Get your binoculars out for the opera, make some snow angels in a shopping centre, craft your own wreath, dance in a vineyard or sip a local gin – whatever your fancy, this weekend has some doozies for you.
1. American Express Openair Cinemas
Bringing more movies to the grounds of Riverbank Lawn, the Openair Cinemas let you enjoy dusk and settle into the grassy banks under the stars. Moviegoers can get stuck into delicious grub from Chimichurri, and sip on drinks from the cinema bar. It’s a must-visit for those of you who are American Express Card Members for a variety of absolute perks. The waterfront fiesta runs until Sunday 16 November. Films include First Man, A Star is Born and ever-popular Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s pet-friendly, too, so bring your pooches.
On now, ’til Sunday 16 December, 6pm to 11pm. Riverbank Lawn. Tickets $20-$40.
2. The Merry Widow, SOSA
For their final show of 2018, State Opera of South Australia presents The Merry Widow, beginning this Thursday. With five performances only, you’ll have to get in quick for this stunning show, with a backdrop of glittering Paris in the 1920’s. In one of the more modern operatic productions, The Merry Widow tells the tale of a wealthy widow looking to marry. Graeme Murphy’s production is an Aussie favourite, and well worth taking the whole family.
Thursday 29 and Friday 30 November, Saturday 1, Tuesday 4 and Thursday 6 December. Various times. Festival Theatre, Adelaide. Tickets $80.
3. Make it Snow, Westfield
We may not have eggnog or Christmas jumpers to wear to huddle by the fire, but Westfield is forecasting snow. The North Pole will be brought to you in this magical, oh-so-enchanting experience. Here’s your chance to experience a white Christmas in a real winter wonderland in the midst of Aussie summer. Make a family of snow angels, build a snowman or even start a snowball fight – the fun is endless. This summer, soak up the let-it-snow spirit at both Westfield Marion and West Lakes, for a limited time only. Starting this Saturday, little and big kids alike will have the chance to experience the snowfall and get a few happy snaps along the way. Hop online to see the snow schedule.
Saturday 1 December to Monday 24 December, Level 1 Centre Court, Westfield Marion. Thursday 13 December to Thursday 20 December, Westfield West Lakes.
4. Festive Wreath Live Workshop
With Christmas just around the corner, why not get crafty and creative? Rally up your friends and family for some festive fun in this hands-on workshop. Take a seat and get tactile with Phoebe Hunter on a fun-filled hour creating a timeless festive wreath that blends alluring flowers and Australian Native foliage. Don your door with this beauty and it’s sure to usher Christmas in with warmth. Go on, show off your festive spirits.
Saturday 1 December, 12pm to 8pm to Sunday 2 December, 12pm to 4pm. Leaders Street, Wayville. Tickets $30
5. Adelaide Motorsport Festival
A must-visit for true car enthusiasts and petrolheads, Adelaide Motorsport Festival is a two-day festival featuring Formula One and Touring Cars amidst 14 various categories. There’s set to be exclusive demonstrations on track, interactive displays and food and wine to top it all off. A great one for the whole family, the event is sure to leave you with a new found appreciation for the humble motor vehicle.
Saturday 1 December to Sunday 2 December, 9am to 5pm. Victoria Park. Tickets $5 to $60.
6. Wine Bars Walking Tour
Calling all wine connoisseurs! Tag along and delve into Adelaide’s dynamic wine culture. Whether you’re looking to sip some wines about town or simply broaden your horizons in the city bar scene, the tour explores a range of establishments about town that are well-known for their rich historical prestige. Be all-ears for engrossing stories, while indulging your palates with wine samples with highly accredited tour guide commentary at different venues. After a long day of walking and tasting, you will be rewarded with samples available for purchase at a discounted price.
Saturday 1 December to Saturday 9 February 2019, 3:30pm to 6:30pm, King William Street. Tickets $75.
It’s here – Adelaide very own gin festival. The definition of ‘gincident’ is said to be “an event that happens as a result of one too many gins” – a fabulous reason to put on a party, we say. If you’re a fan of all things juniper, book yourself in for an afternoon of sipping and swilling some of the best the state has to offer, as well as some from across the borders as well. Held at the Flour Shed in Harts Mill, the bar crew from The Howling Owl will be mixing all their top gin cocktails for the occasion, too.
Saturday 1 December, 11am to 10pm. The Flour Shed, Hart’s Mill, Port Adelaide. Tickets $25.
8. Wine Machine
Head to the Vale this Saturday for South Australia’s leg of Wine Machine – the travelling winery music festival. This year, the event is set to be held at Penny’s Hill, just between McLaren Vale and Willunga. Head down for the morning and peruse Willunga’s foodie main street and a couple of vintage shops, and then head down the road for a boogie and a few wines. Dance the afternoon away to San Cisco, Confidence Man, Jack River, Kira Puru and the famous Hot Dub Time Machine DJ’s. Resale tickets still available.
Saturday 1 December, 1pm to 10pm. Penny’s Hill, McLaren Vale. Tickets available via resale, prices vary.
9. Adelaide Crochet Club
Whether you are a crochet beginner, or just looking to sharpen techniques, you are in for a treat because this clique welcomes everybody of all levels to create crocheting masterpieces by finding fresh inspiring ideas and picking up some fun tricks up the sleeves of Yolanda, your loving teacher. The Crochet Club bridges locals together in the community to share giggles, exchange creative ventures while wrangling two needles getting their crochet on. Beginners can choose from a variety of patterns to start with and if you’ve got your own work, bring it as well for Yolanda to give great pointers.
Saturday 1 December to Saturday 2 March, 10am to 1pm. O’Connell Street, North Adelaide. Fee is $35 and $55 for beginners.
10. Pizza & Wines at Hugo Wines
You know what they say – a well-spent Sunday leads to an enthusiastic Monday! So, this Sunday, why not forgo your regular Sunday arvo on the couch binge-watching Game of Thrones and head down to Hugo Wines for some topping-laden wood oven pizzas and great local vino. You even get your very own printed Riedel Hugo Wines glass to take home. Did we mention the first glass of wine is free? Pack the kiddy bag and bring along the family for plenty of fun, food and live music by Gary Stillwell.
Sunday 2 December, 1pm to 5pm. 246 Elliott Road, McLaren Flat. Tickets $15 for adults. Free for children under 18.
11. Carols in the Park
What’s the festive season without carolling? Gather your loved ones, put a picnic together, sit back, listen and sing along to some of your all-time-favourite carols at Campbelltown’s Carols in the Park. Get your Christmas ornaments and tinsel out, it’s time to lift your Christmas mood up and jingle to ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’. Rejoice the night away with performances from Ticklish Allsorts, Sing Australia Magill and the Campbelltown City Band.
Sunday 2 December, 6:15pm to 8:30pm. Thorndon Park, Hamilton Terrace Paradise 5075, Campbelltown. FREE.