4 May 2018
Keen to get out and about in NSW this month? As the leaves turn from green to brown and autumn sets in, get out and about and explore a wide range of events across the state! Check out some of the most interesting events happening across the state in May below.
A highlight of the region, Batlow CiderFest is an annual street party celebrating the end of the apple harvest, and showcasing the best ciders brewed in the local area. From 10am until 4pm, apple growers, cider brewers, Batlow locals and visitors all converge on the town to show off and savour a wide range of ciders and cool-climate wines. Taste refreshing brews from highly regarded names such as The Apple Thief, The Cheeky Grog Co., 3 Sons Cider, and of course, Batlow Cider Co. Throughout the day, Batlow’s main street will also feature musicians, street performers, and a range of stalls selling gourmet food and homemade treats. This May, head to Batlow CiderFest for delicious cider, food and entertainment surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Batlow in autumn.
The small town of Trundle, located in Central West NSW, is the unlikely host of Australia’s one-and-only ABBA festival. Held on the first Saturday in May each year. Trundle ABBA Festival is an unmissable event for fans of the beloved Swedish pop group. This two-day event will feature performances from legendary ABBA tribute group Björn Again, as well as Mama Mia! stars Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy, Kotahi Groove, Amitie, and dance performances from Alana Patience and Tristan MacManus. Come for the music, and stay for the markets, singing and fashion competitions, and even a world record attempt for the most number of people dancing to Dancing Queen!
Held at Wollongong Airport, just 90 minutes from Sydney, Wings Over Illawarra is the second-largest airshow in the country. On the first weekend in May, aviation enthusiasts can get up close with vintage aircraft (including a fully-restored Super Constellation), as well as classic cars and motorbikes, and an interactive flight simulator. Watch various planes fly in formation as they perform an incredible aerobatic show, or experience all the thrills for yourself by embarking on a helicopter joy flight. With carnival rides, souvenirs, a Kids Zone and more, Wings Over Illawarra is set to be a fantastic weekend for the whole family.
Head to Narooma, on the NSW South Coast, for a shellfish spectacular this May. Winner of three tourism awards, the Narooma Oyster Festival showcases some of the world’s best oysters against the stunning backdrop of Forsters Bay. This festival isn’t just for oyster lovers, however; here, you’ll find everything from artisan coffee stalls to fresh tacos, flavourful kebabs, and a host of other treats from around the world. As if this wasn’t enough, the festival program also includes cooking demonstrations, live music, motocross stunts, an oyster-shucking competition, beer and wine tastings, and a festival-opening fireworks display. With all this entertainment offered completely free of charge, there’s no excuse not to check out this year’s Narooma Oyster Festival!
Over 10 days, the multi-award winning River of Art festival will return to the NSW South Coast. From 17 to 20 May, enjoy an inspiring and exciting program of theatre and dance, stand-up comedy, live music, poetry readings, film screenings and creative workshops at a number of locations across the Eurobodalla. In addition to this, the festival will also feature a wide range of pop-up art exhibitions from 17 to 26 May, with many local artists also opening up their studios to the public as part of the festival’s Art Trail. With more than 100 diverse events taking place in Durras, Bermagui, and many vibrant towns in between, the River of Art is a cultural highlight of the beautiful Eurobodalla region.