30 May 2024

Nine things to do in the Riverina this week (31 May - 6 June)

| Jarryd Rowley
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Gamma Expo returns to the Wagga Showgrounds this weekend and will be the go-to event for all pop culture enthusiasts. Photo: Supplied.

Winter kicks off this weekend but that won’t stop you from enjoying the huge list of things to see and do around the Riverina this week.

Kicking off this Friday, local artist Kim Baker will be unveiling her latest exhibition at the Ambo Gallery. With a focus on Australian farm life, Kim’s exhibition should not be missed by art lovers.

The action doesn’t stop on Saturday with the Gamma Expo returning to the Wagga Wagga Showgrounds, the Demonstration Gardens hosting another get-together and the Roller Disco and Downside Bush Dance coming back for another fun night of physical activity.

The people of Griffith will have the chance to see a world-class tap group in the Tap Pack, while Junee’s Rotary Markets is always a good time out on a Sunday morning.

Wrapping up the week is the opening of the Wagga Wagga Comedy Fest, with the Great Comedy Fest Debate featuring one of Region Riverina’s own.

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The world's laziest cat, Garfield returns to the big screen and headlines a huge catalogue of movies at Forum 6 this week.

The world’s laziest cat, Garfield returns to the big screen and headlines a huge catalogue of movies at Forum 6 this week. Photo: Shri Gayathrie Rajen.

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.

There is genuinely something for everyone at Forum 6 this week! Want a new animated pic for the family? Check out The Garfield Movie. Want a sci-fi action flick with awesome world-building? Why not Furiosa or Planet of the Apes? Or, if you’re looking for a horror movie to check out with friends, Strangers is the ticket. Check out all these and more at Forum 6 Cinemas.


Wagga Wagga artist Kim Baker will be opening her solo exhibition at the Ambo Theatre this Friday.

Wagga Wagga artist Kim Baker will be opening her solo exhibition at the Ambo Gallery this Friday. Photo: Eastern Riverina Arts.

Kim Baker: Solo Show

When: Friday 31 May, 10 am
Where: The Ambo Gallery, Johnston St, Wagga
Cost: Free.

Kim Baker’s latest exhibition showcases captivating depictions of Australian farm life, combining artistic excellence with a profound connection to nature. Opening at the unique Ambo Gallery, be sure to drop in and show your support to local artists.


GAMMA Expo returns to the Wagga Showgrounds this Saturday.

GAMMA Expo returns to the Wagga Showgrounds this Saturday. Photo: Gamma Expo.

GAMMA Expo Wagga

When: Saturday 22 July, 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Kyeamba Smith Hall, Wagga Wagga Showground, Bourke Street, Wagga
Cost: General admission $17, kids 5-10 $10, kids under 5 are free. Tickets can be purchased here.

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

The demonstration gardens are held every Sunday.

This week’s Demonstration Gardens will be a great opportunity for growers to trade their homegrown vegetables. Photo: Demonstration Gardens.

Demonstration Gardens – Vegetable Swap and Buy

When: Saturday 1 June, 9 am to noon
Where: Corner Shaw and Albury streets, Wagga
Cost: Free entry.

Come to the Demonstration Gardens, bring fruit or vegetables to swap, or purchase fresh vegetables from the community garden. All proceeds go to the community gardens. Held every Saturday morning, weather permitting, it is a great way to support the local community.

Roller skater glides across Bolton Park Stadium

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

Saturday Night Roller Discos!

When: Saturday 1 June, 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.

Downside Bush Dance

Downside Bush Dance. Photo: Visit NSW.

Downside Bush Dance

When: Saturday 1 June, 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 ensure every occasion feels fresh, but with a 70s vibe and aesthetic.


After selling out shows in London and the Sydney Opera House, the Tap Pack arrives in Griffith for a special regional show.

After selling out shows in London and the Sydney Opera House, the Tap Pack arrives in Griffith for a special regional show. Photo: The Tap Pack.

The Tap Pack

When: Sunday 2 June, 4 pm
Where: 1 Neville Place, Griffith
Cost: $99.

The Tap Pack mixes slick humour, high-energy entertainment and world-class tap dance. A show of pure entertainment inspired by the legendary kings of swing, the Rat Pack, freshly created for the audience today! The Tap Pack conjures up a modern twist to the crooners and artists from the 50s through to the noughties! Featuring songs from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr to Ed Sheeran, Michael Buble and Beyonce.

Junee Rotary Markets guy selling jam

The Junee Rotary Markets are back this weekend. Photo: File.

Junee Rotary Markets

When: Sunday 2 June, 8 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Junee Ex-Services Memorial Club, 75 Broadway, Junee
Cost: Free entry.

Head to Junee to get your hands on freshly baked goods, wines, olives, cheeses, flowers and more. Enjoy a relaxing Sunday at the child-friendly market with live music.


Great Wagga Comedy Fest Debate

Hosted by the instantly recognisable Leigh Ryan, this year’s Great Wagga Comedy Fest Debate promises to be one of the highlights of this year’s Wagga Comedy Fest. Photo: Supplied.

The Great Wagga Comedy Fest Debate

When: Thursday 6 June, 7 pm
Where: E3 Art Space, Wagga Wagga Civic Centre
Cost: $15.

The great debate is one of the most popular events of the Wagga Comedy Fest and this year it is kicking off proceedings on Thursday 6 June. Six local figures will be debating ‘There has been no good music since 1999’, with Jamie Way from Triple M, local identity Ashleigh Baxter and the Civic Theatre’s Isobel McCallum arguing for the negative and Region Riverina editor Chris Roe, the ABC’s Sally Bryant and the MVP from last year’s debate Peter Casey arguing for the affirmative.

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