The southeast of the state always has a busy events calendar – here are some activities to get you started.
Productions of Oklahoma! and Waru – Journey of the Small Turtle will take you to the United States and the Torres Strait, respectively. Meanwhile, Saturday will see a screening of Where the Water Starts, while Batemans Bay Library will host a movie showing as well.
But there’s plenty of chances to get outside! The Murrumbateman Field Days are returning for another year and Lake Centenary will host a full day of fun in A Day at the Lake. Get the party started in the Michelago Community Day Out or Oktoberfest celebrations in Narooma. Alternatively, take a breather and relax with a high tea at Cooma Cottage (which is in Yass, despite the name).
When: 13 to 29 October, various times
Where: Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre (The Q), 253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Tickets cost between $35 and $59, and are available via the Performing Arts Centre’s website.
This is Queabeyan’s (and surrounds’) chance to see the play from Rodgers and Hammerstein. Set at the turn of the 20th century and based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs, it has been a favourite of audiences across the country since its 1934 Broadway debut.
When: 21 October, 8 am to 5 pm; 22 October, 8 am to 4 pm
Where: Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds, Murrumbateman
Cost: Tickets vary in price and are available for purchase online via Ticketbooth or at the gate using EFTPOS on the day (no cash option).
In their fourth decade, the word is out about the Murrumbateman Field Days. And they’re back for another year. In 2023, patrons will be able to take part in a range of demonstrations, shopping opportunities, witness a visit from Farmer Dave and the Muttley Crew from Rufftracks and much more.
When: 24 to 25 October, various times (45 minutes duration)
Where: Goulburn Performing Arts Centre, 163 Auburn Street, Goulburn
Cost: Tickets cost from $15 and are available via the Arts Centre’s website.
Created by Stephen Page, together with Hunter Page-Lochard and Bangarra alumni dancers and choreographers Sani Townson and Elma Kris, Waru is an introduction to the stories of the Torres Strait. This production is aimed at three- to seven-year-olds.
When: 21 October, 3 to 5 pm
Where: Bungendore School of Arts, 57 Gibraltar Street, Bungendore
Cost: Tickets cost $12 and are available online.
Eat some afternoon tea and take in a screening of Where the Water Starts in this event organised by the Braidwood Greens. It will be followed by a Q&A session with First Nations man Richard Swain and Associate Professor Mark Lintermans, a freshwater scientist.
When: 21 October, 11 am to 8:30 pm
Where: Lake Centenary, Temora
Cost: Tickets cost $65 (for adults), $25 (for children) or $140 (for a family pack) and are available via TryBooking.
This all-day event promises the best of fun – on the ground and up in the air. Watch as vintage ex-military aircraft fly through the air, set to live performances from local musicians. There will also be offerings from food vendors, market stalls with creatives from Temora and the surrounding area, a dedicated kids’ zone and chances to try the Air Force flying simulator for free.
When: 21 October, 1 to 3 pm
Where: Batemans Bay Library, Hanging Rock Place, Batemans Bay
Cost: Free entry, though registration via eventbrite is essential.
There’s little better than relaxing with a movie on the weekend, knowing your time is your own. Stop by Batemans Bay Library for a late-period Hitchcock classic starring Cary Grant, James Mason and Eva Marie Saint in a tale of spies, cross-country journeys and thrilling sequences. Licensing restrictions mean the library cannot use the full name, so ask staff for more information – or come along for a surprise!
When: 21 October, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Michelago General Store, 50 Ryrie Street, Michelago
Cost: Free entry.
The village of Michelago will be the place to be on Saturday. Rock up and take in the live music, face painting, market stalls and a sausage sizzle for the RFS. As if that wasn’t enough, Tumut River Brewing Co. will be on hand if anyone wants a drink.
When: 21 October, from 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Tilba Valley Winery and Alehouse, Narooma
Cost: Tickets cost $44.90 and are available via OzTix.
Oktoberfest is known all over the world, but this is the chance for Narooma to get in on the action. There will be German beer, staples of German cuisine (including bratwurst, pork schnitzels, sauerkraut, mustard and more) and live music. With gates open at 11 am and food from noon, make sure to come along to celebrate the best of German culture – Prost!
When: 25 October, 11 am to 1 pm
Where: 756 Yass Valley Way, Yass
Cost: Free entry.
After a busy week, sometimes a relaxing high tea is just what the doctor ordered. Wednesday will see an array of gourmet sandwiches, pastries and cakes – and you can have your pick of coffee or tea. So make a plate and enjoy the tasty treats while listening to live music. And if something in the surrounds catches your eye, just have a chat with one of the volunteers!