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What's On in Adelaide - January 2020

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Published December 21st 2019
Adelaide's local guide to the best events
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Glenelg beach is a great place to be in January

Adelaide kicks off a brand new decade in summer style with events, festivals, markets and all sorts of stuff happening all over town. Check out some of the best picks here!

Henley Beach Blessing of the Waters and Greek Festival

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Image courtesy Henley Beach Greek Festival Facebook

The 11th of January sees the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia hold its annual Blessing of the Waters ceremony and Festival at Henley Square. Every January, the Greek Orthodox Church blesses the sea, the shores, the islands and all those whose livelihood depends on the sea.

There's plenty of traditional Greek food, music and dance. It's free entry all day. The ceremony is an interesting and is unique and sacred. All are welcome to watch. Details here.

Adelaide Wine Markets

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Image courtesy Adelaide Wine Markets Facebook

Perfect for summer, the next market is called Rosé Rumble and will focus on a fave summer wine – ROSE! Entry is from $35 with a wine glass provided on entry for your tastings from regions all over SA. It's at the Market Shed on Holland, 1 Holland Street in the city. Food stalls, a bar and live music will be on from 5pm – 10pm to keep you entertained. Stay tuned here.

The Moseley Beach Club

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The Moseley Beach Club - Glenelg

The Moseley Beach Club is back in full swing on the sand of the iconic Glenelg beach until March. Enjoy food and wine inspired by Europe and Asia in a classic Adelaide summer setting. Book your table here or take your chances! They're open every day.

Tour Down Under

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Image courtesy Tour Down Under Facebook

The SANTOS Tour Down Under has become one of world cycling's big events. The official men's and women's UCI cycling events take place in Adelaide and surrounding regions with challenging courses, sprints and hill climbs. There's always plenty going on around the tour as it travels. Plenty of start and finish locations hold street parties; or you can visit the tour village in Victoria Square and mingle with the crews. Everyone can participate in gruelling challenge tour events to test themselves on the same route the professionals use. There's even tour events for the kids! Get all the details you need to find the tour as it races by someplace near you here!

Glenelg Street Party

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Image courtesy Glenelg Street Party Facebook

Jetty Road at Glenelg is throwing another twilight Street Party on the eve of the start of the fifth stage of the Tour Down Under. Held on Friday the 24th January from 5 pm to 11 pm, it'll be an evening of family-friendly fun, filled with food, shopping, fashion parades, activities for the kids, roaming entertainment and live music. Keep up to date here.

Shakespeare in the Vines

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Image courtesy Shakespeare in the Vines Facebook

Once again during Crush Festival, Deviation Road Winery hosts its popular annual sell-out event, Shakespeare in the Vines. Essential Theatre performs Macbeth. Be taken on a journey with them as the sun sets and the bards' witches come out to play! Tickets available here.

Civic Park Ausday

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Celebrate Australia Day in Civic Park with a day of festivities on Sunday 26 January. Civic Park will be buzzing with free family entertainment like huge inflatables, rides and sideshows, music, face painting for the kids and a variety of food vendors. This year the event will host local businesses and heaps of stallholders at the new all-new Ausday markets next to the playground on Civic Park! It's all happening in the park from 10am to 3pm. Details here.

Australia Day in the City

Australia Day in the City is a huge event from the City of Adelaide. There'll be a parade, concert and fireworks. The Parade makes its way to Elder Park on the 26th and includes over a 150 community groups, cars, bands, floats, and. It's even got a flypast by an F-18 Hornet! Just after the parade, there'll be a free concert followed by fireworks. It's a great way to celebrate Australia Day with the family. Check the details here.

Crush Festival

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Image courtesy CRUSH Festival 2020 Facebook

Head for the Adelaide Hills over the weekend of the 24th – 26th to find your perfect shady spot to enjoy the best food, wine and entertainment around this January. No less than 31 venues will be putting on something a little special, from summer snacks to sunset sessions to Shakespeare. Get the lowdown here.


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Image courtesy Semaphore Summer Twilight Markets Facebook

The Semaphore Summer Twilight Market will be held on the 3rd January this year. Heaps of crafts, fashion, food and wine from all over the world and great coffee will again draw thousands of people to this popular summer seaside destination. It's a family-friendly atmosphere with live music to add to the carnival and festival atmosphere that surrounds Semaphore on balmy summer nights. Check for updates here.

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Image courtesy Glenelg Sunset Markets Facebook

Glenelg Sunset Market holds their January edition on the 12th of January. You can expect a beachy summer twilight atmosphere by the seaside as you shop and eat the best of local craft and fine food and wine. Get all the latest info here.
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