20 May 2022

Nine things to do in the region this week (20 – 26 May)

| Evelyn Karatzas
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Are you a fan of concerts, live music and festivals? There’s something for everyone this weekend in the regions. Photo: File.

There’s plenty to do in the regions this weekend, especially if you love live music and comedy, mindfulness meditation, art and the outdoors.

Running across the weekend, Billy Joel-inspired band The Story and Songs of Billy Joel will be performing a two-hour concert in Queanbeyan and on Friday one of Australia’s top female DJs, DJ Tigerlily is performing in Wagga Wagga.

On Saturday, there’s a stand-up comedy night in Batemans Bay featuring David Smiedt and Sean Woodland, the Queanbeyan Kangaroos Rugby League Football Club is hosting a ‘Ladies Day’ picnic and the Fitz Fest is taking over Wagga Wagga with live music featuring the most exciting local talent.

To end the weekend, there’s a meditating and cacao tasting ceremony at the Soul Tribe Studio on the South Coast, a Pinot and Picasso painting afternoon in Wagga Wagga, Benji Fowler is performing at the Tilba Valley and Brad Cox is performing in Jindabyne for the first time in two years.

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Man at piano

This two-hour concert is one not to be missed! Photo: Billy Joel Tribute Concert Australia Facebook.

My life- The Story & Songs of Billy Joel

When: Saturday 21 May and Sunday 22 May, 8 pm – 10 pm
Where: Bicentennial Hall, 253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Tickets are from $27 and can be booked here.

Anthony Mara and his world-class band are rolling into Queanbeyan for the first time this weekend with the show MY LIFE featuring the Story & Songs of Billy Joel, which celebrate a remarkable career.

The two-hour show will feature many hit songs spanning the past 50 years such as Piano Man, New York State of Mind, Honesty, Uptown Girl plus many more.


DJ Tigerlily on the decks

DJ Tigerlily is coming to Wagga Wagga this Friday night. Photo: Tigerlily Facebook.

Tigerlily at Playground Nightclub Wagga

When: Friday 20 May, from 9 pm
Where: Playground Nightclub, 109 Baylis Street Wagga Wagga
Cost: Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

DJ Tigerlily is one of Australia’s premier producers and DJs. The Universal Music signed Sydney artist has more than 10 years experience in the industry and has earned a reputation for having one of the country’s most electrifying shows. She is a versatile and evolving artist focusing on driving the Australian electronic music scene forward.

Tigerlily has also been voted Australia’s number one female DJ three years in a row and is recognised all over Australia and the world, having performed on the stages of the world’s biggest festivals including Lollapalooza, Ultra Music Festival and Tomorrowland.


Comedian David Smiedt doing stand up

Get ready to laugh your socks off with David Smiedt and Sean Woodland at the stand-up comedy night in Batemans Bay. Photo: David Smiedt Comedy and Writing Facebook.

Stand up comedy night featuring David Smiedt and Sean Woodland

When: Saturday 21 May, from 7:30 pm
Where: Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, 6 Beach Rd, Batemans Bay
Cost: Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

This Saturday night, the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club hosts a comedy night featuring David Smiedt and Sean Woodland.

David’s comedy is described as warm, uplifting and intelligent and has joined international stages alongside the likes of American actress and comedian Joan Rivers. He treads a fine line of disarming self-deprecation, charming the audience with neat, witty trivia and masterful puns. This comedy show is strictly 18 years and over.

Flyer for Queanbeyan Kangaroos Ladies Day picnic

The Kangaroos Club is calling all the ladies to come down to Freebody Oval for a picnic this Saturday. Photo: Queanbeyan Roos Facebook.

Queanbeyan Kangaroos Ladies Day 2022

When: Saturday 21 May, 1- 5 pm
Where: Freebody Oval, 71 Richard Avenue, Crestwood
Cost: Tickets are $30 and can be booked here.

The Queanbeyan Kangaroos Rugby League Football Club is excited to announce their Ladies Day for 2022. Ladies of all ages are invited to come for a ‘Picnic on the Green’ at Freebody Oval, where a light lunch and refreshments (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be offered.

Ladies can watch the First Grade and Reserve Grade teams take on the Yass Magpies. Tickets include entry into the Ladies Day raffle, including prizes from local businesses.

Flyer for Fitz Fest

See some of Wagga Wagga’s most talented musicians perform this weekend at Fitz Fest. Photo: Fitz Fest Wagga Wagga Facebook.


When: Saturday 21 May, 10 am – 11 pm
Where: Various venues and locations in Fitzmaurice Street, Fitzmaurice Street, Wagga Wagga
Cost: Free.

Fitz Fest is a free original music festival featuring the most exciting local musical talent from Wagga Wagga at multiple venues all day and until late along Fitzmaurice Street. Expect incredible bands, sensual soloists and delightful duos with genres ranging from opera to heavy metal, country to indie rock, electronic pop and everything in-between.

This festival has something for everyone, with music performed at The Curious Rabbit, Romanos, The Duke Hotel, Thirsty Crow, Meccanico and The Riv throughout the day, and several shops and courtyards presenting some feature artists and buskers.


Girl holding tea and lying on grass

Get ready to relax your mind, body and soul as you try a plant-based medicine at the Soul Tribe Studio. Photo: Soul Tribe Studio Facebook.

Cacao Ceremony with Jordan & Clare Lovelace — Soul Tribe Studio

When: Sunday 22 May, 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Where: Soul Tribe Studio, 57 Beach road Catalina, Batemans Bay
Cost: Tickets are $24 and can be purchased here.

Join The Cacao Club this Sunday morning in Batemans Bay for a morning cacao ritual to open your heart, connect your soul and find peace with meditation. The experience invites people to come together, meditate and try an ancient plant medicine used for thousands of years to support a deep connection to one’s self and the earth.

It is recommended to avoid eating or drinking coffee for at least two hours before the event, as ingesting the cacao on an empty stomach will allow you to gain the full benefits of this medicine.

Painting of palm trees against sunset

Are you ready to paint like Picasso this Sunday? Photo: Paint and Picasso.

Pinot and Picasso – Cotton Candy Skies

When: Sunday 22 May, 2 pm – 4:30 pm
Where: Pinot and Picasso, G73A Baylis St, Wagga Wagga
Cost: Tickets are $49 and can be purchased here.

Are you looking for a way to relax and unwind this Sunday? Look no further than Pinot and Picasso in Wagga Wagga, where you can unleash your inner artist. This event is open to all ages and welcomes BYO alcohol and nibbles, or you can purchase them there.

Tickets include a blank canvas, acrylic paints, brushes, table easel, a Pinot & Picasso apron and, most importantly, glassware for your beverages.

Musician Benji Fowler in a paddleboat

Check out Benji and the Saltwater Sound System performance in Tilba this weekend. Photo: Benji Fowler Facebook.

Benji Fowler @tilbavalley

When: Sunday 22 May, from 12 pm
Where: Tilba Valley Winery & Ale House, 947 Old Hwy, Central Tilba
Cost: Free entry.

This Sunday musician Benji Fowler, best known for his successful NSW bands and musical projects, takes over the Tilba Valley Winery and Ale House. Since returning from the Solomon Islands in 2015, Benji has formed his own band, Benji and the Saltwater Sound System, which has already gained an excellent reputation in the Australian music scene.

His music consists of hypnotic soundscapes, catchy melodies and beautifully poignant lyrics, which combine pacific flavours with sounds of the Australian East Coast. Benji has also played at many festivals including the Woodford Folk Festival, the National Folk Festival, Peak Festival, Granite Town, Summer Rhythm, Palm Creek Folk Festival, Sydney Blues Festival, Springfest and Illawarra Folk Festival.

Singer songwriter Brad Cox in a sunset

Brad Cox is going to be debuting new music in Jindabyne this weekend. Photo: Brad Cox Facebook.

Brad Cox

When: Sunday 22 May, from 7 pm
Where: 8228 The Snowy River Way, Jindabyne
Cost: Tickets are $49 and can be purchased here.

Brad Cox is coming back to his roots in Jindabyne this weekend as part of his first full band headline tour in two years.

The Sony Music signed and ARIA and Golden Guitar nominated artist will be touring in support of his brand new single What Brought You Back, which he describes as “a classic breakup song, written in an afternoon in Nashville with the homies Phil Barton and Dave Thompson”.

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