25 March 2022

Nine things to do in the region this week (25 - 31 March)

| Evelyn Karatzas
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Karen Lee Andrews is one of the many talented performers set to perform at the Moruya Blues and Roots Festival. Photo: Moruya Blues and Roots Festival Facebook.

There’s lots to do this week in the regions, especially if you’re a fan of live music and fun, family-friendly entertainment.

On Friday, the Moruya Blues and Roots Festival will kick off the weekend, the King of Pigs will hit the Q Theatre in Queanbeyan, the Flying-Fox Spectacular will soar into Batemans Bay and Merv Moriarty and Prue Acton will hold the opening night for an exhibition of their artwork Moruya.

Saturday welcomes the 98th Batlow Show, which is jam-packed with lots of fun for the whole family and Goulburn is having its first official opening of their word-class hockey complex amid much fanfare.

To end the week, traditional outdoor music event Brass on the Grass will take place at Hall to fundraise for the Museum in Tilba and Western Australian musicians Laine and Levi will continue their national tour at the Dromedary Hotel.

Next Thursday, the Riverina Producers Market returns to cater to all your fresh fruit and vegetable needs. BYO basket as you won’t be going home empty-handed.

All weekend

Man playing guitar on stage

The Moruya Blues and Roots Festival takes place this weekend. Photo: Moruya Blues and Roots Festival Facebook.

Moruya Blues and Roots Festival

When: Friday 25 March, Saturday 26 March, 5 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: 1-5 Princes Hwy, Moruya NSW 2537
Cost: Tickets from $59 can be purchased here.

Following a successful sold-out event in 2021, Orphan Music & Moruya Waterfront Hotel presents the Blues & Roots Festival in 2022. Spread over two days, this 18 and over event is filled with food, drinks and plenty of entertainment, with a great line-up including Karen Lee Andrews, Roshani, 19-Twenty, The Soul Movers, Hussy Hicks Q.L.D, Greg Nunan, Smoke Stack Rhino V.I.C, The Sunbears A.C.T, Laine & Levi, Mike Elrington V.I.C and Claude Hay & The Kung Fu Mustard.

Promotional photo depicting woman pushing walls

King of Pigs kicks off at the Q Theatre on Thursday 24 March. Photo: The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre Facebook.

King of Pigs

When: Friday 25 March 8 pm and Saturday 26 March 2 pm and 8 pm
Where: The Q Theatre, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 253 Crawford St, Queanbeyan, NSW
Cost: Tickets are from $30 and can be purchased here.

Written by Steve Rodgers and directed by Blazey Best, King of Pigs is a new and exciting play exploring the issue of violence against women. The audience is taken on a powerful journey through the lives of multiple women in both familiar and terrifying situations. This play explores four different worlds sharing one space; the home. It will be performed at the Q Theatre all weekend.


Flying fox

The Flying-Fox Spectacular takes place this Saturday at Club Catalina. Photo: Eurobodalla Shire Council.

Flying-Fox Spectacular

When: Friday 25 March, 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Club Catalina, 154 Beach Rd, Batemans Bay NSW
Cost: Free entry, register here.

This Saturday the ‘grey-headed flying fox fly out’ spectacle – an opportunity for people to learn some fascinating facts about this threatened species at the Catalina Country Club golf course. The event welcomes people of all ages however, as it starts from sunset until dark, children must be supervised. Make sure to bring your torch, binoculars and a chair or picnic rug.


Merv Moriarty’s Wine Glass Cove 111 and Prue Acton’s Sunflower#1. Photo: The Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre.

Merv Moriarty, Colour ll and Prue Acton, Yellow Works Opening Night

When: Friday 25 March, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre, corner of Vulcan and Campbell Streets, Moruya, NSW
Cost: Free entry, register here.

This Friday night, the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre will present a joint exhibition of Merv Moriarty and Prue Acton’s works. The opening night will commence with speeches at 6 pm and people are invited to view the beautiful artworks and enjoy some drinks and nibbles.

Merv Moriarty’s Colour II is inspired by his successful 2016 exhibition Colour, held in Brisbane to commemorate the Flying Arts Alliance’s 45th Anniversary. Prue Acton’s Yellow Works combines the use of soft pastels with her love of nature depicted in daisies, autumn fruits and wattles.


Display flowers

Flowers will be among the many displays at the Batlow Show. Photo: Batlow Show Facebook.

Batlow Show

When: Saturday 26 March, 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Memorial Avenue Batlow, NSW
Cost: Tickets are from $1 and can be purchased upon arrival.

In a town ravaged by bushfires that has spent the past two years rebuilding, the 98th Batlow Show will check all the boxes of a traditional country show. The event will feature plenty of fun activities for everyone including the Sian Brigid Circus, bungee trampolines, the Old Kentucky animal farm, dodgem cars and a rock-climbing wall for the kids.

There will also be horses, fresh fruit and produce for sale, jams, jellies, art, flowers, crafts and needlework on display, a ‘tiny tots’ competition for two to six-year-olds and a showgirl competition for up to 18-year-old girls to compete in.

People playing hockey

The CL1 Women’s hockey team will be playing their debut game against Canberra at 1:30 pm this Saturday (26 March). Photo: Goulburn District Hockey Association Facebook.

Official Opening of the Goulburn Regional Hockey Centre

When: Saturday 26 March, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Goulburn Hockey Centre, Finlay Road, Goulburn, NSW
Cost: Free entry.

Goulburn is set to score goals this weekend when the city’s $7 million world-class hockey facility opens. The celebrations will include a free sausage sizzle and games for the kids as well as ‘come and try’ hockey activities.

This family-friendly event is free and allows kids and their families to learn more about their local hockey clubs, with professional coaches making appearances on the day and hockey games for all to see.


Musicians playing music outdoors to a live audience

Brass on the Grass takes place this Saturday at the Hall School Museum. Photo: Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre Facebook.

Brass on the Grass

When: Saturday 26 March, 12 pm – 6 pm
Where: Hall School Museum, 17-19 Palmer Street, Hall, ACT
Cost: Free entry.

This Saturday marks the 14th annual Brass on the Grass brass band concert. Back by popular demand, it will feature Canberra Brass, Victoria Street Brass, Queanbeyan Junior Brass and Canberra’s premier male acapella chorus – the Canberra Chordsmen.

Held on the lawns of the Museum, it’s a major fundraiser for the institution, which has struggled over the past two years. It will give people an opportunity to bring their families and friends, have a picnic and experience a traditional “band in the park” concert. The Museum itself will be open from 12 to 4 pm, and the concert kicks off from 4 pm.

Two musicians

Laine & Levi will be performing live this Sunday in Tilba. Photo: Dromedary Hotel Facebook.

Sunday Arvo Session – Laine & Levi

When: Sunday 27 March, 4 pm to 7 pm
Where: Dromedary Hotel, 14 Bate St, Central Tilba, NSW
Cost: Free entry.

This Sunday the feel-good rock duo from Western Australia make their way to Tilba. Come along to the Dromedary Hotel to watch them perform everything from the Creedence Clearwater Revival to the country blues fingerpicking of Doc Watson.

They are currently travelling the country in their vintage Winnebago whilst on their first national tour.


A variety of fresh produce

Riverina Producers Market is run by producers for food lovers. Photo: VisitNSW.

Riverina Producers Market

When: Thursday 31 March, 1 pm – 6:30 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Showground, Bourke Street
Cost: Free.

Producers themselves run the Riverina Producers Market to connect with people who love good food. Come down and enjoy a variety of stalls selling fresh and prepared foods, food-related products and complementary homewares.

Some products include meat, fruit, vegetables, cheeses, bread, honey, jams, berries, pickles, sweet treats, chocolates and plenty more.

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