Things to do in Murray Bridge: August 13-19, 2021

SALA Festival events, the Federation Ultra trail run, a show society fundraiser, Karoonda's sheep sale and more.

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Anita Millsteed, Sue Foster and Di Dawson are among the artists exhibiting at Murray Bridge Marketplace as part of the SALA Festival. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

The 2021 SALA Festival runs right through August, but will kick into high gear in the Murraylands this weekend.

Bridge Arts will return to Murray Bridge Marketplace with Reflections, an exhibition of paintings, ceramics and other works which will get an official opening at 5pm on Friday.

On Saturday, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery staff will lead a guided walking tour of central Murray Bridge, pointing out the many public artworks you might not have noticed dotted around the place.

An exhibition at Tailem Bend's Coorong Gallery, A Moment in Time, had its opening postponed due to COVID-19, but is now on show as well.

Bridge Arts’ Di Dawson said it was good for artists like herself to show their work and connect with others, particularly when they so often created in solitude.

“Normally I start things and don’t finish them, but during COVID I’ve been able to sit there and potter away,” she said.

“What better way to spend your time?”

Friday ⛅ 19°

Reflections opening event: 5-7.30pm at Murray Bridge Marketplace. Bridge Arts exhibition by 15 local artists from various disciplines, continues until August 22.

Christmas in July: From 5.50pm at Murray Bridge Golf Club. Christmas roast and pudding, meat raffles, novelty giveaways, live music by the Jets Trio. Bookings essential: 8531 1388.

Jordan Holmes: 6-10pm at the Bridgeport Hotel, Murray Bridge. Live music.

Saturday ⛅ 20°

River Murray football and netball: Mannum v Mypolonga at Mannum Oval; Imperials v Tailem Bend at Johnstone Park, Murray Bridge; Meningie v Ramblers at Meningie Oval.

Federation Ultra Trail: From 7.30am at the Monarto Sporting Complex. 50-, 25- and 12-kilometre run from Mount Beevor to the Murray Bridge riverfront, via the Lavender Federation Trail and Monarto Safari Park. Register: $30 for 12km, $90 for 50km at; 25km sold out.

Murray Bridge public art walk: 10am-12pm, starting at Murray Bridge Regional Gallery. Discover the many sculptures and murals around the CBD and riverfront through a four-kilometre walk. Bookings essential: or 0417 636 775.

Noel and Karen Kneebone: 5-9pm at the Bridgeport Hotel, Murray Bridge. Live music.

Glitz and glamour fundraising dinner: 6.30pm at the Bridgeport Hotel, Murray Bridge. Two-course meal plus live music, auction, raffles and prizes, in aid of the Murray Bridge Show Society. Tickets: $65 from Gwen 0429 321 468 or Jill 0429 189 620.

Night and Day cabaret session: 6.30pm at Green Wall Studio, 24A Joseph Street, Murray Bridge. Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gilbert and Sullivan and Andrew Lloyd Webber songs presented by local performers. Tickets: From $12.50 at

Sunday ⛅ 21°

Hannah and Chris: 2-6pm at the Bridgeport Hotel, Murray Bridge. Live music.

Monday ⛅ 18°

Jordan Holmes: 5-9pm at the Bridgeport Hotel, Murray Bridge. Live music.

Tuesday ⛅ 17°

Jordan Holmes: 5-9pm at the Bridgeport Hotel, Murray Bridge. Live music.

Wednesday ⛅ 18°

Murray Bridge council grants information session: 12-1pm in the upstairs meeting room at Murray Bridge Town Hall. Learn about the council’s community, environmental and climate change grant program. RSVP: Simone Zrna, 8539 1182 or, by Monday.

Karoonda sheep sale: From 1pm at Karoonda saleyards. Sale of 5000 young and breeding ewes, the first in the town for 13 years.

Jordan Holmes: 5-9pm at the Bridgeport Hotel, Murray Bridge. Live music.


88 Keys: a tribute to the piano greats: 11am at Murray Bridge Town Hall. Will Metzer and his five-piece band present songs by Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Peter Allen and more. Tickets: $20 at

Life stories with Peri: 2-4pm at Murray Bridge Community Centre, 18 Beatty Terrace. Put your achievements, memories or experiences into words with Murray Bridge News journalist Peri Strathearn.

Summerland: 5.30pm at Murray Bridge Library. Thursday night movie about a reclusive writer whose life is turned upside down when an evacuee from World War II’s London blitz is left in her care.

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