Ignite the senses with the sounds of festival music and the culinary tastes of epicurean delights, and fill the school holidays with everything from robots to bubble soccer. Introducing this weekend’s events in Adelaide…
1. Swan Lake On Ice
The world’s premier theatrical ice skating company, The Imperial Ice Stars, are coming back to Adelaide with their award-winning Swan Lake on Ice. A portrayal of the classic love story, this performance is perfect for both young and old to enjoy. Be mesmerised by the Olympic and World Class skaters and enthralled by the gorgeous production. With only eight performances in Adelaide, be sure to snap up your tickets.
Wednesday 18 July to Sunday 22 July, various show times. Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide. Tickets from $89.90
2. Cellar Sessions With Bethany Wines
If you’ve passed on Dry July this year, then head down to the National Wine Centre after work this Friday for Cellar Sessions with guest winery Bethany Wines from the Barossa Valley. There’ll be tasty wines and live music on offer at the free event. If you want something a little more, book in for a ticketed masterclass from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
Friday 20 July, from 4.30pm, National Wine Centre, Adelaide. FREE and masterclass tickets $25
3. Spin Off Festival
If you can’t make it to Byron for Splendour, never fear, there’s a sideshow right here. Enjoy the soulful sounds and sing-a-longs guaranteed to have you unleashing your inner ratbag on the Showgrounds. If you’ve still got some energy after, the official after party at Fat Controller will keep you dancing with a DJ set from Skegss.
Friday 20 July, 12pm to 12am. Wayville Showgrounds Jubilee Pavilion, Wayville. Tickets $89
4. Woolly Mammoth
For a festival that’s a little heavier and a little more underground, this two-day event at the Ed Castle is set to breathe life back into the emo/punk/rock music scene in Adelaide. True to its name, the festival has a huge lineup, studded with local talent. Two-Bit Villains will be taking over the kitchen, providing a menu to match with all your favourite plant-based fuel for the party.
Friday 20 July, 6pm to 1am. The Edinburgh Castle Hotel, 233 Currie Street, Adelaide. Tickets $15-$35
5. Bubble Soccer
Channelling some serious zorbing vibes, this game of soccer has a set of slightly different rules which include bumping, rolling and bouncing around in giant bubbles. Enjoy this totally free event, just in time for the school holidays.
Friday 20 July, 11am. 88 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide. FREE
6. Laneway Love
As part of Adelaide’s Guitars in Bars Festival, Laneway Love is giving some TLC to our urban fringes, transforming the alleys of Aldinga with incredible local talent, a few well-needed heaters and delicious food for the crowds. If you can brave the cold late enough, their resident DJ will be spinning vinyl into the night.
Friday 20 July, 5pm. 13 Old Coach Road, Aldinga. FREE
7. Hybrid World
Another one for the kids and the kids-at-heart, Hybrid World is a space where real and digital worlds collide and evolve, celebrating tech-culture, virtual and augmented realities, robotics and 3D printing––just to name a few. Explore the full free program, or browse ticketed workshops for some seriously cutting-edge digital entertainment.
Saturday 21 July, 10am to 8pm. Adelaide convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide. FREE
8. Age Of Elegance
If the little ones have ever asked how people cleaned their teeth before toothbrushes were invented, this exhibit is here to help provide the answers. Immerse yourself in the 19thcentury and discover what it looked, smelt and felt like to be alive in a Victorian aged Adelaide.
Saturday 21 July, 10am to 3.30pm. Ayers House Museum, 288 North Terrace, Adelaide. Tickets $10 – $20
9. Sustainability Saturday
The lush lawns of the Museum will be buzzing as free drop-in sessions turn your kids into the resident climate-experts and gardening enthusiasts of your household. With nature playgrounds, musical instruments and fun activities led by Museum educators, it’s a fantastic way to provide meaningful fun in the school holidays.
Saturday 21 July, 10am to 4pm. South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide. FREE
10. Weave A Wall Hanging
Learn a new skill and it’s yours forever; that’s the philosophy of Racheal, the DIY guru who will be leading this vibrant new workshop. Grasp the basic steps and techniques you need to do it all at home, while playing with the textures and creativity involved in making your own take-home piece.
Saturday 21 July, 10am to 2pm. 217-219 Flinders Street, Adelaide. Tickets $160
11. Bike Maintenance Workshop
If you’re the kind of person that abandons your bicycle in the back shed for months, following that mid-ride chain dilemma or a sudden flat tyre, this is the class for you. In the first half of this two-part course, learn the skills to mend your own brakes and gears, so that no broken bike can get in the way of those muscular quads you’ve been working on.
Saturday 21 July, 9am to 1pm. 53 Carrington Street, Adelaide. Tickets $120
12. Sip & Sounds Festival
For most wine lovers, there is seldom a better sound than the delicious glugging of a broad-bowled wineglass being generously filled. This urban cellar door will give you plenty of that, matched perfectly with the sweet acoustic sounds of an incredible local line-up of musicians. Expect local artisans and producers, boutique craft brewers and distillers and food from acclaimed chefs will all be on show at this unmissable epicurean festival.
Sunday July 22, 11am to 5pm. National Wine Centre of Australia, Hackney Road, Adelaide. Tickets $50
Plan Ahead: A 2KW Tour Of France
While the Tour de France nears its final finish line, celebrate the wines of France from Muscadet to the Rhone Valley. Start on the terrace with Oysters and Chardonnay, moving inside for a fascinating menu, expert wine matching and a decadent cheese selection.
Wednesday 25 July, 6.30pm. 2 King William Street, Adelaide. Tickets $160
Plan Ahead: Winter Reds At Mitolo Wines
Taking winter reds to the McLaren Vale region, Mitolo’s restaurant Bocca di Lupo is offering a special five-course degustation experience for one magic night. The once-off menu has been designed by head chef Tom Jack to match Mitolo’s delicious reds. Sommelier Patrick White will dish the drops while Tom and his team treat you to tasty bites almost too beautiful to eat (we said almost!). Ticket price includes a tasting of the premium 14 ‘Marsican’ Shiraz, or you can opt for the additional wines to match.
Saturday 4 August, 6pm to 10pm. Mitolo Wines, 141 McMurtrie Road, McLaren Vale. Tickets $110 + $55 for matching wines.
As the sunshine starts to make a few celebrated appearances, how are you making the most of the weekend? We love to hear about your favourite weekend events, so let us know in the comments, below.