15 Things To Do This Week
1. Flicks in the Field: Two return economy class tickets from the Gold Coast to Singapore flying Scoot airlines are up for grabs this weekend at Flicks in the Field in Bangalow. At Saturday night's double feature gates open at 5pm with the first film kicking off at 6.30pm showing Priscilla Queen of the Desert followed by Mad Max Fury Road. Cost is $40 for a car per pre-purchased online at: http://flicksinthefield.com.au. Walk-In tickets are adults $15 or families $30 at the gate or pre-purchased at Bangalow's Windhorse Gallery.
2. Wilson River Rumble: In alignment with Tackle Tactics & the Lismore Council, B.A.S.S. Australia Nation is bringing a totally new and exciting format to tournament fishing in Australia.The Tackle Tactics Wilson River Rumble is a step into something never seen before in Australia, a fishing festival held right in the heart of Lismore where 40,000 residents reside. This event is a full catch-and-release event and anglers will leave from the boat ramp in Victoria Street, Lismore, under the Ballina Street Bridge. All activities will take place in Riverside Park, come along and have a look at the fish and the boats. At Riverside Park, Lismore, this Saturday from 7am.
3. Harvest Food Festival: From paddock to plate and seed to flower, connect with your local food producers and celebrate our abundant local food, Northern Rivers style. The Harvest Food Festival is an initiative of Northern Rivers Food Group. For details visit http://harvestfoodfest.com/
4. Black Woman Magic in Nimbin: Grace Barbe, Jungles Loa and Jingki. Three acts fronted by three fantastic female artists: the award-winning Seychelles/Perth artist Grace Barbe, supported by Jungles Loa from Brisbane and local Jingki (previously known as Kerrianne Cox). At the Nimbin Bush Theatre, 2 Blue Knob Road, Nimbin, this Saturday from 7.30pm. $20.
5. Byron Bay Rugby vs Lismore RFC: Last year's grand finalists, Byron Bay Rugby Club, kicks off the 2016 season against Lismore RFC. Byron Bay have looked impressive in preseason and look to start the season off with a win. The last time the two sides met Byron Bay ran out 33-0 victors, but with a new-look roster it will be interesting to see how the new squad has gelled together. Free entry to the game. At the Byron Bay Recreation Grounds this Saturday from 2.45pm.
6. Byron Bay War Memorial Comedy Fundraiser: Five local comedians join forces in Byron Bay on Anzac weekend to raise money for the Byron Bay War Memorial. Hosted by Mandy Nolan, the evening features long-time comedian Nick Penn, who has also been a regular performer for the troops both here and abroad; ex-bank manager turned gag-dealer, Paul McMahon; mother of twins, Ellen Briggs and geologist-turned-comedian Peter Willey. At the Byron Bay Services Club this Saturday from 8pm. Cost is $30.
7. Cherry Sunset: Cherry Sunset is a new chilled and delicious way to spend your Sunday. Cherry Street Sports Club will unveil the new jam session on its back deck this Sunday. Musician Sam Fletcher says the event will showcase a line-up of home-grown local artists and their original material. At the Cherry Street Sports Club in Ballina from 2pm.
8. Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink in Billinudgel: Dance party and charity fundraiser Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink will be held this Sunday. This monthly "party with a conscience" is a free event that brings our community together in an all-inclusive way while raising much-needed funding for beloved and deserving local charities. Their March event raised more than $1500 for the Mullumbimby Resource Centre. April's event will raise funds for local charity Headspace. Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds. The service is designed to make it easy as possible for a young person and their family to get the help they need for problems affecting their well-being. For April, DJs will be Al Royale, Dale Stephen, Flashdance and Lord Sut. Fundraiser is done by drawing great prices donated by local businesses.At the Billinudgel Hotel this Sunday from 3pm. Free entry.
9. Byron Bay Malibu Classic: The annual Byron Bay Malibu Classic continues at Wategos Beach Saturday and Sunday. Up to 60 surfers will compete across several divisions at the longboard event. Originally established as an offshoot from the Byron Bay Seahorse Boardriders Club in 1980, BBMC stays true to Malibu surfing's laid-back roots where toes on the nose, soul arches and cross stepping are commonplace. At Wategos Beach, Byron Bay, this Saturday and Sunday.
10. Young Guns karting: The Young Guns karting event takes at the Lismore Showground this weekend. It is the 20th time it has been held at Lismore. This is a national event for young karters. At the kart track off Dunoon Road this Saturday and Sunday. For details visit www.lismorekartclub.com.au.
11. Car racing: The Trevan Ford Australian Modified Sedan Title will be held in Lismore this weekend. It will feature Production Sedans and Wingless Sprints. Gates open 3pm. Racing from 6pm. Adults: $25, Concession: $20, High School: $15, Under12: Free, Family (two adults and two children): $65. At the Lismore Speedway, Alexandra Pde, North Lismore, this Saturday and Sunday.
12. Nimbin Psychic Fair: Palm and tarot readings, remedies, jewellery and art are some of the highlights of this weekend's Nimbin Mystic Festival. The annual three day fair began Friday and runs until 6pm on Sunday evening. At the Nimbin Town Hall. For d tails call 6689 13878 or visitnimbin.com.au.
13. Nutter Buzacott, Curator's Talk with Lee Dunn in Lismore: Hear from the exhibition curator, Lee Dunn, about the art of Nutter Buzacott. Dunn grew up with her father's work and has carried out extensive research on this Australian artist and illustrator. At the Lismore Regional Gallery, 131 Molesworth St, Lismore, on Thursday, April 28, from 5pm. Free Event.
14. Just Eat It in Byron Bay: This is a film about food waste, and it guarantees you will never look at your fridge the same way again. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing more than a third of it in the bin? Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. The film screening is preceded by a leftover makeover cooking demonstration from 6-7pm by local sustainable food consultant and chef Alison Drover. At the Byron Theatre this Wednesday, April 27, from 6pm.
15. Nimbin MardiGrass Protestival: MardiGrass is a weekend held in Nimbin that includes events such as comedy, music, product presentations, forums, politics, movies, art and much more. Key features include Protest Parade, March and Rally, 18th Hemp Olympix, Kombi Konvoy, MardiGrass Mind Candy Forums, pot art and pot poetry, Ganja Faeries, Harvest Ball, Pickers Ball, hemp rope tug of war, and Indigenous events. Camping is available at Nimbin Showground. From Friday, April 29. For details visit www.nimbinmardigrass.com.