With Halloween now behind us, the only boogie man in sight has his dancing-shoes tightly laced for groovin’ throughout the top weekend events. There’s plenty of festivals and parties on offer, but if your sights are set on some holiday spirit, head out to the Credit Union Christmas Pageant, and browse eclectic markets for unique gifts to pop under the tree.
1. McLaren Vale Meets Leigh Street
If you’re a city slicker with a penchant for SA wine, but you never find time to visit the Fleurieu, it’s your lucky weekend. McLaren Vale is coming to you! Your entry will include a take-home wine glass, five free tastings, and access to 15 of the regions favourite producers––the perfect atmosphere for your Friday arvo knock-offs.
Friday 9 November, 4.30pm to 8.30pm. Leigh Street, Adelaide. Tickets $20
2. Credit Union Christmas Pageant
It’s the Christmas tradition that’s made the second Saturday of November one to remember for generations. Whether your tinsel-wrapped deckchair is set up on the street-side, or you’re watching from home as you set up the tree, don’t miss the big man in red as he cruises down King William Street towards the Magic Cave on North Terrace.
Saturday 10 November, 9.30am to 11:45am. Adelaide. FREE
3. Christmas Market
If you’re keen to keep the holiday spirit going, head over to Leigh Street after the Christmas Pageant, and enjoy musicians, face-painters, performers and incredible markets. Expect to find goodies like unique jewellery, clothing, succulents, homewares and much more, as you search for the perfect stocking-fillers and take advantage of the mouth-watering eats on offer.
Saturday 10 November , 1pm to 4pm. Leigh Street, Adelaide. FREE
4. Handpicked Festival
Soulful live music beside the rolling vines of Langhorne Creek, a little bit of sunshine and a whole lot of wine can only result in one thing––a bloody good day. Kick off your shoes and dance barefoot on the grass, sprawl over picnic blankets and sing along to the incredible acts handpicked to make you smile. With Tent City just a short walk away, bring your camping castles and erect them proudly in honour of the huge night ahead.
Saturday 10 November, 12am. 319 Step Road, Langhorne Creek. Tickets $89.95 to $200
5. Farewell Union Street Party
It’s going to take 14 taps pouring cold craft frothies, two food trucks, DJ’s, and a record shop pop-up to give the Union Street warehouse a proper farewell. It’s been home to Little Bang Brewery Company for three years now, so it only makes sense to throw a proper house-cooling party, before they fly the coop in favour of greener pastures on Henry Street.
Saturday 10 November, 12pm to 12am. Little Bang Brewing Company, 8a Union Street, Stepney. FREE
6. Spirit Festival Concert
As part of the Spirit Festival that runs for just over a week to showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, music, dance, theatre, workshops and more, the Spirit Festival Concert is bringing some serious talent to Wauwi (Light Square). You can expect incredible acts like Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project, workshops, and traditional Kaurna games at this celebration of talent and culture.
Saturday 10 November, 1pm to 10pm. Wauwi (Light Square), Adelaide. FREE
7. Pride March
Gathering at Rymill Park, Adelaide’s LGBTIQ+ community invite you to join them, as they march through the streets of Adelaide celebrating pride, love, strength and diversity.
Saturday 10 November, 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Rymill Park, Adelaide . FREE
8. Feast Festival Opening Night Party
Keep marching straight on over to this all-inclusive LGBTIQ+ community event, filled with flamingos and flamboyance for a huge night of special guest performances. From the 40-piece Adelaide Concert Band playing their favourite queer songs to a Rocky Horror Drag Show, get ready to find countless reasons to shake your tail feather.
Saturday 10 November, 6pm to 12am. Migration Museum, 82 Kintore Ave, Adelaide. Tickets $10
9. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban By The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Undoubtedly, the magical world of Harry Potter would not be the captivating fantasy of every 80’s and 90’s-born muggle, if it wasn’t for the unforgettable musical score by John Williams. As the saga’s third instalment is projected on the big screen, and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra performs the score live in unison, expect to be more charmed than Professor Flitwick (sorry… not sorry).
Saturday 10 November, 7pm to 11pm. Adelaide Entertainment Centre, 98 Port Road, Hindmarsh. Tickets $72 to $250
10. Marion Outdoor Pool Open Day
Unlimited waterslides and inflatable obstacle courses, bouncy castles, face painting, games, and animals to hold; if you let kids loose in here, they’ll love you forever. This affordable family day out is the perfect way to get active outdoors and win some serious brownie points with the little-tackers.
Sunday 11 November, 11am to 4pm. Marion Outdoor Pool, corner Oaklands Road & Hendrie Street, Parkholme. Tickets $3
Plan Ahead: Carl Cox & Eric Powell’s Mobile Disco
Global DJ sensation Cark Cox is rapidly becoming known around these parts for turning local wineries into disco kingdoms, and he’s back this year with Eric Powell and two very special guests––CeCe Peniston and Robin S! All except the final release tickets have been exhausted, so if you want to get your groove on in the Barossa Valley, now’s your chance to pounce on tickets.
Sunday 25 November, from 1pm. Seppeltsfield Winery,730 Seppeltsfield Rd, Seppeltsfield. Tickets $99
Will you be dancing up in the park, or down in Langhorne Creek? Or are your Santa hats and deckchairs already by the front door, waiting for pageant day? Let us know how you plan on celebrating this weekend in the comments, below.