We’re living up to our 80s moniker of the festival state with these South Australian events set keep to you busy through to the end of Mad March.
Santos Tour Down Under
13 to 21 January
The world-renowned Tour Down Under races into its twentieth year in 2018. Set up trackside and watch the competition unfold in the hills or on the coast. If you’re getting restless on the sidelines, don the Lycra and race with fellow fanatics in the Bupa Challenge Tour. Free to watch, starting from $85 to race. Various locations in Adelaide, Fleurieu Peninsula and Hills.
Unley Gourmet Gala
This food fest takes place on the eve of the Tour Down Under Stage 2 from King William Road to the Barossa on 17 January. Local retailers and restaurants will present food and drink to the masses in a street party setting. There will be fashion parades promoting the best of King William Road’s boutiques, cooking demonstrations, live music, DJs, and roving performers. Free entry.
Adelaide Strikers Vs Hobart Hurricanes
Support the Strikers as they take on the Hurricanes late in the season. By this point of the tournament, all the lads have found their groove, so don’t be surprised if Head and Lehmann send a couple into the second tier. But please, keep your eye on the ball! $20 for adults, $5 for kids. 7.10pm onwards. Adelaide Oval.
Port Lincoln Tunarama Festival
25 to 28 January
Ever wondered about the aerodynamic possibilities of tuna? Answer the riddle by witnessing the Tuna Toss competition this year at Tunarama, a festival celebrating Lincoln’s thriving tuna industry. While you’re there, check out the street parade, live tunes, fireworks, or try out some fresh seafood. Yum!
26 to 28 January
Wine. I’d drink to that. Head to the Adelaide Hills and play it cool over
the three-day program, soaking up reds, whites, and the sun. Socialise with the bigwigs before they go into harvest hibernation. To top it off, enjoy a sprinkle of fine food, art, theatre and dance as you luxuriate
in the rolling vineyards. Ahhh.
Crush: The North Shore Beach Party in the Hills
A beach in the Adelaide Hills? At a beautiful estate, no less. We’re intrigued, too. Glen Ewin Estate transforms their grassy knolls into sandy stretches this Crush Festival by creating their very own beach. There will be pools, inflatable toys, a slip and slide and icy poles to entertain the whole family. Wine tastings and food are also available. If you’re feeling extra fancy you can book a private VIP spa package pool for you and your mates.
Fleurieu Film Festival
9 to 11 February
This three-day event is for film buffs who love to support local talent. It kicks off with a film screening, awards night and fireworks display at Serafino Winery on 9 February (6.30pm, from $30/concession), followed by a screening of finalists at Yankalilla Memorial Oval on 10 February (6.30pm, from $30/concession), and
a filmmakers’ forum at McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Visitors Centre on 11 February (11am, free entry).
ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
15 to 18 February
Adelaide golf fanatics get ready. This event attracts most of the world’s top players. This year’s competition boasts defending champion Ha Na Jang. It all happens at Adelaide’s beautiful Kooyonga Golf Club.
Sealink Kangaroo Island Racing Carnival
15 to 17 February
Spruce up in your most fashionable suit or dress for the annual horse racing carnival, and make the most the entertainment, marquees, platters of local food and wine. $20 for the main race on the 17th. Cygnet River Racecourse.
16 February to 18 March
Adelaide Fringe is a cultural explosion. Take in some of the best local, national and international performers who’ll make you laugh, smile, gasp, or perhaps cry. Alternatively, relax with a bev in The Garden of Unearthly Delights among the fairy-light-hung trees and idiosyncratic characters.
Queen + Adam Lambert
27 to 28 February
This insanely popular muso-mash returns to Adelaide after its sold out 2014 tour. The performers celebrate the 40th anniversary of hits like We Will Rock You. Rock on! Tickets from $173. Adelaide Entertainment Centre. 8:15pm onwards.
1 to 4 March
V8s, M8. It’s the one time of year the CBD is transformed into a racetrack. For car aficionados or anyone who loves a thrill, the event poses the perfect opp. There’ll be plenty of hectic pit changes, clinical overtaking, wars of attrition, sheer speed, and perhaps a few spills. Which racer can stay focused and ace 250 kilometres at high speeds reaching over 200kph? At night, let Robbie Williams entertain you. You’ll have no regrets, angels.
Cellar Door Festival
2 to 4 March
This food and wine fest celebrates its eighth year in 2018 by highlighting emerging South Australian winemaker talent. Expect plenty of tastings from local wineries, breweries and distilleries, long table dining experiences and masterclasses, plus a new, interactive DIY series. Food, Booze + Dancing Shoes presented by South Australian food darling Jessie Spiby kicks off the three-day event. Adelaide Convention Centre, from $28/general admin ticket (under 17 free).
2 to 18 March
Feeling artsy? Dose out on the arts during the warm autumn days and starry nights, whether your fix is theatre, music, dance, or visual art. The festival is also the perfect opp for any wordsmiths out there. Listen to and question your fave authors at the Adelaide Writers’ Week, or observe in awe as Richard Flanagan talks about his new novel First Person. Bound to be fun AF.
9 to 12 March
Every March performers from around the world flock to Botanic Park, along with a caravan of bright colours, calloused guitar playing fingers, turntables, food stalls, enlightening forums, cooking demonstrations, and amazing dance routines. An unmissable chance to absorb fresh sounds and cultural diversity. Starting from $148 for a night pass.
Photos in the marquees, photo finishes. The Adelaide Cup is a public holiday that affords the chance to mingle with Adelaide’s social crème de la crème. With a wineglass in one hand and a betting slip in the other, cheer on the jockeys and the entertainingly-named horses as they burst towards the finish line in pursuit of $400,000. $25 for adults. Gates open at 10am. Morphettville Racecourse.
A Day On The Green Almighty Monster Line-Up
Bring a picnic basket and relax to The Fauves, Tumbleweed and Veruca Salt on the lush green grass at Leconfield Wines, McLaren Vale. Later on, jump along to the likes of Spiderbait and The Living End, even though you’ll be hearing White Noise in your ears for the next few days. Tickets start at around $100. 2pm.
Blenheim Music And Camping Festival
29 to 30 March
Love camping? Also love music? Good news – they’re no longer in competition. Pull up a tent hillside and groove to talented local musos, surrounded by hills, vineyards and likeminded art and music fans. The two-night festival is held on a farm near Clare. Organisers have a ‘no dickhead policy’ so the vibe is relaxed. To complete the feel-good experience, funds go towards admirable causes like art in schools and Cambodian poverty.
Coober Pedy Opal Festival
30 March to 1 April
Get out of the city and head north to support miners and retailers from around the country as they showcase their mighty-fine opals. At the same time, learn about the fascinating industry, enjoy family entertainment and the beauy of the landscape. Celebrate the gem that founded this quirky underground town, just before the mining season kicks off.
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