14 April 2023

Nine things to do in the Riverina this week (14 – 20 April)

| Jarryd Rowley
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The Pirates of Penzance sails into the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre for five shows starting Thursday 13 April. Photo: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre.

Theatre shows are the way to go this week, whether that be a live show at the Civic Theatre or a movie at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery or Forum 6 Cinemas. Sitting back and enjoying a show is the perfect way to spend the school holidays.

The Pirates of Penzance and Cirque Mother Africa make their long-awaited arrival at the Civic Theatre, meanwhile the art gallery will be spreading the message about the importance of protecting our planet with The Jackdaw Film Series presents GreenScreen.

Temora is offering ‘A Taste of The Philippines’ while the Curious Rabbit are presenting the Curious Music Fest. Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory and Forum 6 Cinemas are also offering a lot to see and do during the final week of school holidays.

The Pirates of Penzance poster

Directed by Leigh Ladd, The Pirates of Penzance is the Wagga School of Arts’ newest musical, showing at the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre. Picture: VisitWagga.

All Weekend

The Pirates of Penzance

When: Friday 14 April, 7:30 pm to 9:50 pm, Saturday 15 April, 2 pm to 3:20 pm and 7:30 pm to 9:50 pm, Sunday 16 April, 2 pm to 3:20 pm
Where: The Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
Cost: All tickets $35.

Follow the story of young Fredrick, an orphan who has been mistakenly apprenticed by a band of raucous pirates. Fredric attempts to escape as his new compatriots land him in a slew of farcical situations. Pirates of Penzance offers audiences the opportunity to enjoy the beauty, wit and whimsy of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic score in a classic production of this excellent comic opera.

Jackdaw Film Series poster

The Jackdaw Film Series returns to the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery with eight films that promote discussion about environmental issues. Picture: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery.

The Jackdaw Film Series presents GreenScreen – Just for Kids

When: Tuesday 11 – 21 April, 10:30 am daily
Where: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Cost: Free – gold coin donation for popcorn.

The Jackdaw Film Series returns to the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery to present GreenScreen. Presenting eight films over eight days, the series features a special selection of films that can promote discussion with children about environmental issues and the importance of protecting the planet. Films include The Lorax, FernGully, Rio, The Croods, The Jungle Book, Blueback, Song of the Sea and Wall-E.

Girl in costume with a horse

Hooves of Empowerment is a school holidays event that grants children the opportunity to learn equine skills while riding beautiful horses in a safe and calming environment. Photo: VisitLockhartshire.

Hooves of Empowerment School Holiday Fun Days

When: 8 April – 22 April
Where: 1-5 Old Lochart Rd, The Rock, New South Wales, 2655
Cost: Various – Bookings essential – contact Melissa on 0423 980 616.

Get up close and hands on with a range of different horses to learn about equine skills while riding these beautiful animals in a safe and calming environment. This amazing experience will provide participants with great excitement as they interact with horses, reptiles and even camels. Be sure to book this as soon as possible so you don’t miss out.

Session times at Forum 6

So many movies in so many genres are no showing at Forum 6 Cinemas. Photo: Forum 6 Cinemas.

Forum 6 Cinemas

When: Various
Where: Forum 6 Wagga Wagga
Cost: Tickets range from $10 to $19.50 and can be purchased here.

Blockbuster season is starting to heat up at Forum 6 Cinemas, with a huge range of must-see movies for any type of moviegoer. With action masterpieces like John Wick 4, a biopic about Michael Jordan in Air, superhero shananigans in Shazam: Fury of the Gods, horror staples in Scream 6 and my personal favourite for the month so far – perfect for gamers young and old – The Super Mario Bros. Movie. So put Chris Pratt’s voice aside and enjoy an evening at Forum 6.

Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory sign

The Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory is open seven days a week and has something for everyone. Photo: Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory.

Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory

When: Monday – Sunday, 9 am – 4 pm
Where: Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory
Cost: How much are you willing to spend?

The Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory is one of the most iconic places in the Riverina and surrounding regions. Hosting some of the most delicious confectionary available, people from around the county travel to get a taste. Open every day except Christmas, the factory is a fantastic place to enjoy lunch, take a tour or enjoy some local music. Tours are available twice a day at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Be sure to book a table and enjoy this heritage-listed facility.


Curious Music Fest banner

The Curious Rabbit is opening its doors for their upcoming Curious Music Fest featuring a range of local musicians. Picture: The Curious Rabbit.

The Curious Music Fest V9

When: Saturday 15 April, 3 pm
Where: The Curious Rabbit, Wagga Wagga
Cost: $25.

Join the Curious Rabbit as they prepare their first ever rendition of the Curious Music Fest. Featuring local talent Luke Tooze and Nathan Lamont and up-and-comers Connor Hodges and Diya Bhengra, Curious Music Fest is a perfect afternoon for fans of live local music.



Racing returns to the Coolamon Showgrounds this weekend as they prepare to host the Carnival of Cups on Sunday 16 April. Photo VisitCoolamon.

Coolamon Carnival of Cups

When: Sunday 16 April, noon
Where: Coolamon Showgrounds
Cost: Adults $10, seniors $5, children under 16 free.

Coolamon Harness Racing will be hosting TAB Carnival of Cups this Sunday from midday. Featuring an eight-race program, Sunday’s race day will also be hosting the running of the Coolamon Pacers Cup and mini trot races. With live music, free children’s entertainment and canteen and bar facilities available, why not come out to Coolamon and enjoy the races?


Banner for A Taste of the Philippines

Temora Women’s Network is supporting International Women’s Day with its new food event A Taste of The Philippines. Photo: VisitTemora.

A Taste of The Philippines

When: Tuesday April 18, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Temora Town Hall
Cost: $35.

Enjoy ‘A Taste of The Philippines’ with the Temora Women’s Network at the Temora Town Hall. Enjoy a two-course meal made with the flavours and techniques used in traditional Philippines recipes. Participants will also get to hear from special guest speaker Irene Broad, in support of International Women’s Day. Tickets must be bought in advance at the Temora Shire Council offices.


Woman in costume

Celebrating 15 years, and direct from a sell-out broadway season, Cirque Mother Africa returns to Australia with a new show. Photo: Visit Wagga.

Cirque Mother Africa

When: Wednesday 19 April, 7:30 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
Cost: Adults $79.90, concession $74.90, children under 15 $59.90.

Described as the The Lion King on steroids, Cirque Mother Africa is a high octane and rhythmic show that transports audiences to the beautiful continent of Africa. This 90-minute extravaganza features talent from nine African nations including Ethiopia, South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania, while combining contortion, acrobatics, traditional African dances, pan spinning and hand balancing. Book your tickets here.

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