10 February 2023

Nine things to do in the Riverina this week (10 to 16 February)

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Have you got your plans sorted for Valentine’s Day? Photo: Erikreis.

There are plenty of things going on around the Riverina this weekend and leading up to Valentine’s Day.

We’ve got some romantic and fun suggestions for you that you can do with your partner over the weekend and next week to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Book a romantic dinner at Cottontail Wines Restaurant, go to the outdoor movies at Coolamon, or head to Calabria Family Wines for lunch. You could spend Valentine’s Day doing something different by drawing your date.

For the art connoisseurs in the region, the Archibald Prize Regional Tour will be shown at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery for the next six weeks.

Pastorale by Meccanico is hosting a Drag and Dine lunch for people to get their glitter and groove on with great food and music.

Toot-toot! The Ladysmith Tourist Railway is back in action with a special opening this Saturday.

Want some adrenalin-pumping action over the weekend? Head to Griffith for the 2023 V8 Superboats Championships or partake in the Ganmain Triathlon on Sunday morning.


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Take in the views over dinner at Cottontail Wines. Photo: Cottontail Wines.

Valentine’s Day at Cottontails

When: Saturday 11, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Cottontail Wines Restaurant, 562 Pattersons Road, Eunanoreenya
Cost: Varies. Booking essential. Click here to make reservations.

Surprise your special valentine with a romantic dinner at Cottontails Wines. Celebrate Valentine’s Day among the picturesque country views and relaxed atmosphere for a beautiful modern experience with award-winning wines and a wholesome menu.

The Archibald Prize Regional Tour is in Wagga for six weeks. Photo: Visit Wagga.

Archibald Prize 2022 Regional Tour

When: Saturday 11, 10 am to 4 pm.
Where: Wagg Wagga Art Gallery, Morrow Street, Wagga
Cost: Free.

The prestigious Archibald Prize will call Wagga Wagga home for the next six weeks, showcasing 52 artworks by some of Australia’s most talented artists. The winning artist Blak Douglas will be at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery to give the opening address.

Drag and Dine at Pastorale! Photo: Pastorale by Meccanico.

Drag and Dine at Pastorale!

When: Saturday 11, 12 pm to 3 pm
Where: Pastorale by Meccanico, Cnr of Tarcutta and Sturt Streets, Wagga Wagga
Cost: Tickets are $64.84 and can be purchased here.

Get your drag on at Pastorale for a fabulous time in the sunny courtyard. Five drag queens and kings will be putting on a great show while you indulge yourself with delicious tapas and glittery drinks.

outdoor cinema

Join the crowd for a movie experience like no other. Photo: Kitzzeh.

Outdoor Movies

When: Saturday 11, 6:30 pm to 3 pm
Where: Redgrave Park, Methul St, Coolamon
Cost: Free entry.

When was the last time you went to watch movies outdoors? Pack your picnic rugs and snacks for a movie in the moonlight with friends and family.

people sitting on a train carriage in front of a station

It’s back! Take a trip on the train with your family. Photo: Ladysmith Tourist Railway.

Ladysmith Tourist Railway

When: Saturday 11, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Ladysmith Railway Station, 15 Kyeamba Street,
Cost: Adult $5, Child $5, Concession $5, Family (Two adults, up to three children) $10.

Ladysmith Tourist Railway is finally open to the public again. Head down to one of the few stations remaining on the old line with your family for the special opening on Saturday.

jet boat in the water

Lake Wyangan is set to host thrilling jet boat action. Photo: V8 Superboats.

2023 V8 Superboats Championship – Griffith Jet Boats

When: Saturday 11, 12 pm to 9 pm
Where: Lake Wyangan, Lakes Road, Griffith
Cost: Adult $30, Child (6-16) $10, Pensioners $25, Family (Two adults, two children) $70, Under six is free. Tickets can be purchased here.

The Australian Formula Jet Sprint Association is bringing the 2023 V8 Championships to Griffith this weekend. Head down to the lake with your chairs, pop-up tents and picnic rugs for a great day at the lake. Buses will run from the Griffith Tourism Hub (Visitor’s Centre) to the circuit on the hour, every hour from noon until 9 pm.

Croissants and grapes with countryside in the background

Calabria Family Wines offers live music, food and a relaxed setting. Photo: Natalia Sova.

Rose Summer Session

When: Saturday 11, 4 pm to 8 pm
Where: Calabria Family Wines, 1283 Brayne Road, Griffith
Cost: Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here.

Make a mini romantic road trip to Griffith for a romantic day to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your better half at Calabria Family Wines. Relax in their garden and listen to live music by Charlie Jones while enjoying your Italian grazing lunch.


people running

Gear up for the Ganmain Triathlon. Photo: Coolamon Shire Council.

Ganmain Triathlon

When: Sunday 12, 7 am
Where: Ganmain Sports Ground, Ganmain
Cost: Registration begins at 7 am. Click here for the various entry and price details.

Want to challenge yourself for the new year? Get involved in the Ganmain Triathlon. The triathlon caters to all ages and abilities with individual and team entries.


pencils and texters on paper

Perhaps you’d like to try a blind drawing date? Photo: Visit Wagga.

Valentine’s Day – Blind Drawing Date

When: Tuesday 14, 7:30 pm to 9 pm
Where: Unique State Art Space, 43 Tompson Street, Wagga Wagga
Cost: Tickets are $150 for two and can be purchased here.

Make this Valentine’s Day fun with a blind drawing date. Are you up for a fun challenge to create a portrait of your date without looking at the page?

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