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The months may be getting colder, but the action’s getting hotter!
With a jam-packed calendar of events, festivals, activations, and installations on offer to suit every taste and budget, here’s some inspiration for how to spend winter in the city.
Get amongst the hustle and bustle and enjoy Adelaide at its very best.
Tasting Australia winter series (1 – 31 July)
After the incredible success of their May festival, Tasting Australia is back for a much-anticipated winter edition for the month of July, showcasing the best of Adelaide and state’s produce. The range of bespoke and one-of-a-kind experiences include epic celebrations of pork at 2KW, a Japanese whisky dinner at Sean’s Kitchen, and an exclusive food and wine pairing at Crowne Plaza’s Koomo. Get in quick before they sell out!
To find out more about Tasting Australia’s city events click here.
Winterfest (21 August)
August’s answer to Mad March, the Queen’s Theatre will come to life in a festive night of winter themed activations for Winterfest. If you’re missing out on a holiday on the slopes this winter, at Winterfest patrons can enjoy a Winter Market Hall akin to European Christmas markets, an epic Ski Lodge Party featuring electric dance DJs, or a crackling fireplace and delicious food from the likes of Gang Gang Co, Staazi and Co and Leon & Rose Desserts.
To book your ticket for Winterfest click here.
Dinner’s On Us (July-August)
Were you one of the 5000 lucky South Australians to win a $30 Dinner’s On Us voucher? Then don’t forget to redeem it during winter. After experiencing one of the many winter events on in the city, enjoy a meal at restaurants including Aurora, Concubine, Fishbank, Dumpling City, Mum Cha, Midnight Spaghetti, NOLA Adelaide, Tony Tomatoes, and Yiasou George.
Check out where you can redeem your voucher here.
Umbrella Festival (16 July – 8 August)
Organised by not-for-profit organisation Music SA, Umbrella Festival is back for a fifth year, bringing an epic live music program of over 170 events to South Australia in a range of open-access venues. Adelaide Arcade Unplugged will be bringing Rundle Mall’s Adelaide Arcade to life with four sessions, free for spectators, headlined by indie pop-rock favourites Mum Friends and the Ukulele Death Squad.
To plan your visit to Umbrella Festival click here.
Illuminate Adelaide’s City Lights (16 July – 1 August)
Adelaide’s newest winter experience brings an incredible spectacle of light to the city’s buildings, laneways, parks and public spaces. Enjoy ticketed events in the CBD and North Adelaide through a new, colourful lens but you can’t go past the FREE City Lights, which is a free light trail across the CBD. Put on your walking shoes, download the map, and head into the city to check it out yourself.
Get your walking shoes on and follow the City Lights Trail here.
Spend to win in Rundle Mall (until 31 August)
While boasting more than 700 retailers, there’s now even more reason to treat yourself to a shopping spree in Rundle Mall this winter. The Mall’s running a Win @ Rundle Mall competition where you could win a share of more than $30,000 to spend in the Precinct. By spending just $50 in Rundle Mall before August 31 (it can be across multiple stores and services as long as it totals 50 dollars), you can enter for a chance to win an instant $100 voucher or go in the draw for a weekly $1000 voucher prize. There are double the prizes to win between Friday and Sunday!
Spend just $50 in Rundle Mall and enter here.
Van Gogh Alive (1 July – 22 August)
Having already delighted thousands of visitors since it opened at the beginning of July, the immersive, multi-sensory art exhibition has extended its dates. Van Gogh Alive will now call North Adelaide’s O’Connell Street home until the 22 August. Spectators can experience the latest audio-visual technology that transports them inside Van Gogh’s iconic masterpieces in a vibrant symphony of light, colour and sound. With Light Up O’Connell, you can keep your exhibition ticket and use it to redeem exclusive discounts at a range of O’Connell Street businesses during your visit.
To book your experience at Van Gogh Alive, visit here.
Winter Weekends (until 2 October)
Add a little heat to your weekend evenings and head into the city for Winter Weekends. Happening this Saturday night (July 17) and every Friday and Saturday until October 2, Winter Weekends will bring fire pits, roving fire twirling performances, live music and outdoor dining to Adelaide’s streets. Set down next to a warm fire, indulge in delicious food and wine from local restaurants, and soak up the amazing winter vibes! Check it out at heaps of amazing CBD and North Adelaide spots including Bar Torino on Hutt Street, 23rd Street Distillery on Melbourne Street, and the West Oak Hotel on Hindley Street.
For Winter Weekends times and venues, click here.
For more things to eat, see and do in the city this winter, check out the ‘Hit The Town’ campaign and get planning!