Unlucky for some, thirteen is the sweet spot when it comes to some wicked events in Adelaide his weekend. Cars, footy, art, music, comedy, wine, coffee, markets… and heaps more. Get into it Adelaide.
1. St Jerome’s Laneway Festival
Let your jaw drop and hips sway over the amazing lineup at St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, bringing the Port to life this Friday. Brimming with stages, markets, food trucks and beverage stalls, the only thing you have to worry about it getting all the glitter out of your hair before work on Monday.
Friday 2 February, 11am to 11.30pm. Hart’s Mill, Mundy Street, Port Adelaide. Tickets $145
2. Espresso Martini Festival
Adelaide’s first official cocktail festival is all about the one, the only, espresso martini. Eight local bars going head-to-head (and shaker to shaker) in a competition to show who does it best. The winners will be decided by masters of coffee, cocktails, and you. The two-day event includes optional workshops, tastings, and VIP experiences, with mouthwatering eats for all.
Friday 2 February, 5pm to 11pm. Rymill Park, Adelaide. Tickets from $30
3. Raw Comedy SA State Final
There’s nothing like a side-splitting belly laugh, but when it comes courtesy of a South Australian on the edge of their comedy career, it somehow feels a little sweeter. The winner of this hilarious event goes on to the National Final and the Edinburgh Fringe.
Friday 2 February, 7pm to 10.30pm. Nexus Arts, Corner North Terrace and Morphett Street, Adelaide. Tickets $25
4. First Fridays
The Art Gallery of South Australia leaves its doors open on the first Friday of every month for some late-night exploring. Finish your week listening to inspired talks, live music and the latest exhibitions and displays. This week, learn about ‘China and the World’: how modern Australian art is influenced by Chinese porcelain, how to be a master of tai chi, and the secret to good luck lion dancing.
Friday 2 February, 5pm to 9pm. North Terrace. FREE
5. Market Birthday Party
Celebrating 149 years of fresh produce, friendly staff and delicious food, the Adelaide Central Market throws a banging party this Saturday for the whole fam. The morning will be packed with live music by Bird Lives, face painting and cupcake decorating for the kids, and a cooking demonstration by Bree May. And of course, there will be presents – put your name into the Cash Booth and you could win a variety of market and stall vouchers.
Saturday 3 February, 9am to 1:30pm. Gouger Street. FREE
6. Thebartonia Summer Festival
Your humble Thebby streets are about to explode with the festive delights of Thebartonia. With live music from two stages, mouth-watering eats, kid’s entertainment and roving performances, it’s perfect for the whole family.
Saturday 3 February. 3pm to Midnight. Albert Street, Thebarton. FREE
7. Crows Vs Lions Womens AFL
It’s time to get behind the talented women of our country’s national sport. For round one of the NAB AFL Women’s Competition, the Adelaide Crows take on the Brisbane Lions for an epic game. There will be plenty of pre, quarter, half and post-match entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, along with footy prizes and giveaways.
Saturday 3 February, 6.45pm to 9.45pm. Lot 26 The Parade, Norwood FREE
8. Bugatti Veyron EB16.4 In Adelaide
One of the world’s fastest and expensive cars will soon tear up the streets (or rather, the National Motor Museum). At a street value of $2 million and weighing almost 2000 kilograms, the 2008 model will be on display throughout 2018. Museum Director Paul Rees says, “Is has style and class and fully deserves the icon status that collectors the world over have given it.”
Opens Saturday 3 February, 10am to 5pm. Shannon Street, Birdwood. Adult $15.50, kids $12.50
9. Brighton Jetty Classic
South Australia’s largest open water swim and street festival is a great day out, packed with events from the Surf Boat Carnival to the Marilyn Jetty Swim. This year the 100-metre family swim means everyone can get involved. Enjoy sculpture competitions, stage events and live music or take it in with a bird’s eye view from the jetty.
Sunday 4 February, 8am to 5pm. 147 The Esplanade, Brighton. Register here
10. Queens Wharf Food And Wine Festival
This is a day to get familiar with the culinary talent and outstanding wines of Australia, on one of the oldest ports in South Australia. Food trails, paddle tastings, a barbecue by the river – this is the stuff dream weekends are made of.
Sunday 4 February, 11am to 7pm. Heritage Precinct, Lipson Street, Port Adelaide. Tickets $10
11. Essential Edible Produce Swap
You don’t want to be late for this one. The actual swap takes place at 10am sharp. Trade items like home-grown fruit, veggies, herbs, flowers, eggs, seeds, seedlings and preserves. If the bounties of your backyard fruit trees are too much for one household, take a bag down to see what you can exchange it for. No cash changes hands here – it’s all about community generosity, sharing and fun.
Sunday 4 February, 9am. Joslin Reserve, Fourth Avenue, Adelaide. FREE
12. Amongst The Vines Market
Live music, local wine, fine foods and beautiful markets make the perfect excuse to head down to the Vale on Sunday. Get lost among the vines and the charming atmosphere and let the kids loose on the petting zoo, playground and bouncy castle.
Sunday 4 February, 10am to 4pm. McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre, 796 Main Road, McLaren Vale. FREE
13. Hiphop El Classy
Uniting the elements and sub-factions of the hip hop genre, HipHop El Classy hopes to inform and create a safe space for artists, inviting you to burn some holes in the dance floor. If you need a little something to help you loosen up, your friendly hosts and a well-stocked beer garden should do the trick.
Sunday 4 February, 3pm to 9pm. Nexus Arts Venue, Corner North Terrace and Morphett Street, Adelaide. Tickets $10