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Holidays and heat waves, warm nights and mozzie bites, sandy toes and a selfie pose, salty hair means summer's in the air.

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Summer in South Australia

As always, there's a lot happening in Adelaide this season, like the Adelaide Night Market on North Terrace. It's on the last Sunday of each month from 4 pm to 8 pm, except for December when it's held on the 14th. Entry is free, so go for the food, stay for the tunes, and have fun browsing the stalls.

With the balmy climate comes a summer favourite the Moonlight Cinema at Botanic Park from Thursday, December 4, 2014 to Sunday, February 22, 2015. New releases such as Paddington, Horrible Bosses 2, and The Water Diviner will be played on the huge outdoor screen, as well as classics like Dirty Dancing, Grease Sing-A-Long, and The Shawshank Redemption.

Even the National Trust is holding Sunday sessions to take advantage of the warm weather with Summer Sundays at Beaumont House. Enjoy market stalls, food and wine, and entertainment on December 14, 2014; January 18, February 15, and March 15, 2015. The doors of the historic estate will be open to the public from 12 noon to 6 pm. Entry costs $5 for adults and is free for children 12 years and under.

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Moonlight Cinema

Over in the Barossa, the wood oven is fired up for Rolf Binder Friday Pizza Nights. The three course meal costs $40 for adults and $20 for children and a range of Rolf Binder wines are available to purchase. Bookings are required for the pizza night on December 12, 2014; January 16, February 20, and March 20, 2015.

On the first Friday of every month the Art Gallery of South Australia is open until 9 pm for the aptly named First Fridays. It's a free event and a nice start to the weekend with live music, guest speakers, and guided tours before heading home for the day or checking out the night life in town.


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West End Brewery Riverbank Christmas Lights Display

The first month of summer is all about Christmas. On Monday, December 1, 2014 the West End Brewery Riverbank Christmas Lights are turned on for the entire month. Visit anytime of the day, but it's a better sight at night. As well as the lights display, there are also food stalls, a merry-go-round, and in the week leading up to Christmas, Santa Claus will be there too.

The Semaphore Summer Carnival is on Saturday, December 13, 2014 until Monday, January 26, 2015. Head to the foreshore for thrill rides, dodgem cars, bungy trampolines, water balls, and there are even fireworks to celebrate New Year's Eve and Australia Day. It's open from 11 am every day of the school holiday (except Christmas Day).

The Dirty Girl Kitchen Artisan Christmas Market is on Friday, December 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 9 pm and Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 10 am to 7 pm. It's held in Victoria Square where entry is free and there are homemade treats and handcrafted gift ideas just in time for Christmas.

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That Dapper Market

The next instalment of That Dapper Market is on Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 1 pm until 7 pm at Park Terrace in Bowden. With vintage fashion for your home, self, or someone else, this is the place to pick up unique Christmas presents. It has a great atmosphere too with live music and lots to eat and drink.

Another opportunity for Christmas shopping is at the Once Upon A Market Mega Christmas Market, one of numerous Christmas and New Year's Eve Celebrations South of Adelaide. It's on Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Noarlunga Leisure Centre. There are Christmas carols, a visit from Santa, and an assortment of boutique stalls selling everything from toys and clothes to skincare and jewellery.

Also on Sunday, December 14, 2014 is Carols by Candlelight at Elder Park. Kate Cebrano, James Morrison, Orianthi, Racheal Leahcar, and many more performers will be sharing the stage for the 70th anniversary concert. Even though the concert doesn't start until later in the evening, the gates open at 2 pm and it's best to arrive early to secure a decent spot.

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New Year's Eve fireworks

Glenelg has always been a popular place to celebrate New Year's Eve and this year the Bay will be bursting with festivities to welcome the New Year on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. It starts at 6.30 pm with live music, roving entertainment, activities for the kids, and fireworks displays at 9.30 pm and midnight.


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Gemtree Vineyards

The Sunday Sound-Deck is held once a month at Gemtree Vineyards in McLaren Flat. It's a free live music session with drink specials and platters of local organic produce available to purchase, as well as beautiful vineyard views and a playground for the kids. The first Sound-Deck for 2015 is on Sunday, January 11 from 1 pm until 4 pm, bookings are required.

Movies @ the Park is an outdoor cinema at Civic Park in Modbury. Family favourites like Frozen, The Lego Movie, Planes, and Muppets Most Wanted are shown every Friday between January 16 and February 6, 2015. There are refreshments available from 6.30 pm with the movie starting at 8.30 pm. Here's the best bit: it's free!

McLaren Vale's annual Harvest Festival is a showcase of regional food, wine, music, and art. It was a lot of fun last year, so head to McLaren Vale Oval from 11 am until 8 pm on Saturday, January 17, 2015. Don't forget to bring a gold coin donation for entry.

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Harvest Festival

South Australia will be in the spotlight for the Santos Tour Down Under from Saturday, January 17 to Sunday, January 25, 2015. While cyclists tear up the streets of Adelaide, spectators can sit back and cheer them on at locations and events held statewide.

Combine a beach outing with an art exhibition this month for the Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures. There were some great entrants last year, so check out the art work along the Esplanade and at the Surf Life Saving Club from Wednesday, January 21 to Sunday, February 1, 2015.

There are Australia Day celebrations held all over South Australia on Monday, January 26, 2015, but one of the most popular is Australia Day in the City. The free event features a colourful street parade, a concert (which last year featured Timomatic and Sarah De Bono), and a glittering display of fireworks.

Adelaide's famous German culture festival, Schutzenfest, is on Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31, 2015. Rymill Park is the setting of the "traditional vintage German town fair". There are fun activities for families scheduled during the day and plenty of entertainment and beverages to get the party started when the sun goes down.


February is festival month and it starts with Carnevale. Adelaide has been enjoying the Italian festival for 40 years now, but it has been celebrated in Italy for centuries. Music, food, fashion, wine, cars, and sports will be on display at the Adelaide Showground on Saturday, February 7 and Sunday, February 8, 2015.

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The Garden of Unearthly Delights

Adelaide becomes a magnet for all things arts from Friday, February 13 to Sunday, March 15, 2015 for the Adelaide Fringe. Many hundreds of music, comedy, cabaret, circus, film, and dance performances take place at venues all over Adelaide, including the Garden of Unearthly Delights, an ethereal hangout where patrons can enjoy the spoils of festival season and summer in the city.

Experience something a little different at the Fringe this year with the Enlighten Festival. There are over 75 exhibitors showcasing health and well-being services and products available in South Australia. It's on Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The Adelaide Convention Centre is also host of the Cellar Door Wine Festival on Friday, February 20 until Sunday, February 22, 2015. With a series of experiences to delight food and wine lovers, festival-goers can enjoy the best produce South Australia has to offer.

Enjoy two fun filled days on land and water at Goolwa for the Wooden Boat Festival on Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22, 2015. As with the previous Wooden Boat Festival, visitors can cruise on a paddle steamer, follow a pirate trail, indulge in local cuisine, enjoy live entertainment and fireworks, and see all kinds of boats.

It's Australia's largest domestic motor sport event and it's held right here in Adelaide; the Clipsal 500 is on Thursday, February 26 until Sunday, March 1, 2015. As well as the excitement of the V8's, there are different concerts held each night with musicians like Cold Chisel, Spiderbait, Havana Brown, and the Stafford Brothers performing.

South Australia's other major arts event, the Adelaide Festival, is on Friday, February 27 until Sunday, March 15, 2015. It incorporates theatre, music, dance, visual arts, and Writers' Week at various locations in Adelaide. There are family-friendly and free events too, like the opening night party with Fork on the Road catering, the illumination of Blinc (an outdoor digital art gallery), and celebratory fireworks in Elder Park.
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What an amazing beach photo.....looks like a stairway to heaven!
by jojan (score: 1|39) 2595 days ago
Great roundup, thanks for the links Hayley.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11307) 2594 days ago
Like the idea of First Fridays, we'll have to check it out.
by Wandering Foodies (score: 2|479) 2580 days ago
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