The eyes of the world are upon us as the Tour Down Under race cycles its way through our hills, valleys and beaches – and we’re putting on a bit of a show with plenty of events in Adelaide. Don’t worry if you’re not the sporting type, there are plenty of booze-ups and family friendly outings.
1. The Pontoon Summer Series
The Pontoon has been dusted off and is back and better looking than it has been all winter – huzzah. The swans have backed off and instead it’s being filled with the taste, smell, sound and sight of all things South Australian including live music, food, beer, wine and cider. It’s got a whole lot going on throughout January to February including movie nights, live and local acoustic sets and Cool Jazz, Hot Nights.
3 January – 4 February. Tuesday to Sunday, various times. Torrens Riverbank, Elder Park. FREE
2. Feel Good Fridays at Newenham – CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Kick your working day blues to the kerb and head for the hills this Friday night for the Feel Good Fridays twilight sessions. Run in collaboration with the Adelaide Hills Farmers Market, it’s the perfect way to unwind with a drink and a boogie. There’ll be plenty of artisan stalls for you to peruse, delicious local food and drinks on offer and some fantastic live music that’ll soothe your soul after a busy week at work. It’s family friendly too with face painting and kids’ activities to keep the little ones occupied.
Friday 19 January (CANCELLED) – Next event February 16/ March 16, 5pm to 8.30pm. Newenham, 164 Flaxley Road, Mount Barker. FREE
3. Labels Style Market
Plant 4 Bowden throws open the doors for Adelaide fashion mavens to get their shop on with Labels Style Market this Sunday. Over 70 stalls will be offering men’s and women’s accessories, home decor and beauty products, alongside the usual food and drink suspects. Preloved designer, high fashion and local boutiques join forces to offer a little something for everyone.
Sunday 21 January. 10am to 4pm. Plant 4 Bowden, 5 Third Street, Bowden. FREE
4. Santos Tour Down Under
Australia’s greatest cycling race is well under way. If you’re heading down to the village this weekend you can expect plenty of fun for the whole family, festival goer and avid cycling fan. We’re talking bike tech, apparel and gadgetry exhibitors, free yoga and pilates classes, signing and Q and A session, a blow-up obstacle course, a cooking class with Gas and Simon Bryant, and much, much more. This weekend’s stages for the races are: The Parade finishing Greenhill Road, Uraidla, McLaren Vale finishing Brookman Road, Willunga Hill, and King William Street on the final day.
Friday 19 to Sunday 21 January. 11:30am to 7pm. FREE
5. Sundown / 03
Meet, taste, drink and buy a range of Australian wines for a delicious Sundown party at west end café and bar Peter Rabbit. Satisfy your Sunday arvo cravings with labels including Whistler, LS Merchants, VHS (Samuel Smith, the renegade winemaker featured in Fritz) Two Tonne Tasmania and others. Cultivar Viños’ selection of natural Chilean wine will be showcased, and these babies come from vineyards dating back 250 years. It’s organised by the Fruitful Pursuit crew so you know it’ll be good.
Sunday 21 January. 5pm to 10pm. Corner of Liverpool and Hindley Street. Tasting tickets $35. Free to public after 7pm
6. Glenelg Street Party
As part of the Tour Down Under celebrations, Jetty Road is keeping all stores, cafes and restaurants open late for a warm evening street party. Expect live music, roaming entertainment, awesome pop-up bars, delicious street food, fun kid’s activities and a fresh summer fashion parade. The day is a stunning 36˚C and will be cooling down for a beautiful summer night spent by the beach.
Wednesday 16 January. 5pm. Jetty Road, Glenelg. FREE
7. Beresford Lavish Lawns
Do you like live music, gin and tonics, freshly shucked oysters and gourmet dessert? You’re in luck then, as Beresford Wines is hosting a lavish soiree featuring all of the above, and then some. You can sup beautiful Beresford wines in McLaren Vale vineyards after catching the Tour Down Under action, with Vale Brewing and Renmark’s 23rd Street Distillery providing the beers and cocktails.
Saturday 20 January. 12pm to 8pm. 252 Blewitt Springs Road, McLaren Flat. FREE
8. Moonlight Cinema – Advanced Screening of Sweet Country
This film promises to be an incredible story of heartbreak and racism in early Australian history. Inspired by real events, Sweet Country faces some hard and brutal truths of colonial Australia. Catch it at Moonlight Cinema, and let the smells and sounds of Botanic Park wash over you for a fully immersive experience. Bring a rug, a blanket and plenty of tissues.
Sunday 21 January. 8:30pm. Botanic Park, via Plane Tree Drive. Tickets: $14.50 – $19
9. Schutzenfest Adelaide 2018
Calling all beer and Bratwurst lovers: Adelaide’s favourite German festival is back and it’s ready to cause some havoc. The weekend will be packed with plenty of German entertainment, including dancers, bands and the Accordion Group. Get into the rhythms of Black Sorrows on the Friday night, or sign up for the arm wrestling match on the Saturday. The bar will be stocked with imported German beer, wine, schnapps, and food (including everything from schnitzels to pretzels to Currywurst).
Friday 19 to Saturday 20 January. 4pm (Fri) and 12pm (Sat) until late. The German Club, Flinders St. Tickets: $20-$40
10. Bedford Noodle Markets
Peter Lehmann wines is celebrating Australia’s vibrant Asian food culture with a series of outdoor markets. In the warm Barossa evenings live music and entertainment will keep the whole family occupied, while the iconic Bedford trucks deliver cheap Asian inspired eats. All dishes are $12 and under. With parking available onsite, all you’ll need to do is pack a picnic rug and sit back and enjoy the evening’s entertainment with a slurp of Peter Lehmann wine.
Friday 19 January. 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Peter Lehmann Wines, Para Road, Tanunda. FREE
Words: Kirstie Forbes & Georgia Lake