15 March 2024

Nine things to do in the regions this week (15 - 21 March)

| Claire Sams
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Robert McAuliffe, Anne Hazell, Marcia Kingston and Catriona McAuliffe of the Yass Show Society with Member for Eden-Monaro Kirsty McBain in front of the grandstand at Yass Showground – set to be the site of a makeover. Photo: Supplied.

From events where you can fill your bellies with good food to events that are set to feed your soul (and the community), there are plenty to get to this week. Regardless of what you pick, fun is on the menu!

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Drench Festival returns

The DRENCH Festival brings together food, music, art, theatre shows and much more. Photo: Temora Shire Council.

DRENCH Festival

When: Until 30 March, various times
Where: Various locations
Cost: Depends on event; see program for information on tickets.

‘DRENCH – a healthy dose of culture’ is a month-long festival held in Temora Shire, featuring live music performances, cooking classes, exhibitions, historical experiences, theatre and much more. The festival started in late February and is continuing into March, with the schedule including the return of favourite events from last year.

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Once again, the artistic and cultural life of the Hilltops is being put on show. Photo: Hilltops off the Beaten Track/Facebook.

Hilltops off the Beaten Track

When: 13 to 24 March, various times
Where: Various locations
Cost: Depends on event; see program.

Regional NSW is packed full of creative talent, and the Hilltops area is no exception. This multi-day extravaganza is returning for a third year, featuring artists and other creatives from Boorowa, Young, Harden and surrounding villages. Dozens of exhibitions, concerts, markets, artist talks and more are being hosted in the region’s studios, galleries, village halls, local businesses, parks and other venues. Head along and get inspired by what the Hilltops can offer.

A woman sitting behind a couch, looking over a man lying on it

This Romeo and Juliet-inspired production is coming to Goulburn Performing Arts Centre for a three-day run. Photo: Bladwell Productions/Facebook.

First Love is the Revolution production

When: 15 to 17 March, shows starting at 2 pm or 7:30 pm
Where: Goulburn Performing Arts Centre, 163 Auburn Street, Goulburn
Cost: Tickets cost $15 to $25 (plus booking fee) and are available via the Performing Arts Centre’s website.

Like William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this is a forbidden teen romance. Unlike the original story, Rita Kalnejais’ First Love is the Revolution is set in a world where animals and humans can speak the same language. This show by Bladwell Productions is the love story between a 14-year-old boy called Basti and a young fox named Rdeca. Problem is – their love story doesn’t run smooth. The show contains coarse language and sexual references and is not suitable for audiences under 15.


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Geek pursuits of all kinds will be celebrated in this market. Photo: Geek Markets/Facebook.

Geek Markets

When: 16 March, 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Veolia Arena, 45 Braidwood Road, Goulburn
Cost: Free entry.

Check out a market dedicated to the best of pop culture, spanning cosplay, gaming, fandom, video games, board games and everything else in geekdom! Local artists, creators, and handmade traders will be on hand with their creations, and attendees will be able to get in on the fun with a cosplay competition, tabletop gaming and trading card competitions and a chance to swing a lightsaber.

Yass Show 2023. Image: Supplied.

Yass Valley is getting ready to put on a show for another year. Image: Supplied.

2024 Yass Show

When: 16 March, 8 am to 5 pm
Where: Yass Showground, Grand Junction Road, Yass
Cost: Tickets cost $5 (for children over five, with children under five free), $10 (for adults), or $25 (for a family), and are available via Trybooking.

In 2024, the show will feature plenty of pavilion displays and exhibits to check out – such as cooked meals, fruit, photography, flowers, honey, handicrafts, plants, wool and more – and horse events, working antique machinery, a dog show, and visits from sheep, cattle and dairy goats. Community groups and local vendors will be on hand to cook up a storm. There will also be plenty of family-friendly fun, such as a children’s arena with games and activities for the youngsters, magic shows and a patting paddock.


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This brunch celebrates Eurobodalla women and the region’s multicultural community. Photo: Mossy on Gardens/Facebook.

International Women’s Day and Harmony Day Brunch

When: 17 March, from 10 am
Where: Mossy on Gardens, within the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden, Deep Creek Dam Road, Batemans Bay
Cost: Bookings can be made by texting 0476 809 030.

The beautiful gardens will be the backdrop to a celebration of Eurobodalla’s women and multicultural community. Attendees will be able to purchase food and drink from the cafe. The brunch has been organised by the local International Women’s Day and Harmony Day Committee for a good cause – 10 per cent of the day’s proceeds will be donated to the Eurobodalla Multicultural Group.

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Head to Nerriga for some family-friendly fun this Sunday. Photo: Nerriga Hotel/Facebook.

Market and Family Fun Day

When: 17 March, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Nerriga Hotel, 6124 Nerriga Road, Nerriga
Cost: Free entry.

Nerriga Hotel will be the place to be on Sunday! A market will be set up in the hotel’s grounds, giving you the perfect chance to pick up something special for friends and family. A jumping castle, face painting and chance to paint Easter eggs will make sure the young and young-at-heart will be entertained. The pub’s kitchen will be closed, but there will be plenty of other food options available throughout the day so no one goes hungry!


These workshops have been organised to bring together women from across the Eurobodalla and build a sense of community.

These workshops have been organised to bring together women from across the Eurobodalla and build a sense of community. Photo: Michelle Hamrosi.

Intergenerational Art Workshops

When: 18 and 19 March, from 9:30 am (this week)
Where: CWA Hall, 64 Queen Street, Moruya
Cost: Free entry, with registration via Humanitix.

This series of art workshops offers women of all ages something more than a chance to make something beautiful – they have been organised to bring the community together. The workshops are aimed at women of all ages and will be held across the Eurobodalla Shire in the coming weeks – for now, they are in Moruya.


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Pamela Mae and Scott Cook are stopping by the NSW Far South Coast for a performance. Photo: Scott Cook/Facebook.

Scott Cook and Pamela Mae show

When: 19 March, from 6 pm
Where: Saint John’s Anglican Church, Page Street, Moruya
Cost: Tickets cost $25 (plus booking fee) and are available via Humanitix.

You can’t beat a relaxing evening of music after a long day of work – and Scott Cook and Pamela Mae will be in Moruya to deliver just that. The Canadian troubadours are stopping in Moruya before they play the National Folk Festival in Canberra, but they are bringing their acoustic guitar, upright bass, banjo and harmonies to the NSW South Coast. Local musician Sam Fletcher will open the evening at 6 pm, before Scott Cook and Pamela Mae take to the stage.

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