The October long weekend is jam-packed with a long list of things to do - take advantage of this glorious weather and get out and about.
There's no reason to stay indoors, so take a look through just some of the events on offer this weekend and get out there.
Utes, blueys and burnouts
Deni Ute Muster | Friday and Saturday | Conargo Road, Deniliquin
The Deni Ute Muster is turning 21 and they've brought out a big gun in American country superstar Tim McGraw for the weekend's celebrations. The iconic festival, held just outside Deniliquin in the southern Riverina, honours the humble ute, country life and all things Australia in a mind-bendingly wild yet family-friendly atmosphere. Joining McGraw in the music line-up is Lee Kernaghan, John Williamson, Beccy Cole, Ross Wilson, Travis Collins, Adam Harvey, Sunny Cowgirls, Ben Ransom and plenty more. A 20,000-strong crowd is expected over the weekend, with circlework championships, ute barrel racing, camel rides, Brophy Bros circus, show and shine, carnival rides, lawn mower races and a stack more throughout the days. Tickets - at $289 for adults, $145 for juniors and free for those under 13 - available at deniutemuster.com.au.
Aussie Night Markets | Friday and Saturday, 4pm to 9.30pm | Wagga Showgrounds
Launch into the long weekend with a delectable array of eats to choose from at the Wagga Showground. Two days of food, drinks, dessert, entertainment, rides, games and shopping starts on Friday afternoon and winds up Saturday night. Confirmed food trucks will offer spiral spuds, wood-fired barbecue and burgers, Asian cuisine, seafood, traditional Italian with a modern twist, Canadian loaded fries, wings and classic American. Gold coin entry.
Laugh your heart out
Riverina Comedy Club | Friday, October 4, 7.30pm | Que Bar
Local comedians Heath Scadden, Jade Fitzgerald, Aidan Mungai, David Cunneen and Varun Pushpan open the night before Blake Freeman headlines the October show. Entry $15 online through trybooking.com or $20 at the door.
Wagga Picnic Races | Saturday, October 5 | Murrumbidgee Turf Club from 12pm
Gates to the annual Wagga Picnic Races, raising funds for Country Hope, open at noon and the day just gets better from there. As well as six races, live music fires up from 3.30pm and there's plenty of entertainment for the kids with face painting, jumping castle and plenty more. Fashions on the Field categories include most stylish lady, best dressed man, best dressed couple and future racegoers - primary boy and girl. Courtesy buses will run from the Slocum Street gates to Romano's from 5pm until the the band winds up at 6.30pm. Tickets from $20, available at waggapicnics.com or at the gate.
Cootamundra Rodeo | Saturday, October 5, from 10am |, Cootamundra rodeo grounds
Aspiring cowboys and cowgirls kickstart the Cootamundra Rodeo when the junior events open the day's agenda at 10am. Spectator entry $20 for adults, $20 for children or $50 for a family pass. Camping available at $10 per night, dogs must be on leads, no BYO or glass permitted. Contact Gary Luck 0427 977 456 or Adelle Cropley or 0422 050 347 for more information.
Ride the rails
Sunday, October 6 from 10.30am | Botanic Gardens
The October long weekend twilight run around the Botanic Gardens will have families lapping the Willans Hill miniature railway until 9pm on Sunday. At $2.50 per person per ride, it's the perfect way to wind up a weekend. Get in early for the first loop at 10.30am or take in the gardens by night. Eftpos now available. A barbecue will be run by Ronald McDonald House.
Pedals and pints
Gears and Beers | Sunday, October 6, rides from 7am, festival from 11am | Victory Memorial Gardens
Thousands of cyclists have already signed up for Wagga's Gears and Beers festival. Choose from six cycling events ranging from seven kilometres to the Dirty 130, which covers sealed and unsealed roads in a loop leaving Wagga and taking in Downside, Yathella, Marrar, Coolamon, The Gap and back. The craft beer side of the festival begins at 11am in the Victory Memorial Gardens, with 13 brewers, two wineries, three cider makers and at least 20 food vendors keeping the crowd fed and watered while five local bands do their thing on stage. Festival entry $10, ride entry from $20. See gearsandbeers.org.au for routes and fees.