Reimagine the Past with SA’s History Festival

Immerse yourself in a reimagining of South Australia’s rich past as the SA History Festival kicks off this May 1. The month-long festival grants South Australians the chance to connect with history, explore the state and discover what makes SA’s landscape unique. 

This year’s festival explores the stories we tell, the lessons we take from the past, and how this helps us shape our future. Now in its 18th year, the SA History Festival is one of the state’s largest open-access events, with the festival fun spreading to the regions until May 31.

With 500 events taking place during the program, South Australians can eat, drink and play their way through the state’s backyard while interactively learning about state history. 

Discover the rich past intertwined throughout South Australia’s renowned wine regions with the pop-up event, A Taste of Wine Historytaking over the Mortlock Chambers in the State Library. Indulge in wine tastings with a side of history as you hear the tales from the ‘Great Wine Capital’ and sip on tipples from eight SA wineries. 

Travel back in time with the SA History Festival initiative, Open Doors. From Auburn to Glenelg, Adelaide’s CBD and beyond, Open Doors will see an array of locations welcome and immerse guests in the historical tales of their past. 

Go beyond the cellar door at Magill Estate with the Open Doors Penfolds 1844 for Evermore History Tour and Lunch Experience. Visit the original cellars, underground drives and other vintage gems of the Estate while listening to the stories of the famed Penfolds winery. Conclude your trip down memory lane with a three-course lunch, perfectly paired with Penfolds wine and prepared by the award-winning Magill Estate Kitchen. 

Other key events include a bus tour of the heritage General-Motors Holden sites in Adelaide, an interactive tour of the historical Bungaree Station in the Clare Valley and a two-course lunch and talk with Vietnam Veterans to commemorate the war’s 50th anniversary.

“We are thrilled to present another History Festival for the people of South Australia and invite all to make time to discover and embrace the rich history that this state has to offer,” says History Trust CEO, Greg Mackie OAM. 

“This year’s theme of reimagine honours both our unique history and the many people across our state who keep local stories alive.

“Like always, the range of events are incredible, and with around 80 percent of events being free, there is no excuse to not get out and explore our fascinating culture.”

The History Festival is proud to be partnering with iconic South Australian supermarket chain Foodland, celebrating their 60th birthday in 2022. Free copies of the full program will be available from all Foodland Supermarkets across South Australia and online

The SA History Festival runs from May 1 until May 31 at selected venues and sites.