Get the whole family involved in these top weekend events – celebrate science week with a wine, peruse SALA shows or vintage cars, participate in beach clean-ups and stroll through charming community markets.
1. Ethical Streetwear Pop-Up
For those looking to update their wardrobe with unique threads that won’t cost the earth, edgy slow fashion is popping up from Thursday to Saturday in the city. Guiltlessly fill your cart with sustainable streetwear inside the Mixed Spice Creative Studio and Art Gallery, and peruse the stunning art exhibited there, too.
Friday 17 August, 12pm to 8pm. 24 Coromandel Place, Adelaide. FREE
2. Neuroscience at Night
Science is behind a lot of the adult ideas we understand without questioning, like the role of the brain in sexual attraction, beer goggles, and the way we perceive wine flavours with and without food. Big Science Adelaide has collaborated with The Australian Wine Research Institute as part of National Science week, so you can celebrate the fascinating facts of science week with a wine in-hand. There will be exhibitions and even interactive competitions to put your mind to, quite literally.
Friday 17 August, 6pm to 9pm. AHMS Building, North Terrace, Adelaide. Tickets $15
3. Winter Chill Session at Serafino
Roaring fire pits, live music and a bottle of red to share – you’d be hard-pressed to find a better winter combo. If you haven’t stepped foot on the picturesque McLaren Vale grounds of Serafino yet, check out out these Winter Sessions. They’ll have mulled wine on offer and plenty of hearty comfort food to enjoy in their charming courtyard.
Friday 17 August, 6pm to 10pm. Serafino Wines, 39 Kangarilla Road, Mclaren Vale. FREE
4. The Piece Project
Battling it out on the plus-sized canvas, four Australian street artists will compete for the chance to cover the bottles of Longview’s new estate shiraz. Part of SALA, the competition has been running for seven years now, pulling an incredible crowd and producing some outstanding murals. Due to weather conditions, you can find this year’s event in the heart of the city.
Saturday 18 August, 3pm to 11.30pm. Published Arthouse, 11 Cannon Street, Adelaide. Tickets $2
Want more SALA? Here are some of our top picks:
Good Dogs: Celebrating good pooches in all shapes and sizes through stunning acrylic paintings and black and white photography by Daniel Purvis.
Shop 2/647 Marion Rd, Ascot Park
Lost//Found: A group exhibition showcasing works across installation, photography, painting, illustration and sculpture. The exhibition explores human absence.
24 Coromandel Place, Adelaide.
Palmer Sculpture Walk: Bring a plate to share and tie up your walking shoes for this guided tour through the bush, exploring breath-taking sculptural works.
Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide
5. Leather Belt Workshop
Father’s Day is coming up, but gift preparations are often only planned the day before. We’ve heard it before – the ol’ novelty T-shirt, some roasted almonds, pack of socks, or bottle of nice whisky. This workshop is the perfect way to make him a gift he can treasure forever. You’ll learn how to stamp, dye and assemble a leather belt, so it can be as unique as he is. Naww.
Saturday 18 August, 10am to 3pm. Work-Shop Adelaide, 217/219 Flinders Street, Adelaide. Tickets $145
6. Unley Oval Market
The perfect family day out for those who live near the city, Unley Market brings together a variety of market stalls, food and drink vendors, and plenty of room to kick the footy. Grab a coffee and enjoy the eclectic wares from a range of small local businesses. You might find some unique jewellery or score yourself some potted greenery for the garden.
Saturday 18 August, 1pm to 4pm. Unley Oval, 39 Oxford Terrace, Unley. FREE
7. Strathalbyn Treasure Market
Another community market, but for those who live slightly more rurally, the annual Strathalbyn Treasure Market offers plenty of antiques. At this local gem, stallholders offering up time capsules full of treasure. With undercover stalls in the stables, this market is set to be a charming event, rain hail or shine.
Saturday 18 August, 10am to 5pm. Town Hall, High Street, Strathalbyn. Tickets $5
8. The Art Parlour Pop Up
This community arts event is the best way to immerse yourself in the work of Fleurieu artists, celebrate creative diversity and even pick up your own unique piece. Grab a glass of wine and enjoy the community vibe in the heart of Port Noarlunga, while the little ones enjoy the kids art space where they can create and to contribute to a group project.
Sunday 19 August, 12pm to 4pm. The Arts Centre, 22 Gawler Street, Port Noarlunga. FREE
9. Sea Shepard Beach Clean
The perfect excuse to visit the beach in winter, the beach clean allows you to join in with your local community of passionate, like-minded people and do your part for the earth and our oceans. These events are always incredibly educational, so plan to leave a pristine beach feeling accomplished and inspired.
Sunday 19 August, 10am to 12pm. Semaphore Jetty, Semaphore. FREE
10. Coffee ‘n’ Chrome Car Show
The ethos behind these guys and their automotive events is that the finest steel should be driven, not hidden. Whether you’ve got something to show off or not, you’ll find plenty of shiny, classic vehicles to look at, and plenty more proud motor enthusiasts to mingle with. Grab a coffee and stroll the stylish metal on wheels.
Sunday 19 August, 8am to 10.30am. The Junction, 470 Anzac Highway, Camden Park. FREE
Are you enjoying SALA this weekend, or making the most of smaller community events? We love hearing about your weekend, so let us know what you’re getting up to in the comments, below.