The Top 10 Adelaide Events This March

Mad March has officially arrived! Here is a curated guide of festival and non-festival activities ranging from comedy shows to polo tournaments.

Photo of Borealis provided by the Adelaide Fringe.

Adelaide’s festival month, often dubbed “Mad March,” is upon us! If you’re overwhelmed by all the fun activities happening this month, don’t worry––we’ve got you covered for all of South Australia’s best events.

Nickname “Mad March” comes from all of Adelaide’s simultaneous festivals. While we could list endless events associated with each of the festivals––the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide Festival, WOMADelaide, and Writers Week––we’ve decided to streamline those for you, and provide lots of other exciting events as well.

So get amongst it all, Adelaide. Here are our top 10 things to do in March 2021, festival-related and otherwise.

Grapes of Mirth | 6 March

Prepare to laugh at comedy event Grapes of Mirth, taking place at Penley Estate in Coonawarra this year.  Join host Merrick Watts and his funny friends; comedy, music, food, wine – everything you could possibly wish for.

Adelaide Cup | 8 March

Celebrate South Australia’s most iconic day of racing at the Adelaide Cup. With a reduced crowd capacity of 5500, expect a full house and a day packed full of action both on and off the track with a variety of track-side food, fashion and entertainment on offer throughout the day. 

Siberia’s International Women’s Day Luncheon | 8 March

Popular East End restaurant Siberia is hosting an International Women’s Day luncheon, and it looks fantastic. The event will be a three-course luncheon with keynote speaker Lisa McAskill, and Catherine Lambert will perform a mini-concert after the lunch.

The $75 ticket includes the three course Russian-inspired lunch (think kale and prosciutto salad, krautwurst sausage, and meringue) plus a glass of Tomich Wine.

ANZ Community Ball | 13 March 

Twelve South Australian charities will receive a much-needed boost when the ANZ Community Ball returns to Adelaide on March 13. 

Headliner James Morrison and MC David Campbell will rock Adelaide Convention Centre in the name of charity. This year, the major beneficiary is the Jodi Lee Foundation, which seeks to empower people to take active steps to prevent bowel cancer. 

Gouger Street Feast | 20 March

Gouger Street Feast is about indulging in the mouth-watering tastes of Gouger Street late-night during Fringe. Participants Spaghetti Crab, Little NNQ, 18 Street Hot Pot and heaps more will spill onto the street until late. The event is held by Adelaide City Council.

SpiritFest at Lot 100 | 21 March 

Beloved Adelaide Hills hangout Lot 100 has announced the first-ever annual SpiritFest, put on by the South Australian Spirit Producers Association. 

The event will bring 25 of South Australia’s best distilleries together with free tastings of gin, vodka, whiskey and aperitifs. Food will be available at both the Lot 100 restaurant and food trucks.

Feast & Forage at Thorn-Clarke Wines | 27 March

Feast & Forage, a one-day mini wine festival, is back at Thorn Clarke Wines this year. Think local Barossa Valley food, fantastic wines, great music and family friendly activities.

Beachside Food and Wine Festival |27 March 

Beachside Food and Wine Festival returns to Christies Beach with more premium food, wine and beer from all across the region. Located on Rotary Park and the Esplanade, guests can expect a pristine coastal backdrop.

Entry to this event will be free for the community to enjoy food and drink, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, market stalls, and activities.

Bird in Hand Verco Cup Polo Tournament | 28 March

The highlight of this year’s Polo season is one not to be missed; The Verco Cup Polo Tournament will be full of glamour, fashion, good food, Bird in Hand wine and most importantly – an exhilarating match in the Adelaide Hills. For $150 per person, the VIP Marquee includes finger food, beer and wine.

Adelaide’s famous festival season

Adelaide Fringe Festival | 19 February – 21 March

Immerse yourself in all that South Australia’s flagship calendar event has to offer, whether it be comedy, theatre, cabaret, circus, dance, film, music, visual art or design, all while dining and dancing the night away.

We’ve already sorted our guide to the best Fringe shows and the best spots for post-Fringe late night fun, and you can view more photos of the Borealis installation here.

Adelaide Festival | 26 February – 14 March

The annual Adelaide Festival is one of Australia’s largest multi-arts festivals, with a strong tradition of innovation and excellence. Showcasing the best in theatre, dance, music, literature, the visual arts and new media, from around Australia and the world, the Adelaide Festival is not to be missed. 

While there are heaps of diverse artworks to explore, we’ve already highlighted The Plastic Bag Store and new music venue, SummerHouse.

Adelaide Writers’ Week | 27 February – 4 March

In a world where events pass by at breakneck speed, Adelaide Writers’ Week seeks to create the space for reflection and contemplation, for considered debate and thoughtful discussion on the “unstable ground” that has come from a year of pandemic and political unrest. Over the course of the week, many great minds will come together to discuss how to process COVID-1-––”a silent, invisible, potentially deadly new foe”–––and the threats of climate change, polarised politics, and divided communities.

With guests such as former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, New York Time-bestselling author Sigrid Nunez, and pre-eminent Indian author Arundhati Roy, it’s bound to be an informative week.

View the full line-up here.

WOMADelaide | 5 – 8 March

The iconic open-air festival returns to Adelaide for another year. Set in the stunning Adelaide Botanic Park, the award-winning festival has been lauded for celebrating the very best of the World of Music, Arts & Dance. Gracing the stage this year are acts such as Midnight Oil, Sarah Blasko, and Archie Rose.

While Sarah Blasko told us she’s planning a 10-year anniversary set, there will still be a lot of surprises from the other WOMADelaide performers. You can read more about the line-up here.

Other Notable Events

Clarice Beckett: The present moment | 27 February – 16 May 
31st Annual Speed Week | 8 – 12 March
SA Carp Frenzy | 13 March
Styled Market | 13 March
Adelaide Rally | 24 – 27 March
Sounds by the River | 27 March
Oakbank Racing Club | 28 March, 31 March and 3 April

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