Tuesday, December 3
TAFE NSW students studying design, screen and media, music and photography qualifications across the Illawarra are part of an exhibition showcasing the year's work.
The exhibition is on at the Innovation Campus TAFE NSW Digital Media Centre.
The art gallery space features printed and digital works by photography and graphic design students.
The studio has been turned into a theatre for guests to enjoy a show-reel of short films and animations.
The exhibition runs until Thursday, 10am to 4pm daily.
Wednesday, December 4
Six Wollongong artists will exhibit works at Project Contemporary Artspace in December on an issue close to many people's hearts, our warming environment.
Other Nature explores the relationship between people and their environments, both emotional and local.
Inspired by the Illawarra, the artists' works delve into our political climate, interpersonal relationships and experiences of people and their connections with the natural world, both physical and spiritual.
"As we are constantly surrounded by our environment, these works examine the emotional and human possibilities of our intimate connection with nature," artist Greer Harris said.
"The works also examine our impact on this planet and the evolving climate change."
Artists Erin Mison, Verity Cole, Harris, Renae MacAlpine, Alison Brown and Melissa Russell will show works in a variety of media-oil, acrylic, sculpture, textiles, pencils and watercolours on wood, paper, and fabric.
The exhibition is on at the Project Contemporary Artspace, 255 Keira Street, Wollongong.
The opening night is on Thursday, December 5 at 6pm.
It runs from December 4 to December 8. Gallery hours are 11am to 5pm daily.
Rock legends The Animals are considered "one of the most important bands" of the British Invasion.
The Animals boast some of the greatest songs in popular music including The House of The Rising Sun, We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, It's My Life, Don't Bring Me Down and more, all of which will be performed on this Greatest Hits Tour.
They'll visit Centro CBD, Wollongong on December 4. More details from the venue or Metropolis Touring.
Thursday, December 5
la FEMME is a new solo exhibition from Kerry Bruce that will run from December 5 to January 5 at the Little Blowhole Art Bar, Kiama.
The opening will take place on Thursday, December 5 at 5.30pm. All welcome.
In this exhibition of completely new work, Bruce is showcasing a new direction for her artistic practice, with an evident connection to the female form.
Bruce has been exhibiting since 2009 and since moved forward to win the Westpac Art Prize, qualified as a finalist in the Fisher's Ghost Award and selected as a Highly Commended in the Pirtek Art Prize.
Friday, December 6
For more than 18 years, Shellharbour City Council has been hosting the annual Carols by Candlelight event.
The annual Carols by Candlelight Shellharbour will take place at Reddall Reserve from 5.30pm.
The family-friendly Fairgrounds Festival returns to Berry Showgrounds.
The former frontman of Oasis, Liam Gallagher, will lead the charge with Kasey Chambers, DMAs, Meg Mac, The Lemonheads and more all on the bill.
Wollongong emerging artist Stevan will also be among the musical offerings.
The festival will run across Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7.
Now in its fifth year, the event is aimed to suit mums, dads and kids and will incorporate a "youth ticket" for the first time - reducing prices for 13 to 17-year-olds.
Camping will again be available for the two-day event - dubbed a "carnival of music" by organisers - as well as an array of activities aimed at all ages.
Ticketing details here.
Kicks at the flicks
Gerringong Pics and Flicks' final film for 2019 is All Is True, a historical drama that imagines the last period of William Shakespeare's life.
Kenneth Branagh plays Shakespeare contemplating the end of his career in this intriguing speculative drama about the playwright's final years.
It will be screened on Friday, December 6 at Gerringong Town Hall.
The film commences at 8pm. Tickets available from 7.20pm.
Madge's life story
Renowned Australian entertainer Robina Beard brings her one- woman show to the Music Lounge, Wollongong Town Hall, on December 6 and 7.
My Life: You're Soaking In It draws on a lifetime of dance, musicals, drama and television.
Robina is well-known for her role as 'Madge the Manicurist' in the long-running television commercial for Palmolive.
The show is part of a double bill, which also features Sydney-based actress Katrina Maskell performing the 50-minute satirical play A View From The Balcony.
The comedy double bill is on Friday, December 6 at 7.30pm; and Saturday, December 7 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm at The Music Lounge, Wollongong Town Hall.
More info and tickets: wollongongtownhall.com.au.
Read our interview with Beard here.
Saturday, December 7
Surf and skate
The inaugural Shellharbour Surf and Skate Festival is taking place from December 7 to 15.
It will bring together the region's best skateboarders, surfers, artists and musicians across more than a week of competitions, events, workshops and exhibitions.
The festival will feature a Skate Street Comp, free workshops and demonstrations; Skate Bowl Comp, free workshops and demonstrations; Hidden Forest Music Festival and South Coast Boardriders Challenge.
International superstar, accordionist and Berlin boy-wonder, Hans, will be bringing his award-winning show Hans: Like A German to the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre on December 7.
Backed by a live band, Hans: Like A German is anaccordion-pumping, foot-stomping, glittering blitzkrieg of cabaret. Audiences will be slapping their thighs so hard they'll think it's Oktoberfest as Hans dishes the dirt on his triumphant turn on TV's America's Got Talent, where he made it all the way to the finals.
Hans recently appeared as a guest judge on Australia's Got Talent.
Tickets on sale now from www.hansofficial.com.
The Farm's market takes place on the first Sunday of each month.
It features more than 90 stalls stocked with the latest fashions, a large range of local producers, sweets, brewers, artisans, florists and food.
Bring the family and make a day of it - with plenty of grass for the kids to play all that's left to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the live music and spectacular views.
The next market is on Sunday, December 8 from 10am to 3pm.