Dubbo + Wellington
It's the time of year when the show rolls into town - and it's set to be a big couple of weekends. There will be exhibits and rides, fairy-floss and show-bags, craft, cooking and dog parades. After a gap year because of COVID, it's a great time to relive all the fun. Dubbo Show (details, tickets dubboshow.org), May 14-16 , Wellington Show (details wellingtonshow.org.au), May 7. Tickets $13-5
Dubbo Fringe Fest
Artists are getting ready to take over Dubbo's music scene for the first Dubbo Fringe Fest - a satellite of the Newcastle Fringe Festival. A long list of artists (too many to mention all of them) include Snez, Tin Camp's Studio Sessions, Who Me, OMG WTF and Chopin's last tour. Want to find out more, it's all at newcastlefringe.com.au/dubbo-fringe-festival. Dubbo Fringe Fest, May 6-8, tickets $35-$5 at www.123tix.com.au/events/dubbofringe.
Picture a melting pot of gender parity, bringing small country towns into the 21st century and a spiraling, funny culture war. It could be real life, and it was. The Appleton Ladies' Potato Race features a cast of five women in a story about "upsetting the potato cart and standing up for your principles". DRTCC, 155 Darling St, Dubbo, May 11, 7.30pm-9pm. Tickets are $56 adults, concession $48, youth $26 and available from drtcc.com.au.
Mooney + Del Bene
Gig + Road Trip
Comics Lawrence Mooney and Al Del Bene are coming to Orange for a double header on May 7 and May 8 at Factory Espresso. There will be two shows nightly at 6.30pm and 8.45pm. Tickets are $55 per person, which includes canapes, or $40 for standing room only. Tickets are available at factoryespresso.com.au/comedy.
Ever wanted to have a look inside your local fire station? Need some tips on home fire safety heading into the cooler months? Here's your chance. The Dubbo Fire Brigade will be doing firefighting demos and station tours. You'll find that firefighters do far more than just fight fires. Saturday, May 15, Dubbo Fire Brigade, 102 Wheelers Lane, 10am-2pm.
Early bird tickets
This is a first-of-its-kind workshop for aspiring songwriters to go up a gear in creativity and technique, garner inspiration and motivation, foster connections and learn skills from some of the greats. The Regional Sessions will bring Australian folktronica singer/songwriter Sophie Payten, known professionally as Gordi, and Sydney-based singer/songwriter Ilan Kidron to town with more names to be added. Western Plains Cultural Centre on Tuesday June 15. Details and tickets at www.apraamcos.com.au.
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