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Treasures of Australian Art 1880 to 1940

Thursday 13th July, 2017 - Saturday 30th September, 2017

ELIOTH GRUNER. 1918. 'The Beach' Oil on Canvas. Howard Hinton Collection.

ELIOTH GRUNER. 1918. ‘The Beach’ Oil on Canvas. Howard Hinton Collection.

The Howard Hinton Collection, in the sheer breadth of its cover of Australian art from the 1880 to the 1940, is the only collection of its kind in regional Australia.

Howard Hinton, an avid collector of art and visitor of artists’ studios, developed his collection for the purpose of encouraging artists, educating students, and for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.  He first donated works to the Armidale Teachers College in 1929 and, by the time of his death in 1948, had given away over 1,200 works.

The Collection reflects Hinton’s early love for Victorian travel paintings as well as respect for the conventions of Australian landscape art.  The Lindsay family is strongly represented as is Streeton, Roberts, Gruner, Hilder, Murch and Feint.

Opening Saturday, July 15, 10am.

Type:

Exhibition

Where:

Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Zingel Place.

Phone:

02 6499 2187

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Treasures of Australian Art 1880 to 1940

Thursday 13th July, 2017 - Saturday 30th September, 2017

ELIOTH GRUNER. 1918. 'The Beach' Oil on Canvas. Howard Hinton Collection.

ELIOTH GRUNER. 1918. ‘The Beach’ Oil on Canvas. Howard Hinton Collection.

The Howard Hinton Collection, in the sheer breadth of its cover of Australian art from the 1880 to the 1940, is the only collection of its kind in regional Australia.

Howard Hinton, an avid collector of art and visitor of artists’ studios, developed his collection for the purpose of encouraging artists, educating students, and for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.  He first donated works to the Armidale Teachers College in 1929 and, by the time of his death in 1948, had given away over 1,200 works.

The Collection reflects Hinton’s early love for Victorian travel paintings as well as respect for the conventions of Australian landscape art.  The Lindsay family is strongly represented as is Streeton, Roberts, Gruner, Hilder, Murch and Feint.

Opening Saturday, July 15, 10am.

Type:

Exhibition

Where:

Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Zingel Place.

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Anh Do – The Happiest Refugee Live

Thursday 7th September, 2017

Anh Do’s bestselling book The Happiest Refugee has made readers laugh and cry, and was described by Russell Crowe as “the most surprising and inspiring read I have had in years.” Anh’s stage show takes it a step further, combining stand-up comedy with real life stories, photos and filmed pieces to retell his amazing story.

When one of Australia’s most talented comedians delves deep into his own life’s joys and sorrows, the result is an unforgettable night at the theatre that leaves an audience

Bar opens: 7pm

Doors open: 7.30pm

Show time: 8pm

“irrepressible good humour, infectious energy and bright optimism”…The Sydney Morning Herald

“the happiest audience experience I have ever had”…Arts Hub

“Two thumbs, five stars, show of the season”​

Book tickets online.

Adult $59.90

Groups 10+ $54.90

Concession $54.90

ReBoot in Bermagui this Spring

Saturday 23rd September, 2017 - Sunday 24th September, 2017

ReBoot

Run, refresh, relax and renew in Bermagui this spring.

Held on the last week-end in September, ReBoot in Bermagui is a week-end of active participation in a variety of activities in the beautiful Bermagui coastal environment.

On Saturday ReBoot in Bermagui starts with the fun runs – Camel to Club and Tilba Rd to Town Fun Runs, and the Horizon Credit Union Kids Run followed by street Zumba and the ReBoot Tug-O-War challenge.

Bermagui’s Beachside Health Clinic will be open from 10am at the Bermagui Surf Club and includes massage, reflexology, dietary analysis, naturopathy, guided meditation and so much more to help you be the best you can be this spring.

Food stalls and local cafes will offer fresh food and beverages to keep you fuelled up for the weekend’s activities including yoga, tai chi, pilates, guided mountain bike ride and heritage walking tour, SUP, golf clinic, croquet, barefoot bowls and badminton.

After all this morning activity, the Bermagui Country Club is the place to be for the Car Boot Sale and to watch the AFL finals followed by live entertainment at the club and Bermagui Beach Hotel on Saturday night.

On Sunday the fun continues with more yoga, Tai Chi, boxing, boot camp and the main event being the Point to Point Ocean Swim at Horseshoe Bay beach and the Healthy Bermagui Breakfast. Spend the week-end or stay a week – this is the place to be on the last week-end in September.

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Bermagui

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The Shirl, National Youth Portraiture Prize

Friday 6th October, 2017 - Saturday 25th November, 2017

Winner of ‘2015 IAS Young Achievement Award’ Harriet Mitchell.
‘Romy and Daffodil’

The Shirl is a $10,000 acquisitive biannual portrait prize for artists between the ages 16  and 25.

There is no other Portrait prize specifically for young and emerging Australian artists. The Shirl is the little sister to the BVRG’s $50,000 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award.

We encourage HSC students, tertiary students or practicing emerging artists to enter.

Entries can be of any 2D traditional medium or a digital new media piece, animation, gif etc. The entered work must have been completed within the last 12 months and must be the original work of the exhibitor.

Entries close at midnight Friday September 8 2017, opening night is October 6.

 

Arj Barker – Organic

Friday 27th October, 2017

As always, I start with the finest free-range topics, nurture them until they’re brimming with wholesome hilarity, and ready for the tellin’. Remember, my cruelty-free jokes are ALWAYS tested on animals, and 100% goat-approved by the time you hear them. That’s quality you can trust.

​*may contain traces of nuts

Arj Barker is arguably Australia’s favourite American comedian. In recent years, he has spent more time in our country than his own and has come to understand our culture perhaps better than we understand it ourselves. His stand-up is both insightful and pointed, like a mind-reading thumb tack, if there was one of those.

“A must see for anyone who loves a laugh…****” Adelaide now

Type:

Theatre

Where:

Bega Valley Civic Centre, Zingle Place, Bega, NSW, 2550

Phone:

1300 304 200

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Eden Whale Festival

Friday 3rd November, 2017 - Sunday 5th November, 2017

EdenWhaleFestIt’s an oceanic migration like no other, and Eden has been an important part of it for centuries.

See how the townspeople celebrate it today with art, street theatre and music while we feast on the harvest from sea and soil.

Held in and around the port, the festival embraces our maritime and bush heritage and celebrates it with a huge party on the Saturday night.

It’s the most unique whale watching experience the nation has to offer, and one that Australian Geographic ranked number one for whale watching destinations in Australia in 2014.

The whales can be seen in large numbers in the town’s stunning Twofold Bay, whether you are in a boat or on shore with a picnic of local produce.

There’s a spectacular street parade, vibrant markets showcasing and selling the work of local artisans, great local food and wine, educational marine displays and presentations, quality children’s entertainment, live music and – of course – the best whale watching experience in Australia.

Visit www.edenwhalefestival.com.au

 

Type:

Festival, Marine Science & Education

Where:

Eden Wharf, 2551

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The Shirl, National Youth Portraiture Prize

Friday 6th October, 2017 - Saturday 25th November, 2017

Winner of ‘2015 IAS Young Achievement Award’ Harriet Mitchell.
‘Romy and Daffodil’

The Shirl is a $10,000 acquisitive biannual portrait prize for artists between the ages 16  and 25.

There is no other Portrait prize specifically for young and emerging Australian artists. The Shirl is the little sister to the BVRG’s $50,000 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award.

We encourage HSC students, tertiary students or practicing emerging artists to enter.

Entries can be of any 2D traditional medium or a digital new media piece, animation, gif etc. The entered work must have been completed within the last 12 months and must be the original work of the exhibitor.

Entries close at midnight Friday September 8 2017, opening night is October 6.

 

The Windsong Series III

Sunday 19th November, 2017

Kirkby & Lindburg19 November — 1pm

Dame Emma Kirkby DBE (soprano) and Jakob Lindberg (lute).
Perform a program of Renaissance and Baroque duets. Kirkby and Lindberg have been musical partners for many years and are major exponents of early music. Don’t miss this rare and unique window into the world of intimate musical storytelling from the 16th and 17th centuries.

This is the third and final show in the Windsong Series, for more events at this stunning location please visit the website. 

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The 37th Merimbula Classic

Thursday 23rd November, 2017 - Tuesday 26th December, 2017

This long running event is a celebration of wind and waves which attracts wave sailors, kite surfers and Stand Up Paddle surfers from around the globe.

Adding to the excitement this year, the contest will also comprise the Kite Wave Nationals championships, which will be run in conjunction with Kiteboarding Australia.

Watch current and past world and Australian champions mix it with the locals on the beach and check out all the latest gear at Ford Oval, which lies just behind the dunes.

Join us beach side for Food Fest on Friday, to feast on tasty produce from sea and shore. It  begins in the afternoon and continues to 8.30pm.

There’s also the daily Breaky Bar, great coffee and Happy Hour hosted by the Merimbula Sailboard Club.

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Where:

Ford Oval, Merimbula.

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Australian Bowls Championship – Club Sapphire

Tuesday 28th November, 2017 - Friday 1st December, 2017

The Australian Bowls Championship event returns to the calendar after a 12-year hiatus, having last been played at Harbord, NSW in 2004.

Merimbula’s Club Sapphire has secured the rights to stage the competition for three years, with the first edition scheduled to be played from November 28 to December 1, 2017.

All eight State and Territory Association’s singles, pairs, triples and fours champions will be awarded entry into the event annually, with up to 160 competitors shaping the field.

The event boasts a rich history, dating back to 1979 when it was first played in Melbourne.

Type:

Sport

Where:

Club Sapphire, Merimbula, NSW, 2549

Phone:

(02) 6495 1306

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Carols in the Pavillion

Saturday 16th December, 2017

Four Winds Soundshell Pavillion & natural amphitheater near Bermagui.

Experience a moment of calm and musical beauty this Christmas.

Meet at Four Winds Pavillion at 8pm to hear the Choir of St James’, one of Sydney’s finest professional choirs, will present a concert of choral music. Come along to the hour long peaceful performance, followed by mulled wine and mince pies under the stars.

 

Type:

Music

Where:

Four Winds Road, Barragga Bay NSW 2546.

Phone:

02 6493 3414

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The 37th Merimbula Classic

Thursday 23rd November, 2017 - Tuesday 26th December, 2017

This long running event is a celebration of wind and waves which attracts wave sailors, kite surfers and Stand Up Paddle surfers from around the globe.

Adding to the excitement this year, the contest will also comprise the Kite Wave Nationals championships, which will be run in conjunction with Kiteboarding Australia.

Watch current and past world and Australian champions mix it with the locals on the beach and check out all the latest gear at Ford Oval, which lies just behind the dunes.

Join us beach side for Food Fest on Friday, to feast on tasty produce from sea and shore. It  begins in the afternoon and continues to 8.30pm.

There’s also the daily Breaky Bar, great coffee and Happy Hour hosted by the Merimbula Sailboard Club.

Type:

Sport

Where:

Ford Oval, Merimbula.

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Australian Bowls Championship – Club Sapphire

Tuesday 28th November, 2017 - Friday 1st December, 2017

The Australian Bowls Championship event returns to the calendar after a 12-year hiatus, having last been played at Harbord, NSW in 2004.

Merimbula’s Club Sapphire has secured the rights to stage the competition for three years, with the first edition scheduled to be played from November 28 to December 1, 2017.

All eight State and Territory Association’s singles, pairs, triples and fours champions will be awarded entry into the event annually, with up to 160 competitors shaping the field.

The event boasts a rich history, dating back to 1979 when it was first played in Melbourne.

Type:

Sport

Where:

Club Sapphire, Merimbula, NSW, 2549

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(02) 6495 1306

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NYE on the Sapphire Coast

Sunday 31st December, 2017

Camping at Cobargo Folk Festival in February.

Thinking of enjoying New Years Eve in Merimbula on the Sapphire Coast?

Our town’s celebrate with fireworks shows and live music, and none are more spectacular than Merimbula’s family friendly ‘Fire in the Sky’ at Ford Oval. Gates open at 5pm with shows for the kids and food stalls. There’s an early fireworks show at 9:30pm ahead of the midnight finale.

You might prefer to see the new year in at a coastal campsite in one of our national parks and a early morning bushwalk , either way, make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Use our accommodation finder here, or call a Visitor Information Centre for the latest information.

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Tathra Cup Race Day

Tuesday 2nd January, 2018

raceSapphire Coast Turf Club is set on a picturesque 300 acre site on Sapphire Coast Drive at Kalaru, between Merimbula and Bega and Tathra.

Take advantage of the free buses and view the racing action from the large, banked lawn, members reserve or function centre. There’s also refreshments, TAB, local or interstate bookies.

Ten race meetings are held during the season with jockeys and trainers coming from all over south eastern NSW and East Gippsland to compete.

Please see the website for bus timetables. Entry $15.

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Tathra Wharf to Waves

Saturday 20th January, 2018 - Sunday 21st January, 2018

Getting ready for swimEach year over 400 people jump into the crystal blue waters from the historic Tathra Wharf and swim to the beach to celebrate Wharf to Waves.

The swim claims centre stage of a weekend of fun and fitness in Tathra, which includes a 2km Beach Fun Run and a Bega to the Beach 30km Mountain Bike Ride.

To complement the weekend’s events, Tathra School P & C will hold a market day behind the Surf Club on the Sunday. The market will run from 8am to 2pm and have up to 25 stalls selling a variety of home-grown produce and art and craft.

There will be lots of rides and games to keep the children amused too!

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Sport

Where:

Tathra Wharf, Tathra NSW

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Bega Cup Race Carnival Weekend

Saturday 3rd February, 2018 - Sunday 4th February, 2018

Sapphire Coast Turf Club 2Bega Cup Weekend is a full weekend of racing action at Sapphire Coast Turf Club.

Set on a picturesque 300 acre site on Sapphire Coast Drive at Kalaru, between Merimbula and Bega and Tathra.

Take advantage of the free buses and view the racing action from the large, banked lawn, members reserve or function centre. There’s also refreshments, TAB, local or interstate bookies.

Ten race meetings are held during the season with jockeys and trainers coming from all over south eastern NSW and East Gippsland to compete.

Please see the website for bus timetables. Entry $15

A full weekend of racing action – more info here

Bega Show

Friday 16th February, 2018 - Sunday 18th February, 2018

Bega Show 5

Our biggest show – held over 3 days!

Entertainment is outstanding with Elijay’s Freestyle Bikje Stunt Show (daily), demolition derby (Sunday), fireworks (Friday) and so much more.

Get filthy while you have fun in the Thornleigh & Mudd Monsters Obstacle Park! There are three sessions daily.

In the show ring see our best beasts, hacks and trotters and on the grounds you can see street theatre, a pet show, oyster shucking, shearing, wood chop and much more. There are also rides for the kids, show bags and market stalls.

The Bega Agricultural, Pastoral & Horticultural Society has been serving the community since 1871.

Camping is available, please see the website.

 

Type:

Exhibition, Festival, Sport

Where:

Bega Showgrounds, Upper Street, Bega NSW

Phone:

0427 921 452

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Cobargo Folk Festival

Friday 2nd March, 2018 - Sunday 4th March, 2018

Image by Ben Marden.

Image by Ben Marden.

The three day event attracts performers from all over the world and is widely described as the best little folk festival in the country. Over 200 performers and thousands of fans from all over Australia converge on the picturesque village to celebrate, camp and share music through performance and workshops

Camping and amenities are provided for ticket holders (at just $25!) and kids are well catered for with a range of musical activities, stories and craft.

2017 Program

 

 

Type:

Festival

Where:

Cobargo Showgrounds, Cobargo Bermagui Road, Cobargo NSW

Phone:

02 6493 6758

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Eden Amateur Fishing Competition

Saturday 3rd March, 2018 - Saturday 10th March, 2018

Eden Fishing Competition

The annual week-long Eden fishing competition has (at least) $35,000 in prizes for those who catch the biggest fish and a shiny new boat as a lucky door prize for one very luck open entrant.

Competitors from all over Australia join the Eden Amateur Fishing Club in this annual week of fishing and fun with the competition divided into four categories: open, ladies, boys and girls. Enter on any day throughout the competition and come and try your luck!

Type:

Sport

Where:

Quarantine Bay, Eden NSW

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Merimbula Cup Race Day

Friday 9th March, 2018

Sapphire Coast Turf Club3Sapphire Coast Turf Club is set on a picturesque 300 acre site on Sapphire Coast Drive at Kalaru, between Merimbula and Bega and Tathra.

Take advantage of the free buses and view the racing action from the large, banked lawn, members reserve or function centre. There’s also refreshments, TAB, local and interstate bookies.

Ten race meetings are held during the season with jockeys and trainers coming from all over south eastern NSW and East Gippsland to compete.

Please see the website for bus timetables. Entry $15

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Sculpture Bermagui

Friday 9th March, 2018 - Sunday 18th March, 2018

Simon Pankhurst – Out for a Stroll. Winner of the BVSC Aquisitional Prize.

Sculpture Bermagui celebrates large sculptures in the spectacular setting of Dickinson Headland with Gulaga Mountain and Horseshoe Bay as the backdrop.

The program extends into the night, with fire spectacles, tours by torch light, music and food events held over the two weeks of the exhibition. There are also pop-up exhibitions around town.

Don’t miss the opening weekend, with the official launch on Friday, March 9 and the Bermagui Seaside Fair on Saturday March 10.

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Where:

Bermagui

Phone:

0466 013 153

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Bermagui Seaside Fair

Saturday 10th March, 2018

Bermagui Seaside FairThe Bermagui Seaside Fair is a multi-award winning community event located between beautiful Bermagui Harbour and scenic Horseshoe Bay. Attracting around 10,000 people, it is a free fun filled day for everyone.

There’s a Bermagui Blessing and Poet’s Breakfast at 8am, a huge fancy dress street parade at 10am and song, dance, drumming, gymnastics, professional musos and teen talent on two stages throughout the day.

In various venues around town are exhibitions of art, craft, photography and a model expo. There’s free kid’s entertainment and novelty events, a charity auction, “Umbrellas of Bermagui” auction, hole in one golf beach bash, sandcastle competition and over 100 market and food stalls. A spectacular fireworks display ends the day.

There is no entry charge and it is an alcohol-free event. For more information check out the website www.bermaguiseasidefair.com.

Escape … for the fun of it!

 

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Bermagui, NSW

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EAT Merimbula 2017

Sunday 11th March, 2018

The Arens team.

The Arens team.

EAT Merimbula is a premium foodie providore event held at Fishpen, overlooking the picturesque Merimbula Lake.

March 11, 2018

10am – 2pm Fishpen

 

 

Download 2017 map and menu here.

The fertile soil and clear waters of the Sapphire Coast have long been known to provide world class fresh produce and sustainable, seasonal seafood. In the skilled hands of our local chefs, our region’s harvest becomes an experience to be savoured. This year’s highlights include sea urchins, oysters and organic and free range local pork and lamb.

EAT Merimbula celebrates our best chefs and food entrepreneurs. Think gourmet sliders, giant paellas, mouth watering oysters and mussels, local wine and beer – and plenty of surprises.

Bring a picnic rug and settle in for a lakeside feast. Dishes are capped at $8

Follow us on Facebook and watch our videos here. #eatmerimbula

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Where:

Fishpen, Merimbula NSW

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Four Winds Easter Festival

Friday 30th March, 2018 - Sunday 1st April, 2018

Four Winds Soundshell Pavillion & natural amphitheater near Bermagui.

James Crabb, Four Winds’ Artistic Director, will curate his first Four Winds Easter Festival of classic and world music – our 19th iconic Four Winds Festival.

Come and enjoy world-class performances; intimate musical experiences; musical theatre; house concerts; community concerts and workshops; locally produced food/wine and more!

Tickets and more information available soon

Type:

Festival

Where:

Four Winds, Barragga bay, Bermagui

Phone:

(02) 64 933 414

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Four Winds Easter Festival

Friday 30th March, 2018 - Sunday 1st April, 2018

Four Winds Soundshell Pavillion & natural amphitheater near Bermagui.

James Crabb, Four Winds’ Artistic Director, will curate his first Four Winds Easter Festival of classic and world music – our 19th iconic Four Winds Festival.

Come and enjoy world-class performances; intimate musical experiences; musical theatre; house concerts; community concerts and workshops; locally produced food/wine and more!

Tickets and more information available soon

Type:

Festival

Where:

Four Winds, Barragga bay, Bermagui

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Far South Coast Clubs Race Day

Sunday 6th May, 2018

Sapphire Coast Turf Club3

Sapphire Coast Turf Club is set on a picturesque 300 acre site on Sapphire Coast Drive at Kalaru, between Merimbula and Bega and Tathra.

Take advantage of the free buses and view the racing action from the large, banked lawn, members reserve or function centre. There’s also refreshments, TAB, local and interstate bookies.

Ten race meetings are held during the season with jockeys and trainers coming from all over south eastern NSW and East Gippsland to compete.

Please see the website for bus timetables. Entry $15.

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Merimbula Jazz Festival

Friday 8th June, 2018 - Sunday 10th June, 2018

Merimbula Jazz Festival

The Merimbula Jazz Festival is an annual music festival held in Merimbula over the June Long Weekend every year.

The Merimbula Jazz Festival has been held every June long weekend since 1981 involving approximately 150 bands, 700 musicians playing all styles of jazz from trad, ragtime, big bands, swing, mainstream, modern and funk. In a nutshell, the Merimbula Jazz Festival is the ‘Festival for Musicians’. Great Musos and their jazz music create the memorable festival environment each year. The format and organisation set down by the festival’s founding Committee has worked well for over 30 years, so, as the old saying still goes “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” As such, you have a festival which, at its roots, is all about community and having fun!

The festival includes a Street Parade, the popular Jazz Quest for the under 25’s and Jazz Party with performances across 4 days and 6 venues.

 

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Merimbula

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0419 445 011

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Merimbula Jazz Festival Race Day

Sunday 10th June, 2018

Sapphire Coast Turf Club 4Sapphire Coast Turf Club is located on a picturesque 300 acre site on Sapphire Coast Drive at Kalaru, between Merimbula and Bega and Tathra. It is one of the newest and most modern country racecourses in NSW with great spectator facilities. Patrons can enjoy an unobstructed view of the racing action from most parts of the course including the Members Reserve and Function Centre and from the large, banked lawn areas.

The Merimbula Jazz Festival Race Day is one of ten race meetings held during the season, with jockeys and trainers coming from all over south eastern NSW and East Gippsland to compete.

Facilities include a Function Centre which is perfect for weddings as well as race day functions. The course offers visitors and members a variety of services including TAB, local and interstate bookmakers, food and beverage services, free buses to and from the course from major local centres, picnic and family friendly areas.

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