Council plays cupid at special Valentine’s Day event Date Night

Published: 07 Feb 2018 9:44am

If you have left your Valentine’s Day plans until the last minute, Wagga Wagga City Council is ready to play cupid.

Love will be in the air throughout the Civic Precinct on 14 February when Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga City Library and Civic Theatre combine to present Date Night.

The gallery, library and museum will be open until 9pm, with live music throughout and bar facilities in the Civic Centre and museum.

Love birds can stroll through the current exhibitions from ground breaking Australian artists at the gallery, enjoy the riotous Best of the Bald Archy Prize in the museum, or exchange glances with beautiful strangers through the shelves of the library.

Then at sundown, bring a picnic to the Wollundry Lagoon for a free outdoor screening of The Princess Bride from 8.30pm, presented by the Civic Theatre.

“Councils traditionally focus on the three R’s – roads, rates, and rubbish, but this year we’re adding romance,” Director Community Janice Summerhayes said.

“There are so many exciting exhibitions on show in Wagga Wagga at the moment, and we thought we’d take this opportunity to make them available after dark.

“Bring a date or you might even meet someone. We can’t guarantee you’ll find love, but you’re bound to find even more to love about our city and what our cultural facilities have to offer.

The full program of exhibitions and entertainment is on display at

Date Night

When: Wednesday 14 February

Where: Civic Precinct

Culture, live music and bar: 5.30pm to 9pm

Movie screening: from 8.30pm

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery: Ground breaking video works and contemporary printmaking innovation across five exhibitions at the gallery – immersive, inspiring and thought provoking.

Museum of the Riverina (Historic Council Chambers site): In an Australian first, Museum of the Riverina gathers all the winning entries of the nation’s toast to satirical portraiture. Best of the Bald Archy Prize showcases 25 riotous portraits that skewer the pollies and celebrities who dominated our headlines over the past quarter century.

Wagga Wagga City Library: Gaze upon sultry strangers as they browse the shelves, or take a blind date with a book chosen for you by our Librarians of Love. As you enjoy the literary lounge you will be serenaded on the piano by award-winning cabaret artist Peter Casey with music from your favourite books and films.

Sunset screening of The Princess Bride: Settle in under the night sky next to the picturesque Wollundry Lagoon for a free screening of this classic movie from 8.30pm. BYO picnic and alcohol, popcorn will be available to purchase. The screening will take place near the Civic Theatre.