5 May 2023

Nine things to do in the Riverina this week (5 May - 11 May)

| Jarryd Rowley
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The Murrumbidgee Turf Club will be packed this Friday for the 150th edition of Wagga Wagga’s Gold Cup. Photo: Murrumbidgee Turf Club.

What a line-up of events! Wagga’s biggest week of racing, shows galore across the Riverina’s best theatres, a food fair, a roller disco and even a free trip to the tip!

Starting the weekend off strong is Wagga’s own prestigious racing carnival, the Wagga Gold Cup. Why not dress up, have a drink or two and bet on the horse with the coolest name. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, there is still plenty to do on Friday night with Kildare’s ‘Back to the 80’s’ musical, Nerida Cuddy’s brilliant concert at the Curious Rabbit and Glow Roller Disco in Griffith.

Once the weekend hits, be sure to travel to Temora to check out all the great pieces from the Temora Art and Craft Group as they celebrate 50 years, or head to Narrandera for their International Food Fair.

If a laugh or two is what you’re after, Junee’s Athenium Theatre on Saturday night is the place for you as one of Australia’s most brilliant standup comedians comes to town.

There is plenty to see and do, so why not make the most of an action-packed weekend across the Riverina.

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Kildare Catholic College are taking to the stage of the Civic Theatre for their newest musical ‘Back to the 80’s’. Photo: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre.

Kildare Catholic College’s ‘Back to the 80’s’ – Musical

When: 4 – 13 May, 7 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
Cost: Adult – $25, concession – $20, family (two adults, two children) – $80

Follow the story of 30-something-year-old Corey looking back at his time in high school during the 1980’s. Corey recalls his teenage hijinks with his friends while also dealing with the fact that he was madly in love with his next-door neighbour Tiffany. Featuring music from the 80’s, iconic pop culture references and a nostalgic blast from the past, the team down at Kildare can’t wait for you to drop by the theatre and enjoy the show.

Guardians of the Galaxy poster

The Guardians of the Galaxy return to Earth this week for the newest instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Photo: Marvel.

Forum 6 Cinema – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3

When: Multiple sessions each day throughout the week
Where: Forum 6 Cinema
Cost: $13.50 – $19.50

I, like many others around the world, love Marvel movies! They are action-packed, often hilarious and always fun regardless of the quality. Now, one of my most anticipated movies of the year, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, makes its way to the big screen. In what promises to be an emotional sendoff to these beloved characters, I and many others just can’t wait to see what happens.

Temora Arts and Craft Group flyer

Temora’s Arts and Craft Group celebrate half a century with their 50th anniversary exhibition featuring some of their best works from the past 50 years. Photo: Visit Temora.

Temora Art & Craft Group 50th Anniversary Exhibition

When: Friday 5 May – Sunday 7 May, 2 – 5 pm
Where: Armys Hut, Crowley Street
Cost: Free

Showcasing their greatest pieces and most precious donations, the Temora Arts and Craft Group are celebrating their 50th year! Their members are excited to open the doors to the Armys Hut on Crowley Street for you to enjoy some of their most unique craft and thought-provoking art. Opening at 2 pm tomorrow, you have all weekend to make your way down and enjoy the exhibition.


The Wagga Gold Cup flyer

The Wagga Gold Cup returns for its 150th year this week. Photo: VisitWagga.

Wagga Gold Cup Carnival

When: Friday 5 May, 11 am – 6 pm
Where: Murrumbidgee Turf Club, 142 Travers Street
Cost: Various – general admission – $23.50 prepaid online, $30 at the gate

This Friday marks the 150th anniversary of the Wagga Gold Cup, one of the Riverina’s most prestigious horse racing events. Put on your best outfits, take a punt and enjoy a day at the racetrack surrounded by all the glitz and glamour Wagga has to offer.

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Canowindra-based singer-songwriter Nerida Cuddy will be performing at the Curious Rabbit this Friday evening. Photo: Supplied.

Nerida Cuddy Live at the Curious Rabbit

When: Friday 5 May, 7 – 9 pm
Where: The Curious Rabbit
Cost: General admission – $25, concession – $20

An evocative singer-songwriter whose music reflects emotional depth and the landscapes of rural Australia, Nerida Cuddy is a storyteller who uses concerts to connect with those listening to her music. Looking forward to her first UK tour later this year, Nerida is stopping by in Wagga with her unique setlist guaranteed to get the audience singing along but thinking deeper at the same time.

People roller-skating

Lace up your skates and make your way to the Griffith Regional Sports Centre for the Glow Roller Disco. Photo: Visit Griffith.

Glow Roller Disco

When: Friday 5 May, 6 pm
Where: Griffith Regional Sports Centre
Cost: $20 – $25

The Glow Roller Disco promises to be a fun filled night of music, games and most importantly roller skates! Whether you are a veteran or a first-time skater, the disco is a bundle of fun. Coaching and skate hire will all be available on the night, so why not come down to the Regional Sports Centre and enjoy some classic tunes and a brisk pace.


Flyer for Carl Barron

Beloved Australian comedian Carl Barron makes his way to Junee’s Athenium Theatre this Saturday night. Photo: Athenium Theatre.

Carl Barron – Junee Athenium Theatre

When: Saturday 6 May, 8 pm
Where: Athenium Theatre, Junee
Cost: $80

One of Australia’s most recognisable comedians, Carl Barron will be sure to make you laugh until you cry when he arrives at Junee’s Anthenium Theatre on 6 May. Part of his ‘Skating Rink for Flies’ regional tour, tickets will be in high demand – best get in quickly to ensure you have a seat for a brilliant and award-winning night of standup comedy.

Food on a table

What could be better than trying some new food from different parts of the world? Come down to the International Food Fair in Narrandera on Saturday 6 May. Photo: Visit Narrandera.

International Food Fair

When: Saturday 6 May, 11 am
Where: Marie Bashir Park
Cost: Various food and drink vendors will be available

The Narrandera CWA are hosting the region’s very own International Food Fair this Saturday down at Marie Bashir Park. Featuring dishes and cuisines from Europe, Asia and Africa, why not try something new or some of your traditional favs made by those who know them best. Come down at 11 am and enjoy a treat for the senses.


Grab your garbage, your household waste, utensils you no longer use and anything else you need to say goodbye to because it’s the Free Tip Day at West Wylaong. Photo: Bland Shire Council.

Bland Shire Council’s Free Tip Day

When & Where: West Wyalong Landfill (10 am – 3 pm), Ungarie Landfill (8:30 am – 11 am), Barmedman Landfill (12:30 pm – 3:30 pm)
Cost: Free

Got too much waste? Don’t want to pay too much for a trip to the tip? Well, oh boy, does Bland Shire Council have a treat for you with the Free Tip Day. The offer is available at three locations, including West Wyalong, Ungarie and Barmedman. Take advantage of this opportunity for some late autumn cleaning by racing down to a Bland Shire Council tip.

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