24 June 2022

Nine things to do in the Riverina this weekend (24 - 30 June)

| Anna Maskus
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There’s plenty to do in Wagga this weekend from markets to movies. Photo: River & Wren Market Facebook.

If you’re not rugging up in your best raincoat and heading to the pub to watch the State of Origin, there is much to do in the Riverina this weekend.

Art festivals, dinosaurs, acrobats, award-winning musicians of blues and soul, blockbuster movies, country racing – the list goes on.

Keep reading to find out what lies in store for our region.

All Weekend

Lady holding a portrait painting

Myf Colette holding a portrait of her husband, the late Dr Brian Clarke. Photo: Visit Coolamon Shire.

Art Festival on Ford

When: Friday 24 to Sunday 26 June, 10 am – 3 pm.
Where: Ford Street, Ganmain
Cost: Free entry.

This little art festival is brought to you by the family of the late Dr Brian Clarke, wife Myf Colette and daughter Rosemary Ashton. Browse and experience a collection of artists displaying works in shops along the main street of Ganmain. Chat with artists or buy a piece or two at the three-day festival with pop-up galleries and art experiences.

Plan a visit with friends and wander through the country town. And you cannot visit Ganmain without grabbing a special edition festival Ganmain pie on your way home. Call 0428 260 628 for more information.

silhouette or a person in the middle of a light show

Get lost in the natural beauty of one of Albury’s most treasured icons illuminated by a groundbreaking laser and light show never before seen in the region. Photo: Aurora Albury.

Albury City Council and Laservision present AURORA ALBURY

When: Friday 24 June to Saturday 16 July. Sundays – Thursdays 6 pm to 10 pm (last session at 9 pm) Fridays and Saturdays 6 pm to 11 pm (last session at 10 pm).
Where: Albury Botanic Gardens, Dean Street and Wodonga Place, Albury
Cost: Adults 18+ $11, Children (4-17) $7.50, Infants (0-3) free, Family (2 adults, 2 children), $27.50, book here.

Just a short trip up the Olympic Highway, an unforgettable exhibition of light, lasers, interactive projections, holograms and sound will fill the beautiful Botanic Gardens, creating an immersive digital artwork the whole family will become a part of.

Rug up in your best winter woollies and head to Albury to experience this never-before-seen “luna light journey” right in your own backyard. Make sure you book tickets online and arrive 10 minutes before your session to allow 45 minutes to 1.5 hours for the experience.

acrobatics on stage

Watch the incredible talent of the aptly named troupe Gravity & Other Myths in one of four films forming the Sydney Theatre Company Regional Tour in Narrandera. Photo: Sydney Theatre Company.

Sydney Theatre Company Regional Tour in Narrandera

When: Friday 24 June, 7 pm and Saturday 25 June, 2 pm and 5 pm
Where: Narrandera CRC Plaza Theatre, Bolton St, Narrandera
Cost: Adults (18+) $10, Concession/Child tickets $5 for all sessions except Saturday evening, no child tickets available. Saturday evening double feature: Adults $20, including a glass of wine, beer or soft drink plus nibbles at interval. Book here.

The Narrandera Country Women’s Association (CWA) are proud to support the latest film productions from the Sydney Festival Roadshow to the Riverina. Baroque music, dinosaurs and acrobats – the best of the stage comes to the Narrandera screen with four films guaranteed to entertain all ages and tastes.

The selection includes The Pulse – an incredible show of physical and musical strength with 24 bodies and 26 voices of the theatre group Gravity & Other Myths.

Candy Bar at movies

Forum 6 has the movie buffs covered this weekend. Photo: #VisitWagga.

Use up your Service NSW Vouchers at Forum 6 Cinemas

When: All weekend, see session times here
Forum 6 Cinemas, Trail Street, Wagga
Cost: Varies, check out the discounts and combos on offer here.

Round up the family or some friends and get lost in a different world at Wagga’s locally owned and operated cinema, experiencing a blockbuster opening week. The highly anticipated Elvis directed by Baz Luhrman and the sixth instalment in the Despicable Me universe Minions: Rise of Gru arrived on Thursday.

In the last week before they expire, NSW Parents Vouchers & Discover Vouchers are redeemable at the ticket desk and candy bar. ServiceNSW Vouchers can only be redeemed in cinemas and cannot be used for online purchases.


Performance artist and musician on stage

Casey has worked professionally in musical theatre and cabaret for over thirty years, so you’ll be in for a treat from one of the masters of his craft. Photo: #VisitWagga.

Poetry Readings and Open Mic Night with Peter J Casey

When: Friday 24 June, 6:30 pm – 10 pm
Where: The Curious Rabbit, Johnston Street, Wagga
Cost: $15 per person, book here.

Award-winning musician, artist and writer Peter J Casey will oversee a night of local talent at one of Wagga’s premier artistic venues. Snuggle up with a coffee and enjoy a winter evening of poetry readings followed by an open mic. You could laugh, or cry – or a bit of both.


Horses and jockeys ready to race

Tearing out of the starting gates at the Gundagai Racecourse. Photo: Gundagai-Adelong Racing Club.

Gundagai-Adelong Racing Club presents the Gundagai Races

When: Saturday 25 June, from 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Gundagai Racecourse, O.I. Bell Drive, Gundagai
Cost: Free entry.

Spend the day at the picturesque Gundagai Racecourse for one of their four annual meetings. An incredible $90,000 worth of prize money up for grabs, first-class bar, catering and grandstand facilities will make Gundagai the place to be on Saturday.

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The Nest Studio Collective artists showcase the results of their weekly workshops. Photo: Nest Studio Collective.

Nest Studio Collective presents Self & Surrounds Community Projection

When: Saturday 25 June, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Where: The Curious Rabbit, Johnston Street, Wagga
Cost: Free entry.

The Nest Studio Collective artists are connecting the dots to celebrate Wagga in a fun way. They took all the fabulous and quirky creations made at their creative hangouts at Wagga Beach and The Victory Memorial Gardens and mashed them up into a funky animated projection artwork.


The duo are celebrating their album ‘Run With Me’ hitting #1 on The Australian Blues And Roots Charts, and #12 on the British Blues Charts in its first month of release. Photo: The McNaMarr Project Facebook.

The duo are celebrating their album Run With Me hitting #1 on The Australian Blues And Roots Charts and #12 on the British Blues Charts in its first month of release. Photo: The McNaMarr Project Facebook.

The Bidgee Blues Club presents The McNaMarr Project + The Groove Factorie

When: Sunday 26 June, 5 pm.
Where: Wagga Civic Theatre, Burns Way, Wagga
Cost: Adult (18+) $30, Concession $25, Member $25, book here.

The sounds of old-school blues, gospel and soul will fill a Wagga Civic Theatre room for one night only as The Bidgee Blues Club presents The Groove Factorie band and the award-winning voices of The McNaMarr Project. The widely praised John McNamara and Andrea Marr are The McNaMarr Project – both artists have chart-topping blues albums in Australia and the US.


Visitors browse the wares for sale at the first River and Wren Market in 2014. The massively popular market has been held six times a year since. Photo: River and Wren Facebook.

River & Wren Markets

When: Sunday 26 June, 10 am – 2 pm
Where: Wagga Showgrounds, Bourke Street Entrance
Cost: Free entry.

River & Wren Market is a beautiful indoor country market attended by more than a hundred local artists, creatives, foodies and businesses from all over the Riverina. It’s a regular weekend pastime in Wagga, providing handmade, homemade and homegrown goodies for eight years. If you can’t make it this weekend, don’t fret – they’ll be back on 28 August.

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