Possibly one of the most loaded weekends we’ve seen all year is here. Our humble city is revving up for a massive one. You’ve got Fringe shenanigans, wine festivals, art biennials and the annual east end petrol extravaganza – the Adelaide 500. Events in Adelaide are going off this week. Get around it.
1. Cellar Door Fest
Cellar Door Fest 2018 is back and bigger than ever. This year’s event hosts over 180 wineries, breweries, distilleries and food producers from around our state. Producers and winemakers will be situated cheek by jowl in regional allocations, so you can imbibe on a Langhorne Creek malbec from Bremerton Wines while munching on a selection of delicious cheesy offerings from Fleurieu neighbours Alexandrina Cheese Company. The weekend will includes plenty of illuminating (and tasty) workshops – from cheese-making, to pasta making, and even the opportunity to stomp some grapes. Kick off your weekend in style with food ambassador Jessie Spiby’s Friday night after party Food, Booze + Dancing Shoes. Described as a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure culinary experience’ by Jessie, the idea is that you’re going to a gig on a Sunday in a winery, but it in the heart of the city on a Friday night. Groovy.
Food, Booze + Dancing Shoes
Friday 2 March, 8pm to Midnight. Adelaide Convention Centre, City. Ticket: $60 (includes entry into Festival and Food, Booze + Dancing Shoes)
Cellar Door Fest
Friday 2 March 5pm – 9pm, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March 11am – 6pm. Adelaide Convention Centre, City. Tickets: Friday $28 ($30 at door), Saturday/Sunday $38 ($40 at door)
2. Adelaide’s Annual Wedding Expo
The largest bridal event in South Australia is back again for 2018. Get some frock inspiration and taste some cake. There will be jewellers, bakers, event planners, celebrants, photographers, makeup artists and much more. If it has even some sort of relation to a wedding, you can guarantee to find it here. You may as well just get married this Sunday inside the Entertainment Centre. Classy.
Sunday 4 March. 10am to 3pm. 98 Port Road, Hindmarsh. FREE
3. Farrago Exhibition + Diverse Screens
Head west this Thursday and step down into the rabbit hole of artist-illustrator Anna Cherkasovas’ wildly imaginative universe at Farrago – an exhibition where you get to be part of its creation. The artist has filled the gallery walls with intricate black and white line drawings of a bevy of beasts and plant life, and you get to colour them in with giant textas. There’s also an opportunity to indulge in a little bit of art bingo – for $20 you’ll get a spin on the tombola, a drink at the Nexus Bar and a piece of the work to take home (at the end of the exhibition). Coinciding with Farrago is the launch of Diverse Screens, with a film screening and panel discussion upstairs in the Nexus Venue which provides an eye-opener into the challenges of being a culturally diverse artist in Australia.
Thursday 1 March. Opening night for Farrago from 6pm. Exhibition ends Friday 23 March. Nexus Arts Gallery. Diverse Screens launch and panel from 7:30pm. Nexus Arts Venue. Lion Arts Centre, City. Both events are FREE
4. Djuki Mala
This group of talented Indigenous dancers began as a Youtube sensation and have since continued on to perform successfully around the country. The six-man troupe offers a new type of Indigenous physical theatre with their unique, high-energy show. Their intriguing fusion of traditional music and pop culture has garnered rave reviews. An uplifting and joyous celebration of dance, storytelling and culture – a great show to bring the kidlets to.
3 to 18 March. Starts at 4pm. The Factory at the Garden of Unearthly Delights. Tickets start at $40
5. Robbie Williams – Adelaide 500
The road closures around eastern Adelaide haven’t been for nothing, folks. It’s the 20th year of the Adelaide 500 and who better to celebrate it with than UK pop star, Robbie Williams. Promoters are saying this could be the biggest concert that has ever taken place at the event. Robbie’s performance is sure to burn rubber. Don’t forget to check out local lads Bad//Dreems (check out our interview with lead singer Ben Marwe) playing alongside Kasey Chambers and the ever iconic Cold Chisel. Onya Jimmy.
Sunday 4 March. 3pm to 11pm. Adelaide Street Circuit, Fullarton Road, Adelaide. Tickets from $100
6. Amongst The Vines
Wine, petting zoo, live music, markets, bouncy castle. Is this a description of heaven or McLaren Vale? Perhaps they’re the same thing… Work it out yourself by heading to Amongst The Vines this Sunday. You are bound to walk away with something in your hands – whether that will be a locally made treasure from a market stall, or a wine glass stained with a few too many reds.
Sunday 4 March. 11am to 4pm. McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre, 796 Main Road, McLaren Vale. FREE
7. Ebenezer Night Markets
You can expect this little laneway off Rundle Street to be pumping with life on Saturday night. Markets will line the street, showcasing the latest fashion, handmade jewellery, delicious food and an array of unique artistic creations. Relax, let the bartenders pour you a drink, and get shopping to the sound of some awesome live tunes.
Saturday 3 March. 5:30pm to 10:30pm. Ebenezer Place, Adelaide. FREE
8. AFLW Round 5 | Adelaide v Carlton
After a nail-biting draw against GWS last week, the Crows will be fighting stronger than ever to defeat Carlton. Get ready to don your red, blue and yellow this Saturday as the teams go head to head. It’s still early in the season and the Crows have a great chance to make the top four. Fact: If you don’t lose your voice at the game, you didn’t cheer loud enough.
Saturday 3 March. First bounce at 6:40pm. Norwood Oval, The Parade, Norwood. FREE
9. A Walk For Lewmac
For the sixth year in a row, hundreds will flock to the coastal beaches of Adelaide and raise funds for victims of violent crimes. The walk will start at Brighton Jetty, head to Glenelg for some breakfast and coffee, and then return to Brighton. All the money raised will go directed to the Sammy D Foundation and the Carly Ryan Foundation. Don’t forget to wear yellow.
Sunday 4 March. 8:45am to 11:45am. Brighton Jetty, Brighton, South Australia. Voluntary $10 donation
10. Adelaide Biennial in the Garden – Opening Afternoon
Let your artistic heart beat with this new exhibition of human beauty and the environment. With the title Divided Worlds, the presentation intends to meditate on the drama of the cosmos and evolution, contrasting past and future. The official launch event will include a demonstrate of Mondo Futuro by Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro. If that sounds like gibberish to you, just think: paintings, sculpture, photography, awesomeness.
Sunday 4 March. 5pm to 6:30pm. Santos Museum of Economic Botany, Adelaide Botanic Garden, North Terrace, Adelaide. FREE
11. Adelaide Writers’ Week
Did someone say Mem Fox? The South Australian children’s book author is one of many word masters taking part in this annual celebration of writing and reading. The program of events, and author talks for adults and nippers is a cracker. Best of all, it’s free and held in beautiful, leafy surroundings. Head down to the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden and soak up the words of your literary heroes. It may even inspire you to put pen to paper (okay, fingertips to keyboard).
3 to 8 March (part of Adelaide Festival), Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden. FREE