What’s On This Weekend

East End Cellars at Festival Plaza | July 29 to July 31

They say good things come in threes, and this weekend will have just that: good food, good wine and good times at an East End Cellar pop-up at the Adelaide Festival Centre. Indulge in smoky wood-fired treats, mulled wine and hot chocolate as you kick back in the newly opened Festival Plaza. Part of the Illuminate City Lights has also taken over the area, with 15 giant see-saws glowing at the winter-time festival fun.

Find out more here.

VinoDisco | July 29

VinoDisco is back, taking over Chateau Apollo for the ultimate after-work drinks this Friday, July 29. Enjoy food, wine and disco delights as you move between wine, beer and spirit stalls and indulge in free tastings between 6pm and 8pm. After 8pm, the Apollo team will be cranking the party tunes, and boozy beverages will be available to purchase from your favourite vendors. Slip into weekend mode and learn from some of SA’s best producers. Tickets cost $32.

Find out more here.

Supper Club My Grandma Ben | July 29

Enjoy an intimate evening spoiling yourself on handmade pasta and wine this weekend, with café, bar and workshop space, My Grandma Ben, bringing back their supper club for its sixth instalment. Inspired by the Bologna, feast on tortellini, ragus and other rich winter dishes. Tickets cost $60, with an optional wine pairing option from Comme Ci Comme Ça.

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City Lights | until July 31

This weekend is your final chance to squeeze in Illuminate activities before the beloved festival comes to a close. Traverse the CBD and find your favourite laneways, buildings and streetscapes aglow at nightfall, decorated with immersive installations designed by Australian and international artists. Find dangling fairy lights, statues as snow globes, glowing clothes lines, touch-activated pools of light and illuminated see-saws at the free, city-wide program.

Find out more here.

Highest Cheese Evening at Merrymaker | July 31

Take a trip to Adelaide’s rooftop bar, the Merrymaker at Hotel Indigo, and indulge in a feast for your senses. Think gooey raclette, baked camembert and fondue from some of the finest cheese purveyors in SA, crudities and condiments, all perfectly paired with tipples from Riposte Wines. Marvel at Adelaide’s stunning cityscape as you enjoy the fine things in life sky high. Tickets cost $149.

Find out more here.

Destination Wedding without the Distance

New venue House on Haines welcomes abundant light and panoramic views into its multi-level function space, making it the perfect location for a contemporary wedding year-round.

Only 30 minutes from the CBD, this just-opened wedding venue and event space resides in the Adelaide foothills, surrounded by overhanging gumtrees, lush lawns and picturesque views, making it perfect for couples searching for a destination wedding without the distance.

With floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed timber beams and a contemporary outdoor terrace, House on Haines combines subtle elegance with rustic charm. The multi-level space, designed by Studio Nine Architects, was purpose-built for magical moments year-round. 

“The design utilises the surrounding picturesque landscape and maximises on views out,” says Studio Nine Architects project director Tony Zappia. “With the main purpose being a function venue, it was important for the design to be simple – a blank, yet refined canvas for events.”

Inside, the main function space boasts lofty ceilings, a bar and an exposed brick wall featuring a seven-metre fireplace. Detailed brass finishes adds luxury to the warm interior, which welcomes the ambience of the natural surroundings through the large windows. The light-filled space can cater 120 seated or up to 200 standing. 

Curate your dream wedding and reception with expert help from the House on Haines function coordinator. Choose roving cocktail canapés or a customisable sit-down menu featuring dishes like kingfish ceviche, truffle butter stuffed chicken and slow-roasted pork served with parsnip vanilla puree, honey roasted carrots and crisp prosciutto. 

In summer, tie the knot on the outdoor deck, shaded by a vaulted glass ceiling – modern take on a classic chapel – and surrounded by Tea Tree Gully’s greenery and blooming magnolia trees. 

A two-way wood fireplace and operable wall keep events warm during the cooler seasons; the clever integration sheltering events from the elements. So, rain, hail or shine, House on Haines can accommodate your special day regardless.  

This functional multi-level space also enables guests to roam the expansive entertaining areas – on the double-level deck, you can soak up the views of the private garden and in winter you can cosy around the two fire pits. 

Spacious and inviting, this venue is enwreathed with foliage and a contemporary fit-out, making it perfect for your wedding or next event. 

House on Haines
1 Haines Road, Tea Tree Gully
08 8264 2288
houseonhaines.com.au 
@houseonhaines_

What’s on this Weekend in Adelaide

Wisdom of AI Light | July 13-July 31

Lose yourself in the Wisdom of AI Light this weekend – a multisensory artificial intelligence exhibition that draws inspiration from the past, present and future, created by Istanbul-based Ouchhh Studio. Billions of brushstrokes from renaissance artists dance across lit-up screens in the immersive work, set against the soundtrack of classical composer Ludovico Einaudi. Tickets retail between $32-$35, with sessions running every 45 minutes from 11am Tuesday to Sunday.  

Find out more here.

Not so Silent Night | July 23

Whip out your favourite ugly Christmas jumper at the Not So Silent Night party taking over the Marion Hotel this Saturday, July 23. Sip on spiked Haighs hot chocolate, pavlova pina coladas and gingerbread martinis before letting loose on the dance floor, with live musicians and a DJ soundtracking the Christmas in July fun. Dress in your festive best for the chance to win a prize, too! The Not So Silent Night party is free to attend, with the festive fun kicking off at 8pm.

Find out more here.

Good Gilbert x Secret Pizza Club | July 24

This Sunday, a love affair between two of our favourite things – pizza and wine – is coming to neighbourhood wine bar, Good Gilbert. The weekend will see Secret Pizza Club (SPC) and its portable pizza oven roll up to the Goodwood Road haunt, Salopian Inn head chef Jimmy Toone in tow. SPC is Toone’s passion project, and the dream collaboration will see him slinging slices of pizza alongside glasses of seriously good wine. The Sunday session kicks off at 4pm, running until the pizza and wine run out.

Find out more here.

Christmas in July Gin Masterclass | July 24

Gilbert Street’s bootleg distillers, Prohibition Liquor Co, are spicing up your Sunday with notes of nutmeg and cinnamon at their Christmas in July gin masterclass. Escape the cold and settle in for a guided flight featuring the lauded (and sold out) 2021 Christmas Gin and an in-depth discussion of flavour profiles, pairings and distilling processes. Afterwards, indulge in a turkey, brie and cranberry toasted sandwich – the best bits of Christmas dinner rolled into one. Tickets cost $45 and are available online.

Find out more here.

Winter Session at Paxton Wines | July 24

Indulge in a winter wine time this Sunday, set against the frosty backdrop of the McLaren Vale. Paxton Wine is moving their usual sunny sessions to a cosy indoor setting in their pavilion. Think mugs brimming with mulled wine, live acoustic tunes and piping hot pizza fresh from the Doughballs food truck. Pooches are welcome to the free family-friendly event, provided they’re on a leash. BYO plastic glassware and mugs.

Find out more here.  

Bonus: Soup Kitchen at East End Cellars | Each Thursday until August 18

While this event isn’t on the weekend, we think it’s a worthy one to pencil into your calendars. The annual Winter Soup Kitchen at East End Cellars has returned, raising vital funds for Catherine House and the Hutt Street Centre each Thursday afternoon. Adelaide’s most beloved chefs are teaming up to serve soup for a good cause inside the east-end wine bar. This coming Thursday will see Sharon Romeo and David Swain (Fino Vino) join forces in the kitchen, with all proceeds donated directly to assist those experiencing homelessness.

Find out more here.

Books We’re Loving

Nothing beats curling up with a good book and a hot cup of something in winter. Think rainy days, cool nights and a new world to explore from the comfort of your couch. It sounds like introverted bliss, but the literary respite is well-deserved during hibernation season. Here are the hottest reads for winter that’ll keep you toasty warm.

Careering | Daisy Buchanan

Meet Imogen: a headstrong woman driven to make her mark in the magazine world, writing raunchy sex columns between shifts at the pub. She’s a Carrie Bradshaw prototype for millennial women, but with more intersectional feminism than glamour and desperate to see her name in printed gloss. Then there’s Harri, jaded from working in the same industry and seeking to start something new when she discovers Imogen’s online column.

Careering follows the story of Imogen and Harri, both burnt by their industry but at two polarising sides of the career spectrum. Is this a calling to break up with hustle culture and the girl boss era? Or will both be swallowed by the unrelenting pace of working towards your ‘dream job’?

Daisy Buchanan’s hilariously honest novel lifts the veil between living to work and working to live, exposing the reality of facing (and sometimes ignoring) the toxic relationship we’ve built with our career trajectories.

Free: Coming of Age at the End of History | Lea Ypi

Lea Ypi’s award-winning memoir unfolds amongst political turbulence, tracing her experience from the final days living in communist Albania when it was the last Stalinist outpost. Everything changed overnight. Statues of dictators toppled and the ‘free world’ – the right to do as you please – took reign.

But what Ypi finds is that freedom doesn’t rule. The community disintegrated, shops shut and boatloads of people fled to neighbouring countries. Free: Coming of Age at the End of History straddles progress and the past, with Ypi using her experience to trace hope, fear and reality in a moment in time.

Women I Know | Katerina Gibson

Women are many things – clever, funny, stubborn, bored, witty, frank, busy, endearing, bold, brash, undermined, inpatient and sometimes in love. But underneath, there are stories that bookend our traits and superficial selves.

New literary talent Katerina Gibson weaves together tales of womanhood yet unravels our understanding of gender. How do our notions of being a woman influence who we are?

Women I Know is the perfect pick for those trying to fall back in love with reading. It’s sharp, steamy and smart. But most importantly, it’s relatable. The short stories mean you don’t have to commit to a novel, but we think you’ll find yourself devouring more chapters than one.

The Way from Here | Jane Cockram

Camilla and Susie are the poster sisters for polar opposites. But it is only after Susie’s untimely death that a grieving Camilla – or Mills – journeys from Australia to the French coast to uncover her sister’s true self.

From beyond the grave via five letters, Susie instructs her sister to scatter ashes at dedicated sites and to learn the stories that shaped her. Here, Mills discovers why threads in Susie’s life began to unravel one summer, stitching together moments that lead Mills’ to the present time and her mother’s past.

An emotive mystery filled with twists and turns, The Way From Here leaves you questioning if you truly know those you love as you uncover the hidden truth of Susie through her sister, charting the façade of honesty and ultimate secrecy.

Bonus Picks:

If you’re a busy person or the proud owner of a short attention span, a brilliant way to get through your next read is by enlisting the help of an audiobook service. It’s just like listening to your favourite podcast on your drive to work, walk or gym session.

We recommend using this method for particularly salacious yet lengthy texts, like the newly-released The Palace Papers by Tina Brown (a 573-page-turner charting royal drama) and Anna: The Biography by Amy Odell (a 464-page glimpse into Wintour’s notoriously private life).

What’s On This Weekend In Adelaide

Illuminate | July 1-July 31

Illuminate Adelaide is back, bringing an explosive program fusing world-class art with music and technology. The month-long celebration is set to light up and inject life into Adelaide. The groundbreaking program will see international headliners like the Gorillaz and Ouchhh Studio host electric events alongside previous favourite installations. Running between July 1 and July 31, the city-wide program brings innovation and imagination to the forefront, collaborating with international, interstate and South Australian creatives.

Find out more here.

Umbrella Festival Opening Weekend at Pirate Life | July 1-3

Kicking off the month-long celebrations for Umbrella Festival, Pirate Life Brewing is hosting a jam-packed weekend filled with local talent, firepits and boozy craft beer. The three-day event will see a rotation of food trucks and homegrown musicians revolving through the Port Adelaide brewery as punters quench their thirst on new-release Pirate Life beers. Entry is free on Friday and Sunday, with a $10 cover charge on the Saturday session. South Australia is the festival state for a reason!

Find out more here.

Winter Wonderland @ Moseley Square | July 1-31

Beat the winter blues by heading to the Winter Wonderland taking over Moseley Square this month. Ditch the surf and ice skate in the square, with sessions running once an hour from 10am until 8:30pm. The last evening session on Friday and Saturday will see the Winter Wonderland crank tunes from the 70s and 80s while you dance on the ice. Escape to a neighbouring bar, post-skate, and warm up with a good glass of red. Baby, it’s cold outside. Tickets start at $12.

Find out more here.

Tasting Australia Winter Edit | July 1-31

There’ll be truffles, degustations and plenty of wine: Tasting Australia’s Winter Series is back, and the beloved foodie festival is taking over our social calendars this July. Spend time getting to know what makes South Australia the food capital with events spanning the state this month. This weekend Tin Shed wines are heading to the Kensington Hotel, bringing the best of the Barossa to the CBD. Wine, dine and have a good time at the long Sunday lunch.

Find out more here.

Cry Baby’s Birthday | July 2

Cry Baby is turning four! Adelaide’s beloved dive bar is throwing a birthday bash this weekend, celebrating many long nights of loud tunes, strong drinks and laughter. The last two birthdays were sorely skipped due to covid restrictions, so the Cry Baby team is keener than ever to throw a celebration the club deserves. Let loose under the pink neon sign as bands like the Delta Riggs play on the make-shift stage. There’ll be drink specials, giveaways and limited edition merch, too. Tickets cost $32, with the fourth birthday fun starting at midday.

Find out more here

Toast x Familiar | July 3

Adelaide’s wine nook is teaming up with a new cooking trio, Familiar, for an afternoon of organic wine and tasty Thai food. Loc Bottle Bar is welcoming guests brave enough to face the cold to indulge in an afternoon of good food, good wine and great times with the re-instalment of Toast. The afternoon includes a three-course meal, dessert and matched wine. The event will predominately unfold outside, so the Loc team advise dressing warmly. Tickets cost approximately $69, and the event begins at 1 pm.

Find out more here.

More Than Weddings

Glen Ewin has cemented itself as the premier destination for whimsical weddings and fig picking, but the location is more than high-end events and summertime fun. With the Adelaide Hills as its backdrop, the estate has carved out a space for long wintertime lunches at its Gatehouse restaurant and cellar door, boasting a new seasonal menu to match. 

The new winter menu, designed by executive chef Jason Theng, features dishes championing locally sourced produce, drawing inspiration from the seasonal land surrounding Glen Ewin and Theng’s culinary interests. 

Indulge in OBE free-range beef sirloin with bay leaf butter and fig jus, crispy pork belly atop preserved mustard greens and drizzled in a fig and vinegar sauce, or duck and gin sausages with a slathering of the famed Glen Ewin fig chutney. 

Figs are an integral aspect of the Glen Ewin Estate and feature prominently throughout Theng’s creations. The honeyed fruit shines in sourdough loaves, dollops of preserves and fig gin caramels covering sticky rice desserts. Pair the subtly sweet flavours with nips of estate-made gin or a glass of Glen Ewin Gatehouse wine. 

Inside the light and lofty restaurant combines rustic charm with contemporary style. The floor-to-ceiling windows welcome the natural surroundings with an option to reside on the outdoor terrace overlooking the Gatehouse restaurant lake. With ample heating and shelter, the alfresco area offers guests the chance to soak up the seasonal excellence. 

Alternatively, explore the property after lunch. The usually lush Lower Hermitage estate oozes wintertime magic. Deciduous trees frame Glen Ewin (think falling leaves of burnt orange and gold), kangaroos skip through the pruned Willabrand Fig Orchard, and an 1800s homestead is perched on the edge of the lake. Winter is done best in the Adelaide Hills.

Lunch is served from Thursday to Sunday between 11am and 2:30pm inside the charming Gatehouse restaurant. Head online to book or call 08 8380 5657 and speak to the friendly staff. Find Glen Ewin Estate at 43 Lower Hermitage Road, Lower Hermitage. 

City Escape

This getaway has it all – delicious food, expertly prepared by one of Adelaide’s most revered chefs and paired with some of the finest local wines, and luxury five-star overnight accommodation in the heart of the CBD.

The experience starts with an aperitif at the popular Hennessy Rooftop Bar, located on the 13th floor of the Mayfair. Opulent and luxurious, Hennessy offers unique views from the glass-topped alfresco terrace. Indoors, a marble bar and crystal chandeliers will have you thinking you’re in a luxe Parisian wine bar. 

With the palette cleansed, it’s time to move down the sweeping ribbon staircase to the highly acclaimed Mayflower Restaurant for an indulgent five-course chef selected degustation menu. Executive chef Erwin Joven brings a global flavour to the table – freshly shucked oysters with Champagne mignonette dressing, hand-rolled gnocchi and pan-roasted Coorong Mulloway are just some of the carefully selected dishes, each expertly paired with delicious hand-picked South Australian wines. 

The evening starts and ends in the popular Hennessy Bar, with an after-dinner night cap from the famed rooftop bar overlooking the bustling King William Street. Here, you’ll take in the city lights before retreating to a spacious Deluxe King Room. Breakfast the next morning is also part of the deal, back in the Mayflower Restaurant. And, of course, overnight parking is taken care of.

This is a treat-yourself evening of pure indulgence in the heart of Adelaide; an unforgettable experience that is just a taste of what makes South Australia – and in fact the iconic Mayfair – so great. 

Mayfair Hotel
45 King William Street, Adelaide
08 8210 8888
mayfairhotel.com.au
@mayfairhoteladelaide

What’s On In Adelaide This Weekend

Marion Hotel Winter Wonderland | June 17 – July 27  

Winter has arrived in South Australia, and to celebrate the Marion Hotel has transformed into a winter wonderland for the next six weeks. This Friday, listen to live jazz music in the decked-out garden, transformed by event experts, Hygge Studio. Treat yourself to whisky sours, southern-style fried food and the wintertime ambience. Month long, indulge in the special Yonder Smoked Feasting Menu, smoked whisky and apple pie or a cheeky spiked hot chocolate by Haighs.

Find out more here.

Endless Grooves 5th birthday | June 17 & June 18 

Endless Grooves is turning five! Teaming up with suburban cellar door, Oddio, the party collective is curating a birthday bash for wine and music lovers to get down on the dance floor across the weekend. The three-day event will see Sunny’s van roll up, slinging slices of their beloved pizza, a pop-up Porch Records vinyl store and homegrown musicians soundtracking the party. Several lo-fi wine producers and craft brewers will be pouring all night long, keeping you dancing from day to dusk. Endless Grooves is the collective behind events like the Dream Boat party of Popeye, coasting down the River Torrens during Mad March. Tickets start at $20.

Find out more here. 

Illuminate Renmark: In Depth | until July 2

Can’t wait for Illuminate to light up the CBD? The celebration of innovation has headed to the Riverland ahead of its July schedule, setting the regional town of Renmark aglow. Illuminate: In Depth uses technology, sound and light to transform the Murray River banks into a space of colour, history and luminescent art. Curated in collaboration with Craig Walsh, the Renmark Illuminate series draws inspiration from the stories of the regional community and riverbed.

Find out more here. 

Leigh Street Unleashed | June 17 

Lovers of Leigh Street will be treated to a host of entertainment at Leigh Street Unleashed this Friday. Spicing up after-work drinks, head to your favourite small bar for glasses of red wine, grazing plates and fun. As the the sun sets and the mercury dips, warm up around toasty fire pits and marvel at the roving entertainment traversing down the cobbled street. Fire twirlers will be lighting up the night sky as busy bodies seek out a Leigh Street haunt to escape the cold. 

Find out more here. 

Fork by the Fire | June 18 

Fire pits and food trucks: Fork on the Road is back, taking over Bonython Park for an afternoon filled with family-friendly fun. Listen to live acoustic music, sip tipples of wine and craft pints from Bowden Brewing and Sparkke at the Whitmore. Devour food from CAROclub, Nugg Lyfe and more as the kids blow off steam on the playground. As the sun sets over the city parklands, treat yourself to an Espresso Martini and groove to resident DJs taking over the decks. Fork by the Fire is free, and runs from midday until 8pm.

Find out more here. 

Brighton Winter Solstice | June 18 

Celebrate the impending winter solstice at Brighton this weekend. While the official solstice doesn’t roll around until Tuesday June 21, the City of Holdfast Bay is getting in early to throw a party for locals and lovers of the seaside. Jetty Road will transform, as local vendors and musicians crowd the road. Stay warm by the fire pits scattered along the street and listen to music curated by Porch Records. The Winter Solstice street party starts at 10am and finishes at 9pm.

Find out more here. 

Best Places To Enjoy a G+T in Adelaide This World Gin Day

South Australia is home to some of the best gin distillers in the country. From the CBD to McLaren Vale and the Riverland, our homegrown gin nuts bottle botanicals that make taste buds sing. 

This June 11, toast SA’s best for World Gin Day with a glass featuring nips of your favourite gin. Here’s our favourite places to sip a G+T in SA: 

Udaberri | 11-13 Leigh Street, Adelaide 

This Leigh Street bar, with its window seat dining, pintxos and bulging drinks list, is a love letter to tapas bars scattered across Spain. Settle in and select your drink of choice – gin, of course. 

Udaberri serves pimped up gin and tonics. Sip aviation gin served with Japanese cherry tea and tonic topped with apple; a nip of Fifty Pounds London Dry stirred with pomegranate molasses, tonic, hibiscus and a sprinkling of dehydrated strawberries; or a zesty Whitley Neill with tonic, coriander and dried lemon. 

The Howling Owl |10 Vaughan Place, Adelaide 

It’s suffice to say The Howling Owl knows a thing or two about gin. The cosy gin nook is home to over 200 bottles of small batch gin and boasts a 25-page menu! Trawl the gin bible and select your favourite find. The gin gurus and expert mixologists behind the bar will pair each spirit with select garnishes and mixes that make the botanicals burst. 

This June 11, visit the bar to celebrate its tenth birthday in style. The Howling Owl is hosting a mini block party – Gin City Limits – to toast its love for gin and their major milestone. 

Prohibition Liquor Co x Next Door Bar | 24 Gilbert Street, Adelaide 

This CBD distillery door takes you back to the prohibition era, where drinking a G+T was an illicit activity. Prohibition Liquor Co produces spirits that pack a punch with botanical notes. Visit the distillery’s contemporary cocktail bar, Next Door, to try the small-batch gins. Dabble in gin flights, sip on cocktails or choose one of the many gins on offer. 

Juniper on the Marina | 11/12 Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg 

This Marina Pier gin haunt boasts an extensive array of SA and international gins stocked on its blue-lit back bar. Indulge in gin sours bayside as the bartenders wow you with their mixology skills. Enjoy an Applewood Coral Pink gin – paired with pink peppercorns, vanilla and Fever Tree tonic – as you slip into weekend mode. 

Ambleside Distillers | Cnr of Ambleside Road and Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf 

Ambleside Distillers puts the Hills’ spirit industry on the map. The distillery door handcrafts each spirit, utilising high-quality ingredients – mostly plucked from the surrounding garden – to build their small-batch gin. 

This World Gin Day, the Hahndorf-based distillery door is slinging classic G+Ts for a cause. Ambleside has teamed up with Monarto Safari Park to raise funds for the conservation of African White Rhino and Hippo, releasing two limited gins – the Kifaru and Kiboko gin – in the park’s honour.

23rd Street Distillery | Cnr 23rd Street and Renmark Avenue, Renmark 

The distillery’s namesake is not the only thing it derives from the location. The 23rd Street Distillery bottles botanicals and flavours synonymous with the Riverland. Think mandarin and blood oranges, ultraviolet butterfly pea flowers and tarty notes of Mulberry.  

This long weekend, 23rd Street Distillery is hosting gin flights, slinging pizza and playing live music for guests of the Renmark-based tasting room. Soak up the regional excellence across three days of fun.  

Never Never Distilling Co | 56 Field Street, McLaren Vale

Never Never Distilling Co has helped put South Australias gin capital on the map internationally, collecting accolades for their brilliant botanicals and distilling process at the World Gin Awards, amongst others. Their Triple Juniper Gin is renowned for its botanical notes, but the distilling mavericks also bottle unique flavours, like their Oyster Shell and Grenache gin. 

Visit the distillery door, adjoining sister venue Chalk Hill Wines, for a G+T and flight of Never Never’s best products this World Gin Day. Boasting panoramic views of McLaren Vale, the venue is the perfect place to celebrate it style. 

What’s On In Adelaide This Long Weekend

Adelaide Cabaret Festival | June 10- June 25

Get ready to shake, shimmy and shine with the return of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival this weekend. The annual festivities are back with a bang with a star-studded program curated by artistic director and pop royalty Tina Arena AM. Catch cabaret opera How to Kill Your Husband or groove to disco legends in the Pina Colada Room, a glittery party inside The Famous Spiegeltent. The Cabaret Festival runs until June 25. Check out the program online now. 

Find out more here. 

Winter Weekends | June 10 & June 11

Cold nights and rainy days don’t have to be all bad. Winter Weekends is back, spicing up your Friday night knock-offs and Saturday bar hangs at several CBD haunts. Slip into weekend mode at your favourite city venue, warm up by the outdoor fire pits and marvel fire twirlers and entertainment. The roving City of Adelaide initiative is taking over the west this weekend, popping up at venues like Hains & Co, Shotgun Willies, La Buvette and Bibliotheca. Your winter weekends just got a whole lot warmer. 

Hutt Street Long Weekend Party | June 10- June 12 

Revel in the best of the city at the Hutt Street Long Weekend party this weekend. Taking over the east end of the CBD, venues, producers and musicians are setting up shop and celebrating the extra day off by throwing a three-day bash. Chow down on burgers from Gang Gang and sweet treats from Loukomades, sip tipples of wine and crowd around the outdoor fire pits scattered down the street. Dance until late, with a host of musicians taking the stage across the weekend. 

Gin City Limits | June 11 

The east end’s beloved gin haunt, The Howling Owl, is turning ten – and it’s just a coincidence the major milestone happens to land on World Gin Day. The gin bar and café is shutting down Vaughan Place for its birthday bash, alongside Senor Taco and an array of live musicians and DJs. Enjoy gin paddles from Happenstance Distillery, Heaps Good Gin and Little Juniper Distilling, sipping nips bursting with botanicals. The street party is free and kicks off at 3pm.   

Find out more here. 

Festival of Darkness | June 12

Celebrate the best in the brewing business at the Festival of Darkness this weekend. NOLA and The Stag have teamed up to host 18 independent brewers across two jam-packed sessions. Each brewer will be pouring pints and chatting about all things craft beer with punters. Tickets cost $50 and include free tastings, access to Festival of Darkness masterclasses, tasty BBQ treats and a custom tasting glass. Love a boogie? Head to the Festival of Darkness after-party and groove to live tunes played by homegrown musicians like Ollie English and Blue Lucy. 

Find out more here. 

Day Dance | June 12

Day Dance is back, and it’s here to shake up McLaren Vale this long weekend. The day party rolls together with a music festival and wine tour, moving punters between wineries and hosting homegrown musicians. Sip tipples from participating wineries – Simon Hackett, Paxton, Woodstock and Coriole – before walking to your second location for an afternoon disco set. Kick on at the after party taking over the West Oak Hotel. Tickets cost $90 and includes travel to and from McLaren Vale and a Day Dance wine tumbler. 

Find out more here. 

Six the Musical | until June 12

History meets pop music in Six the Musical, the stage show travelling through the trials and tribulations of Henry VIII’s infamous wives. You know how the story goes: divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. But Six the Musical is switching up history, retelling the tales of the six women from their point of view in an electric pop performance. So sit back and re-learn history from the high energy 75-minute show. Tickets retail between $69 and $119. 

Find out more here.