OUR PICK: Folk by the Sea
Saturday and Sunday, Sept 28-29
The festival features a great line-up of folk, world, acoustic, Celtic, traditional, gypsy, blues and bluegrass music, poetry, and dance. The event is a combination of ticket-only entry performances on Saturday and a free concert at Kiama’s Hindmarsh Park on Sunday. Performers include legendary Northern Territory singer-songwriter Ted Egan, Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan, Ami Williamson, Pat Drummond, Irish musician Fintan Vallely and Queensland trio The Rusty Datsuns, as well as Illawarra acts. Details here.
OUT & ABOUT
Tulip Time Festival in Bowral, until October 7
The highlight of the festival, now in its 53rd year, is a family fun day in the park on Saturday, followed by a street parade with more than 40 floats down the main street of Bowral starting at 3pm. The garden will then come alive with Tulips After Dark which includes entertainment and a street market selling local wine and produce.Details here.
Secondhand Saturday, Saturday
A chance to trade in and buy unwanted items. From 8am-noon, School Flat, Shoalhaven Street Kiama. Details here.
Steam Train Day, Saturday
A steam-hauled locomotive will visit Robertson Heritage Railway Station. There will also be working vintage farm machinery, a ride-on miniature steam train, a working model steam train set, market stalls, food and more.
Wollongong Comes Alive, Saturday
A day of free interactive display and activities featuring dinosaurs from Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo, Just Cruisin’ Motorcycle Tours, Jamberoo Action Park, Australian Motorlife Museum, Hangdog and more. 11am to 2pm, Lower Crown Street Mall, Wollongong.
Barnyard Babies Petting Zoo, Wednesday, Sept 25 to Saturday, Sept 28
Keep your kiddies entertained while you shop at Westfield Warrawong, from 10am to 3pm. Free.
Bugs @ the Fly, Saturday and Sunday
An interactive creepy crawly experience. Children will learn about Australian invertebrates and can touch and get up close and personal with a range of creatures, including a giant spider, rhinoceros cockroaches, giant rainforest millipedes, meal worms, rainbow stag beetles, spiny leaf stick insects and a Flinders Range scorpion. Sessions are at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Children $15, adults $24 (includes entry to the Treetop Walk). Details here.
Super Hero Wrestling Disco: Saturday, Sept 28
The disco has been organised by Dapto pro wrestler Benny Coles – also known as Iron Jay – and his team of wrestlers to give kids a fun night out and raise money for KidzWish. Saturday’s disco starts at 4pm and goes until 6.15pm. It is for children and teens up to 14 years old, but kids under five need parental supervision. Tickets can be bought online or at the door.
For more school holiday events, click here.
A compelling live artist, Ngaiire incorporates stunning costuming and evocative vocal delivery in her band’s live performance. She has a soulfully powerful voice. Heritage Hotel, Bulli.
The New Christs, Saturday
Seminal Australian rock band The New Christs return to The Beaches in Thirroul. It has been more than two years since the band played this venue. Last time they gave an extended encore about 40 minutes long.
Australian Chamber Orchestra, Thursday, October 3
World-renowned countertenor Andreas Scholl will perform in concert with musicians from the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Wollongong Town Hall. Tickets here or 42275088.
For the Illawarra gig guide, click here.
Robert Clinch: Fanfare for the Common Man, until November 17
Melbourne artist Robert Clinch’s paintings of industrial and inner-city landscapes are imbued with poetry and disquiet, sentimentality and humour. Wollongong City Gallery.
Art for Refugees, Saturday and Sunday
Art for sale with proceeds raising funds for refugee mothers with young children. Artists include Susan Smith, Paul Ryan, Sallie Moffatt and Idris Murphy. The Illawarra Grammar School, West Wollongong. Details here.
From Bundanon to Wollongong, Saturday and Sunday
Solo exhibition for Wollongong artist Keith Rutherford. This latest series of oil paintings and works on paper was inspired by Arthur Boyd’s Bundanon. Shellharbour Village Exhibition Space, 10am to 5.30pm.
The Defence, Saturday
A satirical yet sinister play about gender, rehearsal rooms and the enigma of the Father of Naturalism, playwright August Strindberg. His moves are tight, his rhymes are slick, and his misogyny is off the chain. At the IPAC. Bookings: 4224 5999.
Work Shorts 2013, Saturday
Superstition makes up the theme for this year’s season of six short plays. All are original works written and performed by Illawarra locals. At the Wollongong Workshop Theatre, Gwynneville. Bookings: 4225 9407.
For the community events calendar, click here.