The week has flown by in a flash yet again. We’ve curated a list of 20 awesome things to do in Adelaide this weekend: from a range of different markets to live music, plus plenty more!
1. Get your hands dirty at this tree planting day
On Saturday 20 August, Breathe Easy is hosting an open planting day, where you can get your hands dirty while enjoying the natural landscapes of Middleton. Breath Easy are a South Australian environmental initiative dedicated to protecting our beautiful southern coastline, and you can help them by putting native plants in the ground. Suss the details on the event page here.
2. Treat yourself to a fusion pizza by Sunny’s and Soi 38
On Sunday 21 August, get your grubby mitts on a fusion pizza from Sunny’s in the CBD, in collaboration with Adelaide’s iconic Thai eatery, Soi 38. This is a one of event that you won’t want to miss; your taste buds will thank you later! The clubstraunt will be host to DJ’s Deep Visions and Alfonso Frawls from 5pm until late too – it’s the whole sensor experience. Check out the event page here.
3. Be awe-inspired by the Michelangelo Sistine Chapel Exhibition
Using licensed high-definition photos and a special photo-printing technique, Michelangelo’s glorious Sistine Chapel has been recreated in astonishing detail. The marvelous exhibit has already popped up in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth on the Australian leg of its global tour. Offering visitors a unique perspective of one of art history’s greatest works of art, it is your chance to get up close and personal without jetting off to Italy, without insufferable crowds and without straining your eyes and neck. Read all about it and grab your tickets here.
4. Gig out with C.W. Stoneking with His Primitive Horn Orchestra at The Gov
On Sunday 21 August, roll on up to The Gov to witness C.W. Stoneking with His Primitive Horn Orchestra for the first time in over ten years. Stoneking’s most recent release, Gon Boogaloo came out in 2014 and has since collected a slew of awards including an ARIA Award, AIR Award and a Music Vic Award, and was praised by many including The Saturday Paper, who called it ‘a masterpiece’. Grab your tickets here.
5. Travel back in time at the Barossa Medieval Fair
On Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August, Lyndoch Village Green will be host to the annual Barossa Medieval Fair. You’ll bear witness to medieval combat groups, reenactors, artisans and stallholders from around South Australia and beyond. There will also be some archery to get into, delectable foods, craft, and even a medieval tavern to experience, plus loads more. Nab your tickets here!
6. ‘A Little More Barossa’ Festival is mid-way through in the renowned wine region
This August, a multitude of locations within the Valley will be host to A Little More Barossa – a month-long festival dedicated to showcasing the best of the culinary destination. his year the festival program includes a whopping 50 events that have been carefully curated – offering new tastes, flavours and experiences, across more than 40 Barossa institutions. From wine-inspired affairs, long lunches, winter dinners, masterclasses, workshops and an unexpected event, or two. Read all about it and check out the festival program here.
7. Get all cozy with the animals at Furever Farm’s grand reopening
On Saturday 20 August, Furever Farm are reopening their doors after a two year hiatus due to Covid – cheers buddy! It’s said that the animals of Furever Farm are just aching to meet you – there two years worth of cuddles that are in need of distribution by you. There will be heaps of food and market stalls, as well as face-painting and a whole of general furry fun. Check out the event page here.
8. Go for a stroll along Grange Beach and check out this new food truck
Adelaide is blessed with a plethora of food trucks and vans which circulate the streets and pop-up at the many festivals and markets here and there. And joining the mobile food scene is The Brew Cruiser – a plant-based cafe on wheels serving mighty fine coffees, hefty savouries, and simply divine sweets by the beach. Read all about it and find the exact location here.
9. Be one of the first to try Adelaide’s first cheeseburger dumplings
Newly opened Mumpling Dumpling & Boba in Unley are slinging cheeseburger dumplings. That’s right, cheeseburger dumplings – stuffed with the usual offenders found in a classic cheeseburger, served over hot chips, and drizzled with Sriracha mayo, with a sprinkling of spring onions and sesame seeds – a dumpling snack pack or AB, if you will. Suss them out and read all about it here.
10. Roam around the Old Spot Farm Direct Market
Old Spot Farm Direct Market is returning this Saturday 6 August for a day where you can explore all that local farmers, producers and manufacturers have to offer, with the addition of baked goods, coffee and entertainment. Located in Salisbury Heights, it’s a great opportunity to take a scenic route out to the Barossa Valley too – out near that luscious greenery and pristine country air. Click here for more info.
11. Check out one of these restaurants, apparently they’re the best, according you South Aussies
Adelaide truly is a treasure trove of hidden gems when it comes to restaurants, cafés, bars and everything in between. There’s new spots popping up all over the place, but do they outweigh the comfortability and familiarity of the old faithfuls? It’s hard to know where to go at times, so we asked you, “If you could only eat at one Adelaide restaurant for the rest of your life, which would it be?” Check out the 15 answers we received here.
12. Check out the new Smiley Vegan eatery in the Rundle Mall
The Smiley Vegan has rapidly become a favourite for vegans and non-vegans alike, where indulging in predominantly, and scrumptious, Mediterranean cuisine is the go. The new Adelaide Central Plaza in Rundle Mall location is set to dish out old faithfuls from the Prospect store, and potentially some new delights too. Check them out, you might be surprised. Read all about it here.
13. Stay in this off-grid shipping container, it’s the perfect nature-nestled getaway
Off-grid tiny homes and shipping container accommodation have been widely popular over the past few years, especially with the rise in eco-friendly stay preferences. Luckily for us, we can now stay in these luxury standalone suites from ESCA, an Adelaide-based team in tourism, architecture, and construction. Nestled in the lush Inman Valley just an hour from Adelaide, these properties are the ideal choice for a romantic getaway – check it out here!
14. Or, stay in and check out everything that’s dropped on Netflix this month
With Stranger Things season 4 done and dusted last month, the high profile releases have slowed down a touch. But Netflix still has plenty of fun content to keep its subscribers occupied. This August, the live-action adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman drops on the streaming service along with Never Have I Ever: Season 3 and the first four Mission Impossible movies. If you’re hunkering down at home this winter, put on some extra layers and snuggle up on the couch with these new and old titles on Netflix Australia. Check out the list here.
15. Head up to Hahndorf and check out the new Middle Eastern Ice Creamery, Sassi
Just a mere 20 minute drive up the freeway, you’ll find yourself in the otherworldly German village of Hahndorf – a town famous for its tree-lined streets, German-style architecture and niche stores and eateries. You can find Sassi’s brand new caravan, Lulu, nestled within the picturesque White House venue on Main Street – a charming location where unwinding is definitely on the cards. Sassi Ice Cream is a family-owned, South Australian business; founded by accredited dietitian and MasterChef contestant, Huda AlSultan, and her husband Adam Alhajji. Read all about it here!
16. Grab some goodies from the Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market
The Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market is held every Sunday from 8:30am until 12pm. Here you can find the best seasonal produce and market goodies from local stallholders.
17. Go behind the scenes on a comprehensive tour of the Shaw + Smith winery
Go behind the scenes on a comprehensive tour of the winery and vineyard at Balhannah! The Balhannah Tour takes guests into the vineyard and winery at Shaw + Smith. The tour will be followed by a hosted wine tasting in the private tasting room. The wine flight will include five Shaw + Smith wines, plus single site wines, accompanied by a South Australian produce plate. Nab your tickets here.
18. Take a boat tour to Seal Island
Depart from the Granite Island Causeway for an exhilarating 45-minute boat ride. Visit Seal Island to view Seals and Sea Lions as well as nesting seabirds. Then head towards Wright Island to hear the Whaling History of Encounter Bay and to search for Bottlenose Dolphins. Returning along Granite Island spectacular coastline to the causeway landing to complete the cruise. Board your vessel – the ‘Big Duck’; a 37-foot (11.3-metre) Naiad Rigid Inflatable Boat, purpose built for Southern Ocean conditions. The vessel has full sun protection, comfortable seating for up to 2 passengers and has a toilet on board. There’s lots of space to move about the boat to view dolphins, seals and whales and the boat can run quietly on one engine! Book your tickets here.
19. Gather your mates for an Adelaide scavenger hunt
South Australia might be the country’s most beautiful state and some of its best sights are right in downtown Adelaide. Join Let’s Roam, the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company, on a walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems during this scavenger hunt! Along the way, you’ll have a chance to answer trivia questions and solve challenges. Work with your team or compete against them as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Nab your tickets here.