This weekend, thousands of people are expected to visit the Thirroul Seaside & Arts Festival, with over 250 pieces of art displayed from both artists from local and from surrounding areas.
On Saturday the emphasis is in the town itself, with stalls being in the street, and most shops in the town displaying art. The Talent Quest final will be held in King Street outside Beaches Hotel, and there will be entertainment in front of the library as well.
On Sunday, all the fun is down at the beach, there is entertainment, stalls, rides, and a junior surfing Comp, plus fire and Surf Rescue displays.
On the Shore Sculpture competition and Sure Shot Photography competition.
The depth of artistic talent in the area will be on show at the annual Art Exhibition in the Thirroul District Community Centre and Library on Saturday and Sunday, with the official opening and sponsors preview on Friday night.
A variety of events, will be held over the weekend, with children’s activities centred on W.F. Jackson Park on Saturday.
The library steps will be the main stage for music on Saturday while the finals of the Talent Quest will be held at the pub.
Street entertainment, market stalls, rides will entertain the crowds during the weekend, helped along by a great selection of food.
The festivities move to the seaside at Thirroul Beach Park on Sunday, kicked off by Breakfast on the Beach outside the surf club from 7am $10 per head.
Children will be spoilt for choice with art workshops, a petting zoo and rides to keep them entertained.
There are several art awards returning this year including The Don Gray award – Don is an long time citizen of Thirroul who has donated a sum of money to ensure that an award to ensure that the ambience of Thirroul will be remembered – Don’s award will be judged by a group of Thirroul residents. There is also the Peoples Choice award, which is voted by the visitors to the art prize, and the prize is donated by Thirroul Travelworld.
The festival is the main fundraising event for the Austinmer Thirroul Lions Club, which identifies community needs.