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.
1. KANGAROO ISLAND SEALINK CUP CARNIVAL, KANGAROO ISLAND
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 Cup Carnival!
2. BAROSSA VINTAGE FESTIVAL, BAROSSA
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.
3. CLARE VALLEY GOURMET WEEKEND, CLARE VALLEY
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.
4. COOBER PEDY OPAL FESTIVAL, FLINDERS RANGES AND OUTBACK
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.
5.WINTER REDS WEEKEND, ADELAIDE HILLS
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.
6. COONAWARRA CABERNET CELEBRATIONS, LIMESTONE COAST
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 festival is well worth a weekend getaway to the beautiful Limestone Coast.
7. HANDPICKED FESTIVAL, FLEURIEU PENINSULA
Check out some of the biggest names in Australian music at Handpicked Festival. Set against a backdrop of vineyards, this laidback music festival is 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.
8. TUNARAMA, EYRE PENINSULA
For a truly unique way to spend Australia Day, 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.
9. CRUSH FESTIVAL, ADELAIDE HILLS
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.
10. Wooden Boat Festival, Fleurieu Peninsula
Jump aboard for a weekend celebrating South Australia's rich maritime history and seaside lifestyle in the idyllic coastal town of Goolwa. Boats of all shapes and sizes descend on the historic river port where the Murray mouth and Southern Ocean meet for the biannual Wooden Boat Festival. Maritime displays, art exhibitions, children's activities, music and local food and wine will keep the whole crew happy.
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