The Adelaide November To Do List

Before Christmas arrives, lets jam pack some fun into November… Check out our list of things to do in Adelaide during this fab month!

Really? It’s November already… Mark our words, blink a couple of times and it will be Christmas! But that just means there are plenty of new fun and exciting things going on around our fab city. So get the calendars out and start marking in these bad boys. You don’t want to miss out.

$1 Oysters at Sean’s Kitchen- Until Nov 3 It’s going in first because you’ve gotta get in quick! Our fab friends at Sean’s Kitchen are serving up $1 Coffin Bay oysters until Tuesday! That’s a damned good deal. If you’re feeling fancy wash it down with a glass of bubbles at new POP bar. Our just use it as an entree for a divine meal at Sean’s.

Delicious oysters from Sean's Kitchen.

Delicious oysters from Sean’s Kitchen.

Melbourne Cup- Nov 3.  Hope you’ve pulled out your fascinators ladies because it’s time for the race that stops the nation. If you’re all of a flutter about what to wear check out our Spring Racing Looks article here. But you better get a wriggle on!

The Stag Champagne Bar Launch- Nov 3 Now this might be a VIP ‘invite only’ event but that doesn’t mean we won’t tell you about it… It just means that as soon as the launch event is done and dusted, you can rush to the Stag’s lush sounding new Champagne Bar as soon as it is open to the public! Not only that but the all new Stag Hotel has officially opened so get to Adelaide’s thriving East End and experience its stunning renovation (and delicious restaurant).

Adelaide Convention Centre Soils and Seasons Launch- Nov 5 This VIP Launch sees the Convention Centre show off their approach to food. And what is that you ask? Well, they aim to showcase the best of South Australia, its produce and producers to all the visitors passing through its doors. With new Executive Chef Gavin Robertson at the helm, this menu will include new ways of including some eclectic ingredients. We say, get to the Convention Centre during November to try the menu. Hopefully you are heading there for an event soon!

Oz Harvest Great Food Rescue Race- Nov 6 It’s the amazing race for foodies with heart. The premise of Oz Harvest is to reduce food wastage across our state and give back to those who are less fortunate. This event involves teams running around like crazy folk, tasting and learning about food wastage in a high speed race through the city. Even if you aren’t taking part, it’s a great one to go and watch or just keep your eyes peeled for blurs of yellow rushing past you.

Vegan Festival- Nov 7 Not just one for our vegan friends to enjoy. This event has the feel of Womad, obviously on a much smaller scale, but incorporating that vital ‘spread the love’ attitude. Grab some tasty treats (all vegan, of course) and soak in the ambience of a great day out. There’s fitness bootcamps, ethical beauty products and heeeeeaps of food to try. The event is kid friendly and charges just $5 entry.

Beer and Bubbles- Nov 7 Run by the cool cats at East End Cellars, so you know the vino will be top notch. This event sees the beautiful backstreets of the East End packed with music, laughter and, of course, beer and wine. It’s like the grown up’s laneway party. Tickets here.

Adelaide's East End will play host to Beer And Bubbles.

Adelaide’s East End will play host to Beer And Bubbles.

Out Of The Barrel- Nov 7 and Nov 8 The cellar doors around the idyllic Langhorne Creek open their doors for one absolutely cracking event. A food and wine lover’s heaven, you will have the chance to taste both new and special release wines straight from the barrel (surprise, surprise) plus you could also bottle your own wine, experience a cheese and wine pairing masterclass and even have a tutored tasting… Perfection.

Miss Muddy Adelaide- Nov 8 It’s time to get dirty ladies, and we don’t mean in a Christina Aguilera circa 2002 kinda way. It’s a muddy, bright, colourful and foamy obstacle course designed to bring you and your girlies closer and make you feel like champs. You’ll be a complete mess by the end, but we guarantee it’s non-stop laughter.

Remembrance Day- Nov 11 In this guide for obvious reasons, it is a very special day that everyone should respect. This year’s day marks the 97th anniversary of the end of the First World War and there will be services held throughout South Australia. The main service in Adelaide will be held at the South Australian National War Memorial, North Terrace & Kintore Avenue from 10.45am.

Adelaide Oval Cafe Opens- Nov 14 Coffee lovers rejoice, there is a new cafe to set your sights on and it is in the mist beautiful surroundings! Set on the Telstra Plaza, overlooking the picturesque River Torrens is where you will find the brand new Adelaide Oval Café. With a range of tasty options – including some for the health food addicts like smoothies, juices, protein balls and nutritious salads. Then of course, there are the gourmet pizzas, homemade pastries, cakes and tarts and a sorbet and gelati bar… Now we are talking!

Adelaide Oval Café is open to the public seven days a week from 7:30am till 4pm Monday to Thursday, 7:30am till 6:30pm on Fridays and 8am till 4pm on weekends. Definitely one to hit up as the weather heats up!

Credit Union Christmas Pageant- Nov 14 Decorate your house after watching the Credit Union Christmas Pageant, the event that stops the city! It’s a good old SA tradition. For 70 years the pageant has been starting the Christmas season with a bang and this year’s spectacular is set to keep wowing the crowds. It’s always best to get down there early and secure your spot as the masses will come. If you can’t make it down, don’t fret it will be televised but the atmosphere just isn’t quite the same through the screen.

Everyone loves the Christmas Pageant.

Everyone loves the Christmas Pageant.

Handpicked Festival- Nov 14 If you’d rather skip the pageant and Christmas festivities the lovely folks at Lake Breeze Wines invite you to come up to Langhorne Creek for an awesome music and wine festival. With local superstars The Germein Sisters and Timberwolf playing alongside Birds of Toyko, Conrad Sewell and Dan Sultan, it is destined to be a day to remember. Tickets at

Sidewood Fire Sale- Nov 14 Wine lovers, you seriously won’t want to miss this. Get to the Sidewoods Fire Sale at Oakbank to grab yourself some of their stunning wine for a very special price! And while you are there, you can donate to an amazing cause, the Woodside CFS. With bushfire season creeping up this is the perfect time to show your support for such a brilliant organisation. Plus, with Christmas fast approaching this is the perfect excuse to do some Christmas shopping for everyone else (and yourself)!

Magic Cave Opens- Nov 15 Every Adelaidean knows that after the Christmas Pageant comes the Magic Cave… It is the sign that Christmas is oh so close… Head to the cave when it opens to enjoy its all new winter wonderland makeover. It features a beautiful snow forest in which you can see Nipper and Nimble (obviously a must) and the vintage carousel. With puppets, ace painting, story telling and OF COURSE Santa, take your kids on a magical adventure. Note, we won’t judge us for going (with no kids) if you don’t judge us!

Lucky’s Beach Party- Nov 15 We won’t say it but we all know that line from the Step Brothers movie about the Catalina Wine Mixer… Well the Maid are throwing their very own Catalina Wine Mixer and it is set to be a massive party! From 12pm – 8pm with lots of entertainment and good times, the event is made even better when you hear that throwing on your dancing shoes is actually for a good cause.The event will be fundraising on behalf of Canteen SA. Party on!

Amy And Jacob’s Housewarming Party- Nov 15 This may just be the coolest housewarming party ever! Besides the fact that Drapht who is, oh you know, just an ARIA Award Winning artist, will be performing, there will also be 850 other people there plus food by Sprout and Shane Lowe from Nova 91.9 will be hosting. We think they will be outdoing every other housewarming party that has ever tried to exist…

DIY Tile And Style Affair- Nov 15 Need some renovating tips? Don’t miss the ‘Super K’s’ from The Block when they hit up Beaumont Tiles in Grote Street. Get a free masterclass on interior styling tips and tricks to create your dream home for less, and be introduce to the biggest trends leading into 2016. This will be followed by a tiling demonstration with qualified tradesmen on how to nail the basics for a great DIY tiling job. So all you DIY-ers will love this!

Time: 12.00pm – 2.30pm (DIY Styling at 12.30pm; DIY Tiling at 1.30pm)
Date: Sunday, November 15
Location: Beaumont Tiles, 200 Grote Street, Adelaide
Entry: FREE

De Lisio Pop Up Cellar Door- Nov 16 to Nov 29 Free wine tasting, platters, beautiful views and the chance to snag yourself a bargain… We’re not really sure why you wouldn’t head to this cracker!

Where: McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre, Main Road, McLaren Vale
When: Monday 16 November – Sunday 29 November
Time: 10am – 5pm daily
Free wine tasting

Bring on Conchita!

Bring on the beautiful Conchita!

Feast Festival- Nov 14 to 29 This isn’t the first time we’ve raved about this awesome festival, and just a warning, it won’t be the last. There is an obnoxious abundance of events going on this year that you should really get along to but here are our fave picks:

  • The Art of Drag: A Night With Conchita- Nov 15 The headline show of what is certain to be the biggest and best Feast Festival yet. The incredibly beautiful and wonderfully humble Conchita Wurst will be gracing the Feast stage and teaching us all about The Art of Drag. And you don’t have to be an aspiring Queen to attend! Enjoy the glitz and glamour of feathers, sequins, lipstick and of course lip synching in a one night only spectacular!
  • Soul Trader Red Dress- Nov 18 If you’re devastated that Adelaide Fashion Festival is over don’t despair, there’s still plenty of fashion in our hot little city. This runway event boasts over 30 Adelaide fashion designers with both ready to wear outfits and couture gowns.
  • Stephen Fry In Adelaide for One Evening Only- Nov 29 The infamously eloquent gentleman himself, Stephen Fry, is joining us for Feast Festival. The endlessly fascinating British personality has been an open member of the gay community for some time, and is here to discuss a plethora of topics, including his passion for gay rights. This will be the 40th anniversary of the legislation that decriminalised homosexuality in South Australia.

Mollydooker Wine Lunch At the Kensi- Nov 20 The ultimate excuse to skip work, this wine lunch will be delicious in so many ways. A mouthwatering four course menu matched perfectly with some stunning wines from Mollydooker. Well that sounds ideal to us. When one of the menu items sounds like this: Thornby lamb, pressed shoulder and pan roasted cutlet, pea fennel, oat and potato crumbs, jus, you won’t hear us saying anything but YES! The event begins at 12.30pm for a 1pm lunch service and tickets are $85 per person. There are limited spaces so get in quick.

Coonawarra On Leigh- Nov 20 Wine? Check. A trendy location? Check. Free entry/ Check!! This event sounds absolutely smashing! Leigh Street will be transformed into the ultimate wine time destination when over a dozen Coonawarra wineries come together for an evening of wine, food and fun!

Paracombe Wines Swedish Dinner- Nov 20 There are certain sentences that spark joy in the hearts of food lovers and this should be one: Five courses paired with wine. Chef Anders Röberg and Paracombe’s Paul Drogemuller are coming together for a Swedish inspired menu created with local market produce. And of course it’s all matched with Paracombe wines. We accept. Tickets are $135. Phone (08) 8380 5058 or email [email protected] to book.

The stunning Paracombe Wines will play host to a delicious dinner.

The stunning Paracombe Wines will play host to a delicious dinner.

Crafty Beer Fork- Nov 20 Food. Check. Craft beer. Check. Yep, the ultimate Friday night beer down. Don’t miss the Fork when it brings some of the best craft beer that South Australia has to offer combined with the deliciousness of all your fave food trucks. Yes, yes, yes!!

ASO with the Ballet Nov 20-21 Experience one of the finer things in life, and have a night out at the ballet. Not only is the Australian Ballet School a treat for the eyes (and the soul) but this marvellous performance will be joined by the sounds of world renowned Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. See excerpts from Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and prepare yourself to be awe struck by the athleticism and grace of these incredible performers.

The Adelaide Hills Spring Wine Festival- Nov 22 This will be a veritable wine fiesta. The Stirling Hotel will play host to the inaugural Adelaide Hills Spring Wine Festival which will see some of South Australia’s favourite wineries converge on the stunning venue. With cheese to nibble on and all of the delicious wine to taste, if this isn’t the ultimate Sunday sesh then we don’t know what is!

Howard Vineyard Annual Family and Friends Day- Nov 22 The perfect excuse to head for the hills. You can stock up for the Silly Season with the great wine specials on current and past vintages (don’t mind if we do), but even better, book yourself into the Clover Restaurant and try their new Asian inspired menu. You know that is where you will find us! With Sophie Bozzetti to keep you relaxed with her live music, this all sounds beyond perfect.

Time: 10am – 5pm

2015 Australian International Three Day Event (Aus3de) Nov 20-22 It will be an action packed program when Australia’s premier equestrian competition – no horsing around. With four action packed days of world class eventing, the debut of Australia’s Equestrian Grand Final, the return of the popular Polo in the Park, and a nail biting competition in the lead up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 2015 event is not to be missed.

If you love horses, you will love this...

If you love horses, you will love this…

ACDC Concert- Nov 21 When the announcement came that ACDC were coming to Adelaide, ticket sales broke records. There is no doubt that this will be one of the concerts of the decade when they rock out at Adelaide Oval. What a cracking venue for an insane concert!

Color Me Rad Adelaide- Nov 21 Now then, before you get all hyped up about spelling, that’s how the event organisers spell it ok? Contractually guaranteed to be the funnest 5k you’ve ever run (please note: invisible contract, signed with invisible ink.) This fun run around the city ensures the streets and the people on them are quite literally awash with colour. The race concept draws from the original run in Pamplona, where running was the only option from creatures determined to permanently maim you (at the very least) but has thankfully transformed into a stunning display of pure joy. Participants now run to raise money for local charities as well as do some good for their hearts all while covering each other in vibrant cornstarch flour bombs.

Color Me Rad will brighten your day.

Color Me Rad will brighten your day.

Playford Alive Funday With Samantha Jade- Nov 21 If running isn’t your thing, get the fam together for the Playford Alive Funday. This event is run annually, with a plethora of talent in its midst. The X-Factor’s brilliant Samantha Jade will be performing this year. There will be community stalls, face painting for the little ones, food and drink. Plus it’s all free!

The Market Shed On Holland Twilight Market- Nov 21 If you didn’t think that The Market Shed On Holland could get any better, well, you would be wrong. They are putting on their third Twilight Market and with plenty of organic wine, amazing local musicians plus all of the glorious organic food stalls, we can’t imagine being anywhere else! From 12pm – 9pm and party hats will be required!

Langhorne Creek Vingerons’ Day- Nov 22 Indulge in some of the best produce that the Fleurieu Region has to offer at this awesome event. Enjoy stunning wines from Gipsie Jack, Bleasdale, Bremerton, Lake Breeze and Howlin’ Gale while you dive into delicious food from Murray Bridge cheesemakers, Squid Ink, Natura Ice Cream, Finns Fine Foods, Coffee Bean, Little Adelaide Catering and Fair N Sweet. Or splurge a little and book yourself a spot at the The Winemakers’ Luncheon. A new addition to this year’s event, it includes a three-course menu by Strathalbyn’s Appleseed Café, highlighting the Fleurieu’s best produce. Yum! So get your picnic rug ready and head to the races!

Madame Hanoi and BK Wine Dinner- Nov 26 The Madame and her chef will be cooking up a French-Vietnamese influenced storm when the BK Wine Dinner rolls in…  Two of the finest artists of the Adelaide food and wine industry will combine to create the perfect match made in heaven.

Martinis and Manicures- Nov 26 The perfect excuse for that girl’s night out you’ve been meaning to organise since god knows when! And all the hard work is done for you. The Martinis and Manicures event at The Hotel Royal lets you sip on cocktails while you get your nails done and nibble on canapés… perhaps not in that order. All proceeds are going to Autism SA.

Glendi Greek Festival- Nov 28 and 29 Celebrate everything Greek at this year’s Glendi Greek Festival. From the delicious Greek food (hello baklava) to some amazing Greek entertainment and activities, there will be something for the whole family!

Gala Concert: AdYO Celebrates- Nov 29  Joint the Adelaide Youth Orchestra for their final concert of the year. Music lovers, this will be your dream. 250 of South Australia’s best musicians will come together at Elder Hall to pump out some Disney tunes including music from Pirates of the Caribbean and some classic tunes from the 1980s.

Head To The Markets It appears it’s the month for markets this November apart from the weekly ones, featured in our Adelaide Market Guide there are some new fresh and funky ones you should get along to:

All of November

Coffee at East of Norman New hot spot East of Norman is opening up in Sturt Street and we’ve had the word that it should be added to your list of places to get fab coffee in Adelaide. Great baristas, great eats and service with a smile. Now that’s what we’re talking about.

Studio Fifteen Kaftans The heat is coming! We can feel it in our bones… and you know, when you step outside. Time to stock your wardrobe with some of the gorgeous kaftans at Studio Fifteen. This spa come salon come shopping destination is in a lovely spot by the beach and can really be your one stop shop for feeling glamorous and pampered.

Healthy Lunch At Caffe Paparazzi With the crazy season on the way, why not treat your body to something fresh, light and healthy from the clean eating menu at Caffe Paparazzi? They’ve got a salad bar for those on the run (not your potato and pasta salad style) for just $8.50! They’ve incorporated recipes from fresh food guru Leah Itsines (little sis of Kayla Itsines) to create an absolutely mouth watering range.

Healthy and delicious at Caffe Paparazzi.

Healthy and delicious at Caffe Paparazzi.

Lofty Ambition Climbing Lofty is not new news, but while you’re trying to work on that summer bod, why not do so for a great cause? The Leukaemia Foundation has created Lofty Ambition! You can choose to do the walk once, twice, three times or (shock horror) daily. Do it yourself or you can join the Lofty Ambition Ambassadors every Sunday morning in November for an organised walk. With a courtesy shuttle bus available at Burnside Village at 8am each Sunday, a free Cibo coffee card AND a half hour yoga session with Lululemon at the top of Lofty to get you ready for the walk back down, you really can’t say no.

Unwind At Wined Bar The sleek and sexy new bar at the National Wine Centre is all about bringing that vineyard feel to the city. We dig that! With a menu that has been created to compliment the extensive range of wines on offer (that’s a massive 120 wines available to taste) after work drinks are calling our name.

Picnic In The Square Forget your usual boring lunchtime routine… Put down that soggy jam sandwich as head over to Victoria Square for something different throughout the month of November. Every Thursday and Friday from 12pm – 2pm will see the Square transform into the perfect lunchtime chill out space. With sounds from some of Adelaide’s favourite artists organised by Music SA and most importantly, delicious food. You can purchase yourself a divine little picnic pack full of fresh goodies from the Adelaide Central Market and packed by Market Meals which will make your lunchtime that much better.

Fall In Love With The Love Lettery This gorgeous new shop in Topham Mall is bringing the romance back into your life! With cute gifts and even a love letter writing service (for those who can never find the right words) get ready to swoon. Read our full story here.

Gerard McCabe They have sooo many sparkly things. Put your Chrissy gifts on lay-by now, or you know, you could just treat yourself before you have to start treating everyone else?

We will have one of each of these Gerard McCabe Cirque Stack rings...

We will have one of each of these Gerard McCabe Cirque Stack rings…

Rocket Rooftop Cinema Featured in our favourite Rooftop Bars Guide. Enjoy beautiful balmy nights with Hither and Yon wines, Aperol cocktails and Young Henry’s. Grab a cheese platter and watch the sun go down over the city as the movies air after sunset. The best part? Entry is FREE including free popcorn! But seats are limited so get there quick.

Shop Small We are being encouraged to shop small this November. The annual movement founded by American Express calls on all of us to support the thousands of amazing small businesses and small business owners in SA! We think it is a great cause so we will be shopping small, without a doubt! Think Christmas presents…

Medicine of Cosmetics Silly season usually calls for lots of events and lots of photos. Rejuvenate yourself before it all starts with Medicine of Cosmetics. They have a plethora of treatments including those of the surgery variety, and those that just give you a quick refresh like teeth whitening, laser hair removal and peels.

Drinks at Electra Now that you’re feeling fresh and sexy again celebrate with drinks at Electra House. Their beautiful selection of vinos and cocktails are the perfect way to enjoy these balmy nights. And you can sip in the beer garden to soak it all in.


Electra house is a sexy place for some drinks…

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