17 February 2023

Nine things to do in the region this week (17 to 23 February)

| Evelyn Karatzas
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Bega Show

Come along to the Bega Show this weekend and enjoy a selection of carnival games. Photo: Kate Howarth.

Have you got your weekend plans sorted out yet?

We have several events that will keep you entertained whether you’re living in or visiting Goulburn, Yass, Sutton, Batemans Bay, Queanbeyan or Bega.

If you love attending shows, Bega’s annual event is making a return, there’s also a music festival and fashion market in Goulburn, a llama and alpaca experience, a beekeeping workshop and a market in Yass, a car show and market in Queanbeyan and a walk for dementia in Batemans Bay.

What will you go to?

All weekend

Demolition derby

The Bega Show’s demolition derby always brings in a large crowd. Photo: Bega Show Facebook.

Bega Show

When: Friday to Sunday, 17-19 February (various times)
Where: Bega Showgrounds, 1 Upper Street, Bega
Cost: Tickets are from $5 and can be purchased here.

The Bega Show is back to celebrate its 151st year.

Scheduled for 17-19 February, it promises its annual demolition derby, flower, plant and produce displays, freestyle aerial bike acts, cooking competitions, animals and more.

There will also be plenty of food vans and music, as well as fireworks on the Saturday night. For as little as $5 entry per person, there’s so much to enjoy across the three days.


Vibesfest Goulburn

Vibesfest returns this weekend. Photo: Goulburn Australia.

Vibesfest Goulburn

When: Saturday, 18 February, 12 pm to 9 pm
Where: 173 Auburn Street, Goulburn
Cost: Free.

Goulburn’s annual youth music festival is returning to Belmore Park.

The free event, Vibesfest, is coming back bigger and better than ever, and this time will feature performances from local high school bands, heaps of entertainment and a special performance from Richard Joyce.

llamas and alpacas

Come and pet a llama or alpaca this weekend. Photo: Visit Yass Valley.

Alpacas and Llamas workshop

When: Saturday, 18 February, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: 2771 Sutton Road, Sutton
Cost: Tickets are $95 per person and can be purchased here.

Ever wanted to get up close and personal with an alpaca or llama? This weekend you can.

Taking place in Sutton is a hands-on workshop where you can meet and interact with 100 alpacas and llamas and learn about them too. Limited places are available, so get in quick.


Come and learn about beekeeping this weekend in Yass. Photo: Eventbrite.

Introduction to Beekeeping

When: Saturday, 18 February, 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Yass Soldiers Club, 86 Meehan Street, Yass
Cost: Tickets are $155 per person and can be purchased here.

Buzzing to learn about beekeeping? There’s a one-day workshop in Yass this weekend that’s here to teach you all the basics.

Participants will learn about beekeeping work health and safety, bee behaviours, various hive types, responsible beekeeping practices and bee pests and diseases. They can watch a demonstration of hive components, start their own hives and learn how to manage them.

Yass Community Markets

Yass Community Markets are held on the first and third Saturdays of every month. Photo: Yass Community Markets.

Yass Community Markets

When: Saturday, 18 February, from 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Yass Soldiers Community Hall, 82 Comur Street, Yass
Cost: Free.

If you’re an early riser who loves visiting markets, there’s one in Yass you won’t want to miss. At the Yass Community Markets, you’ll find a selection of local wines, jams, sauces and craft items, as well as oils, baked goods and coffee and juices.

There’ll also be plenty of plants, fresh vegetables, fruit and homemade food and goods on offer.

wardrobe clean-out

Clean out your wardrobes this summer at Goulburn Library. Photo: Fotoksa, iStock.

Love What You Wear – Fashion Workshop and Clothes Swap

When: Saturday, 18 February, 2 to 5 pm
Where: Goulburn Mulwaree Library, 184/194 Bourke St, Goulburn
Cost: Free.

Do you have unwanted clothes that just sit in your wardrobe and are never worn? If you do, then why not swap them for something new?

Goulburn Library is set to host a presentation by Jane Fleming, who will discuss fashion that suits all body types, as well as what colours and shapes suit different figures, and tips on where and what to buy for all seasons and budgets. There will also be conversations regarding how to upcycle your clothes and make the most of what you have.

The presentation will be followed by a clothes swap, where you’ll be invited to bring along one to seven items to exchange for something new. They can be anything from handmade to retro, vintage or branded clothes; as long as they’re clean and in good condition, you’re welcome to swap them.

What are you waiting for? It’s the perfect time to clean out those wardrobes!



Come and check out all the cars on display in Queanbeyan this weekend. Photo: Eventbrite.

Shannon’s Wheels Car Display 2023

When: Sunday, 19 February, from 10 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Queanbeyan Showground, Glebe Avenue, Queanbeyan
Cost: Free.

If you love cars, you won’t want to miss this event.

The Shannon’s Wheels charity car and bike display is returning to the Queanbeyan Showground this weekend and you’re invited. Vehicles from the early days of motoring right up to the latest generation of EVs will be on show.

Memory Walk & Jog

A group photo from one of the Memory Walk & Jog events last year. Photo: Dementia.org.

Batemans Bay Memory Walk and Jog

When: Sunday, 19 February, from 8 am
Where: Rotary Park, Batemans Bay
Cost: Registration is from $12.50 per person, register here.

A special pop-up fundraising event is coming to Batemans Bay for the first time this weekend. It invites people to walk, jog or run around Rotary Park to help beat dementia.

The event, Memory Walk and Jog, is a vital fundraiser held for Dementia Australia to help fund research, support, education and resources for those living with dementia and their families.

Fresh Lilly

Fresh Lilly stall at the Queanbeyan Market. Photo: The Queanbeyan Market.

Queanbeyan Monthly Markets

When: Sunday, 19 February, from 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Campbell street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Free.

The Queanbeyan Markets are back for their monthly appearance at Queanbeyan Park and you’re invited to come along. Here you’ll find lots of homemade items, upcycled, recycled and preloved pieces, children’s stalls, homewares, crafts and more. There’s also plenty of delicious food and fresh coffee to enjoy.

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