2 February 2023

Things to do in the Riverina this week (4 - 11 November)

| Oliver Jacques
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Comedian Brodi Snook doing stand up

Comedian Brodi Snook will perform at the Griffith Regional Theatre on Saturday night. Photo: Facebook.

Another big week of entertainment and fun family activities is in store across the Riverina.

The Committee 4 Wagga is hosting a picnic at the Botanic Gardens to welcome new residents and Bidgee’s Strawberries and Cream is throwing a festival involving eating, picking and plenty of games.

The Sydney Comedy Festival will come to the Griffith Regional Theatre on Saturday night, featuring a host of big name performers. There is also an open garden day in Narrandera and Wagga will host tribute acts to legends Joni Mitchell and Shirley Bassey.


Robert De Niro is Christmas hat

Robert De Niro stars in War on Grandpa. Photo: Internet Movie Database.

War with Grandpa at Griffith City Library

When: Friday 4 November, 12:30 pm
Where: Griffith City Library, 229 Banna Ave, Griffith
Cost: Free.

Griffith City Library hosts regular free movies in the mini cinema room. This week, it’s the Robert De Niro classic War with Grandpa. Protagonist Peter is thrilled that Grandpa (De Niro) is coming to live with his family – until Grandpa moves into Peter’s room, forcing him upstairs into the creepy attic. With the help of his friends, Peter devises outrageous plans to make Grandpa surrender the room. But Grandpa is tougher than he looks…

Jane Preston

Australia’s Queen of Boogie Piano, Jane Preston, will be at The Curious Rabbit this Friday!

Jane Preston Boogie Duo at The Curious Rabbit

When: Friday 4 November, 6 pm – 8 pm
Where: The Curious Rabbit, Wagga
Cost: $30 at the door.

Australia’s Queen of Boogie Piano, Jane Preston, will be performing at The Curious Rabbit this Friday. Be entertained, moved, and blown away by Jan’s new songs, re-makes of old songs, blues and new takes on traditional themes.

Wagga riverside precinct

The picnic has been moved from the Riverside Precinct due to flooding. Photo: Committee 4 Wagga.

Committee 4 Wagga family picnic

When: Friday 4 November, 5:30 pm – 8 pm
Where: Botanic Gardens, Brolga Pond, Macleay Street Wagga
Cost: Free, book here.

The Committee 4 Wagga, a group dedicated to championing positive change in the town, invites members and new residents to a family-friendly picnic at the Botanic Gardens Brolga Pond. Wagga’s Woodfired Pizza Wagon will provide food and everyone is encouraged to enjoy the entertainment, including face painting and the new playground. There will also be a “Welcome to Wagga” Wagga event for new residents.

Friday and Saturday

Performers singing and dancing on stage

Life in the Spotlight is a major production. Photo: Life in the Spotlight Facebook.

Life in the Spotlight

When: Friday 4 November 2022, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm and Saturday 5 November 2022, 2 pm – 4 pm and 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: CSU Riverina Playhouse, 8 Cross St, Wagga
Cost: $50, book here.

This stage musical is a major fundraiser for the Specialist Medical Resources Foundation who provide non-Government funded medical equipment and financial support to Riverina residents in need. With lots of singing and dancing, this production can be enjoyed by the whole family.


Strawberries hanging from vines

Things are about to get berry summery at Bidgee. Photo: Bidgee Strawberries and Cream.

Bidgee Strawberries and Cream Festival

When: Saturday 5 November, 4 pm to 8 pm
Where: Bidgee Strawberries and Cream, Billagha St, Wagga
Cost: $15, book here.

Entertainment, honey tasting, trampolining, jumping castle, large yard games, a treasure hunt and entry to the strawberry picking field (when punnets are purchased) are all on offer at Saturday’s festival. All you need to bring is your own picnic blanket and chair as food and drinks will be available to be purchased from a food wagon and Sunrise Rotary Club barbecue. The farm café will sell strawberry themed desserts, ice cream, milkshakes, coffee, tea and cold drinks and strawberry picking is available at additional cost.

The Official Riverina Pop-Up Shop opens this Saturday at 10 am!

Official Riverina Pop-Up Shop Opening

When: Saturday 5 November, 10 am
Where: 182A Baylis St, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650, Australia
Cost: Free.

Get down to the Official Riverina Pop-Up Opening this weekend to support a wide range of local Wagga businesses selling a variety of goodies in the lead-up to Christmas. Organiser Wendy Smith ran the event last year and over $80,000 was spent through local businesses, giving them a much-needed boost. It’s back again this week on Baylis Street, and you’ll truly be missing out if you don’t pop down and check it out! For more information, check out their Facebook page.

Queenie van de Zandt

Legendary Australian cabaret performer and mentor to young artists, Queenie van de Zandt. Photo: RiotAct.

Queenie van de Zandt performs Joni Mitchell

When: Saturday 5 November, 7:30 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Burns Way, Wagga
Cost: $15, book here.

Australian cabaret chanteuse and musical theatre star Queenie van de Zandt will perform the songs of musical legend Joni Mitchell. “Joni is my favourite singer/songwriter and I’ve been wanting to do a show about her and her music for some time,” Queenie says.
“She gave a daughter up for adoption early in her career and her music was so influenced by this experience. When I gave birth to my daughter, it felt like a perfect time to explore this mother and daughter relationship and the effect that becoming a parent has on your creativity.”

Marie Bashir Park in bloom

Marie Bashir Park. Photo: Narrandera Shire Council.

Town and country open garden day in Narrandera

When: Saturday 5 November, 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Marie Bashir Park, Narrandera
Cost: $20, payable upon entry.

A self-drive town and country open garden day is being held to raise funds for cancer charity Can Assist. It’s your chance to visit beautiful local gardens while supporting a good cause. Tickets are available from Marie Bashir Park with gardens open until 5 pm. Entry includes access to six gardens, complimentary Devonshire Tea at Uniting Church Hall and a 25 per cent discount at Shady Gum Nursery on the day (conditions apply). A light lunch will be available at Yarrum Heights. All proceeds from the day go to Narrandera Can Assist.

Flyer for Sydney Comedy Festival

The Sydney Comedy Festival is coming to Griffith. Photo: Sydney Comedy Festival website.

Sydney Comedy Festival comes to Griffith

When: Saturday 5 November, 6 pm
Where: Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Pl, Griffith
Cost: $36.50, book here.

The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour finally arrives in Griffith this weekend. The showcase will feature some of the Festival’s hottest acts live on stage for an incredible two hours of hard-hitting laughter. The line-up of veteran favourites and fresh emerging talent includes Andrew Barnett, John Cruckshank, Brodi Snook, Suren Jayemnne, Bonnie Tangey and Sarah Gaul.


Man with guitar

The Troubadour comes to the Birdhouse. Photo: Facebook.

Troubadour performs classic hits

When: Sunday 6 November, 6 pm – 9 pm
Where: Birdhouse Bar & Kitchen, 246 Baylis St, Wagga
Cost: Free.

Well-known solo artist The Troubadour is bringing his best covers to Birdhouse Bar & Kitchen. Expect hits from Keith Urban, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Paul Kelly, The Church, John Denver, Kenny Rogers, Neil Young, 4 Non Blondes, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Lee Kernaghan, Hank Williams, Simon & Garfunkel, Bread, Elvis Presley, Cat Stevens, Neil Diamond and Bruce Springsteen as well as a handful of carefully crafted original songs.


Rachel Roberts as Shirley Bassey

Acclaimed artist, actor and singer Rachel Roberts plays Dame Shirley Bassey in This Is Me. Photo: Facebook.

This is Me: Dame Shirley Bassey

When: Thursday 10 November, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Burns Way, Wagga
Cost: $79.90, book here.

This Is Me is the rags to riches story of the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey performed by internationally acclaimed artist, actor and singer Rachael Roberts. From the docks of Cardiff’s Tiger Bay to the millionaire shores of Monte Carlo, the show features the life story of the inimitable Welsh singer with a glittering career spanning eight decades.

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