Welcome to the best local guide to what's on in and around Adelaide this October! There's plenty to see and do in Adelaide and nearby regions as spring turns into summer and things begin to heat up all over town.
There's enough free events, ticketed food and wine festivals, country shows, markets, and plenty of other things to keep you and the family entertained every weekend this October. It'll be a particularly busy weekend on the 26th and 27th with Cheesefest and Ferment Festival in Rymill Park just across the road from the Vegan Festival in Rundle Park, along with the SA Boating and Fishing Show at the showgrounds at Wayville.
The National Military Vehicle Museum and Military Vehicle Preservation Society of South Australia presents a showcase of military and civilian trucks (from past and present) on the grounds of the museum on Sturton Road, Edinburgh Parks. There'll be heaps of truck displays, 25 pounder gun firing, army surplus sales and even military vehicle rides along with heaps more. Entry is just $15 for adults and kids under 15 are free! Head on down between 10 am and 4 pm, there's plenty of parking and food and drinks will be available. Get more info here.
Adelaide, perhaps more than any other Australian city, has a rich German heritage so it's apt that Oktoberfest continues in Adelaide, albeit in a new form since the demise of The German Club. Oktoberfest in the Gardens is the perfect event to fill the gap and this year will occupy the beautiful Pinky Flat right by the River Torrens, in the heart of the city. Grab your mates and chuck on some lederhosen and head down for German beer and food, entertainment, sideshows and competitions. Huge beer halls will evoke the feeling of Munich in Australia and there's something to suit everyone's tastes. Tickets are available here.
Salisbury Plays at St Kilda - 13th October
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One of Adelaide's most famous adventure playgrounds meets one of Adelaide's favourite nature play events in a day of adventurous nature play fun at St Kilda this October. It's a great way to experience it all at once and is entirely free to attend! Click here to read more.
OzAsia Festival – 17th October to 3rd November 2019
The OzAsia Festival features a huge range of eclectic arts and related events and continues to grow every year. There's plenty of performances, and some are free, like the Moon Lantern Parade. The popular Lucky Dumpling Market is always on during the festival so come down day or night for special food and drink offers, workshops, entertainment and more. Get more details about the 2019 OzAsia Festival here.
SA Boat and Fishing Show - 25th to 27th October
This festival of everything boating and fishing is an excellent way to see and try everything out there in the world of fishing and boating in comfort. Bring the family and enjoy kids casting competitions, try out for your boat licence at the show then buy a boat to go with it! The show will be held at Wayville Showgrounds so there'll be plenty of indoor and outdoor action with heaps of food and drink on offer. Tickets are $19 for adults, kids and concession prices apply, details here.
This two-day celebration of the vegan lifestyle brings a huge range of things to see and do and try again for 2019. Food stalls, workshops, speakers, information stalls, kids' entertainment and dancing will bring Rundle Park to life. The 2019 Vegan Festival is on from 10 am to 9 pm Saturday and 10 – 4 Sunday at Rundle Park (end of Rundle St). Admission is $10 for one day or $15 for both days. Click here for all the details.
Marion Wordfest – 25th to 27th October
No matter if you're an aspiring or established writer or even just an avid reader, there's something for all lovers of writing this October at the inaugural Marion Wordfest. Held over three days, there'll be workshops, presentations and panel discussions with local authors and publishers on topics from poetry to pitching. The reading room will offer the opportunity to browse and borrow brand new stock before it hits the shelves while the Wordfest Bookshop will offer books for sale during the festival. A series of 'Open Door' events offers anybody the opportunity to just 'drop by' and see the workings of writer's groups and artist in residence, Amanda Graham.
For a while, Adelaide had Cheesefest and we had Ferment Festival. Then someone put them together so now we can have fine cheese, food, and wine... all in one amazing festival! This year the festival will be held at Rymill Park so you can enjoy fine food and wine from over 100 vendors with workshops, entertainment and myriad other ticketed special events held nearby across the weekend. Check out the delicious looking programme here.
Sustainable Living Festival - 27th October
The Gawler Environment Centre once again puts on this grass roots celebration of all things to do with living a sustainable lifestyle at Pioneer Park in Gawler. Get all the information and advice you need on reducing your environmental footprint every day from a range of community organisations and experts. Get more information here.
COUNTRY SHOWS NEAR ADELAIDE:
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Port Elliot Show - 12th and 13th October
Experience all the magic and fun of a real country show this October in Port Elliot on the beautiful South Coast. Local produce and craft, farm animals and livestock competitions and displays all come together for one weekend to showcase the best the region has to offer. Food, fun, and entertainment make the Port Elliot Show a great family day out. All the details are here.
Callington Show - 27th October
Callington is a historic and pretty little town that's less than an hour up the freeway from Adelaide. They started their own country show a few years ago and they've grown to become a big part of the SA country show calendar. Everything to do with local arts, crafts, produce, animals, and good old country show entertainment and atmosphere is on offer at the Callington Show. Read more about it here.
This grass-roots festival of folk music based in Willunga offers special performances over three days over many styles including traditional folk, Celtic, roots, bluegrass, country, Americana, and acoustic.
The Fleurieu Folk Festival features concerts, dance, workshops, open mic events, jams, heaps of stalls, and so much more. Willunga Recreation Park will be transformed into a village with covered venues, food and craft stalls, bar, on-site camping, a dance stage, a kid's festival and people just getting together to play music.
This is a brand new, free event based on competitive tree climbing and will be held among the tall trees of Davidson Reserve at Kapunda in the majestic mid-north. What better opportunity to take a day trip out to the wheat and farm belt just north of Adelaide and enjoy nature and fun than this quirky event where adults climb trees for money? Read more here.
There are heaps of markets all over Adelaide every weekend. Why not check out the Adelaide Farmers Market at Wayville Showgrounds for fresh food and fine wine? Or maybe the Gathered Design Market for everything arty and creative?
There's plenty of events for history and environment fans as well. Check out the Urrbrae Wetlands Open Day for an excellent example of the two coming together.
Adelaide is alive again this October. Daylight saving kicks in along with the warm weather as we resume our sunny southern lifestyle. Check out one or more of these events this October and enjoy Adelaide and surrounds at their very best!