Your guide to what's on in Armidale this weekend

What’s on this weekend – September 23 & 24​


The Red Balloon at Hannas Arcade, 126 Beardy Street (East Mall) at 2pm. Come along and hear the story of a lonely young boy called Pascal and a large red balloon which has a mind of its own. 

NSW Country Eagles vs Canberra Vikings at Bellevue Oval, University of New England. Kick-off at 1pm.

New England Camel Co offers kids and adults a chance to feed and pet the llamas and camels at the New England Camel Farm between 11am and 2pm. $15 for adults, $10 for children. For more information call 0439 922 350.

Armidale ParkRun is a free 5 kilometre run (or walk) held every Saturday at SportUNE from 8am. 

Spring Awakening to be held at the Arts Theatre on Madgwick Drive, University of New England. Commencing at 7.30pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for concession and are available from Carr’s NewsXpress. For more information phone Peter on 6773 3061.

Armidale Art Gallery Exhibitions – three exhibitions are opening this Saturday including Domicile – an exhibition of paintings by Deborah Page. Official opening is at 6pm. Illustrations and Inspirations by David Allan and Lee Milroy also opens at 6pm and Sister Act by Alanna Mason and Mary Attard opens as well. All exhibitions continue until October 11.


On Your Bike Exhibition at the Armidale Men’s Shed, 215 Mann Street between 11am and 5pm. It’s all in the name of supporting men’s health.

The Red Balloon at Hannas Arcade, 126 Beardy Street (East Mall) at 3pm. Come along and hear the story of a lonely young boy called Pascal and a large red balloon which has a mind of its own. 

Market Sunday Concert in the Uniting Church at 12:30pm. The free concert features Alana Blackburn and Robyn Bradley playing three 20th century works for recorder and piano. Donations are appreciated. 

Markets in the Mall between 8:30am and 1pm.

Art Exhibition and Sale at the Ebor Union Church between 10am and 4pm.

At the movies (Belgrave Cinema)

IT – Rated MA15+ **ID required** – Showing Saturday and Sunday at 4:15pm and 9:25pm.

The Emoji Movie – Showing both Saturday and Sunday at 9am and 4:45pm.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie – Showing both Saturday and Sunday 10:50am and 2:40pm.

Victoria and Abdul – Showing both Saturday and Sunday 9:30am and 6:50pm.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle – Showing both Saturday and Sunday at 11:40am, 6:40pm and 9:05pm.

Captain Underpants – Showing both Saturday and Sunday at 12:50pm and 2:25pm.

Museums and art 

NERAM exhibitions 10am til 4pm. Find out what exhibitions are currently on by visiting

Armidale Art Gallery is open weekends for more.

For the fishing fanatics 

Uncle Billy's Retreat, Ben Lomond is a seriously secluded place nestled in the hills between Guyra and Ben Lomond. It’s the perfect spot to escape for a weekend and catch some trout.

Deanos Spring Water Smoked Trout, Black Mountain is another great spot to check out. The local producer has eight grow-out ponds and produces around a tonne of yabbies and up to 15,000 trout each year. 

Weekday pub activities 

The Welder’s Dog has an awesome trivia night which runs in six week blocks. It’s currently on a break but should start up again next month. They also have a pizza raffle each Tuesday, with 10 free pizzas up for grabs from Armidale Pizza. One drink buys you one ticket. 

The Railway Hotel have their trivia night on Wednesday’s. Get there at 6:30pm to grab a delicious parmy beforehand. Great prizes and lollies (for the baffler) up for grabs.

Whitebull Hotel hold an “interactive” trivia night on Tuesdays from 7:30pm in the main bar.

The St Kilda Hotel has weekly meat raffles drawn at 7:30pm​ Thursday and Friday nights ​and live music from travelling bands most Fridays.

Other things

Dobson’s Distillery is open for tasting between 10:30am and 3:30pm seven days a week. Contact (02) 6778 7473.

Kentucky General Store boats hearty meals and good old fashion country service. For more visit their website.

The Wollomombi Falls is a plunge waterfall found within the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, off Waterfall Way.

The Oxley Wild Rivers National Park is great for camping, fishing and bush walking. It is named in memory of Australian explorer John Oxley who passed through the area in 1818.

Ebor Falls is a cascade waterfall on the Guy Fawkes River, near Ebor and about 37 kilometres north-east of Wollomombi on Waterfall Way. Great for an Instagram pic.

Cathedral Rock is a national park, near Ebor off the Waterfall Way. It is between the Guy Fawkes River and Macleay Range.

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