There’s plenty to do in Adelaide this weekend. Adelaide Fashion Festival returns, a zombie takeover hits town, plenty of food and entertainment, plus a Holden car parade. There’s even a few school holiday freebies. Here are eight events you won’t want to miss.
1. Adelaide Fashion Festival
Celebrate innovative and up-and-coming designers this week with the return of Adelaide Fashion Festival. The five-day fest is all about developing the local fashion industry and offers you a chance to experience stunning runway shows in Adelaide. Try your best to snap up a ticket to iconic Adelaide label Paolo Sebastian’s runway show. You’ll be among the first to see the launch of the Spring/Summer ’18 Couture collection. Check out the program and round up your besties for a weekend of fashion fun. Discover our top picks of Adelaide designers you won’t want to miss seeing (and that Beyoncé top).
Wednesday 11 October to Sunday 15 October. Torrens Parade Ground and various locations. FREE and ticketed events
2. Vogue Festival
If you’re looking for more fashion in your life hit new two-day event Vogue Festival. Held in Rundle Mall and Rundle Street on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 October, it’s a showcase of fashion and entertainment. There’ll even be special appearances from Vogue Australia Editor-in-Chief Edwina McCann, model and face of Australian retailer Myer, Jennifer Hawkins and Adelaide’s own dapper-dresser, Lord Mayor Martin Haese (catch him here in his classic Jaguar).
Friday 13 October and Saturday 14 October, Rundle Mall. FREE
3. Ananda Shooting Hoops For Family Fun
Now that the footy season is done and dusted for another year, it’s time to pick up a new sporting interest that the whole family can enjoy – basketball. This Saturday, get down to the Titanium Security Area for the Ananda Generational Game as the Adelaide 36ers take on Melbourne United. There’ll be a whole heap of free pre-game entertainment with arcade games, face painting, giant board games, plenty of tasty food and drink plus a number of celebrity impersonators. And, if you like free stuff, make sure you’re one of the first 250 attendees through the doors and you’ll get to snag a goodie bag. Once inside, the big game starts at 5pm. It’s set to be a cracker.
Saturday 14 October, pre-game entertainment from 3.30pm and tip off at 5pm. Titanium Security Arena, Findon. Tickets for the game $20
4. Adelaide Zombie Walk
Pretend you’re on the set of The Walking Dead this Saturday and scare everyone with your best zombie impersonation. Thankfully, it’s not a real zombie apocalypse but rather a free, family-friendly event – and one of the largest of its kind in the world. The official walk kicks off at 7pm sharp but there’ll be activities at Rundle Park from 3pm. There’ll be best dressed competitions, face painting, kids’ zones, DJs, market stalls and food vans. Convince your friends and family to rip up some old clothes, splash liberally with fake blood and create a living dead vibe. While it’s a free event, bring a monetary or non-perishable food donation for Foodbank SA to help support those in need.
Saturday 14 October, 3pm to 11pm. Rundle Park, Adelaide. FREE
5. Seafood + Sounds
Taste some incredible fruits de mer this weekend at the Seafood + Sounds Festival. With street eats, a gin and bubbles bar, roving oyster shuckers, free kids’ activities, demonstrations from Adelaide’s best chefs plus awesome jazz and blues sounds – it’s an event not to be missed. Hosted by the Adelaide Central Market, the two-day festival will be a smorgasbord for seafood lovers. Cappo’s shopfront on Grote Street will be transformed into a special pop-up restaurant where you’ll be greeted with a bib, cracker and a steaming plate of Asian style chilli crab. If you’d like to join a seafood masterclass be sure to check out foodie Adam Liaw’s free and ticketed sessions.
Friday 13 October, 10am to 8.30pm and Saturday 14 October, 10am to 3pm. Adelaide Central Market. FREE and ticketed events
6. Holden Dream Cruise
Holden, one of Australia’s last major car manufacturers, will soon close its doors. On Sunday 15 October, a giant street parade of Australian-made Holden cars – led by the first and last cars built – will travel though the northern suburbs from the Elizabeth City Centre to My Money House Oval (home of the Central District Football Club). With more than 1000 cars expected to cruise, it’ll be a great chance to celebrate and appreciate the iconic Australian brand in its last huzzah. Following the parade there’ll be a free family fun day at the oval with car displays, entertainments, food and a Show ‘n’ Shine competition.
Sunday 15 October. Starts at 9am from Elizabeth City Centre and finished My Money House Oval for after from 11am to 4pm. FREE
7. TARNANTHI Art Fair
Discover urban, regional, emerging and established artists this weekend at the TARNANTHI Art Fair. Presenting more than 40 art centres and over 200 artists from around Australia, the art fair is part of the TARNANTHI Festival that sheds a new light on contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. The fair will be open at the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute where you can meet and buy works – direct from artists.
Friday 13 October, 5pm to 9pm, Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday 15 October 10am to 3pm. Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute. FREE
8. Stockland Family Fun Days
Enjoy some free family fun this Sunday at Stockland’s Lightsview and Somerton Park retirement villages. There’ll be a petting zoo, face painting, arts and crafts, a treasure hunt, storytelling and an Instagram competition to keep the whole family entertained. It’s all free, but bring a gold coin donation for the charity partners Redkite and Touched By Olivia.
Sunday 15 October, 10am to 1pm. Lightsview, 26 East Parkway and Somerton Park, 91 Diagonal Road. FREE
9. Adelaide Film Festival
The biennial Adelaide Film Festival finishes this weekend. Fear not, there is still plenty of silver screen action including: 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. 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
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