What’s On In Adelaide This May

No rain will not stop us from checking out everything May has to offer so, throw on a coat you have a place to be.

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When the weather takes a turn into Winter, some cities retreat inside for a few months of one-on-one time with their electric blankets and heaters while they dream of warmer days and mourn their sun-kissed skin. But not us. We’re tougher than that. I mean, we have an international reputation to uphold now that we’ve been dubbed one of the best cities to live in. So when the skies are grey and the days turns wet just throw on a coat and head out the door, we’ve got somewhere for you to be!

Sunday, April 30th – Sunday, May 7th – Tasting Australia. The eight-day festival is what we’ve been waiting for all year. It’s the chance to uncover what South Australia’s food scene is all about by indulging in a kaleidoscope of tastes and treating yourself to unforgettable dining experiences. From the farm gate to the Adelaide Central Market or the vineyards of the Adelaide Hills, Tasting Australia will be taking over Adelaide. Check out the Tasting Australia program here and our comprehensive guide to Tasting Australia for every budget.

Monday, May 1st – Canada & Alaska 2018 Launch Events. Have you dreamt of experiencing the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Canada and Alaska? Well, here’s your chance. Follow the event’s Facebook page and register your place to discover more about touring the regions by land, sea and rail from APT and Phil Hoffmann Travel.

Wednesday, May 3rd – Green Day Revolution Radio Tour. The Adelaide Convention Centre’s stage will rock out with the return of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Green Day. You won’t want to miss out on this high-energy show filled with greatest hits. Get your tickets here.

Wednesday, May 3rd – Glenfarclas Whisky Dinner. At the Rob Roy Hotel dine on a delicious four-course dinner that has been designed by their new head chef to perfectly compliment the six varieties of the Glenfarclas range. Bookings are essential, so don’t miss out.

Wednesday, May 3rd – The Long Table Wine Experience. The National Wine Centre is bringing more than just a long table. This dinner is set to take you on a journey through the regions. Let your taste buds dance through a four-course experience of the Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley and the Barossa. Book your spot here.

Wednesday, May 3rd – An Evening With Nic Watt. Madame Hanoi and internationally acclaimed Chef Nic Watt are inviting you to share a feast of dishes inspired by Watt’s travels and passions, in an intimate long table dining experience. Tickets are $150 per person, which includes a drink on arrival, a feast of French-Vietnamese dishes served in a share-style over three courses, plus matched beverages.

Thursday, May 4th – Barossa After Dark. Cheese. Are you sold? If you need a little more persuasion than here you are. Join the magnificent cheese expert Valerie Henbest from The Smelly Cheese Shop in this cheese, wine and charcuterie masterclass that explores the Barossa producers in this Barossa-themed evening in the Adelaide Central Market. Don’t miss out, book your tickets now.

Thursday, May 4th – Mummy’s Wine Club. If you’re a mum, a wino and looking to indulge in that much earned grown up ‘me’ time then this one’s for you. The Mummy’s Wine Club will feature winemaker Toby Porter from D’Arenberg this time around where you get to taste new wines and catch up with friends.

Friday, May 5th – Fashion First. Do you love fashion? The Hotel Richmond is supporting local, emerging and talented designers. Their first event will showcase the fabulous Harvey the Label. Plus, entry is free to all with the showcase kicking off at 7:00 pm.

Friday, May 5th – 1927 & Pseudo Echo. Here’s the chance to party on with two of Australia’s most loved bands. A set packed with all their hit singles and much more will be performed at The Gov. Tickets are $55 and doors open at 7:30 pm.

Friday, May 5th – Wizard Fest Adelaide. For all of us that missed out on our acceptance letter, here’s your event to make all your wizardry dreams come true. The magical night will be filled with themed drinks from firey whisky, potent potions and buttery brews. Bring your cloaks, brooms and wands for a chance to be rewarded with the best-dressed award. Don’t miss out and grab your tickets here.

Friday, May 5th – Georgia Germein from The Germein Sisters – Arkaba Lounge Bar. The working week has ended, so enjoy the Arkaba’s new $15 cocktail list while listening to the amazing voice of Georgia Germein from the Germein Sisters from 8 pm.

Friday, May 5th – Sunday, May 7th – Bowerbird Design Market. They’re swooping in for another weekend filled with over 150 of the best Australian artists and designers. This is your chance to grab something beautiful for your Mother’s Day presents. Not only can you come shop and meet the makers, you can take part in workshops and watch demonstrations. All of this will build up an appetite so, there will be plenty of delicious local artisan-made food and beverages to enjoy while relaxing to cool tunes.

Friday, May 7th – Food Truck MovementAdelaide’s first food truck is back at the Adelaide Showgrounds every Friday to Sunday this month with a new line up of local Adelaide curbside foodies and plenty of SA wine, beer and cider. There will be live entertainment and fun for the whole family. Entry is free.

Saturday, May 6th – Ashy Bines Squad Tour. Ashy is forming an exclusive squad in Adelaide where you can join her in a 1-hour squad workout, gain access to the 28-day squad program, take home a goodie bag, connect with your workout buddies and get the opportunity to win amazing prizes and giveaways. Now, spots are very limited so, secure your spot now.

Saturday, May 6th – Schweppes Oaks Ladies Day. Enjoy ladies’ day out at Morphettville on Schweppes Oaks Day in this trackside pavilion in prime positioning on course. The area will play host to the Fashion at The Races qualifying event, so dress to impress and enter for your chance to win $1000 cash and some other incredible prizes. Get touched up in the Clique Beauty Bar, and enjoy live fashion parades, DJs, and racing throughout the day. Tickets are $20 and include entry into the racecourse and a Schweppes cocktail upon arrival.

Saturday, May 6th – Adelaide Oyster Festival. 2KW’s Adelaide Oyster Festival is back the second instalment, which is expected to be a fantastic day in the sun with all you can eat oysters, canapes, sparkling, wine, craft beer and cider. Get your tickets here.

Sunday, May 7th – Kodomo no Hi Japan Festival 2017. Adelaide’s largest Japanese Cultural Festival has returned for another year for a great day for people of all ages and backgrounds. There will be Japanese music, performances, craft, food martial arts and much more. Come along to the Thebarton Community Centre and join in the fun. Admission is $2 per person or $5 for the family.

Sunday, May 7th – Food & Booze & Dancing Shoes. Masterchef Australia’s Jessie Spiby is hitting up Plant 4 Bowden for a celebration of Adelaide’s best young talent in food and booze production. Think a day club for foodies. It will be a day to turn up the music and munch on some grub while you have a hella good time.

Sunday, May 7th – The Gilles Street Mother’s Day Edit. The Gilles Street Markets this week will be extra special with all the Mother’s Day gifts to get you ready for the big day. There will be handmade cards, flowers, Mother’s Day cookies, jewellery, ceramics and so much more. Live music and delicious foods will be there as always. The action kicks off at 10 am so, bring along the fam and your pooches for a fabulous day out.

Monday, May 8th – Wine Dinner with Alpha Estate. Alpha Estate is having dinner at Georges on Waymouth and you’re all invited. From 6:30 pm you’ll enjoy a 4-course menu with matching wines, plus canapés on arrival to kick start the evening. Tickets are $125 per person. Secure your table by phoning 08 82116960 or emailing [email protected].au.

Tuesday, May 9th – AFC Champions League: Adelaide United v. Jiangsu Suning. See the A-League Champions take on Asia’s best in the AFC Champions League of 2017. Get your tickets here for the ultimate game at Coopers Stadium.

Wednesday, May 10th – Cool Climate Wine Dinner by Gourmet Traveller Wine. At 2KW Bar and Restaurant enjoy a divine 4-course dinner that showcases some of Australia’s best cool climate wines, including the Reschke 2001 Vitulus Cabernet Sauvignon. Tickets are $125 per person.

Friday, May 12th – Little Heroes Mother’s Day Luncheon. Spoil your mum at Little Heroes Foundation’s annual Mother’s Day Luncheon at the National Wine Centre from 11:30 am. It’s a fun-filled day of fashion, flowers and celebrating the nation’s biggest heroes, also known as our mothers. A $130 ticket includes a 2-course lunch, a Sweet Design dessert buffet and a delicious selection of Paracombe Wines.

Saturday, May 13th – Red Faces 2017The Arkaba Hotel will hold a night of entertainment, plus charity auctions, spot prizes, door prizes, raffle and goodies bags for all attendees. Entertainment on the night includes stand-up comedy, dancing groups, magicians, singers, hoola hoop dancer, burlesque and more. Get your tickets now.

Saturday, May, 13th – Savouring SA | Celebrating Aussie Wine Month. It’s time to celebrate SA’s wine regions at Wirra Wirra’s exclusive Savouring SA experience. You’ll get a unique insight into different styles of SA wine over a delicious long table lunch of local produce. There are limited tickets so, don’t miss out.

Saturday, May 13th – Tivoli Swingin’ Dinner Dance. Dress in your finer and dance the night away at The Tivoli’s vintage style dinner dance. A $95 ticket covers you for the two-course dinner and an unlimited drinks package.

Saturday, May 13th – Sunday, May 14th – True Grit. Do you have what it takes? Get a group of mates together and crawl, run and climb over 12kms and more than 30 True Grit Obstacles.

Sunday, May 14th – Mother’s Day. It’s the day for showering our mother’s with gifts and love. It’s their day so, let’s make it special! Book a special breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of the many fabulous restaurants here in Adelaide and nail that gift by checking out our guides to finding the perfect presents at Tasting Australia and the Bowerbird Market.

Tuesday, May 16th – All Time Low: Touring Australia with Neck Deep & The Maine. Get ready for some pop punk perfection. Whenever they’re touring Australia they alway sell out so, you know they’re worth going to see. This time around they’re a massive triple-head extravaganza with Neck Deep and The Maine set to perform. Nab your tickets now or risk missing out.

Wednesday, May 17th – Roy’s Wine Society Dinner ft. La Cantina. Italian food and wine. Where do we get our tickets? There will be four courses, five wines and amaro to finish. It can’t get better than that! With limited spaces, you should make your booking now.

Wednesday, May 17th – Bowie: Ashes to Ashes. Calling all Bowie fans, here’s the event for you! Over two hours, be captivated by Bowie hits performed live on stage by Cameron Charters and a brilliant live band with replica costuming and visionary theatrical production.

Wednesday, May 17th – Sass Connect – A night to connect Female Changemakers. Learn, connect and gain support from up to 20 other women in this evening set for you to make connections and get inspired by others.

Thursday, May 18th – Peking Duk’s Clowntown Tour ‘Adelaide’. The Aussie faves are hitting the Fat Controller on their forthcoming Clowntown Tour. Tickets are $44.

Friday, May 19th – APIA Good Times Tour 2017. Guess who’s back, for their fifth year in a row? The APIA Good Times Tour will bring yet another once-in-a-lifetime line-up of Oz music legends. Grab your tickets now.

Friday, May 19th – Lunch with Sass – Connect, Learn & Nourish! This lunchtime session will connect you with other women, as well as, the fabulous Jess Giles from Chic Money, where she will be sharing her expertise and some tips to master your money mindset.

Friday, May 19th – Monday, May 22nd – Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend. Here’s your chance to escape for the weekend to the magnificent Clare Valley. More than 30 wineries will showcase their wines and while you’re sipping away, we suggest you indulge in the delicious regionally inspired cuisine and the sounds of live music. Check out their program and make the most of this weekend adventure.

Saturday, May 20th – Adelaide Red Ball. The inaugural Red Ball will be held at the Adelaide Town Hall with funds raised set to help the Fight Cancer Foundation’s education support program, Back on Track. Help make a difference and book your ticket or get a group of 10 together and fill a table.

Saturday, May 20th – Adelaide’s Biggest Raw Cacao Ceremony and Dance Party. From 7 pm til’ 11:30 pm dance, party and let go to the beats of DJ Josh at Plant 4 Bowden. Tickets are $45.

Saturday, May 20th – Settlers Spirits Gin Masterclass. It never too early for gin! At 10 am join everyone else for a fun class where you will create your own gin with the help of Settlers Spirits Head Distiller. Make a booking by phoning 83238777 or emailing [email protected]au.

Saturday, May 20th – Sunday, May 21st – Big Family Weekend at DreamBIG Children’s Festival. It’s going to be a joyous, fun and big inclusive event that span many and varied locations along North Terrace and a few to the side. It’s a trail of art and wonders for both children and their families to explore over two days. Shows, workshops, activities, exhibitions, eating, making, watching, laughing and much more will keep you entertained. Follow the event’s Facebook page to find out where the fun is happening and to keep up-to-date.

Sunday, May 21st – The Colour Run Adelaide – Dreams Tour. You know the drill. Wear white and get ready to be plastered in colour. But, the fun doesn’t just stop at the finish line, it continues into an epic finish festival where all the colourful runners can show off their dance moves. It’s the best post-5k party on the planet.

Sunday, May 21st – Stamford Grand Adelaide Bridal ExpoSo, you’ve got a ring on your finger, but don’t know where to begin planning the biggest event of your life? Well, the Stamford Grand Adelaide Bridal Expo is the perfect place to start. The grand ballroom will take you on a wedding inspiration adventure with tasty treats to try, fabulous wines to sample and gorgeous displays from the many wedding suppliers set to be showcased.

Sunday, May 21st – Matilda The Musical High Tea. Matilda: The Musical is coming to Adelaide and the Stamford Plaza Adelaide have a special treat for the young at heart. Treat yourself to a high tea menu with an array of Matilda themed sweet and savoury delights before you see the show. Book now, or miss out.

Monday, May 22nd – No Lights No Lycra. No Lights No Lycra (NLNL) is an dance community that started in Melbourne by unruly dance students Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett in 2009. There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. NLNL is a space where you can completely let go, shake out the stresses of the week, and lose yourself in the music and the physicality of your body. NLNL is a daggy, non-pretentious place to completely be yourself. This is a FREE event and a huge part of the national Girls Make Your Move campaign aimed at young females between the ages of 13-19 years. The campaign is all about inspiring, energising and empowering young women to be more active regardless of ethnicity, size or ability.

Thursday, May 25th – Pol Roger dinner featuring Tyson Stelzer. Join 2KW Bar and Restaurant as Tyson Stelzer, one of Australia’s leading champagne commentators, takes you on a journey through the various styles of vintages of Pol Roger. Tickets are extremely limited, so it’s best that you get in early.

Thursday, May 25th – Lollipop Markets ~ Winter Baby & Kids Market. Are you buying gifts, decorating your child’s bedroom or preppin’ your newborn’s nursery? Well, the Lollipop Markets are setting up for their Autumn market at SAJC Morphettville Racecourse and it will be filled to brim with quality, handmade and boutique stalls for baby bumps, babies and kids.

Thursday, May 25th – The hunt for Mrs Oliver Launch. Gather up your mates and come dressed in your finest floral attire as Oliver’s Taranga takes over Madame Hanoi for the evening. A super limited $140 ticket will have you indulging in a 5-course degustation by Chef Nic Watt and the Madame Hanoi team, which has been carefully matched with Oliver’s Taranga wines. Plus, you’ll get the first taste of their delicious new sparkling wine – The hunt for Mrs. Oliver. To book contact them on [email protected] or 08 82184166.

Friday, May 26th – City Cellar Door with Wirra Wirra & Yalumba. This month’s City Cellar Door at the National Wine Centre will see Wirra Wirra and Yalumba joining in on the fun and giving you a taste of their best wines in the progression master class held from 5 pm til 6 pm.

Friday, May 26th – Last Friday of the Month Lunch. Join The Pot Food & Wine for Emma McCaskill’s first ‘Last Friday of the Month Lunch’. This month’s theme is ‘GAME & PINOT’.

Saturday, May 27th – The Fruitful Pursuit. Come join in on The Fruitful Pursuit, a new nationwide initiative promoting the forward movement of Australian wine. The Henry Austin will be transformed into a full-tilt wine playground for all the unit in this sensory indulgence. Get your tickets here for $68.92.

Sunday, May 28th – Barossa vs McLaren Vale Rematch – Top of the Ark. It’s time for the Arkaba’s annual Battle of the SA regions where the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale will meet again in the ultimate rematch. Here’s your chance to taste over 100 wines from the regions and then decide which one is your fave region. Tickets are $30 + BF online or $40 at the door. Entry includes a tasting glass and ALL tastings. Book here.

Sunday, May 28th – Elvis – The Wonder Of You Tour 2017. Prepare yourself, for the triumphant celebration of Elvis Presley in a way that many have never before. You’ll be immersed in the world of Elvis at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, in this world-class concert. Get your tickets here.

Sunday, May 28th – Port Lincoln Long Lunch. Six of the town’s favourite venues like Port Lincoln Hotel and Boston Bay Wines will participate, offering a limited menu showcasing the best local produce, live entertainment and award winning Chefs of Port Lincoln with all proceeds supporting local children through the charity, Variety SA.

Monday, May 29th – Prancing Pony Craft Beer Degustation. The Duke of York is bringing out the big guns in this Monday Degustation night, with a great Prancing Pony pairing. From 6 pm til 8 pm, you’ll dine on a four-course menu and four perfectly paired beverages from Prancing Pony. It’s $60 a head and bookings are essential so, call 8231 4088 or email [email protected]

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