The Top 10 Things To Do In Adelaide This May

From Tasting Australia to Clare Valley Gourmet Week, see what events are keeping Adelaideans busy throughout the month of May.

With May fast approaching it’s time to pull out your favourite turtlenecks and rug up for the winter. Although the temperatures dropping, our social calendars continue to be jampacked, with the likes of Tasting Australia, Mothers Day, and Clare Gourmet Week, May is bursting with fun events you can tag along to.

Whether you want to sip on a glass of red next to a firepit, or party the night away to all your favourite hits, there’s an event to suit everyone’s vibes. We’ve put together a list of our top ten favourite events in Adelaide this May, so you don’t have to!

1. April 29 – May 8 – Tasting Australia

Steady your glasses, ready your plates, and gather your sense – Tasting Australia is set to return! As one of the country’s most successful and long-running food and wine festivals, tasting Australia has continued to evolve and offers up Adelaide as the launchpad to an unforgettable experience that’ll leave you hungry for more. This is the place to soak up the charred flavours and aromas of Town Square and is a must-experience around Adelaide this May.

Access the full program here.

2. May 20-21 – Bubbles Festival

Bubbles Festival is BACK this May following the success of its sold-out event last year. The national festival is a celebration of sparkling wine which invites winelovers to meet the producers and enjoy tastings at the stylish event.

Tickets are priced at $89 per person, which includes two hours full of tastings giving guests the chance to mingle with creators and learn about each wine. This year’s event will be taking place at the stunning Electra House in the heart of the city.

Be sure to secure your ticket here.

3. May 21-22 – Oz Comic-Con

Whether it was Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield reprising their roles of Spider-Man or Ewan McGregor stepping back into the mindset of Obi-Wan Kenobi, there’s no denying that the past year has witnessed some long-awaited returns.

Comic-Con is making its return to SA this May, welcoming Adelaidean pop culture fans with arms wide open for their first Adelaide-based event since 2017.

Find out more about the event here.

4. May 26 – Frozen the Musical

Boys, girls, and Disney adults! It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Hit Broadway show, Disney’s Frozen The Musical, is opening at the Adelaide Festival Centre in May 2022 and we absolutely cannot wait.

Rally the kids and get excited to see your favourite characters come to life from the comfort of your seat. Following the incredible local success of Aladdin in 2019, tickets will likely sell out so you’ll have to get your hands on them quick!

To read more about the event click here.

5. April 19 – May 14 – Chilli Festival

Chilli festival is BACK taking over Madame Hanoi for another year with all things chilli on offer. With a menu showcasing a range of different spice levels, expect a menu searing with chillis!

Madame Hanoi’s also shaking up delicious cocktails to keep the heat manageable all night long, including Madame’s Martini with coriander gin, Tanqueray and chilli brine, and the Highball Cooler, featuring soothing gin, aloe vera, lime, mint and cucumber. 

Read more about the event here.

6. May 14-22 – Clare Valley Gourmet Week

The Clare Valley is one of Australia’s premier wine regions, and the Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend festival was the first food and wine event of its kind. The festival offers visitors the chance to meet the winemakers and learn first-hand what makes the region so unique.

A highlight event taking place on May 14-15 O’Leary Walker Wines is hosting a one-of-a-kind food and wine carnival, reminiscent of childhood days at the circus. Enter a spectacular big top tent and be immersed by carnival-inspired eats, vintage sideshow stalls, the smells of buttery popcorn, and live entertainment.

To find out more about Clare Gourmet Week click here.

7. May 5 – Women in Business: Mother’s Day Special

The Little Heroes Foundation will be hosting this year’s Women in Business event coinciding with the wonderful time of the year that is Mother’s Day. The event will focus on the various experiences of talented women who have paved the way for their own successful business endeavours.

There will be many heavy hitters speaking at the event, with our very own Kelly Noble as a guest speaker on the panel. The event will be hosted by the incomparable Rosanna Mangiarelli and will be assisted by special guest speaker Kayla Itsines from Sweat.

To continue reading and find out where to purchase tickets click here.

8. May 13-15 Bowerbird Design Market

Bowerbird, Australia’s leading showcase of designers will be taking over the Adelaide Showgrounds this May. If you have an urge to ‘nest’, you’ll find inspiring art, lush throws and pillows, as well as beautiful ceramics, glassware and home scents. All to create your perfect winter haven.  

To read more about the event click here.

9. So Fresh 00’s Party

Grab your Walkman and flip to your favourite So Fresh Album kids of the 90’s! The So Fresh 00’s Warehouse party is coming to Adelaide streets Saturday 14 May.

For one night only get excited to throw it back to the 2000s, and unleash your inner Spice Girl as you party the night away to all your favourite hits.

Hosted at the brand new warehouse venue, Jackson Square, Hindmarsh, you’ll be kickin’ it all night long at this warehouse party that promises to have you reminiscing about the moments where it all began.

To keep reading click here.

10. History Festival

South Australians are encouraged to reimagine and renew connections with their history, to get out and about in this great state, explore the familiar and the lesser-known – and be challenged to discover what makes South Australia unique.

With a whopping 500 events registered across the state, the event will be the ultimate highlight of May. With 350 different organisers, the festival will encapsulate our state’s rich history and enable festival-goers to have fun in the process.

To read more about the event and access the program click here.

Honourable Mentions

May 1 – Watervale Hotel’s Degustation

May 1 – Cocktails by the Sea

May 5 – Prancing Pony x Coal Cellar + Grill Dinner

May 5 – Cinco De Mayo at Bowden Brewing

May 5 – Kodomo no Hi

May 6 – Glen Ewin Estate Tasting Australia Dinner

May 6 – Feast under the stars at Kay Brothers Winery

May 7 – Wine and Dine Safari at Golding Wines

May 13 – Lime Cordiale

May 14-15 – Carnival at O’Leary Walker Wines

May 21 – World Whisky Day @ NOLA

May 27-29 – Flame Festival

May 1-31 – Cocktail Month

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