Centenary of Griffith

2016 Centenary Calendar of Events

  1. July

    Meet the Griffins
    1 July - 30 September

    An exhibition of the lives and work of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney Griffin. The couple’s winning entry for the design of Australia’s capital took them from their native Chicago to Australia where they made their home for 20 years. During this time WB Griffin was commissioned to design the new towns of Griffith and Leeton. Meet the Griffins showcases unique material on loan from the National Library of Australia. The exhibition, on show from 1 July until 30 September, will be launched at Griffith City Library at 7pm by world authority, James Weirick (UNSW), The University of Western Australia. Refreshments will be served. Contact: Library 6962 8300

    Grounded in Griffith - Exhibition
    23 July - 7 August

    Grounded in Griffith is an exploration into some of the unique stories of local families by primary school students. The exhibition celebrates the centenary of Griffith as a culturally diverse community in a unique environment. Opens Friday 8 July at Griffith Regional Art Gallery, closes Sunday 7 August. Contact: Gallery 6962 8338

    Gallery hours extended during the Centenary weekend (4-7 August) open 10am-5pm.



  2. August 4 

    Official Birthday Celebrations - 100 TODAY!
    Happy Birthday Griffith! Enjoy a nostalgic morning in the theatre in the presence of His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley, Governor of New South Wales, and Mrs Hurley. The 100 year celebrations will acknowledge our pioneers and reminisce about days gone by. You will enjoy a historical screening, music and entertainment, we will conclude with a light lunch in the foyer, catering by Griffith CWA and Bertoldo's birthday cake.
    $10 Tickets, (People 90 years or older are free, but require a ticket for catering and seating purposes).

    Start time 11am at Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place
    Tickets/RSVP: griffithregionaltheatre.com.au  or  T 6962 8444

    If people wish to register someone 90 years plus to receive an official invitation, please email their name and postal address to visitgriffith@griffith.com.au and an invitation will be posted out. Please note you do not need an invitation in order to arrange a ticket to attend this event.

    City Highlights Tour

    Jump onboard the bus and see first-hand the growth of the City and learn more about the recent multi-million dollar investments and planning developments with Manager Tourism and Economic Development Greg Lawrence. Local historian, John Robinson will also be onboard to provide historical facts and stories. The tour includes a tasting stop at Riverina Grove.

    Departs from the Theatre at 2pm. Cost $15pp. Book your seat at the Griffith Visitor Information Centre 1800 681 141. Returns to Theatre at 4.30pm.

    Tree Planting Ceremony with the Governor of New South Wales

    The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), Governor of NSW will officially open Griffith Centenary Walk with a ceremonial tree planting at IOOF Park, Kookora Street, from 2.30pm-3pm.

    Heritage Train Rides - the Tin Hare returns to Griffith 4-7 August

     Sit back, relax and take in the scenery in style aboard the Tin Hare - an authentic Motor Rail Heritage train from Lachlan Valley Rail. Operating various short shuttles to Yenda and Tharbogang, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, tickets start from $15. For a longer ride, why not book a seat on the dinner train to Leeton, with a fabulous boxed-dinner from O'Donnell's, train departs Griffith station at 6.30pm and returns at 8.40pm. Or take the lunch train to Ardlethan on Sunday for a lovely day out in the country, with lunch at the new Ardlethan Bowling Club.  There is also a return day trip from Narrandera, stopping at Leeton to Griffith on Saturday to encourage our neighbouring towns to share our Saturday festivities. Various tickets prices. Timetable and Online Bookings  . Or purchase from the Visitor Centre - 1800 681 141, corner Banna and Jondaryan Avenues.

    Grounded in Griffith Celebration - join the Gallery team on Thursday evening from 6pm, with a special viewing of the Grounded in Griffith exhibition. This is a lovely collection of pioneering stories and memories as captured by local primary school students and illustrated through mixed media. Canapes and refreshments will be served. Griffith Regional Art Gallery, 167 Banna Avenue.

    The Griffith Collection - Griffith Central and Griffith Genealogical & Historical Society will display historical photographs from The Griffith Collection in the Griffith Central Shopping Centre on the first 3 weekends of August; 3rd to 7th, 10th to 14th and 17th to 21st August, Wednesday to Sunday mornings from 10 am, and on Saturday afternoons. Griffith Central, 10-12 Yambil Street, Griffith. 


  3. August 5

    Friday Regional Tour

    Tour the regions largest winery, Casella Family Brands (home of Yellow Tail wines) and Australian Beer Company, followed by BBQ lunch and tour at Catania Fruit Salad Farm. Tour departs from the Visitor Centre at

    9am and returns at 3.30pm.

    Heritage Train - shuttle rides to Yenda and Tharbogang www.lvr.comau

    Launch of the Centenary Sculptures

    Seven hand-crafted granite sculptures will be officially launched. A gift to the City of Griffith, through the generous support of many businesses, organisations and local families. Admire the sculptures and enjoy the fun and festivities with live music, entertainment, various food stalls and a fabulous fireworks display. $ Free, food available to purchase

    5.30pm IOOF Park, Centenary Walk, Kookora Street, Griffith
    Major Sponsors: Flavourtech, Steggles, De Bortoli Wines, Casella Family Brands, JJA McWilliam, Doms Motors, Owen Toyota, Keith Gill Motors, Leo Franco Motors, GMG, Pinnacle HPC, David Bartter, Lions Club of Griffith, Rotary Club (Griffith East, Griffith, Griffith Avanti), Ron Dalla, Keith McWilliam, J Scremin, Griffith Bricks & Pavers, Dale McCleary, My Credit Union

    Divine Miss Bette Stage Show

    Bawdy, brash and just as fabulous as the original, the Divine Miss Bette is your chance to take a trip down Midler Lane when Catherine Alcorn returns to channel one of the greatest artists of our time. A Musical featuring a sizzling hot 7 piece band, choreography and a fabulous repertoire.
    $40 Tickets (advance tickets $25 ends 29 July @5pm)

    7.30pm Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Place Bookings: griffithregionaltheatre.com.au T 02 6962 8444

  4. August 6

    Steggles 2016 Street Party & Parade

    Griffith will bring back the ‘good old days’ when residents and visitors take to Banna Avenue in the biggest street party and parade the city has ever seen! The Steggles 2016 Street Party and Parade will be vibrant and exciting and will include decorated floats, vintage cars and machinery, marching bands and plenty of entertainment. Join us after the parade for the incredible street party which features entertainment on the Casella Family Brands Stage including local acts as well as Australian music sensation Adam Harvey, and up and coming group Lepers and Crooks. Explore the market stalls, children’s activities, delicious local food & much more... From 9am onwards T 6962 8400
    Proudly supported by: Steggles, Griffith City Council, Casella Family Brands, Griffith Musicians Club, Capello Rowe, Griffith Ex-Servicemen’s Club, McWilliams Wines and Westpac Griffith

    Heritage Train from Narrandera & Leeton to Griffith

    Departs Narrandera at 8.05am, Leeton at 8.40am and arrives in Griffith at 9.30am in time for the commencement of the Street Parade and festivities. Departs Griffith at 4pm, returning to Leeton at 5.05pm and Narrandera at 5.50pm. 

    Heritage Train Shuttle to Yenda, departs Griffith at 12.15pm and at 1.25pm. Adults $20 and Children $15. www.lvr.com.au

    Official Birthday Dinner - Griffith on a Plate

    A Black Tie gala event you don’t want to miss. The four-course dinner features fabulous local produce, wine and entertainment. Reunite with old friends and party into the night with local band Painted Desert.
    $150 Ticket 6.30pm Griffith Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Jondaryan Ave Tickets can be purchased at the Griffith Visitor Centre T 1800 681 141. (Bookings close Tuesday 2 August).

  5. August 7

    Sunday Regional Tour

    Departs the Visitor Centre at 9am and heads south of Griffith to Southern Cotton, for a tour of the state-of-the-art ginning facility at Whitton. Lunch and walk at the beautiful Careri garden, 'Rosewood on Stokes', followed by a visit and tour of McWilliam's Wines, the first winery in the region. Return to the Visitor Centre at 3pm.

    Heritage Train to Ardlethan with a lunch stop at the new Ardlethan Bowling Club a lovely outing in the country. Departs Griffith at 10.30am and returns at 5pm. Tickets/bookings Adults $85, Children $55 www.lvr.com.au or pop into the Visitor Centre T 1800 681 141.

    Centenary Exhibition at Pioneer Park Museum

    Spend a day at the Museum learning about our early history. You’ll enjoy the 1800's walking exhibits, Bagtown exhibition, the arrival of water to Griffith, recollections from pioneering families and 100 years of Griffith local sporting memorabilia! Plus a photographic exhibition, music by the MUGS Murrumbidgee Ukulele Group, Museums Australia nationally recognised textiles and clothing exhibitions - Pastega Boys and Hilda Smith, felting and spinning demonstrations, & more than 40 buildings to explore!
    Entry $10 adults, $8 concession, $ children FREE 9.30am-4pm T 6962 4196 Griffith Pioneer Park Museum, Remembrance Drive 

  6. August 4 - 7

    Lachlan Valley Rail Heritage Train Rides 4-7 August

    All aboard the Motor Rail Heritage Train. Operating various shuttles, dinner train, lunch train and a return day trip from Narrandera to Griffith on Saturday to enjoy the street parade and festivities.
    Various ticket prices. Timetable and Online Bookings   You can also purchase tickets in person at the Visitor Centre - (available from Tuesday 5 July). T 1800 681 141 Griffith Visitor Centre, cnr Banna & Jondaryan Avenues

    August 4, 5 & 7

    Guided Coach Tours

    Join a tour & explore our great City and region.
    4 August City Highlights Tour $15pp
    5 August Regional Tour, tour the regions largest winery Casella Family Brands, (home of Yellow Tail Wines) and Australian Beer Company, lunch & tour at Catania Fruit Salad Farm* $40pp
    7 August Tour of Southern Cotton, lunch at Careri’s garden, McWilliam’s Winery visit & tasting* $40pp

    Supported by MIA Coaches. Limited numbers.
    Bookings essential. Griffith Visitor Centre T 1800 681 141 *closed shoes required

  7. September

    • Saturday 10 September - Griffith Cup Race Day
    • Saturday 10 September - Local Government Elections



  8. October

    October - Taste Riverina  - a fantastic festival which showcases our local produce, wine and beer with events throughout October

    Saturday 1 - Monday 3 October - Cycling Australia Masters Road National Championships

    Saturday 1 - Monday 3 October - Yenda Centenary

    Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 October - unWINEd Riverina Wine & Food festival

    Sunday 9 - Saturday 22 October - Real Juice Company Citrus Sculptures

    Friday 14 - Monday 17 October - Festival of Gardens

    Saturday 15 October - Griffith Multicultural Fesitval

    Monday 24 October - Friday 28 October - Veteran Golf Week

  9. November

    • Friday 11 November Remembrance Day


  10. December

    • Sunday 11 December - Carols by Candlelight, a lovely family night, singing and fireworks @ Exies Oval
    • Saturday December 31 - New Year's Eve Celebration and fireworks display.