16 September 2022

Nine things to do in the Riverina this weekend (16 - 19 September)

| Chris Roe
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From bull riding to ballet, there’s plenty on across the Riverina. Photo: allevents.in.

The forecast is a tad patchy, but there should be enough breaks in the weather to get out and make the most of the weekend in the Riverina.

From ballet to bucking broncos – we’ve got you covered!

You can remember the Queen with a special memorial documentary at the movies, check out the best of Cootamundra’s local artists, watch man-tame-beast at the Griffith Rodeo or get back to nature at Narrandera’s first koala festival.

All Weekend


Elizabeth will be showing for a limited time at the cinema. Photo: Wagga Forum 6.

The Latest Movies at Forum 6

When: Various
Where: Forum 6 Cinemas, Wagga
Cost: Various.

The movies are a great option for those wanting to escape the La Nina weather and, as always, there’s something for everyone this week, including a royal remembrance.

For those wanting to reflect on the reign of the late Queen, Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts begins Sunday.

It’s an archive-based documentary celebrating her life over the decades and promises to present “the Queen as never before”.

Also showing: Music lovers can get a fix of David Bowie magic in Moonage Daydream, Gen Xers can head to Bali with George Clooney and Julia Roberts in Ticket to Paradise, thrillseekers will get a kick out of Bodies Bodies Bodies and the kids will be begging for a dose of the Rock, Keanu Reeves and Kevin Hart in the animated DC League of Super-Pets.

Artists at museum

Waybali Murruway – Weaving Paths co-curator Harriet Goodall, curators and community liaisons, Melanie Evans and Aunty Cheryl Penrith, and Museum of the Riverina manager Luke Grealy. Photo: Wagga City Council.

Waybali Murruway – Weaving Paths

When: Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday 10 am to 2 pm, closed Mondays.
Where: Museum of the Riverina Historic Council Chambers site, corner of Baylis and Morrow Streets.
Cost: Free.

The Riverina Museum’s Historic Council Chambers site is hosting the stunning Waybali Murruway – Weaving Paths exhibition offering a chance to explore culture and learn about caring for Country.

Combining the traditional with the contemporary, Wiradjuri artists and storytellers have contributed woven objects, installation pieces, images, film, wire forms, stories through textiles, and weaving created throughout the project.



Swan Lake. Photo: Wagga Civic Theatre.

Swan Lake

When: Saturday 17 September, 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Burns Way
Cost: Tickets range from $65 for a child to $105 for an adult and can be purchased here.

For a serious dose of European culture, Wagga’s Civic Theatre is hosting the Royal Czech Ballet who will perform the iconic Swan Lake.

It’s a love story about Prince Siegfried who falls in love with Odette who is under a spell, transforming from a swan to a woman each night. Twist!

It’s the first time the Royal Czech Ballet has visited Australia and includes elite dancers from France, Italy, Moldova and Ukraine.

people at races

Aggies Race Day is always a winner. Photo: Murrumbidgee Turf Club.

Ag Race Day

When: Saturday 17 September 2022, 12 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: Murrumbidgee Turf Club
Cost: Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

It’s sure to be a heavy track but there’ll be plenty of action at the Aggies Race Day at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club.

Catch up with friends over a beer or some bubbles and enjoy live entertainment, racing, and fashions on the field.


Saddle up for the Griffith Pro Rodeo. Photo: Griffith Pro Rodeo.

Griffith Pro Rodeo

When: Saturday 17 September, 9 am
Where: Griffith Showgrounds, Walla Av
Cost: Tickets are $35 for an adult and can be purchased here.

Grab your boots and a big hat and head to the rodeo for a bucking great time!

Fast horses, cranky cattle, steer wrestling and breakaway roping plus plenty for the cowkids.

koala flyer

Be a part of the first ever Koala Festival! Photo: Narranderra Koala Festival.

Narrandera Koala Festival

When: Saturday 17 September, 12 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: Narrandera Showground, Elizabeth Street
Cost: Free.

The first ever Koala Festival at the showgrounds will be a celebration of Narrandera’s koala colony.

The free event has plenty of activities, from a nature photography exhibition to tours, activities, rides and live entertainment.

Women with banner

The Cootamundra Art Show is back. Photo: Soroptimist International South West Slopes.

Cootamundra Art Show

When: From Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Cootamundra Town Hall, 81 Wallendoon Street
Cost: Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

The Cootamundra Art Show is back featuring artists from the region and raising funds for Soroptimist projects to help women and girls.

The official opening is Friday night (16 September) with the winners announced at the gala event.

It’s then open to the public from Saturday.


Mini train

The train will be running this weekend on Willans Hill in Wagga. Photo: Wagga City Council.

Willans Hill Miniature Railway

When: Sunday, 10 am to 2:30 pm (weather permitting)
Where: Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens, Macleay Street
Cost: Tickets are $4 and can be purchased at the ticket window.

It’s the third Sunday of the month so the miniature railway will be running on Willans Hill.

If you’ve never done it, it’s a surprisingly long ride along the narrow tracks, through the tunnels and around a beautifully landscaped park just above Wagga’s Botanic Gardens.

After your ride you can grab a coffee at the cafe and wander through the zoo or explore the gardens.



Brick builders from all over will be in Griffith on Sunday. Photo: Griffith East Public School.

Griffith Brick Fair

When: Sunday 18 September, 9 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Griffith East Public School
Cost: Tickets can be purchased here.

Lego masters and aspiring engineers will love Griffith’s Brick Fair where locals and exhibitors from all over the country are showcasing their builds.

Get up close and personal with these fantastic structures and enjoy the food and entertainment with your friends and family.

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