19 May 2023

Nine things to do in the Riverina this week (19 May - 25 May)

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
Start the conversation
Bartender pouring drinks

Get ready for a weekend of books, coins, stamps, cocktails and more. Photo: Gruizza.

There’s something on for all ages in the Riverina this week.

Wagga Wagga Rotary is hosting its annual book fair for bibliophiles, while the coin and stamp fair is back again with seven dealers.

Griffith Regional Art Gallery is showing work by Launceston-based artist Tony Curran.

Get your glam on as Wagga City Rugby Club invites you to a cocktail night.

Vintage car lovers can head down to Illabo for a special speedway event showcasing all things vintage.

Everyone’s favourite, Australian Army Band Kapooka will be performing at a free event at the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre.

Head to hidden gem Altina Wildlife Park and go on a ‘zoo-fari’ or the Griffith Pioneer Park Museum any time of the week and explore the region’s history.

For those who get a break during the week, head to Temora to enjoy great food and company with Sugar and Spice by Lake Centenary.

All Weekend

Wagga Rotary Book Fair.

Wagga Wagga Showground is filled with more than 40,000 books for the 2022 Wagga Rotary Book Fair. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

Wagg Wagga Rotary Book Fair

When: Saturday 20 May, 8 am to 5 pm, Sunday 21 May, 9 am to 3 pm
Where: Kyeamba Smith Hall, Wagga Showground, Bourke Street, Mount Austin
Cost: Entry $2. Children enter for free.

It’s that time of the year again for all book lovers to converge at the Kyeamba Smith Hall at the Wagga Wagga Showground for the annual book fair. Locals have a chance to pick through and purchase a plethora of fiction and non-fiction books in genres ranging from children’s literature to Mills & Boon romance novels and everything in between.

Stamp and coin fair

Seven dealers will be at the fair to value the stamps and coins. Photo: Supplied.

Stamp & Coin Fair

When: Saturday 20 May, 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday 21 May, 9 am to 3 pm
Where: Sturt Primary School Hall, White Avenue, Kooringal
Cost: Adult entry (over 16) $2, under 16s enter for free.

Stamp and coin enthusiasts are invited to the Stamp and Coin Fair over the weekend, with seven dealers in attendance for selling, providing free valuations and buying. Head down to buy, sell or get your stamps and coins valued or browse through the collection.

Artwork by Tony Curran

Artwork by Tony Curran. Photo: Supplied.

Tony Curran: What a Machine

When: Saturday – Sunday 11 am to 2 pm, Wednesday – Friday 10 am to 5 pm – until 25 June.
Where: Griffith Regional Art Gallery, 167 Banna Avenue, Griffith
Cost: Free.

Launceston-based artist Tony Curran is showcasing his exhibition What a Machine at Griffith Regional Art Gallery. Head to the art gallery to view what Tony has to show. The artist’s work explores the impact of smart devices on engagement with contemporary art and visual culture, including audience reception, collaboration and authorship in a software dependent world.


Wagga City Rugby Club invites all to Wagga City Cocktail Night. Photo: AJ Watt.

Wagga City Cocktail Night

When: Saturday 20 May, 6:30 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Country Club, Plumpton Road, Wagga Wagga
Cost: Tickets are $60 for single admission, and $110 for couple admission and can be purchased here.

Wagga City Rugby Club is inviting everyone to a cocktail night. Get your friends or partner together, dress up and enjoy a great night of drinks, live music and food.

Ken Jenkins in a sprintcar

Ken Jenkins in a sprintcar at the Royale. Photo: Supplied.

Vintage Speedway Event – Tribute for the Jenkins Family

When: Saturday 20 May, 9 am to 4 pm.
Where: Illabo Motorsport Park, 14 Illabo Showground Road, Illabo
Cost: Adults $10, pension and seniors $5, children (12-16) $5, children under 12 free.

A special tribute event will be held for the Jenkins family on Saturday, featuring vintage speedcars, compacts, modifiers, classic real-engine F500’s and more. Junior speedway kart will also be featured in the event.


Kapooka Army Band

Kapooka Army Band will be performing at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre. Photo: Supplied.

An Evening with Australian Army Band Kapooka

When: Wednesday 24 May, 6 pm to 7 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Burns Way (off Tarcutta St), Wagga Wagga
Cost: Free, but booking is essential. Click here to book tickets.

Spend an evening with the Australian Army Band Kapooka at the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre for a concert. Head down to support the band and have a great evening through this free event.

Sugar and Spice vintage food van

Sugar and Spice vintage food van. Photo: Sugar and Spice/Instagram.

Sugar and Spice at Lake Centenary

When: Wednesday 24 May, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Lake Centenary, Goldfields Way, Temora
Cost: Various.

Temora’s famous Sugar and Spice vintage food van will be at Lake Centenary on Wednesday with all the sugary and savoury goodness by locals Shan and Dilini. Check out their Instagram profile for what they have on offer.

Griffith Pioneer Park Museum

Griffith’s Pioneer Park Museum takes you back in time. Photo: Griffith City Council.

All Week

Griffith Pioneer Park Museum

When: Every day, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Remembrance Dr, Griffith
Cost: $8 to $12.

Head to Griffith Pioneer Park Museum any day of the week and admire the history of farm machinery, old vehicles, and wagons and explore local buildings.

Altina Wildlife Park

Riverina’s very own ‘zoo-fari’ hidden away in Darlington Point. Photo: Altina Wildlife Park.

Altina Wildlife Park

When: Every day, 9 am – 4 pm
Where: Altina Wildlife Park, 14432 Sturt Highway, Darlington Point
Cost: Various. Bookings are essential and can be requested here.

Darlington Point’s hidden gem Altina Wildlife Park offers ‘zoo-faris’ with an Australian twist. Meet the animals up close and personal with your guide while travelling in style on your horse-drawn or motorised cart.

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.