Your Guide To What’s On In Adelaide This May

May is approaching, and with the cold front is a bevy of events and festivals that will keep you busy and entertained in the coming weeks. Read on for info on a variety of gigs, festivals, exhibitions and food and drink events for another energetic month.


May is approaching, and with the cold front is a bevy of events and festivals that will keep you busy and entertained in the coming weeks. Read on for info on a variety of gigs, festivals, exhibitions and food and drink events for another energetic month.

We’ve created a list of the events that we know you’ll appreciate so go ahead and open up your calendar and jot these in.

March 29 – July 29 – Colour of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay 
Get a taste of Paris here in Adelaide, more than 65 Impressionist masterpieces from the renowned collection of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris are featuring in the Art Gallery of South Australia. Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay follows the evolution of Impressionism with works of Monet, Renoir, Manet, Morisot, Pissarro and Cézanne, amongst many others. One of the most renowned exhibitions to ever come to Adelaide, its not one to be missed. Buy your tickets here.

April 26 – May 13 – Spanish Film Festival 
The Spanish Film Festival returns to Adelaide evoking reel inspiración with outstanding films from across Spain, exclusively at Palace Cinemas. Bringing 25 transporting films as part of a curated program celebrating culture and cinema of Spain. Opening with groovy Comedy The Tribe, and closing with Mexican auteur Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, to honour his recent Academy Awards sweep. There are movies for everyone with various functions of drinks and tapas included in the tickets. Find yours here.

April 28 – May 31 – South Australia’s History Festival
SA’s annual celebration of South Australian history is returning for another year of talks, workshops and exhibitions to special events. The festival boasts 100,000 locals and visitors alike every year and as one of SA’s largest community event it promotes the State’s wonderful historical collections. Find the festival guide here.

May 1 – May 31 – Food & Wine Sessions
The Inaugural food and wine sessions on King William Road will return for another year of wine tastings, masterclasses, macaroon workshops, dining specials and mystery banquets. With casual sessions with friends and complimentary bottles of wine or intimate tastings with winemakers there’s something for everyone. Find their schedule here.

May 4 – Hotel Richmond May Fashion First
If you’re interested in fashion then don’t look further than Fashion First held at the Hotel Richmond. The event is created to help promote locally established, up and coming designers working in conjunction with modelling agencies, makeup artists, hair stylists and photographers. A night that celebrates fashion in Adelaide, you might even see the next big designer before they blow up.

May 4 – May 6 – Generations in Jazz
Generations in Jazz returns to Mt Gambier to showcase almost 4,000 Australian artists in concerts, competitions and award ceremonies. Opening with Grammy Award winning legend vocalist Patti Austin, James Morrison and the Generations in Jazz All-Star Big Band. The Festival will end with a performance by Melbourne favourites, The Cat Empire, whose musical talents have taken jazz all around the world. Tickets are found here.

May 4 – May 6 – Bowerbird Design Market
A week before Mothers Day, join the Bowerbird Design Market for a magical market bringing the work of more than 170 Australian artists and designers. In Adelaide’s biggest celebration of Australian art and design you can take part in workshops, watch demonstrations, shop, meet the makers, enjoy delicious artisan-made food and beverages and relax in the cool atmosphere. $5 entry required.

May 4 – May 26 – Sense & Sensibility at the Dunstan
Kate Hamill’s sparkling adaptation of Sense and Sensibility is Jane Austen on theatrical steroids. In the hands of the State Theatre Company Ensemble it will be a night at the theatre that you won’t want to miss. Follow the romantic entanglements of the charming Dashwood women who have came under various misfortunes and surprises under Jane Austen’s masterpiece is a precision guided literary missile of wit and warmth. If you’re a lover of the arts, an Austen classic that cannot be missed. Find out about tickets here.

May 5 – May 6 – Coriole Music Festival
Two days of beautiful chamber music with delicious meals following by chef Tom Reid, the Coriole Music Festival is a mix of music, food and wine at the beautiful Coriole Courtyard. With performances of Stravinsky, Bach, Brahms and Schumann, any classical music lover will be sure to have a wonderful weekend. Find your tickets here.

May 5 – Oaks Day
The Autumn racing season will be kicked off with Oaks Day at Morphettville so dress up in your best racing gear and get a group of friends going for a day of racing excitement, fashion and a few drinks. More info on tickets here.

May 6 – Serafino Paws for a Cause
Serafino at McLaren Vale is holding its annual charity event in support of Adelaide’s Animal Rescues and Charities. Bring your family for a day of fun, food and wine and don’t forget your furry friend. There will be animal adoption stalls, a raffle, a best dressed dog competition, bouncy castle and many more sights. Gold coin entry fee.

May 8 – The Killers
Due to overwhelming demand from fans down south, The Killers are heading to Adelaide to play at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Tuesday 8 May as part of their epic Australian and New Zealand tour. Presented by Frontier Touring and Triple M Adelaide with special guests Alex Cameron and Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders. With an explosive set, this concert will definitely be a highlight of May. Buy your tickets here.

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May 9 – Wine Options at Rigoni’s
Rigoni’s is hosting their wine games, with 5 course tastings menu with matched wine. Enjoy their contemporary Italian cuisine and test you’re knowledge on wine.

May 9 – Evening with Alannah Hill
Brilliant designer, artist and author, Alannah Hill will be coming to the Burnside Library to launch her new book Butterfly on a Pin, a fierce and intelligent account of how a freckle-faced teenage runaway metamorphosed into a trailblazer and true original. You’ll hear her speak about her new book, enjoy some nibbles, drink some champagne and get a personal insight into who Alannah Hill is.

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BUTTERFLY ON A PIN A MEMOIR OF LOVE, LOSS AND REINVENTION For the last two years my loves I have been writing my memoir titled, Butterfly On A Pin. I couldn’t stop writing my loves, I could NOT stop! I wrote my story in bathrooms, on aero planes, in my car, in empty cafes, in garages, and in Castelnuovo (a remote and utterly gorgeous village in Umbria, Italy). When we hold secrets, it creates shame and I believe shame is one of the deadliest emotions of all. I wrote about the shadows and whispers from my past, the painful repressed memories that I revisited in an attempt to unmask, un plug, and discover the old cliché, Who the HELL AM I? Please press the link in my bio to pre – order your SIGNED copy of Butterfly On A Pin – out May 1st 2018. Thank you my loves for your support in my new venture – It's been an incredible two years filled with so much blooming emotion! The Tears! The Regret! The Fear! The Love The Loss – and eventually – REINVENTION! My story is one that I hope will stay with you forever! Unflinching, Shocking, Sad, Inspiring and Tender! Pre Order today my loves because I KNOW someone who intends to buy the whole damn lot!! True story Butterflies! True story! I'm SOOOO nervous I could fly to Timbuktu! 🦋❌#hardiegrant #butterflyonapin #therealalannahhill #reinvention

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May 11 – Shannon Noll
Aussie icon, Shannon Noll, returns to The Gov to promote his new album Unbroken. Unbroken is an album of reflection and conviction, the former farm boy from Condobolin taking a close look at his roots, his fame, his love of Australia and his family and at the trials of getting older. Knowing Noll’s charming on stage presence you’re likely to get another unforgettable performance. Get your tickets here.

May 12 – Crows vs Port Showdown
SA rivals Crows and Port are due for an epic showdown match which is bound to get your heart racing. Get on to the Adelaide Oval for a rousing battle between these two greats. Don’t miss out grab your tickets here.

May 12 – SA Derby Day
Don your most glamorous black and white racewear look for a day with friends and colleagues at the Morphettville Racecourse for some fantastic racing and trackside dining. The Black and White day of the Carnival features the Group 1 UBET South Australian Derby (2500m), the 2017 Winner Volatile Mix. Booking details here.

May 12 – Missy Higgins
Australian favourite singer-songwriter Missy Higgins is touring Australia for the launch of her much anticipated fifth studio album Soastalgia. Bringing the state presence that she’s known for and joined by special guest Gordi on her shows. If you missed her performance during Ed Sheeran’s concert then now is your chance to see her. You can find tickets here.

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Hi friends, just letting you know that the new shows added to my Solastalgia Tour are on sale now! 💃✨ Get in quick, the first shows are already sold out – head to (swipe up in stories) for tickets. Missy x SOLASTALGIA AUSTRALIAN MAY TOUR 2018 WED 2 MAY QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane NEW SHOW FRI 4 MAY QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane SOLD OUT SAT 5 MAY Empire Theatre, Toowoomba SUN 6 MAY Anita's Theatre, Wollongong SOLD OUT MON 7 MAY Enmore Theatre, Sydney NEW SHOW TUE 8 MAY Enmore Theatre, Sydney SOLD OUT FRI 11 MAY Canberra Theatre SOLD OUT SAT 12 MAY Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SUN 13 MAY Palais Theatre, Melbourne SOLD OUT MON 14 MAY Palais Theatre, Melbourne NEW SHOW

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May 13 – Prohibition Liquor Co’s Mothers Day Gin High Tea
Is mum a gin fan? Prohibition on Gilbert St is holding a Mothers Day High Tea featuring lots of Gin! Pots of G&Tea with T2 tea infused gins and a High Tea tower to share, including savoury bites, scones and dessert bites for 4. Tickets can be found here, they include a free Prohibition cup & saucer for Mum with.

May 17 – May 20 – Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival
Penola and Coonawarra are located in the Limestone Coast, in the south-east corner of South Australia. Halfway between the capital cities of Adelaide and Melbourne the district is a great place to spend some time enjoying the best things in life (and one of Australia’s best regional festival’s). Penola is home to just 1,500 residents the town is a fantastic mix of the old and the new. The main street features art galleries, a cellar door, two hotels and cafes. Coonawarra is considered one of the best Cabernet wine region’s of the world and is home to over 19 Cellar Doors. During the Festival the Cellar Doors play a most important role, they become home to many different performances, exhibitions and workshops. What’s more you can indulge in our fine Coonawarra red wine at the same time! Find your tickets here.

May 18 – Peking Duk ‘Wasted Tour’ 
Favourite Australian duo Peking Duk are coming to our hotspot club HQ and presenting their Wasted Tour to coincide with the release of their new single ‘Wasted’. Sign up to Peking Duk’s database for exclusive pre-sale tickets. Otherwise, general sale is on May 2nd. Don’t miss this electronic music duo.

May 18 – Europe
For the first time ever, Swedish rock band Europe are coming to Australia on tour to launch their 11th studio album Walk the Earth. Their celebrated live show will take the audience on a career spanning musical journey. Don’t miss these rock legends for their long-awaited arrival to our shores. Get your tickets here.

May 18 – May 21 – Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend
The Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend showcases wines from more than 35 wineries, regionally inspired cuisine and the sounds of live music. Clare is real wine country against blue skies and paddocks that shine. Intertwined rows of gnarly old vines dot the landscape to provide an experience that is perfect for a relaxation getaway that is close to home. You can find tickets here.

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Kick off your Gourmet Weekend experience in style with this Friday night event at @matriarchandrogue! . They are teaming up with @antipodes_gin and @bdhbites to give you a truly delicious fusion of small-batch wines, cocktails made to order by their in-house mixologist Joss, and floating canapés designed with retro flair and wild foraged delights. All while grooving to the beats from our childhood. . Located in their small batch premium winery set up to please the senses, this event will set the tone right for your 2018 Gourmet experience. . Visit our online ticket hub to book (link in profile)…bookings are essential as numbers are limited. . $50 per head includes entry, wine glass to keep, a glass of wine and floating canapés all night. ———————- 📷: @matriarchandrogue #matriarchandrogue #fridaynight #gourmetweekend #retroeatsandbeats #clarevalley #southaustralia #clarevalleysa #clarevalleywines #claregourmet #clarevalleywine

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May 19 – Darley Goodwood Day
The Carnival finishes with the Group 1 Darley Goodwood (1200m), SA’s second Million Dollar Race. The 2017 Goodwood was famously won by Vega Magic. Be sure to make the most of this prestigious day of racing, set to feature as well the popular Goodwood Luncheon, ideal for the racing purists and lovers alike. With the addition of Best of SA pavilion, taste some of the most exciting wineries, breweries and producers from this wonderful state.

May 19 – Urban Wine Walk
Walk through the laneways and footpaths of Adelaide (West)  as a line up of the cities best venues open their doors, transforming into the ultimate cellar door experience. Guaranteed to get a fresh, self-guided wine tasting experience, which you and your friends do not want to miss. You’ll enjoy unique experiences at a hand picked selection of local bars and restaurants whilst of course sampling wines from the best wine producers Australia has to offer! Your ticket will get you entry and a heap of tastings as well as a $5 voucher to spend. Get your ticket here.

May 25 – Fridays In The Foyer at the Former Royal Adelaide Hospital Site
Winter is coming and the chill is setting in. Relax on a Friday evening at ‘Fridays in the Foyer’ in the former Royal Adelaide Hospital foyer, North Terrace. Free entry, fabulous food and wine available and music from local artists Kelly Menhennett and Riley Granger. We’re all feeling the cold so if you feel you can, bring along a beanie or gloves to donate to homeless charities in Adelaide.

May 25 – May 27 – Adelaide Marathon Festival 
With the South Australian Road Runners Club celebrating their 40th Adelaide Marathon, the course will see Australia and internationally wide participants arrive. Runners will go past Adelaide landmarks like the Zoo, the Botanic Gardens and the River Torrens. Come for a run or just a day supporting the runners, you can find tickets right here.

May 27 – Colorfest Adelaide
Colorfest Adelaide is a non stop music and dance festival which fuzes the elements of EDM, commercial music with a touch of RNB, pop, house and live performances from the city’s best DJ’s. But that’s not all, the big feature of the festival is the paint that’ll be thrown in the air and painted onto all attendees. Express yourself here.

May 27 – Bottomless Brunch at The Holdy
Who doesn’t love a Bottomless Brunch?! Mimosas, brekkie, hand massages, and henna tattoos. Tickets are $48 from The Holdy.

May 29 – 2018 Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration
Each year the Don Dunstan Foundation presents the annual Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration named in honour of Dr O’Donoghue. Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE DSG is an Aboriginal woman who has dedicated her life to improving the welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She has been named Australian of the Year twice and was the inaugural chairperson of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. Stay tuned – 2018’s speaker will be announced soon! It is bound to me an enriching event.

May 30 – Barry Humphries: The Man Behind the Mask
Close the month with celebrated Australian performer Barry Humphries at the Adelaide Festival Centre where he will take Australian audiences on a revelatory trip through his colourful life and theatrical career. In an intimate, confessional evening, seasoned with highly personal, sometimes startling, and occasionally outrageous stories it will be a fantastic insight into his character.

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