30 January 2023

Things to do on the coast and in the country in February

| Evelyn Karatzas
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There’s so much to do in Thredbo this February. Photo: Thredbo.

Taste of the Snowies Gourmet Market

When: Saturday, 4 February, 12 to 5 pm
Where: Village Green, Thredbo Village
Cost: Tickets are $20 per person, and can be purchased here.

Thredbo’s Taste of the Snowies Food and Wine Festival is back again!

If you’re looking for something to do with your family, look no further than Thredbo Village, where markets and events will showcase an array of local artisans, winemakers, distillers and brewers.

With live music playing throughout the day, food mini-masterclasses and a large variety of food trucks, cocktail cards, cupcake stands and more, there’s so much to enjoy. Bus services are available too, which saves you the trouble of driving.

During the evening, there will also be a “Snowies Degustation Dinner” and wine night. To find out more, click here.

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Googfest is back in 2023. Image: Googfest, Facebook.


When: Saturday, 4 February, 5 to 9 pm
Where: Rockley Oval, Googong
Cost: Free.

Googong’s favourite free live-music festival is returning in 2023 and you’re invited.

Taking place once again at Rockley Oval, Googfest returns with the iconic Australian outfit Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows. There will also be plenty of performances by supporting local acts, including Chloe Kay and The Crusade, Smooth Ops, and The Faumuis.

The Black Sorrows are one of Australia’s most prolific and popular bands, and are best known for their high-energy live shows, musicianship, and roots-soaked blues rock. They have sold more than two million albums and will be taking the stage with a special performance at no cost for all Googonians and people from around the region to enjoy.

Frontman Joe Camilleri is a 74-year-old rock ‘n’ roll superstar who has been named an ARIA Hall of Famer and has been at the forefront of Australian music for decades. He is well known for writing anthems such as Hit & Run, Shape I’m In, Chained to the Wheel, Harley + Rose and Never Let Me Go.

Come along for a day full of music, fun events, and food and drink vendors showcasing a variety of sweet and savoury treats.

Hobbies Expo poster

Come and discover a new hobby at Goulburn’s Hobby Expo. Image: Humanitix.

Love Your Weekends – Hobbies Expo

When: Saturday, 4 February, 3 to 5 pm
Where: Goulburn Mulwaree Library, 184/194 Bourke St, Goulburn
Cost: Free.

Are you looking for something new and exciting to do to keep you busy on the weekend and in your free time?

Goulburn is hosting a Hobbies Expo, which is designed to inspire you to try something new and showcase everything the town has to offer. Many community groups and organisations will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.

Rodeo action

Saddle up for thrills and spills aplenty at the Goulburn Rodeo. Photo: Goulburn Rodeo Club Inc, Facebook.

Goulburn Rodeo

When: Saturday, 4 February, 9 am to 11 pm
Where: Goulburn Rodeo Grounds, 47 Braidwood Road, Goulburn
Cost: Tickets from $10, and can be purchased on the day.

Goulburn’s annual rodeo is making a comeback this February and everyone’s invited.

As one of the oldest running and most popular rodeos in Australia, it features cowboys and cowgirls who are fit athletes and put on a show you won’t want to miss as they compete and showcase their talents.

River tap festival

More than 1000 people are expected to flock to the Tumut River Tap Days. Photo: Grant Hardwick.

Tumut River Tap Days

When: Saturday, 4 February, 1:30 to 9 pm
Where: Bila Park, Tumut
Cost: Tickets are $49, and can be purchased here.

Grab your camping chairs and pack your picnic rugs as a riverside festival showcasing live music and craft beer is brewing in Bila Park this summer.

Tumut River Tap Days is an all-ages annual event that invites people to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere filled with fare from local breweries, distilleries and wineries, as well as delicious food stalls and various activities to participate in.

Taking place on Saturday, 4 February, on the banks of the Tumut River, the festival will be headlined by The Grogans and feature local artists and bands throughout the day. It will feature five breweries, a local distillery, a Snowy Mountains cider company and a winery.

cultural dancers

The Bungendore multicultural festival, if successful, could become an annual event like the Queanbeyan one. Photo: QPRC.

Bungendore Multicultural Festival

When: Sunday, 5 February, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Mick Sherd Oval, Gibraltar Street, Bungendore
Cost: Free.

Due to the immense success of the multicultural festival in Queanbeyan, Bungendore is hosting its own version this February.

The festival is expected to provide the rapidly growing community of Bungendore with an opportunity to celebrate its diversity of culture, food and music, along with a chance for the QPRC to understand who represents the town’s new demographic.

You’re invited to come along with your friends and family to try multicultural treats and immerse yourself in a variety of cultures within the community and see what they have to offer.

man riding bull

The rodeo is a popular event at the Cobargo Show. Photo: Cobargo Show.

Cobargo Show

When: Friday to Sunday, 10-12 February (various times)
Where: Cobargo Showground, corner of Avernus Street and Cobargo-Bermagui Road, Cobargo
Cost: Entry from $5, and tickets can be purchased at the gate

Returning for its 123rd year is the popular Cobargo Show.

In 2023, the show promises three days of non-stop entertainment, including the rodeo, which is a crowd favourite.

It will also showcase local produce, and there will be beef cattle judging, a stock horse challenge demonstration, a workhorse competition as well as dog high jumping, lawnmower races, a fashion show and chainsaw events. To find out more, visit the show’s website.

Lion dancing

The Prosperous Mountain Chinese Lions performed at last year’s festival. Photo: Goulburn Multicultural Centre.

Goulburn Multicultural Festival

When: Saturday, 11 February, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Belmore Park, Auburn Street, Goulburn
Cost: Free.

Come along with your family and friends to Belmore Park this February and join Goulburn as it celebrates its diverse and multicultural community.

The free event, the Goulburn Multicultural Festival, will feature market stalls, multicultural food and drinks, events and activities for kids, live music and more than 20 visiting and local cultural groups attending and performing.

If you love trying new food and experiencing different cultures, this event is for you.

candle making

Come and learn to make your own candle in Moruya. Photo: Daria Bulgakova.

Soy candle-making workshop

When: Saturday, 11 February, 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Where: Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre, corner of Vulcan and Campbell streets, Moruya
Cost: Tickets are $120 per person, and can be purchased here.

Have you ever wanted to learn to make your own candle?

Creative artist Karim Sorum is ready to teach you step-by-step how to make your own soy candles in a three-hour workshop in Moruya this summer.

During the workshop, you’ll learn how to set the wick, add your chosen scent, incorporate colour and work with the correct temperatures for wax pouring.

All participants will be guided to make one or two candles, and are welcome to bring their own decorative jar or vessel for their creations.

With no experience required, there’s no better way to relax and spend a Saturday.

two Raiders fans

Come and watch the Raiders take on the Bulldogs this February in Moruya. Photo: NRL Photos/Gregg Porteous.

Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs

When: Sunday, 12 February, 3 pm
Where: Ack Weyman Oval, Moruya
Cost: Tickets are from $10, and can be purchased here.

If you love the footy, we’ve got a game you won’t want to miss.

On Sunday, 12 February, the Canberra Raiders will go head-to-head against the Canterbury Bulldogs in their first NRL pre-season trial match.

Taking place at Ack Weyman Oval, Moruya, this double-header event with the Jersey Flegg team means a great day out for rugby league fans. Over half the tickets have already sold, so grab yours now to avoid missing out.


Comedy legend Kevin Wilson is coming to Batemans Bay. Photo: Kevin Bloody Wilson, Facebook.

Kevin Bloody Wilson

When: Tuesday, 14 February, 8 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Moruya Golf Club, Evans Street, Moruya
Cost: Tickets are $65 per person, and can be purchased here.

One of Australia’s best comedians is coming to the Moruya Golf Club this February.

Kevin Bloody Wilson will perform a must-see show alongside Jenny Talia this Valentine’s Day, which welcomes everyone aged 18 and up.

He is known for his talent in telling Australian stories better than anyone else, and it’s guaranteed to make people laugh their socks off.

As a comedian who started out in small outback pubs before eventually performing in the halls of The London Palladium, he is an impressive performer who has to be seen live.

demolition derby

The Bega Show’s demolition derby always brings in a large crowd. Photo: Bega Show, Facebook.

Bega Show

When: Friday to Sunday, 17-19 February (various times)
Where: Bega Showgrounds, 1 Upper Street, Bega
Cost: Tickets from $5, and can be purchased here.

The Bega Show is back to celebrate its 151st year.

Scheduled for 17-19 February, it promises its annual demolition derby; flower, plant and produce displays; freestyle aerial bike acts; cooking competitions; animals; and more.

There will also be plenty of food vans and music, as well as fireworks on the Saturday night. With as little as $5 entry per person, there’s so much to enjoy across the three days.

festival entertainment

Vibesfest is returning with plenty of music acts for everyone to enjoy. Photo: Goulburn Australia.

Vibesfest Goulburn

When: Saturday, 18 February, 12 pm to 9 pm
Where: 173 Auburn Street, Goulburn
Cost: Free.

Goulburn’s annual youth music festival is returning to Belmore Park.

The free event, Vibesfest, is coming back bigger and better than ever, and this time will feature performances from local high school bands, heaps of entertainment and a special performance from Richard Joyce.

used-clothes swap party

Clean out your wardrobes this summer at Goulburn Library. Photo: Fotoksa, iStock.

Love What You Wear – Fashion Workshop and Clothes Swap

When: Saturday, 18 February, 2 to 5 pm
Where: Goulburn Mulwaree Library, 184/194 Bourke St, Goulburn
Cost: Free.

Do you have a collection of unwanted clothes that just sit in your wardrobe and are never worn? If you do, then why not swap it for something new?

Goulburn Library is set to host a presentation by Jane Fleming, who will discuss fashion that suits all body types, as well as what colours and shapes suit different figures, and tips on where and what to buy for all seasons and budgets. There will also be conversations regarding how to upcycle your clothes and make the most of what you have.

The presentation will be followed by a clothes swap, where you’ll be invited to bring along one to seven items to exchange for something new. They can be anything from handmade to retro, vintage or branded clothes; as long as they’re clean and in good condition, you’re welcome to switch them out.

What are you waiting for? It’s the perfect time to clean out those wardrobes!

Stewart D’Arrietta and John Waters

John Waters (right) and Stewart D’Arrietta will star in The John Lennon Songbook. Photo: GPAC.

John Waters – The John Lennon Songbook

When: Friday, 24 February, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Goulburn Performing Arts Centre, 163 Auburn Street
Cost: Tickets from $65, and can be purchased here.

The John Lennon Songbook is heading to the Goulburn Performing Arts Centre.

Starring John Waters and Stewart D’Arrietta, this special performance showcases the best of John Lennon from The Beatles.

Audiences will be taken on a journey through Lennon’s classic hits, including his most popular tracks from his “Imagine” album.

This show is designed to impress all generations and showcase songs that everyone will be familiar with. Book now so you don’t miss out.

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