Sensational summer of events ahead for Wagga Wagga

Published: 01 Nov 2016 11:45am

Wagga Wagga has created the perfect recipe for a fun-filled summer, with a tantalising range of events to delight locals and visitors alike.

You take a splash of water from the Murrumbidgee River, a selection of the finest Riverina produce, a healthy dose of family fun and garnish with arts, culture and beautiful landscapes.

Bake it under the Aussie sun and enjoy everything Wagga has to offer this summer, from the Beach Boys to the Archibald Prize.

"There’s so much to see, do and experience in Wagga Wagga this summer," Community Sector Manager Janice Summerhayes said.

"In terms of big events, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery will be the first NSW stop for the touring Archibald Prize from December, while music icons the Beach Boys and Temptations will be playing in the city as part of their Surf & Soul tour.

"There will also be a jam-packed calendar of boredom-busting school holiday activities, like theatre workshops, art classes, kids cooking classes, Kidzone at the Museum of the Riverina and more.

"That’s just the tip of the iceberg this summer, with the World Championship Gumi Race back again and great food events like Cork and Fork."

The Archibald Prize will be on display at the gallery from 3 December to 15 January, featuring a who’s who of Australian contemporary culture.

The Art Gallery of NSW exhibition will be on display for free at the gallery, which is open every day over summer except Christmas Day and Mondays.

The city’s McDonald’s Park will be transformed on 11 February for the Surf & Soul concert with legendary Californian band the Beach Boys and the Temptations to entertain what will no doubt be a huge crowd.

The special concert is proudly presented by the City of Wagga Wagga, which provided $20,000 and use of McDonald’s Park to bring the event to town.

The Civic Theatre box office also has a limited allocation of cheaper tickets for sale now.

Wagga will also be maintaining its credentials as the City of Good Sports this summer by hosting the 2017 Water Polo NSW Country Club Championships and Under 12s National Water Polo Festival at the Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre, and the Region 4 Little Athletic Championships.

"Council’s summer what’s on guide will be released in the coming weeks and is the best way to keep track of the bumper program of events," Mrs Summerhayes said.

"Such a diverse range of activities and events increases the liveability of our city and aligns to our strategy of attracting events to boost tourism, particularly in traditionally quieter periods, adding to the 1.3M visitors Wagga attracts annually."

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