What's On in Adelaide This Weekend
Discover what's on in Adelaide this weekend, with no shortage of good times to be had in this vibrant city.
It's easy to make the most of a weekend in Adelaide, with the city offering a diverse range of experiences to cater to every taste. With everything from Euro-inspired Christmas markets and rooftop day parties to an array of cool events and activations - including the incredible Tarnanthi 2023 at AGSA and Adelaide Polo Classic, there is plenty on!
No matter your preference, weekends in Adelaide promise a mix of excitement, sunshine and time with friends, ensuring a much-needed break from the regular working week.
Whatever you decide, there's no shortage in sight of what's on in Adelaide this weekend.
One thing that Christmas lacks in Adelaide (or Australia for that matter) is the magical white Christmas scenes we see in the movies. While there is certainly no snow on the forecast, no need for mittens and bobsleds, ugly Christmas sweaters or mulled wines, we are still able to get a glimpse of magical European Christmas in our very own Little Germany, with Christkindlmarkt in Hahndorf. This weekend, the charming town is once again transforming the main street into a Christmas wonderland, to mimic the Christmas markets that pop up around Europe at this most wonderful time of year. Browse the stalls for gifts, homewares, food and drinks, and take the opportunity to enjoy a day out the whole family will love, with entertainment, carols, and jolly good times ahead.
Friday 15th - Sunday 17th December
Corner of Main Street and Auricht Road, Hahndorf
Adelaide Polo Classic 2023
You don't have to be a mega-fan of Polo to have a good time at the Adelaide Polo Classic. Back again in 2023, this is a weekend of fast-paced action, beautiful fashion, glamorous set ups, and amazing South Australian hospitality. With a strong focus this year on all things South Australia, this is a great opportunity to support our local food and wine venues, businesses and innovators, with the Adelaide CBD as the backdrop to the annual event. Taking advantage of the long summer days, you can enjoy twilight polo games, and unwind into the evening with your friends, with a plethora of dining options available throughout the event.
Friday 15th December - Saturday 16th December
Ellis Park, Adelaide
Festive Season Gin Bottle Painting at Prohibition Distillery
No Grinches allowed at this festive activity! Unleash your inner artist and let your creativity flow with a paint and sip at Prohibition Distillery. During your Festive Season Gin Bottle Painting, Prohibition Distillery and Paintelaide join forces for an evening of art and great drinks. A local artist will guide you through a 2-hour class, where the classic canvas is replaced with an empty gin bottle for you to decorate, with step-by-step guidance ensuring this a keepsake you'll actually want to take home. You'll get access to all the paint supplies you need and a G&T on arrival, plus the option to purchase more food and drinks as you go to keep the good times rolling.
Sunday 17th December
$75pp, bookings can be made here.
22 Gilbert Street, Adelaide
Asia Street Food Festival
An immersive experience is coming to Adelaide this weekend with the Asia Street Food Festival. With over 30 carefully selected vendors, this is an event to celebrate the culture, traditions and flavours of Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and their closest neighbours. With a rich and diverse variety of bold and interesting dishes on offer from each country, stroll through the open air outdoor market and find your meal of choice - you may want to leave room for two. Find a spot to sit and be transported to a faraway place, with lanterns and huts adding to the ambience of the event. It's a celebration of Asia in Adelaide, and the great food is just the beginning.
Thursday 14th December - Sunday 17th December
Pinky Flat, War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide
Gilles at the Grounds
Back again this weekend, bring your shopping tote and plenty of time when you step into Gilles at the Grounds – a marketplace by the people, for the people, where creativity knows no bounds. This is a haven for artisans, collectors, designers, and anyone with a fun idea they’d like to try out. From vintage treasures to fresh designs, it's a space that's vendors to shape, so you never know what you might discover as you browse the stalls.
Established in 2008, Gilles Street Market has evolved into an exciting venue, housed within the Adelaide Showgrounds. Live music, food, and a dog-friendly atmosphere enhance the experience, with up to 120 curated sellers on selected dates, it's a hub for creativity and sustainable living, and if you've got some last minute Christmas shopping to do - this could be the best place to do it!
Sunday 17th December
9.00am to 3.00pm
Adelaide Showgrounds, South Boulevard, Wayville
Strawberry Picking at Beerenberg Farm
With sunny days on the forecast this weekend, perhaps make the trip to Hahndorf to visit one of the greatest South Australian institutions - Beerenberg Farm. Family-owned since 1839, the farm is best loved for its strawberry patch, where you can pick your own fresh, juicy strawberries when in season between November – April. Open to visitors year-round, you can enjoy the farm café and its delicious breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas featuring their home-grown products and the new farm shop with exclusive flavours to purchase and take home. Just before to check the website before heading out to make sure the patch hasn’t been picked empty!
The Beerenberg Family Farm, Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf
Try the New Spring Menu at Mother Vine
Fancy a Friday night knock-off with a relaxed vibe and a delicious menu to match? Mother Vine in Adelaide's vibrant East End has new spring menu to show off, and it's calling us in for an evening of good food and great wine. Head Chef Clinton has given the existing menu an overhaul to reflect the warmer weather, with signature dishes given a new twist, plus an injection of new dishes to try. Loved by locals, Chef Clinton is focused on keeping the offering at Mother Vine interesting to the regulars and utilising the freshest ingredients. With the introduction of broad beans, artichokes and asparagus just a few of the newbies, this modern Asian/European menu also boasts Gazander Coffin Bay oysters, Kingfish sashimi with edamame, polenta chips with spicy tom yum mayo, and the juicy MV burger with comte, truffle mayo and pickles.
Open late Tuesday - Sunday
22-26 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide
Golden Times at Down The Rabbit Hole
Experience golden moments with Golden Times at Down The Rabbit Hole. Every Friday evening, shut down the work laptop and venture outside the city and into McLaren Vale for a well deserved sunset bev. As the sun sets over the vines, the gram-worthy cellar door transforms into a golden-hued wonderland with live acoustic music. Relax on the lawn, sip on fine wines, enjoy some nibbles and unwind to the talented artists setting the tone. The tunes starts at 5:30pm, with a second set at sundown. Grab the girls and start the weekend right with this laidback Friday night escape.
Every Friday evening through summer from 5.30pm
233 Binney Road, McLaren Vale
Sôl Rooftop Day Club
Experience the ultimate indulgence on Saturday afternoons with the lavish Sol Rooftop Day Club. Head up to the heights of Sôl, perched atop the luxury Eos hotel, and take in sweeping panoramic views of the city. Relish in the ultimate Sôl Day Club Club experience, tasting your way through an inspired menu, topped off with unique cocktail creations where you can even select a bottomless drinks package to get the party started. Your Day Club experience is soundtracked by a DJ bringing the best vibes. Perfect for a sunny afternoon, this is where good times and great stories begin.
Saturdays from 3.00pm to 6.00pm
SkyCity Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide
Discover a vibrant celebration of Indigenous art and culture in South Australia with Tarnanthi 2023. This year, the festival spreads its wings with exhibitions not only at AGSA but also at various venues across Adelaide and beyond. Showcasing contemporary artwork from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, AGSA stands as the festival's epicentre, offering a deep dive into cultural connections through art.
A program of events and workshops offers a unique opportunity to engage with First Nations artists, explore their world, and acquire stunning artworks. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Indigenous art through artist talks, workshops, films, music, and performances.
More information available here
Until 21st January 2024
AGSA, North Terrace, Adelaide
Estate Picnic at The Lane Vineyard
Experience the perfect spring activity with a vineyard picnic at The Lane! Explore the beautiful estate with The Lane's walking map, leading you to one of seven idyllic picnic spots in the Adelaide Hills. Set amidst ancient gum trees and rolling vineyards, your private picnic table awaits, where you will find a chef-made picnic hamper brimming with seasonal delights, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Embrace the serenity, relax under the sun and savour exquisite flavours in the heart of wine country.
Hampers are $110 for two guests, available Friday through Sunday
5 Ravenswood Lane, Hahndorf
Westward Jazz Sessions at SkyCity
Back by popular demand, transport yourself to a New Orleans bar with the return of Jazz Sessions at Westward! Join the smooth-playing live music fun every Sunday at SkyCity and sway to the sensational tunes of Adelaide's top jazz performers, including the talented Will Metzer and Co. Sip on signature cocktails, savour world-class spirits, and enjoy stunning views of Adelaide's riverbank as the sun sets. There’s rotating drink specials each week to keep things fresh and keep you coming back for more.
Sundays, 3.00pm to 6.00pm
Westward SkyCity, North Terrace, Adelaide
Boozy Sunday Brunch at Bottega Bandito
Sitting pretty on the corner of the ever-popular Prospect Road, Bottega Bandito is the place to be in the morning, any day of the week. Their excellent coffee and freshly baked breads that form towering, stuffed-full sandos are served up daily, but it’s their Sunday Service of Bandito’s Boozy Bottomless Brunch that is their crowning glory.
Start Sunday with a bang in your 90-minute sitting for two courses of seasonal brunch favourites alongside unlimited beverages such as a seasonal Bellinis. No 'Sunday Scaries' here!
$70 per person. Book your table here
Every Sunday from 10.30am to 2.00pm
96 Prospect Road, Adelaide
Adelaide Hills Farmers Market
Feel the community spirit at the weekly Adelaide Hills Farmers Market and their array of organic and chemical free produce. Stock your pantry with fresh groceries, hand-made conserves and delicious wine, beer, cider and gin, all available thanks to local stall holders. Alongside the tasty goods, you can be tempted by regular demonstrations on cooking, gardening or the environment hosted by the markets experienced providers, who are always more than willing to share their knowledge and invite you to participate. You can find a selection of artisan stallholders every first Saturday of the month, selling hand-crafted furniture, candles, jewellery, ceramics and more.
Every Saturday, 8.30am to 12.30pm
23 Mann Street, Mount Barker