They don’t call us the festival state for nothing… even in winter, the weekend is brimming with events and festivities. Celebrate everything from music to the mind, check out the roller derby, and delight your palate with a Japanese high tea or get you French fancy on for Bastille Day.
1. Adelaide Festival Of Ideas
For three days, the west end of town will be buzzing with food for thought as the Adelaide Festival of Ideas celebrates the beauty of the mind. From neuroscientists and child psychiatrists to journalists and artists, experts of all disciplines will weigh in on important conversations, host talks, workshops, exhibitions and more.
Thursday 12 July, 8am to 6.30pm. Multiple venues, Adelaide. Free and ticketed. Full program here.
2. Umbrella Winter City Sounds Festival
Igniting Adelaide’s live music scene for over two weeks, Umbrella Winter City Sounds brings 300 live music events to over 100 venues across SA. The diverse program brings local and visiting artists to the stage, from local Aboriginal songstresses celebrating NAIDOC week, to rapper Obie Trice. The opening night party will flood Bank Street with vendors, booze, DJ’s and plenty of good times.
Friday 13 July, 5pm to 10pm. Bank Street, Adelaide. FREE. Full program here.
3. The Beginning Of Nature
The Australian Dance Theatre perform a powerful contemporary piece based on naturalistic rhythms, to the sounds of Zephyr Quartet and vocalists singing in Kaurna language. The show was created by artistic director Garry Stewart, whose work featured at WOMADelaide a couple of years ago. If you’ve never seen his work, now’s your chance.
Friday 13 July, 8.30pm to 9.50pm. Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Road, Adelaide. Tickets $29 to $59.
4. Guitars In Bars Festival
The guitar is a versatile instrument, from soulful strumming to radical riffs, and it deserves to be honoured, celebrated and rocked-out to. Luckily, Guitars in Bars Festival does just that for two whole weeks, allowing talented musicians to slap the bass in weird and wonderful venues all around South Australia. With 555 amazing artists, see how many seductive strums or tantalizing twangs you can swoon to.
Friday 13 July. Multiple venues, South Australia. Full program here.
5. DARK ARTS Launch Party
The State Theatre Company has teamed up with Little Bang Brewing to make a chocolate stout inspired by Duncan Graham’s thrilling new play, Creditors. They’ve called the delicious bevvy DARK ARTS to celebrate the unmissable theatre production running from July 20. Go over to the dark side at their launch party with some fellow brew-enthusiasts and be amongst the first to try it.
Friday 13 July, 6pm. Little Bang Brewing Co, 8A Union Street, Stepney. Tickets $25
Reserved, special release, limited edition, and cellar door-only wines from some South Australia’s favourite wineries will be up for tasting at this special event, stunningly hosted in the museum foyer. Swirl and sip the special drops with nibbles, all to the sound of DJ’s. Shake up after-work drinks with this change of scenery, an excellent excuse to make the most of a winter’s night.
Friday July 13, 5.30pm to 8.30pm. South Australian Museum Foyer, North Terrace, Adelaide. Tickets $5
7. Fry Day
Friday 13thJuly marks National Fry Day (we’re just a little bit excited). In celebration of all things crispy and salty, Lord of the Fries will be giving away fries between 1 – 2pm. That’s right, FREE FRIES. Line up at their Glenelg or Hindley Street stories for your free shoe-string fries. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…
8. Bastille Day At Adelaide Central Market
Following the success of last year’s festival, Adelaide Central Market once again celebrates the French festival of Bastille Day, with a collection of free and ticket events. Held over Friday and Saturday, the events range from croquembouche demonstrations by Le Cordon Bleu, a champagne bar, live music and a variety of French-inspired activities and games. There’s fun for the kids, delicious French morsels from some of the market’s stall (made especially for the day) and a roaring atmosphere. Bask in the joie-de-vivre and hop to the markets.
Friday July 13 & Saturday July 14, various times between 9:30am – 9pm. Adelaide Central Market, Gouger Street, Adelaide. Full program here.
9. Adelaide Roller Derby
The Salty Dolls and the Wild Hearses go head-to-head on the roller rink for the ultimate skate battle, with comedy commentary, live music, and an incredible underground atmosphere. Bring along a cushion and rug so you can watch the game in comfort, and load the kids up with safety gear so they can skate alongside.
Saturday 14 July, 6pm to 9pm. Adelaide Showgrounds, Goodwood Road, Wayville. Tickets from $12
10. Bastille Day Champagne Masterclass
Any excuse for champagne is good enough for us. Join the Champagne Dame, Kyla Kirkpatrick for a masterclass to taste your way through five carefully selected heavy-bodied bottles of bubbly, each one showcasing unique characteristics and qualities. Avoid palate fatigue with plenty of cheese, clinking your glasses for a ‘tchin-tchin’ to the French!
Saturday 14 July, 2pm to 4pm. The Lion, 161 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide. Tickets $149
11. Southern Twang
Sample the sounds of Adelaide’s alt-country folk Americana, with roaring open fires and generous helpings of whisky and Midwestern BBQ. Sit back, relax and enjoy the heart-warming community spirit and powerfully soulful performances at the oldest pub in Adelaide.
Saturday 14 July, 6pm to 11.45pm. The Edinburgh Castle Hotel, 223 Currie Street, Adelaide. FREE
12. The Creative Design Market
Adelaide markets are really upping their game of late, and the Creative Design Market is no exception. This bazaar puts all your favourite local boutiques and labels in one place, with work from artists, gift stalls, florists and mouth-watering eateries. On top of all of that you can expect henna stations, live music and free yoga.
Sunday 14 July, 10am to 4pm. Plant 4 Bowden, 1 Third Street, Bowden. FREE
13. Gilles At The Grounds
Whether you’re looking for the perfect vintage piece, or you’re just in need of a coffee and a bit of an aimless wander after a big Saturday night––you can’t go wrong with a late start at Gilles. With their new location all undercover, you don’t have to worry about the weather, so soak up the buzzing atmosphere and entertainment.
Sunday 14 July, 10am to 4pm. Gilles Street Market, South Boulevard, Wayville. FREE
14. Japanese High Tea
Indulge in the classic high tea experience with a twist, sampling the unique flavours of this Japanese French fusion. Grab a glass of complimentary sparkling upon arrival and expect unlimited hot beverages for a luxurious cultural escape from your usual Sunday afternoon. For vegetarian and gluten-free options, don’t forget to notify the team earlier.
Sunday 14 July, 12pm to 2.30pm. Ginza Miyako Japanese Restaurant, 150 North Terrace level one, Adelaide. Tickets $29 to $55
Plan Ahead: Kaleidoscope 2018
Ten South Aussie emerging artists will be exhibiting their artworks inspired by residencies from around the world, after months of experiencing rich cultural history. Hailing from Jingdezhen, Rome, Glasgow, London, New York, Canberra and Alice Springs, these graduate artists will be showcasing a mix of ceramics, prints, photography, glass works, video installation and jewellery, all inspired by their time abroad. Plan ahead and check out opening night, or be sure to catch a peek at Light Square Gallery, open until 27 July.
Opening night, Wednesday 18 July 6pm. Exhibition runs until Friday 27 July. Light Square Gallery, 39 Light Square, Adelaide. FREE
What awesome events are you celebrating this weekend? Let us know in the comments, below.