Sydney Symphony Under the Stars frequently asked questions
What time will the concert start?
The concert will begin at 8pm on Saturday 19 January and finish around 10pm.
What is the earliest time I can turn up on the day?
The Crescent will be open to the public from 2pm.
Will there be any official proceedings or a welcome to country?
Yes, official proceedings begin at 7.25pm and include a welcome to country.
Can I reserve a seating area earlier in the day?
You can turn up any time from 2pm and set up your spot. However, you can’t leave your chair, sun shade or possessions unattended to reserve your seating area. Our security team will remove any unattended items.
Will there be a fireworks display?
Yes, at the end of the concert.
Is the concert free?
Yes, seating is available on a first-in basis until site capacity is reached. We recommend turning up with enough time to spare to avoid disappointment.
Sydney Symphony Under the Stars is one of the five free events for people of all ages included in the Crescent Summer Series.
Can I bring my pets?
Due to the fireworks display, we encourage people to not bring their pets to the concert. If you do bring your pets, they must remain well-behaved, attended to and on a leash at all times.
Can I bring alcohol?
You can bring alcohol if it is responsibly consumed.
Can I bring my own food and drinks?
You are most welcome to bring your own food and drink. There will also be food and non-alcoholic drinks available to purchase. Bring a reusable water container and refill it at one of the Sydney Water bubblers in the Crescent.
Will food be available to buy at the event?
Yes, there will be a number of food trucks onsite on the night with a range of food options.
Where can I get a copy of the program?
The program is available here and contains a full description of the concert as well as a link to an audience survey.
Can I bring my own chairs?
Yes, you can bring your own chairs. We recommend low-back picnic chairs. If your chair is too large, our security team will ask you to collapse it if it’s obstructing the view of other people or if it’s getting too windy.
Can I bring rain umbrellas or a sun shade?
Absolutely. This is an outdoor event and you should come prepared for the conditions, rain or shine.
You can use small hand-held umbrellas and sun shades before the concert starts but you can’t peg your sun shades into the ground. Also, we’ll ask you to put these away if it gets too windy. If you’re worried about getting wet, we recommend bringing a poncho to wear during the performance. Please check the weather conditions on the day and prepare accordingly.
Throughout the Crescent Summer Series, we encourage you to stay sun smart and beat the heat. NSW Health has prepared some helpful tips on how to stay healthy in the hot temperatures.
Where’s the best place for me to park my vehicle?
We recommend you take public transport to get to the concert. Parramatta Park is less than 30 minutes by train from Central Station and a short walk from Westmead and Parramatta stations.
If you are driving, City of Parramatta Council have a webpage with a handy list of nearby parking options. Parramatta Park will be pedestrian-only from 2pm on event day with no on-site parking for the general public.
What can I do if I come early and want to explore Parramatta?
Why not make a day of it and spend time exploring our World Heritage-listed Park? Take a guided tour, enjoy the green riverside walkways or book a picnic shelter. You can read more on the Parra Park website.
If you are looking for somewhere to eat beforehand, Parramatta has a vibrant and diverse food scene that will satisfy all taste buds. Visit the Discover Parramatta website and take your pick of where to go before or after your Crescent Summer Series event.
Who presents the concert?
Sydney Symphony Under the Stars is jointly presented by Parramatta Park, Sydney Festival and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. This is the third year that the concert has been held in Parramatta Park as part of the Crescent Summer Series and the thirteenth year that Sydney Symphony Orchestra has performed in the Park.
Will there be accessible parking and viewing areas?
Accessible parking is available for RMS mobility parking passes and there will be an accessible viewing area at the concert. To register or find more, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Accessible Parking for Sydney Symphony Under the Stars, or call us on (02) 9895 6570.
What about extreme weather or heat?
The concert will go ahead unless serious weather conditions prevent it. If the concert is delayed or cancelled on the day, we’ll let you know through the Sydney Symphony Under the Stars Facebook event listing.