Things to do in Murray Bridge: October 15-21, 2021

The Gold Cup, Coonalpyn Show, Engaging in Ageing Expo, an Adelaide Symphony Orchestra performance and much more.

There’ll be high culture a-plenty in the Murraylands this week: horse racing, art and classical music.

For a start, Murray Bridge’s biggest annual horse race – the Gold Cup – will be run again at 4.30pm this Friday.

It may have been surpassed in prize money by the Magic Millions, but the cup still has a certain allure.

Victorian group one race winner Begood Toya Mother is one of the horses who will take on a big local contingent, including three runners from John Hickmott and Carrina Riggs, two from Mick Huxtable, Nicole Irwin’s Highly Decorated, Rob Wilkinson’s Master Chum and Stuart Padman’s Debt Collector.

On Sunday, an exhibition opening at Murray Bridge Regional Gallery will transport visitors to the fjords of Norway, courtesy of Adelaide Hills artist Alison Brown.

Then, next Wednesday, a big coup: members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will perform an hour-long concert at Tailem Bend community centre as part of a series of October performances around South Australia.

It might be time to dust off the glad rags.

Learn everything you need to know about getting older at the Engaging in Ageing Expo this Friday. Photo: Coorong District Council/Rural City of Murray Bridge.

Friday ☂ 19°

Engaging in Ageing Expo: 10am-2pm at the Willow Street precinct, Tailem Bend. More than 35 exhibitors, information, interactive displays, presentations, free raffle, speech by Dementia Alliance International co-founder Kate Swaffer, healthy food demonstration, basket weaving workshops, free transport available from Murray Bridge. More information: Kay Stillwell 0409 695 239.

Using Facebook: 10am-12pm at Murray Bridge Library. Tech smart training session for people of all ages and skill levels. Book: 8539 1175.

Gold Cup: 10.30am-5pm at Murray Bridge Racing Club. Tickets: $21.93 at

Funeral service for Dorothy Irene Kirby: 2.30-4pm at Minge Chapel, Murray Bridge. Private cremation to follow.

Emilio Lacar: 6-10pm at the Bridgeport Hotel, Murray Bridge. Live music.


Saturday ☂ 18°

Country by the River: POSTPONED until March 26-27.

Coonalpyn Show: 7.30am-4.30pm at Coonalpyn Showground, Gibbs Street. Stockman’s challenge, live music, farming challenge, politicians’ cake challenge, food stalls, pavilion entries, discovery trail, children’s activities, vintage cars and more.

Murray Bridge Speedway club show: From 5pm at Murray Bridge Speedway. Wingless sprints, street stocks, formula 500s, late models, super sedans, junior sedans, modified sedans, V6 sprints, speedcars. Tickets: $20/15/5 at

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

18-plus cabaret: From 6.30pm at Green Wall Studio, 24A Joseph Street, Murray Bridge. Enjoy a night without the kids, coarse language allowed but no nudity, BYO platters, open bar and canteen. Tickets: From $12.50 at

Roll Racing Adelaide: From 6.30pm at The Bend Motorsport Park. Tickets: $20 at or on the gate.

A section of Round the Sloping Shore of a Bay, one of the works which will feature in an exhibition at Murray Bridge Regional Gallery. Image: Alison Brown.

Sunday ⛅ 22°

Murray Williams Sidecar Cup: From 9am at Murray Bridge Motocross Track, 3761 Old Princes Highway, Rocky Gully. A celebration of sidecars in various classes.

Come and try rowing: 10am-12pm at Murray Bridge Rowing Club, Sturt Reserve. Everyone welcome.

Eddie Edwards and Friends: 11am-4pm at the Imperial Football Club, Murray Bridge. Murray Bridge Country Music Club meeting. Admission: $12/10.

Song of the Fjörd exhibition opening: 2-4pm at Murray Bridge Regional Gallery. A love letter to the longest and deepest of Norway’s fjörds by Nairne-based artist Alison Brown; plus opening of the touring Jam Factory exhibition Concrete: Art Design Architecture, with works by 21 artists. RSVP:

Acoustic Highway: 2-5pm at the Bridgeport Hotel, Murray Bridge. Live music.

Monday ☀ 24°

Women in Business Regional Network lunch: 12.30-3pm at the Bridgeport Hotel, Murray Bridge. Guest speaker Nan Berrett, on making the most of networking. Tickets: $20/15 at

Tuesday ⛅ 29°

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Wednesday ☂ 32°

Kaching: Pokie Nation: 10am at Murray Bridge Community Centre, 18 Beatty Terrace. Screening of an award-winning documentary presented by Relationships Australia, with morning tea and yarning time to follow. RSVP: 8531 1799.

October: 3.30pm at Tailem Bend Community Centre. A free performance of a rich and varied selection of music by members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s string and percussion sections, conducted by Martin Butler. Book:

Pretty good: 4-5pm at Murray Bridge Library. Creative kids craft workshop for ages 5-12. Bookings essential: 8539 1175.

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

Navigating a teenager’s mental health crisis: 6.30-8pm at Murray Bridge High School drama centre. Panel discussion on youth mental health and wellbeing for all community members, free light dinner to follow. Book:

Thursday ☂ 24°

Anne Wills and Peter Goers: 11am at Murray Bridge Town Hall. Radio personality Peter Goers tells a few stories and Gold Logie winner Anne Wills talks about her life on and off the screen. Ticket pre-purchase essential: $20 at

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

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

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