Whether you are heading out into the city of Adelaide with mum on your arm or not this weekend – there is plenty to keep you entertained. Get your geek on at the Press Play Pop Culture event, dabble in some jazz in the square, broaden your mind at the new Museum of Discovery or share an embrace with some art at ACE Open. What are you waiting for…
1. Press Play Pop Culture
PRESS PLAY is the biggest 18+ pop culture, gaming and cosplay event in South Australia, bringing trivia, hilariously fun game challenges, live music, DJ’s and Australia’s Championship of Cosplay––the most prestigious costume contest in the country. It’s an excuse to get your geek on, do some nerd networking and have fun, all while in costume. Don’t forget that some of the events will require you to register, so book your place to make sure you don’t miss out!
Thursday 10 May, 6pm to 11pm. The Gov, 9 Port Road, Hindmarsh. Free registrations and Tickets from $18
2. Rock The Square
Rock the Square will be hosting a special Jazz edition, in conjunction with South Australia’s History Festival, for an annual celebration of heritage and roots. As the sun sets in Tarntanyangga, enjoy soulful rhythms and the delectable food trucks goodies on site. Say no to driving home in peak hour traffic, and yes to some sultry jazz riffs in the park.
Thursday 10 May, 5pm to 7pm. Victoria Square/ Tarntanyangga, Adelaide. FREE
If it’s been a while since you treated yourself to a theatre production, book yourself a well-deserved seat in the audience at Godspell. The musical theatre classic was conceived in the 70’s by Stephen Schwartz, but the biblical tale will be retold at The Parks Theatre in a contemporary style, set in a rundown community garden on the Lower West Side of New York. Musically, you can expect everything from punk-rock to rag and gospel.
Friday 11 May, 7.30pm. The Parks Theatre, 46 Cowan Street, Angle Park. Children from $25 Adults from $34
4. The Museum Of Discovery Opening
The opening of Adelaide’s new thought provoking museum, MOD, introduces an interactive and creative space to showcase the intersection of science, innovation, and art. Their first exhibition, MOD.IFY, will challenge your perceptions of pain, reality and what it means to be human. Explore immersive, artificial worlds and augmented realities that will take you on a journey into the future.
Friday 11 May, 12pm to 8pm. North Terrace, Adelaide. FREE
5. Goldstein Album Launch For Charity
Adelaide folk rock band, Goldstein are launching their new album called Message from Home at the Ed Castle Hotel, donating all of their proceeds from the album sales and launch party to the Hutt Street Centre and their work supporting the Adelaide community experiencing homelessness. Get behind a great cause with a beer or two and listen to some fantastic local music following themes of connection and disconnection in modern Australian life.
Friday 11 May, 8pm. Ed Castle Hotel, Currie Street. Tickets $10 at the door
6. Adelaide Film Club Present Mabo: Life Of An Island Man
Be inspired by the powerful story of Eddie Koiki Mabo, in this award winning film about his triumph of justice in Australia and unforgettable legacy. The Film Club meets monthly to explore their archival cinema resources, sharing the stories you won’t catch in the cinema and promoting thoughtful discussions afterwards. If you have an Adelaide Library card, you can join in at home by visiting their Virtual Library page and joining the discussion on social media with the hashtag #ADLFilmClub.
Friday 11 May, 6pm. City Library, Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall. FREE
7. Backyard Beekeeping Workshop
Bees are a pretty important species, but they’re on the decline thanks to pesticides and current agricultural practices. If you’ve ever seen the Bee Movie, you’ve probably felt a wave of motivating emotion, before realising you have no idea what you could do to help. This Backyard Bee Keeping workshop is led by a second generation bee keeper from a commercial apiarist (where beehives are kept)! Mademoiselle Bee will share everything you need to get your backyard buzzing, including the legislation required to get your own set up. What could be sweeter than coming home to your honey?
Saturday 12 May, 1pm to 4pm. Mademoiselle Bee, King William Street, Adelaide. Tickets $75
8. Into My Arms exhibition: Live performances
Ace Open’s ‘Into My Arms’ program will encompass the complexities of what it means to embrace. Accompanying this, five live performances from talented artists will draw the audience together, as they experience themes of intimacy, care, healing and support; delving into the gesture like never before. With site-responsive performances and specially devised music from Lonelyspeck, it’s sure to be a truly immersive evening.
Saturday 12 May, 4pm to 6pm. Lion Arts centre, North Terrace, Adelaide. FREE
9. The Pearl Fishers Opera Performance
The State Opera of South Australia is bringing their performance of The Pearl Fishers by Georges Bizet to the Festival Theatre, accompanied by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. A classic French story of love, jealousy, temptation and the tale of a mysterious priestess who tests a deep bond between friends. The entire performance is sung in French with English surtitles boasting a spectacular set and costume design
Saturday 12 May, 7.30pm. Adelaide Festival Centre, King William St, Adelaide. Adults from $60, or phone 131 246
10. Lotus Lanka Family Fun Fair
You’ll spot carnival-style games, inflatable jumping castles, delicious food stalls, prizes and musical entertainment all nestled in Victoria Square this Saturday for the Lotus Lanka Family Fun Fair, with all proceeds distributed in Sri Lanka. The event will provide financial support and educational opportunities for children in rural Sri Lanka in hope of breaking a cycle of generation poverty. Bring the whole family and enjoy an opportunity to help out, surrounding by delicious food and a lively atmosphere in the heart of the city.
Saturday 12 May, 11am to 5pm. Victoria Square, King William Street, Adelaide. FREE
11. A Day With Jane
If you and your Mum are a pair of old romantics, or lovers of literature, take her on a Mother’s Day escape into the world of Jane Austen in the stunning Ayers House. Meet and chat to the characters from Austen’s novels as they are brought to life, costumes and all. After an afternoon tea, retreat to the garden for light lessons in French, drawing, needlework and lacemaking. With live music and a choreographer waiting nearby, a respectably old school court dance is sure to ensue.
Saturday 13 May, 12pm to 3pm. Ayers House, 288 North Terrace, Adelaide. Tickets $84
Spoil your Mum for Mother’s Day
If you’re looking for the perfect activity to do with your Mum, we put together a list of the best unique experiences and locally crafted gifts, specifically selected to put a smile on her face. From pasta masterclasses in the Barossa, to floristry workshops and high tea experiences in McLaren Vale, explore the best ways to bond with your giver-of-life here.
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.