Get sandy at this weekend’s Australian Beach games and Lifesaving World Championships, or enjoy a range of fascinating cultural festivals from an Iranian Film to Blues and Roots, on top of markets, boozy yoga an epic Auto Expo for the diehard rev-heads.
1. Climate Century Festival
No longer a crisis, but a disastrous condition, climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. Discover how talented artists deep dive into an exploration of this issue, from grief and resistance, to survival and reinvention. With works of dance, video, sculpture and so much more, there’s something for everyone, and a bar to wet your whistle from 5pm to 8pm each night and at ticketed performances.
Thursday 8 November to Sunday 25 November, various times. Various venues, Port Adelaide. For more information, click here. FREE and ticketed events
2. Surf Life Saving World Championships
Competing for the title of World’s best, watch as competitors from across the globe don their coloured swimming caps and head for ocean. Between the Ocean Man and Ocean Woman, surf ski and surf boat races, there’s plenty to see and cheer on from the shore.
Friday 16 November to Sunday 2 December, 8am to 12pm. The Glenelg Surf Club, The Foreshore, Glenelg. FREE
3. The Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival
This annual festival attracts world-class musicians from across the globe, for a weekend of bluegrass tunes, acoustic roots and ‘Old Timey’ traditions. From fantastic fiddlers to ukulele experts, expect to hear some incredible sounds––perhaps even some Greek string music! If you feel inspired, try your hand at the instrumental workshops led by accomplished musicians.
Friday 16 November to Sunday 18 November, various times. Wirrina Cove Holiday Park, Paradise Dr, Wirrina Cove. Tickets $15- $85
4. Auto Expo
Kick of the Friday night at the Auto expo with High Voltage, Adelaide’s AC/DC tribute band, before exploring the incredible cars on display. You’ll be able to discover the Hot rod Show, watch the Grid Girl Competition and the Muscle Car cruise and persure the latest parts and accessories, and soi much more. Bring the whole family along, kids under 13 get in for free, and score a free Hot Wheels car.
Friday 16 November, 5pm to 9pm to Saturday 17 November, 10am to 8pm. Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Road, Wayville. Tickets $25
5. Iranian Film festival
Now in its eighth year running, this national Festival exhibits some of the most interesting and prominent Iranian cinema and directors. The festival is a hugely significant celebration of Iranian culture in Australia, and a great opportunity to learn and embrace more about it through unique storytelling and filmmaking.
Friday 16 to Sunday 18 November, various times. Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide. Tickets $7 to $15
6. Australian Beach Games
Prepare to get sandy and salty in the sun for this exciting multisport festival landing in Adelaide. For all lovers of beach games, beach bars, food trucks, live music and a vibrant atmosphere––there’s nowhere you’d rather be this weekend. Spectators watch for free, and the cost of registering for varies for each sport, click the link below for more information.
Friday 16 to Sunday 18 November, 10am to 5pm. Semaphore Beach, Semaphore. Register here.
7. Strathalbyn Vignerones Race Day
Experience country class on the trackside, at one of South Australia’s most stunning racecourses. There’ll be plenty of packages on offer, and with the acclaimed wine region Langhorne Creek just next door, expect plenty of wine to be flowing from local award-winning winemakers like Bremerton. All kids under 15 get in for free, so grab your picnic rug and bring the whole family for a fantastic day out.
Sunday 18 November, 10am to 6pm. Strathalbyn Racing Club, 164 Dry Plains Road, Strathalbyn. Tickets $17 to $255
8. Gilles at the Grounds
Consider it officially time for summer fashion and Christmas shopping, two perfect excuses to head down to the markets and have a gander at the unique stallholders and their gorgeous goods. You’ll find killer vintage, emerging designers, upcycled finds, and incredible food and beverages, as always.
Sunday 18 November, 10am to 4pm. The Old Brick Dairy, South Boulevard, Wayville. FREE
9. Strawberry Picking at Beerenberg
If you’ve yet to be strawberry picking at Beerenberg, it’s an experience that’s guaranteed to bring smiles, all-round. The perfect daytrip destination, family adventure, romantic date idea, or simply an excuse to fill your belly with as many of the sweetest, juiciest strawberries you can find. Picking Season is now officially open, so go enjoy some quality time in the strawberry patch.
November to April, 9am to 4pm. Beerenberg Family Farm, Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf. Entry $4 + $9.95 p/kg picked.
10. Yoga, Wine, yes Please!
Two things that don’t typically go together, but hey, it’s fun! Get boozy and bendy, and make the most of this opportunity to drink wine and roll around on the floor with your mates. If all that stretching and relaxation is making you hungry, you’ll be pleased to receive your pre-ordered grazing hamper and chow down in your comfy clothes.
Sunday 18 November, 4pm to 7pm. Plant 4 Bowden, 5 Third Street, Bowden. Tickets $30
11. Her Story: Inspiring Women in Science
The new exhibition at the Museum of South Australia recognises and celebrates four trailblazing women in science in a four-part series running over a year. The first instalment welcomes Dr. Catherine Kemper, a Senior Research Scientist for mammals, as she shares her stories and inspires her visitors .
10am to 5pm daily, Main foyer, Museum of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide. FREE