For the groovers, the artists, the shoppers and the kids, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re sipping on tea in Unley, dancing in Port Noarlunga, shopping at your choice of markets in the City, or waving to Santa in Glenelg, it’s all happening at these top weekend events.
1. Bowerbird Design Market
With a month to go before Christmas Day, find the kind of gifts that are always a pleasure to unwrap. With an abundance of artisan-made goods, you’ll be able to peruse gorgeous homewares, art, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, organic skincare and so much. If you’re looking to have a DIY Christmas, enjoy up to 10 workshops, where you can make your own belt of dog collar, take a crash course in pickling, or create your own lino-print gift tags. Expect enough amazing food and beverage options to keep you satisfied enough to shop ‘til you drop.
Friday 23 November, 4pm to 9pm to Sunday 25 November, 10am to 5pm. Wayville Pavilion, The Adelaide Showground (via Ridley Gate), Wayville. Tickets $5
2. COCO NOIRE
With a rum-filled coconut in-hand, and live French tunes of the bluesy folk variety, it’s a night to relax and unwind. With delicious food trucks nearby, drinks by your host First Order Coffee, and a line-up showcasing local talents, The Coconut Kids and Emily Davis, there’s no doubt this will be a delightful evening for all.
Friday 23 November, 6.30pm to 10.30pm. 82 Ifould Street, Adelaide. Tickets $18
3. Kids Activities In The Arcade
This ongoing event in the Central Markets is the perfect place to drag your kids along to for some exciting entertainment and activities, all for free! This Friday you’ll find face painters and the beloved Archie the Elephant, with shimmering glitter tattoos on Saturday. To see the full schedule, running until early December, follow the link below.
Friday 23 November 5.30pm to 8.30pm to Saturday 24 November, 10.30am to 1.30pm. Central Market Arcade, 30 Gouger Street, Adelaide. FREE
4. Port Noarlunga Blues Festival
International Blues & Roots artists, and music-lovers from across SA will flock to Porties this weekend for the three-day Blues Festival sure to have you dancing. The only ticketed event will have you splashing a well-spent $40 on headlining artist, Josh Smith as he passes through on his Australian Tour.
Friday 23 to Sunday 25 November, 11.30am to 11.30pm. Port Noarlunga. FREE
5. Etsy Made Local
Celebrating the spirit of local community, artisans will be selling their handmade crafts and vintage goods at these gorgeous markets. From coast-to-coast around Australia, towns will be setting up their stalls on Saturday, making this a national initiative saluting creatives and collectors across the country. An exceptional way to support your local, and cross a few Christmas presents off the shopping list.
Saturday 24 November, 10am to 4pm. Oxford Terrace, Unley. FREE
6. Spring Into Willunga Street Market
As the Willunga Farmers’ Markets join forces with the High Street traders, the main street of Willunga will come alive with this gorgeous annual spring market. Grab a coffee and some delicious food and take a stroll, on the lookout for fresh local produce and fun stocking fillers.
Saturday 24 November, 8am to 12.30pm. High Street, Willunga. FREE
7. Ceramic Workshop On The Wheel Featuring ‘That Scene From Ghost’
If the thought of wheel throwing brings back sensual memories of Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze with wet clay between their fingers, this event could be just for you. Over four hours, learn the art of wheel throwing with an experienced ceramics teacher, wine, nibbles and music (almost definitely featuring Unchained Melody).
Saturday 24 November, 2pm to 6pm. The Mill, 154 Angas Street, Adelaide. Tickets $70 – $160
8. Something Unexpected
In laneway garden at twilight, with the smell of fresh pizza in the air, sit back and enjoy a night of spoken word, improv theatre and music, as they collide on stage for an epic show. Expect plenty of laughter, and perhaps a couple of tears, as these masters of their craft share some serious talent.
Saturday 24 November, 6.30pm to 9pm. Mixed Creative, 32 Nile Street, Port Adelaide. Tickets $12.50 – $15
9. Burlesque Bad Girls
A night of live rock ‘n’ roll and gutsy, pure glam performances by Australia’s’ best in burlesque. This high voltage show is sure to get your head banging and your heart racing.
Saturday 24 November, 7.30pm. Nexus Arts, Lion Arts Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide. Tickets $38
10. Picnic In The Park
The annual Pinky Flat picnic party is back, celebrating the Feast Festival in style. This year you’ll find DIY queer craft, roving live performances, a dog show, a drag fashion parade, and novelty games and races. Of course, you can expect live DJ sets throughout the day and into the night, so make sure you wear your dancing shoes!
Sunday 25 November, 11am to 7pm. Pinky Flat, War Memorial Drive, Adelaide. Tickets $10
There’s something special about Volkswagens, the cars that even in 2018, still manage to provoke nostalgia in so many of us. For the older generations, the VW is a common star in coming of age memories, and all millennials will remember the “punch buggy”. This weekend, join fans and owners of this great automobile for a fun day of car appreciation.
Sunday 25 November, 10am to 3pm. Elder Park, King William Road, Adelaide. FREE
12. Glenelg Christmas Pageant
Santa Clause is coming to the seaside, along with clowns, dancers, singing groups and marching bands––everything you need for an epic Christmas pageant. Follow the excitement down Jetty Road, and enjoy free face painting and kids activities in Moseley Square afterwards.
Sunday 25 November, 10am to 2pm. Jetty Road, Glenelg. FREE
13. Tea Inspired
Not your average cuppa, this exhibition will feature interactive classes, tastings, history and artefacts, as well as tea-inspired art. The opening night fun will also include a tea party and tasting with a local expert and fun quizzes. If you can’t make it to the launch, expect workshops and tea ceremonies here in the coming months.
Sunday 25 November, 2pm to 5pm. Unley Museum, 80 Edmund Avenue, Unley. Free booking here.
Plan Ahead: Carclew Dusk Arts Markets
The gardens of Carclew will become a market paradise, with artisan stalls, roving entertainment and interactive activities. There will be nearly 39 stallholders, a delicious selection of food trucks and wines by Alpha Box & Dice, what more could you want on a Tuesday night?
Tuesday 27 November, 5.30pm to 9.30pm. 11 Jeffcott Street, North Adelaide. Gold Coin Entry
What are you getting up to this weekend? We love to hear about what’s happening in Adelaide, so let us know in the comments, below.