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Events in Armidale

No matter what time of year you visit, chances are there will be an event or festival in or around Armidale.

Events not to be missed include the Big Chill Festival, The Bach Festival, St Peters Open Gardens, Armidale International Film Festival and Guyra Lamb and Potato Festival. Other great annual events include New England Sings, The Armidale Cup, Guyra Trout Festival, Armidale Youth Orchestra Garden Party, Vintage Truck, Machinery and Heavy Horse Show and the NEGS Equestrian events. Armidale loves sport. The calendar is littered with premier sport events including The Armidale Spring Games, TAS Rugby Carnivals, Tour de Rocks and the 12hr Mountain Bike Enduro.

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“Big Chill” Ice Skating @ Curtis Park

Curtis Park 75 Faulkner Street, ARMIDALE, NSW

What screams winter wonderland more than an ice-skating rink? The Armidale region will be able to experience the magic of skating on ice and gliding under festoon lighting for two weeks in May, with a 25m ice-skating rink being installed at Armidale’s Curtis Park from 13 - 29 May. Grab your family and friends to share the winter wonderland experience which also includes a snow machine!. All ages and abilities are catered for including ‘quiet’ sessions and disability access. Sessions […]

Rotary Book Fair

Armidale Jockey Club Barney Street, ARMIDALE, NSW

Attention All Book Lovers! Thousands of quality used books will be on sale from as little as $2 to $3. The books reflect all genres from fiction, children's, cookery, history, reference, arts and crafts, military and photography. There is also a range of rare and collectable items at very attractive prices. Come one, come all ... and bring your money with you! EFTPOS welcomed and encouraged.

Travels with Mary – Stories from the Suitcases

Saumarez Homestead 230 Saumarez Road, ARMIDALE, NSW

TIMES: 10.00am-4.00pm -  Wednesday, 18 May, Friday, 20 May and Sunday, 22 May. The Mary White Saumarez Collection is made up of a newly discovered array of stunning art deco travel posters and original documents collected by Mary White throughout her voyages from 1939-1947 which were found inside a set of attaché cases, now on show for the first time. Redeem your NSW Discover voucher when you purchase your ticket on arrival.

$8 – $25

Jazz, Blues & Alt. Grooves @ The Dog

Welder's Dog cnr Marsh and Rusden Street, Armidale, NSW

Come and enjoy jazz at one of Armidale's grooviest venues. Kez & Steve  - Kez Watson (all kinds of fiddles/strings) and Stephen Tafra (guitar/banjo/accordion) draw on their classical roots and diverse musical heritage to explore instrumental music traditions from around the world. Their performances are infused with idiomatic essences and techniques from the Celtic regions, Spain, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Appalachia and beyond. Music washes away the dust of everyday life - Art Blakey

CanAssist Trivia Night

Armidale Golf Club Golf Links Road, ARMIDALE, NSW

Finger food, lots of prizes, raffles and auctions, bar and kitchen will be operating. Come join in the fun. All money raised goes to local cancer patients. Tables of 10, come and join the fun, for a good cause.

$25

Roger & Julie @ The Playhouse

The Playhouse 309 Beardy Street (cnr Ohio Street), ARMIDALE, NSW

TIME: 2.00pm (Sunday), 7.30pm (Friday, Saturday). We are never too old to fall in love. Roger & Julie is Armidale local, Benjamin Thorn’s rewrite of Shakespeare’s famous Romeo & Juliet. This much shorter and modernised play moves the age of the characters forward and into their lives in two nearby nursing homes. The play is suitable for teenage children. Producer: Diana Helmrich; Directors: Margaret Sims and Benjamin Thorn. Payment by NSW Government vouchers available by contacting the event organiser.

$25 – $29

Travels with Mary – Stories from the Suitcases

Saumarez Homestead 230 Saumarez Road, ARMIDALE, NSW

TIMES: 10.00am-4.00pm -  Wednesday, 25 May, Friday, 27 May and Sunday, 29 May. The Mary White Saumarez Collection is made up of a newly discovered array of stunning art deco travel posters and original documents collected by Mary White throughout her voyages from 1939-1947 which were found inside a set of attaché cases, now on show for the first time. Redeem your NSW Discover voucher when you purchase your ticket on arrival.

$8 – $25

Glenn Skuthorpe @ Australian Poetry Hall of Fame

Australian Poetry Hall of Fame 144 Bradley Street, Guyra, NSW

With his 7th album on the way and music featured in movies and documentaries such as The Emu Runner and John Pilger’s Utopia, Nhunggabarra, Kooma man and international touring singer-songwriter, Glenn Skuthorpe, is a powerful lyricist and composer who gives voice to those whose stories must be heard. A compelling performer whose playing style is captivating, engaging audiences in the stories behind his journeys. Prepare for an infusion of urban street blues to dusty plains and wide open skies.

$15 – $20

Jazz, Blues & Alt. Grooves @ The Dog

Welder's Dog cnr Marsh and Rusden Street, Armidale, NSW

Come and enjoy jazz at one of Armidale's grooviest venues. The Gravy  - One of the most nascent groove collectives in the High Country, The Gravy features Dave Brown on bone, John Corcoran on guitar, Emily (EJ) Jane on vocals, Brendan Passey on bass and vocals and Ian (Mitch) Mitchell on skins. This succulent sauce has a base of contemporary soul, notes of 80s funk and naughties groove, topped with a healthy dollop of home-cooked original flavour. Music washes away […]

Roger & Julie @ The Playhouse

The Playhouse 309 Beardy Street (cnr Ohio Street), ARMIDALE, NSW

TIME: 2.00pm (Sunday), 7.30pm (Friday, Saturday). We are never too old to fall in love. Roger & Julie is Armidale local, Benjamin Thorn’s rewrite of Shakespeare’s famous Romeo & Juliet. This much shorter and modernised play moves the age of the characters forward and into their lives in two nearby nursing homes. The play is suitable for teenage children. Producer: Diana Helmrich; Directors: Margaret Sims and Benjamin Thorn. Payment by NSW Government vouchers available by contacting the event organiser.

$20 – $25

ANTaR Armidale Reconciliation Bridge Walk

Curtis Park, at the picnic area near Armidale Information Centre, corner of Dumaresq and Marsh Streets. Dumaresq and Marsh St, Armidale

The Bridge Walk is held every year during National Reconciliation Week – a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort. This year’s national theme for Reconciliation Week ‘Be Brave. Make Change’. The event starts with a smoking ceremony, then we walk across Stephen’s Bridge, followed by a circuit of the park. We then listen to a couple of short speeches and […]

Free

Travels with Mary – Stories from the Suitcases

Saumarez Homestead 230 Saumarez Road, ARMIDALE, NSW

TIMES: 10.00am-4.00pm -  Wednesday, 1 June, Friday, 3 June and Sunday, 5 June. The Mary White Saumarez Collection is made up of a newly discovered array of stunning art deco travel posters and original documents collected by Mary White throughout her voyages from 1939-1947 which were found inside a set of attaché cases, now on show for the first time. Redeem your NSW Discover voucher when you purchase your ticket on arrival.

$8 – $25

Pub Choir @ Impies

Imperial Hotel 103 Faulkner Street (cnr Beardy Street), ARMIDALE, NSW

For those of you yet to experience the delight of group singing - in harmony - with your mates - at a pub - here's the dealio. No experience needed, no commitment required - just you, some mates, some classic tunes and a cheeky bevie or three. Grab a meal if you are peckish and a bevie, pick up a lyric sheet and we will fill you up on solid gold classics and send you home before bedtime with a […]

Magic Moments: The Music of Bacharach and David

The Playhouse 309 Beardy Street (cnr Ohio Street), ARMIDALE, NSW

8.00pm (Friday and Saturday), 3.00pm (Sunday) Following on from their successful, sell-out concert series at the Armidale Playhouse (Jazz Meets Broadway and Jazz Goes to the Movies), the Jazz Assembly (Warwick Dunham - piano, Dave Carr - Sax and flute, Wendy Griffiths - bass, and Cary Bennett - drums and vocals) are delighted to present Magic Moments: The Music of Bacharach and David. Burt Bacharach and Hal David were one of the most successful songwriting teams ever. From the late […]

$25.50 – $30.50

Travels with Mary – Stories from the Suitcases

Saumarez Homestead 230 Saumarez Road, ARMIDALE, NSW

TIMES: 10.00am-4.00pm -  Wednesday, 8 June, Friday, 10 June and Sunday, 12 June. The Mary White Saumarez Collection is made up of a newly discovered array of stunning art deco travel posters and original documents collected by Mary White throughout her voyages from 1939-1947 which were found inside a set of attaché cases, now on show for the first time. Redeem your NSW Discover voucher when you purchase your ticket on arrival.

$8 – $25

Opera New England – La Bohème

The Playhouse 309 Beardy Street (cnr Ohio Street), ARMIDALE, NSW

Come along for the screening of Opera New England's celebrated productions sung in English. Ticket price includes drink from the bar. All proceeds to the Armidale Playhouse.

$20.50

ADFAS: High Heel Heaven

Michael Hoskins Creative Arts Centre The Armidale School, 89 Douglas Street, ARMIDALE, NSW

Shoes convey a wide range of meanings associated with fashion, style, personality, sexuality, class and gender.  New studies have given us awareness of the personal, social and sexual connotations attributed to footwear and created by footwear.  Different shapes and colours for men’s and women’s shoes today revolve primarily around the construction of gender difference.  Many of these gendered distinctions developed in the so-called ‘long eighteenth century’.  Why do men and women’s shoes look so very different today?  Learn about shoes, […]

$5 – $25

Wiser Album Tour @ the Bowlo

Armidale City Bowling Club 92-96 Dumaresq Street, ARMIDALE, NSW

Stunning, heartfelt vocals, beautifully-crafted songs and world-class performances, there are few female voices in Australia to rival the class and style of Lyn Bowtell. Lyn Bowtell, is back on tour with a brand new album! Lyn Bowtell is a Toyota Star Maker winner, MO Award winner, a nine time Golden Guitar winner, and Artistic Director of the CMAA Academy of Country Music. Fresh from the recording studio with Producer Shane Nicholson at the helm, Lyn is thrilled to share with […]

$37.50

Opera New England – Carmen

The Playhouse 309 Beardy Street (cnr Ohio Street), ARMIDALE, NSW

Come along for the screening of Opera New England’s celebrated productions sung in English. Ticket price includes drink from the bar. All proceeds to the Armidale Playhouse.

$20.50

ADFAS: Myths that Matter: The influence of Greek myths in the visual arts

Michael Hoskins Creative Arts Centre The Armidale School, 89 Douglas Street, ARMIDALE, NSW

Not all myths are created equal.  The Greeks and Romans told hundreds of stories about the life and loves of Gods and heroes.  Many of these stories have been forgotten.  However, a number have captured our imagination and provided inspirations to generations of artists.  This lecture examines these influential myths and why they have proven to be so important to artists from Botticelli to Picasso.  Myths discussed include the Labours of Hercules, Perseus and Medusa, Apollo and Daphne, the Minotaur, […]

$5 – $25