Five Ways To Escape Adelaide’s Grand Final Fever

This Saturday, the Adelaide Crows have a chance to relive their last grand final victory – only 19 years later. Cue locals collectively losing their minds and lots of drinking. Caarn’ Crows, you got this. However, if you’re a Port supporter – or footy isn’t your bag – you may be seeking to escape the sea of red, yellow and blue. While the whole of SA stops to watch the big game, it’s your chance to explore, see, eat and drink.


1. Fancy Lunch

While the rest of the state is glued to TV screens and screaming like banshees, it’s time to book yourself into that hard-to-get-into eatery. At the time of writing, Iberia, Magill Estate, Chianti and Gaucho’s all had plenty of free tables. Take a trip out to some of our fine regional dining establishments. Or perhaps visit some usually-rammed eateries for a late brunch – think Mister Sunshine’s, Karma & Crow, Pickle In The Middle and My Kingdom For A Horse. Be aware that most pubs will be showing the game, so pay a visit to small bars with no screens instead. Think Clever Little Tailor, Hains & Co and Five O’clock Somewhere.

Music Festival Semaphore

2. Beach Music

The GF might have The Killers for their half-time show, but this pales in comparison to The Semaphore Music Festival. Held on the glorious Semaphore foreshore from 12pm, with not a single siren sound or scream of “carrrrn crows” to be heard. What could be better than sitting on the beach in a deckchair, drink in hand, listening to the soothing sounds of live music? Not much.

Rummage Markets

3. Markets Galore

Take the rare opportunity of a distracted Adelaide and spend the day searching for hard to find wardrobe staples and books. The Michael Treloar Antiquarian Book Sale is on, where you can find rare books and educational texts. If rare clothes are more your bag, then The Rummage Vintage Market is being held at City East Markets. Here you will find vintage pickers, auctioneers, vintage clothing, shoes, accessories, re-purposed, recycled goods and furniture. Added bonus – right across the road, the German Club is holding Oktoberfest, starting at 6pm.

Hotel by W!ldRice

Image by W!ldRice

4. Performance Spectacular

Hotel is a theatre experience like no other. A part of the OzAsia Festival, Hotel is a two-part performance, which conveniently happens to start at 2pm on Saturday (watch Part 1 on Thursday 28 or Friday 29 September), with the audience returning Saturday night for the finale. It is dangerously close to Adelaide Oval (where they’ll be showing the match, live on screen), but while the crowds are frothing at the mouth watching a red ball, you’ll be watching an amazing theatre performance instead. Why not spend the two-hour break between performances strolling around the Botanic Gardens or the Central Markets? By the time you have to return at 7pm, the crowds would have dissipated.

Open State

5. Game On

Why not go see the future of gaming instead of watching the big game? Situated in Victoria Square as part of Open State Festival, the Virtual Reality Gaming and Entertainment Booths are going to be, well, virtually great. Enter a world of dance-offs, zombie-fighting or make some virtual art – and not a scrap of sport in sight. The Edge VR booths will have a range of VR experiences for you to come and try. Bring your friends and beat each other’s high score or come alone to expand your mind.

What are your grand final plans? Let us know in the comments, below.

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