Adelaide is buzzing with excitement now that the events scene picking up again as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease.
We’re almost certain that this spring is going to be a one to remember, so we’ve selected ten of the best events taking place this November so you can start filling up your calendar.
OZASIA FESTIVAL | 21 OCTOBER – 7 NOVEMBER
The Adelaide Festival Centre and riverbank precincts will come alive with stunning performances, giant lanterns and much more for tonight’s official opening of OzAsia Festival 2021.
With more than 50 events across 18 days, the festival has a range of experiences to offer audiences of all ages – everything from dance, theatre, music and comedy through to community events, visual art, literature and film.
Throughout the festival, foodies favourite Lucky Dumpling Market will offer a feast for the senses with food vendors and free live music at Elder Park, while art exhibitions on display at Adelaide Festival Centre and other CBD venues include On View: In Translation – a series of cinematic portraits by celebrated choreographer Sue Healey in the new Ian and Pamela Wall Gallery at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
OzAsia Festival 2021 runs from October 21 to November 7.
The Lucky Dumpling Market will run from October 21 – November 7 at Elder Park along the River Torrens. The market is closed Mondays.
MELBOURNE CUP | 2 NOVEMBER
Everyone’s favourite racing event, the Melbourne Cup, will be hosted on Tuesday November 2 2021. Enjoy the late spring sunshine and a few glasses of bubbly at an array Adelaide locations hosting long lunches this year.
Over the last few years, celebrating Spring Racing Carnival has evolved – and while previously it was very much about being trackside, these days it’s more about enjoying a fabulous lunch, getting dressed up, and enjoying an afternoon with your friends.
Luckily for us, long lunches is something Adelaide does particularly well, and there’s a stack of amazing venues putting on some divine food and drink packages, so you can take the afternoon off, and kick up your heels!
To see our guide to Adelaide’s Melbourne Cup events, visit here.
MOONLIGHT MARKETS | 5 OCTOBER
Campbelltown City Council is welcoming back their iconic Moonlight Markets this November – the ultimate springtime kick-off!
Running for their seventh year, the annual markets will be opening their doors on the first Friday of every month- from November through to March.
The family and budget-friendly event will take place under the starry sky in the picturesque grounds of Thorndon Park, from 6.00pm to 10.00pm on the following dates:
5 November 2021
3 December 2021
4 February 2022
4 March 2022
LECONFIELD ROSE PARTY | 6 NOVEMBER
Spring is in the air, the flowers are blooming and Richard Hamilton new Rosette Series Wines has been released! They are throwing a massive celebration at their McLaren Vale vineyard on Saturday November 6 and it sounds glorious.
From 11am, there will be a delicious range of food of offer from savoury plates to sweet treats, as well as exciting games, lovely tunes and of course magnificent wines.
Gourmet wood oven pizza from Two Fat Blokes will be available as well as fish and chips and loaded fries from Chipalicious.
FEAST FESTIVAL | 6 – 28 NOVEMBER
Adelaide Queer Arts and Cultural Festival, Feast returns this year following last years pandemic-plagued event. They’ll be coming back stronger than ever, with a stellar line-up of music, theatre, cabaret, drag, comedy and much more.
The Festival starts with their flagship carnival opening night party on Saturday, 6th November at Victoria Square (Tarntanyangga). Celebrating the official start of Feast, the evening is one of their most popular events, with a cavalcade of entertainment hosted by SA comedy great Lori Bell. Headlining the night will be locally grown sensation and electronic duo, Electric Fields with a spectacular show of live entertainment and DJ’s celebrating the biggest event in the LGBTQIA+ calendar.
The 2021 Feast Festival will run from the 6th to 28th November across a span of venues, with their opening night celebration kicking off at 7pm at Victoria Square (Tarntanyangga) in the city.
ADELAIDE ITALIAN FESTIVAL | 12 – 21 NOVEMBER
Preparations are in progress for the Adelaide Italian Festival, which plans to re-relaunch its cultural programme filled with food, wine, and all things Italian in 2021!
Save the dates for November 12th-21st and enter a world of Italian cuisine and culture right here in South Australia.
The festival will open with a vibrant East End street party to stimulate the senses and will close with a formal gala.
CREDIT UNION CHRISTMAS PAGEANT | 13 NOVEMBER
Christmas cheer is returning to South Australia this year with the state’s 89th National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant confirmed.
The Southern Hemisphere’s largest public parade will take place on Saturday, November 13 at Adelaide Oval, officially marking the beginning of the festive season.
More articles surrounding the Christmas Pageant here!
GLEN EWIN SPRING HIGH TEA | 14 NOVEMBER
Does unwinding having High Tea outdoors in beautiful surroundings sound like your cup of tea? Glen Ewin Estate’s annual Spring High Tea event is the perfect place for you. Come and enjoy mouth watering delights prepared by our Executive Chef Jason Theng while listening to live music in the beautiful Adelaide Hills gardens.
If the date doesn’t suit, there’s always their regular weekend High Tea sessions that include a flurry of fig macaroons, lemon tartlets, house-made chicken sausage rolls and scones, accompanied by sparkling on arrival.
Read more about Glen Ewin’s Spring High Tea here
WHITE RIBBON BREAKFAST (VIRTUAL) | 19 NOVEMBER
This years Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast will go ahead as an online event on Friday 19th November, raising awareness of the impact of violence against women. This year, it’ll coincide with international Men’s Day, celebrating “Men Making Change”, a pairing of events that seems fitting to the day.
Three diverse speakers, David Cain, Alan Thorpe and Trent Larkman will join the mornings event, offering varying perspectives of men’s behavior and the programs that address men’s violence against women. The issue is one of an ongoing epidemic in Australia and, sadly, the COVID pandemic has made the situation worse, with lockdowns and social distancing having not only created a spike in violence, but also reducing the ability of victims to seek help.
The Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast (virtual event) is on Friday 19th November, 7.30am-9.30am. More info here.
BOWERBIRD DESIGNERS MARKET | 26 – 28 NOVEMBER
South Australia’s leading showcase of Australian designers and hand made products will be returning to the Adelaide Showground.
Bowerbird will be a hub of creativity with designers of accessories, skincare, stationery, clothing, art, homewares, jewellery, kids’ toys and pantry treats.
From November 26-28, Bowerbird will be presenting a curated selection of some of the state’s most exciting brands, along with artisan food and craft beverages.
OTHER NOTABLE EVENTS:
‘The Feast’, Kangaroo Island | various times up to 29 November
Indii Flavours Diwali Long Lunch | 7 November
Jacob’s Creek Kitchen Takeover x GAJA by Sashi | 13 November
2KW Spring Brunch | 14 November
Fashion Show at Cue Bar | 21 November
Adelaide Rally | 25-28 November
Queens Gala | 27 November
PLC Gin Masterclass | 28 November