Whether you’re respectfully boozy at McLaren Vale’s finest wineries or making the most of the community celebrations from Aldinga to Osborne, you’re sure to have a fabulous long weekend. Not sure what to choose? Here’s our top picks of unmissable top weekend events.
The Great Moscow Circus
Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, roll up, roll up for a night of old school entertainment with plenty of new tricks. Relive nostalgic memories and make exciting new ones, with acrobats, clowns, ringmasters and strong men. There’s nothing like a bit of smoke, glitter and some fearless BMX cage riders to leave you dazzled underneath the big top.
Friday 8 June, 7pm. Wigley Reserve, Adelphie Terrace, Glenelg. Tickets $20-$55
Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize Exhibition
Enjoy those wonderful moments where art and science collide and the world around you becomes a feast for the eyes. This exhibition will showcase the creative perspectives of competition finalists, as their work focuses on the scientific issues that face our planet. These seriously gorgeous works capture the bizarre nature of our world with compelling social commentary.
Friday June 8, 10am to 5pm. South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide. Adults from $12
Sea and Vines Festival
It’s that time of year again, where we dedicate the entire long weekend to knocking back incredible wine and feasting on gourmet delights. McLaren Vale is a unique wine region with an ideal climate for world-class wine thanks to the ocean’s cooling maritime breezes. Come celebrate the region where the ocean meets the vines at Sea & Vines festival. An abundance of culinary experiences, live music and special events will make it hard to choose between your favourite wineries; so check the full program for details, family-friendly, dog-friendly and bus-friendly events.
Saturday 9 June. McLaren Vale wine region. Full program here.
Alpha Box & Porch
This event is a cross-breed of your two favourite things – Alpha Box & Dice winery and The Porch Sessions crew bring you a new and improved way to drink wine with your friends. Between the eight-piece band, Neon Tetra, three-piece band, Banjo Jackson, and solo songstress, Kat Edwards, there are 12 great reasons to boogie on down. If you’re not the dancing type, sit back and relax with a belly full of Afghan street food and a bottle of Nero.
Saturday 9 June, 10am to 5pm. Alpha Box & Dice, 8 Olivers Road, McLaren Vale. Tickets $30
World Gin Day at Howling Owl
It’s the world holiday you may or may not put in your calendar, but will probably still feel compelled to honour (because why wouldn’t you?). Gin tasting flights, chocolate pairing, and grog-related activities will have you loudly declaring, with a G&T in-hand, that this holiday is the best of them all. Happy hours are from 5pm to 7pm, and some experiences are ticketed.
Saturday 9 June, 4pm to 2am. Howling Owl, 10 Vaughan Place, Adelaide. Tickets here
Skate Art Jam
The wind is blowing through your hair as you glide over smooth concrete on tiny wheels, there’s free food and live music, and your best friend is painting on the grass. If that sounds like your kind of Saturday, head to the Osborne Skatepark for the Skate Art Jam. Everyone’s invited, even your dogs, and the art created will be used to influence the future design and decoration of the park.
Saturday 9 June, 12pm to 4pm. Osborne Skatepark, 541 Victoria Road, Adelaide. FREE
Aldinga Street Party
Marking the completion of the township’s new streetscape, enjoy a fantastic day and night of festivities. Live music, markets, kids activities and delicious food stalls will fill the street throughout the day, with Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg cutting the street ‘opening’ ribbon at 3pm. The celebrations will roll on into the night, with Friday’s After Five putting up their popular bar, bringing more live music and good times.
Saturday 9 June, 10am to 10pm. 13 Old Coach Road, Aldinga. FREE
German Film Festival Closing Night
Whether you’re a foreign cinema buff or simply have a passion for eating popcorn in the dark, don’t miss your last chance to catch the German Film Festival at Palace Nova. The final weekend of screenings will showcase 12 incredible movies, immersing the audience in stories of all genres through a captivating Germanic lens. On closing night, the screening of a newly restored classic, Wings of Desire, will give you the chance to view Berlin from the clouds of 1987.
Sunday 10 June, 5.45pm to 8pm. Palace Nova Cinemas, Adelaide. Tickets from $22
Oil Painting Workshop
Got a bit of oil painting experience under your belt, and looking to hone your skills in a masterclass? This one’s for you. Join Brisbane artist, Julie Fragar, to create works of identity, memory and personal narrative. Bring along a selection of photographs and learn some of the composite painting techniques that Julie is renowned for, with materials and light refreshments included.
Sunday 10 June, 11am to 4pm. ACE Open, Lion Arts Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide. Tickets $99 – $119
Multicultural festival at Sturt Football Club
Explore the rich cultural diversity within Aussie Rules Football, celebrating the customs, arts, food and dance from places as far as Armenia, China, Poland and Peru, just to name a few. If you’ve ever been fascinated by Chinese calligraphy, Peruvian crafts or Hungarian dance, Sturt Football club invites the whole family to enjoy a lineup of awesome displays, presentations and performances.
Monday 11 June, 1pm to 4pm. Sturt football Club, Langham Terrace entrance, Unley. FREE
How did you make the most of your June long weekend? We love hearing about your top weekend events, so let us know what you’ve been up to in the comments, below.