Drag out the blue suede shoes and get ready to dive into a fiesta of fun in Parkes over the weekend of January 6-10 with a Fun in Acapulco party to celebrate the life of Elvis Presley.
Grab your maracas, put on a sombrero and enjoy five days of jam-packed non-stop entertainment and the best Elvis tribute artists in Australia as the famed Elvis Festival turns the town into a hunka burnin’ love. Don’t miss US Elvis tribute artist Donny Edwards live from Las Vegas.
Tickets on sale now. See you in Parkes for the splashin’ fiesta of a lifetime. Visit www.parkeselvisfestival.com.au for more information.
Do you crave local live music? Lust for Live is a monthly event series that aims to create an opportunity for live music fans to see original music from local and regional music artists. Held at the Pastoral Hotel from 8pm tomorrow night (Saturday, December 19) check out their Facebook page for the line-up.
Dubbo’s annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks Party is on again this year, bigger and better than ever. The fireworks party will feature a motor show, Supa-Soka Water Park, night markets, live music, puppet theatre, kid’s activities, food stalls, zoo mobile, and Emergency Services display. The countdown begins, the event will be starting at Caltex Park from 9pm. Oh – did we mention the date? Ummm… December 31… Visit www.dubbofireworks.com.au for more information.
Shake off the previous night’s celebrations and get down to Barden Park on January 1 to support the wealth of regional talent at the Annual Dubbo New Year Open Athletics Carnival. The Dubbo New Year Carnival (NYC) is a timed event that has been running for 37 years, hosted by the Dubbo Athletics Club. The NYC caters for all ages from Tiny Tots to 80 years plus and is aimed at family fun. In 2016 the NYC will run over three days with twilight events starting on the first day of 2016. Being timed means every event has a given start time and organisers pride themselves on keeping to schedule. This gives athletes the flexibility to visit the attractions Dubbo has to offer over the weekend without missing out on their event. For more information, visit the website at www.dubboathletics.org.au.
Kick start your morning with the smooth flavours of your favourite coffee and chat with friends over breakfast at the Dubbo Farmers Markets tomorrow morning, Saturday 19.
The hugely popular markets are a showcase of the region’s produce, fresh from the soils and water basins of the Macquarie Valley and beyond.
The markets offer a range of seasonal fresh produce, fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs and plants. There is also fresh bread, a selection of local pork, beef and lamb, award winning olive oils, preserves, jams, marinades honey, wine, nuts and so much more.
The wet weather venue for the Farmers Markets is the RSL Club Resort car park - located in Brisbane Street. For more information visit www,dubbofarmersmarket.org.au.
The unique, historic town of Gulgong will come alive with its 30th Anniversary of the Gulgong Folk Festival from December 31 until January 3.
More than 50 musicians will perform throughout the township including Home Rule and Friends, Den Hanrahan and The Rumrunners, Frank Povah, 19-Twenty, String Theory, Mimosa Duo, David Johnson, Stringline, Jess Holland, Natalie Thoroughgood, Virago, The Plough, The Duffys and more. Venues, ranging from the iconic grand old Opera House to hotels, clubs, cafes and Coronation Park, will host the musical festivities.
Markets, workshops, children’s activities, a guitar competition, poet’s breakfast, a talent quest and a Midsummer Magic Show will be held on January 2 and 3. Camping and dormitory style accommodation is available again at Redhill Environmental Centre in Gulgong.
The Gulgong Folk Festival also embraces and encourages buskers and blackboard sessions, so bring your songs and guitars and join in the music making.
The Rotary Club of West Dubbo is proud to present Carols by Candlelight this weekend – on Sunday, December 20.
Be part of a beautiful Australian tradition where local artists, choirs and bands will entertain and lead the community singing in Victoria Park. Unite in a celebration of the Christmas spirit.
Food, drinks, safe flame candles and glow sticks will go on sale when gates open from 6pm. Father Christmas will visit excited kids at around 8.30pm.
Online shopping might be on the rise and yes, it’s easy… but for spreading the Christmas cheer, there’s nothing quite like the benefit of supporting your local businesses.
You get to see what you’re buying, you have recourse if something goes wrong (or if your niece doesn’t like the glitter clutch with the matching headband) and best of all, you’re supporting locals who in turn support you in so many ways.
Keep our economy ticking along – buy local this Christmas! (You’ve made a good start by picking up your Weekender this week … we’re as local as you can get!)