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. Asian Le Mans, Tailem Bend, January
One of the most significant events in the international motor sport calendar, The Asian Le Mans, will make its first trip to Australia in 2020 for the 4 Hours of The Bend from 10 - 12 January. Carving up the tracks at Tailem Bend's brand new state of the art motorsport venue, The Bend, this will be the first time in 20 years that there will be Le Mans Prototypes racing in South Australia. Racing royalty will descend on Adelaide for the event as world-class drivers, including ex F1 drivers, current Ferrari F1 development drivers, a 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE winner and World Endurance Champion, as well as GT factory drivers from BMW, Ferrari and Aston Martin, compete for direct entry into the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans in France.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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!
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 the bend 500, Murray River, Lakes & Coorong: September
This September, the biggest names in supercars will descend on The Bend to battle it out on Australia’s newest stop on the national supercar circuit for the OTR The Bend 500. 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. Barossa Gourmet Weekend: September
The highlight of the Barossa’s event calendar each winter, the 2019 Barossa Gourmet Weekend will raise the culinary bar again, offering an unsurpassable gourmet experience running over three days, just a one-hour drive from the Adelaide CBD. It's the perfect weekend for wine enthusiasts, foodies and families wanting to discover the Barossa and indulge their senses.
10. 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.
11. 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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