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A Guide To Navigating The Best Events In Adelaide During Mad March

Mad March is here in full-force! You’ve got one month to make the most out of SA’s epic festive season.

Mad March has arrived and whether you’re ready for it or not it’s about to hit us with full force. You have only one more month until Adelaide’s most hectic season comes to an end so, you better make the most of it. With the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Clipsal 500, Adelaide Festival, WOMADelaide and so much more coming to town you’ll have no excuse to be bored.

It’s time to make the most out of what Adelaide has to offer before the clouds roll in and some of Adelaide’s biggest events roll out for the year.

Friday, February 17 – Sunday, March 19. Adelaide Fringe FestivalAnd the Fringe madness continues. If you haven’t got around to seeing one show then make sure you do before it all ends. You have no excuses, they’re everywhere! In an alleyway, a tent, pub, laundromat or an abandoned hospital for the criminally insane. You’ll never know what to expect. There’s something for everyone with free events and new talents pouring into the Adelaide. What shape they’ll take you’ll never know until you go! Check out the events on their online guide.

Wednesday, March 1- Riverbank Palais Launches. A stunning, newly-designed Floating Palais will light up the Torrens riverbank this festival season. Dance the night away to bands and DJs in the Grand Ballroom, compare notes on the shows you’ve loved or loathed over a drink or soak up the last glimpses of summer (and the odd international star) in the glorious open air mezzanine bar. The Palais welcomes you in daylight hours too – share breakfast and papers with some of Australia’s favourite media commentators or enjoy an after-work drink while listening to the world’s most compelling writers and artists.

Thursday, March 2 – Sunday, March 19 – Adelaide Festival. Amid the warm March days and starry, starry nights, enjoy the outstanding mix of internationally acclaimed theatre productions. You can expect an eclectic array of world-class musicians, breathtaking dance pieces, renowned writers and striking visual arts displays. To find out what’s on check out their program.

Thursday, March 2 – Sunday, March 5 – Clipsal 500. It’s back in full force and the adrenalin is running high over four days of jam-packed events both on the track, off track and on stage at the concerts. Gets your tickets here.

Friday, March 3 – Love Local Fleurieu. At Doc Adams Winery, spend the day connecting, supporting, inspiring and celebrating the fabulous Fleurieu women. Anna Small from ‘A Small Art Factory‘ will be the leading lady, so it’s sure to be a cracker! Don’t forget to book your tickets here.

Friday, March 3 – Portugal and France River Cruise. Discover the very best of Portugal or France aboard a luxurious river ship in 2018. Phil Hoffman Travel will show you in many dedicated seminars why you should explore the diverse beauty of Portugal or France from the luxury river cruise. Plus, they’ll unveiled new itineraries, exclusive offers and you’ll have the chance to win a free flight to Europe.

Friday, March 3 – Moonlight MarketThis is your chance to catch the Moonlight Market one last time before they close down. Well, until next summer of course. Enjoy an evening browsing the stalls and having fun with the many family-fun activities. Plus, entry is completely free.

Friday, March 3 – Saturday, March 11 – Ebenezer Night MarketsBack again for a night full of food, fashion, artwork and more. You could say this is a night not to be missed. And they’ve made it easier for you not to miss out with it running all week.

Saturday, March 4 – Day Dance FestivalA beautiful day spent in the McLaren Vale listening to live acoustic tunes, drinking wine, eating pure deliciousness and dancing the night away. Yes, please! It kicks off midday Saturday and runs til’ the sun sets. Unless of course, you haven’t had enough. Then you can take it into the city for the after party. Get your tickets here.

Saturday, March 4 – Cabaret Cruise. How does an evening cruising along Port Adelaide’s inner harbour sound? Pretty good right? You can find your tickets here for the ultimate evening out on the sea along with a spectacular immersive entertainment.

Saturday, March 4 and Saturday, March 11 – Cupcake and Dessert Walking Tour. Don’t deny it, we all have a sweet tooth? This sugar filled event is perfect for you! Explore four mouthwatering venues and devour as many delicious desserts before you’re too full. Get your tickets here.

Sunday, March 5 – Clean Up Australia Day. It’s that time of year, where we can show our South Aussie pride, and gather together to make our community sparkling clean.

Sunday, March 5 – Porch Sessions. They’re coming to a porch near you! Get ready for some mellow acoustic tunes in the seaside burb of Glenelg.

Sunday, March 5 – Label Style Markets. Come along for Round 11, it’s going to be a knockout! Plant 4 Bowden will be decked out with SA’s best boutiques, labels, designers and more. And when we mean more we mean delicious local food and wine to treat yo’ self.

Monday, March 6 – Frome Street Art Exhibition. Before moving to a brand new space, Urban Cow Studio wants to leave with a bang! Opening night will feature over forty talented artists in their final exhibition. There will be gorgeous artwork from paintings, jewellery, mosaics, mixed media and much more.

Tuesday, March 7 – Cheese After Dark. They had us at cheese! Get your tickets here. If you still need convincing there must be something wrong because an evening spent devouring all types of cheese with The Smelly Cheese Shop at Adelaide Central Market sounds absolutely divine.

Wednesday, March 8 – Hahndorf Hill Returns to The Roy. Set to be a fantastic night of great food and fine wines hosted by Brand Ambassador Jack Simmonds. are essential.

Thursday, March 9 – Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema. For a whole month enjoy this quintessential outdoor event with feature films lighting up the massive movie screen from dusk. Before the movie begins, chill out with some tasty food and frosty beverages from the bar and relax to soothing sounds of Australia’s best local musicians. And to top it off every Sunday sreening is a ‘Sundae Session’ with live music and FREE Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for all!

Thursday, March 9 – MIJA ‘Australian Tour’. Nobody puts Mija in a corner. You might know her for her great house music but her genre-defying mixtapes and baseline productions keep the masses dancing around the globe. Lucky for us she’s headed Downunder and popping by the Fat Controller. This is one epic party not to be missed, so don’t forget to book your tickets here.

Friday, March 10 – City cellar door with Skillogalee and Hither & Yon. The National Wine Centre is bringing Skillogalee and Hither & Yon closer to the city in their new monthly food and wine celebration. The two wineries will be pair with delicious local produce in a mini-festival atmosphere. More importantly, the wines can be purchased by the glass, bottle or tasting flight. Plus, you can attend a progression masterclass. Tickets for the master class are $40 per person but, entry to the whole event is free.

Friday, March 10 – Monday, March 13 – WOMADelaideAre you ready to get your dance on at the annual world music and dance festival? There’s a fantastic line-up this year with Planet Talks, the Electrolounge, the kid zone, workshops and so much more. Check out their timetable to find out what’s happening.

Saturday, March 11 – Full Moon CarnivalGet into the spirit of Carnival at The Gov. It’s Adelaide’s first ever Latino Grooves Full Moon Carnival so, expect it to be the mother of all parties. There will be free neon glow in the dark face and body painting, live Batucada drumming, Brazilian Samba dancers, a live Latin band Soul Macumbia and so much more. Be sure to dress colourful and tropical and bring along that fun, carnival spirit. Tickets are $25 at the door or get your tickets here for $20.

Sunday, March 12 – SA Autumn Garden Festival. SA Autumn Garden Festival is the Premier Garden Festival in the State.  2017 presenters will be Kym Syrus,  television presenter from “in the garden” and ABC Gardening and Radio personality Jane Edmanson.  The 2017 is the 6th Garden Festival and looks to be bigger than previous years. Held earlier than previous years it will allow you time to receive expert advice, buy your plants and sculptures for your new look garden.

Sunday, March 12 – Nowruz Bazaar. It’s a family fun day to welcome Nowrus the ancient New Year of Persians. It’s a day filled with food, art, music, games and so much more fun with so many activities to keep the kids entertained.

Sunday, March 12 – Mad Hatter’s High Tea. If you’re mad as a hatter then your about to go on a magical journey down the rabbit hole to the wonderous land of the Stamford Plaza. With dainty, delicious treats and a glass of sparkling upon arrival, you’ll be transported straight into a fairytale. All afternoon enjoy themed drinks while a live pianist provides the entertainment. Tickets can be purchased here for $49 per person.

Monday, March 13 – Adelaide Cup. This is Adelaide’s biggest day of racing and it’s bigger and better than ever. There’s premium hospitality, food, bars, entertainment and live racing throughout the day, there’s no better place to be this long weekend.

Monday, March 13 – More Beer, More Cheer! Experimental Tap Session. The Colonist are calling all beer appreciators. They’ve got on board some of their favourite, independent craft brewers to produce ‘one of a kind’ experimental brews for you all the enjoy.

Monday, March 13 – Adele Live 2017. Global superstar Adele will take centre stage at Adelaide Oval in a unique 360 degrees in-the-round production. Haven’t got your tickets yet? What are you waiting for? You can find them here.

Sunday, March 19 – SALife Verco Cup Polo Tournament. Get ready for the great battle for glory as local, interstate and international players hit the field for a competitive game of polo. Get your tickets here.

Sunday, March 19 – Summer Sundays a Beaumont House. It’s time to channel your inner Kate Middleton that we all know you’ve perfected. Bring along your family and friends for an afternoon of live music, food, entertainment and wine on the shady lawns. And it wouldn’t be a garden party without a delicious cuppa Devonshire tea. Get those pinkies ready. Tickets can be purchased at the gates for $10 (National Trust Members $8, children under 15 free).

Sunday, March 19 – Hang Massive. They’ve had massive online viral success and now they’re going on a global tour with The Gov being the South Aussie stop. Get your tickets here before they’re gone.

Saturday, March 25 – Marion Celebrates (Twilight Street Party). Returning in 2017 for a vibrant night in the heart of Marion. The Marion celebrates festival has plenty of market stalls to explore, food trucks to make you burst, performances to keep you entertained and much more.

Saturday, March 25 – Indian Mela. Indian food. They’ve got us hooked! It’s a cultural festival filled with food, music, dance, stalls, kids activities, cultural performances and more. Plus, they have yoga demonstrations that will teach you moves that will have you bending in all sorts of directions.

Sunday, March 26 – Round 1 – Adelaide v GWS Giants. And the AFL season kicks off with our lads from the crows facing off with the GWS Giants at Adelaide Oval. Remember to purchase your tickets here.

Wednesday, March 29 – Twenty One Pilots. American musical duo, Twenty One Pilots are coming to Adelaide and if you don’t want to miss out you’ll want to grab your tickets here before they sell out.

Friday, March 31 – Vallis Alps Concert. After a smashing performance at the Falls Festival, they’re now touring Australia. Melbourne MC Baro will be there and he’s not one you’re gonna want to miss. We mean he’s been dubbed ‘one of the best discoveries off Triple J unearthed’. This is their first EVER headline show in Adelaide, so scoop up your tickets here.

Check out the full list of what’s happening in South Australia via the Glam Adelaide Event Calendar.

Not sure what show to see at the Adelaide Fringe? Check out our reviews in our Adelaide Fringe Section. 

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