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What’s On // Your Guide To Living Your Best Life In The Illawarra In May

Must Do’s, Don’t Miss Outs + You’re Nuts If You Don’t Go…

May is going to be marvellous! 

Our event directory is loaded with over 200 events for you to choose from to keep you busy, bright and enjoying the last month of autumn. 

Let’s May-ke [he he] the most of this month with our pick of awesome activities to get amongst around the Illawarra.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT // Dinners With A Difference

These facilitated discussions that happen over a meal are becoming super-popular in the Illawarra and this month is set to be no different. With the theme of Milestones, diners will chat all about what they are and what they mean for the journey of life. Interesting!

 

CELEBRATE SUCCESS // 2024 IWIB Business Women’s Awards Day

Celebrate all the awesome local women smashing their business goals with the annual Illawarra Women In Business Awards Day. Check out all the nominees and categories here!

 

FLOWER POWER // Fresh Flower Workshop

Two awesome flower-arranging workshops are happening at Ruby Oak Floristry in Fairy Meadow this month. Both include a glass of bubbles, light refreshments and a keepsake vase to take home with your pretty arrangement.

 

EMERALD ISLE // A Taste Of Ireland

Have some good craic with this Irish music & dance performance at the IPAC on the 4th. Starring dancers from Lord of the Dance and Riverdance alongside Irish Dancing Champions, we predict a great deal of toe-tapping both by the performers and in the audience.

 

SAY I DO // Wedding Open Day At The Lodge Jamberoo Resort & Spa

This venue is absolutely stunning and if you’re looking for a place to host your nuptials [yay!] then definitely check out The Lodge Jamberoo Resort & Spa on the 5th. Oh, and you might as well make the most of your day with lunch and drinks in their Champagne Garden afterwards… go on!

LOVE YOU MUM // Celebrate Mother’s Day at Wests

Artisan Dining at Wests Illawarra is the place to be from 11am on Sunday the 12th, with a FREE mimosa for every mum on arrival! There’s live entertainment from Zac Gervaise plus 5 bonus Mother’s Day Hampers to be won during the meat raffle from 5pm. Winning!

FAMILY FUNNY // Joe Avanti At Centro CBD

This is a family-friendly comedy special where comedian Joe Avanito compares the ‘then versus now’ generational differences of today’s children against his own. Bring your kids, bring your siblings and hey, why not bring the grandies along as well?

CROON AND TUNE // Ian Moss At Anita’s Theatre

Catch this iconic Aussie rock musician on the 17th for a night of unforgettable beats. VIP tickets are available which include a meet and greet with Ian if you’re extra keen.

OUT OF TOWN // Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

One of Australia’s biggest comedy festivals is taking the show on the road again this year and will be at the Wollongong Town Hall on the 18th and 19th. Highlighting some of the best talent from this year’s festival, we love that we don’t have to head south of the border to get the giggles.

KICK IT // Australian Open FootGolf

It’s golf… but with your feet. In its 9th year, the tournament is making its way back to where it started at Jamberoo Golf Club. Registration is open now.

MAMMA MIA // ABBASBACK

We adore any ABBA tribute show, so obvs we’re gonna be excited to check out ABBASBACK on the 25th. We’ll be Dancing Queens all night long and will definitely be saying Thank You For The Music at the end!

 

INDIE-POP // San Cisco At UOW

Since hitting the airwaves with hits like “Awkward” and “Fred Astaire” in 2012, this Fremantle trio have been making waves both in Aus and worldwide. Catch them on the 24th for their ‘Under The Light’ regional tour.

 

MIND MATTERS // Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit For Women

If you’re looking to work on your mental well-being with other inspiring women then take a peep at the IAMPOWER event being held at The Sebel in Kiama on the 25th. This is a first-of-its-kind event in the Illawarra and spots are limited. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this one!

 

STAND UP // Ross Noble – Jibber Jabber Jamboree

Another awesome international act making his way to the Illawarra this month. Watch Ross go off on one of his hilariously unpredictable tangents that he’s so famous for. Tickets are likely to sell out so grab yours soon.

 

CLAN-TASTIC // Berry Celtic Festival

A total highlight on the Illawarra festival calendar, the Berry Celtic Festival is on again this month. Don’t miss the singing, dancing, bagpipes and of course the jousting which has become a real smash hit.

TAKE A WALK // Explore Blackbutt Forest Reserve

May is a wonderful month to get the walkers on and go for a stroll or hike because it’s not too hot and [usually] not too rainy. We recently explored the Blackbutt Forest Reserve and it was a lovely one, have a read of all you need to know before you go here.

KIDDING AROUND // Messy Makers at Illawarra Yacht Club

Messy Makers is a nationally award-winning, early education program that focuses on play-based learning and well, getting messy. Book your little one in for their next session at the Illawarra Yacht Club on the 8th of May.

SEIZE THE CLAY // Good Stuff Market

Clay Wollongong is holding a market full of incredible makers and artists just in time to pick up something gorgeous for Mum this Mother’s Day. We love supporting and gifting local and this is a great opportunity to do that.

MAKE THE CLAY // Create & Sip: Terrazzo & Marbled Polymer Clay Earrings

If you’d rather be the maker yourself then book in for this earring-making class at the Shellharbour Civic Centre. This one’s more for the grown-up makers so BYO drinkies and you’ll leave with two pairs of earrings that you made with your own two hands! So cool.

WILDFEMMES IRL // Where the Podcast Comes to Life!

PHOTO FINISH // Astro Beginners Workshop

Learn how to take stunning images at night whilst exploring the night sky at this evening workshop in Gerroa on the 10th. No more uploading blurry pics of the moon for your social media stories!

Phew May is shaping up to be a cracker of a month!

For more event inspiration, dive into our Events Directory. And hey, while you’re out enjoying the fun, remember to show some love to our local shops, as well as food and beverage outlets!

Let’s go.

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