21 April 2023

Nine things to do in the Riverina this week (21 – 27 April)

| Jarryd Rowley
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Wagga RSL Anzac Day graphic

The Wagga Wagga RSL Sub-Branch will be leading Wagga based ANZAC Day celebrations on Tuesday 25 April. Photo: Wagga Wagga RSL Club.

The end of the school holidays is upon us and with that comes a variety of different events, programs and activities that people of all ages can enjoy.

Closing out the holidays is Anzac Day, when we recognise the service men and women who fought, died and served for our country. Commemorations begin with dawn services across the region, before marches later in the day and games of two-up in the afternoon. This Anzac Day there are plenty of ways to remember and honour those who served.

The end of the school holidays also means families will be looking to enjoy their last bit of free time. So why not enjoy a free movie in Junee on Friday night, Busking Unlocked on Saturday afternoon in Wagga, or the Town2Beach fun run in Narrandera.

There is plenty to see and do this week across the Riverina.


Poster for Mummies

Mummies is just one of several free movies showing at the Athenium Theatre during the school holidays. Photo: Visit Junee Shire.

Free School Holiday Movie – Mummies

When: Friday 21 April, 6:30 pm
Where: Athenium Theatre, Broadway, Junee
Cost: Free.

The Athenium Theatre has hosted numerous free movies over these school holidays which have proved to be a hit with Junee residents. For their final movie of the holidays, they will be showing Mummies. Follow three Egyptian mummies who wake up centuries later and travel the modern world – perfect for fun with the whole family while also not breaking the bank.


Poster for Busking Unlocked

Wagga Council’s Youth Week celebrations will hit a rocking new level on Saturday as the youth of the town show of their musical talents at Busking Unlocked. Photo: Wagga Wagga City Council.

Youth Week Busking Competition

When: Saturday 22 April, 11 am – 2 pm
Where: Wonderland Lane, Baylis Street
Cost: Free

Young Local Muso’s are getting the opportunity to flex their musical ability as part of Wagga Wagga Council’s Youth Week celebrations on Saturday 22 April. With prizes of $200 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third, with a bonus $100 for the people’s choice award, this rocking musical event will be awesome. Come down to Wonderland Lane, just off Baylis Street to rock out with Wagga’s best young musicians.

Musicians on stage

Frankie Valli and The Beach Boys features six of Sydney’s finest musicians performing some of the icons’ greatest hits. Picture: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre.

Frankie Valli and The Beach Boys

When: Saturday 22 April, 8 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
Cost: Adult $59, Concession $55, Child (under 16) $35

Frankie Valli and the Beach Boys are two of the most iconic musical acts of the 20th century, with numerous hits. Now thanks to some of Sydney’s best musicians, Wagga gets to experience some of their greatest songs performed live at the fantastic Civic Theatre. Featuring hits such as Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Grease, Surfin USA and Good Vibrations, the catalogue of songs alone is an exciting prospect. Book tickets here.


Young entrants at a start line

Town2Beach is a fun event where people can run, walk or ride various distances while raising money for their local not-for-profit gym. Picture: Narrandera Shire Council.


When: Sunday, 23 April, 9 am
Where: Narrandera Showgrounds
Cost: $50 – 21 km, $35 – 13 km, $20 – 7 km, $10 – 1 km.

Town2Beach is a run, walk, ride event showcasing some of Narrandera’s most beautiful features, including the nature reserve, Murrumbidgee River, beaches and wildlife. Featuring distances for people of all experiences, Town2Beach is a great way for people of all disciplines to get together and get active.


A field of flowers

Anazac Day is an important day on the Australian calendar when we honour past and present service men and women of the Australian Defence Force. Picture: Visit Wagga.


When: Various times, Anzac Day, 25 April
Where: Several locations
Cost: Free.

Several locations across the Riverina, including Wagga, Junee, Griffith and Cootamundra will be hosting Anzac Day services and marches to honour those who have served in the Australian Defence Force. If you are able to attend a dawn service, it is a moving experience and a special way to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Marking 105 years since the end of World War I and 78 years since the end of World War II, it is an important Australian tradition to remember and honour those who fought. Lest We Forget.

Poster for two-up

The Farrar Hotel will be one of many hotels hosting games of two-up on Anzac Day. Picture: William Farrer Hotel.


When: Anzac Day, 25 April
Where: Various locations
Cost: As little or as much as you like.

Anzac Day is one of only three days a year that people are allowed to play two-up legally in NSW. A traditional game that Aussie diggers used to wager on during World War I, the game is about trying to guess what side coins will land on. The traditional game is an Anzac Day staple. Various pubs and hotels around the Riverina will be hosting the game.


Poster for Evicted!

Touted as a modern-day version of The Castle, Evicted! is an up-and-coming Australian film that has won several awards at numerous film festivals. Photo: Visit Wagga.

Evicted! A Modern Romance Movie Screening

When: Wednesday 26 April, 7 pm
Where: The Curious Rabbit
Cost: $22.

Winner of the Audience Choice Award at the 2022 Sydney Film Festival, Evicted! tells the story of four housemates struggling with the current rental market. Detailing the struggles of the rental crisis in Sydney, the four housemates must face the trials and tribulations of being a millennial looking for a home. Screening at the fantastic Curious Rabbit, this award-winning Australian film is a must-see for aspiring filmmakers.

Poster for Laugh If You Can

Laugh If You Can, a one-night only comedy show in West Wyalong featuring local acts Migrant Maharaja and Stanley Walter. Picture: Bland Shire Council.

The Tivoli presents ‘Laugh If You Can’

When: Wednesday 26 April, 7 pm
Where: Tivoli Theatre, 16-18 Court Street, West Wyalong
Cost: $15.

Prepare for a night full of laughter at the Tivoli Theatre because Stanley Walter and Migrant Maharaja are some of the best comedians this side of Sydney. This 18+ event is for one night only, so be sure not to miss out and head down to the theatre for a midweek laugh.

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