Laugh and cry with world-class comedy and theatre, or gorge yourself on the ultimate BBQ at this weekend’s events. Resting assured, as the school holidays unleash your ecstatic children thirsty for adventure, you’ll have plenty to keep them entertained. Oh, and we snuck a few extra school holiday events in there, too, for next week so you can start planning the kid’s activites.
1. Chocolate and Fortified Tasting
Start the weekend early with an indulgent nibble of Steven ter Horst chocolate, expertly matched with a sweet nip of fortified from Dutschke Wines. Set amongst the dimly lit chandeliers and rich mahogany of Apothecary 1878, it’s an escape from the bustle of Hindley Street, sure to warm the cockles of your heart.
Thursday 5 July, 7.30pm. Apothecary 1878, 118 Hindley Street, Adelaide. Tickets $35
2. A Night Of Summer Colour
For the last month of Colours of Impressionism, the Art Gallery of South Australia will amp up First Fridays with a wine tasting masterclass, artist-led workshops, and live jazz music transporting you to Paris. Don’t forget to book in advance, so you don’t miss out.
Friday 6 July, 5pm to 9pm. Art Gallery of South Australia, North terrace. FREE
3. Brothers Wreck
Catch this original production for a deep dive into the brilliant exploration of grief, loss and love by Jada Alberts. Impressive script-writing and incredible performances from an all-star indigenous cast will have you at the edge of your seat, tangled up in heartstrings.
Friday 6 July, 8pm to 10pm. Odeon Theatre, 57a Queen Street, Norwood. Tickets from $34
4. Fiona O’Loughlin At Winterfest Opening Night
Kicking off the opening night of this fantastic frosty festival, comedian and reality TV star Fiona O’Loughlin will perform in Hart’s Mill’s spectacular new venue, The Ice Cube. Pop by to peruse markets, slide around the ice rink and sip mulled wine by the fire. Explore the full program to fry an egg on the slippery dip with Peter Combe, join workshops, and enjoy incredible gourmet experiences.
Friday 6 July, 8.30pm to 10pm. Hart’s Mill, Mundy Street, Port Adelaide. 18+ Tickets $35
5. NAIDOC Week Celebrations At The Adelaide Zoo
The Adelaide Zoo is making it super easy to fill the school holidays with educational fun, helping celebrate the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for NAIDOC Week. Groove with the Tal-Kin-Jeri dance group, enjoy free flight shows inspired by dreaming stories, and get interactive with animals and art activities.
Saturday 7 July, 9.30am to 5pm. Adelaide Zoo, Frome Road, Adelaide. Tickets from $20
6. Clare Railway Centenary
Celebrating 100 years of the Clare railway, the National Railway Museum will be launching John Wilson’s book, The Riesling Railway, with wine and produce tastings from the Clare Valley. Enjoy special displays, traditional railway coffee and cake, and activities focussed on the important people and sights of the Clare Valley.
Saturday 7 July, 10am to 4pm. National Railway Museum, 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide. Tickets $6 to $32
7. Knock, Mark, Stitch
Expect the unexpected with this bold new work of music, dance and electronica. A purpose-built set of pressure-sensitive floors, synthesisers and stunning visual and aural elements combine to blow your socks off. Commissioned by Nexus, performers Iran Sanadzade, Erkki Veltheim and Parvyn Singh join forces to consider the ideas of dislocation, cross-generational isolation and the experience of migration. A powerful and ultimately uplifting piece for the current climate. There’s even South Australian wine and beer specials on the night to sweeten the deal.
Saturday 7 July, 7:30pm. Nexus Arts, Lion Arts Centre, Cnr Morphett St & North Terrace, Adelaide. Tickets $15 – $25
8. Winter Wonderland At The Bay
It’s hard to beat a few laps around the ice rink, rugged up in your cosiest winter woollies – the perfect winter school holiday treat for the kids, and a nostalgic throwback for the adults. The ice is under a marquee, so you can have peace of mind, rain or shine. Time your session perfectly to watch the sun set over the ocean, and warm up afterwards with a big hot chocolate. Winter bliss has been found.
Saturday 7 July, 10am to 8.30pm. Mosely Square, Glenelg. Tickets from $12
9. Crash Course In Dark Room Developing
Away with iPhones and in with print…If you’ve always wanted to learn the art of developing your own film photos, this one-day crash course is an epic way to quickly grasp everything from darkroom equipment to chemistry. Guided by helpful professionals, discover all you need to safely set up your own darkroom at home, and process and enlarge black and white film.
Saturday 7 July, 10am to 5pm. Centre for Creative Photography, 138 Richmond Road, Marleston. Tickets $235
10. Beer & BBQ Festival
Prepare yourself for a finger-licking festival, guaranteed to induce meat sweats of the highest calibre. The bosses of BBQ will battle it out in the high stakes competition, Up in Smoke, judged by a huge panel of food and beverage legends. Meanwhile, wash down a bellyful of brisket with your favourite brews and ciders, or join in the fun at the masterclasses and workshops.
Saturday 7 July, 11am to 4pm. Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Road, Wayville. Tickets from $30
Plan Ahead For School Holidays:
The Sleeping Beauty Ballet
Captured in baroque glory and grandeur, the classic fairy tale of The Sleeping Beauty is retold with pliés and pirouettes. Fairies, princes, magic, and woodland nymphs make this the perfect show to enchant young ballerinas on their school holidays. With faultlessly fancy footwork from the Australian Ballet, this production is set to inspire audiences of all ages.
Monday 9 July, 6.30pm to 9.15pm. Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Road, Adelaide. Tickets from $41 to $199
Tycho To The Moon Planetarium Experience
Treat your little space cadet to a guided tour of the night sky at the Planetarium’s 360-degree digital dome, before sitting for a short film taking them on an interstellar adventure. The film tells the story of Tycho the dog and his friends, blasting off for a lunar journey through zero gravity (recommended for kids aged four to eight).
Tuesday 10 July, 3pm to 4pm. Adelaide Planetarium, University Boulevard, Building P, Level 2 Mawson Lakes. Tickets $9
What are you enjoying this weekend? We love to hear what you get up to on the weekend, so let us know in the comments, below.