Lace up your shoes because these top weekend events will have you cheering on your favourite teams, rummaging through vintage markets and heading to the theatre for some hilarious and highbrow entertainment.
1. Never Never Distilling Co. Turns One
Celebrate Never Never’s first birthday with a Dark Party at Hains & Co, one of Adelaide’s award winning gin bars. If your outfit crosses over to the dark side, you could win the entire Dark Series gin range – a treat for all juniper freaks out there. They’ll be showcasing guest cocktail recipes from Australia’s best bartenders so make sure you eat well because these will slip back far too easily.
Thursday 2 August, 5pm-late. 23 Gilbert Place, Adelaide. FREE
2. Pawsome Art Trail
For the month of August, explore a unique art exhibition that’s just as fun for humans as it is for their pooches. Follow the ‘Pawsome’ map to discover 100 painted doggy bowls and nine ‘mega dog bowls’ scattered all over the city. Stroll the streets of Adelaide and explore beautiful art with a difference at the sae time. Tag your pictures with #PAWSOMEADL to win prizes.
Friday 3 August. All times. Adelaide CBD. Download FREE map here
3. Adelaide Thunderbirds vs NSW Swifts
Elevating the netball experience for their fans, Priceline Stadium offers an outdoor bar that’ll be transformed into a neon heaven, as younger fans in fluoro face paint wave their glow sticks at the game. Cheer on the girls for round 14 as they give it their all on the court.
Friday 3 August, 5.30pm to 9pm. Priceline Stadium, 155 Railway Terrace, Mile End. Tickets from $20
4. SALA Festival
Portrait of Che Chorley, a photographer who’s work will feature in this year’s SALA
The South Australian Living Artists Festival is a testament to just how many talented local artists we have here in Adelaide. As venues all over the state are decorated with exhibitions and incredible works of art, explore South Australia with new eyes and through the lenses, paintbrushes, pens and tools of our best creatives. The program runs for the entire month of August. Top tip? Take a gander online and make a list of your must-sees beforehand.
Saturday 4 August, varying times. Multiple Venues. Full Program here
5. 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
6. Showdown Luncheon
If you’ve got showdown fever, we know where you’ll be on Saturday – watching Port Adelaide take on the Adelaide Crows, a game to divide the city. Regardless of whether your scarf is blue, red and yellow, or teal and black, join former club champions Mark Ricciuto and Dominic Cassisi for a pre-game lunch, and gain some insight to the upcoming showdown. With stand-up comedy entertainment from Lawrence Mooney and a fantastic menu, everyone’s a winner here.
Friday 3 August, 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Adelaide Oval, War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide. Tickets from $150
7. Adelaide Roller Derby Grand Final
Get ready to roll, because Port and Crows aren’t the only two Adelaide teams battling it out at home; the Mile Die Club will take on the Road Train Rollers in an unforgettable battle for the 2018 trophy. Come for the competition, and stay for the on and off-track entertainment and live music. Oh, and don’t forget the after-party st the Wheatsheaf Hotel. Kids get in for free.
Saturday 4 August, 4pm to 9pm. Adelaide Showground, Rose Terrace, Wayville. Tickets from $10
8. Menopause The Musical
The cool breeze to your hot flashes, this musical is a hilarious take on the inevitable female experience and the mental, physical and spiritual challenges that come with it. Inspired by a bottle of wine and the celebration of older gals going through ‘the change’, enjoy a night out with a few sing-a-longs and plenty of belly laughs.
Friday 3 August, 7.30 to 9pm. Dunstan Playhouse, Festival Drive, Adelaide. Tickets from $65
9. Round She Goes Market
Where bargain buys and rare retro finds come to hide out, this market is perfect for a good dig through the racks. You’re sure to uncover the kind of vintage gems they just don’t make anymore. Rain or shine, Round She Goes continues, thanks to its undercover location in the Woodville Town Hall. So grab a coffee, take a gander and discover your next favourite outfit.
Saturday 4 August, 10am to 3pm. Woodville Town Hall, 74 Woodville Road, Woodville. Entry $2
10. Gathered Design Market
There’s more than one market to meander this Saturday…Gathered is back on again at Queens Theatre, so you can sip wine as you peruse the huge variety of goodies, with acoustic tunes floating through the majestic space. From skincare to garden goodies, clothing, art and jewellery, you’re sure to find a collection of treasures. With incredible food on offer and crafty masterclasses, it’s easy to spend the whole day here, so leave plenty of time in the Saturday schedule.
Saturday 4 August, Queens Theatre, Playhouse Lane, Adelaide. Entry $2
11. Science Alive!
Running all weekend, this is a great one to drag the kids along to, with 60 exhibitors providing interactive fun. The show also brings much-needed awareness to the importance of science and technology to little ones. From palaeontology games to stalls showing you how to make your own fidget spinners, this is the perfect weekend destination for young bright minds that want to get hands-on.
Saturday 4 August, Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Road, Wayville. Tickets from $14
12. The Mastersingers Of Nuremberg Act III
If you haven’t been to an opera yet, now is your chance. The Third Act of Mastersingers will have 60 singers on stage for an epic story of love, vengeance and competition. Grab your monocle and enjoy some of Adelaide’s finest highbrow entertainment.
Saturday 4 August, 7:30pm to 10.30pm, Adelaide Festival Theatre, King William Street, Adelaide. Tickets from $100
13. Wizardry High Tea
Fill your inner-witches and wizards up with sweet treats and delectable savoury goodies at this magical high tea experience. There’s a butter beer on arrival and a prize for the best dressed…like you needed another excuse to get your Harry Potter costumes out again.
Sunday 5 August, 2pm to 4pm. Stamford Grand Adelaide Hotel, 2 Jetty Road, Glenelg. Tickets $25 – $49
Plan Ahead: Walk A Mile In My Boots
While the winter mornings make it hard for us to get out of bed this time of year, it’s time to remember an entirely different struggle for Adelaide’s homeless. As part of National Homelessness Week, show your support by walking from Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi to South Park Lands/Tuthangga for a BBQ brekky next Friday. If you’re down south, join in with hundreds of locals at the McLaren Vale event this Friday as they walk from Oxenberry Farm to Hardys Tintara.
Friday August 10, 7am to 8.30am. Victoria Park /Pakapakanthi, Adelaide. Registration from $5
How much will you try to squeeze in this weekend? We love hearing about your favourite weekend events, so let us know in the comments, below.