Top Ten things to do (and markets)
1. Lismore Lantern Parade: This is the 21st anniversary of the parade, bringing light to the heart of the city. Each year the Lantern Parade attracts in excess of 30,000 people to Lismore. The festival celebrates community, art and nature with arts, crafts, workshops, regional cuisine, markets, a spectacular parade, lanterns, bands, street theatre, music, carnival dancers, illuminated puppets, fire art and pyrotechnics and more. At the Lismore CBD Saturday, with activities starting at 10am. Free parade starts at 5.30pm. Fiery Finale from 6.30pm at the Oakes Oval. For details, ticket pricing and to book, visit the Lantern Parade website.
2. Women Like Us: Stand up comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs join forces in Women Like Us to deliver two hours of rapid fire, sharp, honest, sometimes self-deprecating, somewhat irreverent stand up comedy for audiences who love their humour straight from the lip. At the Star Court Theatre, Saturday from 8pm. $27.20.
3. Delicious: This event will mark the fifth anniversary of Delicious parties at the Lismore Bowlo. To help celebrate the milestone, they welcome to the Delicious decks guest DJ Si Clone, who will be joining Craig Wilson, aka 1iSamurai. At the Lismore Bowlo, Saturday from 9pm. $15.
4. Primex: Norco Primex is a major agricultural field day located in the pre-eminent primary beef producing area of Australia - Beef Capital, Casino in the NSW Northern Rivers. The three day event attracts over 40,000 consumers each year and features over 400 exhibitors ranging from agricultural, livestock, and lifestyle products and services. At the Richmond Valley Events Centre, Bruxner Highway, Casino, until Saturday, 9am - 4pm. For details visit the Primex website.
5. Oliver!: Oliver is the musical version of the book Oliver Twist. With music by Lionel Bart, it tells the story of the orphan Oliver and his journey. Meeting up with the Artful Dodger and Fagin, Oliver eventually finds happiness. Shows today at 8pm and tomorrow Sunday at 2pm, also Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26. For details visit the Ballina Players website.
6. At Last - The Etta James Story: The amazing story of Etta James starring Vika Bull and the Essential R and B Band. During a long and tumultuous career that saw her win six Grammy Awards and a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Etta James has influenced a vast array of artists from Diana Ross, Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart and is acknowledged as inspiring the careers of a new generation of singers from Christina Aguilera, Joss Stone, Adele, and the late Amy Winehouse. Sunday at the Ballina RSL Club, 240 River St, Ballina, from 8.30pm.
7. Exploring Community: Come and listen to Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell and Bishop Sarah Macneil of the Anglican diocese of Grafton, which includes Lismore, who will be in conversation over these issues, both in the local and the national sphere. Their conversation and the open mic will be facilitated by North Coast ABC journalist, Joanne Shoebridge. At the Anglican Church Hall, Zadoc Street, Lismore, Sunday 21 June, 2pm - 4pm. Gold coin donation, with proceeds going to Lismore Women's Refuge.
8. Australasian Marist Netball Carnival: The 21st Australasian Marist Netball Carnival will be hosted by Trinity Catholic College, Lismore. The carnival will attract 17 Marist school teams from across Australia for three days of intense competition. Competitors, staff, officials and families will travel from Western Australia, South Australia, the Northern Territory, Tasmania, Victoria and throughout New South Wales to compete in over 140 matches within the tournament. Competition from Monday, June 22, until Wednesday, June 24, at the Lismore Netball Courts in Ballina Rd, from 9.30am - 4pm every day.
9. Australia Day: Everyone wants a piece of the party pie in this modern ripper of a comedy. The country town of Coriole is getting ready for Australia Day - a time to crack open a frothy, throw a snag on the barbie and celebrate what it means to be a true blue Aussie. At the Lismore City Hall as part of the Norpa 2015 season, on Tuesday, June 23, and Wednesday, June 24, at 7.30pm.
10. Australian Cabaret Festival: Shake-O-Rama is the show for the Byron Bay leg of this year's festival, a gig that promises teasing routines, sizzling cabaret and variety entertainment. The lune up includes Miss Burlesque Australia 2011 and 2013, Melbourne's Sina King and Strawberry Siren respectively, plus Brisbane's Lila Luxx, the winner of the People's Choice Australian Burlesque Community Award in Queensland last year. At the Byron Theatre on Thursday, June 25, from 8pm. $65. For details visit the Byron Theatre's website or call 6685 6807. Always check the event's website to avoid disappointment.
- Alstonville Farmers Market, Bugden Ln car park, Alstonville.
- Lismore Farmers Market, Lismore Showground.
- Uki Farmers market every Saturday morning.
- Blue Knob Farmers Market, 719 Blue Knob Rd, Lillian Rock.
- Bangalow Farmers Market, 1 Byron St, Bangalow
- Mullumbimby Community Market, Stuart St
- Ballina Market (East Ballina Lions Club), Canal Rd, Ballina
- Lismore Car Boot Market, Lismore Shopping Square
- Uki Buttery Bazaar, 1454 Kyogle Rd
- Missingham Bridge Markets, Missingham Bridge, Kingsford Dr, Ballina
- Northern Rivers Kids and Babies Market, Lennox Head Community Centre, corner Park and Mackney Lanes, Lennox Head.