21 July 2023

Nine things to do in the Riverina this week (21-27 July)

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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It's a big week in the Riverina with an array of events and things to do for all ages.

It’s a big week in the Riverina with an array of events and things to do for all ages. Photo: iStock/icenando.

It is a massive week at the cinemas with the opening of Barbie and Oppenheimer. What will you be watching this weekend? Also screenings are two Australian films and selected films for the French Film Festival.

Head to The Rocky Regional Observatory and marvel at the wonderous night sky.

Take a short road trip to Coolamon to indulge at the cheese factory.

Aaron Oldaker and his one-man rock band will be performing around Wagga this week while Wagga RSL will feature live music by Tash Higginson and Millie & Harry for their live gigs this Friday and Saturday.

Hope you’ve got your costumes ready, because GAMMA Expo is back in Wagga this weekend at the showground.

Enjoy a great night with family and friends at Hypnotist Comedy Show with Gerard V.

Head to Junee to catch the free screening of The Whale starring Brendan Fraser.

Griffith Regional Theatre will showcase the acclaimed Australian musical The Sunshine.

All Week

Montage of Forum 6 films

What will you be watching this week? Barbie or Oppenheimer? Photo: Supplied.

Forum 6 Cinemas

When: All week
Where: Forum 6 Cinemas, 77 Trail Street, Wagga Wagga
Cost: Various. Tickets can be purchased here.

This year’s biggest blockbusters have just started screening — Greta Gerwig’s Barbie and Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. Margot Robbie stars as Barbie who suffers a crisis that leads her to question her world and her existence, with the help of Ken, played by Ryan Gosling. Oppenheimer follows the story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb. The film features the star-studded cast of Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr, Matt Damon and more.

Next week the two Australian films The New Boy and The Last Daughter will be opening. The New Boy (starring and produced by Cate Blanchett) follows the story of a nine-year-old Aboriginal Australian orphan boy who arrives in the dead of night at a remote monastery run by a renegade nun. The Last Daughter is a documentary feature film about Brenda’s journey to uncover the truth about her past and reconcile the two sides of her family.

The French Film Festival is well underway with new screenings of Tenor, November, Happy 50, Sugar and Stars, and The Innocent.

The Rock Regional Observatory.

The observatory is used for educational astronomical observation and research activities for residents and visitors. Photo: The Rock Regional Observatory.

The Rock Regional Observatory

When: All week, 21 – 27 July, 6:30 pm to 9 pm
Where: The Rock Observatory, 3778 Lockhart-the Rock Road, The Rock
Cost: Free.

Enjoy the wonders of space at NSW’s newest observatory located just 32 km south of Wagga Wagga.

Racks of condiments at Coolamon Cheese Co

Coolamon Cheese Co offer far more than just cheese. Photo: Oliver Jacques.

Coolamon Cheese Factory

When: Thursday to Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm, and Monday to Wednesday, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Cowabbie St, Coolamon
Cost: Free for a look.

A trip to Coolamon is not complete without a stop at the artisanal cheese factory on Main Street.

Boasting a unique selection of cheeses, including their signature lactose-free range, you can see how it’s all made and grab a coffee and a bite to eat before exploring the antique stores along the street.


Aaron Oldaker

Aaron continues to play bass as part of the pub rock band Radio Velvet. Photo: Struan Timms.

Aaron Oldaker’s Live Music

When: Friday 21 July, 9:30 pm, Saturday 22 July, 8 pm
Where: Union Hotel, 122 Baylis Street, Wagga Wagga
Cost: Free.

Everyone’s favourite and self-described “blue-collar tradie musician”, Aaron Oldaker, will be performing at various locations around the town this week, starting at the Union Hotel on Friday 21 July, and at the Leeton Hotel on Saturday 22 July from 9:30 pm.

Enjoy live gigs at the RSL Club every Friday and Saturday night.

Enjoy live gigs at the RSL Club every Friday and Saturday night. Photo: Vershinin.

RSL Live Gigs

When: Friday 21 July, 7 pm Saturday 22 July, 7:30 pm
Where: Wagga RSL Club, Cnr Kincaid and Dobbs Streets, Wagga Wagga
Cost: Free.

Wagga RSL live gigs this Friday will feature Tash Higginson and on Saturday will feature Millie & Harry. Head down to enjoy a nice dinner with friends or family and listen to live music.


GAMMA is returning to Wagga in 2023

GAMMA is returning to Wagga in 2023 following events in Canberra and Wollongong. Photo: Supplied.


When: Saturday 22 July, 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Kyeamba Smith Hall, Wagga Wagga Showground, Bourke Street, Wagga
Cost: General admission is $ 11.72, extra child pass is $6.63, entry for under 12 is free and tickets can be purchased here.

Dress up as your favourite pop culture icon or gaming character as GAMMA returns to Wagga this Saturday. Head down to the showground and watch your favourite characters come alive.

Flyer for comedy show

Prepare to be hypnotised! Photo: Supplied.

Hypnotist Comedy Show with Gerard V

When: Saturday 22 July, 6:30 pm
Where: Exies Bagtown Motel & Function Centre, 2 Blumer Avenue, Griffith
Cost: Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.

Don’t miss out on Gerard V as he hilariously wows the audience with his hypnotic skills. Your ticket will include nibbles on arrival. Drinks are available to purchase at the bar and there will also be a raffle on the night.


Brendan Fraser

The Whale, starring Brendan Fraser, is screening at Junee’s Athenium Theatre for free. Photo: Supplied.

THE WHALE – Junee Athenium Theatre

When: Tuesday 25 July, 10 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Junee Athenium Theatre, 89 Broadway Street, Junee
Cost: Free. Click here to RSVP.

Watch Brendan Fraser’s finest performance in The Whale at Junee Athenium Theatre for free.


The Sunshine Club will be on at Griffith Regional Theatre.

The Sunshine Club will be on at Griffith Regional Theatre. Photo: Supplied.

The Sunshine Club

When: Wednesday 26 July, 8 pm
Where: Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place Griffith
Cost: Tickets for members are $30 (bring a friend for free), adult $50, concession $45, child under 18 $30 and can be purchased here.

The Griffith Regional Theatre is set to showcase the acclaimed musical The Sunshine, which follows the story of an Aboriginal soldier, Frank Doyle, who returns home to Brisbane after serving in WWII to find his world has changed.

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