August 2024

The top 10 festivals happening in Adelaide this Winter

From dynamic music festivals to mesmerising whale watching, there’s something for everyone across a stack of incredible festivals this Winter!

Discover the Best of South Australia This Winter

As the winter chill sets in, it’s easy to retreat indoors and slow down, but South Australia offers a myriad of exciting events that might make you rethink your approach to the season. From dynamic music festivals to mesmerising whale watching, there’s something for everyone. Dive into this guide and start planning your winter adventures!

Victor Harbor Whalefest | June 1-30

The Winter Whale Fest celebrates the arrival of the Southern Right Whales on the Fleurieu Peninsula. This month-long festival is a unique opportunity to learn from marine conservation experts, immerse yourself in the marine world, and participate in educational and cultural events dedicated to protecting our coastal landscapes and marine environment.

Find out more info here.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival | June 7-22

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival is a must-visit, with 16 days of stunning shows and performances curated by Artistic Director Virginia Gay. Enjoy grand stage productions, intimate piano sing-alongs, and cozy cabaret tables with cheese boards and wine, all evoking the atmosphere of New York cabaret bars. This festival offers a diverse array of talent and experiences, ensuring a memorable time for all attendees.

Find out more info here.

Campbelltown Pizza Festival | All of July

Throughout July, the Campbelltown Pizza Festival showcases the finest local pizzerias, celebrating the vibrant Italian community. Enjoy pizza and pasta specials, all-you-can-eat deals, and live music across participating venues. It’s the perfect time to indulge in delicious Italian cuisine and experience local hospitality.

Find out more info, and the program when it launches, here.

Illuminate Adelaide | July 4-21

Held annually, Illuminate Adelaide is the city’s brightest celebration of art, light, music, and technology. This festival transforms Adelaide into a glowing spectacle with both free and ticketed events. Throughout July, international luminaries converge on the city, turning familiar streets and hidden gems into vibrant displays that dare you to shake off the winter blues and rediscover a sense of wonder.

Find out more info here.

Glenelg Winter Arts Festival | July 5-21

The Glenelg Winter Arts Festival is back, transforming the popular coastal spot into a hub of creativity and entertainment. From July 5th to 21st, Glenelg’s prime reserve will be bustling with an exciting array of events, including a diverse lineup of ticketed shows and undercover spaces perfect for enjoying delicious food and drinks with friends and family.

The festival will feature live performances, culinary delights, and a bespoke winter drinks selection, all set against the charming backdrop of crackling fire pits and big-top tents. Inside these cozy, heated venues, you can enjoy headlining stand-up comedy acts, circus spectacles, burlesque displays, and family-friendly shows.

Find out more info here.

Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival | July 12-14

The Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival is back for its highly anticipated 2024 edition. Taking place from July 12th to 14th at the Adelaide Showground, this festival promises a weekend packed with great food, live entertainment, and an extensive selection of beverages.

In collaboration with the Independent Brewers Association, the festival will feature a stellar lineup of 67 brewers, distillers, and winemakers from both Australia and around the world. With over 1,000 beers and “not-beers” to sample, sourced from breweries near and far, this event is a beer lover’s paradise. Enjoy a diverse selection of brews while savouring delicious BBQ and listening to live music, making it an unmissable highlight of the winter season.

Find out more info here.

Spin Off Festival | July 19

Spin Off Festival is Adelaide’s premier mid-year music event, lighting up the Adelaide Showgrounds. Now in its seventh edition, the festival features a diverse lineup of international and local musical acts across two stages. This year’s headliners include indie pop sensation GIRL IN RED, pop star Conan Gray, and Australia’s rock-pop favourite, G Flip, among others.

Find out more info here.

Cellar Door Fest | July 19-20

Back by popular demand, the Winter edition of Cellar Door Fest returns to the Adelaide Convention Centre. This boutique event features local wines and spirits, an artisan food market, and live music from local artists. With three sessions over two days, it promises to be a delightful winter warmer, bringing the best of South Australia’s wineries to the heart of the city.

Find out more info here.

Winter Reds | July 28-30

The Adelaide Hills Wine Region hosts Winter Reds, the state’s largest winter event celebrating cool-climate red wines. Over 30 wine producers and partnering venues offer festival vibes with live bands, DJs, fire pits, and slow-cooked food. It’s a weekend of warmth, music, and great wine, celebrating the region’s rich heritage.

Find out more info here.

SALA Festival | August 1-31

The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is a statewide celebration of visual art, showcasing over 9,000 artists across more than 600 venues. Established in 1998, SALA aims to promote and celebrate the immense talent of South Australia’s visual artists. Throughout August, visitors can enjoy a variety of art tours and participate in city events, offering a unique opportunity to engage with the local art scene. Additionally, the festival collaborates with sponsors and partners to provide awards and residencies, further supporting the artistic community.

Discover more about the SALA Festival and plan your visit here.

Don’t let the cooler months keep you indoors. South Australia is brimming with vibrant events that offer a perfect opportunity to get out, enjoy, and support the local economy. For a comprehensive list of upcoming events, be sure to check the Glam Adelaide Calendar and make the most of this winter season.

 

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