Not sure whether to stay local, head down the coast, or take a road-trip inland this weekend? Between sipping wine in Claire or Penola, welcoming whale season, or dolling up for the races, there’s so many fantastic weekend events going on – you may have to do all three!
Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival
This unique and vibrant event is the perfect excuse to finally explore the best of regional South Australia. For lovers of wine and the arts, it’s definitely worth the 4-hour drive to the Coonawarra wine region, to visit a little town called Penola. The Arts Festival is celebrating all facets of art, literature, culture and fine local produce for the 27th year in a row. There’s so much to see and do, with more exhibitions, workshops, competitions, performances, movie screenings and epicurean experiences than one person has time for––you’ll just have to handpick your favourites! Check out their website for the full program, bookings, and recommended accommodation.
Thursday 17 May to Sunday 20, 10am to 6pm. Penola, South Australia. Free and ticketed.
Transitions Film Festival
Change the way you see the world with the huge line-up of documentaries, screening all week at the Mercury Cinema. The films will be spotlighting everything from humanitarian and existential challenges, to game-changing innovation. There’s nothing more inspiring than revolutionary cinema and passionate storytellers. The opening night show is Food Fighter, a collaboration between OzHarvest CEO, Ronni Kahn and Director, Dan Goldberg––but the entire program is truly worth a good look.
Friday 18 May to Sunday 27, Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett St, Adelaide. Adults from $11
Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend
As this year’s vintage wraps up in Clare Valley, the town celebrates all things delicious with their Gourmet Weekend. With 36 wineries, two breweries and an assortment of mouth-watering eateries getting involved, there will be no shortage of flavour. You’ll also find markets, masterclasses, and degustation events, all showcasing fine country hospitality, surrounded by the gorgeous Autumn landscape.
Friday 18 May to Monday 21, Clare Valley, South Australia. See the full Program here.
National Walk Safely to School Day
This important community initiative raises awareness of health, road safety, transport and the environment–– all of which can be encouraged by regularly walking. If you’ve got a primary school student in your life, try setting aside some time to accompany them on their walk to school. Even if you have to drive part of the way, it’s a great opportunity to have a nice chat and teach the little ones about the physical and mental benefits that come with walking. By instilling healthy habits early in life, you can help them to always put their best foot forward.
Friday 18 May. All day, everywhere. FREE
Body Mind Psychic Expo
If your crystal collection needs some more amethyst, or your palms need reading, the Body Mind & Psychic Expo is your new age one-stop-shop. The pavilion will be brimming with spirituality workshops, yoga classes, and belly dancing performances, all for free––so you’ll find plenty to keep you amused. Explore the mystical life of celebrity psychics and crystal ball readings, while the kids occupy themselves at the children’s drumming classes or in the audience at Pete the Magician’s magic show.
Saturday 19 May to Sunday 20, 10am to 6pm. Jubilee pavilion, Wayville Showgrounds, Adelaide. Tickets from $10 at the door.
Urban Wine Walk
When you grab a wristband for this self-guided wine affair, Adelaide’s favourite establishments will open their doors to you, each pouring tastings from their collaborating winemakers. You can find Hither & Yon at Peter Rabbit and Mollydooker at Thrift Shop Bar––and if you make it to all 18 vendors, we totally congratulate you. It’s the perfect way to get a wine tour experience in the heart of the city and at your own pace.
Saturday 19 May, 12pm to 5pm. Adelaide CBD. Tickets $59
Gin Masterclass at a Cheeky Few
Explore a new gin each week at King William Road’s new watering hole, A Cheeky Few. Gain in-depth knowledge on the flavour notes, different varieties and the craftsmanship that goes into creating a great gin, all with a G&T in hand of course. It doesn’t matter if you’re a cocktail enthusiast, or just looking for an unusual drinking experience, this is a deliciously good excuse to wet your whistle on a Saturday afternoon. To book a table for the afternoon, Call 0422 529 811.
Saturday 19 May, 4pm to 5.30pm. King William Road, Hyde Park, Adelaide. Tickets $35
Darley Goodwood Day 2018
The Adelaide Festival of Racing Carnival finishes off with the Darley Goodwood, a prestigious day of horseracing, fantastic outfits, luncheons and some serious partying trackside. As usual, you can expect a few of SA’s best wineries, breweries and producers bringing the show (and your tastebuds) to life!
Saturday 19 May, 10.30am to 5.30pm. Morphettville Racecourse, Morphett Road, Morphettville. Tickets from $7
Whale Season Launch
Whale watching is a magnificent drawcard for our gorgeous coast, there’s just something undeniably special about seeing those big gentle giants surface from the deep. Launching this year’s whale season in the middle of the city, you can find the South Australian Whale Centre pop-up just off of Rundle Mall with Kondoli, their huge inflatable whale. Learn about whale watching tours and be inspired by the Whale Identification & Research program, while the kids enjoy fun activities inside Kondoli.
Saturday 19 May, 10am to 3pm. Gawler Place, Rundle Mall, Adelaide. FREE
POP Market Hahndorf
Explore the Hahndorf Memorial Institute filled with handcrafted goodies and delicious homemade produce, made by locals from the area. We’re talking one-of-a-kind knitwear, fresh jams and pickles, unique jewellery and hand-chiselled wood work––all the good stuff. The vendors here pour their heart and soul into the products, creating a completely charming vibe that you won’t forget.
Sunday 20 May, 11am to 4pm. Memorial Institute, 59 Main Street, Hahndorf. FREE
If you’re looking for an epic new fitness challenge, see if you can conquer thousands of steps at the Adelaide Oval for the 2018 Stadium Stomp. It’s the ultimate butt-burning workout for footy fans, you can practically hear the crowd cheering! If you need a rest stop, there’ll be plenty of empty seats for you to pick from and you can take the course at whatever pace you like. Great for the whole family, you’ll find a range of great courses; fewer steps for kids and a stomp-still-you-drop option for your inner athlete.
Sunday 20 May, 8am to 3pm. Adelaide Oval, War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide. Tickets from $35
We love hearing about your favourite events in Adelaide, so let us know where you’ll be heading this weekend in the comments, below.