31 October 2022

Nine things to do in the region this week (28 October – 3 November)

| Evelyn Karatzas
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people dressed as zombies for Halloween

The scariest night of the year is finally here. Photo: Boogong.

With Halloween here, there’s plenty to fear this week, but boredom is not one of them.

From a writers’ festival to live covers of beloved classics, Halloween shenanigans to Oktoberfest celebrations, the regions have got you covered.

Here’s our pick of the best.

Flyer for the Headland Writers Festival

The Headland Writers Festival is wrapping up. Photo: Headland Festival.

Headland Writers Festival

When: Until Friday 30 October, various times, see program here
Where: Various Tathra locations, see program here
Cost: From $15, book here.

Three days of reading, writing, storytelling and indulging the mind, this festival includes author in-conversations, panels, workshops, poetry breakfasts, theatre and music performances. Highlights include in-depth conversations with Wendy Whiteley, Michelle de Kretser, Jock Serong and Hayley Scrivenor and a special performance by author and activist Clementine Ford. You’ll also catch the music of the Gypsy Jazz Project and author Deirdre O’Connell’s Harlem Nights: The Secret History of Australia’s Jazz Age. In conversation with Linda Mottram, First Nations author Veronica Gorrie will talk about her memoir Black & Blue: A Memoir of Racism and Resilience, an account of her career as a police officer. This year, Headland will also feature a strong local connection with authors who live in, grew up in or have strong ties to the area.

Beatles tribute band

Often called Australia’s most authentic Beatle tribute group, Photo: Beatle magic, Facebook.

Beatle Magic – Beatles Tribute Show – Batemans Bay Soldiers Club

When: Friday 28 October, 7:15 pm to 11:00 pm
Where: Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, 6 Beach Rd, Batemans Bay
Cost: $20, book here.

For more than 14 years, Beatle Magic has been called Australia’s most authentic Beatle tribute show. People worldwide have commented on their YouTube videos about the “Amazing likeness in vocals”. Now all your favourite Beatles classics are hitting Batemans Bay.

Flyer for who with musician Twyford Hall

Australian folk music artist Mike Martin is coming to the Twyford this weekend. Photo: Twyford Hall.

Mike Martin Live at the Twyford

When: Friday 28 October, 7:30 pm
Where: Twyford Hall, 16 Market St, Merimbula
Cost: $20, book here.

He’s a musician, a songwriter, a historian, a thinker and a philosopher – Mike Martin is coming to Merimbula. Most known for his passion for traditional Australian folk music, Mike is a songwriter with a social conscience who is set to perform songs that will make you think, laugh, smile and cry this Friday. Kicking off with supporting act The Bistroberries with Clare Fitzgerald, Tom Shapcott and Anna Martin, Mike will accompany Pete Wild on piano and Peter Hisco on bass.

Flyer for ABBA tribute act Bjorn Again

The BJORN AGAIN – Mamma Mia! We Are Back Again Tour is coming to Wagga Wagga at the end of the month. Photo: Civic Theatre.

BJORN AGAIN – Mamma Mia! We Are Back Again Tour

When: Thursday 29 October, 2 pm and 8 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Burns Way off Tarcutta St, Wagga
Cost: From $65, book here.

Bjorn Again has performed in more than 120 countries worldwide and is endorsed by the members of ABBA. “Mamma Mia! We Are Back Again Tour” is regarded as the most successful ABBA tribute show of all time – and it’s headed to the Riverina. Get ready for flared pants, platform shoes, sequins and satin in all its glory as you sing along to your favourite ABBA hits.

Flyer for Under the Big Top tour by Grinspoon

Don’t miss all the fun at Grinspoon Under The Big Top. Image: Harmonie German Club.

Grinspoon Under The Big Top (18+)

When: Friday 28 October, from 6 pm
Where: Queanbeyan Showgrounds, Glebe Ave, Queanbeyan
Cost: From $85.04, book here.

Australian Rock legends Grinspoon will headline an all-Canberra lineup featuring Hands Like Houses, Young Monks, Sputnik Sweetheart and Sesame Girl. This epic show will sell out so don’t miss your chance to see this incredible line-up. Grinspoon Under the Big Top is proudly presented by Mix 106.3, The Harmonie German Club and Copper Live.

Flyer for Oktoberfest at Tumut River Brewing Co

Beer, food and live music, what more could you want? Photo: Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest at TRBC

When: Saturday 29 October, from 2 pm
Where: Tumut River Brewing Co, 1/5 Capper St, Tumut
Cost: $29, book here.

After a three-year pause due to the pandemic, Tumut River Brewing Co’s Oktoberfest event will be better than ever, with live Bavarian music by Rockordion kicking off from 2 pm, followed by Lucy Ridge and the Derby Widows in the evening. There will be plenty of Oktoberfest beer and food from Tumut River Brewing Co and Roundabout Roasts, including roast pork and venison sausages.

Flyer for Squid Game Halloween party

Remember Squid Game? It’s back again this year to host a spooky and spectacular evening in Wagga. Photo: Alleventsin.

Squid Game Halloween Party

When: Saturday 29 October, from 9 pm
Where: Club Tilly’s, 109 Baylis St, Wagga Wagga
Cost: Club entry fee applies, payable upon entry.

The Netflix series that took the world by storm last year with its iconic red light, green light game is back as a special Halloween Party in Wagga Wagga. There will be a best-dressed costume competition, a $1000 cash giveaway and Squid Game themed games throughout the venue.

Kids dressed in Halloween costumes for Boogong at Rockley Oval in Googong

What will you dress up as this Halloween? Photo: Boogong.


When: Saturday 29 October, 5 pm – 9 pm
Where: Rockley Oval, 15 Rockley Pde, Googong
Cost: Free entry.

Googong’s annual “Boogong” Halloween event is one of the biggest parties in the region. Expect about a dozen food vendors offering a wide range of cuisines. Roaming performers, live music and entertainment including the spectacular Sydney Fire Dancers, aerialists, a comedy axe juggler and local DJ Clique will provide plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Make sure you bring your A-game to the costume department – there’ll be a prize for the best. See the full program of events here.

Participants in Relay for Life event hold a banner

Relay for Life is back to raise much-needed funds for the Cancer Council. Photo: Goulburn Relay for Life, Facebook.

Goulburn Relay for Life

When: Saturday 29 October, 9:30 am – 12 pm and Sunday 30 October, 12 am – 10 am
Where: Cookbundoon Sporting Complex, 22 Racecourse Dr, Goulburn
Cost: From $15, register here.

Goulburn’s annual Relay for Life is back for another year to support those who are battling or have battled cancer and their loved ones. Walk, jog or run for a cause. All the funds raised from the event will go towards the Cancer Council to support families affected by cancer and help fund research and find better ways to detect and treat the disease that kills tens of thousands of Australians every year.

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Janette Brown4:51 pm 28 Oct 22

Have to disagree with your article about “no fine dining in Goulbourn” we travel from Sydney to Wagga every few months to visit family .We love stopping at the Mercure Goulburn .The restaurant within the hotel is fantastic and as a member of Accor I read similar comments on their members facebook page.
Maybe it is an undiscovered secret that only we travellers know about .
Shoutout to the establishment .Which I believe is called The Edge

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