23 February 2024

Nine things to do in the Riverina this week (23 - 29 February)

| Jarryd Rowley
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Tumbafest is the big ticket item this weekend

Tumbafest headlines the activities taking place across the Riverina this week. Photo: Visit Wagga.

We’re officially in the last week of summer and temperatures are still quite warm. Fortunately for the people of the Riverina there is still plenty to see and do.

The biggest event of the weekend has got to be Tumbafest which looks to again be a fantastic celebration of local music, food and wine. If festivals aren’t your thing, but glitz and glamour are, look no further than the Wiradjuri Drag Pageant at the Riverina Playhouse. Wagga drag queens Jojo Zaho and Rose Quartz provide plenty of entertainment.

Regular fixtures including the Saturday Night Roller Disco at Bolton Park and Balcony Sessions at the Civic Theatre return on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Sunday is jam-packed with the Rotary Club’s Peace Day ceremony and the Johnny Cash and June Carter tribute show at the Riverina Stage Precinct.

No matter what you choose to do, be sure to enjoy the last week of summer in style!

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New movies have hit the cinema this week

There is a film for everyone this week at Forum 6 Cinemas.

Forum 6 Cinemas

When: Various times between 10 am and 8:30 pm
Where: 77 Trail Street, Wagga
Cost: Various. Tickets can be purchased at Forum 6.

Hitting the cinema this week are 2024 Best Picture nominated Poor Things, starring Emma Stone and Mark Ruffalo, and Baghead, a new horror movie based on a German folktale. If those films don’t tickle your fancy, there’s the Bob Marley biopic One Love, the sequel to the popular Australian crime thriller The Dry, Force of Nature and the superhero movie Madam Web.

With temps getting warmer, visiting Lake Talbot is a must this summer.

Lake Talbot Water Park in Narrandera is a must in summer. Photo: Narrandera Shire Council.

Waterslides at Narrandera

When: Monday to Friday, 6 to 8 am, then 10 am to 7 pm; weekends, 10 am to 7 pm
Where: Lake Talbot Water Park, Narrandera
Cost: $2 to $4.

After a late start to summer, it’s time to hit the pool, and the Lake Talbot Water Park in Narrandera Shire is the best place to do it.

Right next to the lake, you’ll find four swimming pools, terraced lawns, barbecues and, of course, the slides, including a high-speed ‘dual racer’ that allows two people to slide at a time!

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Tumbafest returns to the Riverina this weekend.

A showcase for the region, Tumbafest is the culmination of a community’s effort to deliver a first-class visitor experience. Photo: Visit Wagga.

Bendigo Bank Tumbafest

When: Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February, 10 am to 6:30 pm
Where: Hammonds Lane, Tumbarumba Creekscape
Cost: General admission weekend tickets – $100, 17 yrs and under weekend tickets – free.

On the last weekend in February of each year (since 1997), the township of Tumbarumba plays host to ‘Bendigo Bank Tumbafest’ – a celebration of music, wine and food. Truly a celebration of country lifestyle, this two-day festival is overflowing with country hospitality. Attractions include a jam-packed schedule of main stage entertainment, sublime local wines and tastings, food stalls, market stalls, as well as activities and entertainment for children.


Wiradjuri drag queen Rose Quartz will be leading the latest pageant this weekend.

Wagga drag queens Jojo Zaho and Rose Quartz will be leading the latest instalment of the Wiradjuri Drag Pageant this Saturday at the Riverina Playhouse. Photo: What’s On Wagga.

Wiradjuri Drag Pageant

When: Saturday 24 February, 7:30 to 10 pm
Where: Riverina Playhouse, 8 Cross Street
Cost: All tickets from $25 to $30.

Join Jojo Zaho and Rose Quartz, together with Wiradjuri’s most exciting upcoming drag kings and queens. The pageant is an opportunity for amateur drag kings and queens to strut their stuff on the catwalk of The Playhouse Theatre. The judges include Jojo Zaho – one of Australia’s most sought-after drag queens who was in the first series of Ru Paul’s Drag Race Down Under. The judges will be looking at ‘overall performance’, ‘audience engagement’, ‘drag personality’, and ‘uniqueness’.

Roller skater glides across bolton park stadium

Twin City Skate is hosting another Saturday Night Roller Disco this weekend. Photo: Supplied.

Saturday Night Roller Discos!

When: Saturday 24 February, 7 to 9 pm
Where: Bolton Park Stadium
Cost: $15 entry + $5 skate hire.

Twin City Skate, the largest roller skating club in NSW, runs regular Saturday night roller discos in Wagga! Think cool tunes, fancy lighting and a giant disco ball! Bring your own skates or hire them at the venue.

Gundagai's signature tractor pull is riding into town this Saturday.

Impressive tractors, countless stalls and machinery displays, ARTHC Tractor Pull and Swap Meet is a farmer’s ideal way to spend a Saturday. Photo: Australian Road Transport Heritage Centre.

ARTHC Tractor Pull and Swap Meet

When: Saturday 24 February, 7 am to 4 pm
Where: Gundagai Show Grounds, Oibell Drive
Cost: Adult $10.

The Tractor Pull and Swap Meet is set! Prepare for a day filled with vintage tractors, show-and-shines, swap meets, displays and markets galore. There is plenty to see and do at the ARTHC Tractor Pull and Swap Meet this weekend.


Dale Alison and Geoff Simpson will be performing at the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre this Sunday.

Two of Wagga’s most applauded musicians will be performing on the Civic Theatre balcony this Sunday. Photo: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre.

Balcony Sessions

When: Sunday 25 February, 6 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
Cost: $25.

The Civic Theatre balcony is the perfect place to enjoy a world-class view, a tasty cheese platter and the chilled vibes of some seriously skilled musicians. Dale Allison and Geoff Simpson from well known local band the Groove Factorie will perform with various musicians throughout the year.

The Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga's annual Peace Day Ceremony will be held at the Victory Memorial Park.

The Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga’s annual Peace Day Ceremony will be held at the Victory Memorial Gardens. Photo: Chris Roe.

Peace Day Ceremony

When: Sunday 25 February, 10 am
Where: Victory Memorial Gardens, Wagga Wagga
Cost: Free.

Each year the Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga holds a ceremony to identify and reward by public recognition, citizens providing community service, and delivering outstanding community benefits through voluntary activities. This Sunday at the Victory Memorial Gardens, Rotary continues its tradition for the 31st year.

Experience the incredible hits of Johnny Cash and June Hill at the Riverina Precinct Stage this weekend.

Experience the incredible hits of Johnny Cash and June Carter at the Riverina Precinct Stage this weekend. Photo: Visit Wagga.

The Johnny Cash and June Carter Show – Get Rhythm

When: Sunday 25 February, 4 to 9 pm
Where: Riverina Precinct Stage, Johnston Street
Cost: Adult $61, concession $56, Civic Theatre member $56, child U16 $29.

The Johnny Cash and June Carter tribute show is an exciting event that will be held at the newly developed Riverina Precinct. The show promises to be an unforgettable experience for all attendees. Alongside the legendary Johnny Cash tribute, the event will feature performances by renowned local artist Aaron Oldaker.

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