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Things to do in Adelaide: Your Ultimate October Guide

From cocktail events to fashion markets, you won’t be struggling for fun things to do this month.

Daylight savings time! Long weekend! Halloween! October really does have it all. It’s that exciting time of year when you can smell summer around the corner as we’re treated to maybe a single day of sunshine and warmth that drives us all wild as we crack out the Aperol Spritz for one day of bliss before the jeans and jumpers are back in action the following day. So let’s get ramped up for a month of activities so good that even the weather can’t ruin them – get ready for an abundance of festivals to get stuck into, mini-golf that will entertain everyone and foodie delights.

Here are all the fun things to do in Adelaide this month!

Sprout Cooking School & Bec Hardy Wines

It doesn’t matter if you’re a keen home-chef or a beginner, if food is your thing then book yourself into Sprout Cooking School’s 2-course cooking class, matched with Bec Hardy and Pertaringa wines. Starting with a cheese platter and a glass of bubbles (I’m already sold), followed by the Sprout chefs walking you through the preparation, skills and techniques needed to create your own food masterpiece – before putting your new skills into practice! 

14th October

Sprout Cooking School, 89 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton

Vogue at Rundle Mall

If you’re a bit of a shopaholic, then fasten your seatbelt as Adelaide's biggest shopping weekend is back! Forget online shopping and head down to Rundle Street to enjoy 150 exclusive offers across fashion, beauty, homeware, in-store experiences and unique activations that a website could just never compare to!

8th – 10th October

Rundle Mall, Adelaide

CheeseFest

With a name like that, should I even bother writing more? That’s right – CheeseFest. Festival of cheese. Lord have mercy! Join the Gather & Graze fun for a weekend of cooking demos, Masterclasses, special talks and live entertainment, as well as some of the finest offerings of Australian artisan cheese alongside South Australian food and beverages.

23rd – 24th October

Rymill Park, Murlawirrapurka, Park 14, East Terrace, Adelaide

The Feast Kangaroo Island

Who’s ready for an overseas trip? Yes, technically Kangaroo Island is over at least a bit of sea! The Gastronomo design team is inviting you to get back in touch with nature with The Feast. A progressive dining experience, diners will be bathed in the magic of the magical location and enjoy local produce, theatre and a touch of the unexpected underneath the starlit sky. Using experimental cooking techniques, enjoy native produce, bush tucker and inventive dishes. It will be truly unforgettable!

Thursday 14th October – Monday 1st November & Thursday 11th November – Monday 29th November

Head here for more information and to book tickets, priced at $145 per person.

The Enchanted Fig Tree

For one of the most unforgettable dining experiences in all of Australia, check out Gastronomo’s showstopping dining event ‘The Enchanted Fig Tree.’ Bringing out the island’s fairy tale feel, once upon a time, a small fig tree was planted on Kangaroo Island to provide food. Over a century later, settle in for lunch within the sun dappled limbs of an 120 year old fig tree beneath a canopy of shimmering leaves. Within the twisted limbs of a tree, you’ll sip on a welcome cocktail made with Kangaroo Island Spirits, canapes and then venture through the ‘entrance’ of the tree into natural dining rooms, decked out with whimsical table settings, enjoy native foraged foods and some of the Kangaroo Island and South Australia’s finest food.

Thursday 16th December 2021 – Monday 4th April 2022

Head here for more information and to book tickets!

Riverlation Wine & Food

This three-day festival in the Riverland has become a much-loved annual tradition, bringing the community together to celebrate two of my favourite things – food and wine. With such a broad range of events taking place, it may be difficult to choose just one or two. A 7-course Degustation dinner is definitely a highlight, alongside cellar doors to discover and local foods.

8 Pike Creek Road, Lyrup, Riverland

Polo in the Vines

Dig your fascinator out of the dark depths of your wardrobe and break in your heels as it’s time to get classy at Polo in the Vines. A part of the Urban Polo circuit, this event is all about the culinary experience, of coure matched with the finest local wines and showcasing some of Australia’s top polo players.

9th October

Clare Showground, Main N Road & Spring Gully Road, Clare

Oktoberfest

Need I say more? The famed German festival is hitting Hahndorf once again for good times and good steins. Get yourself and your mates up to South Australia’s charming German town for authentic beer, food and music to dance the day away to. Don’t forget your lederhosen and dirndl.

16th October

Alec Johnston Park, Hahndorf

Pixar Putt

What do you get when you cross mini-golf with Pixar films? A pretty good time, I’d say. Book in for your session at the open-air pop-up experience and putt your way around a course inspired by all-time favourite including Monsters, Inc., Wall-E and of course Toy Story. Open during the day for all to enjoy, 18+ after-dark sessions from Thursday-Saturday, and food and drink available right next to the course for a post-putt pint!

On until 17th October

Riverbank Promenade, Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide

Prohibition Ping Pong Club

The Olympics are well over, now it’s time for the real pros to get in on the action. Adelaide and Sitchu favourites Prohibition Liquor Co. are hosting their monthly ping pong tournament and we’re limbering up for an evening of paddle action. There are amazing prizes, good fun and of course their famous G&Ts to be had.

20th October

Prohibition Liquor Co, 22 Gilbert Street, Adelaide

OzAsia Festival

Showcasing the best of the best Asian and Australian cultural events, OzAsia is back once more with a jam-packed schedule full of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, literature, film and food. Amongst its community-engaged, future-focused, curious and inclusive schedule, 2021 promises the most significant program of Asian Australian performance and writing ever presented.

21st October – 7th November

King William Street, Adelaide

Vegan Festival Adelaide

Come down for the amazing vegan food, stay for the entertainment, workshops, speakers and cooking demonstrations. With veganism becoming so much more than just a diet, this weekend festival is here to celebrate and provide education on how to lead a sustainable lifestyle through demonstrations and a diverse array of market stalls to spoil yourself with products, food and beverages.

30th – 31st October

Rundle Park / Kadlitpina, East Terrace, Adelaide

Tone & I at Thebarton Theatre (Photo credit: @aieshahansonphotography)
Tone & I at Thebarton Theatre (Photo credit: @aieshahansonphotography)
Catch A Gig At Thebarton

You simply cannot beat experiencing some of the best live acts in possibly the best venue in SA. Thebarton Theatre has everything: atmosphere, character and a stellar line up for September. Make sure you don’t miss Something For Kate, or young Aussie heroes DMA’S as they grace the stage.

112 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville

Check out a gig at The Gov

A firm favourite pub that never fails to disappoint for any mood – whether you fancy a dance or to cosy up close to a roaring fire, The Gov has you covered. They've got a killer line-up of gigs scheduled for this month! Head here to check it out.

Throughout October

59 Port Road, Hindmarsh

Make the most of your wild month in Adelaide with a mix of unique and memorable experiences. But when all that is said and done, get back to basics by visiting some of the best restaurants in the CBD, or perhaps taking the time to indulge in a scenic hike.