Things to do in Murray Bridge: November 5-11, 2021

Your guide to Murray Bridge Marketplace's 10th birthday, a mental health expo, Sufferfest, a business breakfast and much more.

Can you believe it has been 10 years since Murray Bridge Marketplace opened?

The shopping centre development was a bit of a turning point for our city, transforming as it did the quiet RSL bowling greens into a massive shopping complex the equal of any in suburban or regional South Australia.

Yes, there are still a few empty spaces for lease, but between that and the Green we can be sure Murray Bridge's retail needs will be covered for years yet.

Anyway, there'll be celebrations this weekend, with charities and community groups on Friday, retailers on Saturday and family fun on Sunday.

And, as you'll see, an unbelievable number of things are happening elsewhere around the Murraylands this week, too – I count 31 events over the next seven days.

If you know anyone who needs the low-down on what's happening locally, be sure to share this, the most comprehensive local events guide you'll find.

Friday ☀ 31°

Community celebration day: 9am-5pm at Murray Bridge Marketplace. Celebration of local charities and community groups, part of the centre’s 10th birthday celebrations, cake-cutting at 11am.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Expo: 10am-1pm and 1pm-3pm at Murray Bridge Town Hall. Hear from Gotcha 4 Life’s Gus Worland, talk mental fitness with Man Anchor founder Steve Gamble, participate in a mental health Q and A, music, stalls, interactive displays, coffee, cake, giveaways. Register: events.ticketbooth.com.au.

Funeral service for Maggie MacNeill: 10.30am-12pm at Minge Chapel, 63 Swanport Road, Murray Bridge. To be followed by a private cremation.

Barney Rebel: 6-10pm at the Bridgeport Hotel, Murray Bridge. Live music.

Need a COVID vaccination? This van will head out to Tailem Bend for a pop-up clinic on Saturday. Photo: Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network/Facebook.

Saturday ☂ 28°

Murray Bridge Regatta: 8.30am-4.30pm at Murray Bridge Regional Rowing Centre. Club, school and masters rowing regatta, 600 athletes expected, spectator attendence limited to one per athlete, three-mile eights race at 12.45pm.

Super sales day: 9am-5pm at Murray Bridge Marketplace. Retailers showcase their best products, special offers and discounts as part of the centre’s 10th birthday celebrations.

Walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations: 10am-2pm at Tailem Bend Hospital. Pfizer vaccine available to all people aged 12 and over, with no need for an appointment; bring your Medicare card and a bottle of water.

SA Drift Series: 1-9pm at The Bend Motorsport Park. SA's best drifters fight for the championship in the series’ final round, continues Sunday. Tickets: $25/35 for both days at www.eventbrite.com.

Murray Bridge Speedway all sections club show: From 5pm. Wingless sprints, street stocks, formula 500s, modlites, junior sedans, gates open 4pm. Tickets: $20/15/5 at tickets.speedwaytickets.com.au.

Roll Racing Adelaide: 5.30-10.30pm at The Bend Motorsport Park. Admission: $20.

Brad Lee: 6-10pm at the Bridgeport Hotel, Murray Bridge. Live music.

The Not White Tie Dinner: 6pm at Mannum Community Club. Fundraiser to support wellbeing and respectful relationships with comedian the Beautiful Bogan and musician Les Sumner, neat casual dress. Tickets: $30/20 from Mannum Community College and Mannum Community Club.

Anyone with historical ties to the Peake district might be interested to head back for a celebration this Sunday. Photo: Coorong District Council.

Sunday ⛅ 21°

SA Drift Series: 7am-6pmpm at The Bend Motorsport Park. SA’s best drifters fight for the championship in the series’ final round, continued from Saturday. Tickets: $25/35 for both days at www.eventbrite.com.

Murray Bridge Sufferfest: 7.20am-2.30pm at Sturt Reserve. Triathlon race for all ages and abilities, registration 11am-2pm Saturday and from 6.05am Sunday. Register: From $58/40 at www.sufferfesttri.com/murray-bridge.

Cars and Coffee Murray Bridge: 8-10am at the wharf precinct. Social group for car enthusiasts, coffee and food available for purchase.

Mannum Riverside Markets: 9am-2pm at Arnold Park.

Callington Hill spring native grassland walk: From 10am at Callington Hill Grassland Reserve, 2.5km east of Callington on the Old Princes Highway. Wander through the native grassland with botanists Kate Graham and Nicola Barnes; bring a keep cup, water, hat, camera and sense of adventure. Register: www.eventbrite.com.au.

Sunday market and family fun day: 11am-3pm at Murray Bridge Marketplace. Free family entertainment and children's activities including super-sized games, face painting, jumping castle, roaming fairies and more, part of the centre's 10th birthday celebrations.

Jordan Holmes: 2-5pm at the Bridgeport Hotel, Murray Bridge. Live music.

Peake Memorial Hall 60th anniversary: 2-5pm at Peake Memorial Hall. Bring a plate of afternoon tea and any photos or memorabilia, chat, share memories and reminisce, all welcome.

Monday ⛅ 21°

Funeral service for Donna Kurle: 2.30-4pm at the Minge Chapel, 63 Swanport Road, Murray Bridge. To be followed by a private cremation.

National Recycling Week event: 4-5pm at Murray Bridge Community Centre, 18 Beatty Terrace. Come and create using recycled and natural materials, for children aged 5-12. Bookings essential: Contact Karen on 0421 102 276 or at c4c@mbcci.org.au.

Tuesday ⛅ 22°

Funeral service for David Kenneth Wilson: 2-4pm at the Minge Chapel, 63 Swanport Road, Murray Bridge. To be followed by his burial at the Bremer Road cemetery.

Wednesday ⛅ 20°

Business Murray Bridge November breakfast: 6.45-8.30am at the Bridgeport Hotel. Network with your peers and hear a presentation by NBN Australia, an update on Business Murray Bridge and quick introductions to three local businesses over a free cooked breakfast. Register: satickets.com.au.

Daish Irrigation and Fodder race day: From 11.30am at Murray Bridge Racing Club. Horse racing. Tickets: From $10 at www.moshtix.com.au.

An interview with Dr Gill Hicks: 11am-12pm at Murray Bridge Town Hall. The inspirational speaker, author and London terrorist bombing survivor speaks with Murray Bridge Library’s Tim Law. Register: events.ticketbooth.com.au.

Sounds at the Shell: 2.30-4pm at Edwards Square, Murray Bridge. Live music, entrepreneurial stalls, food, proceeds to Beyond Blue, presented by Murray Bridge High School.

Jordan Holmes: 5-8pm at the Bridgeport Hotel, Murray Bridge. Live music.

Thursday (Remembrance Day) ⛅ 21°

Remembrance Day services: 10.45am at the war memorial, Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge; and the war memorial, Railway Terrace, Tailem Bend.

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

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

June Again: 5.30pm at Murray Bridge Library. Thursday night movie about a woman who must bring her estranged children together, save the family business and rekindle an old flame while dealing with dementia. Bookings essential: tinyurl.com/y5zycazg.


Disclosure: The author is a Business Murray Bridge committee member. Barney Rebel is the author’s musical alter ego.

Let Murray Bridge News know about an upcoming event by emailing peri@murraybridge.news. Events will typically be listed if they are free to attend, raising funds for a charitable cause, occupying a public place, or if the organisers have advertised with Murray Bridge News. For-profit events may be listed at Murray Bridge News’ discretion. Event listings are sourced from local councils, Facebook, Ticketbooth, tourist attractions’ websites and other sources.