February is set to usher in more festive fun activities for your family, friends and you to enjoy than January. You can look forward to the summer festival in the City of West Torrens, seaside excitement of the State's largest open-swim event, guided tours of the State Library, pet adoption day, Lunar New Year celebrations, Friday evening concerts, and vibrant night markets at the renowned Ebenezer Place. There's even a free community event for young people. No matter your fancy, you are sure to find something to enjoy in and around Adelaide this month.
The annual Twilight Sessions at Prospect Memorial Gardens offers the chance to enjoy live music every Friday night in February. DJs and local bands will be performing from six to late. Be sure to either pack your own esky and picnic, or, grab something from the food trucks or the charity barbeque on site. The VW Bars will be serving beverages and drinks at their pop-up bar each week. Henna art, soccer games and kids' activities will be available until dark. Please take note of the closure of Menzies Crescent from 4pm to 10pm. To have a look at the bands program, visit the website.
Venue: Memorial Gardens Address: 1 Menzies Cres, Prospect, SA 5082
2 and 9 February – City of West Torrens Summer Festival
Photo courtesy of City of West Torrens
The Summer Festival attracts hundreds of people to West Torrens every year. Already in its tenth year, visitors come from other local and neighbouring communities to enjoy a range of entertainment. Thebartonia! street party opens in Thebarton on 2 February with the Wheatsheaf Hotel playing host to an abundance of entertainment with three music stages, market stalls and food trucks.
The Kings Reserve brings the much-loved Fork to the little ones on 9 February. You and your family can enjoy a variety of fun activities such as a giant obstacle of 70 feet, a wet slide and a junkyard play with the Climbing Tree. The little ones can be further entertained with Evelyn Roth's Nylon Zoo featuring interactive storytelling, the chance to learn circus skills and even unearth a dinosaur with Dig-a-dino. For more information and to check out each day's line-up, visit the website.
Times: 3pm – 12 midnight (2 February) / 5pm – 10pm (9 February) Venues: Wheatsheaf Hotel and Albert Street, Thebarton (2 Feb) / Kings Reserve, Torrensville (9 Feb) Addresses: 9 George St, Thebarton SA 5031 (Wheatsheaf Hotel) / Kings Reserve, Torrensville SA 5031 (Kings Reserve)
2, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 February – Ebenezer Night Markets
Summer in Adelaide's East End would not be complete without the Ebenezer Night Market. Organised by Maras Group, this street market boast over 40 stalls each night along Ebenezer Place. You can browse a mix of fashion, jewellery and unique artistic creations. It offers an ideal venue to hang out after work or with the family for food and drinks while you listen to the groovy tunes spun by the DJ. Visit the website for more updates.
Time: 5.30pm - 10.30pm
Venue: Ebenezer Night Markets
Address: Ebenezer Place, Adelaide, SA 5000
Phone: 0439 184 020
As one of South Australia's largest open-water swim and street festivals, this annual event held on the first Sunday of February draws over 1,000 participants in the 1.5km and 400m swims. This year, an addition of the Banana Boat SwimKids series allows young ones from the age of seven and up to participate. Organised by the Brighton Surf Life Saving Club, the Brighton Jetty Classic is more than a swim at the beach. It offers a full day of fun and entertainment including live music from 8am, an appearance from much-loved Home and Away stars, market stalls, a surf boat carnival, stage events and so much more! For more information, visit the website.
Time: 8am – 5pm
Venue: Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club
Address: 147 The Esplanade, Adelaide, SA 5048
4, 5 and 6 February – State Library of South Australia Monthly tour
You and your family can enjoy monthly tours at the State Library of South Australia this February. The tours include a visit to the historic buildings which surround the State Library. and where you can discover the stories behind how these provincial establishments have turned into the cultural hub of South Australia. There is also a rare opportunity to visit the Library's conservation and restoration studios where you can meet its specialist staff and see them at work. These tours are subject to volunteer availability and bookings close 15 minutes before the tour commences. Only ten spots are available, so register your FREE tickets now for the history heartlands tour and care and repair tour.
Time: 4 Feb 2pm / 5 Feb 11am / 6 Feb 11am and 2pm
Venue: State Library of South Australia, Spence Wing Level 1, opposite the Security Cloaking desk
Address: North Terrace & Kintore Ave, Adelaide SA 5000
Lunar New Year is not only the most significant festival on the Chinese lunar calendar, it is also an important cultural event in Adelaide. Although the number of events are less than those in Sydney and Melbourne, the City of Adelaide has enough rituals, music, art and food events to usher in the Year of the Pig.
You and your family can view Lunar New Year performances at Rundle Mall, join in the Chinatown Lunar New Year Street Party with firecrackers and lion dancers, partake in some giveaways at the Telco Store, learn the art of Chinese knotting and mask painting at the Adelaide Festival Centre, and enjoy live entertainment and decorations in Adelaide Casino. Visit the website for programme details of each activity.
In its fifth year running, PETstock partners with non-profit charity PetRescue to help find the perfect home for pets all over Australia. More than 135 stores around the country are participating in this campaign. This is an opportunity for you and the family to add a new member to your home. Pets for adoption are vaccinated, neutered and have had a full health check-up. Experts will be present to answer any questions you might have and to help with the whole adoption process. From pooches to scaly fishes, pets of all species, breeds and ages will be available for adoption. Visit the website for more information and to find a PETstock store near you.
Time: 10am – 2pm
Venue: PETstock Stores in Adelaide
Whether you're making your way to one of your first Fringe shows, or are just looking for a phenomenal party, the Opening Night sees the Karrawira Parri transformed into a carnival of fun! Featuring the multi-award winning Adelaide Night Market, performances from local artists, a walking adventure and light projection, a Sunset Ceremony honouring the elders past and present, there's no better way to celebrate the beginning of the Fringe season! Don't miss this fabulous street party and immersive cultural experience of light, sounds and projections. For more information, visit the website.
Time: 6pm – 11pm
Venue: Karrawirra Parri, River Torrens
Address: War Memorial Drive between Frome Rd Bridge and King William Rd Bridge
The City of Marion Community Hubs is hosting an event to bring young people together and gather ideas from them. #ComeToGlandore is a great way to get together with other young people and make new friends while enjoying music, games and food. You can also share your ideas on the night, and stand a chance to win a $50 gift voucher. Bookings are essential, so visit the website to register your FREE tickets.
Time: 5.30pm - 8pm
Venue: Glandore Community Centre
Address: 25 Naldera Street, Glandore SA 5037