Fourteen things to do around the Illawarra this weekend

Watch the glamorous sport of ballroom and latin in Thirroul this weekend - scroll down for more information. Picture: Fairfax File
Watch the glamorous sport of ballroom and latin in Thirroul this weekend - scroll down for more information. Picture: Fairfax File

THURSDAY October 12 

Women's Adventure Film Tour trailer

Women’s Adventure Film Tour

A selection of short films have been chosen to highlight awesome women achieving their adventurous goals with real stories from a variety of cultures and sports around the world.

Bushwalk The Gong founder Jenae Johnston will be speaking at the event how getting outdoors as helped boost her mental health.

Thursday 7pm, UniHall at the University of Wollongong. Tickets via www.eventbrite.com.au 

FRIDAY October 13

Mixtape For The Drive are a pizza loving pop punk band hailing from Wollongong. Picture: Facebook

Mixtape For The Drive are a pizza loving pop punk band hailing from Wollongong. Picture: Facebook

Music For The Mind

Music For The Mind is a mental health awareness concert aiming to break down the stigma. Through music they aim to do this and let all know that is OK to speak up and reach out for help!

LINEUP: Mixtape For The Drive; Jacob; Sixteen Days; Moaning Lisa; As We Fall; Proud Ground.

This is a Wollongong Youth Centre run event with the support of Headspace Wollongong – 6pm – 10pm.

Tickets $18.34 via www.eventbrite.com.au 

'seeds and rust on hand cut and folded paper' by Lee Bethel.

'seeds and rust on hand cut and folded paper' by Lee Bethel.

‘Flourish’ exhibition opening

Lee Bethel's ‘Flourish’ untwines the possibilities for formal extension in process work.

The word itself describes both natural growth and a poetic physical gesture. In ‘Flourish’ we might find those parallels between Bethel's variations on a theme and changing states in nature.

Official opening at The Egg & Dart gallery, Raymond Road in Thirroul, 6pm – 8pm. The exhibition runs until November 4.

SATURDAY October 14

SING - trailer

Moonlight Cinema

Woonona Public School P&C are putting on SING – the animated story of Koala Buster Moon who presides over a once-grand theatre that’s fallen on hard times.

Bring a picnic rug, blanket cushions etc – no large chairs. Gates open 5pm, movie starts at 7pm – enter via Liddle Street.

Cost is $15 adult, $10 child, kids under 4 are free. Tickets via www.ticketbo.com.au 

Picture: Melissa Adams

Picture: Melissa Adams

Opening of Tahmoor BMX track

There will be free BMX, mountain biking and freestyle demonstrations facilitated by the Born to Ride crew from 10am.

Riders of all ages and abilities are welcome to ride the track and there will also be a free BBQ lunch.

The NEW pump track has:

  • a transfer connection between the proposed pump track and the existing jumps
  • rollers throughout the track
  • beams along key bends

BMX Pump Track at Tahmoor’s DNA BMX Park, 120 Thirlmere Way.

Pianist and composer Barney McCall is performing at the Wollongong
Conservatorium Jazz Series. Picture: Supplied

Pianist and composer Barney McCall is performing at the Wollongong Conservatorium Jazz Series. Picture: Supplied

Barney McAll to play Wollongong Jazz Series

Pianist and composer Barney McCall is performing at the Wollongong Conservatorium Jazz Series at Glennifer Brae 7pm.

His new album Hearing the Blood is a fusion of soul, choral music, and urban jazz.

The music reflects McAll’s vast and varied experiences as a professional musician in New York and Australia for nearly three decades.

Tickets: $17 general, $12 concession, $10 students. Children 12 and under FREE.

‘Illuminate’ exhibition

An exhibition shedding light on mental health issues by creating conversations about mental illness using the various mediums of art as a catalyst. 

Moving Mountains Gallery, 193 Crown St Mall, Wollongong, from 10am-3pm.

Hoon are launching their new album on Saturday.

Hoon are launching their new album on Saturday.

Hoon Album Launch

Wollongong’s Dicey Riley’s is hosting alternative punk band Hoon’s latest album launch.

Scumdrops, The Space Boys and The Kirks are also playing live. From 8:30pm. www.wearehoon.com 

Picture: Fairfax File

Picture: Fairfax File

OPA Greek Fete

Greek food, dancing, market stalls, trash and treasure, raffles, animal farm, jumping castle, face painting plus a Zorba dance off competition!

You don’t have to be Greek to join in the fun, from 9am – 4pm. FREE entry.

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 18 Stewart Street.

Lawrence Mooney. Picture: Peter Stoop

Lawrence Mooney. Picture: Peter Stoop

Lawrence Mooney at IPAC

One of Australia’s favourite comedians Lawrence Mooney returns to Wollongong a new show, ‘Like Literally.’

Unearthing a lot of ground Mooney’s hilarious show weaves anecdotes and cautionary tales into a patchwork that is him, like literally Mooney makes no qualms that the show is ‘like literally’ about him.

Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 8pm.

SUNDAY October 15

Illawarra Pipe Band member ​at the Albion Park showgrounds. Picture: Adam McLean

Illawarra Pipe Band member ​at the Albion Park showgrounds. Picture: Adam McLean

Dapto Scottish Fair

Illawarra Scottish Fair and Pipe Band Contest,  Dandaloo Sports Grounds, Kanahooka Road, from 8:30am (presentations at 4pm).

There’ll be haggis hurling, kilts, dancing and bagpipes.

Now in its 36th year, the annual Scottish Fair and Pipe Band contest is on again with pipers marching from around NSW and the ACT.

Free workshops, casting competitions, fishing tips and touch tanks will be part of the Go Fishing Day at Lake Illawarra. Picture: DPI

Free workshops, casting competitions, fishing tips and touch tanks will be part of the Go Fishing Day at Lake Illawarra. Picture: DPI

Gone Fishing Family Day

Enjoy a great family day with loads of free fun-filled activities including how to fish workshops, casting comps, goodie bags with bonus lures, expert fishing tips, how-to cook classes, touch tanks, and activity marquees.

Snappy the crab mascot will make an appearance and handing out lots of prizes.

Lake Illawarra – Judbooley Parade in Windang from 9am – 3pm.

Picture: Andy Zakeli

Picture: Andy Zakeli

South Coast Ballroom Spectacular

It’s strictly ballroom in Thirroul this Sunday, with around 200 dancers competing for a the chance to head to the Blackpool Dance Festival in Shanghai.

See what it’s all about HERE.

Doors open at Anita’s Theatre from 10am, food and bar available. Tickets on the door or via www.ticketmaster.com.au 

Let All Men Sing

Hundreds of blokes from around the country (and New Zealand) will unite in Wollongong for a mass choir concert – including the Arcadians Lamplighters.

WIN Entertainment Centre, 2pm. Tickets via www.ticketmaster.com.au