Our city is turning it up with a bunch of awesome events in Adelaide to get excited about. There are dumplings, cars, footy finals plus a yoga extravaganza.
1. Lucky Dumpling Market
Dumplings, hot pots, noodles, curry… Oh yes. Get ready to taste the delicious flavours of Asia at OzAsia’s Lucky Dumpling Market. Running for three weeks, this pop-up market can be found along the Adelaide Riverbank adjacent to the Convention Centre. It’ll be a feast for your senses with incredible foodie delights from crowd favourites including Satay Hut, Sooki La La, Beyond India, TMR Dumplings plus heaps more. Presented by Fringe venue Gluttony, there’ll be a bunch of Asian themed entertainment as well as kid-friendly activities. Live music from local and international acts including Electric Fields (Australia), Mocca (Indonesia) and SA (Singapore) will help you get your groove on post-dumpling feast.
Thursday 21 September to Sunday 8 October. Monday to Friday, 5pm till late. Saturday to Sunday, 12pm till late. Riverbank Adelaide. FREE
2. Unmasked African Festival
Victoria Square comes alive this weekend with the Unmasked African Festival. A celebration of South Australia’s African communities, there’ll be a bunch of food stalls, crafts and awesome performances. The diverse program will see shows from Ghanaian, Nigerian, South African, Congolese, Liberian, Sudanese and Tanzanian communities – just to name a few! With a full day of festivities, there’ll be plenty to see and do that’ll keep all ages entertained. Be sure to pop in while you’re out and about in Adelaide this weekend.
Saturday 23 September, 11am to 7pm. Victoria Square, Adelaide. Gold coin donation
3. Concours d’Lemons Down Under
Welcome to the world’s worst car show. Concours d’Lemons Down Under is coming to Adelaide along with the most undesirable cars you’ll ever lay yours eyes on. Its slogan ‘celebrating the oddball, mundane and truly awful of the automotive world’ sums up expectations perfectly. If this sounds like the kind of event you’re up for, get down to Edwards Park this Saturday and participate in the public voting of ‘Worst of Show’.
Saturday 23 September, 10am to 3pm. Edwards Park, Anzac Highway. FREE
4. Wanderlust 108 Adelaide
How does a 5km run followed by yoga and meditation sound? If we’ve captured your interest, Wanderlust 108 is coming to Adelaide this Saturday for the World’s Only Mindful Triathlon. It’s a day dedicated to healthy living and designing your own mindful adventure. While it’s not a competition or a race, part one kicks off with a 5km run or walk that you can take at your own pace. Part two is a DJ-powered yoga flow class where dance parties are encouraged, and part three is all about connecting with your spiritual self with a 30-minute soul reviving mediation session. But that’s not all, after you’ve completed the triathlon you can book an extra activity such as aerial yoga, acroyoga, hooping, walking meditation or a community class from a local yoga studio. Be sure to book your extra activities in advance!
Saturday 23 September, 7am to 4pm. Bonython Park. Tickets from $30
5. 2017 SANFL Macca’s League Grand Final
Grand final fever is heating up with a clash between SANFL rivals, Port Adelaide Magpies and the Sturt Double Blues this Sunday. It’ll be a fight to the end with both teams vying for the ultimate premiership glory. The Double Blues took out the cup in 2016 so they’ll be looking for a back to back win. However, the Magpies have the upper hand after narrowly beating Sturt in the qualifying final two weeks ago by 15 points. So footy fanatics, don your best merchandise, support your team and head to Adelaide Oval to witness another grand final cracker. There’ll even be an appearance from Daryl Braithwaite performing live at half time.
Sunday 24 September, 2.40pm. Adelaide Oval. Tickets
6. Bay to Birdwood
The annual Bay to Birdwood car run is back for another year. Featuring over 1600 classic vehicles, the run will see a convoy of beautiful cars drive from Barratt Reserve at the Bay to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood. As the largest, continually held motoring event for veteran, vintage and classic vehicles held anywhere in the world, this is one not to be missed. Kicking the day off with breakfast at 6am at the Bay, you can chat to the vehicle owners and wander through the rows of classic cars. Finishing up at Birdwood, the after event is perfect for the whole family with music, fashions on the field, food vendors, kids’ activities and judging of the Concours d’Elegance and Preservation class vehicles.
Sunday 24 September, 6am to 5pm. Starts from Barratt Reserve at the Bay and finishes at the National Motor Museum in Birdwood. Adults $20, concession $15, under 15 FREE
7. Fork your Eyes Unley
To celebrate the start of season five of the increasingly popular Fork on the Road, the food truck festival is kicking off at a new venue. Landing at Orphanage Park in Millswood, the event will feature 25 of Adelaide’s best and most loved gourmet food trucks. Think, Delectaballs, Chimichurri Grill, CheesyStreet, Four Seeds, Feisty Filomena and for the first time CaroClub; a new venture from Adelaide’s My Kitchen Rules contestants Tim and Kyle. To go along with the smorgasbord of tasty foods, the Fork Bar will also be making a return. You can find local craft and boutique brews from Little Bang, Big Shed, Left Barrell, Sparkke Change Beverage Co and South Aussie wines from Two Sister Food and Wine. But it’s not all food and drink, there’ll be live music from local artists and kids’ activities to keep the little ones busy. Sunday Funday sorted.
Sunday 24 September, 11am to 4pm. Goodwood Orphanage Park, Millswood. FREE
A late addition that’s worth a gander, if you fancy an early start to your weekend shenanigans then get along to this OzAsia event at Nexus Arts, on Thursday 21. A gender bending dance show that comes to Adelaide via the Philippines, contemporary dancer Eisa Jocson is here to challenge and engross her audience. Macho dancing in the Philippines is performed by young men, in clubs and bars for a mixed clientele. Turning the genre on its head, Eisa will be borrowing these moves and dancing them as a solo female performer with an epic soundtrack to match. Start your weekend on a sexy note.
Thursday 21 September, 8pm and Friday 22 September, 9pm. Nexus Arts Venue, City. Tickets.
Speakeasy Gin Experience
If you can’t get enough of the good stuff (and by good stuff we mean gin), then grab a ticket to the Speakeasy Gin Experience held at Ibis Hotel next Wednesday 27 September. Joining up with Adelaide Hills Distillery, they’ll be putting on a gin masterclass and a 1920’s style cocktail experience. It’s the perfect opportunity to dress up and party like its 1929. There’ll be jazz music, gin, canapes, more gin, Mismatch Beer and your very own custom made gin to take home. With limited tickets available, we thought we’d give you a heads up about this one.
Wednesday 27 September, 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Ibis Hotel Adelaide. Tickets $95
Sushi Train Day 25th Anniversary
Sushi lovers rejoice! Sushi Train is celebrating its 25th anniversary by dishing out $2.50 sushi plates all day long. No matter your favourite plate, it’s all out for $2.50. This one is going to be popular (on a normal day there’s always a line up out the door) so plan your day accordingly. You’ll want to make the most of this cheap feast and ensure you don’t leave empty handed.
Saturday 30 September. All day event at all Sushi Train franchises around Adelaide. More information
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