24 March 2023

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

| Jarryd Rowley
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Sweet As is one of the premier Australian films headlining this weekend’s Travelling Film Festival. Photo: Travelling Film Festival.

Music lovers across the Riverina will not be starved for choice this weekend, as a large number of music festivals and live performances are among the hottest tickets in the region. Whether you live in Leeton, Griffith, Lockhart, Tumut or Gundagai, there is something for everyone to enjoy in all corners of the Riverina. If film is more your thing, the Travelling Film Festival in Wagga is definitely a must-attend, as it will showcase award-winning and Academy Award-nominated films from Australia and around the world.

Locals will also get the opportunity to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Gundagai with St Patrick’s Primary School on Saturday 18 March, or if history tickles your fancy, the Crooked Mile Show and Shine on Sunday or the Ganmain Historical Society Open Day will be worth their price of admission. There is plenty to do this weekend across the Riverina.

All Weekend

The Travelling Film Festival’s next stop is Wagga Wagga – with nine limited Australian and international releases, movie buffs will not want to miss this. Photo: Forum 6/Facebook.

Traveling Film Festival

When: 17 – 19 March
Where: Forum 6 Cinema
Cost: $19 per film adult, concession $15.50, student $13.50.

The Travelling Film Festival returns to Forum 6 Cinema with a variety of Australian and international films. Held across three days, the festival kicks off on Friday night at 7 pm with a showing of Australian independent film Sweet As.

A must-attend for movie buffs, the festival showcases nine films including features, documentaries and short films. Starting at just $19 a film, viewers can pick and choose which films they wish to attend.

Tickets can be bought here.


 St Patrick's Day Fair 2023 flyer

Come celebrate everything St Patrick’s Day with St Patrick’s Primary School on Saturday 17 March at Carberry Park. Photo: St Patrick’s Primary School/Facebook.

Saint Patrick’s Day Fair

When: Saturday 17 March, 10 am – noon
Where: Carberry Park, Gundagai
Cost: Free.

St Patricks Primary School will be hosting an appropriately themed St Patrick’s Day Fair at Carberry Park, Gundagai.

With attractions like a jumping castle, triple bungee, climbing wall and food stalls, the event promises to be a lot of fun for the whole family. The mix of live music, themed activities and markets make this perfect for those looking to have some St Paddy’s Day fun.

Danny Phegan and band on stage

Danny Phegan wowed audiences as a part of The Voice in 2022. Photo: Wagga Events/Facebook.

Danny Phegan in Concert

When: Saturday 18 March, 5:30 pm
Where: Lockhart Memorial Hall
Cost: Free (Booking required).

Finalist on The Voice in 2022, Danny Phegan makes his way to Lockhart to share some of his newest work among some classic country hits. Danny has appeared live on TV, topped iTunes Country Charts and radio charts. A man of many talents, Danny’s humour and charisma makes his shows worthwhile for any country music lovers looking to have a fun Saturday night. Tickets for Saturday night’s show can be booked here.

People cheering on a band

Filled will a schedule of local and national artists, Rock the Turf Inc. presents Blue’s, Brews & BBQ’s will be a music lovers heaven. Photo: Visit Wagga.

Rock the Turf Inc. presents Blue’s, Brews & BBQ’s

When: Saturday 18 March, noon – 9 pm
Where: Riverglade Caravan Park, 2 Fitzroy Street, Tumut
Cost: $63.34 for adults, $28.58 for children 12-17 years, and free for children under 12.

Rock the Turf Inc. presents Blue’s, Brews & BBQ’s promises to be one of the great highlights of March. With an awesome line-up of local artists including Roshani, Owen Campbell and James Southwell, the one-day music festival is perfect for those looking to kick back, enjoy some drinks and rock out to live music after a long working week. Starting at midday on Saturday, festivalgoers will need to book in advance to experience this event. Tickets can be bought here.

Fiesta La Leeton graphic

Fiesta La Leeton will be a showcase of the diverse cultures that Leeton has to offer. Photo: Visit Leeton.

Fiesta La Leeton

When: Saturday 18 March
Where: Wade Avenue South, Leeton
Cost: Free, food and novelty stalls will be available.

Leeton’s very own multicultural festival, Fiesta La Leeton, offers a diverse range of street food and live entertainment. With fusion cuisines from Indigenous Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific Islands, there is something for everyone. The festival will feature performances from western Sydney’s ensemble Worlds Collide along with performances from local Fijian, Solomon Islander, Filipino and Zimbabwean communities.

Griffith Groove & Graze flyer

Griffith Groove & Graze is the perfect family music event for young music lovers looking to experience their first festival. With X-Factor star Reece Mastin headlining the event, it promises to be a great time for the whole family. Photo: Visit Griffith.

Griffith Groove & Graze

When: Saturday 18 March, 3 pm – 9 pm
Where: Burley Griffin Community Gardens, Coolah Street, Griffith
Cost: $10 entry, under 18 free.

A music festival for people of all ages, the Griffith Groove and Graze will feature live performances from X-Factor star Reece Mastin as well as local performers the Lolahea Brothers, Fate Babies and The Griffith Musicians Club. With pop-up bars, child friendly activities and fireworks to end the night, Griffith Groove and Graze will be a day to remember. Gates open at 2:30 pm and tickets can be purchased here.

Museum visitors

Museum visitors enjoyed looking at the traditional farm equipment at the 2022 open day as 2023 looks to be bigger and better. Photo: Visit Coolamon Shire.

Ganmain Historical Society Open day

When: Saturday 18 March 2023, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Ganmain Historical Society and Museum, Waterview Street
Cost: $10 per adult, children free.

Experience what it was like to live in the Riverina in 1938, a part of the live exhibition at the Ganmain Historical Society and Museum. The exhibition will feature traditional blacksmithing, woodcarving, butter churning and a showcase of vintage farm machinery and knitting machines. Money raised by the event will be used to help volunteers preserve the museum. Starting at 10 am, the event costs $10 upon entry and is free for children.

Dan Whiting is one of the region’s best live performers and he will be looking to light up the Criterion Hotel dance floor with a mix of pop and rock classics on Saturday night. Picture: Visit Gundagai.

Dan Whiting LIVE – Criterion Hotel

When: Saturday 18 March, 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Where: Criterion Hotel, 172 Sheridan Street, Gundagai
Cost: Free.

Albury-Wodonga performer Dan Whiting makes his way to the Criterion Hotel in Gundagai to showcase some classic rock and pop covers. With promises of getting the dance floor pumping, Dan is one of the best local acts going around. Experience the classic and energetic pub-style gig from 8:30 pm free of charge at one of Gundagai’s most recognisable hotels.


Crooked Mile Show and Shine poster

Crooked Mile Show and Shine is the go-to event for car lovers this weekend. Photo: Bland Shire.

Crooked Mile Show & Shine

When: 19 March, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where: McAlister Oval, West Wyalong
Cost: Dyno Challenge $50, show $10, spectators by donation.

The Crooked Mile Show and Shine hosted by the Western Wheelers Car Club of West Wyalong, will be a showcase of some of the most classic and iconic vehicles from around the Riverina. With many categories and prizes up for grabs, the show and shine will be a fantastic event for motorheads to enjoy. Starting at 9:30 am, the event will be a petrol-filled day of fun.

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