The last weekend of autumn is here and there’s no better time to head out into the region to see what’s going on.
For Reconciliation Day in Queanbeyan, there will be a guided cultural walk with Justine Brown on Saturday, 29 May.
Music lovers can spend all weekend in Moruya for its Blues & Roots Festival, or in Batemans Bay for the Next Exit Festival.
Frock and Troll will also put on a Saturday evening show at Navigate Arts in Tanja.
Why not get the whole family together in Pambula for Melanoma Awareness Day, or celebrate National Pie Day on 1 June.
Perhaps you might want to try some wines in Murrumbateman, or visit Yass Community Market for some fresh produce and crafts.
Whatever you do, have a great week, everyone!
Moruya Blues & Roots Festival 2021
When: Friday, 28 May, and Saturday, 29 May, from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Where: Moruya Waterfront Hotel Motel
Cost: $39 to $99 – book online.
Moruya Waterfront Hotel Motel and Orphan Music present the inaugural Moruya Blues & Roots Festival across a massive two nights.
With 12 bands and one stage, this is an event not to be missed.
It’s an over-18 event, but attendees are asked to contact the Hotel if they need to bring dependents.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid Junior performed by Spectrum Little Actors’ Theatre (SPLAT)
When: Saturday, 29 May, at 7:00 pm, and Sunday, 30 May, at 2:00 pm
Where: Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre, Zingel Place, Bega
Cost: $35.50 – book online.
Directed and choreographed by Amber Little, the wonderful and colourful production of The Little Mermaid Junior will run until Saturday, 19 June, with performances exclusively on weekends.
Next Exit Festival
When: Friday, 28 May, from 4:00 pm
Where: Mackay Park, Batemans Bay
Cost: $95.05 – book online.
Mackay Park in Batemans Bay hosts the Next Exit Festival, headlined by psych-rock outfit Ocean Alley – who had the number one song, Confidence, in Triple J’s Hottest 100 in 2019 – and also featuring Spacey Jane, Dear Seattle, CLEWS and Merci, Mercy.
Frock and Troll at Navigate Arts
When: Saturday, 29 May from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Navigate Arts @ the Old Tanja Church, Tanja
Cost: Varies from free to $25 – book online.
Gus and Sherri Olding are the original Frock and Troll (Folk Rock Traditional Roll). For nearly 30 years they have been playing together and separately with many bands and musicians, and they will be performing for a special evening in Tanja.
There will be vegetarian food to purchase and the event is BYO.
Reconciliation Week Cultural Walk
When: Saturday, 29 May, from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Morisset Street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Free – see Facebook for more info.
In honour of Reconciliation Week, Queanbeyan Uniting Church is inviting members and the wider community to a Cultural Walk along Queanbeyan River with Justine Brown from Mulleun Dreaming.
Let’s Wine Together
When: Saturday, 29 May, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Murrumbateman Recreation Hall
Cost: $27.46 – book online.
Let’s Wine Together will be showcasing drops from Jeir Creek Winery during a seated winetasting event.
There will be music, prizes, grazing platters and plenty of new and old friends to mingle with.
Yass Community Market
When: Saturday, 29 May from 10:00 am
Where: 62 Comur Street, Yass
Cost: Free entry. For more information, visit the Yass Valley event page.
Yass Community Market is held on the first and third Saturday of each month at the Yass Memorial Hall. Stalls include a variety of local produce including jams, sauces, oils and baked items along with arts and crafts.
Pambula Melanoma Awareness Day in memory of Tracey Beasley
When: Sunday, 30 May, from 11:00 am to 4:00pm
Where: Discovery Parks, Pambula
Cost: Free – see Facebook for more info.
A free, fun-filled family community day with activities for young and old is to be held in memory of Tracey Beasley, who tragically lost her battle with melanoma.
There will be live music, performing arts displays, mega games, vintage cars, a kids’ corner, jumping pillow, mini golf, food, fun competitions and prizes up for grabs.
Come to the event’s Health Hub for information on melanoma prevention from local health professionals.
National Pie Day
When: Tuesday, 1 June
Where: Southern Highlands (as well as every pie store across Australia)
All roads lead to pie as you head to the Southern Highlands’ Pie Trail.
The suggested ‘pietinerary’ starts at Mittagong and ends at Sutton Forest, with plenty of pie stops along the way.
Or you can just head to your nearest bakery and chomp down on whatever their specialty is.