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29 May 2018

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

1. Colours of Impressionism

When: 29 March to 29 July
Where: Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
What: 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.

Colours of Impressionism, Art Gallery of South Australia


When: 1 May to 31 May
Where: Various locations, Adelaide
What: 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.

Adelaide History Festival


When: 18 May to 21 May 
Where: Various locations, Clare Valley
What: 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.

Shut the Gate Winery, Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend


When: 19 May 
Where: King William Street, Adelaide
What: 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 & Dice and Rudimentary Wines.

Adelaide Wine Walk


When: 8 June to 23 June
Where: Various locations, Adelaide CBD
What: 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.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Queen Kong


When: 9 June to 11 June 
Where: Various locations, South Australia
What: 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.

Wirra Wirra, McLaren Vale, Fleurieu Peninsula


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?

Adelaide Oval, Adelaide


When: 6 July to 8 July
Where: The Adelaide Showground
What: 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.

Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival

9. Barossa Seasons: Winter

When: 6 July to 8 July
Where: Various locations, Barossa
What: Join the Barossa's seasonal celebration of wine, food and culture at Barossa Seasons: Winter. Take your pick from seven sumptuous events, from lavish long lunches and fire pit feasts to wine tastings and a winter-themed cocktail party. 

Barossa Seasons: Winter


When: 13 July to 29 July
Where: Various locations, Adelaide CBD
What: 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.

Umbrella Winter City Sounds, Adelaide

11. 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.

Guitars in Bars, Adelaide

12. 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.

Nepenthe, Winter Reds Festival, Adelaide Hills

13. 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.

SALA Festival, Adelaide

14. 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.

 The Bend Motorsport Park, Riverland

15. 2018 Barossa Gourmet Weekend

When: 31 August to 02 September
Where: Tanunda, Barossa 
What: 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.

Seppeltsfield Wines, Barossa


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.

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