18 November 2022

Nine things to do in the Riverina this week (17 - 24 November)

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
Start the conversation
Christmas shop with gingerbread house

Sunrise Rotary Christmas Markets are on this Sunday at the Botanic Gardens. Photo: iStock/Anyaberkut.

Ready or not, the festive season is upon us – and this week the Riverina is offering at least one excellent way to kick things off.

Wagga is staging its inaugural Fringe Festival with a lineup of brilliant talent or for more chilled vibes, visit Yarran Wines for a relaxing day amongst the vineyards.

Cosentino, Australia’s most famous illusionist and magician will be in town to captivate audiences with his mind-boggling tricks and illusions.

There are workshops where kids can pick up a new skill, a charity car and bike show and Hay is launching a beautiful floating lanterns event.

All Weekend

Flyer depicting a flame artist for wagga fringe festival

Check out Belonging to the Flame as part of the Wagga Fringe Festival. Photo: Rhys Wiffen Photography.

Bush Fringes

When: Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 November, various times
Where: Various Wagga locations, see here
Cost: $20, book here.

From cabaret to comedy, music to drama and much more, the inaugural Wagga Bush Fringe festival will showcase diverse performances. Highlights among the talented lineup include Simmon’s Street Big Band, Camino Man, Belonging to the flame and more.


Musicians on stage at Southbound festival

Southbound XO headlines an incredible lineup at this event. Photo: Supplied.

A bit of Country and Barbeque

When: Saturday 19 November, 11 am – 8 pm
Where: Narrandera Sportsground, 2-32 Victoria Ave, Narrandera
Cost: Free, book here.

Country and barbecue – what a combo. High energy group Southbound XO headlines this event highlighting local country rock talent, complemented by an open mic session mid-afternoon in Marie Bashir Park. Various barbecue demonstrations and culinary offerings throughout the day will also include local community barbecues, Indigenous-style, American-style and adventurous international flavours.

Flyer for Live in the Vines

Live in the Vines: Photo: Supplied.

Live in the Vines

When: Saturday 19 November, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
Where: Yarran Wines, Myall Park Rd, Yenda
Cost: $5, book here.

Make a day trip to Yarran Wines on Saturday for a relaxed afternoon among the vines. There is no time limit for lawn bookings. You can settle in for the entire afternoon with your family and friends and enjoy good wine, beer, gin and tonics, live music and great food.

Woman standing in front of banner that reads Marramarra Aboriginal Markets

Check out live demonstrations, market stalls, food, coffee and entertainment at Marramarra Aboriginal Markets. Photo Marramarra Aboriginal Markets.

Marramarra Aboriginal Markets

When: Saturday 19, 3 pm – 8 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Showground, cnr Bourke and Urana sts, Turvey Park
Cost: Gold coin entry.

Everyone is invited to the Marramarra Aboriginal Markets for a fun family day with children’s activities, food, market stalls with Aboriginal giftware and Aboriginal art and a coffee van. Live music comes courtesy of Tahaliana, Lawrence Barlow and Amanda Hayes. There will also be a live cooking demo from Kooking with a Koori and traditional dance.


Flyer for a charity event

Part take in the charity ride for Alex McDonald who suffered a cerebral vascular accident.

DO IT FOR ALEX Charity Car Bike Show

When: Sunday 20 November, 10 am – 2 pm (registrations open at 8:30 am)
Where: Gumly Oval, 2 Pioneer Ave, Gumly Gumly
Cost: Car or motorcycle $10, spectator $5, kids free, payable upon entry.

Part take in the charity ride for Alex McDonald, who suffered a cerebral vascular accident and struggles to communicate but has full comprehension and a positive attitude. Food, coffee, ice cream and face painting will be available and there are more than 30 trophies up for grabs.

Flyer for a Rotary Christmas market

The Sunrise Rotary Christmas Markets promises all you need to get into the festive spirit. Photo: Supplied.

Sunrise Rotary Christmas Markets

When: Sunday 20 November, 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Botanic Gardens, Macleay St, Turvey Park
Cost: Free entry.

For those big on Christmas spirit, this event is billed as an “over-the-top” Christmas market. Expect stalls dripping with festive decorations and jam-packed with all your Christmas shopping needs in one place. But if things are not your “thing” there will be plenty more attractions, from astrological readings to chocolate wheels, buskers, mini train rides and much more.


Magician Cosentino in shackles

Cosentino is in Wagga for a 90-minute live show. Photo: Supplied.


When: Tuesday 22 November, 7:30 pm to 9 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Burns Way, Wagga
Cost: General $84, Family (2 adults + 2 children) $280, book here.

Australia’s number one illusionist, magician and escape artist, Paul Cosentino, will be in Wagga for two nights performing his death-defying escapes, spectacular stage illusions and street magic. Wednesday is already sold out so grab your tickets now for Tuesday’s show and avoid disappointment.


Flyer for Hay Glow lantern festival

Hay Glow. Photo: Supplied.

Hay Glow

When: Wednesday 23 November, 5 pm to 9 pm
Where: The Pond, cnr of Pine and Morgan sts, Hay
Cost: Free, BYO rug and refreshments.

Hay is inviting everyone to its first-ever floating lanterns event – Hay Glow. Students in Hay have made floating lanterns which they will carry in a lantern parade before launching them onto the Hay Pond. The pond will be aglow with lanterns, including a giant turtle and a Murray Cod. Expect a fantastic evening with live music, kebabs, Dutch pancakes and coffee. BYO rug and refreshments – soft drinks will be available to purchase from the food vans.


Colourful abstract art

Kids can pick up a new skill at these Collagraph Creations workshops. Photo: Supplied.

Collagraph Creations Kids Workshop

When: Every Friday from 18 November to 9 December (four sessions total), 3:45 pm to 4:45 pm
Where: Unique State Art Space, 43 Tompson St, Wagga
Cost: $176 (four sessions), book here. Valid NSW Creative Kids Vouchers can be redeemed for eligible participants.

Sign the kids up for a fun after-school activity of creating collagraph plates and developing a printing plate. It’s an excellent opportunity for the children to discover the printmaking process, from applying ink to using a printmaking press. Tickets include materials, tuition and a light snack and participants should wear old clothes and closed in shoes.

Start the conversation

Daily Digest

Want the best Riverina news delivered daily? Every day we package the most popular Riverina stories and send them straight to your inbox. Sign-up now for trusted local news that will never be behind a paywall.

By submitting your email address you are agreeing to Region Group's terms and conditions and privacy policy.