The Illawarra weekend guide

March 5-6

Our pick

Thirroul Seaside and Arts Festival, all weekend

Thirroul Seaside and Arts Festival takes place this weekend. Come to Thirroul for art and sculpture displays, competitions, exhibitions, great food, market stalls, rides, animals, kids activities and other displays. Details here.

Music

Free gig, Sunday

Cloud Control - an alternative rock band, originally from the Blue Mountains - will play a free acoustic gig at Towradgi Beach Hotel’s Sports Bar on Sunday April 6. The show comes as part of the Corona Extra series. Time: 3pm. Details here.

Rory McLeod, Saturday

A one-man soul band, poet and storyteller singing his own unique upbeat dance stories. Venue: City Diggers Wollongong. Time: 7:30pm. Tickets: Folk club members $25, non-members $30 at the door or here.

For the kids

Little Steps Kindergym, Saturday

Little Steps Kindergym is having a free early childhood open day. Bring the kids down to enjoy gymnastics classes and a jumping castle. Venue: South Coast Gymnastics Academy, corner of Miller and Tate Streets, Coniston. Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm.

Feed the Alpacas Farm Walk, Sunday

Birrong Suri Alpacas at 263 Hawkshill Road, Canyonleigh will be opening to the public, free of charge, from 10am-4pm, with a guided Feed the Alpacas Farm Walk at 3pm.

Culture

Mann-Tatlow Collection of Asian Art, ongoing

The collection includes ceramics, objects and furniture items from the Neolithic period to the early 20th century. Venue: Wollongong Art Gallery. Times: noon-4pm. Details here.

The Seven Sopranos, Saturday

The Seven Sopranos gives you Reveria. The song book includes Tales of Hoffman, Faust, Lakme, Pearl Fishers, Hansel and Gretel, The Marriage of Figaro, Gianni Schicchi and more. Venue: IMB Theatre. Time: 8pm. Tickets: $57 adults, season ticket holders $44. Bookings: visit here.

Markets

Milton Village Markets, Saturday

The Milton Village Markets are on Saturday at the Settlement Courtyard in the historic village centre. Plants, arts, crafts, jewellery, artwork, clothing and more are on sale. Details here.

Berry Country Fair, Sunday

The Berry Country Fair is on Sunday at the showground, Alexandra Street. The monthly fair includes produce, plants, food, clothing and arts and crafts for sale. Inquiries: 44641476 or email berrymarkets@bigpond.com.

The deadline for this free service is noon, Thursday, two weeks before publication. Fax details to 42212338; post to PO Box 1215, Wollongong, 2500; or email whatson@illawarramercury.com.au.

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