Markets, festivals and a referendum mark a busy week for the people of the Riverina. Kicking off from 8 am Saturday, everyone over 18 will be required to vote on the proposed Voice to Parliament.
Once your vote has been cast, why not head to the Wollundry Lagoon or Lake Albert to enjoy the Saturday markets. If a festival is more your style, Griffith and Leeton have you covered with the Griffith Multicultural Festival and popular Chill and Grill.
Once the day is done, Forum 6 Cinema and the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre have the best seated entertainment in town with the newest blockbusters and the Graeme Connors show respectively providing great choices for a relaxing evening.
Finally on Sunday, the Australian Army Band Kapooka will be mixing traditional march out traditions with a fun concert as they receive the Freedom of the City from Wagga Wagga City Council from 10 am.
When: Various times between 10 am and 8:30 pm
Where: 77 Trail Street, Wagga
Cost: Various. Tickets can be purchased here.
With spring break at an end, it is the perfect time to take a night off and enjoy a movie you may have missed in the chaos of the school holidays. Forum 6 is running discounted tickets at $12.50 for some of the year’s best family movies, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, Ruby Gillman Teenage Kracken and Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie. Meanwhile, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3, Blue Beetle, Retribution and A Haunting in Venice are also showing for only $10 a ticket.
When: Saturday 14 October, 8 am – 6 pm
Where: Various locations, click here to find your nearest voting booth.
Australia’s first referendum in 24 years is about to decide whether a First Nations Voice to Parliament will be formed. The compulsory vote will require all Australians over 18 to make their way to a voting booth to answer the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ question:
“A Proposed Law: to alter the constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.
Do you approve this proposed alteration?”
Where: Wollundry Lagoon, Civic Centre Precinct
When: Saturday 14 October, 8 am – 1 pm
Cost: Free entry.
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 their community.
When: Saturday 14 October 2023, 4 to 8 pm
Where: Apex Park, Lake Albert
Cost: Free entry.
Enjoy the regular Markets by the Lake, with yummy food and drinks available for purchase including bacon and egg rolls, sausage sandwiches, steak and onion sandwiches, cold soft drinks and water. Stalls also include arts, crafts, local produce, children’s activities, entertainment, and much more, all on the shores of beautiful Lake Albert.
When: Saturday 14 October 2023, 2 to 3:30 pm
Where: Museum Of The Riverina, 243 Baylis St, Wagga
Commissioned by the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Said Han is a play written by Ang Collins and brought to life by the performers of Freeroam Theatre. The play explores themes of love, loss, and the deep connection and care people have for the land they call home.
Said Han is the story of a young woman who returns to her run-down family farm in the Riverina after the sudden death of her father. Confronted by the ghosts of her past and with weighty decisions about the future, Hannah chooses to stay and return the land to good health.
When: Saturday, 14 October 10:30 am
Where: Memorial Park, Banna Avenue, Griffith
Cost: Free entry.
Brought to you by the Multicultural Council of Griffith Inc, the Griffith Multicultural Festival is a celebration of people and cultural richness, through dance, music and delicious food. Located in Memorial Park, this family day with free entry boasts many food stalls, traditional songs and dance with beautiful costumes.
Where: Mountford Park, Leeton
When: Saturday 14 October, 2 – 9 pm
Considered by some as the best food festival in the Riverina, Chill and Grill Leeton is preparing to provide festivalgoers with the best culinary delights the region has to offer. Experience the sizzling sensations and tantalising aromas as the cooks craft exquisite dishes that will leave your taste buds craving for more. With fantastic live music and even better food, Chill and Grill is an event that shouldn’t be missed.
Where: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
When: Saturday 14 October, 8 pm
My Lyrical Life gives you the chance to spend an evening with the songwriter Graeme Connors. His vast repertoire of songs fills twenty-plus albums, providing a song for every occasion, as he captures the human condition in all its glory and frailty with empathy and humor, wisdom and understanding.
Where: Victory Memorial Gardens, Wagga
When: Sunday 15 October, 10:30 am – 1 pm
Residents of Wagga and surrounds are invited to attend the Australian Army Band Kapooka’s Freedom of Entry to the City Parade. The Australian Army Band Kapooka will march down Baylis Street, culminating in a ceremonial granting of the Freedom of Entry to the City followed by a free community concert in the Victory Memorial Gardens.