Illawarra Folk Festival punters will have multiple opportunities to see headline acts during the weekend.
With more than 150 acts from the Illawarra, throughout Australia and overseas, music fans will have plenty of choice at the annual four-day event at Bulli Showground on January 16-19.
The headline acts will be appearing on multiple occasions and on different stages.
This includes perennial festival favourite Eric Bogle performing four times, as will the Toe-Sucking Cowgirls.
Award-winning Canadian songstress and guitar shredder Mo Kenney is scheduled to appear two times, while emerging international star, Scottish teenager Brighde Chaimbeul - a young Gaelic-speaking performer from the Isle of Skye who has made a huge impact in the UK with her debut album The Reeling - will play four times over the weekend.
Wollongong-born international guitar maestro Michael Fix, who is teaming up with regular collaborator, English singer Christine Collister, will also perform four times, as will popular gypsy-jazz exponents Cigany Weaver.
Thursday night's acts include Brighde Chaimbeul, the Toe Sucking Cowgirls, Shellie Morris, Cigany Weaver, Fly Little Sparrow, English folk legend Rory McLeod and Canada's Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra.
The Illawarra Folk Festival will celebrate its 35th anniversary this year.
Regular festival features including a range of food stalls, Green Music Trains from Sydney and environmental sustainability initiatives.
The festival is run entirely by volunteers.
So Popera Productions, the local production company that brought you Disney's The Little Mermaid and Singin' in the Rain is back with the musical adaptation of a popular movie comedy.
Legally Blonde the Musical is coming to the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre with the fabulously fun story of Elle Woods tackling stereotypes, snobbery and scandal - with style.
It runs from January 17 to 25.
Join the Roo Theatre Company as they take you on a magical carpet ride to this year's pantomime, Aladdin.
An Arabian tale of true love, magic wishes and dastardly dealings, the show will excite and delight all ages with the extra helping of song, dance, slapstick and laughter that you would come to expect from the Roo's festive extravaganza.
Visit Illawarra Fly these school holidays, and experience The Gruffalo Spotters Trail with Summer Storytime.
Taking your Gruffalo escapade to the next level, Summer Storytime will be hosted in the newly decorated Kids Corner, where children can hear the story of The Gruffalo at select times throughout the day.
For further information, visit www.illawarrafly.com.
More school holiday activities
Join in the inflatable fun at Oak Flats, Albion Park and Warilla pools this summer with multiple open days. Entry is free.
There's also a huge Super Slide Day at Warilla Pool on January 17.
This event includes free sausage sizzle, giant pool inflatable, giveaways, music and more.
School holiday program
University of Wollongong
The Summer Sunshine January Program at the UOW Early Start Discovery Space is on until Sunday, January 26.
Join them in the sunshine these January school holidays for sand, sun and sea-inspired activities.
You can book in for their Sand Sculpture Workshop and learn professional sculpting techniques, or try your hand at creating a Solar Car.
Each day is filled with free activities.
Check out the full program here.
Albion Park Rail
Enjoy the Summer school holiday train rides and the Illawarra Light Railway Museum on Thursday, January 16 from 10am to 2pm.
Ride those trains back into the grand old days of railways, have a guided shed tour, and check all the cool old stuff from yesteryear.
Tickets from $10.
You can take part in a traditional weaving workshop at Minnamurra Rainforest on Wednesday, January 15 from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
Enjoy an exclusive traditional weaving workshop taught by an Aboriginal Elder.
Don't miss this opportunity to learn this ancient art at Minnamurra Rainforest these school holidays.
All materials supplied.
Return to Bass Point
Shellharbour City Library
Join in as local dive instructor and photgraphier Steve Gillespie returns to discuss the amazing underwater world of Bass Point.
Bookings essential through Eventbrite or by phoning City Library on 4221 6222.
It will take place on Wednesday, January 15 from 6pm to 7.30pm. Free.
Kiama product, singer/songwriter Joe Mungovan has rallied some musical friends and organised a gig for bushfire relief.
The 'Fire Relief Fundraiser' will take place at Burradise Community Garden (located at 157 Prince Edward Avenue, Culburra Beach).
Raising money for the Rural Fire Service, the show will feature three acts - Cameron Little, Tommy Gun and Mungovan.
The show is on Friday from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
For the heavy music fans of the region, Northlane's 4D regional tour includes a show at the UniBar, Wollongong on Friday, January 17.
The tour features Northlane hitting up the East Coast throughout January, with the jaunt also featuring special guests Gravemind.
Last year was a huge one for Northlane, with the release of their fifth album Alien, which had fans and critics raving.
With perfect scores and being hailed as a contender for album of the year, Alien debuted at No.3 on the ARIA album chart.
They also won the 2019 ARIA for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album for Alien.
Tickets for the Wollongong show are available from Moshtix.
The Sunset Cinema is on again at the Botanic Gardens until February 22.
For more details, visit the www.sunsetcinema.com.au/wollongong website.
Donald Keys and Arja Valimaki present the art exhibition Coastal Life until February 2 at the Little Blowhole Art Bar, Kiama.
Donald Keys and Arja Valimaki present Coastal Life or Meri Elama (in Finnish).
This is a new collection of work inspired by their coastal life in the Illawarra region.
This is the first of a series of dual and group exhibitions by exceptional local and international artists for 2020 at the Art Bar.
Free live music
Enjoy a relaxed Sunday afternoon at the Wollongong Botanic Garden listening to a free live music performance, featuring talent from our region.
The line-up will feature a different performer in a different part of the garden each week, spanning an eclectic array of musical styles and abilities from solo performers, bands and choirs.
It takes place every Sunday (weather permitting) between 2pm to 4pm.
The Shellharbour Summer Carnival is back at Pioneer Park, Shellharbour Village, open nightly from 6pm.
There will be plenty of rides and stalls. It runs until Sunday, January 19.