August 2022

The top 11 festivals happening in Adelaide this Winter

Adelaide is a buzz with activity at the moment and things are only heating up with something on to please everyone!

Many of us associate the Winter months with slowing down and staying in but with so much happening around South Australia, you may need to rethink your approach. From music festivals to whale watching, there is something happening to suit every taste, so take a look and get planning!

Umbrella Fest | 1 – 31 July

SA’s popular open-access music initiative will return to the suburbs and regions this July, presented by Music SA with hopes this year to revive SA’s live music scene after the pandemic. A series of events over the course of the month will showcase both the well-known and the up and comers and offers a chance to get acquainted with some of incredible, home-grown talent.
For more info, click here.

Illuminate Adelaide | 1 – 31 July

Back for its second year, Illuminate Adelaide is bringing a series of light and sound activations to the city. Taking over streets, laneways and open spaces there is a mixture of free and ticketed events including the popular Light Cycles and international music group, The Gorillaz.
See the full program here.

Tasting Australia Winter Series | 1 – 31 July

Celebrate the best of SA’s Winter produce with Tasting Australia’s Winter edition. Take your pick in a range of unique events across Adelaide and the regions with the highly regarded truffle featuring in many. Tasting Australia is a renowned celebration of Adelaide’s culinary scene and the Winter series is a welcome addition to SA’s event calendar.
See the full program here.

Victor Harbor Whalefest | 11 June – 30 July

Celebrate the annual migration of Southern Right and Humpback whales to the shores of the Fleurieu with a month and a half long festival full of whale watching, education and activities.
For more information click here.

Campbelltown Pizza Festival | 5 – 29 July

Held throughout the month of July, the Campbelltown Pizza Festival showcases the best of local pizzerias in the area to celebrate the vibrant Italian community. Participating venues will offer up pizza and pasta specials, all you can eat deals and live music.
Check out the full program here.

Winter Cellar Door Fest | 8 – 9 July

The Winter edition of Cellar Door Fest is back by popular demand showcasing some of the best local wines and spirits all in one convenient, CBD location. The smaller, boutique style rendition of Cellar Door Fest will feature an extensive artisan food market and live music from local artists.
The event, held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, is ticketed with prices starting from $30.
See more here.

Guitar Festival | 9 – 24 July

Experience world-class guitarists through a series of exciting events taking place around the state. Starting in Elliston on the Eyre Peninsula, the festival will travel to ten towns providing free or low-cost performances, workshops, masterclasses and artist talks in the most significant festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
See the full line-up and tour dates here.

Sip, Graze and Sea Festival | 16 – 17 July


Glenelg’s Marina Pier will transform into a foodie’s paradise as all the eateries open pop-up style along the pier for you to wander through at your leisure. Roving performances will keep you and the kids entertained as you indulge in everything from oysters and cheese to mulled wine and gin and definitely don’t miss out on the pop-up gnocchi bar!
See more here.  

Spin Off Festival | 22 July

A slew of music’s biggest names are on their way to Adelaide for Spin Off Festival. Jack Harlow, The Glass Animals and Ball Park Music are just some of the acts that will be taking over the Adelaide Showground in a much welcome return of the festival after a two-year hiatus.
Tickets are still available for $129 and can be purchased here.

Winter Reds | 29 – 31 July

Starting way back in 2009, Winter Reds is the longest running wine festival in the Adelaide Hills with the much-loved festival allowing us to fully embrace the cooler months. This year’s theme of ‘What’s Your Red?’ invites attendees to discover a new favourite among the ample selection and gives each Cellar Door the opportunity to put their best reds forward in whichever way they like.
See the full program here.

A Little More Barossa Wine and Food Festival | 1 – 31 August

Long lunches, degustations, picnics and workshops are just some of the experiences you can sign up for during this month long celebration of the Barossa’s thriving culinary scene. Learn more about the regions produce and meet the people behind the names you know and love and learn their stories.
The full program is yet to be announced but you can keep up to date here.

So, don’t let the cooler months stop you from getting out and experiencing the best of South Australia. It’s been a tough few years for everyone so why not treat yourself to a much needed day out and support the local economy at the same time!

This is just a little taster of what is happening across the state over the next few months and you can keep up to date with all upcoming events by checking out the Glam Adelaide Calendar.

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