Goodbye 2022, hello 2023.

The year 2023 is well and truly underway, with a plethora of local events happening across the year’s first month.

Whether you are looking for something to do with the kids while they enjoy (and possibly drive you crazy) these school holidays, or something to do over the weekend, this list has got you covered.

School Holiday Fun

Starting Monday, January 23, until Friday, January 27, the Art Room Gippsland is hosting creative and crafty school holiday fun at the Gippsland Centre Sale.

From 10am until 2pm, the Art Room Gippsland will guide children on an artistic adventure, each day offering a new exciting activity, with colouring-in available across the entire week.

On Monday, children can create their own cellophane window and garden decorations, and on Tuesday, they can create polymer clay garden bugs. Wednesday’s activity is making rock pets, Thursday is painting, and on Friday, children can try their hands and tie-dye for Rainbow Day.

When: 10am to 2pm, Monday, January 23 – Friday, January 27.

Where: Gippsland Centre Sale.

Rhys Crimmin Live at The Star

Spend an evening at The Star Hotel in Sale listening to the fantastic music stylings of the one-person band Rhys Crimmin.

Live music from Rhys Crimmin starts at 8.30pm in the Star Hotel Sale Bar on Saturday, January 21.

When: 8.30pm to 11.30pm, Saturday, January 21.

Where: Star Hotel Sale.

Headline Acts at Jacks

Pull out your dancing shoes for a night of fantastic live music at Jack Ryan’s Irish Bar in Sale every Friday and Saturday night.

Girls night out, boys night out, work drinks, school reunion, sporting club outing or just a random night out with friends – every weekend, Jack Ryan’s has live music to keep you rocking out and partying (responsibly) until the night’s end.

Weekends at Jack Ryan’s feature local and travelling headlining artists, and with so many artists performing live every weekend of the month, there is bound to be a tune to get everyone in the mood to get down and boogie.

Not a dancer, no worries: You can soak up the good vibes and enjoy headlining artists while testing your skill at a game of pool.

Headline acts at Jack’s this month are:

Friday, January 13: Mat ‘Tezmo’ Howlett

Saturday, January 1: MSAGRO Duo

Friday, January 20: Ryan Lestrange

Saturday, January 21: 80s 90s DJ Night

Friday, January 27: Mat Howlett

Saturday, January 28: House DJ Night

Where: Jack Ryan’s Irish Bar, 154 Raymond St, Sale.

When: Every Friday and Saturday night from 9pm.

Forever Rod

Rob Caudill is a dead-on Rod Stewart impersonator.

He’s got the high-definition jawline, the shock of spiky blonde hair and the nose.

Vocally, his distinctive, naturally raspy voice sounds like the legendary Stewart, and his range easily nails every high note from the singer-songwriter’s younger days.

Caudill travels the world regularly in his role as Rod Stewart; he has also been working with the world-famous Legends in Concert show out of Las Vegas for the past 15 years.

Ashleigh Toole is a unique and rare young performer who made it into the top 12 of Australian Idol in 2009.

Toole joins Caudill on the John Leslie Theatre stage this month for Forever Rod, the very best of Rod Stewart and Cher.

Tickets available at

When: 8pm, Friday, January 20.

Where: The Wedge Performing Arts Centre, Sale.

Gippsland Cars and Coffee

Delux Detailing and Prostreet Media are hosting their first Gippsland event from 10am on Sunday, January 15, in Sale.

All cars and bikes are welcome to join the event at 27 Union St, Sale.

Whether you are motor-enthusiast or just want something new to do, head to Union St, Sale this Sunday, grab yourself a coffee and check out the cars on display.

When: 10am, Sunday, January 15.

Where: 27 Union Street, Sale.

2023 Yarram Chalk Art Festival

The Yarram Chalk Art Festival is back for 2023 with ‘Bookspiration’ as this year’s theme.

See incredible art works adorning the footpaths of Yarram’s main street and learn about the books that have inspired the artists’ work.

The 2023 Yarram Chalk Art Festival boasts an incredible line-up of artists from all corners of Australia and overseas.

Organisers are especially proud to support their own art community, with several local artists also in the mix of talent.

The Yarram Chalk Art Festival starts at 9am on Saturday, January 21 and concludes 5pm, Sunday, January 22.

When: 9am, Saturday, January 21, until 5pm, Sunday, January 22.

Where: Yarram

Metung Market

The first market on the Metung Village Green in 2023 is on this Saturday, January 14, from 8am until 12.30pm.

The Metung Market boasts a variety of goods, including fresh local fruit, vegetables, mushrooms, organics and flowers. Plus, beautiful preserves, breads, pastries, home baked cakes, biscuits, clothing, artisan items and more.

When: 8am until 12.30pm, Saturday, January 14.

Where: Metung Village Green, Metung.

Nightwalk Immersive Horror Traralgon

You arrive at a secret pathway at night in Traralgon.

You’ve got your starting coordinates and brought your fully charged, internet-enabled mobile phone or tablet.

You look for the candle’s light, set waiting for you nearby. You find it; now it’s time to put on your headphones.

Voices speak to you out of the darkness, communicating to you through your device. Whispers and sounds, pleas and exclamations, temptations and threats.

Something terrible happened here, and you’re going to find out what. Nightwalk is a unique and fully immersive journey into a dark story of haunting, deceit and murder.

Nightwalk is at a secret location; you receive your starting location when you book your tickets.

All tickets are priced at $42.90 and can be purchased via the Nightwalk website.

Nightwalk is suitable for ages 13+: The experience includes some coarse language and adult themes.

Nightwalk Immersive Horror Traralgon is for one night only, Saturday, January 21, with two sessions at 8pm and 9pm.

For more information, go to

When: Saturday, January 21, from 8pm and 9pm.

Where: Traralgon.

STEAM Lab Sessions

If you’re interested in virtual reality or enhancing your digital illustration abilities, sign up for one of the STEAM lab programmes at Wellington Shire Libraries this January.

The three-hour, interactive sessions for young people (12-25 years) are a combination of structured learning and creative play, and are designed to encourage them to explore and experiment with art.

All sessions are free, with more information available at Eventbrite.

Virtuality reality sessions – No bookings required

Tuesday, January 10, from 10am at Rosedale Library.

Thursday, January 19, from 10am at Maffra Library.

Friday, January 20, from 10am at Yarram Library.

Digital illustration workshops – Limited spots available, bookings required

Wednesday, January 18, from 10.30am at Sale Library.

Wednesday. January 25, from 10.30am at Stratford Library.

Australia Day Free Breakfast Barbecue

Rosedale Country Market is hosting a free barbecue breakfast on Australia Day, January 26; bring your picnic rug and enjoy a snag or bacon and egg sandwich with your neighbour in this opportunity to come together as a community.

When: Thursday, January 26, from 8am until 11am.

Where: Rosedale Community Market, Prince Street Reserve Rosedale.

Mindfull Aus Mental Health Fundraiser

From 5pm on Saturday, January 14, the Glengarry Hotel and Gippsland local Jasmine Pryor are hosting a party to help raise money for Mindfull Aus.

There will be live music from the amazing Erin Mckinney, cold beers, great food, good times and, of course, a raffle.

Donations for Mindfull Aus are appreciated.

Mindfull Aus works with people in high-risk areas of Australia to put wellness back into their own hands and spread the message of acceptance and hope as they work towards reducing the number of lives lost to suicide and the stigma associated with mind and behavioural health.

Booking is essential; to book your spot at the party, call 51924 222.

When: Saturday, January 14, from 5pm.

Where: Glengarry Hotel, 25-27 Main Street, Glengarry.

Detox Your Home – Sale

Detox Your Home, delivered by Sustainability Victoria in partnership with local governments, is an opportunity to dispose of toxic household chemicals such as solvents, poisons, cleaning products and fertilisers and it’s free!

Register online at, then turn up on the day with your household chemicals, and they’ll do the rest!
All collected items are recovered and safely disposed of, reused or recycled.
To check accepted items, go to:
When: Saturday, January 28, 9am until 12pm.