There’s plenty of wonderful ways to wet your whistle this weekend, but if you’d rather explore the paranormal history of Adelaide, check out more SALA, or take part in a charming lantern display at dusk, these top weekend events have you covered.
1. Mary’s Poppin Launch
Adelaide’s favourite home of drag divas, cabaret and cocktails is doubling in size, welcoming huge glowing rainbows, a Video Disco Bar and light-up go-go dancing cages downstairs. Your hosts for the night are the wonderful, RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Monique Heart and Jinkx Monsoon. Dress loud and get your glitter ready.
Thursday 23 August, 8pm ‘til late. Synagogue Place, Adelaide. FREE
2. Hahndorf Winter Lantern Festival
Enjoy the festival’s opening night surrounded by the glimmering lanterns and gorgeous sounds of the Heysen Ensemble and the Adelaide Hills Young Musicians. From 2pm the following Saturday, come back for festival food stalls, the Adelaide Hills Winter Poetry competition and the fire lantern parade at dusk. This community event is an incredible opportunity to experience the true charm of Hahndorf.
Friday 24 August, 7pm to 8.30pm. Hahndorf Academy, 68 Main Street, Hahndorf. FREE
3. Adelaide Uni Band Comp Finals
The uni band finalists will be ready to battle it out this Friday, and are sure to put on an epic show. On top of promising networking opportunities, there’ll be over $500 in prizes and priceless band exposure. Make the most of our passionate youth music scene and a buzzing atmosphere.
Friday 24 August, 7pm to 9pm. Level 4, Union House, The University of Adelaide. FREE
4. Drinks At The Tipsy Gypsy
Friday nights at the Central market are already a gorgeous experience, but The Tipsy Gyspy is bringing some of their spirit to share. The charming caravan pop-up will be serving cocktails, brews and wines to kick-start your weekend. If you miss out this time, they’ll be back next Friday.
Friday 24 August, 5.30pm to 9pm. Gouger Street, Adelaide. FREE
5. Whiskey Tasting Evening
Start your evening with a light whisky before moving down the menu towards something bolder with your scotch-fillet, topping it off with a real rich number and a decadent chocolate dessert. It’s a night to warm your belly and cultivate your whisky knowledge in style…as Mark Twain famously said, ‘too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough’.
Friday 24 August, 7pm to 10pm. Cruising Yacht Club of SA, Lady Gowrie Drive, North Haven, Adelaide. 18+ Tickets $35
6. LOT 14 Grey Nurse Tour
Explore LOT 14 or The Former Royal Adelaide Hospital on a tour that delves into the spooky phenomena of ghost nurses, changing bedpans and cruising the hospital halls even in the afterlife. A fun and creepy look into the fascinating history of Adelaide’s old medical institution.
Saturday 25 August, 10pm to 12am. The Former Royal Adelaide Hospital, North Terrace, Adelaide. Tickets $38
7. French Swearing Class
Why swear in English and pardon your French, when you can learn to drop the F-bomb en Français and say sorry to no one? Enjoy this interactive class with a glass of your favourite poison, plenty of naughty curse words and even more belly laughs.
Saturday 25 August, 4.30pm to 7pm. La Buvette Drinkery, 27 Gresham Street, Adelaide. Tickets $50
8. SALA On Saturday On Goodwood Road
We can’t believe it either…it’s time to wrap up SALA. But fret not – they wrap up in style with this annual family-friendly event. Starting in the morning on Goodwood Road with free kids arts activities on the foodpaths at Gilbert Street, as well as community art projects, face painting and balloon art, the fun will continue on into the afternoon. Carry on nurturing your artistic side after lunch with their ‘Where Art Meets Food & Wine’ event which features delectable bites and jazzy live tunes. You can also meet and greet some of Adelaide’s top street artists – Vans the Omega and Jake Holmes – the talent behind Capri Theatre’s new mural.
Saturday 25 August, 10am to 4pm. Goodwood Road (Gilbert Street), Goodwood. FREE
9. Plastic Fusion Workshop (SALA)
Help save the world and let your creative juices flow, with artist and environmentalist Louise van der Merwe. Using your own plastic bags and heating instruments, learn how to create stunning works of art with materials that could’ve ended up in landfill.
Saturday 25 August, 11.45am to 1.45pm. Urban Cow Studio, Shop 6/10 Vaughan Place, Adelaide. Tickets $10
Want more SALA? Here are our top picks…
Social Synapses: Explore the neuroscience behind our connection to light, through performance and interactive installation.
Former Royal Adelaide Hospital Foyer, North Terrace, Adelaide.
Art Mirroring Life: These stunning paintings by Ngarrindjeri artist, Jacob Stengle draw from personal experiences, cultural identity and the Stolen generations.
nthspace Adelaide, 31/33 North Street, Adelaide.
10. Modernist Adelaide Walking Tour
Sometimes you just need to stroll around town with an architectural guru to really soak up the fascinating sights of Adelaide. Arrive 15 minutes early to grab a coffee, before setting off to discover buildings that changed our city streetscapes and skylines
Sunday 26 August, 1pm to 2pm. Crack Kitchen, 13 Franklin Street, Adelaide. Tickets $15
11. Broadway Sessions Third Birthday
It’s been three years since their humble beginnings at Adelaide’s beloved Jade Monkey; now Broadway Sessions are celebrating their string of successful sessions at Norwood Live. Enjoy some outstanding Broadway performances, a slice of birthday cake and multiple trips to the bar.
Sunday 26 August, 6pm to 9pm. Corner of Osmond Terrace and The Parade, Norwood. Tickets $15 – $20
12. Lord Mayor’s Park Lands Ramble
Explore the contrast of landscapes and relax on this guided walk through the Adelaide Park Lands, discovering native vegetation and blossoming rose gardens. Joined by Kaurna guide, Tamaru, you’ll see how to construct a traditional shelter called a Wiltja, and gain insights into the culture of the Kaurna people, the traditional owners and custodians of the Adelaide Plains.
Sunday 26 August, 9am to 11am. Veale Gardens, South terrace, Adelaide. FREE
How will you be spending the weekend? We love hearing about your plans, so let us know what you’re getting up to in the comments, below.