28 May 2021

Nine things to do in the region this week (28 May-3 June)

| Lottie Twyford
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Guitarist playing onstage

The inaugural Moruya Blues & Roots Festival will hit the coastal town on Friday, 28 May, and Saturday, 29 May. Photo: Moruya Blues & Roots Festival.

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!

All weekend

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.

Ocean Alley

Ocean Alley will be performing at Next Exit Festival on Friday, 28 May. Photo: Next Exit Festival.


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' image

Frock and Troll give a nod to the traditional music that inspires them. Image: Frock and Troll.


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.

NSW EPA officer checks pollution levels at Queanbeyan River

Queanbeyan River will be the site of the Reconciliation Week Cultural Walk on Saturday, 29 May. Photo: NSW Environment Protection Authority.

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.

Woman holding produce at Yass Community Market

Yass Valley is ready to welcome you to its community market. Photo: Visit Yass Valley.

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.

Tracey Beasley surrounded by her three children

South Coast mother Tracey Beasley will be remembered at the Pambula Melanoma Awareness Day on Sunday, 30 May. Photo: Rachael Gordon.


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.

Fruit pies

Do you prefer your pies sweet or savoury? Either way, tuck into one on National Pie Day on Tuesday, 1 June. Photo: Kelly Eastwood.


National Pie Day

When: Tuesday, 1 June
Southern Highlands (as well as every pie store across Australia)
Cost: Free.

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.

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