Top 14 Things To Do In Adelaide This January • Glam Adelaide

Top 14 Things To Do In Adelaide This January

Prepare to bring in 2020 with plenty of fun in the sun, accompanied with sweet tunes, festivals, parades and delicious drinks.


The dawn of a new decade is upon us and the weather is heating up, so it’s time to get out into the summer rays.

Here is your guide on the essential events on this January, so you can make the most of what Adelaide has to offer in sport, music and festivals…

Castaway Glenelg Beach | Fri 3 Jan

Enjoy the beach breeze as you dance your heart out to the sweet tunes at Castaway 2020 Glenelg Beach.

The exciting line up was announced as Rüfüs Du Sol, The Presets, Wafia, Willaris. K and Lastlings.

Snag tickets here.

Cold Chisel | Sat Jan 4

See the Aussie rock legend, Cold Chisel, live at Glenelg Beach in the first weekend of the new year.

The ninth studio album, Blood Moon, has just debuted at #1 on the ARIA Album Chart, indicating their legendary status is not losing momentum anytime soon.

Cold Chisel will be sharing the stage with singer song writer, Ian Moss, who collaborated with Chisel on their album as well as The Teskey Brothers, The Detonators and the Tim Prestwich Band.

Get your ‘By the C’ tickets here.

FOMO | Sun 5 Jan

Make is a festival weekender with FOMO 2020 two days after on the 5 January. 

Elder Park will come alive with the iconic Lizzo, the infectiously confident songstress and flautist headlining the night.

Others at the festival will be the rap collective Brockhampton, Jax Jones, rapper Rico Nasty, Australia’s own Ninajirachi and Italy’s Meduza will be also be making his Australian debut. 

Final general admission and VIP are on sale here.

Cruise The Bight | 6-13 Jan

This gin-soaked seven-day cruise on the Vasco da Gama departs Adelaide for a trip following the curve of The Great Australian Bight. 

The best of SA cuisine and gin will be on offer, including cooking demonstrations and hosted dinners with Callum Hann and Themis Chrisydis from Sprout Cooking School.

The gin from Giniversity and Adelaide Gin will be showcased, both displaying their fine craftsmanship and their ability to distil such unique delicate flavours. 

The cruise will also have culinary shore excursions and lectures from gin experts and master distillers at Giniversity and Adelaide Gin.

Book your getaway here.

Big Bash League –  Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Sixers | Wed 8 Jan

What would an Aussie summer be without the Big Bash? 

Bring the whole family to the first Adelaide Strikers game of 2020 against the Sydney Strikers.

Adelaide Oval will be hosting lots of activities for little ones, bringing the energy and excitement for the Adelaide Strikers.

Tickets through Ticketek are available here.

2020 Adelaide International | 12-18 Jan 

The Adelaide International a week-long tennis tournament, for the competitors of the Australian Open to prep for the first Grand Slam of the tennis calendar.

The North Adelaide event features both men and women singles and doubles matches.

Day and night sessions are available, with a kid’s day on the first day of the tournament where kids can enter for free, with a kid’s zone throughout the tournament.

Grab your tickets to games here.

Louis Theroux Without Limits | Sun 13 Jan

If you were a fan of his Scientology documentary, his Extreme Love series or all the back to Weird Weekends, Louis Theroux’s fascinating career has enthralled many.

His work has earned him many accolades and the fan-appointed title of the King of Documentaries. See Louis Theroux in conversation here, without limits.

Hosted by the enigmatic Julia Zemiro, this is an event that is one not to miss for fans who want to know more about the weird side of life!

Tickets available here

Santos Tour Down Under | 16-26 Jan

The Santos Tour Down Under, the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere, is back. 

Witness world-class cycling amongst the festivities and family events held surrounding the race.

In its twenty first year, the 11-day event is accompanied with of the largest Festival of Cycling with a range of mass-participation ride and surrounding celebrations. 

For a casual fan of cycling, on the eve of the Santos Down Under Subaru Stage 3 Start on Wednesday 22 January, the Unley Gourmet Gala are a free family event with 30 pop-up gourmet food and wines. Stay tuned to the updates on their Facebook here.

For the more avid cycling fan, the 2020 Legends’ Night will be attended by multiple Swiss champion Fabian Cancellara. The three-course dining experience is accompanied with local wines and an intimate setting to hear the stories of cycling legends.  Book your seat at the Legends’ Night Dinner here.

Adelaide Hills Crush Festival | 24-26 Jan

The three-day Adelaide Hills Crush Festival celebrates the best wine the region has to offer. 

General entry to Crush is free, but Deviation Road’s Garden Party in Longwood is worth a special mention. Booking is recommended, get tickets here.

Wrap up the summer holidays in the Deviation Road wine garden, with grazing platters of local produce and all the wine will be available for purchase.

Stay tuned to Glam Adelaide for an upcoming Crush Festival guide!

Lunar New Year at Chinatown | 25 Jan-8 Feb

As the most significant festival on the Chinese lunar calendar, Chinatown off Gouger Street will be transformed with colourful street banners and lanterns.

The Year of the Rat celebrations will commence of 25 January on the first new moon of the lunar calendar and will continue until 8 February, the first full moon.

The traditions during this important cultural event will of course be accompanied by the popular lion dance performances, exclusive Lunar New Year offers, events and festive banquets.

Fleurieu Beer Festival | Sat 25 Jan

The Willunga Recreation Park are hosting the first ever Fleurieu Beer Festival featuring eight local craft breweries.

Attend the festival to taste the best of brews, meet the brewers, have delicious local food including burgers and barbeques, listen to live music and browse local market stalls.

The adult entry fee is $20 and comes with a complimentary beer glass. Tickets available here.

Hottest 100 Party Lion Arts Festival | Sat 25 Jan

Want to relocate your hectic Hottest 100 Party away from your house?

Lion Arts centre are putting on the best party in town, streaming the countdown as you enjoy quality beverages.

The night will kick-on with more great tunes and great DJs.

Tickets are less than $15, so why not? Buy your ticket here.

Australia Day | Sun 26 Jan

While the date remains contentious among Australians, witnessing the Australia Day parade is always heart-warming.

Beginning at 6:00pm, more than 4000 people will be celebrating the cultures within our country, and how they are proud to be a part of, or welcomed by, Australia. 

The parade includes over 100 community groups, vintage cars, marching bands and a wide variety of nationalities that celebrate their cultural heritage.

Attend the Australia Day Parade and deepen the community spirit.

Porch Sessions Middleton | Sun 26 Jan

Credit: Ryan Cantwell

The Adelaide-based series, The Porch Sessions, have headed on tour this summer.

The sounds of Merpire, Hannah Blackburn and Forever Son, are touring with Porch Sessions’ fourth national tour.

Set in a secret location released within 48 hours of the show, the venues are hosted from backyards to farms to creative spaces that are transformed into intimate Persian-carpeted concerts.

Local beverages and food are available at the event.

Kids under thirteen are free, Porch Sessions tickets are available here.

Honourable Mentions

Sounds by the River | 11 Jan

Glenelg Sunset Markets | 12 Jan

Henley Beach Greek Festival | 12 Jan

Poets and Pizza at Coriole | Jan 17

Rosé Rumble at the Market Shed | 18 Jan

Lucky’s Rosé Party | 18 Jan

Shaw and Smith Wine Dinner | 21 Jan

Glenelg Street Party | 24 Jan

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