Adelaide is alive and buzzing this weekend with a range of awesome events to help rid you of the winter blues. A family fair day, a beer and BBQ festival and a floral masterclass, to name but a few. Here are our top six picks.
1. Family Fun Fair – Willunga Almond Blossom Festival
Struggling to think of where to take the kids this weekend? Head down to the Willunga Almond Blossom Festival for the annual Family Fair, taking place over two days. Returning for its 48th year, there’ll be family activities all weekend including: face painting, market stalls, live music, petting zoo, carnival rides, kids’ craft, a wood turning display, an almond cracking competition – plus a whole lot more. Don’t miss the fantastic fireworks display on Saturday night at 7pm or the Sunday street parade at 10am. Be sure to check out the blooming almond trees as well!
Saturday 29 July (12pm-9pm) and Sunday 30 July (10.30-5pm). Willunga Recreation Park, 6 Main Road, Willunga. Family Pass: $20
2. The Henry Austin – Last Chance to Visit
As you might have already heard, The Henry Austin is closing its doors one year after opening Adelaide’s ‘Australian yum cha’. Making the announcement on Facebook earlier in the week, owner Max Mason, caught us right in the feels with his emotional video explaining that the restaurant had to admit defeat. Located in the Chesser Cellars, it was an impressive venue with a grand vision. The Henry Austin launched with the help of Renew Adelaide, who brokered a year-long rent-free lease. But suffering at the hands of high rent to pay moving forward and a shrinking Adelaide dining scene, The Henry Austin is calling its final days. So, if you haven’t been before or you want to visit one last time, be sure to book a table for this weekend and enjoy the exquisite food while you still can.
Last Service is Saturday 29 July 2017. 29-31 Chesser Street, Adelaide. Call 08 8223 2998 to book a table or check out their Facebook Page
3. Corporate Cup
Kick that winter sluggishness to the curb and start aiming to improve your overall fitness with a little help from the Corporate Cup. It’s Adelaide’s most popular running and walking program that motivates the community to get up from their desks, get off the couch and stay active over a 16-week period. You can enter as an individual or sign up a team of friends/colleagues/family members and complete the course once a fortnight. No matter your current fitness level, there’s a course length that everybody can do. Held at four locations dotted around Adelaide: River Torrens, Somerton Park, Mawson Lakes and Port Adelaide. It’s not about who’s the fastest runner – it’s about becoming a healthier version of you. It’s the last weekend to enter, so round up a team or sign yourself up before the event kicks off next Wednesday 2 August. Your body will thank you later.
Starts Wednesday 2 August. Four locations: River Torrens, Somerton Park, Mawson Lakes and Port Adelaide. Team: $260 or Individual: $66
4. Winter Reds Weekend – Adelaide Hills
It’s that time of year again. The Adelaide Hills are alive with the sound of slurping. The quaffing and lip smacking of the annual red wine festival, that is. Grab some pals (and a dessie driver) and head hillside for a warming Adelaide winter weekend. Think cosy fires, hand-prepped local food, dead-set gorgeous views and of course, South Australia’s finest export – red wine. There are far too many options to name, but there surely must be a taste to suit everyone at this event. Soothe your soul – and your chilblains – and be tempted by more than 30 wineries offering a range of daytime and night-time events.
Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July, range of events, Adelaide Hills. Discover here.
5. Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival
Beer lovers rejoice, this one’s for you! The Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival is back – and it’s bigger than before – at the Adelaide Showgrounds this weekend. With over 60 beer and cider brands filling out the main beer hall, with a bunch of new names unknown to Adelaide in attendance, you’ll be spoilt for choice for which brew to try first. The all-weekend event kicks off with the ‘Friday On My Mind’ session, followed by the ‘Beer Geek’ and ‘Rock’n’Roll’ session on Saturday and closing up with the family-friendly Sunday session. A few events you can look forward to: the presentation of the ‘Royal Adelaide Beer & Cider Awards’, Hot Dog eating contest, ‘Chilli-Wing-Off’ and ‘Brewers Feud’ plus heaps of live music. Including; Hockey Day, Ali Barter, West Therbarton, Donnarumma, DJs playing on the Beer Hall stage plus a whole lot more. Excited? You should be. Bring your A-B(eer) game and get ready for a weekend of all the food and drink you can imagine.
Friday 28 July (5pm-midnight), Saturday 29 July (11am-midnight) and Sunday 30 July (12pm-6pm). Adelaide Showgrounds, Goodwood Road, Adelaide. Tickets from $25
6. The Sanctuary Festival
Get your tribal vibe on this Sunday and prepare yourself for an evening packed full of fire, tribal beats, Qi Qong, Vinyasa Flow yoga and an overall great night with your friends and family. African Soul Band, Damushi Ensemble will be headlining the event, along with primal beats of the didgeridoo by James Byrne and two yoga sessions by Abbey Howlett. Taking place in a huge heritage warehouse on Halifax Street in the city, be delighted by the cosy fire-lit space of tribal inspiration while relaxing with organic wine, beer or cider and a bite from one of the many food trucks on offer. You can even enjoy a deep remedial massage that’ll be sure to transport you to your much needed sanctuary escape.
Sunday 30 July, 3pm-10pm. Robinson Heritage Warehouse, 15 Halifax Street, Adelaide. Tickets: $49 + booking fee
Splurge: Floral Masterclass at Newenham Estate
Have you always wanted to learn how to create your very own floral masterpiece? Now you can with a little help from Adelaide Hills local, Liesa Iwanitza, from the floral and events company, Fleur de Lys. Suitable for beginners and advanced flower lovers, the workshop helps you to get in touch with your creative side while discovering more about flower care, colour matching, tips and tricks, and how to design a magnificent centre-piece for your home. Held at the picturesque Newenham Estate in the Adelaide Hills, the afternoon will also include grazing on a delicious local produce platter and sipping on bubbles from Wicks Estate Wines. You’ll even receive a gift of floristry secateurs to ensure you continue your floral journey with the knowledge learnt. There are only 12 spots available, so be sure to book if you’d like to attend.
Sunday 30 July, 2.30pm-4.30pm. Newenham, 164 Flaxley Road, Mount Barker. Tickets: $150
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