6 October 2023

Nine things to do in the regions this week (6 - 12 October)

| Claire Sams
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Upper Lachlan Shire’s Deputy Mayor Mandy McDonald with one of the works in the Hidden Gems exhibition, Mob of Mulgas by Margaret Shepherd. Photo: Supplied.

The long weekend might be done, but there are still plenty of things to keep you busy into October!

There are plenty of opportunities to get outdoors this coming week. The RFS Open Day in Googong is returning for the first time since the pandemic, while Harden Kite Festival is another community favourite making its return. Meanwhile, the monthly CMR Artisan Market is returning to Cooma.

For creatives, there are several music and art events. Across the weekend, the Steampacket Hotel will be the site of live music and an outdoor cinema, and the Hidden Gems exhibition is showing what artists from the Upper Lachlan Shire can do. There is also a P!nk tribute show on the South Coast, a variety show being held in Junee for a good cause, Liz Stringer will be stopping in Grenfell as part of her solo tour, and work from young creatives in the Goulburn region will take to the stage in the Mighty Playwrights 2023 program.

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The Steampacket’s new owner, Ben Johnston, will stage several events for the public this weekend. Photo: Katrina Condie.

Live music and outdoor cinema

When: 7 and 8 October, from 4 pm until late
Where: Steampacket Hotel, 963 Kings Highway, Nelligen
Cost: Free entry.

Celebrate the arrival of spring with some music and a movie. The recently renovated Steampacket Hotel has reopened and has events across the weekend for locals and travellers alike. On Saturday (7 October), The Fuelers will take to the stage from 4 pm, before an outdoor cinema opens in the beer garden at 7 pm. Meanwhile, Sunday (8 October) will see The Seventh Sons perform from 4 pm.

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The exhibition features more than 30 artworks and has a focus on the Upper Lachlan Shire. Photo: Supplied.

Hidden Gems exhibition

When: 7 and 8 October, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Crookwell District Art Gallery, Crookwell Memorial Hall, Denison Street, Crookwell
Cost: Free entry.

Ever wondered about the story behind a piece of art? Artist, Deputy Mayor and curator of the Hidden Gems exhibition Mandy McDonald has tracked down artwork that has a connection to the Upper Lachlan Shire and brought them into one exhibition. The exhibition is part of the wider Paint the Town street art festival that will also come to a close on Sunday.

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Check out work from our next generation of playwrights. Photo: Goulburn Performing Arts Centre.

Mighty Playwrights 2023 program

When: 12 to 14 October, various times
Where: Goulburn Performing Arts Centre, 163 Auburn Street, Goulburn
Cost: Tickets cost from $15, and can be purchased via the centre’s website.

Make sure to grab some tickets for the return of this award–winning program to give the region’s young creatives a boost. Six young writers aged between nine and 12 have written and developed six plays, under the (mentoring) eye of professional creatives. Now you have the chance to see the end result, staged by Goulburn’s own Lieder Theatre Company, and with original music and soundscapes from Hume Conservatorium students.


Adults in orange NSW RFS uniforms and a young boy aiming a hose

This is a chance to learn about fire safety while having some fun! Photo: Supplied.

Rural Fire Service Open Day in Googong

When: 7 October, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Bunyip Park, Wellsvale Drive, Googong
Cost: Free entry.

Googong’s Rural Fire Service Open Day is returning for another year. First held in 2016, this is the event’s first return since the COVID–19 pandemic began. There will be family–friendly activities, such as live music, chances for kids to try on the RFS uniform, learn about fire safety and much more.

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The festival will take to the skies for another year this Saturday. Photo: Harden Kite Festival/Facebook.

Harden Kite Festival

When: 7 October, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: 4559 Burley Griffin Way, Cunningar
Cost: Entry by $2 donation per person.

This festival might be focused on kites, but there’s also plenty happening on the ground to keep everyone entertained! Under the eye of MC Wes Heather, there will be a range of performances to watch and free activities to get involved in. Roving performers, competitions, exhibitions and rides round out the packed schedule.

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This tribute show to P!nk will have you raising a glass to the singer–songwriter and actor. Photo: Tomakin Sports & Social Club/Facebook.

Raise Your Glass! tribute show

When: 7 October, 8 to 10 pm
Where: Tomakin Sports and Social Club, 71 Sunpatch Parade, Tomakin
Cost: Tickets cost $27.50 (non–seated) or $32.50 (for an allocated seat) and are available via StickyTickets.

Raise a Glass to one of the most successful artists of modern music! Kim Boath will lead this tribute show to American singer–songwriter, actor and entertainment industry icon P!nk. So Get the Party Started and come along for a memorable show.


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Come along to this show for a good cause. Photo: Junee RSL Sub-Branch/Facebook.

Junee Variety Concert

When: 8 October, 2 to 5 pm
Where: Athenium Theatre, 89 Broadway St, Junee
Cost: Tickets cost $25 for adults or $5 for children aged 13 and above (children under 13 are free), with tickets available via TryBooking or by calling 0498 130 764.

This variety show will feature a range of solo and group artists performing, all for a good cause. Adding to the fun is the auction, raffle and lucky door prizes being planned, as well as the goodie bag for all children who come along. The money raised will be passed on to Junee RSL Sub-Branch and Friends of the Athenium.

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Get the freshest spring produce (and maybe a treat for yourself) at this monthly market. Photo: CMR Artisan Market/Facebook.

CMR Artisan Market

When: 8 October, 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Cooma Railway Station, Bradley Street, Cooma
Cost: Free entry.

Looking to support farmers, producers and makers from Cooma and the surrounding Monaro area? This monthly market is one chance to see what the region has to offer with stallholders galore. And remember, it’s just a few months until Christmas, making this the perfect chance to get some early gift shopping done!


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Get excited: Liz Stringer is making a stop in Grenfell as part of her tour. Photo: Cordial Factory/Facebook.

Liz Stringer solo tour

When: 11 October, 6 to 10:30 pm
Where: The Cordial Factory, 18 George Street, Grenfell
Cost: Tickets cost $40 (with booking fee) and are available via TryBooking.

As part of her solo tour across several states and territories, Liz Stringer is stopping by Grenfell. The show will see her play songs from her latest album First Time Really Feeling.

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