Events In Armidale In July 2016

So winter has truly set in, but in Armidale there is always something for everybody to do, whether inside or out.  And what a line up there is for July!!


A family highlight for July!!  With a Christmas theme, including a Christmas tree and   presents for the children.

  • VENUE: Peterson’s Armidale Guesthouse and Winery, 345 Dangarsleigh Road.
  • TIME: 12.30pm OR 6.30pm.
  • COST: $34 (adult), $17 (child – soft drink included).  Bookings essential.

Join in the festive fun!

  • A fireside buffet lunch or dinner for adults and children;
  • Children’s entertainment and play room;

Parents can relax while their children play.  Complimentary Port or Muscat available for adults, and hot chocolate for the kids. For more information or tickets, phone 02 6772 0422  or email


  • ADAM HARVEY  country music great. Harvey’s Bar Tour @ the SerViesSunday 10th July

VENUE: Main Lounge, Armidale Ex Services Memorial Club, 137 Dumaresq Street.

TIME: 4.00-6.00pm (doors open 3.30pm).

COST: $30 (adult), $15 (under 14 years) – tickets available from Reception at the Club.

Adam Harvey has sold over half a million albums, with eight Golden Guitars to his name, and has a string of gold and platinum discs to his credit. He has made some great records along the way, amongst which are: Both Sides Now; Cowboy Dreams; and the recent Family Life … and then there’s the much loved collaboration with Troy Cassar-Daley, ‘The Great Country Songbook’.

Now he can add one more to the list: ‘Harvey’s Bar… The Backyard Sessions’. This album was recorded at home with Adam literally surrounded by friends.  Adam is at home in his bar with an acoustic guitar, and when the show hits the road, audiences are in for a treat: Adam Harvey will be bringing with him a replica of his own bar, that will be re-built on stage. For more information, phone 02 6776 0800.

  • Australia’s Favourite Sons @ Bowlo – Friday 22nd July

A tribute to Michael Hutchence (INXS), Bon Scott (AC/DC) and Jimmy Barnes (Cold Chisel)

VENUE: Armidale City Bowling Club, 91-96 Dumaresq Street.

TIME: 7.30 pm for 8.00pm.

COST: $27.50pp.

Australia’s Favourite Sons performed live in concert, backed by a six-piece show band, featuring Grant Daniel as Michael Hutchence, Pete Timms as Bon Scott and Chris Muller as Jimmy Barnes. For more information, phone 02 6772 5666.

  • Lah-Lah “Sing it Loud!” @ the SerVies  – Saturday 16th July

VENUE: Armidale Memorial Ex-Services Club, 137 Dumaresq Street.

TIME: 11.30am-12.00pm.

COST: $25.00pp (+ booking fee)- 12 months & under free!

National Tour 2016. For those who don’t know them, Lah-Lah is a five-member music group from Sydney who perform children’s music. Lah-Lah have both recorded albums and filmed television content, and they also perform at live events. Sing It Loud! is the brand new live musical extravaganza from Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band.  They are travelling all over Australia with their biggest musical show ever! After the release of the album ‘Sing It Loud!’ this brand new show features some new, never before performed Lah-Lah tunes as well as some of their favourites.

Meet Mister Saxophone, Squeezy Sneezy the piano accordion, Tom Tom on drums, Buzz the Bandleader, Lola the Dancing Double Bass and the ever loveable Lah-Lah as they share their love of making music and their wonderful musical instruments. From clubs and town halls to the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall and Melbourne Recital Centre, Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band delights audiences and gets the whole family up singing and dancing.

Last year’s seasons sold out shows in record time. Now in 2016 Sing it Loud! is a spectacular fun musical live show that will have the whole family up singing and dancing to the fun-filled sounds of Lah-Lah and the Big Live Band.  Don’t miss it! For more information, phone 02 6770 0800 or visit

  • Tommy” – a Rock MusicalThursday 14th to Sunday 17th July 2016

VENUE: Hoskins Centre, The Armidale School (TAS), enter from Chapel Street.

TIME: 8.00pm (Thursday, Friday, Saturday), 2.00pm (Sunday).

COST: $30 (main seating), $25 (concession), $20 (school-age/balcony) + $2 booking fee and credit card charges – available from Carrs newsXpress (Beardy Street Mall, 02 6772 3534)

This show is presented by the Armidale Drama and Musical Society, and has adult content and drug themes. Tommy is a smash-hit musical and powerful tale of a deaf, mute and blind pin-ball player who becomes an international messiah. The young boy’s journey from pain to triumph is the most electrifying evening of rock and roll ever to play in a theatre! The classic ’60s rock opera by The Who has been performed on stage as a high-energy, one-of-a-kind theatrical event. The exhilarating score is timeless. For more information, phone (02) 6776 9810, or

  • Market Sunday ConcertSunday 31st July

VENUE: Uniting Church, 114 Rusden Street.

TIME: 12.30pm (tea and sausages available from 11.30am).

Concert is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. For more information, phone 02 6772 3233.

  • Met Opera – “Roberto Devereux – Saturday 2nd July

VENUE: Belgrave Twin Cinema, 137 Dumaresq Street.

TIME: morning (Saturday), afternoon (Sunday).

COST: $29 (adult), $25 (concession), $17 (3-14 years). Approximate running time: 3 hours 30 minutes, including intermission. Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English. The opera by Gaetano Donizetti is loosely based on the life of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, an influential member of the court of Queen Elizabeth I of England

It is one of a number of operas by Donizetti which deal with the Tudor period in English history and include Anne Boleyn; Mary, Queen of Scots; and Queen Elizabeth 1. The lead female characters of the operas (Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, and Elisabetta) are often referred to as the “Three Donizetti Queens.”

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in the course of a single season – a rare feat made famous by Beverly Sills, and not attempted on a New York stage since. In this final opera of the trilogy, directed by Sir David McVicar, she plays queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux. Tenor Matthew Polenzani is Devereux, and mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the main quartet in this masterpiece, conducted by Donizetti specialist Maurizio BeniniFor more information, phone 02 6772 2856.


  • Josh Wade @ The Bowlo – Saturday 9th July

VENUE: Armidale City Bowling Club, 91-96 Dumaresq Street.

TIME: 7.45pm.

COST: $27.10 per person – available from This is an 18+ only event.

Josh Wade, widely popular YouTube comedian, uses a combination of his sharp wit and YouTube to send his global audiences wild!  Josh first created viral online content from his Townsville home at just 13, and developed a passion for acting, comedy and video production. Josh continued to deliver his own viral videos throughout his teenage years, before a growing fan base, and early success encouraged him to adapt his online material into a one hour solo stand-up comedy show. In 2014 Josh performed his debut show “I’m Josh Wade” at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival, and received rave reviews for his 33 sold out shows.

With his rapid-fire wit and high energy, he is also an excellent ad-libber.  Josh is listed in the Top 100 Australian YouTubers, and has developed one of the largest comedy fan bases in Australia, with a combined 850,000 subscribers and 20 million hits across the board!

Josh’s online comedy career skyrocketed at the beginning of 2013 with the release of his comedy sketch and hugely popular ‘wacky’ street interviews with the general public, in his series ‘Aussie Opinion’. These, and various other ‘sketch comedy’ and ‘public interview’ clips, took him out of his hometown of Townsville into the bright lights of Los Angeles, where he has filmed his series ‘A Guide to America’.

Josh is currently filming his latest series ‘Venice Vibes’, in which he travels the US, giving his comedic outlook on the real America.  In 2014 Josh signed to Collective Digital Studios in LA, and his audience continues to grow at a phenomenal rate.  For more information, phone 02 6772 5666.

  • The Pajama GameFriday 1st July

VENUE: Arts Theatre, University of New England.

TIME: 7.00pm.

COST: $20 (adult), $15 (student) – available from

The Pajama Game is a musical based on the novel 7½ Cents by Richard Bissell. The book is by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, the music and lyrics are by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The story deals with labour problems in a pajama factory, where workers’ demands for a 7½ cent raise are ignored. In the midst of this ordeal, love grows between Babe, the grievance committee head, and Sid, the new factory superintendent.

Duval High School presents “The Pajama Game“, featuring 80 students from Duval High School, in this all singing, all dancing “riotous romp” from the 50s. For more information, contact Bruce Myers on 0414 294 287.

  • Armidale Dance Club – Saturday 2nd July.

VENUE: Legacy House, 89 Faulkner Street.

TIME: 7.30-11.00pm.

COST: $9-per person. A “plate” for supper would be appreciated.

For more information, phone Hazel on (02) 6775 2543, or email

  • Guyra Dance – Armidale Dance Group – Saturday 23rd July.

VENUE: Bill Wicks Gymnasium, Guyra Central School, Marne Street, Guyra.

TIME: 7.30pm.

COST: $8- per person. A “plate” for supper would be appreciated.  Money raised will go to CanAssist.

For more information, phone Hazel on 02 6775 2543 or email


  • Saumarez Homestead Tours – Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July 2016

VENUE: Saumarez Homestead, Saumarez Road (enter from New England Highway via Armidale Airport).

TIMES: homestead tours 10.30am, 2.00pm and 3.30pm. Grounds open between 10.00am and 5.00pm.

Take a guided tour through the White family’s 30-room Edwardian mansion, with its original furnishings, then stroll through Mary White’s cottage gardens, the picking garden and the lawns. Visit outbuildings complete with 19th century tools and equipment. Café open 10.00am to 4.00pm.

  • Devonshire teas, lunches and other refreshments are available at the Saumarez Café. For more information, phone (02) 6772 3616.


  • Gallery One Two Six Exhibition   Friday 1st July & Saturday 2nd July 2016

VENUE: Gallery 126, 126 Jessie Street.

TIME: 8.30am-5.30pm. Paintings by Kerry Gulliver and Emily Simson.

For more information, phone (02) 6771 1859.

  • Daphne Young Watercolour Art Prize & Exhibition:

Official opening – Saturday 2nd July 6pm

Gallery opens daily except Mondays, till Sunday 24th July

VENUE: Armidale Art Gallery, 168 Beardy Street (adjacent Carrs’ newsXpress). TIME: 10am – 4pm.

For more information, phone 02 6772 9993.

  • Aboriginal Cultural Centre & Keeping Place Exhibitions – Friday 1st JulySat 23rd July, every day except Sundays.

VENUE: Aboriginal Cultural Centre & Keeping Place, 96-104 Kentucky Street. TIME: 9.00am-4.00pm.

For more information, phone (02) 6771 3606.

  • NERAM Exhibitions Programme – Sunday 3rd July 2016

VENUE: New England Regional Art Museum, 106-114 Kentucky Street.

TIME: 10.00am-4.00pm.


  • The Lost Thing – Shaun Tan (from book to film) – Discover how Shaun Tan’s popular picture book, The Lost Thing, came to life as an animated film. The exhibition features Tan’s exquisite original drawings and working sketches alongside exclusive footage of the animators and sound artists, demonstrating how the drawings were brought to life on screen with movement, sound effects, music and narration.
    Guest Speaker: Author Sophie Masson, Chair, New England Writers’ Centre. Exhibition organised by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne. 
    For more information, phone (02) 6772 5255.


  • Farmers’ Market & Car Boot Sale – Sundays 3rd and 17th July

VENUE: Curtis Park, adjacent Armidale Visitor Information Centre carpark (behind Hungry Jacks).

TIME: 8.00am-1.00pm.

Purchase fresh products from local producers and possibly find the article that you have always wanted.

For more information or to book stall, contact 0476 539 204 or email

  • PCYC Markets in the Mall – Sunday 31st July

VENUE: The Mall, Beardy Street.

TIME: 8.30am-1.00pm.

Purchase fresh products from producers and possibly find the article that you have always wanted. For more information or to book stall, phone 02 6772 1023.


  • Armidale parkrun – Saturdays 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd July

Venue: SportUNE fields, off SportUNE Drive

Time: every Saturday at 8am (7:45am arrival)

This is a 5km running, jogging or walking FREE event and anyone wishing to join in must register online and bring their printed barcode with them. It is a wonderful community event. For more information: To register:

Please check dates and times of events on individual websites in case of any changes.

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