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No matter what season, there's always plenty of things to do around the Murray River Lakes & Coorong.

24 Hour Australian International Pedal Prix

2016 is the 31st running of the Australian International Pedal Prix and the 20th 24 hour event in Murray Bridge.

This race is the final Round of the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series and is regarded as the premier HPV endurance race in Australia.

The race is conducted on a 2.06 kilometre circuit around Sturt Reserve situated on the banks of the Murray River.

200 teams, 3,200 competitors and thousands of spectators make Sturt Reserve their home for three days in September.

36 Houseboat moorings immediately adjacent to the track provide an alternative for those not inclined to camping with ample space inside the fully fenced reserve for teams to establish camp.

Known to many South Australians as the Pedal Prix, the annual series of events is designed to develop competitors' teamwork, technological and engineering skills, enterprise and fitness and health.

The UniSA Australian HPV Super Series involves more than 500 teams and draws up to 35,000 spectators to the Murray Bridge 24-hour endurance race.

Please note ticket prices will be advised closer to the event.

This event listing has been provided by the Rural City of Murray Bridge.

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Dates and times: From September 24 to September 25.

All Steamed Up Engine, Blacksmith and Classic Boat Festival

All Steamed Up Engine, Blacksmith and Classic Boat Festival will be held at Mannum.

Join us for this family fun weekend on the banks of the Murray River at Arnold Park and the Mannum Dock Museum.

Highlights include: The largest display of Blacksmith demonstrations in South Australia. Diesel/Steam vintage historical engines operating. Classic cars on display. Mannum Fresh Water Classic Boat Festival. Boat Concourse D 'Elegance. Live entertainment. Food stalls and crafts. Free parking at Mannum Football Oval and shuttle from Mary Ann Reserve to Arnold Park. One hour PS Marion and PS Oscar W cruises.

Explore the exciting interactive display "All Steamed Up" where you become a River Boat Captain and steer along the River Murray. Understand the science of steam power. Learn about sags, snakes and river life; just a few amazing attractions that await you.

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Dates and times: From November 19 to November 20.

Australia Day Races

This race day is a celebration of our great Aussie lifestyle. It's a fantastic place to be on Australia Day! Murray Bridge is an easy 45-minute drive up the freeway from Adelaide. Come and join in the activities or just soak up the track side atmosphere.

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Dates and times: January 26.

Game Obsession Expo at Mannum

The Game Obsession Expo at Mannum is a family friendly event featuring games, hobbies, obsessions and interests. Many are often considered the realm of children but are as equally appealing to all ages.

There will be: Quidditch Matches plus a come and try, Warhammer 40K tournament (hive con), Academy of the Sword Medieval re-enactment, Moat Perrier firing, Southern Wilds Live Action Role Play LAR, Fire Bear Armoury and Whip moto cross displays.

Other attractions include model boats, model trains, cars and model planes, dolls houses and airbrush displays.

There will be live music from Mon Cherie and food stalls.

Watch a sky-diving parachute drop, skateboarding and kite flying. See Lego, Star Wars and Cosplay.

Young children will love rides on Clancy, face painting and balloon clowns. Adults will enjoy an Artisans and food market.

The Game Obsession Expo at Mannum is putting fun back into a family fun day. Whether you are a novice or a serious collector or player in your chosen obsession there will be something for you.

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Dates and times: August 7 (9 AM — 5 PM).

Goolwa Wharf Markets

Goolwa Wharf Markets is held on the first and third Sunday of each month, as well as other special event days. You will find a myriad of goods on offer with around 80 stalls. Whether you just want to look around or to have a cappuccino or maybe a massage, there is something to interest just about everyone.

There are stalls offering bric-a-brac, collectables, plants in profusion, plenty of books both new and old, hand crafted goods, from woodwork and small items of furniture to fabric and knitted items, beautiful decoupage and hand made greeting cards, hats fishing gear,sunglasses and jewellery for the young and not so young. Fresh organic produce is very popular, with growers bringing their goods along, so too are the pickles, jams cakes and pastries. This market is well worth a visit!

This Market is managed by the Rotary Club of Encounter Bay and operates on the first and third Sunday of every month 9am to 3.30pm. Extra markets are held every Sunday in January and Good Friday.

Hand Held exhibition at Murray Bridge

Handheld is an exhibition built to travel and is currently on display at the Murray Bridge Regional Art Gallery.

Commissioned by Country Arts SA, the four pieces have been designed to fit inside a suitcase to enable easy transportation. Each of the artists, Nic Brown, Brad Lay, Lilly Buttrose and Cathy Sarles, explore ideas of home, travel and place. They have all chosen to do so in unique and varied ways.

Brown has gone back to her family home, a farm near Naracoorte, and documented this journey and the sense of place it now invokes for her.

Drawing on the natural environment around both their homes and further afield, Sarles and Buttrose are collectors, picking up bits of the environment and then using them to colour their artworks. Despite their similarities, they each approach home from a different aspect, and ask their audiences to participate in their work, building their own ideas of home.

Lay chooses to turn his attention off-shore, reminding us of our relationship with the ocean, be it a close one borne out of the intimate knowledge that life along the coast can bring, or a distant memory of a place once visited while on holiday.

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Dates and times: From July 4 to July 17.

Mannum Agricultural Show

The Mannum Agricultural Show is the best "little" country show, held on the first Saturday in March each year.

In 2017 this family fun event will be celebrating its 94th year.

We strive to provide a wide range of entertainment to suit all ages, with all the traditional Agricultural Show sections including: Rural Ambassador, Show Persons, sheep shearing, sheaf tossing, cattle, goats, poultry, horses, food and music.

There will be stalls, cookery, scones, fruit cake, crafts, needlework, knitting and crocheting, flowers, art, photos, pets, produce, fruit and vegetables, ute muster, Green and Gold trail and carp throwing.

Supported by the local community.

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Dates and times: March 4 (10 AM — 4 PM).

Mannum Christmas Tree Festival

Come down to the Mannum Leisure Centre on 25 November 2016 from 9am to 4pm to celebrate and be a part of the 2016 Mannum Christmas Tree Festival.

The event is a Mannum tradition for the whole family. Everybody is welcome.

Experience the best in arts and culture without leaving your suburb.

Dates and times: November 25.

Mannum Craft Fair

The annual Mannum Craft Fair is held in the Mannum Leisure Centre.

There will be a huge range of different crafts on display including quilting, woodwork, jewellery, manchester, kids wear and much more.

Dates and times: August 13 (10 AM — 4 PM).

Mannum Riverside Markets

Mannum Riverside Markets is an outdoor market held in Mannum on the first Sunday of the month at Arnold Park near the ferries from 9am till 4pm.

The market has an eclectic mix of over 30 stallholders, showcasing the best that our region has to offer.

You will find delicious food, artisan jewellery, fine local handcrafted items, plants, candles, fresh produce and much more. Come and meet the people who make the products. Enjoy the atmosphere, chat to the locals, watch the buskers and then grab something to eat and relax on the lawns by the river.

The Mannum Riverside Market is proudly brought to you by the Mannum Visitor Information Centre.

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Dates and times: September 4 (9 AM — 4 PM). October 2 (9 AM — 4 PM). November 6 (9 AM — 4 PM). December 4 (9 AM — 4 PM). January 1 (9 AM — 4 PM). February 5 (9 AM — 4 PM). March 5 (9 AM — 4 PM). April 2 (9 AM — 4 PM). May 7 (9 AM — 4 PM). June 4 (9 AM — 4 PM).