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2018 Autumn and Winter Events in South Australia

The weather might have cooled down, but in May, June, July and August, South Australia’s events calendar is hotter than ever.

From wine festivals to cabaret spectaculars, South Australia’s fire is ignited with autumn and winter events guaranteed to get you into our vibrant city streets and exploring our beautiful regions over the cooler months.

1. Colours of Impressionism

When: 29 March to 29 July
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
More than 65 Impressionist masterpieces from the renowned collection of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris feature in a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay charts the revolution of colour that lies at the very heart of Impressionism and includes master works by Monet, Renoir, Manet, Morisot, Pissarro and Cézanne, among many others. Learn more.

Painting by Monet, shown at Colours of Impressionism, Art Gallery of South Australia

Image credit: Claude Monet, France, 1840-1926, La pie (The magpie), 1868-1869, oil on canvas, 89 x 130 cm, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France, ©photo Musée d'Orsay / rmn

2. The South Australian History Festival

When: 1 May to 31 May
Various locations, Adelaide
The South Australian History Festival is an annual celebration of the State’s past, showcasing our most memorable characters and stories. Delve into our history through hundreds of events which range from talks to tours; walks to workshops; exhibitions to special events. Learn more.

The South Australian History Festival 2018

The South Australian History Festival 2018.

3. Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend

When: 18 May to 21 May
Various locations, Clare Valley
One of South Australia’s premier wine regions, the Clare Valley is home to world-famous wineries with a beautiful country backdrop. The Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend was the first food and wine event of its kind in Australia; this year you can expect tastings, regionally inspired cuisine and full-blown feasts at more than 20 gorgeous Clare Valley wineries. Learn more.

Pikes Wines & Pikes Beer Company, Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend

Pikes Wines & Pikes Beer Company, Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend.

4. Urban Wine Walk, Adelaide

When: 19 May
King William Street, Adelaide
On Saturday the 19th of May, the streets, laneways and footpaths of Adelaide will come alive as a line-up of the city’s best venues transform Adelaide’s West into the ultimate cellar door experience. Participating venues include Cantina Sociale, Udaberri, Thrift Shop Bar, Electra House, Pink Moon Saloon, La Buvette and East of Norman. Participating wineries include La Prova, The Lane Vineyard, Alpha Box & Dive and Rudimentary Wines. Learn more.

The Adelaide Wine Walk

The Adelaide Wine Walk.

5. The 2018 Adelaide Cabaret Festival

When: 8 June to 23 June
Various locations, Adelaide CBD
: Running from 8 June to 23 June, the dazzling 2018 Adelaide Cabaret Festival will see some of the world’s biggest acts sashay onto stage at venues throughout Adelaide. The Adelaide Cabaret Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the world with major events at the Dunstan Playhouse, Festival Theatre, Her Majesty’s Theatre and Artspace. Tell me more

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2018, Queen Kong

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2018, Queen Kong.

6. McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival

When: 9 June to 11 June
Various locations, South Australia
The McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival celebrates the culinary and winemaking traditions of one of Australia’s best gastronomic destinations. From masterclasses, food trucks and live music to degustation dinners and tastings, it’s a feast for all five senses less than an hour away from Adelaide’s CBD in the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula. Tell me more.

Wirra Wirra wines, McLaren Vale, Fleurieu Peninsula

Wirra Wirra wines, McLaren Vale, Fleurieu Peninsula.

7. NRL - Sydney Roosters v Melbourne Storm

When: 29 June 
Where: The Adelaide Oval
What: This June, the Adelaide Oval will host a blockbuster NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Melbourne Storm. Last year the Roosters claimed a spectacular 25-24 Golden Point win over the Storm in front of 21,492 passionate spectators - the largest crowd of the round. Will you be there in 2018? Tell me more.

Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Adelaide Oval, Adelaide.

8. Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival 

When: 6 July to 8 July
The Adelaide Showground
The Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival is a showcase of South Australian, Australian and international beer and cider with 50 mouth-watering exhibitors pouring and cooking-up a storm in the Adelaide Showground’s historic Brick Cattle Pavillion. Tell me more.

Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival, Adelaide Showground

Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival, Adelaide Showground.

9. Umbrella Winter City Sounds

When: 13 July to 29 July
Various locations, Adelaide CBD
Umbrella: Winter City Sounds is a massive live music festival spread throughout Adelaide’s CBD. Presented by Music SA, Umbrella runs from 13 July – 29 July. The festival features well-known international, interstate and local performers and spans all genres from classical to hip hop; jazz to rock. Tell me more.

Umbrella: Winter City Sounds, Adelaide

Umbrella: Winter City Sounds, Adelaide.

10. Guitars in Bars

When: 13 July to 29 July
Various locations, South Australia
Guitars in Bars (and other places) is a special feature of the Adelaide Guitar Festival, showcasing the talents of our best string strummers in pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants and exhibition spaces all across South Australia. Tell me more.

Guitars in Bars, Adelaide

Guitars in Bars, Adelaide.

11. Winter Reds Weekend

When: 27 July to 29 July
Various wineries, Adelaide Hills
Shrug off your jacket and shake your scarf free; the Adelaide Hills will play host to the annual Winter Reds Weekend on 27-29 July 2018. Be tempted by more than 30 beautiful Adelaide Hills wineries offering sumptuous events, tastings and entertainment both day and night. Tell me more.

Nepenthe, Winter Reds Festival, Adelaide Hills

Nepenthe, Winter Reds Festival, Adelaide Hills.

12. SALA Festival

When: 1 August to 31 August
Various locations, South Australia
Celebrating South Australia’s thriving visual arts community, the SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival runs throughout August with works and exhibitions popping up in every corner of South Australia, from offices and cafés, to galleries and wineries. SALA is the largest community-based visual arts festival in Australia and celebrates sculpture, painting, photography, mixed media, moving image and installations. Tell me more.

SALA Festival, Adelaide

SALA Festival, Adelaide.

13. The Bend Supersprint

When: 24 August to 26 August
Where: The Bend Motorsport Park
What: The 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship will be making its way to The Bend Motorsport Park on the 24-26 August, 2018. The Bend Motorsport Park is one of the most significant developments in Australian motorsport history: a state-of-the-art, world-class motorsport facility. The Bend will deliver an exhilarating experience for competitors, enthusiasts and spectators alike with some of the best drivers in Australia battling-it-out at break-neck speeds. Tell me more.

The Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend

The Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend.

14. 2018 Barossa Gourmet Weekend

When: 31 August to 02 September
Tanunda, Barossa
The highlight of the Barossa’s event calendar, the 2018 Barossa Gourmet Weekend will raise the culinary bar again, offering an unsurpassable gourmet experience running over three days. It's the perfect weekend for wine enthusiasts, foodies and families wanting to discover the Barossa and indulge their senses. Tell me more.

Seppeltsfield Wines, Barossa

Seppeltsfield Wines, Barossa.

Find out what's on this weekend

All year-round there are lots of great events happening in Adelaide and South Australia from gigs and concerts to sports events, festivals, feasts, markets, theatre shows and exhibitions.

See a full list of all upcoming events and download our 2018 Events Calendar.

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