Bursting with vibrant community initiatives, incredible art exhibitions, smooth jazz, and fantastic wine, these weekend events remind us exactly why we love living in Adelaide.
1. Adelaide Guitar Festival
If Guitars in Bars got you excited and ready for more exceptional live music, don’t miss this four-day event loaded with incredible talent. There’s so much going on, from workshops and flamenco to collaborations with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra––explore the full program and start planning your list of unmissable gigs.
Thursday 9 August, Multiple times. Multiple venues, Adelaide. Full program here
2. SALA Afterdark
Enjoy a huge night of SALA excitement as 29 exhibitions are launched throughout Port Adelaide. Stroll from venue to venue and soak up your fair share of opening night vibes, meet the artists, and immerse yourself in live music and entertainment. Follow the map speckled with shows from Billie Justice Thompson and Lisa King to Luiza Michalewicz, or head to the Port and simply follow the glowing blue lights.
Friday August 10, 5pm to 11pm. Multiple venues, Port Adelaide. FREE
Want more SALA? Here are some of our top picks:
Majestic Minima Art Hotel: Three local exhibitors showcase mesmerising acrylic and clever collage work at this Melbourne Street hotel. 146 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide
Form and Feeling: Absolutely stunning work from Carclew’s Artists in Residence, reconstructing the self and giving form to their feelings. 11 Jeffcott, North Adelaide
Family Matters: Local and interstate indigenous artists share vibrant, meaningful stories in this gorgeous collaborative display. 131 Sturt Street, Adelaide
3. BlacKkKlansman Infiltrate Hate Party
This weekend, Palace Nova is hosting a movie night with all the goods – free pizza, drink deals, in-cinema DJ and a special screening of the new Spike Lee film BlacKkKlansman. Get your groove on and listen to some soul tunes before the screening. Extra kudos for some ripper seventies dress-ups.
Saturday 11 August, 6pm to 9:30pm. Palace Nova Eastend, 3 Cinema Place, Adelaide. Tickets $8 – $20
While the Adelaide Convention Centre doesn’t exactly scream sex appeal, look no further than the riverbank precinct for the most risqué way to spend your weekend. Celebrating all lifestyles and sexualities, you can explore everything from raunchy virtual reality to fetish lounges and famous performers.
Friday 10 August, 11am to Midnight. Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide. Tickets from $25
5. Shit Knits At The Howling Owl
Dig out your loudest knitwear for the perfect excuse to sink a few gins for a good cause (as if you needed an excuse). While you’re searching the depths of your closet for your nanna’s old polka-dot mohair, find a warm item of clothing in good condition that you don’t need anymore and bring it with you for free entry. All donated woollies will go to the Hutt Street Centre, to help keep our homeless community warm this winter. Do it for them, do it for yourself, do it for godawful sweaters and fabulous gin.
Friday 10 August, 7pm to 2am. Howling Owl, 10 Vaughan Place, Adelaide. FREE
6. The Hot Sardines
One of New York’s best Jazz bands, The Hot Sardines are bringing us a gift of vocal soul and lively rhythms. Jazz enthusiasts – you won’t want to miss this. They’ve recently spent time atop the iTunes Jazz chart. Their show breathes new life into the much-loved genre of music, plus there’s incredible food and wine to help you digest their undeniable talent.
Saturday 11 August, 7.00pm to 11pm. Hilton Adelaide, 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide. Tickets $125
7. Pinot Palooza
Celebrate the light, lovely and highly quaffable tipple that is pinot noir this weekend. Pinot Palooza brings together some of the best pinot producers and drinkers for a tastebud extravaganza. Expect a drop or two from local names like Golden Child and Vinteloper, alongside international stars like Cloudy Bay. There’ll be plenty of food on offer and a vermouth bar serving a fine selection of sweet botanical fortified.
Saturday 11 August, 1pm to 6pm. Morphettville Racecourse, 70 Morphett Road, Morphettville. Tickets $60
8. Mural Design Series
Your chance to leave a vibrant stamp on the city is here, this community mural project is designed to harvest and combine many of your ideas, turning them into something truly eye-catching. If you’re inspired by the creations of SALA, unleash your creative expression at this weekend workshop. There’ll be nibbles nearby and a fantastic community atmosphere, led by mural artist, Sarah Boese.
Saturday 11 August, 11am to 12.30pm. the Box Factory, 59 Regent Street, Adelaide. FREE
9. Tiny House Workshop
Whether you’re a proud minimalist, glamping enthusiast, or sustainability buff, this workshop will remind you that big things come in small packages. Running for two days, the tiny house workshop is divided into mini masterclasses, offering all the knowledge you need to build your own sustainable, off-the-grid abode
Saturday 11 August, 9am to 4pm. The Joinery, 111 Franklin Street, Adelaide. Tickets $75 – $255
10. Lantern Building Workshops
In preparation for the Hahndorf Winter Lantern Festival (last weekend of August), these workshops are an opportunity for kids to come together to design and construct their own paper and cane lanterns to carry during the parade. This fun day of craft is a great way to get involved with the Adelaide Hills community and take part in the historic town’s charming Winter Lantern Festival.
Saturday 11 August, 1pm to 3pm. Hahndorf Academy, 68 Main Street, Hahndorf. Tickets $10
11. Live In The Park With Bob Dylan And Vance Joy
As part of the Live in the Park Festival, join music legend Bob Dylan for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Sparing no expense on the support act, Hottest 100 winner Vance Joy will warm the crowd and open for the Nobel Prize-winning icon. Set under a huge heated marquee, this show will be one to remember, rain or shine.
Saturday 11 August, 5pm to 10pm. Bonython Park, Adelaide. Tickets from $90
12. Reclink Community Cup
Not your average footy game, this popular community event welcomes two brand new teams to the field for charity – the musicians, and the media (The Rockatoos and the Anchors). After Saturday’s pre-game concert at the Grace Emily, cheer on your favourite local bands and radio presenters at the match on Sunday as they fumble around for some semi-impressive goals. With plenty of kids activities, live music and half-time entertainment, it’s a weekend guaranteed to satisfy the whole family.
Sunday 12 August, 12pm. Coopers Stadium, 4 Woods Street, Norwood. Tickets $5
PLAN AHEAD: Xavier Rudd World Tour
We’re giving you plenty of notice with this one because it’s a match made in musical heaven – Xavier Rudd’s multi-instrumental talent and the Thebarton Theatre’s intimate atmosphere. It’s the ultimate recipe for a sold-out show. Prepare for a night of heartfelt singing and foot-stomping grooves as he plays his gorgeous new album, Storm Boy.
Saturday 18 August, 7pm to 10pm. Thebarton TheatreHenley Beach Road, Torrensville. , Tickets $65
How are you going to make the most of these weekend events? We’d love to know what’s at the top of your list, so let us know in the comments, below.