10 July 2024

Nine things to do in the Riverina this week (12 – 18 July)

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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The Festival of W has returned this July, with popular attractions including the light show and the ice-skating rink. Photo: Wagga Wagga City Council.

There are three new releases this week at Forum 6 Cinemas.

Light up your cold winter nights at the Festival of W this week, or check out Aurora – Lost Astronaut, a light and sound show in Albury.

Don’t miss out on the curry-themed cooking class by Food I Am.

Check out the Wollundry Saturday Markets or head to Junee for the markets at the Licorice Factory.

It’s the last weekend to catch the Aboriginal Artwork Trail in Temora.

Have a satisfying winter’s lunch at McWilliam’s winery’s newly renovated cellar door this Saturday, or head to Tumut for the tours of Tumut Brewery.

All Week

light and sound show

Check out the dazzling Aurora – Lost Astronaut light and sound show in Albury. Photo: Visit Albury Wodonga.

Aurora – Lost Astronaut

When: All week
Where: Albury Botanic Gardens
Cost: $14.50 adult, $9.50 child, $38.50 family.

Check out the spectacular Aurora – Lost Astronaut light and sound show at the Albury Botanic Gardens.

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Catch a latest release at Forum 6 Cinemas. Photo collage: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

Forum 6 Cinemas

When: All week
Where: Forum 6, 77 Trail Street, Wagga Wagga
Cost: Various. Tickets can be purchased here.

American romantic comedy Fly Me to the Moon, starring Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum, follows marketing maven Kelly Jones, who directed to stage a fake moon landing to fix NASA’s public image.

The disaster film Twisters is about a retired meteorologist and tornado chaser who is persuaded to return to work with a new team and to rest a groundbreaking tracking system.

The third instalment of Ti West’s X film series, MaXXXine, is about an adult-film star and aspiring actress, Maxine Mix, who finally gets her big break in 1980s Hollywood and is stalked by a mysterious killer.

Also still in the cinemas are The Bikeriders, Panda Bear Africa, A Quiet Place: Day One, Despicable Me 4, Inside Out 2, The Exorcism, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, Unsung Hero, The Watchers, IF, Bad Boys 4, Garfield, and many more.

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The Festival of W has returned to Wagga for its fourth year and is said to be bigger and better than ever. Photo: Jarryd Rowley.

Festival of W

When: All week, dusk to late
Where: Wollundry Lagoon precinct, Victory Memorial Gardens and Wagga Wagga CBD
Cost: Tickets for ice-skating are $16 adult, $12 child (2-14 yrs) and family $50, and can be purchased here.

The much-anticipated Festival of W’s highlights include a major visual and sound experience, ice-skating, live music, and food vans and stalls.

man holding a glass of beer

Tumut River Brewing runs weekly tours. Photo: Andresr.

Tumut River Brewing Brewery Tours

When: All week
Where: Tumut River Brewing, 1-5 Capper Street, Tumut
Cost: Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.

Beer lovers should keep Tumut in mind over the weekend if they’re seeking to taste some of the region’s finest amber fluids. Tumut River Brewing gives you the opportunity to see, smell and taste craft beer during its manufacturing process.

All Weekend

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The Aboriginal Art Trail features the work of many talented artists. Photo: Temora Arts Centre.

Aboriginal Art Trail

When: Friday 12 July to Sunday 14 July, 10 am to 1 pm
Where: Temora Arts Centre, 119 Aurora Street, Temora
Cost: Free.

Check out the impressive Aboriginal Art Trail at Temora Art Centre, Temora Library, and the Bundawarra Centre Cultural Precinct. It features acclaimed Wiradjuri artist Aunty Lorraine Tye, along with captivating digital narratives by artists from Wiradjuri, Ngiyampaa, Barkandji and Walbunga communities and collaborations with non-Aboriginal creatives.


lagoon and markets

Start the weekend with a visit to Wollundry Lagoon to enjoy the Saturday Markets. Photo: Supplied.

Wollundry Saturday Markets

When: Saturday 13 July, 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Wollundry Lagoon, Civic Centre Precinct
Cost: Free.

Come along to the Wollundry Saturday Markets held around the beautiful Wollundry Lagoon in the heart of Wagga. Enjoy a walk around the lagoon and peruse the markets. With more than 30 stallholders, including a variety of food purveyors, fruit and vegetables, and homewares, there is much to choose from. There is plenty of room to relax and listen to local musicians while enjoying the outdoor atmosphere. While you’re there, maybe drop in a gold coin to help the Rotary club support the community.


Have your Saturday lunch in the relaxing surrounds of the McWilliam’s winery. Photo: McWilliam’s.

Saturday Lunch at McWilliam’s in July

When: Saturday 13 July, 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: McWilliam’s, Jack McWilliams Road, Hanwood
Cost: $49 and book your table via the McWilliam’s website.

Enjoy a great three-course lunch and wine at the McWilliam’s winery. Sit by the fireplace with friends and family for a relaxing Saturday lunch. Start with antipasto with dips and crudites followed by Moroccan slow-cooked lamb hot pot served with flatbread and rocket salad for the main course. To finish, indulge in the chocolate prune tart served with McWilliam’s 20-year-old Tawny Fortified. A vegetarian menu option is also available: Moroccan slow-cooked vegetable hot pot.

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The Junee Markets offer something for all ages. Photo: Puhimec.

Junee Markets at the Licorice Factory

When: Sunday 14 July, 9 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Junee Licorice Factory, 45 Lord Street
Cost: Various.

The Junee Markets at the Licorice Factory have something for everyone, with toys, sweet and sour homemade preserves, soaps, candles, jewellery, knitted products and more.



Learn to make curries at Food I Am. Photo: Food I Am.

Curries of the World – Cooking Class

When: Sunday 14 July, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Food I Am, 29 Kunzea Place, Springvale
Cost: $185 and bookings can be made through Food I Am.

Want to learn how to make curries from Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam? Through Food I Am, you have the opportunity to learn to make classic curry pastes from scratch and delicious pickled vegetable relish. Class includes tuition, recipes and meals with regional wine, beer or soft drinks.

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