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.
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
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.
When: 27th April – 31st May Where: All over Adelaide Entry: Some free, some ticketed
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.
When: Wednesday 22nd May – Wednesday 1st June. 10am – 3pm daily
Where: Banquet Room, Adelaide Festival Centre
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.
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
Image courtesy Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.