While the weather cools, the festivities in March certainly do not. There is a variety of free outdoor and indoor events for you and your family to enjoy. You can look forward to a show of nature-inspired art; symphonies of natural landscapes; a taste of Russian culture; watch a movie under the stars; learn more about the State's history; walking tour of a business district; and let your hair down at a street party. Don't break the bank or your wallet this month with these activities in and around Adelaide.
Sharing the stories of Kaurna country and Tarndaparri (River Torrens) through our senses, the Yabarra Gathering of Light brings a number of projections together to form an exciting adventure through time. Seven interactive artworks will engage your sense of hearing, vision and touch. They invite you to stop, and listen, and enlighten your mind. To learn more about the stories about the Nunga mob who once lived by the river, download the Oodl app and keep an eye out for the logo. For more information, visit the website.
Time: 8.30pm - midnight Venue: War Memorial Drive- River Torrens (Adelaide University footbridge) Address: Karrawirra Parri, Adelaide, SA, 5000
1, 2, 5 to 9, 12 to 16, 19 to 22 March – The Nature of Things
A display of distinct art pieces showcases the beauty of nature and present itself as an endless form of inspiration at the Pepper Street Arts Centre. Works from over 30 artists will be on display, ranging from paintings, drawings, sculptures, textiles, ceramics, woodworks to mixed media. Examples include oil paintings by Margaret Slape Phillips, along with photo-realistic paintings by Annette Dawson, abstract felted merino wool, hand dyed silk fabric pieces and eye-catching jewellery. Artist demonstrations will take place on the 2, 9, and 16 March with various artists demonstrating different forms of art. For more details, visit the website.
Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: Pepper Street Arts Centre Address: 558 Magill Road, Magill, SA 5072
You can't celebrate Adelaide Fringe without an awesome street party. The City of City of Port Adelaide Enfield certainly knows how to throw one. You can look forward to an evening programme rive with stage performances, art installations, craft workshops, street food, pop-ups and plenty of dancing. Visit the website for more information.
Time: 5pm - 11pm
Venue: Commercial Road North and surrounds, Port Adelaide
Address: Commercial Rd, Port Adelaide, SA, 5015
2 March – National Geographic Symphony for Our World
Photo courtesy of National Geographic Partners LLC
This outdoor event captures the beauty of nature not only through the lens of a camera, but also through the magnificent sounds of a live orchestra and symphony. This spectacular performance will leave you in awe of the natural landscapes we walk on and those that surround us. Featuring Aurora, the Festival Statesmen Chorus and the Adelaide Festival Orchestra conducted by Jessica Gethin, this is sure to be a remarkable night for the whole family. For more details, visit this website.
Time: 8.30pm - 10.30pm
Venue: Elder Park
Address: Elder Park, King William Street, SA, Adelaide 5000
3 March – Russian Pancake Festival
Photo courtesy of Russian Community Centre Adelaide
Experience the wonders of the Russian culture, both rich in history and diverse in customs and traditions. Known as 'Maslenitsa', this special event is a sun-festival, personified by the ancient god Volos. In Christianity, it's the last week before the onset of Great Lent. Also known as Butter Week, Crepe week, or Cheesefare Week, according to archaeological evidence from 2nd century A.D. Maslenitsa may be the oldest surviving Slavic holiday. Throughout the day, immerse yourself in the richness of Russian culture with delicious cuisine and magnificent performances organised by the Russian Ethnic Representative Council SA, Russian-Australian Children's Welfare Society SA and Russian Community Centre Adelaide. Visit the website for more details.
Time: 11am – 3pm
Venue: Russia House
Address: 239 The Parade, Norwood, SA 5067
4 and 5 March – Adelaide Writers' Week Twilight Talks
Adelaide Writers' Week (AWW) is the largest free literary festival in Australia that brings writers and readers together. You can get together with some of the best authors of AWW as the sun sets. The Twilight Talks serve up an exciting evening of intriguing, provocative and engaging discussions. On the Monday, guests of AWW will come together to recall their most significant time of their lives in ten minutes or less. Tuesday will see an enthralling show of authors' opinions on the truths of power, politics, writing, life, humanity, and everything in between. For more information, visit the website.
Time: 7pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Pioneer Women's Memorial Gardens
Address: King William Street, Adelaide, SA 5000
14 March – Tonsley Innovation District Walking Tours
The City of Marion is organising a walking tour of its Tonsley Innovation District. Once the Mitsubishi Motors assembly plant, the development is currently undergoing renovations to transform itself into an integrated employment, education and residential precinct. It is currently the leading innovation district in Australia that brings together research, businesses, government and the wider community to connect and collaborate. Your guide will take you on an interactive tour of Tonsley, and how the multipurpose precinct functions. You will learn how Tonsley Innovation brings together some of the country's smartest businesses with residential and community living. Be sure to meet your guide at the Matthew Flinders Statue at 11a. For more information and to register your free tickets, visit this website.
Time: 11am – 12pm
Venue: Tonsley Innovation District
Address: 1284 South Road, Clovelly Park, SA 5042
19 March - Writing a New History of South Australia
Photo courtesy of History Trust of South Australia
If you're interested in the history of South Australia, then you won't want to miss this free public lecture by the History Trust of South Australia. Paul Sendziuk and Robert Foster, the authors of A History of South Australia (Cambridge University Press, 2018) shares their investigation and fresh insights of the State's history from before the arrival of the first European maritime explorers to the present day. Their book is the first comprehensive, single-volume history of the state to be published in over fifty years. You can also enjoy a glass of wine courtesy of O'Leary Walker Wines while enjoying the talk. Visit the website to register your seat.
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Venue: History Trust of South Australia
Address: Torrens Parade Ground, Victoria Drive, Adelaide, SA 5000
As part of the largest open-access arts festival in Australia, the Adelaide Fringe presents you with a range of amazing shows and events. Enjoy a Saturday evening under the stars with friends and family in the City of Playford. You can sit back and enjoy a free screening of "The BFG" in the Playford City Tennis Centre. For more information, and to check out the movie screenings, visit the website.
Time: 8pm – 11pm
Venue: Playford City Tennis Centre
Address: 50 Spruance Road, Elizabeth East, SA 5112