The weather is heating up and so are the events in Adelaide this weekend. We’ve got street parties, historical tours, science geekery, festivals, picnics and dance offs. You might need to take Monday off to recover…
The Bowerbird Market is nesting in the Adelaide Showgrounds this weekend, brimming with local artists showcasing their high quality design products. Stalls vary from furniture to jewellery, clothing made from organic textiles, and everything in between. This hub of creativity comes in time for Christmas, so you can knock-out your gift shopping and support local artists at the same time. While exploring, enjoy an array of toe-tapping sounds and feast on a selection of tasty morsels. Workshops will also be running for those wanting to get hands-on. Don’t forget to grab some cash out, as not everyone will have card facilities.
Friday 24 November 4pm to 9pm and Saturday 25 November to Sunday 26 November from 10am to 5pm. Adelaide Showgrounds, Wayville. Adults $5, kids get in FREE.
Imagine all the good times that have gone down in Glenelg. Well, they’ve been captured and they’re up on the walls of the Bay Discovery Centre. The Beach Republic Exhibition features work by last year’s National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist, Alex Frayne, who says that the Bay is a proud place, ‘Steeped in a fascinating kind of romanticism’. Check out Holdfast Bay from Alex’s eyes, and walk away feeling lucky to have Glenelg as our main metro beach.
Saturday 23 November to Sunday 11 February, 10am to 4pm. Bay Discovery Centre, Moseley Square. Details here.
Clare Readers & Writers Festival
This annual Readers & Writers Festival brings together authors and budding Shakespeares. The days will be full of panel discussions, but for those wanting to dip their toes in the non-fiction pool there will be a short workshop to get you inspired. Listen to conversations with literary agents, authors and journalists, attend workshops and meet incredible wordsmiths during the book signings. Did we mention there’ll be wine? Saturday 25 November to Sunday 26 November, 8.30am to 4pm. 229 Main North Road, Clare. Tickets from $75.
Spring into Willunga – Street Party
Who doesn’t love a street party? We say any excuse to showcase the food, wine and art from the Fleurieu is a good one. Imagine a dash of live music, a sprinkle of roving entertainment, picnics and market stalls: all scattered through Main Street which will be closed to traffic for the day. Lined with long tables from the street’s shops and cafes there will be face-painting and free entertainment for the kids and the atmosphere should be buzzing.
Saturday 25 November, 10:30am to 3.30pm. High Street, Willunga. Find out more here.
Glenelg Street Party
If Willunga is a bit too far away but you still want to immerse yourself in the street party atmosphere, look no further than old mate Glenelg. This one has fashion shows, street food, and circus workshops for the kids. It’s all about soaking up live entertainment and sunset, beachside. There will be pop-up bars and reggae beats from Reggae On, to top it all off.
Saturday 25 November, 5pm to 11pm. Moseley Square, Glenelg.
For well over a century, the performance of Messiah has been an integral and elaborate part of the way many choose to celebrate Christmas. Presented by the Adelaide Chamber Singers, this rendition of George Frideric Handel’s masterpiece is sure to impress. Echoing through the walls of St Peter’s Cathedral, a perennial classic and intimate showcase like this is worth catching. They’ll be accompanied by some of Adelaide’s finest Baroque musicians, including Australian Baroque violinist Lucinda Moon.
Saturday 25 at 8pm & Sunday 26 November, 2.30pm. St Peter’s Cathedral, 2 King William Road, North Adelaide. Tickets from $36.
Feast Festival Picnic In The Park
A sunny day enjoying good times with good people… isn’t that what weekends are all about? Feast is Adelaide’s queer arts and cultural festival, and every year they put on a show worth tagging along to. There will be a Tug of Peace that you can test your strength in, live music and novelty races. Hit107 DJs and DJ Lush will keep you covered on the groove front.
Sunday 26 November, 11am to 7pm. Pinky Flat, War Memorial Drive Adelaide. Tickets from $10.
Zombie Queen Party
If you love a good zine swap or are a part of the Adelaide art world, you’ve probably heard of Zombie Queen. ZQ is an art and consulting team, but also a huge supportive network for women of colour and the queer community. They’re throwing a belated third birthday bash with lots (and lots) of dancing guaranteed. Give $5 at the door upon entry, or pay what you can by donation online.
Friday 24 November, 7pm to 2am. Chateau Apollo, 4 Frome Street, Adelaide. Find out more here.
Whether you know it or not, 2017 has been a crazy year for scientific discoveries. Here’s your chance to attend a night filled with brilliant scientists giving the low-down on it all. You better take a sip of water if you think this one’s going to be dry. Host Dr Joel Gilmore moonlights as an oh-so-witty comedian. If you’re ready to ask the real questions like, ‘How do we get Wang Wang and Funi to get it on?’ then you’re going to need to book quickly before space fills up.
Saturday 25 November, 4pm to 5.30pm. RiAus, 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide. Tickets are $10.
Twilight Walking Tour: Centre of Democracy to Ayers House
Ayers House is more than just a pretty wedding venue – it is also the historical home of one of Australia’s early politicians, Sir Henry Ayers. An SA premier more than five times over, his legacy reverberates to this day. Discover how with Adelaide Tours as they conduct a historical walking tour. Starting from the Centre of Democracy on North Terrace, you’ll stroll down to the Ayers House Museum, stopping at critical sites relevant to the former premier – with enough time to check out the museum at the end.
Thursday 23 November, 5pm to 7pm. Centre of Democracy, Cnr Kintore Avenue and North Terrace, Adelaide. Tickets: Adult $15, Concession $12, Child $8.
Do you know of any great Adelaide events coming up? Let us know in the comments, below.