Labour Day, a public holiday held annually in South Australia on the first Monday of October, celebrates the achievements of workers. It commemorates the granting of the eight hour work day and recognises the precious balance between work and home life.
In an age where permanent and full-time work is difficult to secure, many people work one or more casual and part-time jobs or are self-employed and work relentlessly. Then there are shift workers and those in industries like hospitality. As such, many South Australians will be working on Labour Day.
So please, spare a thought this public holiday not only for the early pioneers who fought for our rights as employees, but extend your gratitude to those behind the counter. Without their dedication the following events wouldn't be possible and the long weekend not nearly as enjoyable.
There is much to do and with all the activity there really is no excuse for boredom, so make the most of your long weekend – you've earned it! The main attraction and one not to be missed is the annual Semaphore Music Festival from Friday, October 3 to Monday, October 6, 2014.
There's no better place to be than a festival by the sea
The foreshore and surrounding venues will be alive with the sound of country, jazz, blues, folk, and rockabilly music from popular local performers. Food trucks will be on hand to feed the hungry, boutique beer and wine available for the thirsty, and sideshow activities to entertain the kids. It's reasonably priced at $10 for a day pass, $15 for two days, or $20 for three days and children under 16 are free.
The "Festival State" adds another notch to its belt with the newest event, Asiafest. Described on the official website as "several mini festivals within one large festival", it's a three day celebration of Asian cuisine and entertainment. There will be sushi and sumo, dumplings and drumming, massage and much more at Rymill Park. Admission costs $10 and it's open from 12 noon until late on Saturday, October 4 to Monday, October 6, 2014.
The Royal Adelaide Show is over for another year, but there is plenty of agricultural fun still to be had at the South Australian Country Shows. There are seven different regional fairs held over the long weekend at Melrose, Yankalilla, Kingston, Loxton, Jamestown, Strathalbyn, and Yallunda Flat. If Jamestown is your show of choice, check out the Mural Festival while you're there.
Port Adelaide is hosting a Festival of Vintage Boats, Trains, and Planes that will be a fascinating look at the modes of transport from yesteryear. It's on Sunday, October 5 and Monday, October 6, 2014 and while there are some ticketed events (a cruise on the steam tug Yelta, for example), there are also lots of free activities to partake in, such as free entry to the SA Maritime Museum, National Railway Museum, and SA Aviation Museum.
McLaren Vale is introducing a new festival called A Spring Affair on Sunday, October 5 and Monday, October 6, 2014. There are three destinations – Maxwell, Paxton, and Coriole – that have teamed up with some Fleurieu favourites to create a tantalising itinerary of gourmet food, fine wine, and live music. Ticket prices vary and include transport, see the McLaren Vale website for more information.
Meanwhile, over at Shottesbrooke Winery in McLaren Flat is Afternoon Delights on Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 11 am until 5 pm. There's live music from Cal Williams Jnr and Kory Horwood, food from The Currant Shed, and wine from Shottesbrooke. With face painting and other activities for the kids, it's a great day out for the whole family and, best of all, entry is free!
On the same day and just around the bend from Shottesbrooke is the Gemtree Vineyards cellar door, which is hosting the Sunday Sound-Deck from 1 pm until 4 pm. Entry is free and there's a live acoustic performance from local duo Rachel Van Brussel and Claudia Keough as well as exclusive wine specials and delicious organic platters available to purchase. Visit the Gemtree Vineyards website to find out how to secure your place.
Since it's a long weekend, escape the city and take a two hour road trip to the Yorke Peninsula for The Big Gig at the Kadina Football Club. It's the Copper Coast's first ever outdoor music festival and it's set to be a ripper with a line-up that includes Eskimo Joe, Ian Moss, Mark Seymour, and Ross Wilson. It's on Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 3 pm until 11 pm. General admission tickets cost $91.80 (including booking fee, but you'll need to pay extra for postage) and are available now.
Cinephiles are bound to find a film of interest at the Lavazza Italian Film Festival. It's on from Thursday, October 2 until Wednesday, October 22, 2014 and there are screenings held over the long weekend at Palace Nova Eastend Cinema. Meanwhile, Wallis Cinema has a special one day only screening of Billy Elliot the Musical Live at 3 pm on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at Mitcham, Mount Barker, Noarlunga, and Piccadilly. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased online.
World Animal Day is held on the 4th of October each year to raise awareness for the plight of endangered species. To celebrate, St Michael's Anglican Church in Mitcham is holding a Blessing of Animals ceremony. All creatures great and small are welcome to attend the free pet blessing service on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 10 am.
The Humbug Scrub Wildlife Sanctuary Family Fun Day is on Monday, October 6, 2014 from 10 am until 4 pm. The resident native animals will be there as well as food and craft stalls and activities for the kids. Admission is only a gold coin donation and children under 5 years are free, so it makes for an affordable day out.