From costumes to craft frothies, here’s a list of top events in Adelaide to help you get reacquainted with the sunshine this weekend.
1. Supanova Pop Culture Expo
Get your *cosplay costumes ready for the pop culture explosion that is Supanova: a friendly and supportive place where everybody is welcome to be their vibrant, colourful selves. Get up close and personal with film and television stars, and have the opportunity to thank Stan Lee for bringing X-Men and other Marvel classics to life. Good news for the cosplay community: a competition for the best costume offers a grand prize of $1000 in Ironlak paints, as well as demonstrations from a new cosplay ambassador that will show you how to work with silicone and resin to create the life-like disguise of your dreams.
*cosplay: the practice of dressing up as a character from a film, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga or anime.
Friday 17 November, 5pm to 9pm and Saturday 18 November, 10am to 6pm. Adelaide Showgrounds, Wayville. Tickets from $32.82
2. Beer & Bubbles: Laneway Tasting
Introduce your taste buds to the best local and international craft beers and ciders from more than 30 boutique breweries, and home-grown sparkling wines from 42 Degrees South, Deviation Road, Zaptung Prosecco and Alpha Box & Dice. International Champagne houses will be poppin’ their corks for tastings too, along with a variety of infused gin and moonshine tastings for those who need something a little heavier. You know the rules though – not on an empty stomach. Nola, Mothervine and Lemongrass have your back (and your stomach) on that front. Come along, meet the makers and celebrate the outstanding selection with your fellow bubble enthusiasts.
Saturday 18 November, 12pm to 5pm. Vardon Ave, East End Adelaide. Tickets $39
3. Vale at Dunstan Playhouse
Send off State Theatre Company’s 2017 season with dark comedy piece Vale, written by local playwright Nikki Bloom. Vale has a sting in its tail, exploring ambition, ego and inheritance in a flashy penthouse suite designed by Mark Thompson, the man behind Sydney Harbour’s NYE celebrations. Vale follows on from Bloom’s mentorship with Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee. Performed by Elena Carapetis, Emma Jackson, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Mark Saturno and James Smith it’s dark, glamourous, poetic, and full of fireworks. Tickets for the Off Stageparty (Friday 24 Nov, $58) include a secret after-party, free booze, and the chance to mingle with the cast and other theatre-goers. Audio described performances are available the following weekend for the blind or vision impaired.
Friday 17 November to Sunday 3 December, 8pm. Dunstan Playhouse. Tickets $29-$74
4. Fork On The Road’s Fifth Birthday
It’s Fork on the Road’s fifth birthday, so come sink your teeth into something tasty. It was born in 2012 as Adelaide’s first food truck festival, but now Fork on the Road is all grown up – and knows how to throw a party. Enjoy 25 of Adelaide’s best food trucks, and 20 craft booze-makers. There will be live music and DJ’s spinning if you want to boogie ‘All Night Prong’ – don’t worry, there’s kid’s entertainment to occupy the little ones, too. F fork’s sake, let’s celebrate South Australian produce and the community that puts it together.
Saturday 18 November, 12pm to 9pm. Bonython Park, Adelaide. FREE
5. SummerSalt Festival
Missy Higgins and John Butler Trio want to serenade you on the beach. With hips swaying, and sand between your toes, Bec Stevens and Emmanuel Jal will warm you up when the gates open at 3pm. Sunset hits towards the end of Missy Higgins’ performance, and you can whip out your lighters as John Butler Trio take you into the night. Put your swimmers on underneath in case you want to go for a cheeky frolic in the waves at Glenelg Beach. It’s a kid friendly event, so bring the whole family.
Saturday 18 November, 3pm to 9.30pm. Glenelg Beach, Jetty Road, Glenelg. Tickets $50-$229
6. Credit Union Christmas Pageant
It’s that time of the year. The tree is up, ‘I’m going to ring Santa Clause’ is the household threat for naughty kids, and now the big man himself is set to roll through town. Beginning at the corner of King William Street and South Terrace, the much-loved floats and over 260 cheerful characters will spill through the streets. There is going to be so much going on that by the time the first float reaches the finish line, Santa will not have even left yet. It’s always an epic, street closing spectacle – the whole event will be broadcast on Channel 9 live and again at 7pm — so get yourself a nice roadside position so you can wave to your future-self at home on the couch. Pack sunscreen, your route map and a picnic of goodies. A big smile and a healthy dose of Christmas spirit will complete the day.
Saturday 18 November from 9.30am. Adelaide CBD.
7. Grapest 5K Run: Sip Happens
This may not be the first time you’ve run 5kms for a decent drop, but it’s sure to be the best. Langhorne Creek is holding a unique event for the fitness-loving wino – who said you can’t have the best of both worlds? For those who don’t want to break a sweat, you can walk, skip, hop, or roll your way to the finish line where four tasting stations are set up to congratulate your efforts. Sample some of the Langhorne Creek Region’s finest vintages amongst the most exquisite scenery, and enjoy live entertainment from the Baker Boys Band. Added bonus? They’ll throw in a custom wineglass attached to a lanyard, for all your two-handed dance moves, as well as a headband and a bottle stopper. Everyone’s a winner.
Saturday 18 November 5pm to 9pm. Lake Breeze Wines, Langhorne Creek Tickets $25-$84.50
8. Mitsubishi Motors Australian 3 Day Event
Celebrating 20 years since the event was first held in Adelaide, this international and Olympic standard equestrian event is unique to our city and has a worldwide reputation. Set in the east end parklands – with dressage, cross country and show jumping – it’s thrilling and family friendly. Whether you decide to entertain your work crew, pack a picnic for the family or hit up the ‘Twilight Jumping Extravaganza’ on Friday 17 November, you’ll be in the thick of it in Victoria Park.
Thursday 16 November to Sunday 19 November. Victoria Park, City. Tickets and times: various
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