Get in the spirit
Santa Claus won't be quarantining but he will be socially distanced when he appears around Dubbo in the lead up to Christmas this year. Santa will be making appearances at Orana Mall until Christmas eve. Bookings will be essential for Santa photos, and COVID safety protocols will be in place. Sensory sensitive Santa sessions can also be booked. Santa will make a number of stops at Dubbo Square until December 24, with Mrs Claus assisting from December 18 to 21. Again, bookings are essential. There will also be two Santa pet sessions on December 13 and 16 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Get Santa photos with your fur kids at Pet Barn Dubbo on December 2 from 5pm-7pm, December 11 from 10am-2pm and December 12 from 10am-3pm. Santa Paws pics with all creatures great and small will also be available at Ollie Robbins Oval, courtesy of Dubbo Rotary Club. December 5, from 8am to noon.
Renowned flautist Jane Rutter (accompanied by leading guitarist Giuseppe Zangari) will bring a touch of Paris to town with a French and Italian-inspired concert featuring the works of Debussy, Ravel, Piaf, Aznavour and Cole Porter. December 3, Macquarie Conservatorium of Music, corner Darling and Bultje streets, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Not tickets at the door; advance bookings only. Tickets available from 123tix.com.au.
Join artist Scott Howie and curator Mariam Abboud as they discuss the evolution of Howie's art and the influences he has drawn from to create his latest body of work, "Scott Howie: how good is unaustralia". A free ticketed event at Western Plains Cultural Centre. December 4. 2pm. Visit www.westernplainsculturalcentre.org/events to register
Dubbo Farmers Market
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, marinates, honey, wine, nuts and so much more. Saturday, December 4 and December 18. 8am to noon. Ollie Robbins Oval (RSL carpark if wet).
The iconic WestView Drive-In has commenced screenings - a safe and social way to watch a movie. Friday, December 3 Ron's Gone Wrong and Saturday, December 4 No Time to Die (7.30pm). $40 per car (legally seating up to seven). Gates open 6pm for 7pm screening. Ticket sales online only - www.westviewdrivein.com.au.
Dubbo Classic Cars and Coffee
A casual monthly get together for local car enthusiasts and owners of a range of vehicles, both two and four-wheeled. Sunday, December 5. 8am to noon. Victoria Park, entry opposite the railway station.
The Dubbo Original Music Awards (DOMAs) showcase and reward the best locally-created music, music videos and live music performances across all musical genres over the last year. The awards ceremony will feature live performances and the presentation of trophies across 10 categories. Mingle with the musos and show your support for our thriving original music scene. Tuesday, December 7. 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Dubbo Regional Theatre foyer. $10.
Trivia with Miss Betty
Put all that pent up pandemic learning to the test during a night of laughter, trivia and kicking up your heels, hosted by the incomparable Miss Betty Confetti. Drag Queen Trivia will be held from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Saturday, December 11 at The Establishment Bar. Visit www.establishmentbardubbo.com.au/book to book a table of eight (bookings close six hours before the event).
The Tin Woman
Based on a true story written by Sean Grennan, directed by Rhonda Kerr and performed by the Wesley House Players. The play chronicles the journey of Joy, who, unsure of whether she deserves a second chance after undergoing a heart transplant, decides to contact the parents of the donor. Friday, December 10. 7.30pm. Saturday, December 11. 2pm and 7.30pm. Wesley Community Centre, 64 Church Street, Dubbo. $25. Tickets through trybooking.com.
The Lazy River Pop-Up Market will give you a chance to snap up presents to a backdrop of live music as you get into the Christmas spirit. There will also be some fab food on offer. Parking will be available inside the estate (don't park on the busy road). Sunday, 12 December, Lazy River Estate, Old Dubbo Road, 9am to 2pm, entry by gold coin donation.
Carols by candlelight
'tis the season
Christmas is not that far away. Dubbo West Rotary Club will host the community Carols by Candlelight. Featuring local artists, choirs and bands, there will be food, drinks, ice-cream, safe-flame candles, and glo-sticks available. No alcohol or glass bottles or drink eskies; food eskies allowed. Sunday, December 12. Gates open 6pm. Victoria Park No 1 Oval.
Looking for something fresh? There's lots on at the Western Plains Cultural Centre. Cazneaux by the Water highlights the works of Australian photography giant Harold Cazneaux. Check with the venue for dates and costs. The third Wednesday of every month features The Grand (De)Tour, in illustrated journey through current exhibitions, ideas and events from around the world. 6pm. Western Plains Cultural Centre, 76 Wingewarra Street, Dubbo, NSW 2830.
2022 Elvis Festival
The 2022 Elvis Festival in Parkes has been launched. Moved from its usual January time due to COVID, the festival returns April 20 to 24 and is jam-packed with a king-sized program of more than 200 events in a rock 'n' roll and Speedway theme (after the 1968 Elvis and Nancy Sinatra film of the same name), including free entertainment on the stage at Cooke Park. For information visit parkeselvisfestival.com.au.
Ok, it may not be held until October 29, 2022, but general admission tickets are now on sale for the anticipated Wildflowers Festival in Mudgee. The festival will feature a who's who of Australian female musical talent. One stop on a wider tour kicking off in March, the Mudgee event at Craigmoor Wines features Missy Higgins, Kasey Chambers, Kate Miller-Heidke, Sarah Blasko, Deborah Conway, Alice Skye and Georgia June. Tickets to Wildflowers are on sale at wildflowerfestivalaustralia.com.au.