24 November 2023

Nine things to do in the regions this week (13 - 19 October)

| Claire Sams
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The Steampunk Victoriana Fair will bring historical flair to Goulburn Historic Waterworks this weekend. Photo: DTC Photography.

Since we know you’re keen to have some spring fun, let’s get straight into the events on offer.

At Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, the Mid Stories II exhibition is entering its final days, and the Calleen Art Award at Cowra Regional Art Gallery will continue into mid-November. Fans of classical music will be overjoyed to hear that the Acacia Quartet will take to the stage in Narooma. The Goulburn Rotary Book Fair will finish on Saturday, so there’s still time to get a few (or more) new books, and treats (and maybe something spooky) will be at a Halloween market.

There is also a touch of history. The Steampunk Victoriana Fair will be at the Goulburn Historic Waterworks, while Taralga Sports Club is inviting the community along for fun and games to mark 60 years of operation. Other events making a comeback are the Eden Whale Festival and the Canberra International Riesling Challenge.

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Two women standing in front of a wall of artworks

Artists Vanessa Keenan and Nat Ord have had their work featured in the Mid Stories II exhibition. Photo: Liana Magrath.

Mid Stories II exhibition

When: 29 September to 15 October, 10 am to 4 pm (open Thursday to Sunday)
Where: E3 Art Space, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, 243 Baylis Street, Wagga Wagga
Cost: Free entry.

A multi-medium exhibition looking at forest regeneration and community recovery from the Black Summer bushfires in the Snowy Valleys is reaching its closing days. Vanessa Keenan and Nat Ord came together for the exhibition, which features photography, video, solargraphy, augmented reality and installation.

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This annual exhibition features artwork from across Australia. Photo: Cowra Regional Art Gallery/Facebook.

Calleen Art Award

When: 8 October to 19 November, from 10 am to 4 pm (open Tuesday to Saturday) and 10 am to 2 pm (on Sunday)
Where: Cowra Regional Art Gallery, 77 Darling Street, Cowra
Cost: Free entry.

The annual art prize is back. In 2023, it features 57 finalists drawn from 279 entries coming from states and territories across Australia. Founded in 1977 by Patricia Fagan OAM, the acquisitive prize now offers $25,000 to the winner.

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Stock up on some summer reading and support a good cause through this book fair. Photo: Rotary Club of Goulburn/Facebook.

Goulburn Rotary Book Fair

When: 7 October to 14 October
Where: Peden Pavilion, Goulburn Recreation Area, 47-131 Braidwood Road, Goulburn
Cost: Free entry.

There’s no need to feel guilty about breaking a book-buying ban at this sale! Prices start at $2, with a range of genres, so snap up a bargain while you’re a it. The proceeds will be passed on to the Rotary club’s projects and charities.

Three women in costume

The Brass Harpies will be judging this year’s costume parade, so make sure you’re in your best (Victorian) clothes. Photo: The Brass Harpies.

Steampunk Victoriana Fair

When: 14 October, 10 am to 4 pm; 15 October, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Goulburn Historic Waterworks, Marsden Weir, Fitzroy Street, Goulburn
Cost: Tickets vary in price and are available via Humanitix.

Steampunk (a subgenre of science fiction, set in historical times with steam-powered machinery) is coming to Goulburn! The fair program includes street entertainers, a costume competition, market and food stores, and live music.

A community street parade

The street parade will return in 2023, along with other events to celebrate the whale migration. Photo: Eden Visitor Information Centre/Facebook.

Eden Whale Festival

When: 14 October to 15 October, various locations
Where: Various times; see program
Cost: Free entry.

Seeing the whale migration is always a highlight, so why not come along to a festival dedicated to the animal? The schedule includes chances to see the southern migration for yourself, as well as family-friendly activities and games, a street parade, outdoor entertainment, chances to learn more about whales and more.


A row of wine bottles

Have a glass while taking part in one of several events within the challenge. Photo: Canberra International Riesling Challenge/Facebook.

Canberra International Riesling Challenge

When: 14 October, 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra
Cost: Tickets cost $60 and are available via TryBooking.

There are many kinds of wine, but this challenge is focused on a single grape variety: the Riesling. Winemakers from across the world have sent their wines to Canberra for judging in the largest Riesling-focused events in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the largest in the world. Once the judging is done, the public can try their hand at tasting the wines.

Sports club facade

Celebrate a milestone with the good people at Taralga Sports Club. Photo: Taralga Sports Club/Facebook.

Taralga Sports Club’s Family Fun Day

When: 14 October, various times
Where: Taralga Sports Club, corner of Orchard Street and Cooper Street, Taralga
Cost: Free entry.

A 60th birthday for anyone is a big deal, and Taralga Sports Club has organised a day of fun and fundraising. On the agenda are market stalls, a car and tractor show, tug-of-war games, live entertainment and food sales. It’s all for a good cause, with the club also raising money for the Children’s Medical Research Institute and a new outdoor playground at Taralga Sports Club through a charity auction and ferret (yes, ferret) racing, respectively.

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Classical music will fill St Paul’s at this concert. Photo: Acacia Quartet/Facebook.

Schubert: Death and the Maiden by Acacia Quartet

When: 14 October, 2:30 pm to 4 pm
Where: St Paul’s Anglican Church, 11 Tilba Street, Narooma
Cost: Tickets cost $30 and are available via TryBooking.

Pieces from Beethoven and Schubert will be heard at this concert, with musicians Lisa Stewart, Doreen Cumming, Stefan Duwe and Anna Martin-Scrase taking to the stage with violins, a viola and a cello.


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Something spooky is coming. Photo: The Queanbeyan Market/Facebook.

Queanbeyan Halloween Market

When: 15 October, 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Queanbeyan Showground, Glebe Ave, Queanbeyan
Cost: Free entry.

Orange you excited for this Halloween-themed market? Browse the market stalls, go head-to-head in some outdoor games, and (if you’re lucky) take home a prize for being among the best-dressed!

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