23 September 2022

Nine things to do in the regions this week (23 - 29 September)

| Evelyn Karatzas
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Luminous River of Art 2022 - 24 September 2022

Don’t Miss your chance to catch one of 100 events under the River of Art festival, including the fantastic Luminous: Art After Dark laser light show. Photo: River of Art.

It’s a big weekend for the regional social calendar.

River of Art has taken over the Eurobodalla with more than 100 separate events offering opportunities for everyone to indulge the culture vulture within.

The Dandy Warhols, Wolfmother, Sarah Blasko and Josh Pyke are just a few of the big names hitting Pambula at the epic three-day Wanderer Festival.

Tribute shows and classical music cap off an eclectic live music offering, but if vino or cars are more your speed, the regions still have you covered.

All Weekend

Colourful flyer for music festival

The Dandy Warhols, Wolfmother, Sarah Blasko and Josh Pyke are just a few of the big names to hit beautiful Pambula Beach for this not-to-be-missed festival. Image: Wanderer Festival.

Wanderer Festival

When: Friday 23 to Sunday 25 September, various times, see program here
Where: Pambula Beach, 190 Pambula Beach Rd, Pambula
Cost: Various, book here.

This festival presents a music lineup that transcends genre and demographic and a diverse arts program that combines theatre and comedy, circus and cultural workshops. The massive lineup of a calibre rarely seen in the regions includes The Dandy Warhols, Wolfmother, Sarah Blasko, Josh Pyke, The Vanns, Ziggy Alberts, DMAs, Curtis Harding and The Tesky Brothers. Set against a gorgeous backdrop, Wanderer comprises three unique spaces – Wanderer, The Lost Lands and the Main Stage – created purposefully for the young, old and everyone in between.


vince jones

Vince is performing in Bateman’s Bay as part of the River of Art Festival. Photo: Vince Jones, Facebook.

Vince Jones

When: Friday 23 September, 8 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: Bay Pavillions, 12 Vesper Street, Batemans Bay
Cost: Tickets are from $55 and can be purchased here.

Don’t miss this highlight on the 2022 River of Art Festival program – a special concert by jazz legend Vince Jones and his band. Vince’s way of respecting and performing classic hits from the Great American Songbook while incorporating his own sound has made him a rare, genre-defying artist. He will perform alongside his band – Matt McMahon on piano, Karl Dunnicliff on bass, James Hauptman on drums and John Mackey on saxophone.



Mirusia is touring the regions this weekend, with a special show in Goulburn on Saturday. Photo: GPAC.

Mirusia – Songbird

When: Saturday 24 September, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Where: Goulburn Performing Arts Centre, 163 Auburn Street, Goulburn
Cost: Tickets are from $34.90 and can be purchased here.

International soprano star Mirusia brings to the stage the music that most inspired her on her journey to becoming one of the world’s favourite classical crossover artists. This concert will feature some of the world’s best classics from The Phantom of the Opera and West Side Story, Whitney Houston’s hit The Greatest Love Of All, country anthem Jolene, and Fleetwood Mac’s Ode to Love, Songbird.

Mark McColl on a flyer

Join in a night honouring Goulburn legend Mark McColl. Photo: Goulburn Australia.

A day to September – A tribute to Mark McColl

When: Saturday 24 September, 6 pm – 12:30 am
Where: Goulburn Club, 19 Market Street, Goulburn
Cost: $5 donation entry.

The event honouring Goulburn legend Mark McColl will consist of several performances by bands and artists including Rather be Dead, Omens, Fight Milk, Monoceros, He Covets, Exit Sign, Ashleigh Chapman, Jesse Parsons, Charlotte Lock and S. Wells. All donations go towards Mark’s family.

abbasback flyer

Photo: Abbasback, Facebook.


When: Saturday 24 September, 8 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: Queanbeyan Bicentennial Hall, 253 Crawford St, Queanbeyan
Cost: Tickets are from $25 and can be purchased here.

Mama Mia! Get ready for the acclaimed number one Abba Tribute Show in Australia – Abbasback. With spectacularly reproduced costumes and classic dance moves, Abbasback will have you singing all your favourite Abba hits at the top of your lungs including Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Take a Chance On Me, Voulez-Vous, Money Money Money, The Winner Takes It All and more.

Four musicians standing in front of a brick wall holding instruments

Instruments from the baroque era, including the baroque violin, harpsichord and viola da gamba feature in this exceptional performance. Photo: The Muffat Collective.

Music in the Regions: The Muffat Collective ‘Baroque Passions’

When: Saturday 24 September, 2 pm – 3:30 pm
Where: St John’s Anglican Church, 60 Campbell St, Moruya
Cost: Tickets are from $25 and can be purchased here.

Under the River of Art umbrella comes this performance of the Muffat Collective’s special show, Baroque Passions. Using traditional instruments from the baroque era, including the baroque violin, harpsichord and viola da gamba, the ensemble will transport their audience back to the 17th and 18th centuries with this beautiful music program.

Wendy Matthews and Grace Knight lying on the ground

Wendy Matthews and Grace Knight are performing in Batemans Bay this weekend. Photo: Centro CBD.

Wendy Mathews & Grace Knight – We’re Going to Graceland – The Songs of Paul Simon

When: Saturday 24 September, 7:15 pm – 11 pm
Where: Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, 6 Beach Rd, Batemans Bay
Cost: Tickets are $47.50 and can be purchased here.

This weekend in Batemans Bay is an exceptional performance from two iconic Australian singers, Wendy Mathews and Grace Knight. They will be performing songs by one of the world’s greatest living songwriters, Paul Simon in their show We’re Going To Graceland. Paul Simon is best known for his popular hits such as Simon & Garfunkel gems like Sounds Of Silence, The Boxer, Homeward Bound and Bridge Over Trouble Water, to his solo classics like, You Can Call Me Al, Late In The Evening, and Graceland.

Silhouette of person tasting wine

Journey through all the varietals or just taste your favourites. Photo: iStock.

Australian Cool Climate Wine Show

When: Saturday 24 September, public tasting sessions at 11 am and 1:30 pm
Where: Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds Hall, 19 East St, Murrumbateman
Cost: $45, book here.

A show dedicated to showcasing the unique wine styles produced from Australia’s cool-climate wine regions, the long luncheon is already sold out for this popular event. But don’t fret – bookings are still open for the public tasting, which includes a complimentary ACCWS Riedel wine glass and rustic nibbles. Journey through sparkling, Riesling, Traminer, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, Rose, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Shiraz Viognier and dessert wines or just taste your favourite varieties.


White classic Holden with hood up

Are you a lover of car shows? Then come along and see the exhibit of Holdens this weekend in Queanbeyan. Photo: ACT Holden Day, Facebook.

ACT Holden Day 2022

When: Sunday 25 September, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Queanbeyan Showground, Glebe Ave, Queanbeyan
Cost: Gold coin donation for entry or $20 to enter a car.

Calling all car enthusiasts – the annual ACT Holden Day car show is back in 2022. It is said to be the biggest Holden-based event in the region. There will be plenty of great food, coffee and ice cream available for purchasing and lots of cars to see and enjoy with the family. All gold coin donations collected upon entry will go directly to the Rise Above Capital Cancer Relief.

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