28 April 2023

Nine things to do in the Riverina this week (28 April – 4 May)

| Jarryd Rowley
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Canberra Raiders fans

Regional Canberra Raiders fans are expecting to turn out in full force for their team’s match against the Dolphins on Saturday 29 April. Picture: Wagga Wagga City Council.

The Raiders return to Wagga for their clash against the Dolphins and are understandably the biggest ticket item for this weekend, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing else to see and do across the Riverina.

Starting on Friday, the Falling Leaf Festival in Tumut is bound to put on a gorgeous display of what makes the town beautiful, while on Sunday Junee is set to host its brilliant show’n’shine featuring cars that are almost 90 years old.

If music is your thing, there are shows at Wagga’s Civic Theatre celebrating International Jazz Day with Live Local Original, while Coolamon has its own show on Sunday afternoon with Orch’N’Cart.

For a more relaxing change of pace be sure to check out Christopher Whyte’s Anthropocene – A Toy Story at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery or the Live Well workshops in Narrandera.

There is plenty to see and do this weekend.

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Cages filled with plastic toys

Christopher Whyte’s Anthropocene – A Toy Story is a new exhibit showcasing 60 gabions filled with discarded plastic toys. Photo: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery.

Christopher Whyte: Anthropocene – A Toy Story

When: Thursday 27 April to Sunday 7 May, 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Cost: Free.

Christopher Whyte’s Anthropocene puts a spotlight on throwaway culture by challenging viewers to rethink their relationship with the environment and the things they throw away. A thought-provoking commentary on consumerism, consumption and the habits of a wasteful society, Anthropocene is a very interesting exhibit that will leave you with a lot of questions.


People gathered around a table of wine

The two-day Falling Leaf Festival offers a unique view into everything that Tumut has to offer. Photo: VisitNSW.

Falling Leaf Festival

When: Friday 28 April, 7 pm – 9 pm to Saturday 29 April, 7 pm – 9 pm
Where: Various locations, Tumut
Cost: Free, stalls available.

Live music, local arts and crafts, produce markets, workshops, street parades, live theatre and comedy and more, the Falling Leaf Festival is the best way to see all that Tumut has to offer in one weekend.


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The Raiders return to McDonald’s Park to take on the Dolphins on Saturday 29 April. Photo: Wagga Wagga City Council.

Raiders v Dolphins

When: Saturday April 29, 3 pm
Where: McDonald’s Park, Equex Centre, Wagga Wagga
Cost: General admission – adult $35, concession $30, child $20.

The hottest ticket of the weekend, the Canberra Raiders return to Wagga Wagga for 2023 for their clash against the NRL’s newest team, the Dolphins. The round nine clash will see the Raiders look to even the ledger against the Dolphins after their round two defeat earlier this year. With seated tickets now sold out, general admission is still available for people looking to see their sporting heroes in person. To purchase tickets, click here.

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Live Local Original features some of Wagga’s greatest jazz-based talent for a night of relaxed vibes. Photo: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre.

Live Local Original

When: Saturday April 29, 5 pm – 7 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
Cost: Adult – $25, children – $18.

Celebrating International Jazz Day, Live Local Original will be a fantastic evening celebrating the wonders of jazz. Featuring brilliant local acts, including Hannah Grace and The Low Flyers, The Riverina Saxophone Trio, a guitar quintet, and a new band out of the Conservatorium of Music – Duck Duck Goose. Book tickets here.

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People of Narrandera have the opportunity to ‘Live Well’ with some workshops with Lindee Russell. Photo: Visit Naranderra.

When: Saturday 29 April, 8:45 am – 3 pm
Where: ArtsHub, Narrandera Railway Station, Whitton Street
Cost: Free.

Lindee Russell is offering a special natural workshop where participants are able to use items found in nature to create items such as wearable art and small booklets. The workshop connects people to their local and natural surroundings and offers a unique perspective for participants.

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Join the Jerilderie Netball & Football Club for their Youth Week Bingo Night. Photo: Murrumbidgee Council.

Youth Week BINGO Night

When: Saturday 29 April, 5:30 pm – 7 pm
Where: Monash Park Tea Room
Cost: Under 24 – free, over 24 – $5.

Jerilderie Netball & Football Club are welcoming the youth of the region to their very own bingo night as a part of Youth Week. With ‘best dressed elderly costume’ prizes, free food and drink on offer, get ready to shout ‘Bingo!’ surrounded by friends and family while enjoying a night of fun.

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The Dungeons and Dragons Club meets at the Leeton Library every Saturday morning. Photo: Riverina Regional Libraries.

Dungeons & Dragons

When: Every Saturday, 9 am – 11:45 am
Where: Leeton Library
Cost: Free.

Come down to the Leeton Library and enjoy the best of fantasy, kings, queens, dragons, dwarves and swords with Dungeons and Dragons Club. Dungeons and Dragons is a fantastic way to meet new friends while letting your imagination run wild. So make your best ‘saving throw’, pray for a ‘nat 20’ and enjoy some fun with the guys at the Dungeons and Dragons Club.


Junee Charity Show'N'Shine poster

The Junee Charity Show’N’Shine returns with a focus on supporting the Disabled Water Ski Team of Australia. Visit Junee.

Junee Charity Show’N’Shine

When: Sunday 30 April, 8 am – 6 pm
Where: Junee Showgrounds
Cost: Public entry – gold coin donation, show’n’shine entry – $10.

The Junee Show’N’Shine offers a bunch of unique cars from across several decades dating back to the 1930’s, each with their own rich history. This event offers car enthusiasts from around the Riverina the opportunity to interact with vehicle owners, win awards and enjoy a nice afternoon at the Junee Showgrounds.

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One of three music sets at the Coolamon Up-to-Date Store Back Stage, Orch N Cart offers a great afternoon of chill vibes and great music. Photo: Visit Coolamon shire.


When: Sunday 30 April, 4 pm – 7 pm
Where: Coolamon Up-to-Date Store Back Stage – Loughnan Street, Coolamon
Cost: Free.

Orch’N’Cart are a fantastic local band offering up a great roster of music to the Coolamon community. One of the three acts performing monthly at the Live Music Sets, organised by the Coolamon Shire Council, Orch’N’Cart are a brilliant duo offering chill vibes on a Sunday afternoon. Bring a rug, sit back and relax for a fun afternoon in the sun.

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