Get into Wagga’s line-up of smashing summer events
Author: Visit Wagga Wagga team
First published: 01 Dec 2017.
It’s not just the sound of sizzling barbies or the chorus of cicadas, Wagga Wagga truly is abuzz in summer. The city’s events calendar is bursting so when you need to get out of the house or out of the pool, you’ll be set.
December is all about festive fun and farewelling 2017 with a bang. January’s sorted with sport, music and a super long weekend of events around Australia Day.
On-water action in February will involve horsepower and people-power. Power boat racing on Lake Albert and the famous World Championship Gumi Race down the ‘Bidgee will make the most of two of our city’s greatest assets.
There’ll be frivolities for all this December in Wagga Wagga. Once your Christmas shopping is sorted, get into the festive spirit with family-friendly events. We've already pulled together a complete guide to festivities in and around the city here.
Ring in 2018 with Wagga Skyworks, set to ignite the night sky on New Year’s Eve at Lake Albert. Pick from three events – pack your own picnic for the free family-friendly fun or dress up and grab tickets to one of the catered events at venues overlooking the lake.
Wherever you choose, rest assured you’ll have one of the best seats in the house for the amazing fireworks display over the lake itself.
Cap off a day of fun in the sun relaxing by the lagoon
Continuing over the summer, Cork and Fork Fest will keep you entertained for those hot summer nights where you don’t want to even think about what to cook for dinner!
It’s all taken care of for you so sit back and enjoy with a cold beverage and relaxed beats by the lagoon. Their summer calendar includes dates in December, January and February.
Kick start your 2018
The first month of 2018 will deliver on a range of events from music to sport and everything in between.
The City of Good Sports will play host a Women’s Big Bash League double-header at Robertson Oval. Head down and witness Sydney Thunder take on the Adelaide Strikers over two days of top-notch cricket.
The Riverina Summer School for Strings returns for its 31st year in 2018 and along with it is the ever-popular Sounds of Summer Concert Series where you can see participants and tutors perform throughout the week.
Later in the month, the Australia Day long weekend will kick off with the city’s annual Australia Day Awards and a free concert in the Victory Memorial Gardens, along with a free movie night at the Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre.
The weekend will be packed with events, from welcoming our newest citizens at the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony to Australia Day Races at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club, Markets by the Lake, water polo at the Oasis and, of course, the free community breakfast.
See out the weekend and give the Queen’s Baton Relay a wave as it passes through Wagga on Sunday 28 January.
The Queen’s Baton arrives into Wagga as part of an epic 388-day journey ahead of the Commonwealth Games in April on the Gold Coast.
Starting at Bolton Park, the baton will make its way through the city’s streets before heading on to Narrandera. Pick out your vantage point by zooming into Wagga on the official relay map online.
Keep the fun going in February
Just when you think it will start to cool down, February always heats things up.
Get in on the thrills and spills at the Gil Mathew Wagga Pro Rodeo, or rope together some tubes for the World Championship Gumi Race. If you’re not up to building a 'gumi', just cheer the participants on from the banks of the Murrumbidgee River!
There’ll be a festival-like atmosphere at Wagga Beach to welcome in the gumis who’ve made the seven kilometre trip downstream from Eunony Reserve.
On-water action will be at Lake Albert as well with the Australian GP Power Boat Circuit Racing making a return to Wagga. Grab some fish 'n' chips for lunch and pull up a shady spot on the banks for a fantastic day out!
Cool off with fun for all ages at the museum
Escape the heat all summer long at the Museum of the Riverina. Questacon’s Fascinating Science is at the Historic Council Chambers site with 32 challenging hands-on exhibits to bamboozle young and old.
Keep the kids occupied at the Musuem’s Botanic Gardens site too with fun and games at Kidzone.
For 25 years a discerning cockatoo named Maude has judged Australia’s most irreverent art prize: the Bald Archys.
In an Australian first, the Museum of the Riverina gathers all the winning entries of the nation’s toast to satirical portraiture. The exhibition will cap off summer and take you into autumn, on display at the Historic Council Chambers site from February 6 to May 13.
Where to from here?
The summer edition of our What’s On guide is out now. Grab a copy from the Wagga Wagga Visitor Information Centre or locations across the region, see it online here or sign up for our monthly email newsletter for regular events updates.