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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Tilba Festival April 16

On Easter Saturday, April 16, Central Tilba will once again welcome locals and visitors to share one of the best days out of the year.

Bate Street will come alive with a full day of live music, market stalls, an abroad array of food, traditional street games and great entertainment for the kids – and under 16s are free!

An opening ceremony at 9am on the Najanuga Stage will kick off a day of non-stop live music from talented bands and solo artists drawn from around the region. Cheese rolling, boot throwing, egg tossing and donut eating competitions run throughout the day, as well as a forging display, magician, face painting and other entertainment. Don’t miss the Tilba RFS truck! And 2EC Radio will be broadcasting live from 9am til midday.

Organised by a small group of enthusiastic local volunteers, the Tilba Festival is a not-for-profit community event. Proceeds directly benefit the Tilba District through donations to local community groups, including the School of Arts Trust and the CWA. Entry is by pre-purchased ticket only.

Tickets can be purchased at If you or the Festival is affected by Covid, tickets will be refunded. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for concessions and children under 16 are free.

Don’t miss this great day out of old-fashioned fun for all the family!

Important changes to parking:- ALL Festival parking is now at Tilba Tilba Oval. A free shuttle will run all day from Tilba Tilba Oval to the Festival gate at Central Tilba and return to Tilba Tilba from the Bus Stop.

There will be NO PARKING at Central Tilba at all. The paddock that we usually use for Central Tilba parking is completely waterlogged and cannot be used for any vehicles. There will be NO entry to Central Tilba from the highway. Cars will ALL be redirected to Tilba Tilba.

Cobargo Scouts will be coordinating all the parking on the Oval. We are very grateful to these volunteers for their support under challenging circumstances. Please be patient with them, and the traffic management team, on the day.

The first shuttle bus will leave Tilba Tilba Oval at 830am. The Opening Ceremony is at the Najanuga Stage right next to the entry gates at 9am.

We recommend that visitors wear appropriate footwear for the conditions!

Visitors with accessibility issues:- Visitors with accessibility issues can request access through the road closure at Tilba Tilba and be driven to the Festival gate to be dropped off. However there is no parking at this point. The driver will have to return to Tilba Tilba to park the car and take the shuttle bus to the Festival. Alternatively these visitors can park on the Oval and make the short walk to the shuttle bus stop on Corkhill Drive. There will be a limited number of disabled spots available nearer the bus stop but we cannot guarantee availability on the day.

Visitors with dogs:- Unfortunately, dogs (except assistance dogs) are not permitted on the bus. It will be possible to access Central Tilba from Tilba Tilba to drop your dog, if it is left with a supervising adult, but the driver MUST return to Tilba Tilba Oval to park the car and get a shuttle bus to the Festival. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you choose to leave your dog at home. We love dogs and we are very sorry about this!

Stallholders and musicians:- If you are a stallholder or musician we will still be able to provide you with parking once you have bumped in your stall/equipment. If the arrangement previously communicated to you has changed, you will receive an email with new instructions. Otherwise, please assume your plan is unchanged.

Local businesses and residents parking:- Please make plans to move your car off Bate Street by 6am Saturday morning – preferably the night before – noting that Marshmead is no longer available.

Refunds:- If you have already purchased tickets and have, as a result of the changed plans, decided not to attend the festival, please email Carrie at to arrange a full refund.

Tickets:- Tickets can be pre-purchased online ( and will also be available on the gate with card payment only. We regret we cannot take cash on the gate. There are no ATMs available on the gate or in town. Tickets are $15 per adult, $5 for concessions and entry is free for children under 16. You can also download the Festival programme from the website.


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