6 May 2022

Nine things to do in the region this week (6 – 12 May)

| Evelyn Karatzas
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Female folk band

The Cobargo Folk Festival has a jam-packed lineup for 2022. Photo: Cobargo Folk Festival.

There’s plenty to do in the regions this Mother’s Day weekend – for mum and the whole family.

Running across the whole weekend there’s the annual Narooma Oyster Festival, Cobargo is celebrating 25 years of its Folk Festival and Goulburn is holding a two-day polo tournament for Mother’s Day.

On Saturday, Jindabyne will be holding its monthly Hall Markets, Bicentennial Hall in Queanbeyan will be showcasing an INXS tribute band and The Hive in Queanbeyan will be doing a Hive & Seek Market where you’re sure to find the perfect gift for mum.

To end the weekend on Sunday Mami’s Bar in Batemans Bay is doing a Drag Bingo afternoon, The Dromedary Hotel in Tilba is hosting Chris O’Connor’s blues and the Royal Hotel Queanbeyan is having a Mother’s Day luncheon.

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Plate of oysters with Champagne

Is mum an oyster fan? Photo: Narooma Oyster Festival Facebook.

Narooma Oyster Festival

When: Friday 6 May 4 pm – 8:45 pm, Saturday 7 May 10 am – 5:30 pm
Where: Quota Park, 19 Riverside Dr, Narooma
Cost: Tickets from $10 can be purchased here.

The two-day, multi-award-winning Narooma Oyster Festival is back in 2022. It’s a showcase of the region’s natural, high-quality produce and local culinary talent. It features shucking competitions, live music and tasting of regional wines, craft beer, ciders, fine foods from around the region and of course, oysters from local estuaries. There will also be plenty of entertainment for the kids.

Cobargo Folk Festival

Family-friendly fun abounds at Cobargo’s folkie. Photo: Cobargo Folk Festival Facebook.

The Cobargo Folk Festival

When: Friday 6 May 5 pm – 11:45 pm, Saturday 7 May 10 am – 11 pm, Sunday 8 May 10 am – 2:45 pm
Where: Cobargo Showgrounds, Bermagui Road, Cobargo
Cost: Tickets from $20 can be purchased here.

Following multiple delays, the annual Cobargo Folk Festival is back with the theme ‘A Folk Gathering’. A celebration of folk music culture in Australia and worldwide, it offers top-notch folk and roots music, live performances, food stalls and more in a family-friendly environment. All profits raised will be used to improve local community facilities, fund the Festival build and the artistic program and fund local music education and development projects.

Polo game in action

The perfect mix of sport and country glam. Photo: Goulburn Polo & Picnic Race Club Inc. Facebook.

Goulburn Polo Tournament

When: Saturday 7 May from 9 am, Sunday 8 May from 9 am
Where: Goulburn Polo Club, Braidwood Rd, Tirrannaville
Cost: Tickets from $10 can be purchased here.

The Goulburn Polo Club invites you and your family to enjoy a weekend of country polo. The first game kicks off Saturday at 9 am and will finish with an A grade final on Sunday at 3 pm. Following the games, the clubs will be hosting a dinner dance on Saturday evening.


Market stall

Perhaps the perfect gift for mum awaits at this Jindabyne market. Photo: Jindabyne Markets Facebook.

Jindabyne Hall Markets

When: Saturday 7 May 10 am – 2 pm
Where: 45 Kosciuszko Rd, Jindabyne
Cost: Free entry.

The Jindabyne Hall Markets return this weekend, so you and mum can browse plenty of stalls for the perfect gift. Shoppers will be spoiled for choice with local honey, locally dyed and made silk and fine wool scarves and tops, crocheted rugs, mittens, beanies, hemp bags, hand knits and accessories, black garlic products, wood turned toys, jams and pickles, cakes, natural soaps and shampoos, candles, children’s and babies clothing, locally designed hoodies and more.

Promotional flyer for INXS tribute band

Mums who love INXS will love this tribute show. Photo: Live Baby Live: The INXS Tribute Show Facebook.


When: Saturday 7 May 8 pm – 10:20 pm
Where: Queanbeyan Bicentennial Hall, 253 Crawford St, Queanbeyan
Cost: Tickets from $25 can be purchased here.

Australia’s premier rendition of one of the most iconic bands in Australian history, Live Baby Live! The INXS Tribute Show is coming to Queanbeyan this Saturday night. The show promises stunning covers of all the classic INXS tracks, performing songs from their first album through to their latest hits.

Market stall

Upcycled, recycled, local – gifts for the environmentally-conscious mum are found in Queanbeyan this weekend. Photo: The Queanbeyan Hive Facebook.

Hive & Seek Market

When: Saturday 7 May 10 am – 3 pm
Where: The Queanbeyan Hive, 274 Crawford St, Queanbeyan
Cost: Entry is free.

The Hive & Seek Market is holding a Mother’s Day special, offering homemade gifts and houseware for the best mum in the world; yours. This market is unique from others as it advocates for recycling and supports local producers, artists, designers and not-for-profit organisations. So grab your mum, get her a hot beverage, browse the abundant stalls and treat her to a little something special.


drag queens Roxee Horror and Ellawarra

Outrageous fun at drag Bingo in Batemans Bay. Photo: Mami’s Bar Facebook.

Mother’s Day Drag Bingo

When: Sunday 8 May 2 pm – 5 pm
Where: Mami’s Bar, Clyde Street, Batemans Bay
Cost: Tickets are from $60 and can be purchased here.

Is your mum the type to want to put her Bingo skills to the test? She will love Mother’s Day afternoon at Mami’s Bar in Batemans Bay where bingo hosted by the glorious drag queens Roxee Horror and Ellawarra is sure to entertain. Tickets include nibbles, cocktails, prizes and a lot of laughs.

Royal Hotel Queanbeyan

Perhaps mum is more of a bubbles and dining kind of gal. Photo: Region Media.

Mothers Day Luncheon at Royal Hotel Queanbeyan

When: Sunday 8 May from 12 pm
Where: The Royal Hotel Queanbeyan, 85 Monaro St, Queanbeyan. NSW
Cost: Tickets are $70 and can be purchased here.

The Royal Hotel Queanbeyan is hosting a special two-course luncheon in its Upper House. Every mum gets a glass of bubbly on arrival before enjoying dining in the atrium and terrace courtyard and listening to live music from Dana Hassall. Tickets include the choice of one of two mouth-watering mains followed by pavlova or chocolate and salted caramel tart for dessert.

Blues artist Chris O'Connor

Perhaps mum will enjoy some drinks and the versatile blues stylings of Chris O’Connor. Photo: Dromedary Hotel.

Sunday Arvo Session – Chris O’Connor

When: Sunday 8 May 1 – 4 pm
Where: The Dromedary Hotel, 14 Bate Street, Central Tilba, NSW
Cost: Free entry.

Would mum enjoy a chilled afternoon of blues with the talented Chris O’Connor? He will be playing his own vintage blues tunes and performing the classics from the 1920s masters Tommy Johnson, Memphis Minnie, Charlie Patton and Lemon Jefferson. Chris showcases a broad range of blues styles and recently made an appearance at the National Folk Festival and Great Southern Blues and represented at the Memphis International Blues Challenge in 2014 and 2019.

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