WOMEN RULE: Masters Games sportswomen Renae Blaikie, Virginia Waters and Kathy Claydon are looking forwrd to hitting the sports fields.
WOMEN RULE: Masters Games sportswomen Renae Blaikie, Virginia Waters and Kathy Claydon are looking forwrd to hitting the sports fields. Marc Stapelberg

Top 15 things to do (and markets)

1. Lismore Masters Games: The ninth Lismore Workers Masters Games organisers aim to see the event heralded as the most entertaining multi-sports event in regional Australia. Sports to be included will be baseball, softball, netball, cricket, lawn bowls, oztag and more. At 144 Magellan St, Lismore today, tomorrow and Monday.

2. Cockfight: Two blokes in an office. One older, one younger, each body pushed to its limits in this hilarious and ultimately tender piece of physical theatre. These men challenge each other in a series of comical one-upmanships that build to a moment of impact where everything is suspended, the flash of bared teeth, the mutual reliance on the fight, the desperation and loneliness of success. Part of the Norpa Season 2015, developed via Norpa's Generator program. At Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, Lismore, today and tomorrow, 7.30pm. $49. 

3. Lismore Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Carnival: The Lismore Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout is recognised as the largest Indigenous sporting event in the area, as teams represent all of the communities across the Northern Rivers. Commences today with the men's' competition (capped at 16 teams). Concludes tomorrow with the men's final and a women's exhibition match. This is a smoke and alcohol-free event. At Crozier Oval, Magellan St, Lismore, today and tomorrow, 9am - 4pm. $10

4. Fruitopia: This is an all-day gig by the Tropical Fruits for the local gay, lesbian, transgender, intersex and queer youth and adults with a daytime picnic full of activities for rainbow families and their friends, including cabaret and drag shows. The afternoon will include 'Queereoke' and Drag Superstars to end with DJs and dancing until 9pm. At the Lismore Showground today from 11am - 9pm.

5. Lennon, Through a Glass Onion:  Created and performed by Australian actor/musician John Waters and singer/pianist Stewart D'Arrietta, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion reveals the essence of the life and astonishing talent of one of the most admired icons of the past century. Part biography, part concert, the show features 31 songs including Imagine, Strawberry Fields Forever, Revolution, Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds, All You Need is Love, Come Together, Help, Working Class Hero, Mother, Jealous Guy, and more. At the Byron Theatre tomorrow and Saturday at 8pm. $59.

6. Classical Keys from Colombia: William Perez is a classically-trained pianist from Colombia. He will delight you with his talents at the Phoenix Rising Cafe, Nimbin from 12 noon 'til 4pm.  

7. St Marks Anglican Church Spring Fair: Green thumbs are encouraged to bring their cut flowers and arrangements to enter the competition to be judged from 10am. Submissions must be benched between 7.30 and 9am and no entry fee is applicable. Presentation of trophies from noon. Browse from an array of stalls full of plants, cooking, sewing and sweets for purchase and stop by the kitchen for a snack. Featuring cake decorating demonstrations by local cake maker Shirley Olsen, plus a stall run by the Solomon Island Fundraising Group. Corner of West and Barker Sts, Casino, from 9am.

8. Casino Carp Muster: Carp are once again on the agenda as the annual muster is about to happen for the Richmond, Wilson's and Bungawalbin catchments in the Casino Carp Muster. This year the, Casino RSM Social Fishing Club is offering $4000 in prizes for some of the best carp catches. Weigh-in will be behind the Casino RSM Club and a final draw will be held tomorrow at 3pm. For details visit http://www.casinorsmfishingclub.webs.com/

9. Nimbin Spring Arts Exhibition: The annual Spring Arts Exhibition presents an incredible variety of works by Nimbin's fine artists, craft workers, designers, photographers and installation artists. The show is held annually during the spring school holidays when thousands of local, interstate and international visitors are attracted to Nimbin. The 2015 Spring Arts Exhibition will be open daily, and will feature a series of grand piano and other music recitals. Entry is free. At the Nimbin School of Arts, Town Hall, Cullen St, Nimbin, from today until Monday, October 5, 10am - 5pm. Entry by donation.

10. Sustainable Housing for Life Design Awards Expo 2015: Architects, designers, community members and young people, get your pencils sharp, design programs active and minds ready for this year's Sustainable Housing for Life design competition. They're simple modular structures that can be easily adapted to suit the changing needs of the people living in the dwelling. At Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, Lismore, today, 12pm - 4pm. For details visit http://lismore.nsw.gov.au. Free entry.

11. Eurogliders: They are touring their latest release, Don't Eat the Daisies, and having fun on the way. Grace Knight and Bernie Lynch offer more of the powerful music they became famous for. At the Ballina RSL Club this Saturday, doors open at 7.45pm. Cost $39.

12. NSW Bike Week: Ballina Shire Council will be celebrating NSW Bike Week by hosting a guided social bike ride with free coffee on tomorrow Sunday.The ride will travel along the scenic 11km shared path network, leaving from Shaws Bay at 9am. A shorter ride will be available for younger bike riders. Participants are reminded to bring their helmet.

13. XXXX Gold Lismore Cup: The XXXX Gold Lismore Cup is one of the most popular race days in regional New South Wales. It is a unique racing experience that draws crowds of 5000 and more to the Lismore Racecourse. Free shuttle buses will be in operation on the day, from 11am to 1pm, return from 4pm to 6pm. At 9 Woodlawn Rd, Lismore, on Thursday, September 24.

14. Casino Spring Orchid Show: Casino and District Orchid Society is hosting its annual Spring Orchid Show. The show includes flowering orchid displays, pot plants and bromeliads, potting demonstrations, and sale tables of orchids and pot plants. Also there are keen experts ready to answer any of your orchid-related questions. At the Anglican Church Hall, Barker S, Casino, this Thursday, September 24 to Saturday, September 26, 9am - 3pm. 

15. Mullum Circus Festival: The Mullum Circus Festival, presented by Spaghetti Circus, celebrates the vibrant community and inspiring edge of circus in Australia. Audiences will witness Australia's most renowned circus, sideshow and physical theatre artists together with exciting emerging artists and cutting-edge acts. At the Mullumbimby Showground, Main Arm Rd, Mullumbimby, from Friday, September 25, until Sunday, September 27.  



  • Alstonville Farmers Market, Alstonville Showground, Alstonville.
  • Coraki Riverside Markets, Riverside Park, Coraki
  • 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