From free roller skating and market fun to a big wine party and Santa coming to town, here are the top 10 events in Adelaide you won’t want to miss.
Christmas is just around the corner, and the jolly man himself is returning to Adelaide this weekend for Santa’s Wonderland. The Adelaide Showground transforms into a Christmas extravaganza full of amusement rides, shows, an ice skating rink, tobogganing slides, an activity trail and much more. Open until Christmas Eve, it’ll be sure to get the whole family into the festive spirit.
Open daily from Friday 8 December until Sunday 24 December, 1pm to 9pm. Adelaide Showground. Tickets from $29.95
Feel Good Fridays At Newenham
Relax and unwind after a busy working week at the new twilight series Feel Good Fridays at Newenham in the Adelaide Hills. Teaming up with the Adelaide Hills Farmers Market, it’ll be a night of delicious local food and drink, live music and market fun. Get your hands on a few last-minute Chrissy gifts from one of the many artisan stalls featuring ceramics, vegan candles, clothing, décor, soaps, jewellery and so much more. Feel Good Fridays will continue to run once a month throughout summer.
Friday 8 December, 5pm to 8.30pm. Newenham Adelaide Hills, 164 Flaxley Road, Mount Barker. FREE
Meet The Maker
Let your senses run wild this weekend as they grab hold of the best that South Australia has to offer. We’re talking gin-cured salmon and tasting boards, hot glass blowing demos, workshops and acoustic tunes. Meet the makers behind Adelaide CBD’s first distillery and shop locally with Urban Cow Studio’s 15 percent off discount.
Friday 8 December 3pm to 12am. 10 Vaughan Place, Adelaide. Find out more.
Roller City Free Skating Sessions
Get your skates on and head down to the grand opening of Adelaide’s new Roller City skating rink. They are offering a whole weekend of free skating to celebrate, hosting a bunch of competitions, games, prizes and a whole lot of fun. It’s fee free so could fill up fast – check out the varying session times on their Facebook so you don’t miss out. Let the good times roll.
Friday 8 December to Sunday 10 December. Adelaide Roller City, 23 James Congdon Drive, Thebarton. FREE
Hot Dub Wine Machine
Fancy a day in the sun drinking wine and nibbling on the epicurean delights of the McLaren Vale region? Well, you’re in luck because the vineyards are about to come alive with the sounds of live DJ’s with the return of Hot Dub Wine Machine. This year the day is even bigger with a cellar door area full of summer-inspired pop up bars and local creatives. You can grab an espresso martini or Aperol spritz, take some happy snaps on the Grapevine Swing or Flower Wall and complete your festival look with glitter, face painting and braids. The lineup is huge but the wine list is bigger, so prepare to wash the grenache stain out of your favourite outfit.
Saturday 9 December 1pm to 11pm. Serafino Wines, 39 Kangarilla Road McLaren Vale. Tickets from $79
Adelaide Motorsport Festival
Rare cars and star drivers will be racing around this weekend for the Adelaide Motorsport Festival 2017. This museum in motion will showcase over 300 display cars and over 200 rally cars, with drifting demonstrations and street parties. For those who truly respect the rev, this is the perfect opportunity to meet the drivers, swoon over sweet cars and get lost in an exhaustive list of entertainment.
Saturday 9 December to Sunday 10 December from 8.45am. Victoria Park, Fullarton Road, Adelaide. Tickets from $30
Ace Open Summer Party
It’s party season and you’re invited to the inaugural ACE Open Summer Party this Friday night. To get the fun started, there’ll be an artist-designed mini golf installation, plenty of gin cocktails, music and sound performances, plus the chance to feast your eyes on ACE’s final two exhibitions for 2017. You can even pick up a unique gift from the Maker’s Market, all in support of local artisans. Free and open to all, kick off the silly season in style.
Saturday 9 December, 3pm to 7pm. Lion Arts Centre, North Terrace. FREE
Southern Icons Exhibition Opening
The Artsparks Collective, a team of friends and graduates from the Adelaide College of the Arts, celebrates South Australian life with their new exhibition. Exploring culture and history through sculpture, painting and photography, the works nostalgically reflect the pleasures of living in our state. You can expect to see Don Dunstan’s pink hot pants, the Balfours pie cart, Popeye, the Semaphore carousel, Coopers, Haigh’s corner, the Murray Mouth and more. Come along and check out the unique pieces and talented artists as they pay tribute to home.
Sunday 10 December 2pm. Black Diamond Gallery, 66 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide. FREE
Bohemian Lily Festival
For those with hippie souls, the sweeping lawns and enchanting gardens of the Bohemian Lily Festival are calling your name. Treat yourself to a day of yoga classes, sessions in meditation tepees, and live acoustic sounds. With wholesome foods, eclectic stalls, reiki, card readings and a range of workshops, this is more like a retreat than a festival. It’ll be bursting with good vibes, glitter and free spirits.
Sunday 10 December 9am to 5pm. Glen Ewin Estate, 43 Hermitage Road, Houghton. Tickets $85
Carols By Candlelight
Utterly iconic and totally charming, if you’re a Christmas fanatic you won’t want to miss Carols By Candlelight. The event is free, but this year gold class seating is available for those who wish to buy tickets. A pre-show carnival loaded with activities is sure to get the kids into the spirit before the main event lights up at 8pm.
Sunday 10 December 2pm to 10.30pm. Elder Park, Adelaide. Gold Class tickets from $45
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