After last week’s chocolate-induced coma, we’re gearing up for a weekend filled with treats of another kind. South Australia serves up quirky cocktails, boutique wines, and events that pack a punch – like roller derby and rock ‘n’ roll nostalgia.
1. The Festival at Basket Range
Celebrate the season’s harvest in Adelaide Hills wine country. The festival features local small-batch, artisan winemakers. Call your crew, coordinate the kids and ready to soak up live sounds, locally-sourced food and wine, and interactive activities to tempt the little tackers. Live music will be served up by the likes of David Blumberg and the Maraby Band, Queen Porter Stomp, Abbey Howlett, Naomi Keyte, Junior Bowles, and Aidan Jazzy Jones.
Saturday 7 April, 12pm to 8pm. Basket Range Oval, Basket Range. Pre-sale Tickets $40/adult, tickets at the gate $50/adult, children under 12 FREE
2. The Ambra Experience
When life gives you lemons, make limoncello. Taste South Aussie local liqueurs from Ambra and try the main squeeze for the night: a zesty Ambra Limoncello Spritz. Tasting bookings are essential, but the Spritz Bar will open to the public from 7:30pm.
Friday 6 April, 6pm to 7:30pm. Ambra Liquers, 43 Phillips Street, Thebarton. FREE
3. Making a Splash
Artist Mark Judd creates oil paintings so realistic they look like photographs. His latest exhibition, Splash, defines the moment an object hits water, in this case fruit and vegetables. He created 17 pieces in his garage (he snaps the image first, then paints it). “My style is photorealistic,” he says. “Drawing the viewer in to appreciate that special moment when the flash went off.” Check them out at The Bridgewater Mill until the end of April.
February to end of April. The Bridgewater Mill, 386 Mount Barker Road, Bridgewater. FREE
Who let the dogs out? A pooch-friendly day of live music, markets and food and wine. Dress your doggo in the pawfect outfit for a chance to win “best dressed” or show off their skills in “best trick” competitions. Bring the kids along for face painting, colouring in or to pat some pups. All dogs on leads, friendly fur-babies only and leave the cats at home. The four-legged friend fest raises funds for RSPCA South Australia and Animal Welfare League SA.
Saturday 7 April, 11am to 4pm. Light Square, City. FREE
5. What Privilege: ‘The Unity Of Oppression’
Experimental art with heart is on show at Nexus Arts this month. The exhibition features five artists from diverse backgrounds who use a mix of acrylics, sculpture and multi-media. The South Australian collaboration is co-led by Ngarrindjeri-Chinese artist Damien Shen (painting, mixed media), Change Media’s artistic director Jen Lyons-Reid (line art, poetry, mixed media) creative producer Carl Kuddell (poetry, mixed media), and emerging artists Emilijia Kasumovic and Jelena Vujnovic. Best of all, it’s free.
The exhibition opens on Thursday 5 April 6pm to 8pm and continues until 18 May. Nexus Arts Gallery, Lion Arts Centre. Corner North Terrace and Morphett Street, city. FREE
6. Sunday SuperBowlz
A Sunday arvo on the bowling green with a glass of red—why not? Join Chain of Ponds winemaker Greg Clack at the Adelaide Bowling Club for lawn bowls, live acoustic music from Banjo Jackson, free face painting, Hare of the Dog market stall and cheese platters from Adelaide Hills’ Udder Delights. Bring your pals and their broods and brush up on your lawn bowls.
Sunday 8 April, 2pm to 5pm. Adelaide Bowling Club, Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town. FREE
When we think of female visual artists, a certain F word comes to mind—fierce. Celebrate Tutti Arts’ unique female perspectives, at this exhibition full to the brim with female empowerment. The official Fierce gallery opening is on Thursday 5 April at 5:30pm, with visual artist Laura Wills as guest speaker.
5 April to 26 April, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Fisher Jeffries, 19 Gouger Street, city. FREE
8. Adelaide Roller Derby
Skating season is back with Mile Die Club and reigning champs The Salty Dolls going head to head. Don’t forget to bring something to sit on and watch as the women get down and derby. There’s off-track entertainment from Juliette Seizure & the Tremor-Dolls and Little Commie Bastards, and plenty of room for little skaters to try out the rink. Get your skates on and get to the showgrounds.
Saturday 7 April, doors open 6pm, first whistle 6:45pm. Adelaide Showground (entry via Rose Terrace), Wayville. Tickets from $12 for adults, $10 for kids and $40 for family passes
9. After Dinner
The State Theatre Company of South Australia takes you on a throwback to the late eighties—a time before on-screen swiping at prospective partners, when a trip to the pub with mates was what the doctor ordered to cure a lonely heart. Andrew Bovell’s hit comedy is an adult-only romp that’ll have you in fits of laughter.
Saturday 7 April to 29 April, 8pm. Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, City. Tickets from $30 to $89.
10. Rock n Roll Rendevous
Fancy a retro rendezvous? Celebrate the rock ‘n’ roll era with a show of muscle cars and chrome-plated classics—you wheel not want to miss this. Ride down to Birdwood to hear Issie Dye and other local rock ‘n’ roll acts perform. Get back to your rock ‘n’ roll roots and frock up in your old fashion faves. With food trucks, dancing, fashion parades, face painting and simulator games, this one’s a winner for all rock ‘n’ rollers.
Sunday 8 April, 10am to 5pm. National Motor Museum, Shannon Street, Birdwood. Tickets $25/adult, $20/concession, children under 15 FREE