From feasts of wine and food, to fast-paced trackside fun and celebrations of music, regional South Australia sure knows how to throw a festival
Whether you’re a hungry foodie, wine connoisseur, adventure junky or just looking to experience something completely different, South Australia’s jam-packed calendar of events means there’s always something to discover!
Pack your bags for a weekend getaway and check out our 10 best regional events in South Australia in 2020.
1. TUNARAMA, EYRE PENINSULA: JANUARY
For a truly unique way to spend the Australia Day long weekend, grab a quick 50-minute Rex Flight to Australia’s seafood capital, Eyre Peninsula, and experience one of the country’s most unique free festivals, Tunarama. See the World Championship Tuna tossing competition, sample the some of the freshest seafood Australia has to offer, check out local market stalls, incredible arts displays and immerse yourself in the seaside culture of Port Lincoln.
2. CRUSH FESTIVAL, ADELAIDE HILLS: JANUARY
Endless wine, food and music in the breathtaking Adelaide Hills? Your perfect summer weekend is sorted thanks to Crush Festival. Enjoy a quintessential Adelaide Hills long lunch featuring a stellar line-up of regional produce, whet your whistle with Australia’s best cool climate wines and enjoy the stunning views over the Australia Day long weekend.
3. KANGAROO ISLAND SEALINK RACING CARNIVAL: FEBRUARY
Love the heart-stopping atmosphere of the races? Hop aboard the SeaLink ferry and journey a quick 45 minutes to experience a fair-dinkum Australian horse race in a truly unique setting. With Kangaroo Island’s artisan local food and wine on offer and all the usual trackside trappings, there’s no better way to spend a day at the races, so get on your horse and make a weekend of Kangaroo Island SeaLink Racing Carnival!
4. BAROSSA VINTAGE FESTIVAL: APRIL
Raise your glass to all the good things in life with the Barossa Vintage Festival in Australia’s wine mecca, the iconic Barossa. Indulge in the region’s world-renowned wine and food and uncover the Barossa’s rich heritage with more than 90 events that will have you fall in love with this incredible region of South Australia. Stay tuned for the 2020 dates.
5. CLARE VALLEY GOURMET WEEKEND: MAY
Eat and drink your way through the beautiful Clare Valley with Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend; the ultimate weekend escape for foodies and wine lovers. Sample the region’s best food and wine, meet the producers and wine-makers and explore the green-heart of the Clare Valley. Stay tuned for the 2020 dates.
6. COOBER PEDY OPAL FESTIVAL, FLINDERS RANGES AND OUTBACK: JUNE
A real gem in South Australia’s events calendar, head to South Australia’s red centre and experience the outback with fireworks, a street parade, true-blue bush dance, live music and Australia’s famed opals. Considered the opal capital of the world, learn more about opal mining and experience Coober Pedy’s truly unique underground way of life for yourself with Coober Pedy Opal Festival.
7. WINTER REDS WEEKEND, ADELAIDE HILLs: JULy
Head for the hills and escape the winter blues with a drop (or two) of the Adelaide Hills’ best reds. With more than 30 wineries showing off their incredible wines and a smorgasbord of sumptuous food, make a weekend of it and stay a night to drink-in all the Winter Reds Weekend has to offer. Held annually in July, stay tuned for the 2020 dates.
8. OTR Supersprint, Murray River, Lakes & Coorong: August
Each August, the biggest names in supercars descend on The Bend to battle it out on Australia’s newest stop on the national supercar circuit for the OTR Supersprint. You can even stay in the thick of the action with track-side camping available during the championship. If you can't wait for the race to get your fix of fast-paced fun, check out our guide to what else you can do at The Bend Motorsport Park from hot laps to karting.
9. COONAWARRA CABERNET CELEBRATIONS, LIMESTONE COAST: OCTOBER
A whole month celebrating wine? If you insist! Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations is a wine enthusiast’s dream with a generous helping of food on the side and good old-fashioned country hospitality. This October festival is well worth a weekend getaway to the beautiful Limestone Coast so keep your eye out for the 2020 dates.
10. HANDPICKED FESTIVAL, FLEURIEU PENINSULA: NOVEMBER
Check out some of the biggest names in Australian music at Handpicked Festival. Set against a backdrop of vineyards, this laidback music festival is held annually in November in the heart of the boutique Langhorne Creek wine region. Grab a picnic rug, sip on the region’s best wines, sample local produce and enjoy a full day of live entertainment from your favourite musicians. Check out our guide to this year's Handpicked Festival and stay tuned for the 2020 date.
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