Its opening weekend of the Fringe which means festival season madness takes over. Prepare for late nights and a light purse. Not to mention it’s Chinese Year of the Dog, so we’ve got doggo happenings all over the place. Plus: markets galore, street parties, football and vino. Take a look at these tip top events in Adelaide this weekend.
1. ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
Golfers at-the-ready – you won’t want to miss this one. Attracting most of the world’s top players, the Australian women’s golf championship is sure to bring some serious game. World champion Ha Na Jang will be down to defend her international title. She’s got her eyes on the ball. Read our interview with her here.
Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 February. Kooyonga Golf Club. Tickets from $25
2. Adelaide Fringe Opening Night Street Party
This knockout opening night is the only place to be this Friday, commencing a month of outstanding worldwide acts in Adelaide, with roving performances and live music from 5pm. The Fringe Festival will be officially opened by the Tindo Utpurndee Sunset Ceremony on the Museum Lawns. Recognise and pay respects to the living culture of the First Nations’ and the spirit of the land before the Light Parade is switched on and the buildings of North Terrace get lit.
Friday 16 December, from 5pm. North Terrace, Adelaide. FREE
3. Blues and Roots Twilight Session
Shake out your picnic rug and lay down among the smooth vibes, as blues and roots roll through the Prospect Memorial Gardens. There are some seriously talented musicians and DJ’s coming along, as well as your favourite food trucks and activities for the kids.
Friday 16 February, 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Memorial Gardens, Prospect. FREE
A project to connect little kids (and their big kids) to great experiences, GROUNDED is a new addition to the Adelaide Fringe this year. The 10-day festival will showcase film screenings, interactive art installations, workshops and theatre shows. There’s even international children’s performances on the bill including The Secret Life of Suitcases and Saltbush – Children’s Cheering Carpet. As part of the finale, SUPERMASSIVE music festival features headliner Sarah Blasko with Heaps Good Friends, Adam Page and 13-year-old slam poet champion Solli Raphael. They’ve also partnered up with a range of traders from the Adelaide Central Market, offering an array of traditional local food and drink too.
Friday 16 to Sunday 25 February. Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga. Free activities and individually priced tickets
5. Chinatown Lunar New Year Street Party
Welcome the Chinese Year of the Dog in Chinatown with an enormous street party featuring live stage performances and family entertainment. The Lion Dance is a cultural classic that shouldn’t be missed, but if it’s food you’re excited about, the strip comes alive at Chinese New Year – banquets & dining sittings will be happening left, right and centre (try to book beforehand if you can). Happy Lunar New Year!
Saturday 17 February, 12pm to 10pm. Chinatown, Moonta Street, Adelaide. FREE
6. Greyhound Adoption Program SA
Meet your new furry best friend this Saturday at the Greyhound Adoption Day thanks to the Greyhound Adoption Program. If you’ve got a lot of love to give, a retired or non-racing greyhound could be the perfect addition to your family and the ultimate companionship. They’re affectionate, gentle and adorable.
Saturday 17 February. 11am to 2.30pm. Greyhound Racing South Australia, 55 Cardigan Street, Angle Park. Find out more
7. Adelaide Crows Vs Western Bulldogs
Watch the AFL women’s league tear up the field in the NAB Women’s Competition’s third round. Reigning champs Adelaide Crows are taking on the Western Bulldogs – a game not to be missed. Head on down early to watch the SANFL’s Norwood take on Glenelg. There’s plenty of entertainment and kids activities to make a day out of it for all you footy lovers.
Saturday 17 February. 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Norwood Oval. FREE
8. Gathered Tides
In a collaborative and cross-cultural weaving experience showcased at GROUNDED, locally based Indigenous artists come together to create an interactive installation. The large woven nets will highlight the significance of nurturing land and water, while paying homage to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. As the piece develops, Ngarrindjeri and Kaurna elders will share creation stories and cultural knowledge.
Saturday 17 February, 11am to 6pm. GROUNDED, Victoria Square, Adelaide. FREE
9. Dog Day at the Bay
If you sometimes feel like there’s no greater joy in life than watching your pooch make best friends at the beach, then get yourself down to the Glenelg Foreshore. There will be a gourmet BBQ for the humans and delectable doggie treats for your better halves, as well as a dog wash, live music, stalls and face painting.
Saturday 17 February, 10am to 4pm. Jetty Road, Glenelg. FREE
10. Paint and Sip
In true two-bird-one-stone style, Studio Vino lets you uncork your hidden creativity and a bottle of wine at the same time. Recreate their featured paintings like Monet’s The Water Lily Pond or do your own thing. Paintbrushes, paint, a take-home blank canvas and relaxed atmosphere are provided.
Friday 16 February, 6.45pm to 9.45pm and Sunday 18 February, 4.30pm to 7.00pm. Studio Vino, 4/205 Pirie Street, Adelaide. Adults $40
11. Blackwood Artisan Market
The first Blackwood Artisan Market for 2018 kicks off this Sunday with demonstrations, informative talks, workshops and, of course, delicious food and drink. A jam-packed day of entertainment, there’ll be dance troops and live acoustic music, an outdoor play space for kids big and small, an interactive space by Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary and cooking demonstrations. While it’s great for the whole family, you might even find a little something for yourself with a browse amongst the artisan stall holders.
Sunday 18 February, 10am to 3pm. Blackwood Memorial Hall, Blackwood. FREE
PLAN AHEAD: Hungarian Masterclass
Bring out your inner sommelier and join guest speaker Marcell Kustos for a masterclass on Hungary’s indigenous wine varieties. It’s a chance to get to know wines from this historic region like never before.
Monday 19 February, 12pm to 2pm. Mother Vine, 22-26 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide. Tickets $65