With the weather heating up it’s time to get out of the house and discover the best events in Adelaide. We’ve got fashion, films, fitness, food and so much more.
1. Adelaide Film Festival
The biennial Adelaide Film Festival is back, celebrating everything we love about the big screen. Over 11 days, the city of Adelaide will come alive with feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation and new media works in a number of locations around town. Whether you want to explore Australian or international film cultures, the diverse program is packed. If you’re keen to watch a bunch of films, be sure to snap up a MultiPass or Gold Pass to save some dollars. Check out the program (and our top picks) and book your tickets.
Thursday 5 October to Sunday 15 October. Various venues around Adelaide. Standard ticket $20 per session
2. Diabetes Australia Walk to Work Day
Get active this Friday and make a plan to walk to work to help raise funds for Diabetes Australia. Now in its 19th year, the annual event aims to motivate employers and employees to include regular walking into their daily routine to become healthier and more productive. Whether you want to walk the whole way, park your car a short distance away or jump off the bus, train or tram early, count yourself in and get your walk on. It’ll help you feel less stressed and with the weather looking to be a sunny 20 degrees, it’ll kick-start your Friday morning buzz. Don’t forget to organise a fundraising page or make a donation to help raise funds for Diabetes Australia.
Friday 6 October. Your workplace. Make a donation
3. Street ApPEEL
Following on from successful trial closures, Peel Street officially closed to vehicle traffic as of 1st August 2017. Thanks to Renewal SA and the City of Adelaide working with local traders, the restaurant and bar strip will now be permanently pedestrian-friendly. No more dodging cars as you try to find your way through the laneway. So get down to Peel Street this Friday night for after work knock-offs and enjoy an immersive ‘meet the maker’ experience. Local chefs and traders will be whipping up their most delicious dishes and handing out local wine, beer and handcrafted cocktails for you to try.
Friday 6 October, 4pm to 10.30pm. Peel Street, Adelaide. FREE
4. Whole Life Expo
Want to learn how to improve your health and wellbeing? Then head for the Adelaide Showgrounds this weekend and visit the Whole Life Expo. Now in its second year in Adelaide, the event will feature some of Australia’s most inspirational and motivational speakers, plus performers, and visual artists. There’ll be 75 free workshops and more than 30 live music and dance performances for all to enjoy. You can expect to see hypnotist, Isaac Lomman; health speaker, Dr. Peter Dingle; spiritual music group, INDIAJIVA plus many more. This year, you can even participate in breaking a world record for the ‘Biggest Mindfulness Session in the World’. Taking place at 11am on Saturday 7 October, it’s open to all ages.
Saturday 7 October and Sunday 8 October. Ridley Centre, Adelaide Showgrounds. Early bird tickets from $10
Also at the same venue this weekend is the Oktoberfest in the Gardens. If you didn’t get the chance to make it to the real deal in Munich, hitting up this local event is the next best thing to join in on the festivities.
Saturday 7 October, 1pm to 10pm. Adelaide Showgrounds. Tickets $61.25
5. SLOW/ Presentation
Adelaide Fashion Festival is set to kick off on 11 October – in the lead-up to the big event enjoy a night of mindful fashion at SLOW. It’s a contemporary presentation showcasing sustainable brands from around Australia including Good Studios, Re-Swim Club, SWOP Clothing Exchange, BB Shoemaker, Home Job plus a few more. It’s a great chance to discover new brands and celebrate sustainable fashion and green living. So if you’re thinking of checking out the Adelaide Fashion Festival this year, snap up a ticket to this presentation for a taste of what’s to come. You’ll even get a complimentary drink on arrival.
Saturday 7 October, 7pm to 10pm. Chateau Apollo, 74 Frome Street, Adelaide. Tickets $22
6. Ridiculous Playground Adelaide
Get ridiculous this weekend and let your inner child fly free at the Ridiculous Playground in Victoria Park. It’s an all-new arena-style event with larger-than-life inflatable obstacles. For two hours, you’ll have free reign of the course so you can jump, slip and slide on all six obstacles as many times as you please. A few of the aptly named obstacles you can expect to face: Scream Tower, Leap of Faith, FOMO fury and the Commando Drop. We’ll let you use your imagination to decide what they might include. Crazy outfits are encouraged and a fun attitude is a must. So round up your mates and start planning your group costumes, it’s open for all ages over 10 years.
Saturday 7 October and Sunday 8 October, various times. Victoria Park, Adelaide. Tickets $50
7. City East Family Fun Day
Looking to keep the kids occupied this weekend? Then head for the City East Markets and enjoy a Family Fun Day out. The free event will have kids’ crafts, a bouncy castle and face painting, plus fairy floss, a retro game station and market stalls for kids’ products. And for the adults, there’ll be live entertainment, wine tastings on the Saturday and market stalls. So while the kids burn up all their energy on the bouncy castle you can sit back and sip on a wine or two. Fun for the whole family.
Saturday 7 October and Sunday 8 October, 10am to 3pm. City East Markets. FREE
8. Adelaide Portal at Hybrid World Adelaide
Adelaide is launching the very first Australian portal as part of Hybrid World Adelaide. This exciting new technology festival brings together a range of public activities, a conference and development lab for new projects and inventions, and offers the public the chance to explore the digital world. Spread across five days from 4 October to 12 October, you can book a time to experience the portals which are a network of ‘gold spaces’ around the world equipped with audio visual technology. Once inside, you are face to face with a stranger in an identical container in a different part of the world. Adelaide will be connected to Germany, Mexico, Honduras, USA, Afghanistan and many more. In the past guests have included President Obama and Google co-founder, Sergey Brin. Sounds cool, right? Be sure to book in a time to experience this world of innovation, or drop by for a visit and prepare to chat.
Wednesday 4 October to Thursday 12 October. Various times. Tonsley Innovation District, 1284 South Road, Tonsley. FREE
Plan Ahead: Get Lost in Space these School Holidays
With the school holidays well and truly here we bet you’re looking for some ideas to keep the kids’ boredom at bay. Lucky for you, we’re letting you in on a hot tip for week two of the holiday break. Treat your kids to a trip to outer space by visiting the South Australian Museum for their Lost in Space school holiday program. They’ll get to view constellations in a giant inflatable dome, plan a future in space, learn about Aboriginal astronomy and build a space craft. The program runs from 9-13 October and all activities are completely free – but some do require bookings.
Monday 9 October to Friday 13 October. 10am to 5pm. South Australian Museum. FREE
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