17 November 2023

Nine things to do in the Riverina this week (17 - 23 November)

| Jarryd Rowley
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Three new blockbusters at Forum 6 Cinemas feature in a packed week of things to do in the Riverina. Photo: Forum 6.

Races, markets, Christmas pageants and music shows make up just a small selection of activities that families can choose from this week as the holiday season slowly creeps up on us.

Kicking off a packed week is the Street Slamin musical at the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre. Dance through the night or take a punt on a winner at the Snake Gully Cup at the Gundagai and Adelong Race Club.

Saturday is the busiest day of the week as Wagga’s first-ever TEDx seminar, Bidgee Strawberries and Cream’s fifth birthday, Christmas on Broadway and a Roller Disco make it difficult to pick what to enjoy and what to miss.

The Rotary Christmas Markets return to the Botanic Gardens on Sunday, presenting a perfect time to find gifts for friends and family.

Finally, rounding off the week is the Temora Country Music Festival. So stand up, sit down or hit the dance floor to enjoy some of the best country musicians from the Riverina.

All week

Movie posters of films showing at Forum 6 Cinemas

One of the biggest movies of the year, The Hunger Games lands at Forum 6 Cinemas this week. Photo: Collage by Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

Forum 6 Cinemas

When: Various times between 10 am and 8:30 pm
Where: 77 Trail Street, Wagga
Cost: Various. Tickets can be purchased here.

Three new movies hit the cinemas this week including the next instalment in the Hunger Games franchise, A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, a Thanksgiving-themed horror movie and the mind-bending indie hit Saltburn. This week, there is something for everyone with The Marvels, Freelance, Dumb Money and Five Nights at Freddy’s all still showing.


Dances in costumes inspired by different decades

Street Slamin promises to be a dazzlingly good time. Photo: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre.

Street Slamin – Dancing Through The Decades

When: Friday 17 November, 7 to 9:30 pm, Saturday 18 November, 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
Cost: All tickets from $30 to $40.

Street Slamin Dance Centre’s ‘Dancing Through the Decades’ is a captivating blend of styles – contemporary, jazz, cheerleading, ballet, Broadway, acro, and hip-hop, celebrating iconic songs that have shaped our lives. From the jazz melodies of the 80s to the electric beats of today, each decade comes alive with mesmerising choreography and breathtaking performances.

People coming to enjoy the races at the Gundagai Race Track

People from all across the region flock to the Gundagai Adelong Race Club to enjoy the Snake Gully Cup. Photo: Snake Gully Cup.

Snake Gully Cup

When: Friday, 17 November, 11 am
Where: Gundagai Adelong Race Club
Cost: $25.

Taking its name from the famous Dad and Dave radio program, the popularity, prize money and prestige of the Snake Gully Cup Carnival has grown dramatically in recent years, with thousands of racegoers converging each November on the picturesque Gundagai racecourse.


Roller skater glides across Bolton Park Stadium

Twin City Skate is hosting another iteration of its Saturday Night Roller Disco this weekend. Photo: Supplied.

Saturday Night Roller Discos!

When: Saturday 18 November, 7 to 9 pm
Where: Bolton Park Stadium
Cost: $15 entry + $5 skate hire.

Twin City Skate, the largest roller skating club in NSW, runs regular Saturday night roller discos in Wagga! Think cool tunes, fancy lighting and a giant disco ball! Bring your own skates or hire them at the venue.

TEDx logo advertising the Wagga event.

Wagga’s CSU Playhouse will be hosting the city’s first-ever TEDx seminar featuring several speakers who will lead conversations on a range of topics. Photo: TEDx.

TEDxWagga Wagga

When: Saturday 18 November, 6 to 9 pm
Where: CSU Riverina Playhouse
Cost: $103.

The very first TEDxWagga Wagga event will showcase the best and most brilliant minds in the Riverina at ‘TEDxWagga Wagga, a Dance of Ideas’. Inspired by the Wiradyuri translation of Wagga Wagga, the event brings our community together to share stories and ideas as the Wiradyuri people have done for millennia. It will feature Dane Simpson, Shokoofeh Shamsi, Jonathan Medway, Sarah Verdon, Jonathan Ho, Yazdan Mansourian, Bernard Higgins and Rachel Hogg.

Bidgee Strawberries and Cream turns five

Enjoy all the fun food and desserts that Bidgee Strawberries and Cream has to offer when it turns five this weekend. Photo: Bidgee Strawberries and Cream.

Bidgee Strawberries and Cream Fifth Birthday

When: Saturday 18 November, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Bidgee Strawberries and Cream, Billagha Street
Cost: Adults $10, Children $8.

Bidgee Strawberries and Cream turns five and to celebrate there will be Bohemian Bees and Blooms’ live hive and honey tasting, live entertainment by local artist Josh, delicious strawberry daiquiri and Strawberries and Cream Gin. Enjoy some delicious strawberry-themed desserts like strawberry ice cream sorbet, and milkshakes. Children will also have the opportunity to ride ponies, enjoy face painting, pass the parcel, pin the calyx on the strawberry, play large yard games, and pick strawberries.

Christmas on Broadway in Junee

Junee’s famous Christmas on Broadway returns this weekend. Photo: Supplied.

Christmas on Broadway

When: Saturday 18 November, 4 to 9 pm
Where: Broadway Street, Junee
Cost: Free.

Junee Business and Trades proudly presents the 2023 Christmas on Broadway. Featuring musical entertainment, market stalls, kids entertainment and so much more. Let’s not forget the man himself, Santa, will be making an appearance. This is a fun event for the whole family.


People purchasing fruit at the Rotary Christmas markets

The Rotary Club Christmas Markets return to the Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens this weekend. Photo: Supplied.

Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga Sunrise Christmas Markets

When: Sunday 19 November, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens
Cost: Free.

Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga Sunrise Christmas Markets are on again this year. Have a relaxing morning wandering through the markets, have a bite to eat or perhaps a coffee and grab those special Christmas presents for your loved ones. There’s a little bit of something for everyone.


Musicians playing at the Temora Country Music Festival

Featuring four days of fantastic local country music, the Temora Country Music Festival is sure to get you up and about. Photo: Temora Country Music Festival.

Temora Country Music Festival – “The Friendly Festival”

When: Thursday 23 November, 2 pm – Sunday 26 November, 5:30 pm
Where: Temora Ex-Services Club, 130 Baker Street
Cost: $12.

Join in the fun of the Temora Country Music Festival by enjoying some of the best country music by some of the best country musicians in the region. It features the likes of Craig Giles, Kinta, Col Thomson, Grant Luhrs, Vanessa Waara and many more across four jam-packed days.

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