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What's on in Adelaide - May 2019

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by Michael Genrich (subscribe)
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Published April 22nd 2019
Your guide to the best of Adelaide this May
The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler but that doesn't stop Adelaide's vibrant culture from shining on. There's plenty on all around SA but if you're looking for events in the city, here's some of the best things to see and do in Adelaide in May.

Mother's Day🌺

First and foremost, don't forget Mother's Day. There's a wide range of events happening around Adelaide that you can surprise and spoil your Mum with this Mother's Day. You can enjoy a high tea at The Intercontinental or Glen Ewin Estate and for the wild mums, Monarto Zoo!

You could buy Mum a handmade gift! There'll be heaps of markets on around Adelaide in time for Mother's Day including the Blackwood Market in the south, or the One Tree Hill Market in the north and there's two more in this article!

As far as the rest of the month goes, there's a brand new market in the west, a festival for kids, unique food and wine experiences and a great concert. Read on for the details.

Bowerbird Design Market
When: Friday 3rd May 4pm 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th May 10am 5pm
Where: Adelaide Showgrounds
Entry: $5 adults, kids under 12 free


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Image courtesy Bowerbird Design Market Facebook

Three days of great art, design, music, workshops, and artisanal food and drink as this much-loved biannual event returns to the Adelaide Showgrounds. Click here for more details.

History Festival
When: 27th April 31st May
Where: All over Adelaide
Entry: Some free, some ticketed


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Image courtesy Adelaide History Festival

The month long history festival covers the whole state but there's plenty to enjoy in the city!

Adelaide's Art and Culture Trail
When: 3rd April 12th June
Where: Adelaide CBD and surrounds
Entry: FREE



Visit the Adelaide Arts and Culture Trail website to select one of four trails:
Public Art Trail
Live Music Trail
Performing Arts Trail
Design, Architecture and Makers Trail

Or create your own trail using the app!

Big Family Weekend
When: Saturday 25th Sunday 26th May
Where: North Terrace
Entry: FREE


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Image courtesy DreamBIG Festival Facebook

Part of the DreamBIG Children's Festival, the North Terrace Cultural precinct hosts a wide range of kid's activities like nature play, interactive garden displays, silent disco walking tours and outdoor stages with plenty of entertainment! Get more details here.

Firefly Forest
When: Wednesday 22nd May Wednesday 1st June. 10am 3pm daily
Where: Banquet Room, Adelaide Festival Centre
Entry: FREE


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Image courtesy Adelaide Festival Centre Website

A magical and immersive lighting installation created by Patch Theatre's new Artistic Director, Geoff Cobham, and his long-time collaborator Chris Petridis. This timeless piece is an inspiration for all ages. The fireflies leave trails of ever-changing ember coloured light. Come and sit beneath them and be transported to another time and place. Details.

Million Paws Walk
When: Sunday 19th May
Where: Victoria Park
Entry: $27 - $30 Adults, $13 - $18 Child. Family $27 online in advance, $70 on the day.


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Image courtesy Million Paws Walk Facebook

Families and their furry friends should join the RSPCA and other dog owners from all across town on Sunday 19th May at a new Million Paws Walk location in Victoria Park. Million Paws Walk events will also be held at six other regional locations around South Australia. Register now to take part in the biggest day out on the doggy calendar! Funds raised will help care for the 10,000 animals who enter RSPCA South Australia's care every year.

After the walk, you can enjoy the dog village which will be bigger and better than ever with new experiences for you and your furry friend. It will be filled with tons of fun activities including entertainment, food stalls, doggy games and free pet advice. Click here for details.

Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back in Concert
When: Saturday 4th May
Where: Entertainment Centre
Entry: $39 and up


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Image courtesy Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert: Facebook

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is back to pair the legendary score played live with the original movie. It'll be a screen and sound adventure not to miss. May the fourth be with you! Get tickets.

Possum Magic
When: Tuesday 21st May. 6.30pm 7.30pm
Where: Marion Cultural Centre
Entry: $15 (Family $50 2 adults, 2 children)


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Image courtesy Marion Cultural Centre Facebook

A brand-new stage adaption of a magical Australian classic by Monkey Baa Theatre Company. This will be magical family theatre worth seeing in the south! Details and tickets here.

Adelaide Marathon Festival
When: Sunday 26th 8am-3pm
Where: Adelaide Oval
Entry: $20 -$120


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Image courtesy South Australian Road Runners Club Facebook

The Adelaide Marathon has attracted over 30,000 entrants since the inaugural year and we can't wait to share the journey with you in 2019.
Distances include the full marathon, half, 10km and 2km Fun Run with all distances receiving finishers medals. Enter here.

Enlighten Adelaide Festival
When: Saturday 18th Sunday 19th May. 10am 6pm
Where: Adelaide Convention Centre
Entry: $15 20


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Image courtesy Enlighten Adelaide Festival Facebook

Returning for their 10th anniversary celebration in 2019, the Enlighten Adelaide Festival unites local businesses and the community in a celebration of wellness, relaxation and self-care in the heart of the CBD at the Adelaide Convention Centre. More details here.

Spice Trail Walk
When: Saturday 11th May. 3pm 4.15pm
Where: Adelaide Botanic Gardens
Entry: $30


Join an expert horticulturalist on a tour through the Adelaide Botanic Garden to learn about the history of the spice trail and development of new world crops including cotton and sugar cane. Bookings here.

Wine Walkabout
When: Sunday 26th
Where: Beaumont Loop
Entry: $50



Take a walk with Tom Robinson from the Hydropath Society on Sunday May 26 for the 'Alpine Heights and Cool Climate Delights/Beaumont Loop' wine walkabout.

From mountain wines to alpine valleys, cool-climate viticulture produces some of the world's most stupendous wines. Enjoy a grazing platter and wines as you meander through the hills and learn more about wine. Bookings essential, details here.

Muggle Fest
When: Sunday 5th May. 11am 11pm
Where: Adelaide CBD TBA
Entry: TBA


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Image courtesy Mugglefest Facebook

Witches, wizards, magical creatures and muggles alike are invited to join in a Harry Potter inspired day full of fun for all. With competitions for best dressed, quizzes, dark lord funk dance offs, magic displays, food stalls, and more! Adelaide CBD location to be announced soon. The event will be held outdoors. Parking facilities and public transport will be available. All ages are welcome, children will need to be under parent supervision at ALL times. Keep an eye on the details here.

Morphettville Market Grand Opening
When: Sunday 5th May
Where: Morphettville Racecourse
Entry: FREE


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Image courtesy Morphettville Market Facebook

The inaugural Morphettville Market will be held from 7am 1pm at Morphettville Racecourse, expect plenty of local produce and arts and craft! Details here.

Psychic Fair
When: Saturday 25th Sunday 26th May. 10am 3pm
Where: Market to Market 230 Flinders Street, Adelaide
Entry: FREE


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Image courtesy Adelaide Psychic Fair Facebook

A weekend filled with readers, healers and holistic wares. Psychics, Mediums and Healers all specialise in something different and each and every one of them brings something spectacular to the event. Details here. Free street parking from midday on Saturday and all day and free street parking on Sunday along Flinders St. Details are here.

EVENTS IN THE ADELAIDE HILLS AND FURTHER AFIELD

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend
When: Friday 17th Sunday 19th
Where: Clare Valley SA
Entry: Varies



The Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend was one of the first food and wine events of its kind in Australia. With more than 25 wineries participating in the festivities along with special events and degustation dinners, May is a great time to head to the Clare Valley! More details here.

Birdwood Farm Day
When: Sunday 19th May
Where: Chalks Campground, Mount Crawford Forest
Entry: FREE entry


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Image courtesy Birdwood Farm Day Facebook

Make some new furry farm friends, browse for bargains for the garden, creative crafts, gourmet goodies or sweet treats. Jump on a tractor or pony ride or join in with some traditional family games. Grab a cup of warming homemade soup or billy tea, settle down by the campfire and listen to some of the great entertainment or just sit back and take in the atmosphere. Details here.

Gumeracha Medieval Fair
When: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May
Where: Federation Park - Gumeracha
Entry: From $16 adults


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Image courtesy Gumeracha Medieval Fair Facebook

Two days of medieval style fun! Live jousting, medieval sword fighting, archery, dancing, live music, historical displays, entertainment for the kids, costume competitions, good olde medieval food and beverages, art, crafts and merchant stalls. Get all the details here.
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