28 March 2024

Nine things to do in the regions this week (29 March - 4 April)

| Claire Sams
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Ulladulla Blessing of the Fleet Festival secretary Michelle Babington and president Maria Lavalle are two of the hands organising this year’s festival. Photo: BOF.

There’s more than enough to keep you busy this long weekend in the regions. Between the live music performances across genres, handmade and artisan markets, a truck and machinery show, an annual festival and a book tour, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Multiple days

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The Goldners are taking their final concert tour to the NSW South Coast. Photo: Four Winds/Facebook.

Goldner String Quartet (Part One and Part Two)

When: 30 March, from 2 pm (Part One); 31 March, from 11 am (Part Two)
Where: Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds, 17 Four Winds Road, Barragga Bay
Cost: Tickets cost between $35 and $45 (those aged 16 and under have free entry) and can be purchased via the venue’s website (tickets for Part One and Part Two must be purchased separately).

The Goldners String Quartet are coming to Four Winds in their final concert tour for a performance spanning two days. They will perform works by Paul Stanhope and The Goldner Variations on Beethoven’s theme Ode to Joy from his Ninth Symphony by 30 Australian composers, as well as pieces written by Antonin Dvorak, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and Peteris Vasks.


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Pick up a treat for yourself – or a gift for family and friends this Easter. Image: Moira Christie/Facebook.

South Durras Handmade Market

When: 30 March, 9 am to 1 pm
Where: South Durras Community Hall, 31 Banyandah Street, South Durras
Cost: Free entry.

The NSW South Coast is known for its population of artists and creatives that call it home, and this is a chance to check out some in the South Durras region. The market is set to feature jams, mugs, quilts, sun-catchers and much more.

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Rock band Dune Rats is set to bring the house down at Club Sapphire this Saturday. Image: Club Sapphire/Facebook.

Dune Rats

When: 30 March, 8 to 11:45 pm
Where: Club Sapphire, 199 Main Street, Merimbula
Cost: Tickets cost $42.84 (plus transaction fee) and can be purchased via Moshtix (sales close 4 pm on 29 March).

Aussie rock band Dune Rats is coming to Merimbula, with support from Petrol Bomb and The Pingers. Entry to this show is for adults only, with ticket sales closing on Friday (29 March) afternoon. Rock on!


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Antique machinery is just one of the attractions you can check out at this festival. Photo: Snowy Mountains Historic Equipment Association/Facebook.

Bredbo Truck and Machinery Show

When: 31 March, 9 am to 3 pm
Where: Bredbo Inn Hotel, 1 Monaro Highway, Bredbo
Cost: Entry costs $5 (children under 12 free).

Snowy Mountains Historic Equipment Association was formed to preserve and restore historical equipment used in construction of the Snowy Hydro Scheme – and this Sunday, it is turning Bredbo into a space for vehicles of all kinds. There will also be food and drink available, awards, a jumping castle and live music to keep everyone entertained. The Easter Bunny may also be making an appearance.

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The market is returning to the grounds of the Yass Railway Museum with an Easter-themed twist. Photo: Railway Museum Artisan Markets Yass/Facebook.

Yass Railway Museum Artisan Markets

When: 31 March, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Yass Railway Museum, 3 Crago Street, Yass
Cost: Free entry.

This monthly market is back – with a twist! This weekend, there will be an Easter egg hunt that runs all day and a book sale attendees can browse through to get some picks to read on their next holiday. As was the case with other markets, there will be a range of stallholders and live music, along with food and drink for sale.

A parade on a sunny day

The Ulladulla Blessing of the Fleet Festival is coming back for another year – albeit in a slightly different form to past years. Photo: Katrina Condie.

2024 Ulladulla Blessing of the Fleet Festival

When: 31 March, 9 am to 8 pm
Where: Ulladulla Harbour and Wharf precinct, Ulladulla
Cost: Free entry.

In 1956, the first traditional fishing fleet blessing ceremony came to Ulladulla; in 2024, it is still going strong. This year will boast the blessing, as well as an Easter hat parade, performances from comedian Joe Avati and musicians, ‘Greasy Pole’ and ‘Tug-O-War’ competitions and fireworks to finish the evening, though there won’t be a float parade.


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Turn the calendar back and head into summer once again in this show. Photo: The Beach Boys Experience/Facebook.

The Beach Boys

When: 3 April, from 7:30 pm
Where: Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre (The B), 253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Tickets cost between $49 and $69, and are available via the Performing Arts Centre’s website.

Don’t you wish you could head back to summer sunshine and spend an afternoon at the beach? In this show, the music of The Beach Boys can take you there. Sing along to fan favourites like Surfin’ Safari, Surfin’ USA, Surfer Girl, Little Deuce Coupe, Barbara Ann, California Girls and Fun, Fun, Fun and join the performers afterwards for a meet and greet. This show has a 20-minute interval, and also features water-based smoke/haze effects and strobe lighting.

Performers sitting in a row

Wagga Wagga will play host to this performance – set to combine Georgian male polyphony and Monty Python, along with much more. Photo: The Spooky Men’s Chorale/Facebook.

The Spooky Men’s Chorale in Concert

When: 3 April, from 7:30 pm
Where: CSU Riverina Playhouse, 8 Cross St, Wagga Wagga
Cost: Tickets cost between $48 and $53, and are available via the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre’s website.

The Spooky Men’s Chorale are coming to Wagga Wagga, promising a night of black-clad men making you cry and laugh in equal measure. In this live performance, the Spooky Men touch on a range of themes, from Georgian male polyphony to Monty Python and tribalism. The show runs for two hours and 10 minutes, including the interval.


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Anne Buist and Graeme Simsion are the co-writers behind The Glass House — and you can join them on their book tour as it comes to Moruya. Photo: Moruya Books/Facebook.

Literary Lunch with Anne Buist and Graeme Simsion

When: 4 April, 1 to 3 pm
Where: Moruya Waterfront Hotel Motel, 1-5 Princes Highway, Moruya
Cost: Tickets cost $25 and can be made by calling 0244 742 242.

The Glass House sees country girl turned psychiatry registrar Doctor Hannah Wright take a job in the psychiatric ward at Menzies Hospital. There, she needs to learn quickly, as she and her fellow trainees do their best to help their patients. As part of their book tour, co-writers Anne Buist and Graeme Simsion are coming to Moruya. The ticket price includes light refreshments, as well as tea and coffee.

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