10 March 2023

Nine things to do in the region this week (10 to 16 March)

| Claire Sams
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A group of people stand and examine sculptures in the sunlight

Attendees gather at the exhibition preview for the 2022 SCULPTURE Bermugai. Photo: SCULPTURE Bermugai/Facebook.

The coming week has plenty of events featuring art, food and celebrations.

It opens with some art when SCULPTURE Bermagui returns for 2023, and food, film and horse events also run for multiple days. Other highlights in the coming week include gigs and agricultural shows, with much more on offer to keep you entertained.

Will we see you at one of our nine picks?

Multiple days

Terra Nullius sculpture

David Doyle’s Terra Nullius, winner of the 2019 Cox Family Acquisitive Prize at Sculpture Bermagui. Photo: Lisa Herbert.


When: 11 to 19 March, 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Locations across Bermagui, see website for schedule
Cost: Free entry

Attendees will once again be able to see a range of sculptures across various locations in and around Bermagui when the exhibition returns. Those interested in learning more about sculpture and the artistic process can attend an ‘Artist Talk’. All the sculptures are available for purchase, so don’t be afraid if you see something you like!

EAT Merimbula

EAT Merimbula is back for its 10th year in 2023. Photo: Dave Rogers.

EAT Merimbula

When: 9 to 12 March, various times
Where: Various, see program
Cost: Various, see program

The foreshore of Merimbula Lake will be the place to be for foodies on 12 March. The festival will feature stalls managed by local producers, stacked with their food, produce, beer, wine and spirits. The big day will follow several other events, organised to give you a weekend full of good food. In 2023, there is also a new satellite event to EAT – the EAT Eden Progressive Dinner. Three of Eden’s restaurants have signed up, offering starters, a main course and desert to round out the Saturday evening.

movies, cinema, popcorn.

Everyone is sure to find something to enjoy at this film festival when it stops in Ulladulla. Photo: File.

Travelling Film Festival

When: 10 to 12 March, various times
Where: Arcadia Twin Cinemas, Rowens Arcade, Boree Street, Ulladulla
Cost: Various, see website

Australia’s longest-running travelling film festival is coming to town with feature films, documentaries and short films! Each tour location has a tailored program, the Ulladulla program including movies and documentaries on the fall of the Sackler pharmaceutical dynasty, a train ride that turns into something unexpected, an exploration of fatherhood, a drama centred around a baby and a story of how photography can become therapy.

Hilltops Off the Beaten Track montage

The two-week period is packed with artistic and cultural activities to show off the Hilltops region. Photo: Hilltops Region/Facebook.

Hilltops Off the Beaten Track

When: 8 to 22 March, various times, see program
Where: Young, Harden, Boorowa and surrounds, see program
Cost: Various, see program

The two-week period has plenty of artistic and cultural activities to show Hilltops locals and visitors alike exactly what the region has to offer. Attendees can check out the work of artists and artisans of all descriptions in studios, galleries, exhibitions and permanent installations that take place across the whole region. With planned activities covering writing to croquet to multicultural performances, there’s sure to be something for everyone.


three cans of beer in the sand featuring a black cockatoo sunbathing, surfing and 'skinny dipping'

The Broulee Brewhouse tinnies all feature a black cockatoo living the Broulee lifestyle. Photo: Broulee Brewhouse.

Autumn Beer Festival

When: 10 March, 10 am until late
Where: Broulee Brewhouse, 71 Coronation Drive, Broulee, NSW
Cost: Free entry

The first Autumn Beer Festival is taking place on Friday. Festivalgoers can come along and relax after a long week at work with some live music, lucky door prizes, German-inspired food and a special autumn-inspired festival brew.


Poster for the Queanbeyan Rodeo

The rodeo is coming to Queanbeyan on Saturday, with more than horse events. Photo: Queanbeyan Rodeo.

Patches Asphalt Queanbeyan Rodeo

When: 11 March, from 2 pm
Where: Queanbeyan Showground, Glebe Avenue, Queanbeyan, NSW
Cost: Adults $30, seniors $20, children (under fifteen) $20, children under 8 are free

Attendees can once again watch with their hearts in their throats when the rodeo returns to Queanbeyan this weekend. With the events including saddle bronc, bareback bronc, bull ride, ladies barrel race, roping, team roping, breakaway roping and steer wrestling, the best of country life will be on display.

Cooma Show display

The Cooma Show is back this Saturday. Photo: Cooma Show, Facebook.

147th Cooma Show

When: 11 March, various times, see website
Where: 10 Boundary Street, Cooma, NSW
Cost: Adults $10, children (aged five to seventeen) $5, parking $5 per vehicle

The Cooma Show is among the many agricultural shows to be held across the region. All things wool, horse jumping, needlework, fibrecraft, photography, quilting, cattle and sheep, vegetables, poetry, woodchopping and more will be on display when the Cooma Show returns for 2023. The theme is ‘Young Rural People’ and Friday will see extra entertainment held, in addition to sideshow rides and a sausage sizzle, for a gold coin donation.

Banner for Moruya Celebrates

Moruya residents and visitors are invited to gather for the street parade and subsequent celebrations. Image: Moruya Celebrates – Mardi Gras – Riverlights/Facebook.

Moruya Celebrates – Mardi Gras Parade and Riverlights

When: 11 March, 1 pm to 9 pm
Where: Church Street to Riverside Park, Moruya
Cost: Free entry

Celebrations will kick off with a Mardi Gras street parade through the centre of town, which will come to a finish at Riverside Park. Festivalgoers will then be able to sit and enjoy live music, food vendors and other fun activities throughout the afternoon. Once dusk falls, there will be illuminated floats on the river, followed by fireworks.


 Flyer for Alive in the Park

Riverbank Park will be the place to be for those wanting some music to groove to. Image: Alive in the Park/Facebook.

Alive in the Park

When: 12 March, from noon
Where: Riverbank Park, Laidlaw Street, Yass River
Cost: Free entry

Riverbank Park will be the site of an all-ages free music and arts festival. A range of performers are set to take to the stage, including Citizen Kay, Hope Wilkins, Will Kepa and more. If you want a break from the music, there will be market stalls, food vans, games and more.

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