Our top events to check out in Adelaide this October

We’ve selected ten of the best events taking place this October so you can start planning how to spend your Spring days and nights!

Featured image: Vegan Fest

Adelaide is constantly bustling with exciting new things to see, do and, of course, eat, with the events scene picking up again as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease.

We’ve selected ten of the best events taking place this October so you can start planning.

For those just trying to find ideas for what to do over the long weekend, we also have a guide to that here.

WellFest Adelaide | 15 – 31 October

WellFest Adelaide takes place between 15-31 October 2021 with a range of events surrounding yoga, meditation, cooking, gardening and much more. It provides a unique opportunity to bring people together in the city of Adelaide to embrace a celebration of wellbeing.

WellFest Adelaide are being delivered by the team at the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA).They’re the awesome people who also brought us the Adelaide’s Long Lunch and Dinner’s On Us vouchers, and the Hit The Town campaign in winter.

Find out more here.

Pixar Putt | 1 – 24 October

Get ready to kick some serious putt at Pixar Putt! Australia’s much loved open-air mini golf sensation is inspired by some of Pixar’s most adored films. Putt your way around 9 or 18 holes at Riverbank Promenade, Adelaide Convention Centre for a limited season from Friday 24 September until Sunday 17 October.

This immersive open-air mini-golf experience features interactive putt-putt holes inspired by the stories, characters and icons from some of Pixar’s most beloved films including Toy StoryThe Incredibles, Monsters, Inc., A Bug’s LifeSoul, Inside Out and more.

Find out more details here.

Coonawarra Cabernet Festival | 1 – 31 October

Coonawarra wineries are preparing for a busy month ahead with plenty of fun events for the whole family planned as part of the upcoming Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations.

A highlight on the wine region’s event calendar, the festival is designed to showcase and celebrate the Coonawarra’s signature red wine: Cabernet Sauvignon, and with October offering up five weekends, organisers have themed each one to appeal to a wide variety of tastes.

Kicking off on 1 October and running through to the end of the month, locals and intrastate travellers will have the chance to see the best of Coonawarra, with no small number of Cabernets and other fantastic wines to be tasted as part of festivities.

Find out more details here.

Semaphore Music Festival | 1 – 3 October

Load up on live music over the October long weekend with the Semaphore Music Festival.

Held across a number of venues with a jam-packed line-up, Semaphore will transform into a weekend of fun music.

Click here for more info.

Oktoberfest | 10 October

Join Glen Ewin Estate for Oktoberfest 2021 in the Pulpshed, in the 178-year-old timber venue set up to give the beerhall vibes.

Taste your way across Europe with their selection of imported German beers and cuisine such as bratwurst, pretzel, sauerkraut and apple strudel. Dust off your lederhosen & dirndls for the best-dressed competition and with live entertainment from Bund der Bayern and Alexandra ist Lieblich, you’ll feel like you’re overseas for the day!

More details here.

Riverlation | 22 – 24 October

An annual tradition in the Riverland region of South Australia, the newly rebranded Riverlation Wine and Food Festival 2021 is the answer to all your fine wine and food desires.

From the 22 to 24 of October, multiple events across the Riverland will showcase the best of what local producers have to offer, all coming under the Riverlation banner.

Proudly hosted by Riverland Wine, there’ll be a range of venues and cellar doors on the list, including Ricca Terra, Top Block Wines, 919 Wines and more, all putting on a show of great food, wine and entertainment across the three days.

Click here for more info.

Moon Lantern Trail OzAsia Festival | 21 – 24 October

Starting at Adelaide Festival Centre Precinct and lighting a path to Pinky Flat, the newly imagined Moon
Lantern Trail promises an exciting new experience for families across the festival’s opening weekend.

This interactive spectacle guides audiences through the stories, histories and traditions of Mid-Autumn
Festival celebrations from across Asia, with roving performances and puppetry, interactive workshops
and live music.

More details here.

Cheesefest | 23 – 24 October

With exclusive access to dozens of different local foods and beverages all in the picturesque Rymill Park (Murlawirrapurka) – just a cheddar roll from the Adelaide CBD – CheeseFest 2021 is a festival for all!

More details here.

Sparkling Fest at National Wine Centre | 24 October

Picture a day of pure indulgence, as you delve into the wonderful world of all things bubbles, with an extensive range of Sparkling from Australia, America and across Europe and all of your favourite Champagne houses on offer. Spoil yourself with an all-inclusive Gold Lounge experience in the Vines Room or come along and enjoy live music and delicious festival foods in our Hickinbotham Hall and Terrace.

Click here for more info.

Vegan Fest | 30 – 31 October

Vegan Festival Adelaide, SA’s largest celebration of all things vegan, has received SA Health approval to return to the capital over the last weekend of October 2021. The Vegan Festival is here to celebrate, promote, and provide education for a compassionate, healthy, and sustainable vegan lifestyle. Due to COVID19, Vegan Festival Adelaide will be delivered as a blended LIVE & STREAMED event as a result. Come eat all the vegan things, shop, take part in workshops, listen to live music and hear some of the amazing speakers deliver virtually on our screens.

Click here for more info.

Folkloria Festival | 31 October

As one of the only festivals to go ahead in the world in 2020, Folkloria is making a triumphant return in 2021, bringing world-class folk music to South Australia’s stunning McLaren Vale.

The festival has been dreamed up by the creative team behind Moon Dance, and will give South Aussies a chance to welcome in the warmer spring weather, spread out across the picturesque lawns of the Simon Hacket Winery, who will be providing boozy refreshments throughout the day.

Click here for more info

For more awesome events happening across SA, head to the Glam Adelaide events calendar by clicking here.

For the Long Weekend Guide, click here.


Cheese, dumplings, wine, fashion and festivals – here’s your guide to Adelaide’s October calendar.

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