What’s On This Week In Adelaide

Lots to do, lots to see, lots of places to be! Get amongst it, Adelaide!

2022 is here we’ve never been more excited for the positivity and refreshment that comes with a new year. 

With the warm weather upon us, get ready to bask in the sunshine at the hottest events in Adelaide this January! 

As always there are plenty of fun events and activities happening in Adelaide to get us in the summertime mood.  

Here’s our pick of where to eat, drink and party this weekend. 

NOTE: Please check with each venue, as the new restrictions mean event details are regularly changing.


Live Music at UniBar

As the saying goes, the show must go on – and one of Adelaide’s most beloved live music venues is making sure of that this summer. 

The UniBar is highlighting the resilience and innovation of SA’s music industry, letting live music shine in light of the state’s strict COVID-19 restrictions by taking their electric live gigs outdoors. 

SA’s current restrictions saw the venue’s capacity shrink to 87 from its usual 500 patron limit. Determined not to cancel upcoming gigs indefinitely, UniBar shaped up to the continuing challenge posed on the industry and joined forces with Novatech to transform the historic Adelaide University cloisters into the place to be this January. 

Now, up to 200 punters will be able to listen to and experience the thrill live music brings on several balmy January weekends. 

The idea to take the gigs outdoors was sparked after the saddening cancellation of Adelaide’s Homebrewed Festival, where indie heavyweights Bad//Dreams and DJ Luke Million were set to headline. 

This Friday’s show is HEY HARRIETT + TWICE LICHEN. Buy tickets here.

Friday Night Knock Offs at Paxton’s

Dreaming of Friday Night Knock Off? Possible pairings include live music, pizza, good friends, and organic wines.

Every Friday night for the summer season Paxton’s will be offering music and food (by Doughballs) alongside our pop-up wine bar in Mclaren Vale from 4-8 pm.

No bookings are required for this free event, but as seats are limited be sure to bring a rug and take advantage of our endless lawn space.

In case you missed it, the pop-up is now located next to Paxton’s cellar door in the same great shipping container, just on a shady, new, insta-worthy location.

More info here.



VietFest is coming to Adelaide showcasing the beauty of Vietnamese culture.

Taking place on Saturday January 29, VietFest is one of Adelaide’s largest and most well-perceived Vietnamese cultural events amongst the Vietnamese community in Adelaide.

It will be held at Pfitzner Court (University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus), bringing a hub of arts, history, songs, dances and food for one day only.

Guests are free to explore a range of activities, including unique exhibitions of Vietnamese artisan goods and historical costumes.

There will also be creative craft workshops, folk games, traditional and contemporary music/dance performances and Ao Dai fashion show to explore.

VietFest will take place at Pfitzner Court (University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus) on Saturday, January 29 from 10 am to 6 pm.

You can keep up to date with VietFest on Facebook and Instagram and find out more through its website.

SANTOS Festival of Cycling | Fri & Sat

All the cycling action returning this weekend there is an action-packed line-up of cycling and custom racing routes that showcase the best of South Australia. 

The dynamic nine-day program will conclude this weekend following more than 25 events and highlights multiple cycling disciplines including road, track, BMX, mountain biking, para-cycling, cyclo-cross, duathlon, pedal Prix and much more. 

An exciting 3-stage Men’s and Women’s road race will travel through South Australia’s picturesque Barossa, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula regions as Australia’s most elite cyclists battle for supremacy. 

Get more details here. 

Pertaringa Cellar Door Twilight Sessions

Kick back and enjoy a fun and relaxing night with wine, entertainment and yummy food available for purchase.

There’ll also be plenty of lawn games to keep the kids (and adults) entertained.

Pertaringa Cellar Door located at Bec Hardy Wines is the perfect way to unwind with an award-winning wine in hand.

Find out more here.

Howard Vineyards Rose and Dumpling Festival| Fri & Sat

This Adelaide Hills wine event is one of the biggest this Summer, showcasing Howard Vineyard’s vintage wines, served with delicious dumplings in a family-friendly atmosphere. 

While their rosés will be the highlight of the event, if you are not a fan of the sweet wine don’t worry, their whole range will be available for you to enjoy. While festival-goers enjoy their wine and food, live music will soundtrack the day.

Adult tickets are $15, which includes a Riedel wine glass to keep, and a bottle of water. Children’s tickets are $5, which also includes a bottle of water and an ice block. 

If you want to go a bit fancier, there s a VIP ticket for $150 which comes with an oyster tray and antipasto plate on arrival as well as two food tokens per person to order from the main food menu and a three-hour drinks package. 

Howard Vineyard is located at 53 Bald Hills Rd, Nairne. Tickets can be purchased here

Sunday January 30th

Northpoint Fleurieu Strathalbyn Cup

Dubbed South Australia’s most picturesque and glamourous country race meetings, the Northpoint Fleurieu Strathalbyn Cup is kicking off this Sunday, with the fun-filled day hosting something for everyone. 

Located less than one hour from Adelaide, the Strathalbyn Racing Club has become a magnet for visitors keen to get up close to the action and enjoy a day out in the country. Enjoy great wine, food and fashion synonymous with the races as you marvel at the quality of horses running on the home straight. 

Listen to live music, sip on tipples of wine from Langhorne Creek and soak up the brilliance of the Strathalbyn Cup. Strut your stuff in the Fashion on the Field competition and come home with an array of incredible prizes. 

Purchase your tickets here


Canadian Club Beer Garden Pop-up at the Robe Hotel

Your Summer in Robe is about to get even better with the launch of Robe Hotel’s CC beer garden. 

Robe Hotel’s backyard is transforming into an epic Canadian Club pop-up with barbeque snacks, drinks specials, live music and mega screens. 

Located directly across from the pristine sea, Robe Hotel’s backyard is transforming into an epic Canadian Club pop-up setting up for a season of fun. 

Keep up to date with Robe Hotel on Facebook and Instagram and find out more about the CC beer garden here. 

 Pizzateca returns to the Aldinga foreshore

Pizzateca has re-opened its beachside pop-up at Aldinga, primed for summer sunsets and seaside picnics. The pop-up will be serving delicious pizza all weekend.  

This year, the Aldinga pop-up is fully licensed, and set to serve ice-cold beer, Mclaren Vale vino from Alpha Box & Dice, and Spritz from Riot Wine Co.  

For more on Pizzateca visit their website here 

Summer sessions

Summer Sessions takes place every weekend and on public holidays, running right through summer into next year.

It provides a vibrant garden party for all who dwell over to Schomburgk Pavillion at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

Hidden right in the centre of the Botanic Gardens, Summer Sessions is found between the The Diggers Club Garden Shop and Café Fibonacci. Summer Sessions expands into the Botanic Gardens with a popup bar, amazing food menu, live music and cool vibes.

The popup bar pours local wines, beer and spirits and shakes up delicious cocktails. Food includes delicious beef sliders and there’s always has music to go along with the vibrant atmosphere.

Find out more here.

Prancing Pony CBD Pop-Up

The Pony is out of the bag… And coming to Rundle Street! 

The award-winning craft breweries pop-up will be open all summer for lunch, dinner, and evening drinks. 

They will be bringing their dishes created “from the beer up” to match the brews. Featuring fresh local ingredients, you can enjoy small bites, burgers, regional tasting platters and a family-friendly fare. 

If it’s a quiet drink and a small bite, or a long lunch with all the trimmings, the Pony has your back.

Visit the Prancing Pony Pop up this summer on Rundle Street or visit the brewery at 42 Mt. Barker Road, Totness

Semaphore Summer Carnival Final Weekend

Semaphore Summer Carnival has returned for another season and will be open daily from 11 am until January 30 for school holiday fun!

This seaside spot located along the Semaphore Esplanade is bursting with entertainment for the kids, including thrill rides, dodgem cars and so much more. 

Find out more here!

Think we missed one? Email [email protected]  

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