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.

Whats On: Easter

Wines and Good Times at National Wine Centre | Friday 15

Kick off your four-day weekend with a bang by heading down to a sunny Good Friday soiree at the National Wine Centre. The Wines and Good Times event is bringing disco beats and booze to the CBD, with the National Wine Centre playing host to an array of dance music DJs. Relax in a premium booth, nibble on tasty bites to eat and sip wine in the sunshine. And, of course, the dance floor will be in full swing. Final release tickets cost $50.

Find out more here. 

Fringe in the Hills Opening Night | Friday 15 

Caught a case of the post-mad March blues? The Adelaide Hills is continuing the Fringe fun this April, kicking off the regional series this Easter weekend. This April 15, Prancing Pony Brewery will host the opening night festivities alongside the Fringe Festival at the Stirling Library. Settle in for an evening of thrilling performances and indulging in locally made goods to celebrate the next ten days of Fringe in the Hills. Tickets to the opening night party cost $15 with the Fringe in the Hills fun starting at 5pm.

Find out more here. 

Easter Weekend at Nola | 15-17 

Adelaide’s own speakeasy, Nola, is hosting a long weekend jam-packed with Easter madness. From April 15, the CBD haunt will be slinging pints of chocolate-infused and hot cross bun beer for craft lovers with a secret sweet tooth. Sip on Easter Egg cocktails expertly shaken and stirred by Nola’s bartenders or partake in an Easter tinnie hunt and collect cans from your favourite independent brewers on Saturday afternoon. The Easter-fuelled fun will wrap up on April 17, gifting you Monday’s public holiday to rest and recoup.

Find out more here. 

Candlelit Knights | Saturday 16 

Relax under the stars in Sinclair Gully this Saturday, with Candlelit Knights returning after a successful stint at last year’s Nature Festival. Indulge in a night of musical magic as live piano and song play among the natural flora and fauna soundscape. Surrounded by a soft candlelight ambience, sip on fine wine with friends in the great outdoors. With the mercury tipped to hit 27 degrees this Saturday, Candlelit Knights is set to be the balmy autumn night we’ve been craving. Tickets cost $25, with the evening beginning at 4pm.

Find out more here

Space Jams Festival | 16-17

The seaside town of Robe will play host to some of SA’s best homegrown music with the return of the Space Jams Festival this Easter long weekend. Live music and dancing are back – and what better way to celebrate than heading to this electric festival this April 16 and 17. Headlining the two-day event will be Timberwolf and Teenage Joans, alongside an array of other local acts. Teaming up with Imperial Measures and Pirate Life Brewing, the two-day event is the perfect excuse to escape to the Limestone Coast for the long weekend.

 Find out more here.  

Easter Sunday Seafood Festival Lunch | Sunday 17 

Indulge in a seafood feast this Easter Sunday at Adelaide’s highest rooftop bar. The Merrymaker, part of Hotel Indigo, is throwing a seafood Sunday soiree to celebrate the long weekend. Shuck oysters and settle in for an afternoon of seafood festival fun. The multi-course lunch is paired with a two-hour drinks package, with some speciality cocktails created for this standalone event. The resident DJ will be soundtracking the afternoon, elevating the Easter festivities the best way we know how. Tickets are priced at $149 per person.

Find out more here. 

Easter Monday at Hugo Wines | Monday 18 

Live music, food trucks and fantastic wine – Monday doesn’t mean Easter weekend is over – and Hugo Wines is helping to continue the festivities in style. Sprawl out on the lush lawns of the McLaren Flat winery and soak up the autumn sunshine with this fun family-friendly event. Chow down on Southeast Asian street food by Sookii La La, taste tipples of wine at the cellar door tastings, and try your hand at the lawn games on offer. The Easter Monday event is free to attend however bookings are essential. 

Find out more here.

What’s On In Adelaide This Weekend

Gluttony Encore – running until March 27 

Already missing the thrilling performances and sparkling lights of the Adelaide Fringe?

Gluttony has gifted show-lovers an extra week jam-packed of high flying acrobats, dazzling drag, hypnotists and cabaret. The bittersweet goodbye to Mad March sees Gluttony Encore host a curated program of acts inside the Magic Mirror Spiegeltent until March 27. Catch hypnotist Matt Hale turn audiences into trance-like dancers or be amazed by skill and athleticism of acclaimed circus performance, Rouge. 

This is the last weekend to catch a city show before the Fringe packs up and heads into hibernation! 

Find a show here. 

Sky Song – March 25 and March 26 

Off the back of the success of their Adelaide Fringe stint, Sky Song has extended its performance this weekend. Immerse yourself with connection to country, culture and the stories of our First Nations people with this incredible 40-minute performance. 

Watch hundreds of drones take to the air as the sky-high performance and narration by Australian musician, Archie Roach, guides you through five chapters of storytelling, poetry and song.

Settle into the lush landscape of McLaren Vale’s Leconfield and Richard Hamilton Wines, treat yourself to a tipple of wine and enjoy this special weekend of aviation magic taking off March 25 and 26.

Monarto Safari Park’s Visitor Centre re-opens – March 25 

The wait is finally over! The world class re-development of Monarto Safari Park’s new Visitor Centre is opening its door to the public this Friday, March 25. The state-of-the-art building is the entry point for guests to eat, drink and immerse themselves in the greatness of Monarto and the incredible animals that roam the Safari Park’s plains. 

The Visitor Centre is the first milestone in the revamp of the beloved Safari Park. The long-awaited Wild Africa experience and luxury accommodation are slated to open in early 2023. 

The new Visitor Centre was made possible thanks to both the state and federal government, and the rural city of Murray Bridge. 

Book your tickets here. 

Boehme on the Beach – March 26 

Glenelg’s Beach Concert Series continues, and this weekend, the State Opera and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is heading seaside to perform the Puccini’s acclaimed La Boèhme for one-night-only. 

This March 26, the electric love story between protagonists Mimi and Rodolfo is set to touch heartstrings and take centre stage on Glenelg’s foreshore. Settle in for a stunning evening under the stars, indulge in a spot of wine and cheese and be mesmerised by the awe-inspiring vocals and live music of the State Opera and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. 

Book your tickets here.

A summer in Sicily at iTL – running until March 27 

Cannoli, spritz and a splash of Limoncello – March doesn’t have to mean summer is over – with iTL bringing sunshine and a slice of Sicilian paradise to the new Festival Plaza. Running until March 27, wine, dine and indulge in the flavours of the Mediterranean and enjoy the mouth-watering culinary creations from the island. 

Treat yourself to arancini, pork ribs, eggplant pizza and pesto pistachio pasta while sipping on zesty Aperol Spritz. Thursday and Friday will see the elegant restaurant transform into the perfect place for after work drinks, with a pop-up Cannoli and Spritz Bar setting up shop. Watch the pastry experts pipe the sweet treats fresh in front of you as you slip into weekend mode this Friday.

Find out more here.

Reloved Retro Market at Hard Days Night – March 27

Slow down this Sunday and kick back at the Reloved Retro Market taking over new mega venue complex, Hard Days Night, this Sunday March 27. Peruse the array of vintage, pre-loved items taking over the retro city warehouse. Snag the latest piece to star in your wardrobe or chill out and enjoy the late March sunshine. 

Chow down on loaded burgers from Whoppi Goldburger, quench your thirst with a pint from the craft beer experts at Shifty Lizard Brewing Co or keep your weekend rolling with a fresh G+T from Soul Bird Gin. 

Find out more here.

Fruit picking in the Adelaide Hills 

The late summer sun means fruit picking season is well and truly underway, and there’s plenty of places to pinch sweet treats straight from the source. 

Glen Ewin Fig Picking:

Discover and taste the five varieties of fresh figs growing amongst the rolling landscape of the Adelaide Hills at Glen Ewin Estate. Meander the stunning 12,000 tree orchard as you pick the tart treats from the tree. After a hard day’s work, kick back at the Fig Bar and treat yourself to a nip of Fig Gin and tonic. Feeling peckish? You can also pre-order picnic hampers to devour after all the figgy fun. 

Find out more here.

Pick Apples at Lenswood: 

Crisp and ready for picking, the Lenswood Apple Tree orchard is now open and ready to be explored. Only 40 minutes from the CBD, a weekend trip to the Adelaide Hills location is the perfect activity for the weekend. 

Lenswood grows seven classic varieties, so whether you love sinking your teeth into a crisp Pink Lady, fluffy Fuji or sour Granny Smiths, you’ll be able to fill your basket with your favourite apples. The orchard also hosts the Hatch Coffee Co Van on weekend and holds an array of family-friendly outdoor games, including apple bowling. 

Find out more here.

Words Zara Richards