Your Guide To The Hottest Events In Adelaide This August

It’s time for us to come out of hiding from the winter blues and immerse ourselves in some of the amazing fashion, wine and music events August has to offer.


As we welcome the month of August, it’s time to pack away those cosy winter blankets for another year. Spring is upon us. The weather is getting warmer, we (barely) survived Dry July, and some of us are starting to get in shape to attain our #summerbodgoals. Now we can come out of hiding from the winter blues and immerse ourselves in some of the amazing fashion, wine and music events this month has to offer. There’s really no excuse for your friends to say ‘there’s nothing to do in Adelaide,’ because guess what? There is! And you (yes you!) have all the info you need to know to make August the best month ever.

Tuesday 1 August – 31 August, SALA Festival

Kicking off today, the South Australian Living Artists Festival is showcasing over 660 free exhibitions across South Australia. It’s the largest and most innovative community based visual arts festival in Australia. SALA Festival allows artists to showcase their creative treasures in galleries but also spread their wings in new public spaces like shops and restaurants! Art lovers, this one’s for you.

1 August – 30 August, Coal Cellar + Grill Winter Food and Wine Series starts. Coal Cellar + Grill is inviting all meat and wine lovers to feast on the limited edition Winter Food and Wine Series menu. After a wildly successful two months, they’re launching the third and final instalment. During the month of August, the theme is, Ribs and Rockford. Book your tickets here.

Wednesday 2 August, Launch of the Holey Moley Golf Club. This quirky new bar slash indoor golf putt putt course is open to the public from Thursday, and it promises to be STACKS of fun. With a brilliant bar, DJ and 18 holes to play, it’s a guaranteed great night out.

Thursday 3 August, A World of Whisky Dinner at Port Lincoln Hotel. Attention lovers of fine whisky! Join the Port Lincoln Hotel for a 5 Course Degustation Menu paired with whisky from around the world. Their new executive chef and his team will be preparing a tantalising menu that will turn your average Thursday night into a tantalising trip around the world! Cost is $60pp and includes a five course menu with pairings. Book your tickets here.

Friday 4 August, International Beer Day. Grab your favourite case of SA craft beer, head to your local pub or sniff out the awesome beer specials around town because it’s International Beer Day! If you’re feeling adventurous Mr. Goodbar are even doing special beer cocktails.

Friday 4 August, SALA in the East End: Free Opening Night Event. The City of Adelaide are proud sponsors of the SALA Festival. Join them at their opening night SALA soiree in Vaughan and Cinema Place, featuring live and interactive art installations, beats by DJ Ryley and a pop-up bar by The Howling Owl. Stay up to date with the event by RSVPing to their Facebook event here.

Friday 4 August, Walk a Mile in My Boots McLaren Vale. Register today to Walk a Mile in My Boots with Hutt St Centre in support of people facing homelessness in South Australia. There are nearly 6,000 people experiencing homelessness in South Australia. We think that’s too many people facing poverty and disadvantage. Each year we call on South Australians to show their support for people facing homelessness by joining them and experiencing what it is like on a cold, winter’s morning to walk one mile to find something to eat, a hot shower and a friendly face.

Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 August, Gathered Market. Enjoy a weekend at one of Adelaide’s premier markets full of fantastic South Australian vendors, workshops, food, bar, entertainment + more! 10am – 4pm both days at The Queen’s Theatre. $2 entry

Saturday 5 August, Jerry Seinfeld at Adelaide Entertainment Centre  Comedy master Jerry Seinfeld brings his stand-up show to Australia. Entertainment icon Jerry Seinfeld will tour Australia performing a live stand-up show filled with his trademark humour, wit and sharp observations about day-to-day life. Tickets are selling fast, so grabs yours here.

Sunday 6 August, Showdown 43 Adelaide Crows vs Port Power. It’s Showdown 43 as Port Adelaide take on the Crows for an epic showdown at Adelaide Oval in Round 20. Watch it live with tickets available via Ticketek or visit the Port Club for the full broadcast.

Thursday 10 August, Living By Design VIP Shopping Night. Join Living By Design for a VIP shopping evening and gin tasting event with Prohibition Gin and French Champagne. Your ticket includes a 15% discount on all Living By Design Design Purchases, so RSVP here.

Friday 11 August, Fashion First at Hotel Richmond. Fashion First is held to support local and emerging designers from Adelaide and surrounding areas. They also help support local businesses and groups. The labels showcasing their designs in the next Fashion First are Cassar, Free @ heart, and Son One Neo. There will also be 2 or 1 cocktails on the night! For more info, check out the Facebook event here.

12 August – 19 August, SA Variety Bash 2017 ‘Pastures to Pines’. 2017 celebrates the 29th anniversary of the Variety SA Bash eight day country drive, departing from Mount Barker on Saturday 12 August and finishing eight days later on 19 August in Mount Gambier. On this year’s event, the entrants will be taken on numerous interesting tracks and through many private properties seeing parts of our country that many people would never have the opportunity to experience. During the event there are various trophies awarded to encourage fundraising, fun themes, fun for the kids and overall fun. The ultimate winners of the Bash are the children in need. See more info about the event here.

Monday 14 August, Koval Whiskey and Gin Masterclass at Hains & Co.

Join Hains and Co in welcoming Tony Miranda, Koval World Brand Ambassador to Hains & Co to showcase Koval Whiskey & Gins! Koval – Chicago’s first distillery since the mid-1800s. Embracing the grain-to-bottle mentality, each step of the spirit-making process is thoughtfully monitored: beginning with contracting local farmers to grow the grain, to on-site milling and mashing, to finally distilling, bottling, and packaging. After numerous international awards and Robert at the helm of consulting for the burgeoning craft industry, KOVAL has grown to be one of America’s leading small batch, independent spirit manufacturers. No charge to attend, however, please RSVP so they know the tasting group size!

Thursday 17 August, Grant Burge Wine Dinner at Port Lincoln Hotel. A highly anticipated event every year, the Port Lincoln Hotel’s winter wine dinner series is back for 2017 with their Grant Burge Wine Dinner. Enjoy canapes on arrival in our Pre-Function Foyer before moving into the Lincoln Ballroom for a delectable 4 Course Menu by their new Executive Chef David Revel, carefully paired with a selection of Grant Burge’s best wines. Tickets are $90pp and bookings essential, so grab yours here.

Friday 18 August – Saturday 19 August, Hennessy New Alfresco Terrace Opening Weekend at Mayfair Hotel. Join the Mayfair Hotel at their rooftop bar, as they celebrate the opening of their new Alfresco Terrace. The new glass-topped alfresco terrace features a beautiful vertical garden adorned with Hennessy in lights and bench seating around the edge of the terrace providing plenty of opportunity for admiring the city skyline, no matter the weather. To keep guests extra toasty this winter luxurious underfloor heating has also been added.  A complimentary glass of sparkling wine will be provided for guests who arrive prior to 7pm. RSVP to the event here. 

Friday 18 August, Bird In Hand Twilight Dinner. Another magical dinner set in The Gallery at Bird In Hand as the sun sets before you. You’ll have three fantastic options to choose from: the 2-course; 3-course or Signature Flight. Check out the evening’s menu here. If you’re ready to book, please call the restaurant on  08 8389 9488.

Friday 18 August, QUEEN – It’s A Kind Magic at Thebarton Theatre. Queen – It’s A Kinda Magic recreates Queen’s 1986 World Tour concert featuring more than 20 of the band’s greatest hits such as We Will Rock You, Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are the Champions, Under Pressure and Fat-Bottomed Girls. Painstaking attention has been paid to the music – the iconic voice of Mercury, the amazing guitar solos of May and the groundbreaking rock harmonies. With state-of-the-art sound and lighting as well as authentic costumes, this is as close as you’ll ever get to the real thing! Standard admission tickets are $89pp, so secure yours here.

Sunday 20 August, Gilles Street Market. Gilles Street Market is rocking it this Winter! So many delicious belly warming foodies coupled with the best in winter accessories and clothing. Head to Gilles Street for great local designs in planters, art and cushions to make your own space even more cosier. They’ve also doubled the coffee so there’s no more big lineups for a good cuppa at Gilles plus HOT DONUTS. This month they also welcome, ‘Not Like Nannas’ to the markets who will provide a delicious new breakfast and lunch menu.

Tuesday 22 August, 2KW Whisky Dinner. The last of our whisky series sees one of Scotlands most famous distilleries featured. Lagavulin, widely rated as one of the leading Islay distilleries, and for good reason, as they have a strong history of turning out flavourful, well rounded malts. Buy your tickets here.

Wednesday, 23 August. Bourbon Legends Dinner. Join Erica Richards, Brand Ambassador from Jim Beam and Makers Mark, for a night of meat cooked over charcoal and bourbon cocktails matched for the event. There will be a Rye Winter Warmer and Negroni inspired bourbon cocktail plus a few surprises.

Wednesday 23 August – Thurs 24 August, Blend Your Own Gin Masterclass at InterContinental AdelaideJoin the InterContinental Adelaide along with Adelaide Hills Distillery for an after dinner Masterclass and learn how to blend your own gin, utilising Adelaide Hills Distillery’s 78 Degrees Gin. More info is still to come, so stay up to date by RSVPing to the Facebook event here.

Saturday 26 August, Winter Lantern Festival. The Hahndorf Academy are working with the local community and schools to create artful lantern sculptures that will be paraded down the main straight of Hahndorf and displayed in the Hahndorf Academy grounds. The Hahndorf Academy grounds will be transformed into a colourful and dynamic space, decorated with a large array of lanterns and dotted with local vendor food stalls as well as craft and activities including shadow puppetry and fire puppetry. The theme for this year is ‘Literary Arts’ and will include the use of poetry, either incorporated with lantern designs, or performed publicly. See more info about this free event here.

Wednesday 30 August, Bremerton Wine Society Dinner at Rob Roy Hotel. Join the Rob Roy Hotel as Rebecca and Lucy from Bremerton Wines take us on a journey through their range of exceptional wines with a menu that has been created to perfectly match. Rebecca and Lucy do pretty much everything, from making the wine, running the cellar door and getting out and about to help sell the finished product, this will be an evening of great wine, great food and great company. General admission tickets are $79.37pp and spaces are limited, so secure your spot here. 

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