With Easter & Anzac Day Long Weekends in April it’s the perfect time to head on up to Swan Hill and check out:
- The Lake Boga Yatch Club Easter Regatta
- Plenty of live music including Thirsty Merc & a tribute to Billy Joel
- School holiday programs at Pioneer Settlement, Art Gallery & Library
- Tennis, Speedway, Lawn Bowls & Horse Racing Events
- Comedy festival roadshow
- Art exhibitions
- the not to be missed Quambatook tractor pull
- and, as always, the great local regional markets
Lake Boga Yatching Easter Regatta
March 30th to April 2nd
The 2018 Lake Boga Easter Regatta is on again in 2018, March 30th, 31st, April 1st & 2nd. A regatta not to be missed. The lake is full, the foreshore is green, put it in your calendar now!!
The Lake Boga Yacht Club is renowned for its Annual Easter Regatta which was first held in 1937, the regatta could not be held during the 2nd World War but had been held every year until recently when due to severe drought conditions the lake went totally dry for almost four years.
Many of the regattas held over the years have had well in excess of 250 yachts competing in them, which created a spectacular site on the lake. Apart from the clean open waters of the lake a major attraction to Lake Boga is that the regatta participants are able to camp near their yachts in the grassed parklands surrounding the yacht club.
In mid 2010 the lake was once again full, enabling the yacht club members to sail regularly during the warmer months and to organise their Easter Regatta again.
Friday 6th of April
Thirsty Merc bounded onto the music scene in the early 2000s with their Summertime sounds, making their mark on radio and television. Now the band is heading back out on the road on their Take Me Back Tour.
As well as their number one hits, this tour is a celebration of all their music along the way. And fans can expect to hear songs they’ve never heard the band perform live before.
Billy Joel Tribute Concert
Friday 13th of April
More than just a Piano Man, Billy Joel is a living legend of the music industry with a catalogue of hit songs spanning more than 50 years.
PIANO MAN: Billy Joel Tribute Concert Australia is a unique and outstanding concert experience that chronologically shares the journey of a remarkable career – the highs, the lows, private and public life, family and relationships, and above all, the music.
Celebrating 45 years since Joel’s signature song – “Piano Man”, the show is backed by an five piece band and features live performances of his greatest hits including “Piano Man”, “Uptown Girl”, “For The Longest Time”, “Just The Way You Are”, “My Life”, “We Didn’t Start The Fire”, to name a few complete with visual footage and narration that takes you in to the depths of the life that is Billy Joel.
The show features Anthony Mara who is a world class and seasoned Billy Joel performer who’s performed in every nook and cranny of this Country for over twenty years and cites Billy Joel as one of his true influences in life.
Allow PIANO MAN: Billy Joel Tribute Concert Australia to take you right into the world of Billy Joel in a 2 hour concert event not to be missed!!!
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow
Thursday 26th of April
Australia’s largest Comedy Festival is packing up and ready to roll!
Join the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow as it journeys around the country, home- delivering hot and tasty comic treats to audiences near and far.
This roving tour-de-comedy features funny makers from Australia and beyond, showcasing everything from stand-up, sketch, satire and song in one side splitting show. There’s nowhere our exceptional entertainers fear to tread, so far we’re bound to be heading your way.
You won’t want to miss it when this bounty of belly laughs rolls into town
Come on Australia – pack your laughing gear and get aboard the roadshow!
- Cabaret tables of 8 (downstairs) and Theatre style upstairs
- BYO nibbles only – No Alcohol
Swan Hill Motor Racing Club
Easter Sunday – 1st of April
Standard Saloon Feature – Racing Starts 6pm. Don’t be late!
April 3rd to April 6th
The 2018 Murray Downs Golf & Country Club of Swan Hill AMT & JT will this year run in the four days after Easter. The event will feature both JT Australian ranking junior events and AMT senior events. This year’s event has been granted Silver status for all JT and AMT events (18&U singles will be Bronze);
AMT Singles & Doubles
12&U Singles & Doubles
14&U Singles & Doubles
16&U Singles & Doubles
Looking for a mini vacation in a vacation? The kids will love these activities:
The Pioneer Settlement will host its Pioneer School Holiday Program every day of the holidays, including pioneer rope making, butter churning, pioneer school, guided tours of the Gem and horse and cart and vintage car rides. There will also be an Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday from 10am – 2pm. Cost is $2 per trail. Entry to the settlement is free for residents of the Swan Hill municipality. For more details contact the Pioneer Settlement on 5036 2410.
The Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery will host art workshops on 8, 10, 15 and 17 April between 10.30am and 12pm. Sessions will be varied, so children can attend more than one day if they like. Cost is $10 per child, bookings are essential. Call 5036 2430 for details and to book.
The Swan Hill Regional Library will host free storytime sessions each Wednesday and Saturday at 10.30am (except Easter Saturday). Special Easter-themed storytimes will be held on Saturday, 12 April and again on Wednesday, 16 April at 10.30am. Children will hear Easter themed stories, make Easter baskets and go on an Easter egg hunt. Call 5036 2480 for details.
Live Music at Swan Hill Club
The Swan Hill club has the following live music lineup for March:
Friday 6th – Paul Lines
Friday 13th – Jimmy Cupples Band
Friday 20th – Seven Car Pileup
Quambatook Tractor Pull
Forty minutes away in Quambatook is the exciting Tractor Pull!
High octane intensity explodes into Quambatook on Easter Saturday as the power hungry modified tractors and trucks blast their way down the track on a mission towards the ultimate ‘Full Pull’ at the 42nd Annual Kubota Australian Tractor Pull Championships.
Competitive pulling isn’t just watched, it’s experienced! Sight! Sound! Action! Diesel fuel, Blown Alcohol, and the giddy expectation of an anxious crowd… this spectacle feeds an addiction for raw horse power.
23 March to 6 May, 2018
Paul Oswin has a passion for the plants, animals and landscape of the Mallee region.
This exhibition of birdlife uses expressive marks and bold colours to capture the bird’s physical likeness, character and the impression of its environment.
His approach shares similar philosophies to sumi-e painting. Sumi-e painting is a Japanese style of monochromatic painting using ink, brush and paper that aims to depict the spirit of the subject, rather than a detailed resemblance of it. In his current works, Paul has adopted some of these ideas and combined them with expressive use of watercolour and coloured inks.
Mallee Routes 2018
23rd March to 6th May, 2018
Mallee Routes is the latest instalment of an ongoing collective project representing the Mallee through the unique perspectives of three different photographers; Eric Algra, Gilbert Roe and Gary Sauer-Thompson
Mallee Routes 2018 will enable the Mallee community to see their environment and culture through these artists eyes and reflect on the physical and social landscape, their place in it and how it’s shaped them as individuals and communities.
Swan Hill Guided Gallery Tours
Sunday’s just before 2pm
These free and entertaining weekly tours will provide valuable insights into current exhibitions.
Simply turn up a little before 2pm on any Sunday to meet your guide.
– Good Friday: Open and Mixed 2x4x2 pairs
– Saturday: Any Combination, 2 bowls triples
– Sunday: Mixed Fours
– Monday: Any Combination Triples
Swan Hill Racing
Sunday 29th of April
Social packages in the dining room are available for groups at the Guardian / Elliot Print Carnival in March and the Swan Hill RSL ANZAC Day Races on the 25th of April.
Swan Hill Farmers Market
1st Sunday of the Month
The Swan Hill Farmers Market is held on the first Sunday of each month in the picturesque surrounds of Riverside Park, Swan Hill.
Our mission is to maintain a regular accredited farmers market that is an anticipated event in our township, not only for the opportunity to source high quality, local produce but also as a forum to connect and share time with family and friends. It’s also an opportunity to learn together about the benefits of supporting local, sustainable agriculture.
We believe that a farmers market provides a platform for local growers to showcase nutritious and seasonal produce in an environment which has mutually beneficial social and economic advantages for producers and the community.
Each month we average around 20 stallholders presenting a wide range a fresh, regional produce.
Swan Hill Rotary Market
3rd Sunday of the Month
The Swan Hill Rotary Market is held at the Swan Hill Railway Station. Swan Hill railway station is the terminal station of the Yungeral line in Victoria, Australia. It serves the town of Swan Hill opening on 30 May 1890. A goods shed and silos exist near the station. Beyond the station, Pacific National grain trains continue to the lines’ terminus at Piangil.
At the markets there are around 30 stalls selling bric a brac, plants, produce, assorted goods, books, craft, clothes, local produce and much, much more.
The markets have been operating for over 40 years, funds raised are given to local Schools and charity organizations.
Handmade on the Murray Indoor Artisan Market
2nd Saturday of the month
Indoor Art Buzzaar Market,
98 Chapman Street, Swan Hill
Indoor Market to showcase local talent with quality Handmade items for sale by the makers themselves. This is a unique opportunity for creative people to get together, get inspired, have some fun, learn more about creative craft and support your local artisans.
Swan Hill Italian Social Club Community Markets
2nd Saturday of each month.
Our fantastic variety market. Fully catered by the wonderful volunteers of the Italian community, with fresh hot pasta and BBQ and canoli! Come along and check it out, there’s something for everyone.
Italian Social Club, Ken Harrison Sporting Complex, Yana St
Contact Rebecca 0417 566 207
MOST IMPORTANTLY ENTRY IS FREE!
Anglican Boot Sale
3rd Saturday of the month
Anglican Boot Sale 3rd Saturday of the month at the Anglican Function Centre
Anglican Function Centre, Splatt St, Swan Hill
9am – Midday
Contact 03 5032 2506 or 5032 3765
Nyah Lions Club Markets
2nd Saturday of the month
This market is held at the Nyah Recreation Reserve Trotting Track and has around 25 stalls selling everything home made and home grown. There are food stalls and local attractions and a playground.
The market runs from 8am till noon. A gold coin donation is welcome.
Dogs are allowed on leash.
The Nyah markets are 24km north of Swan Hill at Nyah Trotting complex.
1st Saturday of the Month & Easter Saturday
The Murrabit Country Market commenced in 1977 with 19 stalls gathered in front of the Murrabit Hall. It was originally designed to provide a market outlet for cottage crafts and produce. The Murrabit Market is still held the first Saturday of each month, with an extra market on Easter Saturday. The Murrabit Market attracts thousands of visitors to the area. More than 200 stalls at the market with fruit and vegetables, local hand crafts, plants, tools, clothes, shoes and hardware.
Please note that dogs are not accommodated for at the markets (service dogs excepted)
The Murrabit Markets are 45km south east of Swan Hill.
Robinvale Community Growers Market
Second Saturday of the Month
At Caix Square Robinvale the Robinvale Country Market is on the second Saturday of the month in Caix Square from 8:30am – 12:30pm.
A wide variety of stalls … with everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to olive oil products, sauces, jams and pickles.
There’ll be children’s and musical entertainment and plenty of other activities.
Further details – Rosalie : 0438 363 095