The Adelaide October To Do List

Brace yourself ladies and gents, the silly season is happening way before December this year! Adelaide is booming this October so we’ve released this a few days early to help you get your calendars in gear.

Brace yourselves ladies and gents, the silly season is happening way before December this year! Adelaide is booming this October and we want you to be in the know (you are so welcome)!

Grand Final Day Oct 3. Wow. It really snuck up on us this year didn’t it? Even if you’re not a supporter it would be unAustralian not to watch. We recommend firing up the barbie or better yet getting along to a beer garden where you don’t have to lift a finger. The Highway’s Lounge and Deck bar is the perfect spot. Gates open at 11am but there are no reservations, so make sure you arrive early for a table! Or if you’re a passionate supporter and feeling fancy you could attend their function room party. Hosted by Fresh 92.7, your all-inclusive ticket will get you a 2 course lunch, afternoon tea and beverages. If you can’t make it to the MCG, this is the next best thing. Find out more here. 

Looking for something to do in the city? Why not head to the Adelaide Casino’s Grandstand Bar? With the Night Noodle Markets on their doorstep and temperatures set to rise, you could make a day/night of it. All of the action will be shown on their big screen, with $5 pints and $20 jugs of Carlton Draught all day. Yes, all day!

Race To The Track Dust off the fascinators folks, Spring Racing is here! Over the long weekend there is The Jamestown Cup (Oct 3), Morphettville Race Day (Oct 3), Port Lincoln Long Weekend Family Fun Day Sunday (Oct 4), Strathalbyn Long Weekend Races (Oct 5) and, of course, then there’s Derby Day squeezing itself in on Oct 31. Head over to the SAJC website for full details on all race day events.

Fashions On The Field

Fashions On The Field

A Spring Affair Oct 4. This is October’s answer to the McLaren Vale Sea and Vines Festival. With plenty of excellent McLaren Vale wineries involved, buses will take you to three selected wineries to enjoy first class vino, mouth watering food and live music. The Havelock buses are already sold out, however tickets are still available with The PA, The Seven Stars Hotel, The Maid and The Lakes Resort.

Edible Blooms Chocolate Garden at Westfield Marion Chocolate lovers rejoice! Or actually, maybe it’s best for you to stay away? The geniuses at Edible Blooms have spent years creating a world-first, full scale, walk through edible chocolate garden, and we wouldn’t want you to eat it all! Best of all this awesome initiative is supporting the Cora Barclay Centre to help deaf and hearing impaired children and their families. You can enjoy it all for just a gold coin donation, but get in quick it ends Oct 6.

Markus Hammence Rock Star Ambition Oct 7. If you’re into art and all things interior you need to swing along to this one. Markus Hammence is a rock star at heart and has created a vibrantly chic new 2015 pop-art exhibition. The launch is Oct 7 but the exhibition will be running until the end of the month.

Light The Night Adelaide Oct 9. A fantastic event to help support more than 60,000 Australians that are living with blood cancer. The Leukaemia Foundation’s Light the Night walk is now in its eighth year of research and helping those with leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma that is free to take part in

The Limery Outdoor Living Space Glam up your outdoor space, ready for the hot weather and balmy nights that are on their way! This gem in Woodside is opening Oct 10 and is the perfect excuse to revamp your outdoor decor.

The Port Festival Oct 10 & 11. This great event shows off a side of Port Adelaide you might not have seen before. With markets, exhibitions, workshops, tours and food and drink events, there’s something to suit everyone. We’re particularly excited by the innovate Bottle Top Mural. A stunning and environmentally conscious piece of art created by people glueing used bottle tops to the mural, it really does need to be seen to be believed. The best part is, everyone is invited along to take part!

The Port Festival

The Port Festival

Vic Square Art Market Oct 11. Where it is not just about perusing the work of talented South Australian artists, but there is also a bar (yippee), live music and food trucks. A perfect way to spend an afternoon with friends or family. Alongside the art there will be stalls selling quality vintage clothing, apparel by South Australian designers, handmade jewellery and objects d’art, plus a record fair for music lovers.

Sakai in SA Charity Dinner at Ginza Miyako Oct 13 & 14. Foodies listen up. The brilliant team at Ginza Miyako are hosting an Asian dining sensation you won’t want to miss. These 6 course degustation dinners are brought to you by the legendary Chef Hiroyuki Sakai, Chef Ikuei Arakane and Chef Mark Normoyle, all of whom have held the IronChef title. Alongside them will be Executive Pastry Chef Pierrick Boyer from Le Petit Gateau and of course Head Chef Kazuki Ushiro from Ginza Miyako. With matching Australia wines presented by Sommelier Masahiko Iga, this is an event that you will absolutely not want to miss.

2015 Adelaide Film Festival Oct 15-25. Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) is a biennial eleven-day celebration and exploration of Australian and international screen culture. With a unique program of screenings, forums and special events, it covers a whole plethora of amazing content. We’re particularly excited for the release of The Dressmaker (starring the stunning Kate Winslet). Glam will be at the premier, so we will of course keep you posted with a review! Full film festival program in link.

100 Mile Dinner @ The Hackney Oct 17. For the environmentally conscious among us, this is a fantastic event brought to you by The Hackney. Every item on the table, all the dishes and their ingredients and all the wine will be locally sourced from within 100 miles of The Hackney. You will be reducing your carbon footprint and learning the producers stories, now that’s good eating. For just $99 per person you’ll receive 6 amazing courses matched with wines from the Barossa’s St Hallett Winery. Bookings are essential.

Adelaide Fashion Festival Oct 22- 25. If you are needing a Spring wardrobe revamp this Festival has you covered. With an incredible host of events being presented at the Adelaide Fashion Festival this year, there is something to suit everyone’s unique style. This year the Festival has made the big move to the city and is being presented by Mercedes-Benz Adelaide so you know it’s going to be fantastic. Also, if you’ve never attended Variety on King William it’s a Fashion Fest must! For the Adelaide Fashion Festival full program click here.

Vale Brewing CheeseFest Oct 23-25. We don’t think there is much else to say apart from CHEESE? For those who have been living under a rock, this is a festival for cheese. Repeat: FOR CHEESE (ok we are just so excited about all of the cheese). Festival Founder Kris Lloyd also owns the divine Woodside Cheese Wrights, so she knows the best of the best and is thrilled to be bringing it all to us in one big cheesy weekend. This year’s major sponsor is Vale Brewing so there will also be plenty of cold craft beer to wash down all the glorious cheese. It is going to be legen-DAIRY (come on, we had to).



Fleetwood Mac Oct 28.The wait is finally over. Unfortunately if your weren’t 100% on the ball with this one (we’re talking months ago) you may not have snatched up tickets to this stage spectacular. You could always linger at the gates and pray to the Gods of Rock….?

Day of The Dead Dinner Oct 30 & 31. Enjoy Halloween the Mexican way with a spectacular 4 course meal at Hoosegow restaurant. Their vibrant and funky style will leave your tastebuds dancing, and maybe your feet too!

Halloween Oct 31. BOO! How could we forget (probably because we have so much else on our plates!) that the spooky holiday is upon us? We love a good dress up here at Glam, and when it’s an international party then you have no excuse not to get onboard. Plus it is a great excuse to dress your kids up in hilarious/ ridiculous costumes (and stock up on embarrassing 21st photos) and no one will bat an eyelid.

ANYTIME Activities

Head On Up The weather is heating up for us and we recommend you get the girls together and go up too. We wrote this handy little guide to all the rooftop bars in Adelaide so you can basque in that sunlight, enjoy some wonderful views of our amazing city and sip on fabulous drinks at the same time. Full article in link.

The Own It Project It’s a simple one, but go follow these guys or Facebook and Instagram. If you’re passionate about changing perceptions, empowering your children and creating a society in which women build each other up instead of break each other down, then you’ll be really excited about what these girls have in store.

Bistro Dom If you haven’t read our article on the new dream team at Bistro Dom then you may not know why the whispers on the street are saying this place is a ‘must-eat’ in the city. The whole thing is right here, but in a nutshell, award winning management and wait staff have combined with approachable and affordable high end dining to create the perfect dining experience. Locally sourced food and wine with great stories behind the produce, oh yes it is fantastic.

Hill of Grace Restaurant at Adelaide Oval Has dining at this exquisite Adelaide establishment been on your wish list since it opened? Don’t worry you’re not alone. Glam swung by for a visit recently and discovered that one of our favourite high end Adelaide spots is offering a two course Friday lunch for $59! We were gob smacked too. So now you have no excuse not to start you weekend early with an amuse, entree and main at Hill of Grace. Oh and for all the sweet toothed people, don’t panic, the incredible dessert menu is available for a touch extra. Drool. Read it all here.

The Gypsy Dragon Bar The long awaited laneway bar outside brilliant KangKong restaurant is finally opening its doors. After indulging in a long lunch at Hill of Grace why not swing by Gypsy Dragon Bar and keep the festivities flowing with cocktails?

Hill of Grace Restaurant

Hill of Grace Restaurant

Ride the Popeye You haven’t done it in years right? Well why not hop onboard and refresh those memories? With so much going on in our beautiful Riverbank Precinct there really hasn’t been a better time to do it. A great relaxing way to spend the afternoon soaking up our city. Grab yourself a bubbly too of course. The fun team always have something new on too, so hop on their Facebook to keep up to date.

UnIndian We’re super excited to check out Aussie cricket superstar Brett Lee’s new upcoming rom-com. The film explores love in our multicultural society with plenty of heartfelt moments and lots of laughter. We know he has got a pretty good throw on him but how will he fare on the big screen? If the trailer is anything to go by, he’s going to master this field too. It’s in cinemas from Oct 15.

Reb Comestics Now is the perfect time to refresh your makeup bag with Reb products. This SA owned, animal friendly brand is ticking all the right boxes for us here at Glam. They have everything from foundation to nail polish, lip stick to eyeliner that all come in a great range of colours and of course are vegan friendly. Keep up with the Jones’ (not the Kardashians’) by checking out our Spring Makeup Trends article here. And make sure you stock up on Reb to achieve these flawless Spring looks. Did we mention that Ruth (the owner of Reb) has joined forces with Bella Mia Bridal and together they are offering makeup packages when you buy your Spring Racing dresses from Bella Mia (they’re 20% off too so hurry in). Plus, in anticipation for the Melbourne Cup, they will be doing makeup trials throughout October to get you prepared for the race that stops the nation. Giddy up.

Sunday Sessions at Electra House Now you have your makeup on point you should probably show it off… Electra House have just launched their new Sunday sessions and what better way to end an excellent week than with the VIP treatment? This venue is the perfect combo of class and party, like clubbing in NYC.

Vibrant Woman Challenge If you’re trying to lay off the partying and instead find some inner wellness make sure you check out Kasey Willson’s Vibrant Woman Challenge. This 8 week online program is all about teaching you the ins and outs of your body’s wellbeing. Complete with delicious recipes, videos and health industry inside tips, It is easy, fun and trust us, your body will say thank you.


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