5 May 2022

Mother's Day: how to celebrate it in Wagga this weekend

| Anna Maskus
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Picking strawberries at Bidgee Strawberrries and Cream

Visitors at Bidgee Strawberries and Cream enjoying a day out. Photo: Lex Adoncello for #VisitWagga.

The American woman who created Mother’s Day in the early twentieth century, Anna Jarvis, stated it was a day to acknowledge and celebrate “the best mother who ever lived; yours”.

There’s lots on in Wagga this weekend to celebrate all the remarkable women in our lives, so keep reading if you’re stuck for ideas – we’ve put them all in one place.

Head to a local business for thoughtful presents

Table + Graze make gorgeous grazing boxes available to order, and pricing includes morning delivery within Wagga suburbs. Orders close tonight, Thursday 5 May, unless sold out.

Coffee and preserve on a table with flowers

Wagga businesses prepare for a busy weekend. Photo: Sarah Boyle on Unsplash.

For a quick pressie, drop into Uneke Homewares, The Speckled Hen, or Paper Pear Gallery for truly unique gifts that will not disappoint.

Grab her a bunch of flowers

Wagga is blessed with an abundance of florists – head down Fitzmaurice Street and check out Little Triffids Flowers or Emmylou Wildflowers, or try Flower & Fae for preserved, long-lasting blooms.

Mother’s Day is one of the busiest weekends of the year for florists – check out a complete list of florists in Wagga here and squeeze in a last-minute booking.

Donate to a local charity in her name

In the true spirit of Mother’s Day, donate to recently established local charity The Vilomah Community, which provides ongoing support to parents who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss.

Donate or purchase a gift from the Wagga Women’s Health Centre, another local organisation run by women for women in the local community. Your donation will go towards crisis and health support and referrals, specialist trauma counselling, therapy groups, advocacy and social action.

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Get out and about in Wagga

It’s Bidgee Strawberries and Cream‘s final day of the season on Sunday, so be sure to head down to pick the last few surprises on the vines.

Grab a coffee and look at the exhibitions by local artists now at The Curious Rabbit. My Secret Garden by Elizabeth Doherty, a local Wiradjuri artist, combines traditional dot painting techniques with contemporary styles. Juanita McLauchlan, a Gamilarray woman, uses her printmaking medium to connect with her audience in her exhibition Tea and Time.

Wagga Art Gallery also has four incredible exhibitions showing over the weekend.

Riverina Comedy Club’s monthly show is running at Que Bar in Baylis Street on Friday night. Grab a $15 ticket at the door and laugh the night away.

For music-lovers: Odette presents her new show and sophomore album ‘Herald’ at the Civic Theatre on Friday night, with all ticket proceeds going to Wagga Women’s Health Centre. Get tickets here.

ARIA and Golden Guitar nominated country star Brad Cox will perform at the Civic Theatre on Sunday night, with tickets available here.


The function marquee at Food-I-Am’s property Nu-Lumeah in the hills of Springvale near Wagga still has seats available for their annual Mother’s Day luncheon. Photo: Food-I-Am Instagram.

Spoil her with brunch at some of Wagga’s best fine dining establishments

Many local restaurants are literally throwing open their doors and hosting beautifully curated outdoor brunches. Food-I-Am’s location in the hills of Springvale is sure to prove a stunning backdrop for their 3-course Sunday luncheon.

Pastorale by Meccanico is offering a Saturday set menu lunch in town, and The Charles Boutique Hotel & Dining is hosting a 3-course luncheon with lots of choices available.

Can’t decide where to send her? Wagga Women in Business is selling mystery dinner tickets ($65 WiB Members, $80 non-members) which cover a drink on arrival and two courses for one of Wagga’s best restaurants – Magpies Nest, The Charles, The Oakroom, Pastorale and Mr. Lawrence – but where will you end up? Find out more here.

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Wine-ding down

Charles Sturt Winery is extending its opening hours from this weekend onwards. Usually open Wednesday – Saturday from 12 to 5 pm, the Cellar door will now be staying open on Fridays until 7 pm. For the big day on Sunday, doors are open from 10:30 am to 5 pm for a relaxed Sunday session enjoying the best drops from Wagga.

If a day trip is on the itinerary, hop in the car and head to the Jugiong Wine Cellar for an even wider selection to delight viticulture fans of any kind.

Although, at the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with breakfast in bed and a well thought-out card.

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