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Top 13 Weekend Events in Adelaide, 27 April

There’ll be no time for a siesta this weekend. You’ll be too busy with the weekend’s events. Come toast the latest edition of Fritz at Adelaide institution The Wheaty, head to Palace Nova for the Spanish Film Festival or turn back the clock at the History Festival – no rest for the wicked.

1. Fritz Autumn Edition Launch & Wheaty Brewing Collab

To celebrate the launch of our autumn edition, come on down and sink a few frothies with us at the almighty Wheaty. This edition, we teamed up with the brew crew from the iconic brew pub to craft a unique Fritz beer. The hibiscus pale ale creation will be on tap from 3pm, with tunes from Fritz Dolly (because you can never have too much bung).

Sunday 29 April, 3pm to 6pm. Wheatsheef Hotel, 39 George Street, Thebarton. Free entry. 

2. Spanish Film Festival at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas

Hola Amigos! A Spanish fiesta is hitting the Eastend this Thursday night. The opening soiree will begin with a glass of bubbles before a premiere screening of the dance-floor comedy, The Tribe (think Full Monty, but with Spanish mamacitas). Hit the after party for tapas, vino and live entertainment. The festival continues into May with 25 Spanish films. There’s classics like del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, as well as kid-friendly films like Coco and Tad the Lost Explorer. Check out the full festival program, here.

The Spanish Film Festival runs from 26 April to 13 May, session times vary. 3 Cinema Place (off 250 Rundle Street), City. Opening night tickets $58, regular screening tickets $22, concession $17.50, under 12’s $13.00  

3. A Little Night Music 

Get your glad rags out – it’s time for the theatre. A Little Night Music is a chance to waltz through a tale of love, desire and regret, set against the Swedish countryside. The show follows stage actress Desiree on a steamy weekend in the country with men falling at her feet. The Tony award-winning performance is full of twists and turns that’ll quench your theatre thirst.

26 April to 5 May, show times vary. Adelaide Arts Theatre, 53 Angas Street, City. Tickets $36, concession $32, kids $22 

4. Groovin the Moo

Pic: Groovin the Moo facebook

It’s time to get moo-vin…GTM has put together a colossal line up including slots from Flight Facilities, Ball Park Music, Winston Surfshirt, Royal Blood, Vera Blue, and classics from Paul Kelly, Grinspoon and more. Join in the ‘commoonity’ vibes and visit Ink Pot’s Maker Station, a creative hub to jazz up your festival threads or score a vintage bargain. Start your weekend early with live music, mouth-watering food, and a cold one (or three).

Friday 27 April, gates open 11:30am to 11pm. Adelaide Showgrounds (enter via Leader Street), Wayville. Tickets $119.95

5. Southern Surf Festival

The South Coast is looking swell this weekend with its first ever surf festival. The three-day event will host over 200 competitors vying for State champ status in short-board, long-board, stand-up and knee-board categories. Bring your pals or the kids for a family-friendly weekend with board swaps, surf art, stalls, and a chance to test your skills with surf schools on Sunday.

27 April to 29 April, 8am to 4pm. Middleton Point, Middleton. FREE festival entry, individual event prices vary

6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert

Join the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra for a night of magic. Watch as they perform the film score live, accompanying a giant screening of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. One for the little (and big) kids to relive the adventure as the music brings the enchanted world of Hogwarts to life.

Saturday 28 April, 7pm to 10pm. Adelaide Entertainment Centre, 98 Port Road, Hindmarsh. Tickets from $79/adult, $39/child, $211/family pass

7. South Australia’s History Festival

Brush up on our state’s past at the 15th annual history festival. The month-long celebration will kick off with a special Open Doors weekend from 28 to 29 April including a hit-list of heritage gems across Adelaide like A Taste of Heritage: Behind the Scenes of a Pioneering McLaren Vale Winery or Leap Across Time at Marble Hill. There’s plenty to explore and captivate the curious minds of the young and old.

28 April to 31 May, Event venue and prices vary. Full festival program, here.  

8. Dream Ride Australia

Get up close and personal with more than 100 Adelaide Supercars including Porsches, Aston Martins and Ferrari’s. Dream Ride Australia are giving those with an intellectual disability the opportunity of a ride in an exotic, sports or luxury car. The ride departs Glenelg, journeying through to Henley Beach via the city. Bring the family or your beloved rev-head to Wigley Reserve for rides, amusements, face painting and stacks of family fun.

Sunday 29 April, 10am to 5:30pm. Wigley Reserve, The Esplanade, Glenelg. FREE.

9. Clare Valley comes to Plant 4 Bowden

Sneak a peek of what Clare Valley has to offer, a little closer to home. Wineries and food producers will take over Plant 4 Bowden this Sunday to share the region’s freshly harvested produce and cracking selection of wines. Vino will be sold by the glass at pop-up cellar doors, with bottles available for purchase to take home and relish.

Sunday 29 April, 10am to 4pm. Plant 4 Bowden, 5 Third Street, Bowden. Tickets from $15.

10. Adelaide Thunderbirds v West Coast Fever

Watch women dominate the court in the first round of Suncorp Super Netball. Will the Thunderbirds soar this season or can the Fever bring the heat? Fan Village and family fun starts from 11am with centre pass at 12:30pm.

Sunday 29 April, 11am to 2:30pm. Priceline Stadium, 155 Railway Terrace, Mile End. Tickets $30.59/adult, $18.35/kid.

11. Unley Repair Cafe – April Session

Learn how to live a more sustainable life, while saving your pennies at the same time. If you’ve got broken household bits and bobs, or even forgotten clothes that need a little mend, bring them along to this brand new initiative to learn how to bring them back to life. If you can carry it in, almost anything is welcome, including electrical items, computers, clothes, shoes and even bikes. They’ll have experts and helpers on hand, fix-it supplies, tea, coffee and handmade treats. Better yet, it’s a great way to connect with your neighbourinos and get to know the community. Can you fix it? Yes you can.

Saturday 28 April, 9:30am – 12:30pm. Clarence Park Community Centre, 72 – 74 East Avenue, Black Forest. Free

12. Dream Ride Australia

This Sunday, Glenelg’s Wigley Reserve plays host to the very first Australian leg of Dream Ride. Established in the USA, the event helps disabled children live their dreams. With 120 supercars packed into the Reserve, kids will have the opportunity to ride them around a special track through the city and Western suburbs. To keep the US link, there’s also 20 kids making the trip accross the seas to take part in the event, too. Free activities will be happening throughout the day so you can come along and bring the family.

Sunday 29 April, from 10am. Wigley Reserve, Glenelg. Participant registrations are on the day. 

13. Adelaide Roller Derby

The next Roller Derby game will be held this Saturday, which sees the Mile Die Club racing against the Salty Dogs. It’s the second game in the season, which continues into August. Catch a glimpse of the talented roller gals whizzing past and chat to players about the rise of this sport on-the-rise, with women at the forefront. An exceptional spectator sport, the track at Wayville is equipped with fun for the whole family – there’s space for your little rollers and skaters to scoot about themselves.

Saturday 28 April. Adelaide Showground, Wayville. Tickets and season dates available online.

Plan Ahead: Inappropriate Cross-Stitch

Save the mid-week expletives for a spot of therapeutic cross-stitch form. For beginners or experienced stitchers, there’s a range of designs to choose from at this quirky take on the humble craft. Tickets cover sewing guidance, cross-stitch design, needles and thread. You’ll also be given a glass of wine and desserts, to sugar-coat all of the profanity. Bring your pals for a crafty dessert date that could get a little crude.

Wednesday 2 May, 7pm to 10pm. Benjamin on Franklin Hotel, 233 Franklin Street, City. Tickets $50.

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