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October events in South Australia

From Vogue to vegan; film to fashion, South Australia’s 2017 October events calendar is a force to be reckoned with.

This October, South Australia is showing-off its culture, flavour, fashion and innovative design like never before. Join the festivities and feast your eyes, ears and stomach on a month-long celebration, brought to life by South Australia’s best creative minds.

TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art

When: TARNANTHI at the Gallery: 13 October – 28 January 2018, TARNANTHI Art Fair: 13 October – 15 October 2017, TARNANTHI Festival: 13 October – 22 October 2017.
Where: Various locations around Adelaide.
What: TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
is a three-part festival, consisting of a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia, an art fair presented at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute and a city-wide festival.

TARNANTHI will showcase over 1,000 artists at exhibitions at the Art Gallery of South Australia and works from 40 art centres and individual artists at the TARNANTHI Art Fair. Providing a platform for artists to share important stories, TARNANTHI offers an unmissable opportunity to experience the best of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander art.

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Tarnanthi APY Womens Collborative, Silversalt Photography

Freda Brady, Wawiriya Burton, Eadie Angkaliya Curtis, Tjanglia George, Sandra Goodwin, Beryl Jimmy, Nyurpaya Kaika‑Burton, Ilawanti Ungkutjuru Ken, Sylvia Ken, Tjungkara Ken, Manyiritjanu Lennon, Betty Muffler, Matjangka Nyukana Norris, Mary Katajuku Pan, Betty Pumani, Antjala (Tjayangka) Robin, Alison Munti Riley, Tjariya (Nungalka) Stanley, Carlene Thompson, Maringka Tunkin, Puna Yanima, Yaritji Young, Jeannie Wallatina, Judy Wallatina, Kungkarangkalpa - Seven sisters, 2016, Kaltjiti, Fregon, Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY), South Australia, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 300.0 x 500.0 cm; Acquisition through TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art supported by BHP 2017, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. © the artists, courtesy of Ernabella Arts, Iwantja Arts, Kaltjiti Arts, Mimili Maku Arts, Tjala Arts, Tjungu Palya and Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre. photo: Silversalt Photography.

2017 Hancock Prospecting Australian Short Course Swimming Championships

When: 26 October – 28 October 2017.
Where: SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre
What: Come and see the stars of the World Championships Emily Seebohm, Emma McKeon and Mack Horton as well as Olympic gold medallists Kyle Chalmers and Cate and Bronte Campbell as they take on the 2017 Australian Short Course Championships in Adelaide.

See our Para swimmers Ellie Cole, Monique Murphy, Matthew Levy and Brenden Hall fresh off the back of the World Championships in Mexico. Cheer on your favourite Aussie swimmers and soak up the atmosphere at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre.

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2017 Hancock Prospecting Australian Short Course Swimming Championships

2017 Hancock Prospecting Australian Short Course Swimming Championships.

Vegan Festival Adelaide

When: 28 October – 29 October 2017.
Where: Victoria Square Tarntanyangga, Adelaide.
What: Founded in 2007, the 2017 Vegan Festival Adelaide brings together South Australia’s vegan community with a showcase of music, cooking and the very best vegan products in Victoria Square. The festival recognises and addresses the remaining and future issues that impact animal welfare, human health and the environment.

Vegan Festival Adelaide has grown dramatically from its attracting 1,000 attendees in 2007 to over 12,000 festival-goers in 2016, attracting everyone from vegans to the v curious.

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Vegan Festival Adelaide

Vegan Festival, Adelaide


When: 21 September – 8 October 2017.
Where: Various locations around Adelaide.
What: OzAsia Festival is Australia’s premier international arts festival focussing on Asia. This year’s program showcases some of the finest theatre, dance, music, film and visual arts that Asia has to offer. Highlights include The End, the world’s first vocaloid opera starring virtual pop star Hatsune Miku and Until the Lions, a dance-theatre epic from award-winning choreographer, Akram Khan.

Come for a show and stay for a meal; OzAsia is accompanied by a mouth-watering smorgasbord of dumplings, noodles, curry, premium local wine and beer all available at the Lucky Dumpling Market, taking over Adelaide’s Riverbank precinct for the duration of the festival. Kick-off the OzAsia celebrations with the atmospheric OzAsia Moon Lantern Festival on 1 October. 

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OzAsia Festival, Trentino Priori

OzAsia Festival by Trentino Priori


When: 28 September – 8 October 2017.
Where: Victoria Square and various locations around Adelaide.
What: Open State is South Australia’s festival of collaboration, innovation, ideas and enterprise. Now in its second year, the festival will explore six themes: Future Food, Future Humans, Future Cities, Future Planet, Future Democracy and Future Enterprise through more than 100 community-led events.

Open State invites you to turn your ideas into action. Join world-class talks or debates on the future of food, democracy or business, pitch your own big ideas or explore the intersection of technology and humanity through a workshop or demo. Explore the streets of Adelaide as you've never seen them before or round-up the kids for a range of family-friendly sessions.

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Open State, Cath Leo

Open State, Cath Leo


When: 1 October 2017, 10am – 3pm.
Where: Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga, Adelaide.
What: Indofest Adelaide is a vibrant celebration of Indonesian culture, brought to life by South Australia’s Indonesian community groups and hosted by the not-for-profit Australian-Indonesian Association of South Australia.

Held in Victoria Square, this year’s Indofest marks the festival’s 10 year anniversary and will feature traditional and contemporary Indonesian music and dance performances, cooking demonstrations, delicious regional food, drink and workshops. 

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Indofest Adelaide

Indofest, Adelaide


When: 4 October – 8 October 2017.
Tonsley Innovation Precinct, Adelaide.
What: Hybrid World Adelaide
 is a new five-day event, examining, deconstructing and exploring how “the internet and reality aren’t separate places anymore; we’re living in a hybrid world” – Creative Director, Robert Tercek.

At the heart of Hybrid World is Tonsley’s Digital Hub, packed with mind-expanding interactive technology to see, touch, interact and play with. Get involved with YouTube masterclasses, workshops, interactive games, drone racing, music and a “what’s hot in tech” sideshow. Want more? Hybrid World Adelaide also includes conferences and a hands-on lab, designed to mentor and develop selected tech projects. 

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Hybrid World Adelaide

Hybrid World Adelaide


When: 5 October – 8 October 2017.
Various locations around Adelaide.
The Festival of Architecture and Design delves into the future of architecture and design on a global scale. This year’s program includes engaging and informative design talks, forums, exhibitions, performances, children’s activities and guided site tours.

The Festival of Architecture and Design is a partner of Open State and will this year explore the theme of Future Cities, asking the question, how can Adelaide progress in-line with technological advances, while retaining and reinforcing the interactions between the people who inhabit it? 

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Colonel Light Centre's GreenWall, Adelaide

Colonel Light Centre's GreenWall, Adelaide


When: 5 October – 15 October 2017.
Various cinemas around Adelaide.
As one of Australia’s most innovative and exciting film events, the Adelaide Film Festival will light up Adelaide's city screens this October with the very best films from all over the world. 

The 11-day event will call the West End of the City home, making the newly opened GU Arthouse Cinemas the new festival hub. Sessions will also be presented at nearby cinemas in Adelaide’s CBD and beyond. This year’s theme, Vive Le Punk, will celebrate the creative freedom of mavericks, auteurs and screen visionaries from around the globe. 

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Cargo, directed by Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling

Cargo, directed by Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling


When: 8 October – 15 October 2017.
Darwin to Adelaide, along the Explorers Way.
The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge will see sun-powered supercars traversing 3,000 kilometres from Darwin to Adelaide. Behind the wheel are tertiary and secondary students from over 30 countries, testing the limits of technology, design and sustainable transport. 

The Solar cars will depart from the steps of Darwin’s Parliament House on Sunday October 8 and cross the official finish line in Adelaide’s Victoria Square on October 12. 

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Punch One Solar Car, North of Alice Springs

Punch One Solar Car, North of Alice Springs


When: 11 October – 15 October 2017.
Various locations around Adelaide.
The 2017 Adelaide Fashion Festival, presented by Mercedes-Benz Adelaide, celebrates innovative, bold and dynamic South Australian design. Making use of Adelaide’s vibrant venues and fashion precincts, the 2017 Adelaide Fashion Festival presents contemporary and relevant fashion and accessories alongside makeup and hair styling, local photography, music and iconic South Australian food and beverages

The spotlight this year will be on feminine lines, custom accessories and contemporary glamour with a strictly South Australian aesthetic. Established favourites such as Acler, The Daily Edited, Naomi Murrell, GretaKate and Couture+Love+Madness will feature alongside brands making their debut including Binny, Cinquante, Ashlee Lauren and Varacalli Couture. 

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Gown by Paolo Sebastian, Adelaide Fashion Festival

Gown by Paolo Sebastian, Adelaide Fashion Festival


When: 13 October - 14 October 2017.
Rundle MallAdelaide.
 Strutting into Adelaide's Rundle Mall on October 13 and 14, Vogue Festival is a lavish two-day event, showcasing Adelaide's vibrant fashion scene with runway shows, prizes, giveaways, events and styling sessions. 

Mirroring Sydney and Melbourne's popular Vogue American Express Fashion's Night Out events, the 2017 Vogue Festival is Adelaide's chance to showcase its eclectic, innovative and industry-leading fashion scene in the heart of the city.

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Vogue Festival, Akiima C/MEO Collective

Vogue Festival, Akiima in C/MEO Collective


When: 19 October – 22 October 2017.
Rundle Park, Kadlitpina.
Over four days of gourmet indulgence, Ferment the Festival will showcase the mouth-watering goods of Australia’s best makers of fermented food and drink. As a progression of the much-loved CheeseFest, Ferment the Festival encompasses chocolate, sourdough bread, yoghurt, gin, beer, cider, wine, whisky and, of course, plenty of cheese.

Ferment the Festival is driven by South Australian Premium Food and Wine Ambassador Kris Lloyd and is the only one of its kind in Australia. Kris’ fascination with the process of fermentation began with cheese and winemaking; she has had extensive involvement with both for over 18 years. 

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Ferment the Festival

Ferment the Festival


When: 21 October 2017.
Where: Tanunda, Barossa
What: Combine your favourite pass-time with our ultimate wine destination at the 2017 Runaway Marathon Barossa. Leave behind the everyday and immerse yourself in the natural beauty and warm hospitality of the Runaway Barossa Marathon: a race experience that’s all about sharing in life’s simple pleasures.

Make a day of it, enjoying the local flavours of our Barossa Region, with plenty of delicious food stalls, fine wine and entertainment while cheering-on the runners.

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Runaway Barossa Marathon

Runaway Barossa 2017, Barossa


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