Goodbye 2017, hello 2018! Get ready to bask in the sunshine at the hottest events going on in Adelaide this January!
Here’s a round up of what’s on this month.
January 1 to 5: Twilight Tastings
Wirra Wirra Wines are keeping their cellar doors open until 8.30pm from January 1 – 5 for people to enjoy the stunning gardens, starry night skies, Wirra Wirra wines, cheese platters and street food. With live music by the Garry Stillwell Duo starting from 5pm on January 5, be sure to bring a chair or blanket and settle-in for some free, relaxed family fun.
January 7: Big Red Ride & Run
Attracting hundreds of runners, walkers and riders each year, Muscular Dystrophy South Australia’s annual Big Ride and Run fundraiser is a family day-out we can all get on board with! Taking place at the beautiful Semaphore foreshore, the event will aim to raise much needed funds for services which improve the quality of life for children and adults affected by muscular dystrophy, as well as vital research into the condition. For more details check out out story here.
January 5 to February 17 : Sunset Sessions
A free live music series on the Adelaide Festival Centre Riverdeck and Northern Promenade featuring some of Adelaide’s finest musicians, the Summer Sessions program runs across selected dates from Friday 28 December to 17 February. Check out our article here for more details about who you can catch when!
January 9 & January 17: Adelaide Strikers
We’re mid-way through the season but the (currently) unbeaten Strikers team still have two games left at the great Adelaide Oval. So gather the fam, get your fan gear out and head down on the 9th or the 17th (or both) to catch some of the best cricket players Australia has to offer.
January 12 to 14: French Festival
Come and celebrate all things French! Beginning with So Frenchy So Chic in the park on the first Friday, the festival is sure to continue on celebrating all things food, music, fashion, arts and film – the French way!
January 12 to 14: Celebrating Adelaide French Festival at Neon Bar
Join the French festivities at Neon. Featuring some amazing new menu bites and cocktails to get in the spirit of the festival, along with live entertainment and DJs from 5pm until late, make sure to check out and experience Neon with a slightly French twist.
January 13 to 14: Pop-up Gathered Market
To be held at The Adelaide Festival Centre as part of The French Festival, this pop-up Gathered market is set to be so much more than just a market…and more-so like an event! With handpicked South Australian vendors, live acoustic entertainment and gorgeously styled spaces to relax and enjoy some delicious food and drink.
January 13 to 14: Semaphore Greek Festival
Fast becoming the Greek event of the year, this Semaphore Greek Festival aims to showcase and celebrate all things Greek. With live Greek bands, local community dance groups and delicious traditional Greek food, this event is a must-go-to this January.
January 13 to 21: 2018 Santos Tour Down Under
Attracting riders from all across the globe, this bike race is sure to take over our state is the greatest way possible. Make sure you visit their website for more details.
January 16: Unley Gourmet Gala
The Unley Gourmet Gala is an exciting outdoor gourmet experience showcasing some of South Australia’s finest food, wine, fashion, music and entertainment. With gourmet stalls, fashion parades, children’s activities and an impressive line-up of musicians, the Gala is expected to attract thousands of locals as well as visitors from all over South Australia and interstate.
January 17 to March 9: The Moseley Beach Club
Come and enjoy South Australia’s first ever beach club, hitting the sand at Glenelg on January 17 through ’til April. The Moseley Beach Club will operate 7 days a week, with single lounges and day beds available to book. If you don’t want to book a sun lounge or day bed, you can still enjoy The Moseley Beach Club in their open casual dining areas, packed with picnic tables & bean bags and live music daily. A definite must-do this summer!
January 19: Willunga Farmers’ Market twilight market
Celebrate the Tour Down Under Stage 5 at this special event Friday night twilight Farmers’ Market from 5pm to 8:30pm. It’s bound to be be epic, and will include licensed areas!
January 19: Walk of Fame Gala
Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre, the Walk of Fame Gala will be a night to view the Riverbank promenade featuring names of stars who have graced the Adelaide Festival Centre stage over the years. To celebrate, the Gala will include an incredible line-up of performers including Tim Minchin, James Morrison and the Australian Dance Theatre and will be emceed by the always-entertaining and charismatic Todd McKenney. Tickets for this star-studded event start from just $35 and can be found here.
January 19 and 20: Schützenfest 2018
Adelaide’s famous German Shooting Festival is back in 2018 at The German Club. There will be traditional German fare including our famous Schnitzels, Pretzels & Currywurst, along with bars stocked with imported German beers, wine & Schnapps. See here for more details.
January 20: Bottomless Brunch at Electra House
Electra House is hosting a Bottomless Brunch in late January, to help to remind us that while we might have gone back to work, there are still reasons to indulge ourselves in some of life’s best offerings… food and alcohol. With 12pm and 2pm sitting times available, reservations are essential and you can make a booking via eventbrite. With a $65 ticket you will be able to enjoy a three-course meal and an endless supply of spritzes, prosecco, Bloody Marys and Mimosas for the duration of your sitting.
January 20 – 27: Twilight Races
For the first time, South Australia’s home of racing, Morphettville Racecourse, together with the Gawler Barossa Jockey Club, will play hosts to a new series of Twilight Racing this January! Kicking off with the gateway to the Barossa, the stunning Gawler Racecourse will host the first week of the Twilight series on January 13.
January 21: Fork on the Road – Tour de Fork
Tour de Fork is ready for Stage 6 of the Tour Down Under. With food trucks gathering at Elder Park from 11 am to 4 pm to feed the masses.
January 23: Foo Fighters feat. Weezer
American rock bank Foo Fighters are returning to rock stadiums across Australia with local opening acts, and we will get our glimpse on January 23 at Coopers Stadium. If you haven’t already bought your tickets, then you can do so now… if there are any tickets left, that is!
Electric Gardens will make it’s Adelaide debut in 2018, and with no less that Fatboy Slim, Gordon City and Motez jumping on board. A day out at a music festival will make the 2018 summer days feel like the best yet! General admission and VIP tickets are available here.
January 26: Australia v England – One Day International
Fans will have the chance to watch Australia verse England at the ODI down at Adelaide Oval this January and experience the fun of the rivalry live on! Both sides feature some of the most exciting ODI players in the world, with the likes of Joe Root and Chris Woakes set to test the Aussies including Steve Smith, David Warner, and Mitch Starc. Tickets can be found here.
January 26: Australia Day in the City
Celebrating Australia Day in Elder Park on 26 January at twilight has become a tradition for many South Australians. With a street parade, a live concert and the final fireworks, there is definitely fun for everyone. More information can be found here.
January 27: Taste Eden Riesling Festival
With more than thirty aged and new-release Rieslings to be on show during the Eden Valley’s Taste Eden Riesling Festival, make sure you head to Barossa for wine tastings and experiences in an intimate setting. An array of boutique producers from the Eden Valley region, make sure to mingle with the makers as well as enjoy food by Andre’s Cucina project Mangia Mangia. Tickets are $25 and available here.
Running from December until January 28: Urban Beach
Pinky Flat on the Adelaide Riverbank has been transformed into a sandy oasis this summer for Adelaide’s first ever Urban Beach. With plenty to do for all ages, this is a must do this January if you haven’t already checked it out yet. Scrumptious foods, water play areas, and summer sports are all on offer. So book in a yoga class as your kids play a game of beach cricket, and have a real relax at the Urban Beach this new year.
January 26 to 29: Crush Festival 2018
Head down to the Adelaide Hills this Crush 2018 to experience and celebrate all the best things about life in the Adelaide Hills. With the event showcasing regional wines, a mix of dance, music, culture, art, fashion and food at more than 30 participating venues, this January event looks like it might just be the place to be. Many places offer tours, food and wine matching experiences, master classes and regional fare, as well as fine contemporary dining.