Prise the slippers from your tootsies and celebrate the arrival of this winter’s solstice with the weekend events. Wade through beer and wine tastings of cosmic proportions and enjoy a deliciously sensory dining experience for a cause.
Dinner in the Dark
Sit down for a culinary wine experience like no other, raising money for South Australian children who are blind, deaf or sensory impaired. Essentially, you’ll be eating dinner in the dark, because in supressing our sight, other less-dominant senses can be enhanced and intensified. Be prepared to smell, hear and taste like you never have before. Who thought a blind date could be so enjoyable? Each table will be hosted by a local winemaker, matching a delicious four-course degustation menu with sumptuous South Australian wines.
Friday 15 June, 6.30pm to 11.30pm. National Wine Centre, Corner of Botanic Road & Hackney Road, Adelaide. Tickets $180
Winter Solstice Cellar Door
Missing daylight savings? Come and celebrate the winter solstice – the shortest day and longest night of winter – with a night out in the city. After all, it’s all good news up to summer from here, folks. Keep warm with a drop from one of 15 South Australian wineries and pair it with some seriously tasty forkfuls from the five local food producers on site.
Friday 15 June, 5pm to 8pm. the former Royal Adelaide Hospital foyer, North Terrace, Adelaide. FREE
Neo Teen Party at the Gallery
Le Freak C’est Chic! A teen takeover at the Art Gallery of South Australia will transport beret-toting youngsters aged 13-17 to Paris for the night. Live music, local artists, karaoke, dance and creative labs come together for a free night surrounded by revolutionary Impressionists from the Musée d’Orsay.
Saturday 16 June, 6pm to 8.30pm. Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide. FREE
Greyhound Foster Day
Sadly, the life of a racing greyhound is much like Groundhog Day for dogs (Hound-dog Day). Break the cycle and take these lovable pooches for a six-week foster program to prepare them for their forever-homes, or simply come and learn about the process. If you fall in love, you can adopt them yourself, too.
Saturday 16 June, 1pm to 3pm. Greyhound Racing South Australia, 55 Cardigan Street, Adelaide. FREE
Watercolour Wreath Workshop
Learn all about watercolour illustration in a wine-fuelled night of painted florals led by Adelaide watercolour-guru Simela Petridis. Come along with nothing but your favourite paintbrush, and leave feeling confident in your techniques and ability to create gorgeous, unique designs. You might even finish the night with a few new friends.
Saturday 16 June, 10.30am to 1.30pm. WOTSO Workspace Adelaide, 217-219 Flinders Street, Adelaide. Tickets $85
A chilly winter’s night out at the cabaret doesn’t quite feel complete without a bite to eat and a sip of something to take the edge off the chill. So before you head off to a show, stop off at the Winter Garden to sip mulled wine by the fire, listen to live Jazz with a spicy hot chocolate, and fill your belly with incredible street food from some of your favourite vendor’s. Happy hour is at 5.30pm but the cosy winter vibes continue ‘til late.
Saturday 16 June, 3pm to 10.45pm. Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Street, Adelaide. FREE
Partner just popped the question? Friend in need of some advice for her dress? Or perhaps you simply have a long-held love affair with ‘the big day’. This is your weekend to indulge in billowing white satin and tall tiers of frosted sponge cake. Be inspired by stylist’s table settings and floral arrangements, taste from extensive wine lists and mouth-watering menus. Explore the grand ballroom with ocean views and peruse the best wedding suppliers in the business. Go on, let your inner bridezilla roar with glee (you know you want to).
Sunday 17 June, 11am to 4pm. Stamford Grand Hotel, 2 Jetty Road, Glenelg. FREE
Mountain Run Challenge
Looking for a work out challenge, but don’t feel like spending you Sunday morning at the gym? Head for the hills and have a crack at the Burnside Mountain Run. Breath some crisp air into your lungs, explore the picturesque Chamber’s Gully, and let Mother Nature’s steep inclines work your derrière.
Sunday 17 June, 8am to 9am. Langman Reserve, Zenith Ave, Burnside. Tickets $20
Adelaide Boat Show
Enjoy a day out at showgrounds and learn all the helpful tips and tricks on the latest products for recreational boating and fishing, straight from the industry experts. South Australia’s leading boating event is on all weekend, so if you’ve been setting sail and casting a line into the deep blue sea in your daydreams, it’s about time to invest… or at least do some window shopping.
Sunday 17 June, 10am to 5pm. Jubilee Pavilion and Duncan Gallery, Adelaide Showground, Wayville. Adults $10
Beer and Cider Festival
There’s nothing like a few brews to bring back the taste of summer…reminisce those balmy nights this weekend with a Sunday session at the beer a cider festival. A ticket will get you a tasting glass and from there, you can try up to 80 beers and ciders throughout the festival. There’s mouth-watering street food to soak it up, masterclasses for the educationally inclined and live afternoon tunes worthy of a ‘cheers!’
Sunday 17 June, 12pm to 4pm. Arkaba Hotel, 150 Glen Osmond Road, Fullarton. Tickets $35
What awesome events are you beating the cold with this weekend? We love to hear about what you get up to, so let us know what’s good in the comments, below.