17 March 2023

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

| Claire Sams
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Belinda Reynolds from the Yass Pony Club, life member Graham Robertson and Yass Show president Anne Hazell led a working bee in preparation for the 2023 Yass Show. Photo: Yass Show Society.

From agricultural shows to comedy to blues music, there’s something on for everyone in the coming week!

The Bombala and Yass Shows are returning for 2023, both with busy schedules full of events, competitions and attractions. Goulburn Comic Con is returning after a four-year hiatus, the Festival of Colours is coming to Goulburn and individuals can gather in Moruya for a fundraiser for domestic violence efforts.

Meanwhile, blues music and barbecues will be the focus in Tumut and the Taste of Eden Festival will showcase the best of the Eden region’s food and drink.

Multiple days

Bombala Show poster

The Bombala Show is set to return in 2023 with a packed schedule over two days. Image: Bombala Show/Facebook.

Bombala Show

When: 18 – 19 March, from 8 am
Where: Bombala Showground, Wellington Street, Bombala
Cost: Adult tickets $10, child (six years and over)/student/pensioner tickets $5, child tickets (five and under) are free and family tickets (for two adults and two children) $25; book here.

The Bombala Exhibition Society have put together another packed schedule for the Bombala Show. The first day will be the Community Show Day, while the second will be the Hack, Hunter and Breed Horse Show. Across the two days, there will be livestock exhibits, floral displays, art and craft displays, wood chopping, horse sports and more.


Nick Schuller facing the camera with a black and smoky background wearing a white shirt covered in patches of ash.

Schuller began work on Fire Brand a year ago, first performing it at this year’s Adelaide Fringe Festival. Photo: Nick Robertson.

Fire Brand comedy show

When: 17 March, 8 pm
Where: The Courtyard Studio within the Canberra Theatre Centre
Cost: $22, not including ticketing fee of $5.95; book here.

Comedian Nick Schuller draws on his experiences of New Year’s Eve 2019 in Batemans Bay, when his family home burned down in the Black Summer bushfires. He now lives in Melbourne, but will be stopping by Canberra for the Canberra Comedy Festival. He will be performing in the Courtyard Studio in the Canberra Theatre Centre.


people dressed in cosplay

The Goulburn Comic Con is returning after a four-year wait. Photo: Goulburn Comic Con/Facebook.

Goulburn Comic Con

When: 18 March, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Goulburn Recreation Area, 47-131 Braidwood Road
Cost: Free entry, gaming competitions need prior online registration.

Goulburn Comic Con will return on Saturday (18 March), bringing four years of anticipation to an end. It will be the place to be for all fans of gaming, comics, cosplay, wrestling matches, esports and more. Aussie NightMarkets will also be attending from noon to make sure everyone is fuelled up and ready to celebrate all things geeky, nerdy and creative.

Domestic violence colour run.

Get ready to be covered in colour and have some fun at this weekend’s Youth Against Domestic Violence Colour Run. Photo: Supplied.

Youth Against Domestic Violence Colour Run

When: 18 March, 10 am to 1 pm
Where: Riverside Park, Ford Street, Moruya
Cost: Free entry, though registration is needed.

This fundraiser seeks to shine light on a difficult topic. Participants can run or walk a five-kilometre path with various activity stations at Moruya’s Riverside Park, individually or in a team, and even dunk their fellow runners. The money raised through the raffles and activities will be passed on to the Eurobodalla Domestic Violence Committee to assist with their works.

A flyer for the Festival of Colours event in Goulburn

The Festival of Colours will be a colourful celebration in Goulburn this weekend. Image: Festival of Colours Goulburn/Facebook.

Festival of Colours Goulburn

When: 18 March, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Victoria Park, Goulburn
Cost: Free entry.

Colour is coming to Goulburn, and you can celebrate at a Hindu festival! There will be a live DJ, dance performances, colour-throwing sessions, food stalls and family activities.

Music festival

Local bands and international acts will be coming to Tumut for a music festival that is sure to rock your socks off. Photo: Supplied.

Rock the Turf Inc. Presents Blues, Brews & BBQs

When: 18 March, gates open from 11:30 am
Where: Riverglade Caravan Park, Snowy Mountains Highway, Tumut
Cost: Tickets for children under 12 are free, children aged 12-17 pay $28.58, and adults pay $63.34; book here.

You can party near the Tumut River to the sounds of local and national acts. The line-up includes local bands, James Southwell, Owen Campbell, 19-Twenty, Roshani and Black Sorrows. There will also be a range of food and drink stalls to make sure no one goes hungry.

Five men in shearing shed.

Barry O’Mara, centre, with some volunteer shearers after cleaning out the shearing shed before the last show. Photo: Yass Show Society.

Yass Show

When: 18 March, 8 am to 5 pm
Where: Yass Showground, 27 Grand Junction Road, Yass
Cost: Adult tickets $10, child tickets (5-18 years) $5, child tickets (under 5) are free and family tickets $25; book here.
The Yass Show will return for a one-day extravaganza for its 160th anniversary. Among the attractions and competitions will be shearing, wood chopping, show jumping, a range of livestock events, a farmyard nursery, a magician and the Yass Dog Show. Additionally, there will be kids activities to keep youngsters entertained, while pets will face off in the pet competition.


Music, aromas, sparkling waters, and a sprawling lawn at Seahorse Inn. Photo: Lisa Herbert

Music, aromas, sparkling waters, and a sprawling lawn at Seahorse Inn. Photo: Lisa Herbert.

Taste of Eden Festival

When: 19 March, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Seahorse Inn, Boydtown Park Road, Boydtown
Cost: Free entry.

Foodies will be converging on Seahorse Inn when the Taste of Eden Festival returns for another year. Attendees will be able to listen to live music and taste food, vodka, gin and wines from local producers as they relax in the sun and take in the view.

The Cooma Rotary Markets

The Cooma Rotary Markets are returning this weekend – and with plenty of stallholders, something is sure to tickle your fancy. Photo: Cooma Rotary Club Inc./Facebook.

Cooma Rotary Markets

When: 19 March, 9 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Centennial Park, Sharp Street, Cooma
Cost: Free entry.

Market-goers can browse a variety of stalls, with vendors selling local produce, antiques, arts and craft, eggs, bric-a-brac, plants and much more. The markets have been run and organised by Cooma Rotary Club for more than 20 years, with proceeds going towards the club’s projects.

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