This weekend’s events in Adelaide will see you exploring the city’s fascinating cultural hubs after dark, snapping up a free comic book, browsing the best markets, and rediscovering your passion for the environment. It doesn’t matter if you prefer chamber music or jousting knights––there’s something for everyone this weekend in the city.
Baltic Beer and Cider Tasting Feast at the Market
The Latvian Lunchroom is putting on a feast at the Adelaide Central Markets after dusk with a Baltic booze tasting, showcasing everything from LOBO cider to Latvian vodka. The hearty spread is made for the meat eaters – think smoked ribs, deconstructed burgers, and crumbed pork fillets with apple sauce. Make sure to book a spot before it fills up.
Thursday 3 May, 6pm to 8.30pm. Adelaide Central Market, Gouger Street, Adelaide. Tickets from $50
Night Lab at the Museum
As the Dinosaur rEvolution exhibition finishes up, the Museum of South Australia is celebrating with an after dark evening of science, art and dinosaurs. Whether you’ve been dying to check out some giant bones (sans school groups), or you want to get your Ross Gellar on, the Flinders University Palaeontology Society have curated the ultimate museum experience. Hear tales from the field at the Beer and Bones talks, enjoy the Instagram scavenger hunt, or simply explore the galleries at night.
Friday 4 May, 6pm to 10pm. Museum of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide. 18+ Tickets from $25
Bowerbird Design Market
All of your favourite local and visiting creatives will be taking over the Wayville Pavilion for three days this weekend, selling the gorgeous fruits of their labour. With everything from ceramics to apparel, art prints and jewellery, you’ll be looking for any excuse to support these incredible artists. Plus, isn’t it Mother’s Day soon? You can thank us later. Another hot tip – a diverse range of workshops will also be on offer, but you’ll need to book a spot before they fill up.
Friday 4 May, 4pm to 9pm, Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 May, 10am to 5pm. Wayville Pavilion, Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Road, Wayville. $5 at the gate
First Fridays at the Art Gallery of South Australia
With a glass of bubbles in hand, enjoy music performances in the sculpture courtyard, guided tours and curator-led talks running you through French impressionist masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, and the 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Divided Worlds. The ‘pigment whisperer’ David Cole will also be running practical demonstrations that explore a history of colour. If you’re peckish, don’t fret – a light supper will also be on offer.
Friday May 4, 5pm to 9pm. Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide. FREE
Free Comic Book Day
Every year on this day, the comic book industry comes together to hand out free comics to old and new fans, encouraging and celebrating this passionate community. The day is founded on the belief that the perfect comic book exists out there for everyone, and if you haven’t already, this is the day to meet your match.
Saturday 5 May, 9.30am to 5pm. Adelaide Comics Centre, Shop 6G Adelaide Arcade, Rundle Mall, Adelaide. FREE
Gumeracha Medieval Fair
Witches, jousting knights, vikings and re-enactments will take you back to the Middle Ages for the 12th annual celebration of the Gumeracha Medieval Fair. As medieval folk music rings through the air, enjoy cooking and craft demonstrations, costume competitions, immersive activities and falcon displays. Their resident Oracle has forecast good weather and a huge turnout, perfect for sinking a few meads with some old-old-school enthusiasts.
Saturday 5 May, 10am to 5pm & Sunday 6 May, 10am to 4pm. Federation Park, Albert Street, Gumeracha. Tickets from $17
Coriole Music Festival
Established in 1999, this McLaren Vale fest has remained a great success in the SA festival scene for those with an appreciation of fine music, food and wine. The weekend showcases some exquisite home-grown talent from chamber musicians, winemakers and chefs alike, all nestled among the sprawling vineyards of the Vale. Wooden barrels are used to create the stage backdrop and build a perfect acoustic setting. The event is a spectacular way to treat the senses and observe impressive culture and attention to detail.
Saturday 5 May, 10am to 9pm & Sunday 6 May, 10am to 3pm. Chaffey’s Road, McLaren Vale. Tickets from $170
BLUE: Adelaide Film Screening
A documentary that aims to share incredible cinematic evidence and hard-hitting facts about the danger that our oceans are currently facing, BLUE stands for a truly important cause. This is one worth dragging your friends along to, folks. The ticket price includes wine, cheese and a hard pill to swallow.
Sunday 6 May, 4pm. Semaphore Odeon Star, 65 Semaphore Road, Semaphore. Tickets $18
Hahndorf Academy History Month
It’s a huge day at the Hahndorf Academy this Sunday, with an exhibition opening, a throwback to 19th century village life, and live painting from artist in residence Karol Oakley. At 2pm the lovely and informative museum manager, Lyndall Davage will open the ‘Make History’ exhibition––a collection of work from artists who have creatively re-interpreted the rich history and heritage of the place. ‘Imagine the Past’ is a great event for the whole family, running for the entire day to showcase a long list of Hahndorf’s traditional crafts and activities, from weaving to cheese making.
Sunday 6 May, 10am to 4pm. Hahndorf Academy, 68 Main Street, Hahndorf. FREE
Adelaide Photographic Market
With everything from vintage and collectable cameras, books, accessories and lenses, this is the place to be if you’re a photography aficionado, or if you’re looking to pick up a new hobby. Continuing the tradition of the Photographic Preservation Society of SA, the market is a celebration of the art form, and a way to learn more, meet like-minded photographers and perhaps pick up a bargain or a relic.
Sunday 6 May, 10am to 2pm. The Hungarian Club, 82 Osmond Terrace, Norwood. FREE
What are your plans this weekend? We love hearing about what you get up to; if we missed anything epic, let us know in the comments below.