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What's on this winter?

Want to know what's on this winter? The answer is simple – a lot, that's what! Read on for your ultimate guide to this season's hottest events, festivals, exhibitions, and activities. There's sure to be something to tempt you out of your doona fortress. Pull on your winter woolies and step away from the heater because if you hibernate, you'll miss out on all of the exciting things happening around South Australia.

To start with there is the Adelaide Roller Derby; the season is coming to a close, but the action is just heating up. Forty five teams from Australia and New Zealand will compete in the Great Southern Slam from Saturday, June 7 until Monday, June 9, 2014 at the Adelaide Showground. Then there are double header bouts on Sunday, June 29; Saturday, July 12; and Sunday, July 27 before the Grand Final on Saturday, August 16, 2014.


The Adelaide Cabaret Festival is one of the most popular winter events and it's on Friday, June 6 until Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the Adelaide Festival Centre. As the most comprehensive festival of its kind, there's bound to be something that takes your fancy. This year's line up includes performances by Kathy Najimy, Robert Davi, Tim Freedman, Robyn Loau, and many more.

Because one cabaret festival is never enough, the month long Cabaret Fringe Festival delivers a wonderfully diverse assortment of performances to venues all around Adelaide. It's a case of something for everyone, but the best way to get the cabaret season started is with the Opening Night Gala Performance at La Boheme.

Enjoy a long weekend of food, wine, and music set in beautiful McLaren Vale. The Sea and Vines Festival is on Friday, June 6 until Monday, June 9, 2014. There is something to suit every palate with more than 40 different events and experiences to be had, from five course dinners to family friendly picnics.

The June long weekend is also your last chance to visit The Vale Market for a few months. The market goes on hiatus until the weather warms up in September, so stock up on goodies from the Fleurieu Peninsula while you can.

While you're in McLaren Vale, check out the Characters of the Fleurieu on display at the Stump Hill Gallery in the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre on Main Road. Entry to the exhibition is free and it's on until Sunday, June 22, 2014.

There are plenty of fun activities to keep the kids entertained this winter, like the Disney on Ice Treasure Trove. Snow White, Simba, Rapunzel, Peter Pan and everyone's favourite Disney characters will be at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Saturday, June 7 until Monday, June 9, 2014. Ticket prices start at $29.50.

Everyone is welcome aboard South Australia's best known tall ship for the One and All Open Day on Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 10 am until 3 pm. It's docked at the McLaren Wharf at Port Adelaide and costs just $2 for a guided tour of the ship.

Children (and parents too) won't want to miss Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Tickets to the toe tapping show start at $29.90. The Yo Gabba gang will be performing at the Thebarton Theatre on Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15, 2014.

With all the best and most beautiful wedding ideas under the same roof, the Winter Bridal Ideas Expo is probably the most efficient way to plan your big day. The expo is at the Adelaide Showground in Wayville and entry costs $15 for adults and $13 concession, so put Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15, 2014 in your wedding planner.


Glenelg may be a beach paradise in the warmer months, but in July it becomes a Winter Wonderland. An ice rink will cover Moseley Square on Saturday, June 28 until Sunday, July 27, 2014, open from 10 am until 8 pm daily. Sessions can be booked online and cost $10 for an adult, $5 for children, or $25 for a family, which includes 1.5 hours of skating and skate hire.

The wineries of the Coonawarra delve deep into their cellars this July to bring you some rare and special treats to try and buy. The month long Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers festival is a wonderful reason for a winter getaway to the Limestone Coast.

Take the kids to see The 13-Storey Treehouse Live on Stage during the winter school holiday. Ticket prices start at $20.00. The popular children's story by Andy Griffiths comes to life from Wednesday, July 2 to Monday, July 7, 2014 at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Another hot pick for the kids this school holiday is the Hi-5 House Hits Tour at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. They'll be dancing and singing along to all their favourite songs on Thursday, July 10, 2014 with ticket prices starting at $32.50.

Great news, you get two expos for the price of one with the Building & Home Improvement Show and the Sewing, Stitching & Handcraft Show. The expos are at the Adelaide Showground on Friday, July 18 to Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 10 am until 5 pm. Entry costs $10 for adults, $8.00 for pensioners, and children under 15 years are free with a paying adult.

Winter seems to be the season for wine festivals. See what the wineries of the Adelaide Hills have to keep you warm at the Winter Reds Cellar Door Weekend. It's on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 10 am onward at various locations in the hills.

Last year's Almond Blossom Festival was a lot of fun and this year will be no different. There is entertainment for all ages, including games, rides, markets, and more. Join the celebrations at the Willunga Recreation Reserve on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27, 2014. Find more information at the Almond Blossom Festival website.

Sit back and enjoy digitally re-mastered Hollywood classics with Willsy's Choice Nostalgia Film Screenings at Wallis Cinemas at Noarlunga, Mitcham, and Mount Barker. Gigi and To Kill a Mockingbird are the films of choice during June and July. Screenings take place on Wednesdays and Sundays and tickets cost $11.


The South Australian Living Artists Fesival is the biggest visual arts festival in Australia and best of all, it's free. It's on Friday, August 1 until Sunday, August 24, 2014. At last year's SALA festival there were nearly 5000 artists participating in 500 different exhibitions at venues all over South Australia.

Discover rare and usually unavailable wines at the Langhorne Creek Cellar Treasures. It's another great excuse for a weekend away on Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 10 am until 5 pm at Langhorne Creek's various cellar doors.

The very next weekend, escape the city and head to the Barossa Gourmet Weekend. It's on Friday, August 15 until Sunday, August 17, 2014 at various locations around the Barossa Valley, so get your tastebuds ready and start planning for a feast of food and wine experiences.

Spend the weekend hunting for treasure at the Strathalbyn Collectors, Hobbies & Antiques Fair. The fair is held at a number of different venues and a $12 ticket (free for children under the age of 18) allows entry to each, including a free shuttle bus service. It's on Saturday, August 16 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, August 17, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Finally, and in a first for Adelaide, the Tattoo & Body Art Expo is coming to town. There will be tattoo competitions and demonstrations, burlesque performances and a pin-up parade, live music, a car and motorcycle display, and much more to see and do. The expo is on Friday, August 15 until Sunday, August 17, 2014 at the Adelaide Showground. Tickets can be purchased at the door, but it's cheaper to buy them online.
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