From the arts, festivals, food and drink, to markets and the races, this guide features some exciting things happening in Adelaide this month. We’ve got the top 10 things you should jump on this month as well as a few other fun events that deserve a mention.
So pencil in these dates to ensure you have the best May yet.
Here’s Our Top 10 Events
April 06 – June 09 – Disney’s Aladdin The Musical
The beloved story of Aladdin has made its way to the Adelaide Festival Theatre and will be here till the early weeks of June. This is the first time a main stage Disney Theatrical production has been presented in South Australia and is suited for all Disney fans of any age. Be sure to get in quick as tickets are selling fast. Find tickets here.
April 16 – May 12 – Chilli Festival
Madame Hanoi is hosting their inaugural Chilli Festival at their multi-award winning bistro everyday until May 12. Head Chef Raj Kumar has created a Chilli Festival menu that features chillies ranging from mild Jalapenos right up to the Carolina Reaper, one of the hottest chillies in the world. You can expect a menu searing with spicy options. More info here.
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – May I Be Seen Festival
Every Friday in the month of May a new fashion festival will be taking place. May I Be Seen will showcase amazing South Australian up and coming designers. With Finesse Models, Ulithorne Wine and Davroe on board, we’re expecting a month of glamour.
The Force will be with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra on May the fourth as they present Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert. John Williams’ legendary score paired with one of the most critically-acclaimed films of all time will make this screen and sound extravaganza one perfect for fans. Grab your tickets here.
May 14 – 25 – Red October’s Dumpling Festival
Thanks to local fave, Red October, Adelaide is getting its very own Russian dumpling festival from 14 to 25 May! We’re talking cooking classes, matchings beers and wines, and dumplings for daaaaaaaays — just the way we like ’em. Details are still being confirmed, but keep an eye out on Glam Adelaide as we update you on this new dumpling festival!
May 17 – 20 – Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend
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 our wines and the region so special. This unique experience is enhanced by the enjoyment of superior regional cuisine and the sounds of live music with more than 40 wineries participating. There will be numerous special events around the Clare Valley including cooking demonstrations, vertical tastings and master classes. Click here for more info.
May 18 – Get Baked
Get baked Adelaide! The most decadent dessert makers will all be under one roof. You’ll find some of Adelaide’s best bakers and dessert food trucks. Treat your self to monster shakes, donuts, macarons, cupcakes, full sized cakes, brownies, crepes, and so much more. The free to enter event will be held at 230 Flinders St, Adelaide. More info here.
May 25 – Adelaide Wine Markets
Hosted at The Market Shed on Holland, this is your opportunity to taste and purchase from over 25 local and boutique producers in one place. Live music, gourmet food and masterclasses sound like a great atmosphere for tasting the best gin, beer, cider and wine that our local producers have to offer. Tickets and more information are available here.
May 26 – Little Bang and Big Yoga
For just $45, you get an hour of blissful yoga with St Morris-based company Roaming Zen, followed by a tasting paddle of Little Bang beers (or substitute drinks for those less beer-inclined). After feeding your soul and quenching your thirst, you are then treated to a sumptuous, gluten-free (with vegetarian and vegan options) tortilla lunch by iconic food truck, Tacocat. A very cool way to start your Sunday. Grab your tickets here.
May 31 – GINtopia with KI Spirits
GINtopia will be hitting Utopia @ Waterfall Gully with Kangaroo Island Spirits. We can expect a day of tastings, delicious food and fantastic music. For $55 a ticket you get matched gin with a mini-meal tasting, live acoustic tunes and the talented KIS team there to give you a tasting. More info here.
Other Notable Events
March 21 – May 31 – Salvador Dali Sculpture Exhibition
March 02 – June 02 – Guilty
April 16 – May 26 – Spanish Film Festival
April 27 – May 31 – South Australia’s History Festival
May 02 – May 05 – Generations in Jazz Festival
May 03 – May 05 – Bowerbird Design Market
May 04 – 05 – Coriole Music Festival
May 12 – Mother’s Day
May 16 – 19 May – Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival
May 17 – 18 – The Jodi Lee Trek 2019
May 18 – Urban Wine Walk Adelaide West
May 18 – May 19 – Enlighten Adelaide Festival
May 19 – Million Paws Walk – Victoria Park
May 20 – 26 – National Volunteer Week
May 25 – May 26 – Big Family Weekend at DreamBig Children’s Festival