The Dark Tides Festival is a pub crawl this weekend with lanterns, live music and great venue specials

Adelaide is on the brink of experiencing the year’s shortest day and longest night, and Port Adelaide is gearing up to celebrate with the Dark Tides Festival.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, celebrate the Winter Solstice, marking mid-winter and the return of the sun, with a delicious combo of hearty winter food, mulled wine, beers, and cocktails. Cosy bars & venues, local live music, and entertainment await you at Dark Tides Festival.

This weekend, the historic streets of Port Adelaide will come alive after dark with beautiful lanterns crafted by the Port Adelaide Artists Forum, featured at each participating Dark Tides Festival venue. Stroll through the port seeking out the illuminated lanterns at each venue. Each corner of Port Adelaide will offer something different to surprise and delight, all within an easy 15-minute walk between venues and a great after dark free activity to do with the kids.

The Port Admiral Hotel.

A pub crawl has been set up between six locations around Port Adelaide, which form the core of the festival. Each one will become an epic destination after dark, with a cozy fifteen-minute walk between venues, allowing you to lose your senses in the heritage that surrounds you as you explore the festival trail. The Port Admiral Hotel, The British Hotel, Fergie Macs, Pirate Life, 10 Gallon Hat, Confession and Millegdes are all participating. There’s a range of free and ticketed events, culminating in a Port Adelaide Artists Forum – Solstice Celebration on the Sunday at Harts Mill.

The Dark Tides Festival is a chance to immerse yourself in the soul that make Port Adelaide, showcasing the eclectic community and vibrant culture that makes it so unique. Indulge in the speciality crafted drinks on offer, open-flame cooked food, live music and more.

10 Gallon Hat.


Port Admiral Hotel: 21-23 June, Solstice Cocktail after the Dark Tides lantern walk. Dark Lark Whisky tasting flights. Start of the Lantern Walk from 6pm Friday and Saturday

Fergie Mac’s Lounge: Gluehwein and Pagan Stew, bookings recommended.

Milledge’s – Solstice Sirens – Snooks La Vie & Courtney: June 21, 7pm – 10pm, Free event.

The British Hotel – Craig Atkins: June 21, 6-9pm, Free event, Specials: The Purple Galaxy Cocktail.

Confession – Dark Tides: Afterdark: June 22, Doors open at 9pm, DJs from 10pm, Tickets: $10 (includes first drink), $15 at the door.

10 Gallon Hat – 10 Gallon Hat Turns Red: June 22, 2pm onwards, Free event.

Milledge’s – Birds and the Bees Collective: June 21st Solstice Sirens @ Milledges https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1235146

An intimate night of noir folk country storytelling & gin cocktails under the full moon on the Winter Solstice. Solo performances from Courtney Robb and Jemma Nicole.

June 22, 2pm – 5pm, Ticketed event.

The British Hotel – X-Ray Ted: June 22, 8.30pm-12am, Free event, Specials: The Purple Galaxy Cocktail. Get ready to rock out with the one and only X-Ray Ted! Join us this Saturday from 8:30pm for a night of great tunes, and fun times

Pirate Life – Winter Solstice Dinner: June 22, curated by guest chef Alana Brabin, bookings essential. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/winter-solstice-dinner-at-pirate-life-brewing-tickets-917105887397

Port Adelaide Artists Forum – Solstice Celebration: June 23, 2pm – 6pm, Tickets: $10, Location: Harts Mill Packing Shed, 9A Mundy Street, Port Adelaide, Extras: Full bar available (No BYO alcohol), you are welcome to bring a plate of food.

Pub crawl map.

People welcome to bring their own lanterns and torches.

All you need to know about the Dark Tides Lantern Walk:
What: Dark Tides Lantern Walk
When: Friday, 21st June to Saturday, 22nd June 2024 | 6:00pm onwards
Where: 55 Commercial Rd, Port Adelaide SA 5015
To view the map: Dark Tides Lantern Walk.
Schedule: Beginning at Port Admirable Hotel.
For more information, click here.

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