27 March 2023

Nine things to do in the region this week (24 - 30 March)

| Claire Sams
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Yass Railway Museum Picnic Day 2022

Yass Railway Museum, pictured in 2022. The organisation has big plans for this year. Photograph: Supplied.

If you’re looking for something to help you relax after a long week of work or school, we have something you’re sure to enjoy. Read on and take your pick of the upcoming events!

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Festival of Bees poster

Bee there or bee square! Image: The Queanbeyan Hive/Facebook.

Queanbeyan’s Festival of Bees

When: 24 to 26 March, see program
Where: The Queanbeyan Hive, 274 Crawford Street in Queanbeyan
Cost: Entry by gold coin.

Can you bee-lieve that you can take part in a range of bee themed workshops, presentations, children’s activities and more throughout the three-day festival? But while bees are the focus, there will also be plenty more for festivalgoers to enjoy. You can also check out the live music, face painting, food vendors, and a licensed bar.

Studio Altenburg poster

Time is running out to check out this exhibition. Image: Studio Altenburg/Facebook.

“Silent Conversations” exhibition

When: Until 25 March; see gallery opening hours
Where: 104 Wallace St, Braidwood NSW
Cost: Free entry.

This exhibition features the work of three artists – Basil Hall, Sandra Shrubb and Slavica Zivkovic – across several kinds of printmaking media, such as etching, screen printing and relief prints. But this exhibition will come to a close over the weekend, meaning time is running out to see the works.


Harmony Week poster

Diversity in Goulburn will be on display in the park. Image: Goulburn Multicultural Centre/Facebook.

Goulburn Multicultural Harmony Day

When: 24 March, 11 am to 1 pm
Where: Belmore Park, 173 Auburn Street, Goulburn
Cost: Free entry.

Organised by the Goulburn Multicultural Centre, the event will feature cultural dance and a barbecue while the crowd shares their diverse cultures.

Cootamundra Rodeo sign

Gather for excitement amid bucking bulls to finish your week. Image: Cootamundra Rodeo.

Cootamundra Bucking Bull Futurity

When: 24 March, gates open at 5 pm for a 6 pm start
Where: Cootamundra Rodeo Grounds
Cost: Adult $15; 12 to 18 years and aged pension $10; under 12 free.

While there is not a full rodeo running this year, there will be plenty of bucking bulls to keep everyone entertained. There will also be food and market stalls, as well as a jumping castle to keep the youngsters entertained.


Festival of Lights

Last year’s running of the Festival of Lights was a success and organisers are hoping it will be just as big in 2023. Photo: Business Cootamundra/Facebook.

Festival of Lights

When: 25 March, 6 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Parker Street, Cootamundra
Cost: Free entry.

Tables will be set out along the street, giving festivalgoers a place to sit and relax after a long week and enjoy the shining lights, pop-up bar and live music. There will be a range of attractions that will make perfect Instagram shots, such as the ‘Mirror Man’ and LED-lit fairy wings and a light tunnel people can walk through. When it comes time for dinner, various restaurants and pubs will be open and several community groups will also be selling food as a fundraiser, or you could dig into a picnic basket.

Tri Batemans Bay poster

If you know someone competing or if you are, then good luck! Image: Elite Energy Events/Facebook.

Tri Batemans Bay Festival

When: 25 March
Where: Various; see program
Cost: For single entrants to register on the day, entry costs $250; for teams to register on the day, entry costs $300.

The Tri Batemans Bay Festival is returning for 2023, with competitors set to swim, cycle and run their way to the finish line in the beautiful surroundings of Tomakin. If you’re looking to make a last-minute entry or you want to go down and support the competitors, head down to join those gathered on Saturday. The day will come to a close with a dinner and presentation at Tomakin Sports Club from 5:30 pm.

Market day poster

Contribute to a great cause and have a browse at the same time. Image: CWA of NSW – Nowra Branch/Facebook.

CWA Nowra’s Market Day

When: 25 March, from 8 am
Where: Berry Street, Nowra
Cost: Free entry.

The Nowra branch of the CWA is set to hold a fundraiser market day this weekend, with plenty of items for sale (or for eating)! There will be jewellery, cold drinks, a raffle, sausage sizzle, chutney, plants, secondhand books, cakes and more on offer.

Tony and Samantha Mernagh

Tony and Samantha Mernagh in front of one of the Yass Railway Museum’s collection items. Image: Supplied.

Yass Railway Museum Artisan Markets

When: 26 March, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: 3 Crago Street, Yass
Cost: Free entry.

The Yass Railway Museum Artisan Markets are back for March after they started in late February with a strong showing. This Sunday, a range of local produce and handmade crafts will be available, as well as food and drink to keep everyone fed. The Yass Valley Men’s Shed and the Good Vibes Choir will also be on hand.


Melanoma Awareness Day poster

Awareness and fun activities combine in an event organised to raise knowledge and awareness among locals. Image: Pambula Melanoma Awareness Day in memory of Tracey Beasley/Facebook.

Pambula Melanoma Awareness Day

When: 26 March, 11 am to 4 pm
Where: 1 Pambula Beach Road, Pambula Beach
Cost: Free entry.

An event with a message is on this Sunday, with an awareness day organised in memory of local mother Tracey Beasley, who passed away from melanoma. There will be skin checks, live music, pony rides, face painting, mini golf, a magician, a raffle, and much more planned.

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