Friday, September 13
Sculptures at Killalea
About 60 installations by dozens of artists will be sprawled around Killalea State Park in Shell Cove, for the Sculptures at Killalea festival.
The works will be on display with various events woven in - like twilight markets, a family day, interactive workshops for adults and children, a makers and creator market, plus artists talks and demonstrations.
This year you can also expect live art installations and a film festival/outdoor cinema.
The annual sculpture festival runs from September 13 to 22.
Five Australian artists will be exhibiting their original artworks at King & Ayres Interiors Wollongong.
The works will be curated and hung amongst hand-made bespoke furniture and designer decor pieces.
The store is located at 3A Victoria Street, Wollongong. The exhibition runs from September 11 to December 20.
You can also meet the artists from 6pm to 8pm on Friday, September 13.
Food and wine festival
With more than 14,000 people expressing interest on social media South Coast Food and Wine Festival organisers Sam and Sonia Tooley are expecting a big turnout at Berry this weekend.
The festival runs from September 13-15 at Berry Showgrounds.
Mr Tooley said with such a large site at the showground the festival can cater for whatever numbers turn out from 11am Saturday and 10am Sunday.
The event features a range of wineries, chefs, produce and craft beers in one place.
It also features entertainment, a farmer's market, a long lunch each day and chefs giving demonstrations using local produce.
More details here.
Saturday, September 14
Spring has sprung and so have the folk from the Illawarra District Orchid Society.
The region's "original orchid society" will hold its 68th annual spring show at Warilla Senior Citizens Centre this Saturday and Sunday.
Society vice-president Peter Frey said visitors to the September 14-15 show will see a spectacular display of various types of orchids.
Entry to the 68th annual spring show is free. The two-day show runs from 9.30am to 4pm on Saturday and 9am to 3pm on Sunday.
The raffle of a 'beautiful cymbidium orchid" will be drawn on Sunday at 2pm.
Details at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook @The Illawarra District Orchid Society.
Meanwhile, in Wollongong the Illawarra Native Orchid Society will also host their 43rd annual spring show at the Old Court House in Cliff Road.
The event is on September 14-15 and will run 9am to 4pm on Saturday and 9am to 3pm on Sunday.
Native orchids of all shapes, sizes and colours will be displayed at the free show.
TAFE Wollongong open day
A hands-on Open Day at TAFE NSW Wollongong this Saturday will give school leavers a taste of vocational training and education options for next year.
The September 14 event runs from 9am to 1pm and includes a range of activities including an automotive paint and panel demonstration.
People can also try the cutting edge virtual welder, lay a brick with Mick, become a star of the screen or film a short scene.
Visit events.tafensw.edu.au/open-day for details.
Sunday, September 15
Described by author Kate Forsyth as "important and empowering", the Heroines festival, Australia's first festival of women writers telling women's stories, will take place in Thirroul on Sunday, September 15.
The Heroines Festival is day of panels, readings, book launches, author signings, conversations, friendships, and more. Festival guests will tell women's stories, speak about the craft of finding or inventing lost histories, and how their festival guests imagine the future for women.
Novelist Jesse Blackadder will tell the tales of early female Antarctic explorers, historical-fiction novelist Robyn Cadwallader will talk about the life of an enclosed young medieval holy woman, and festival favourite Kate Forsyth will speak about the French Revolution and Chinese mythology.
Speculative novelists Claire Corbett and Cat Sparks will discuss writing dystopian futures, like those found in Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale, and alternative utopian possibilities for women.
It runs from 10am to 5.30pm. For more details, click here.