Adelaide Fringe | Until March 17
The Southern Hemisphere’s largest arts festival and the biggest party kicks off this weekend, transforming Adelaide into a glittery performance hub for a splendid 30 days. From international circus acts to loved local performers and celebrity comedians (think Tommy Little, Dave Hughes and Rove McManus), there’s more than 1200 shows for you to choose from this Fringe season. Our top picks for the opening weekend? Maho Magic Bar, Rouge and the Adelaide premiere of Silence!
East End Unleashed | Every weekend until March 19
The East End is turning into one gigantic street party this weekend, with late-night activation East End Unleashed returning for more summer balmy nights this Fringe season. During the Fringe, Rundle Street and its surrounds will shut down so local vendors can spill outside, and punters can enjoy a glass of wine, dinner or a cheeky cocktail al fresco. There’ll be pop-up bars, buskers, roving entertainment and plenty of Fringe energy too!
Popeye Gin Masterclass | February 17
Enjoy a G+T while you drift down the River Torrens / Karrawirra Parri this Friday night, with Popeye and Prohibition Liquor Co collaborating for a post-work boozy gin masterclass on board the iconic boat. Taste the award-winning gin, mix your drinks and learn about the boutique gin brand while cruising through the heart of the city. The masterclass lasts for 90 minutes, with Popeye departing from Elder Park.
Urban Wine Walk | February 18
Adelaide is known for two things: good wine and tiny bars. The Urban Wine Walk combines both of these in this wine-fuelled weekend walking tour. Meander the CBD’s laneways in a self-guided trail that’ll take you to the city’s hottest haunts (think Leigh Street Luggage, Paloma Bar and Jennie Wine Bar). There, you’ll meet some of SA’s best local winemakers behind labels like Hither & Yon, Unico Zelo and Forage Supply Co before enjoying a complimentary tasting. The Urban Wine Walk fun kicks off at midday.
Mercato’s Passata Day | February 18 & 19
Roll up your sleeves and learn how to make homemade Passata with a four-hour intensive course, hosted by beloved Italian delicatessen Mercato. Mercato’s co-founders Imma and Mario, as well as the Caporaso crew, are welcoming Adelaide to one of the biggest events in the Italo-Australian calendar. Discover the secrets of Caporaso’s sacred sauce, and make your own Passata using the freshest ripe tomatoes. And all your hard work will be rewarded with a seasonal lunch – paired with wines – prepared by Mercato’s head chef for you to enjoy afterwards!