Things to do in Murray Bridge: September 3-9, 2021

The Bend Classic returns, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert debuts and Father's Day activities abound.

Three-time Supercars champion Craig Lowndes will be among the drawcards at The Bend Classic, a celebration of classic motor racing, this weekend.

Lowndes will get behind the wheel of a Dallara D189, a 30-year-old Formula One car, one of more than 140 cars expected to take to the track at The Bend Motorsport Park for some old-school racing.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.

“It’s a great opportunity and a fantastic honour to drive the cars I grew up watching at the Adelaide Grand Prix back in the day, and to drive them at a circuit like the Bend is even better.”

Spectators can expect to see everything from a 1919 Dodge Special to an S5000 open-wheel racer and a Lamborghini Huracan, plus plenty of non-racing entertainment on and off the track.

Tickets are 10 bucks – see below.

The musical version of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert will have its South Australian amateur premiere at Murray Bridge Town Hall on Friday night. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Friday ☂ 17°

Friday night bowling: 4-5.30pm at Bridge Bowl. Celebrate Father’s Day with two games of 10-pin bowling as a family, courtesy of Communities for Children Murraylands. Bookings essential: Tina 0421 102 276.

Priscilla: Queen of the Desert: SOLD OUT.

Saturday ☂ 16°

River Murray football and netball: Finals at Meningie.

The Bend Classic: 9am-4pm at The Bend Motorsport Park. Celebrate classic, iconic and modern racing culture with a super sprint competition, historic displays, track cruises, hot laps, rock’n’roll revival, vintage machinery and exhibits. Tickets: $10 at thebend.rezdy.com.

Volunteer weeding day at Frahns Farm: 9.30am-3.30pm at Frahns Farm, Monarto. Revisit Bio-R's plantings and pull weeds that are in competition with native plants, bring your own weeding tools. Register: events.humanitix.com.

Preschool passion project: 10-11.30am at Murray Bridge Library. Explore sensory science sensations, mathematical magic, artistic avenues and musical masterpieces with your preschooler. Book: Search for Play with a Purpose Australia on Facebook or call Tina on 0467 096 402.

Murray Bridge Bowling Club opening day: From 12.30pm at Murray Bridge Bowling Club. Open gender drawn fours or triples in casual clothes, prizes, sausage sizzle.

Joe Amputch: 6-10pm at the Bridgeport Hotel, Murray Bridge. Live music.

Priscilla: Queen of the Desert: SOLD OUT.

Sunday – Father’s Day ☂ 16°

River Murray football and netball: Finals at Jervois.

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

The Bend Classic: 9am-4pm at The Bend Motorsport Park. See Saturday.

Mannum Riverside Markets: 9am-2.30pm at Arnold Park.

Father’s Day at Monarto Safari Park: 9.30am-5pm at Monarto Safari Park. Free Melba’s chocolates on arrival. Admission: $39/28/21 at www.monartosafari.com.au/tickets.

Winter race day: 10.30am-5pm at Murray Bridge Racing Club. Bring the family to the horse races and enjoy a day out with Dad, free schooner of beer or soft drink for all fathers. Admission: From $16.83 at www.moshtix.com.au.

Acoustic Highway: 1-5pm at the Bridgeport Hotel, Murray Bridge. Live music.

Priscilla: Queen of the Desert: 2pm at Murray Bridge Town Hall. Murray Bridge Players and Singers production of the musical about two drag queens, a transgender woman and their journey through the Australian outback. Tickets: $40/35 at mbplayersandsingers.com.au/book-tickets.

Monday ⛅ 18°

Women in Business Regional Network Murray Bridge lunch: 12.30-3pm at the Bridgeport Hotel. Learn how to use Google tools to improve your digital marketing with Helen Sampson of Jagged Crow Creative. Tickets: From $16.91 at www.eventbrite.com.au.

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

Tuesday ⛅ 18°

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

Wednesday ☀ 24°

Bark painting: 4-5pm at Murray Bridge Library. Creative Kids craft activity for ages 5-12. Bookings essential: 8539 1175.

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

Thursday ⛅ 25°

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.

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


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