will include a Santa meet and greet, live entertainment, a petting zoo, face painting, Christmas crafts and more!

Stallholder applications for this event have now closed.



Carols by the Sea
TBC December 2016

Free Event

Enjoy Christmas under the stars at the beautiful beach side setting of Brighton Le Sands at Lady Robinsons Beach. This fun family event will be hosted by the incomparable Monica Trapaga includes entertainment from local performers and church groups and a special guest appearance by Santa.

Commonwealth Bank

A big Thank You to the Commonwealth Bank for their continued sponsorship and support for this event



New Year's Eve Family Fireworks
Saturday 31 December 2016, 9pmNew Year's Eve Family Fireworks

Free Event

Celebrate the eve of the New Year by the picturesque beachfront stretching from Kyeemagh to Ramsgate. A spectacular fireworks display will set the night alight by the bay at Brighton Le Sands. To get the best view, head to Lady Robinsons Beach and watch the amazing fireworks explode in the sky at 9pm.

Download our Guide to Enjoying Your New Year's Eve.

Please note that as a result, there will be significant event road closures and clearways in place in Brighton Le Sands between Saturday 31 December 2016 and Sunday 1 January 2017.



Citizenship Ceremonies

Rockdale City Council conducts Citizenship Ceremonies approximately every two months for Rockdale City residents. The Ceremony formally welcomes new citizens. If you are interested in becoming an Australian Citizen, please contact the Department of Immigration & Border Protection by phoning 131 880 or checking their website

For performer, stallholder, production and general enquiries on the events listed above please contact the City Media & Events Unit via email on

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