31 March 2023

Nine things to do in the Riverina this week (31 March – 6 April)

| Jarryd Rowley
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Publishers from around the Riverina will be attending Halfway Print Fest at the Thirsty Crow this weekend. Photo: Thirsty Crow/Facebook.

There are shows galore across the Riverina this week. Between cabaret, air shows, adrenaline filled action and musicals, there are plenty of opportunities to sit back and enjoy the attractions!

The 31 March – 2 April weekend also features a bunch of craft and writing events including the oldest craft event in the country – CraftAlive, as well as renowned publishing event Halfway Print Fest returning to the Thirsty Crow on Friday.

With plenty to see and do this weekend, the Riverina is definitely spoilt for choice in the lead up to Easter.

All Weekend

CraftAlive poster

CraftAlive is Australia’s oldest craft event. It makes its way to the Range Function Centre on Friday 31 March. Photo: CraftAlive.

CraftAlive Wagga Wagga

When: Friday 31 March – Sunday 2 April, 9:30 am – 4 pm

Where: The Range Function Centre, Wagga Wagga

Cost: Single day: Adult $17, concession $15. Multi-day: Adult $27. Children 14 and under are free.

Australia’s longest-running craft event returns to the Riverina with their latest show jam-packed with the latest craft supplies, kits and equipment. This interactive experience is a fantastic opportunity for craft enthusiasts to meet and learn from world leading craft experts. Those attending the event will be able to take part in patchwork, quilting, machine applique, long arm quilting, yarn, papercraft, card making, hand embroidery, machine embroidery, scrapbooking, stitchery, cross stitch and more. Book tickets here.

360 All Stars is an adrenaline filled thrill ride filled with crazy acrobatics, breakdancing and urban circus antics. Photo:Visitwagga.

360 All Stars

When: Friday 31 March 7:30 pm, Saturday 1 April 2 pm & 7:30 pm.

Where: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre

Cost: Adult $45, under 25 $25, child $20, family (2 adults + 2 children) $120.

360 All Stars promises to bring a fun and thrilling night of pure adrenaline and music. Featuring world-famous physical performers exploring all forms of rotation, 360 All Stars connects the streets with the elite in a supercharged urban circus. Featuring world record holders and world champion athletes these shows are a must for adrenaline junkies.


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The Downside Bush Dance is a monthly event held just outside of Wagga. Participants learn a new dance every month and their April program is good to go! Photo:VisitNSW.

Downside Bush Dance

When: Saturday 1 April, 7:30 pm

Where: Downside-Shepherds Siding Rd

Cost: Adults $5, kids $3 – Cash only event.

Held monthly, the Downside Bush Dance has been running on the first Sunday of each month since 1971. Run by the Tin Shed Rattlers, the Downside Bush Dance is a fun evening for new and experienced dancers alike. New dances each month means every occasion feels fresh but with a 70s vibe and aesthetic.

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The Thirsty Crow’s main emporium has transformed into a print room ready for this weekend’s highly anticipated Halfway Print Fest. Photo: Thirsty Crow.

Halfway Print Fest

When: 12 pm Saturday 1 April

Where: Thirsty Crow Brewing Co

Cost: Free.

The Thirsty Crow is transforming into a print emporium for this year’s Halfway Print Fest. Halfway Print Fest is an annual festival that celebrates zine culture in Wagga Wagga. Providing enthusiastic self-publishers, Halfway Print Fest will feature artists from all stretches of the Riverina as well as writers from The Big Smoke, an online opinion site. With a live music line-up including Secret Migraines, Hearts and Rockets, ORC and The Geraldine Chick, Halfway Print Fest is jumping off the page with excitement.

Aircraft Showcase poster

Filled to the brim with classic aircrafts, the Aircraft Showcase at Lake Centenary will blow enthusiasts away with their awesome aerobatics. Photo:VisitTemora.

DRENCH – Aircraft Showcase at Lake Centenary

When: Saturday 1 April, 11:30 am – 2 pm

Where: Lake Centenary, Temora

Cost: Free.

The Temora Aviation Museum’s first Aircraft Showcase of 2023 looks to be an absolute ripper. Featuring a variety of traditional aircrafts dating back decades flying over the scenic Lake Centenary, families should bring a picnic rug, sit back and enjoy the show. Starting at midday, the displays will be flying through until 2 pm. Be sure to also check out the Temora Aviation Museum, open 10 am to 4 pm.

So Dance Junee Cabaret and Comedy Show poster

A drink, a laugh and a show – the Athenium Theatre is rearing to go with So Dance Junee Cabaret and Comedy Show on Saturday Night. Photo: So Dance Junee.

So Dance Junee Cabaret and Comedy Show

When: Saturday 1 April, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Where: Athenium Theatre, Junee

Cost: $30.

Les Chats Noir’s cabaret and comedy show makes its way to the Athenium Theatre for a night of dancing, singing and laughing. Starting at 6:30 pm, the show has been months in the making and will be a fun night for all involved.

Hillston Races poster

Fancy Dress, a punt on the horses and a drink with friends – sounds like a fun time for those attending the 2023 Hillston Races. Photo: Hillston Jockey Club.

2023 Hillston Races

When: Saturday 1 April, midday – 4 pm

Where: Hillston Jockey Club

Cost: $25.

The Hillston Cup is saddling up for another fun day of racing. Featuring six races across the day with a whopping $69,000 to be won by the jockeys, Saturday is looking to be a gorgeous day with perfect weather to get dressed up, enjoy some live music and enjoy some refreshments. Prizes for ‘Lady of the Day’, ‘Gentleman of the Day’ and a variety of best dressed categories will be awarded throughout the afternoon. Be sure to catch the free courtesy bus back as well.


Superhero Walk poster

The Superhero Walk at Apex Park is one of Wagga’s most colourful events; head down to Lake Albert for a good time for a great cause. Photo: Supplied.

Wagga Autism Support Group Superhero Walk

When: Sunday 2 April, 11 am – 2 pm

Where: Apex Park, Lake Albert

Cost: Free (bookings appreciated).

The annual Superhero Walk returns for the first time since 2019. Members of the Wagga Wagga Autism Support Group invite you to wear your masks and capes and head down to Lake Albert for a fun afternoon with games, raffles, local service providers and even Lightning McQueen! Money raised by the event will be used by the Wagga Autism Support group to continue funding and maintaining their events in the future.

Tuesday – Thursday

Grunt the Musical

Get ready for the Easter weekend with Grunt the Musical. Held by the Combined Churches of Narrandera across five nights, this musical will be fun for the whole family. Photo: Visitnarrandera.

Grunt the Musical

When: Tuesday 4 April 11 am & 7 pm, Wednesday 5 April 10 am & 12.45 pm, Thursday 6 April 11 am & 7 pm, Friday 7 April 11 am & 7 pm, Sunday 9 April 7 pm

Where: CRC Plaza Theatre

Cost: Free.

The Combined Churches of Narrandera have come together to perform the Easter musical by Wal Spencer and Joe Romeo, Grunt. Starring Dom Bowen as the title character, this mid-week event is perfect for families looking to learn about and celebrate Easter. With shows every day between Tuesday 4 April and Sunday 9 April, there is bound to be a show for everyone’s availability.

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