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 the 10 best regional events in South Australia in 2021.
1. CRUSH FESTIVAL, ADELAIDE HILLS: JANUARY 22-24
Endless wine, food and music in the breathtaking Adelaide Hills? Your perfect summer weekend is sorted thanks to Crush Festival 2021. 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.
2. Fleurieu Beer Festival, January 23
January pours up the goods for beer lovers, too. Showcasing some of the Fleurieu Peninsula’s best breweries, taste your way through local beer paired with regional food at the Fleurieu Beer Festival. Set in picturesque Willunga, local brewers taking place include South Coast Brewing Co, Shifty Lizard Brewery Co, along with Goodieson Brewery, Swell Brewing Co, Mephisto Brewing Co, Smiling Samoyed Brewery, Forktree Brewery, Vale Ale and Victor’s Place.
3. KANGAROO ISLAND SEALINK RACING CARNIVAL: FEBRUARY 18-20
Hop aboard the SeaLink ferry and journey a quick 45 minutes to experience the heart-stopping atmosphere of the races 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! Start planning with our guide to some of the best Kangaroo Island accommodation.
4. BAROSSA VINTAGE FESTIVAL: APRIL 14-18
Set in one of Australia’s most renowned wine regions, Barossa Vintage Festival is a five-day celebration of the Barossa’s world-class food, wine and rich history. With 75 events over five days including masterclasses, exclusive wine tastings, long lunches, dinners, live music, picnics and parties, it’s one of the most immersive ways to experience the food, wine and history of the Barossa. Extend your stay with our guide to the best things to do in the Barossa.
5. OTR SUPERSPRINT THE BEND 500, MURRAY RIVER, LAKES & COORONG: May 7-9
Set your coordinates for the Murray River for a weekend of fast-paced action at Australia’s newest stop on the national supercar circuit. OTR Supersprint The Bend 2021 is a non-stop three-day celebration for rev heads featuring some of Australia’s most impressive super cars. You can even stay in the thick of the action with trackside 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 The Bend Motorsport Park from hot laps to karting.
6. CLARE VALLEY GOURMET WEEK: MAY 14-23
Eat and drink your way through the best of the Clare Valley at the Clare Valley Gourmet Week; the ultimate weekend escape for foodies and wine lovers. Sample the region’s best food and wine, meet the producers and winemakers and explore the green-heart of the Clare Valley. Stay for the whole week and venture further with our guide to the Clare Valley.
7. Coober Pedy Opal Festival: June 19-20
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.
8. 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. Stay tuned for 2021 dates.
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 2021 dates.
10. HANDPICKED FESTIVAL, FLEURIEU PENINSULA: NOVEMBER 13
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.
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