9 June 2023

Nine things to do in the region this week (9 - 15 June)

| Claire Sams
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A two-day mountain biking festival is coming to Tathra this long weekend. Photo: VisitNSW.

A long weekend doesn’t have to be a boring weekend, we promise (it just depends on finding something that suits your mood)!

The Braidwood Book Fair and the Boom Clash Rock Star semi-finals are events for good causes. Merimbula Jazz Festival, Henry Lawson Festival of Arts and the Tilba Woodwork Show are sure to appeal to creative folks of different stripes. There is also the return of the WinterSun Festival and the Tathra Mountain Bike Festival.

On Sunday, the CMR Artisan Markets will host something special to welcome winter, while residents of and visitors to Wyangala can gather for the Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular.

Multiple days

Boxes of books, DVDs, CDs and records

There will be books, DVDs, CDs, records and more for sale, with money going to support the Braidwood community. Photo: Braidwood Book Fair/Facebook.

Braidwood Book Fair

When: 9 to 11 June, 9 am to 4 pm; 12 June, 9 am to 2 pm
Where: National Theatre, Wallace Street, Braidwood
Cost: Free entry.

If you’re looking for something new to read to snuggle up under the blankets with as the cold weather arrives (or rather continues), this is one event to check out. There will also be DVDs, CDs, records, puzzles and other items to look through if you’re after a bargain. The Book Fair is a biennial event that raises funds for community groups, and is organised by the Anglican parish of Braidwood.


Trumpets, saxophones and other jazz instruments will fill the Merimbula air when the annual festival returns. Photo: Merimbula Jazz Festival/Facebook.

Merimbula Jazz Festival

When: 9 to 12 June, various times
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free to $120; tickets available from the Jazz Office, located in the Community Hub in Market Street.

Jazz musicians and fans from far and wide will be converging on Merimbula this long weekend for a packed schedule that spans four days. In 2023, there will be 510 musicians and 100 bands coming to Merimbula to entertain the gathered crowds.

Statue of Henry Lawson

We think reaching a milestone of 64 years for anything is an achievement (and we think Henry would think the same). Photo: The Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts/Facebook.

Henry Lawson Festival of Arts

When: 8 to 12 June, various times
Where: Various locations
Cost: Depends on event; see program.
This is the 64th Henry Lawson Festival of Arts, and there is a packed schedule for the festival, which is organised in honour of writer and poet Henry Lawson. In 2023, the Street Parade is making a comeback and will be featured alongside woodchopping, busking, coach rides and poetry readings.

The skills of South Coast woodworkers will be on display. Photo: Narooma Woodies/Facebook

The skills of South Coast woodworkers will be on display, alongside the Dalmeny Quilters. Photo: Narooma Woodies/Facebook.

Tilba Woodwork Show

When: 10 June, 9 am to 4 pm; 11 June, 9 am to 3 pm
Where: The Central Tilba Halls, Central Tilba
Cost: $2 entry, children under 16 free.
Fans of woodworking can head to the Central Tilba Halls for the 27th annual show centred on all things woodworking. It features artists from north of Batemans Bay to south of Bega, with items for sale, a raffle and a people’s choice award. The Dalmeny Quilters will also be present, hosting an exhibition of their work.

People walking along a beach

This year’s WinterSun Festival features two swims, and much more. Photo: David Rogers Photography, courtesy of Sapphire Coast Destination Marketing.

WinterSun Festival

When: 9 to 11 June, various times
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free entry to $89 per person, depending on event; book online.

The fact it is winter doesn’t mean everything turns grey and becomes depressing – and the WinterSun Festival is proof of that. The festival is returning for its third year with old favourites, such as the two swims, the Wharf to Wharf Challenge and more. In 2023, there will also be the inaugural (and free) Pups on SUPS competition.

Men clearing a mountain biking path

The group have been hard at work in the past few weeks organising the path for the races. Photo: Tathra MTB Club/Facebook.

Tathra Mountain Bike Festival

When: 10 to 11 June, various times
Where: 1 Andy Poole Drive, Tathra
Cost: Depends on entry category; enter online.

Dig out your helmets and lace up your joggers, because a two-way country mountain bike race is coming to Tathra!

Band on stage

This is one music competition seeking to give a voice to those whose voices aren’t always heard. Photo: Boom Clash Rockstar/Facebook.

Boom Clash Rockstar Goulburn Semi-finals

When: 10 June, 4 pm to 9 pm; 11 June, 4 pm to 8 pm
Where: Hume Conservatorium, 160 Bourke Street, Goulburn
Cost: $20 per person, available online.

Music fans will be coming to Goulburn for a music competition with a difference. The competition sees Goulburn-Mulwaree Council partner with Boom Clash Rockstar for the event, which will also see headspace, Inside Out, Rise Up, and Twenty Ten having booths with resources. And if your creative pursuits lie in art and not music, then don’t stress – there is also an art competition with four categories.


Composite for the Artisan Market

The markets are marking the start of the new season with a winter special. Photo: CMR Artisan Market/Facebook.

CMR Artisan Winter Mega Markets

When: 11 June, 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Cooma Railway Station, Bradley Street, Cooma
Cost: Free entry.

This is one market looking to welcome winter in style! In addition to the markets’ normal range of stallholders, there will also be a car boot sale, rides in a miniature steam train from Transport Heritage Australia and kids’ activities in the Railway Institute Building.


Fireworks and a bonfire will close out a day full of fun. Photo: Wyangala Fireworks/Facebook.

Wyangala Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular

When: 11 June, from 10 pm to late
Where: Matt Morrison Oval, Sixth Avenue, Wyangala
Cost: Donations on entry are welcome.

The day starts from 10 am, and boasts a schedule with Ambrose golf matches, mufti bowls, a putting competition and more. The night will then come to a close with a bonfire (4:30 pm) and a fireworks display (6:30 pm). If the day of fun isn’t too much for you, entertainment will also be held at the Wyangala Country Club.

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