14 November 2022

Nine things to do in the region this week (11 - 17 September)

| Evelyn Karatzas
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Miniature goats will be among the cuter attendees at the Queanbeyan Show. Photo: Justin’s Photo Works.

This week in the region an old family favourite – the Queanbeyan Show – celebrates its 127th anniversary and a triumphant return after a two-year hiatus, while in Binalong a brand new festival is set to debut.

There’s also a health and psychic expo and an absolute highlight on the bargain-hunter’s calendar – the Queanbeyan Garage Sale Trail.

In between, Saturday Sessions kick off at the Bas with a singing workshop run by a music therapist and live music galore hits Goulburn, Queanbeyan and Quaama.


The Goulburn Club

The Goulburn Club is hosting an open mic night this Friday. Photo: Goulburn Australia.

Open Mic Night at the Goulburn Club

When: Friday 11 November, 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: The Goulburn Club, Suite 2/19 Market St, Goulburn
Cost: Free entry.

Held every second Friday of each month, this evening invites people of all ages to listen to or participate in a showcase of local talent. Musicians, singer/songwriters, poets, comedians or any other types of performers are each allotted 15 minutes to show their stuff. To participate just turn up and put your name on the whiteboard to secure your spot.


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It’s showtime in Queanbeyan this weekend. Photo: Justin’s Photo Works.

The Queanbeyan Show

When: Saturday 12 November, 9 am to 10 pm, Sunday 13 November, 9 am to 2 pm
Where: The Queanbeyan Showgrounds, Glebe Ave, Queanbeyan
Cost: Family (two adults and two children) $40, adult $15, pensioners $10, children (six to 17) $8, children under six free, payable upon entry.

It’s a family favourite and it’s celebrating its 127th anniversary – the Queanbeyan Show is back. After two years of cancelled events due to COVID, the three-day annual showcase of agriculture, horticulture, craft, creativity and local talent returns bigger and better. Expect performances from the Choirboys, woodchopping, strongman competition, yard dogs show, craft and produce pavilion, sideshow alley, rides, farmyard nursery, miniature goats, poultry, horses and equestrian shows – not to mention the fireworks on Saturday night.


Come and see the first of the Yass Valley’s Twilight Festival. Photo: Yass Valley.

Binalong Twilight Festival

When: Saturday 12 November, 4 pm to 9 pm
Where: 15 Queen Street, Binalong
Cost: From $50, book here.

The inaugural Binalong Twilight Festival is an event filled with live music, poetry and delicious food. Expect an intimate festival experience like no other, with a line-up of regional musicians and poets set to perform and bring the community together. Guests are also invited to bring their own chairs and rugs for a picnic.

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Music therapist Kim Edgar-Lane says singing releases endorphins, which raise feelings of well-being while reducing stress and anxiety. Photo: Envato

A Chorus Line vocal workshop

When: Saturday 12 November, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre, cnr Vulcan and Campbell sts, Moruya
Cost: $120, book here.

This vocal workshop with music therapist Kim Edgar-Lane is part of the Sunday Sessions workshop series held at The Bas once a month to help people explore their creative side. Kim will teach participants basic vocal techniques such as melody, harmony and rhythm, to build their vocal confidence in a safe and non-judgemental environment.

All Weekend

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Come along to the Health and Psychic Expo for a palm reading. Photo: Urbazon.

Health & Psychic Expo

When: Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Moruya Golf Club, cnr Evans and Murray sts, Moruya
Cost: $5, payable upon entry.

This exhibition invites kids and families to explore the market stalls of crystals, candles, jewellery, artwork, essential oils, divination tools, wind chimes, talismans, dream catchers, incense, smudge sticks, handmade soap, books, cards, giftware and more on offer. There’s also the chance to talk to psychics, experienced healers and mediums and attend live demonstrations, meditations and talks. Don’t forget to enter the raffle and giveaways for your chance to win prizes.

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The Garage Sale Trail is on in Queanbeyan this weekend. Photo: QPRC.

Garage Sale Trail

When: Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November, 7 am to 5 pm
Where: Various Queanbeyan locations
Cost: Free, register here.

An op-shoppers dream, this weekend (and again on 19 and 20 November) the Queanbeyan Garage Sale Trail and other trails across Australia bring you oodles of second-hand books, clothes, toys, outdoor items, furniture or more. Bargain hunters can head to any of the participating houses where people will be selling their pre-loved items across both weekends. Queanbeyan-Palerang Mayor Kenrick Winchester says the trail is the perfect way for residents to reduce waste, meet the neighbours and make or save a few bucks. It’s expected to divert about 10,000 kg of goods away from landfill.


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Flamenco Ensemble: Las Flamenkas is on this Sunday in Goulburn. Photo: GPAC.

Flamenco Ensemble: Las Flamenkas

When: Sunday 13 November, 4 pm to 6 pm
Where: Goulburn Performing Arts Centre, 163 Auburn Street, Goulburn
Cost: Under 18s $15, concession (student, seniors card, pensioner) $25, adult $30, book here.

Gather in Goulburn for a musical showcase of passionate and powerful Flamenco dancing with the Flamenco Ensemble’s show Las Flamenkas. This engaging and captivating will feature Australia’s leading Flamenco musicians and emerging Flamenco dancers performing a combination of traditional and contemporary Flamenco.

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The National Capital Orchestra is performing in Queanbeyan this month. Photo: QPRC.

The National Capital Orchestra – Brahms

When: Sunday 13 November, 3 pm
Where: The Q Theatre, 253 Crawford St, Queanbeyan
Cost: Under 17s and full time students $25, pensioners $35, seniors $45, adults $50, book here.

National Capital Orchestra presents its final concert for the year under the baton of music director Louis Sharpe, starting with a “mystery overture” by a highly talented German composer who was a contemporary of Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms. They will then be joined by talented soloist Teresa Rabe for the Canberra premiere of the flute concerto Night and Now by Elena Kats-Chernin. Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 will conclude the program.

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The Sapphire Coast Concert Band is performing this weekend at Quaama Hall. Photo: Sapphire Coast Concert Band, Facebook.

The Sapphire Coast Concert Band Spring Concert – Back Together

When: Sunday 13 November, 2 pm
Where: Quaama Hall, 38 Cobargo St, Quaama
Cost: Adults $15, concession $12, under 18s free, payable upon entry.

This is the second of two regional concerts that are generously supported by Bendigo Bank’s community funding scheme. It celebrates the return to the stage after some difficult years with bushfires and COVID-19. Directed by Dr Sandy Glass, the Concert Band will present a program of new and traditional concert band repertoire and some toe-tapping arrangements of familiar tunes. Artists including Cherie Glanville and the Stillwater Trio will join the Band for a few numbers and perform a solo set of jazz and pop pieces.

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