12 April 2024

Nine things to do in the regions this week (12 - 18 April)

| Claire Sams
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Thredbo Resort

Thredbo is set to open its doors to kids looking for fun on the snow. Photo: File.

We know you’re keen for some fun after a long week of work or school so here is a list of nine events to get you thinking about your leisure time!

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Get ready to dance to the best of blues and roots as the festival returns to fire up the South Coast. Photo: Moruya Blues and Roots Festival/Facebook.

2024 Moruya Blues and Roots Festival

When: 12 to 14 April
Where: Moruya Waterfront Hotel Motel, 1-5 Princes Highway, Moruya
Cost: Tickets cost between $15 and $159 and are available via Humanitix.

For the fourth year, the Moruya Blues and Roots Festival is bringing a treat for your ears! Across three big days, attendees will be able to hear performances from their favourites – including Nathan Cavaleri, Mac Tango, Pete Cornelius, Piper Butcher, The Sunbears and many more. The gigs are set to run from Friday evening all the way through to Sunday – and there are busses ready to take people to and from the festival, so you can focus on your dance moves.

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The young and young at heart can enjoy this LEGO-centred show. Photo: Playwell Events/Facebook.

Bega Brick Show

When: 13 to 14 April, 10 am to 4 pm (Saturday) and 10 am to 2 pm (Sunday)
Where: Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre, Zingel Place, Bega
Cost: Tickets cost $10 (children under three have free entry) or $45 for a family ticket, and are available via Trybooking.

Youngsters and the young at heart from across the Bega Valley are invited to this show dedicated to all things LEGO when it comes to Bega for the first time. The family-friendly Bega Brick Show includes 35 tables of custom-built models and a raffle with a prize of more than $500 worth of LEGO. Kids can get in on the fun at the show at the play tables – and maybe get some inspiration for their next build at home.

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It’s not quite winter yet, but the fun at Thredbo is starting in time for the school holidays. Photo: File.

Kids Autumn Adventure Festival

When: 13 to 28 April, various times
Where: Various locations at Thredbo
Cost: Depends on events; see the program for more information.

If you want to get the kids out from underfoot, consider Thredbo’s program for kids. The indoor and outdoor activities in the Adventure Festival include treasure hunts, rock climbing, face painting, arts and crafts activities and mountain biking. This is a chance for the kids to burn off some energy and try something new in the Snowys.

Broadway on the Balcony featuring Eleanor Waters-Jones, Jazmin Castle, Hannah Rumbachs, Max Schneider, Emily Saeki, Rhys Manley, Aisha Farar

Broadway on the Balcony is one of the Sundown Sessions taking over the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre in coming weeks. Photo: CreativeRiverina.com.

Sundown Sessions

When: 13 to 28 April, various times
Where: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Burns Way (off Tarcutta Street), Wagga
Cost: Tickets for each session start at $25, with the option for the audience to book a joint ticket-and-platter deal for $50.

Local Wagga Wagga creatives will be joined by touring acts for a series of shows spanning different genres and performance styles – and the doors of the theatre are open to the public. In April, the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre’s balcony and foyer space will be transformed, ready for 11 performances over 15 days. Attendees can also enjoy the show with an optional joint ticket-and-platter deal for $50.


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The sun might be going down earlier now, but that doesn’t mean we need to sit in darkness. Image: Goulburn Mulwaree Library/Humanitix.

Youth Week Glow Party

When: 12 April, 7 to 10 pm
Where: Goulburn Mulwaree Library, 184/194 Bourke Street, Goulburn
Cost: Free entry, though registration via Humanitix is essential.

To mark Youth Week 2024, Goulburn Mulwaree Library has organised a Library Glow Party to light up the night. Kids aged 12 and up are invited to bust their best moves on the dance floor to music from a DJ, and there will be pizza and a lolly bar on hand. Just don’t forget to wear something neon!


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Take a step back in time and learn about the long history of Araluen. Photo: Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council/Facebook.

Araluen History Trail launch

When: 13 April, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Araluen Federal Hall, 5989 Araluen Road, Araluen
Cost: Free entry, though bookings can be made by emailing [email protected] or by calling 0417 433 846.

Araluen has a long history. It started with the Arralyin people, continued through the 1800s when miners came looking for gold and has a community there today. At the launch of the Araluen History Trail and its website, attendees will be able to learn more about it. The launch includes a morning tea, light lunch and a music performance.

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Panboola Wetlands will be opened for a day of music, art, workshops and other activities. Photo: Panboola/Facebook.

Ephemeral Festival

When: 13 April, 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Panboola Wetlands, 48 Bullara Street, Pambula
Cost: Depends on event; see the program for more information.

The annual festival to celebrate the Panboola Wetland is set to return for another year. This year attendees will be able to explore the wetlands, watch dance performances, browse stalls or book a spot in a workshop led by a local artist. They can also bring a picnic blanket and sit down with friends or family and select from food and beverage carts.

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This discussion will bring together Bruce Pascoe, Lyn Harwood and Clarence Slockee⁠ to talk about history, caring for Country and what the future can look like. Photo: The Twyford/Facebook.

Black Duck: A Year at Yumburra – Bruce Pascoe and Lyn Harwood In Conversation with Clarence Slockee⁠

When: 13 April, 3 to 4:30 pm
Where: The Hall, The Twyford, 16 Market Street, Merimbula
Cost: Tickets cost between $15 and $20 and are available via Humanitix.

To mark the release of their latest book, Blue Duck: A Year at Yumburra, Bruce Pascoe and Lyn Harwood will sit down for a chat. They will be joined by Bundjalung Aboriginal man Clarence Slockee for a discussion about sustainable food practices, caring for Country and farming. This session is presented by South East Arts and the Headland Writers Festival 2024 in partnership with Candelo Books.


Acacia Quartet on railway tracks

The Acacia Quartet is stopping by Gunning to put on a show. Photo: Holly Bradford.

The Acacia Quartet: Beethoven, Alice Chance and Schubert

When: 14 April, 2 to 4:15 pm
Where: The Courtroom, corner of Yass and Warrataw streets, Gunning
Cost: Tickets cost between $25 and $35 (those aged under 18 have free entry) and are available via Humanitix.

The Acacia Quartet is coming to Gunning, set to perform works composed by Alice Chance, Ludwig von Beethoven and Franz Schubert. Take your seat and listen to the performance of stunning classical music in a beautiful part of town.

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