THURSDAY OCTOBER 19
The Popular Mechanicals
Shakespeare’s greatest clowns — the six endearingly amateur actors who give a daffy royal command performance for the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream — take centre stage in this wild re-imagining of what might have happened off-stage during the Bard’s most loved comedy.
Clowning, vaudeville, slapstick, farce, stand-up comedy and some hilarious puppetry come together to create an anarchic and bawdy carnival that revels in its own theatricality.
Recommended for ages 13+. Contains adult themes.
At IPAC until Saturday. www.merrigong.com.au
Lost and Found Treasures of Kiama
Kiama District and Historical Society has put together an exhibition on historic houses around Kiama.
This project aims to celebrate the architectural treasurers of Kiama. Many of these houses are at risk of disappearing, while some have already gone.
At the Old Fire Station on Shoalhaven Street in Kiama. Running until Tuesday October 24.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 20
Das ist wunderbar! It’s time to go Euro at the German Club with dancing, competitions, live music and steins – plus a family day on the Sunday with rides, balloon animals and face painter.
There will be plenty of competitions, such as: Sausage eating, Strong Man, Strong Woman, and German Beard. So start growing that beard now!
Entertainment in the Big Tent starts on Friday and continues over the weekend.
Oktoberfest runs until Sunday at The German Club, Northcliffe Drive at Kembla Grange.
Read More: What Wollongong loves to wear to Oktoberfest
Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
From fun dance workshops to some of the best bands in Australia and even a dedicated Youth Tent, there is something for everyone at the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival.
Featured artists include 19 Twenty, Rhythm Hunters, The Northern Folk, Fred Smith Trio, Mal Webb, The Low Down Riders, Giffen, Nick Rheinberger, The Rosie Burgess Trio plus 40 other acts in six different venues.
The Bush Music Club are again running their popular Sapling Sessions, teaching Australian tunes to young musicians 8-16 years.
Most of the action takes place at the showground, but concerts and other activities are also being held at The Friendly Inn, Kangaroo Valley Public School and more.
Tickets via www.kangaroovalleyfolkfestival.com.au
SATURDAY OCTOBER 21
The Songs and Tales of Angry Old Men
It’s a celebration of songs, music, tales and that defined great moments throughout the decades at Bulli Heritage Hotel.
Audiences can expect the music of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Jim Morrison, Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, John Mellencamp and more.
The Songs and Tales of Angry Old Men will be led by Jeremy Edwards and Matt Ross performing vocals and guitar; supported by Wayne Kellett (bass and vocals), Di Solomon (keys and vocals) and George Brugmans (drums).
Craft and Doll Fair
The Wollongong Doll Club Inc is holding its 34th Annual Fair at Wollongong Town Hall from 9.30am to 3pm.
Trade tables from all over NSW and the Illawarra selling dolls and bears, old and new, and all related items.
Collectables, miniatures and dolls houses, reborn dolls, craft, jewellery, toys, old linen, Dolls Hospital, and free doll and bear valuations (limit 2 per person) available. Raffles and free kids craft.
Gold coin donation entry. Raising money for local hospitals, charities and organisations. For enquiries: (02) 4229 7010.
Peter Powers Hypnotist Show
Peter Powers performing his Naughty, Naughty Hypno Show at Anita's Theatre on Saturday 21st of October at 8pm.
Peter’s upcoming live shows will have lots of new fun and outrageous routines where the audience can expect the unexpected.
Beach Netball Festival
North Wollongong this Saturday and Sunday.
It’s a round robin featuring shoot outs and finals with the winners taking home the James Cook University Cup. Teams can be both males and females with a minimum of five and maximum of eight players.
Paige Hadley (NSW Swifts) and Kelsey Browne (Sunshine Coast Lightning) will be there all weekend getting involved with the competition and the Beach Netball SHOOT OUT at 12.30pm both days.
Spectators are free and welcome to come along to the event, to watch the action and participate within the live site, featuring DJ’s, free giveaways and a giant Banana Boat slide on Sunday
Registrations close Friday so register your team HERE!
SUNDAY OCTOBER 22
UPGRADE was designed as a gathering of individuals, taking charge of their own lives and situations, both in health and many other areas of life.
It’s being held on The Deck at The Novotel in North Wollongong from 3pm – 6pm.
It’s for business owners, personal trainers, people interested in making a change or even just interested in seeing these legends speak.
- Kali Burns – Instagram Fitness Model, Online Coach, Influencer
- Matt Bartholomew - Fitness Model, Strength Coach
- Alex Georgeou – Strength Coach, PT, Health Coach and Mindset Coach
- Simone Louise – Clinical Neural Hypnosis Psychotherapist, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Holistic Health Coach
Cost $20 – details via Facebook.