Glam’s Guide To The Adelaide Events You Need To Check Out This August

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It’s officially behind us … almost. We’re talking about the final month of the year that we can to trend those fashionable trackies and spend our dollars sitting in cafes drinking hot beverages. Yes, August is finally here, bringing with it the last drag of our not so dreary cool patch. While we’re still clinging onto our charming winter scarves and pulling up our socks, we have a ton of things to keep you from sitting on the soggy wet grass.

August 1 – 31 SALA Festival
The ‘South Australian Living Artists’ (SALA) Festival returns for its 21st consecutive year, with their biggest offering of local talent yet. Through visual styles – sculptures, photography, paintings, mixed media and hand crafted jewels, for the course of August, SALA will pack out venues across the State.

August 1 – Meet The Author: Trent Dalton
Hear multi-award winning journalist, Trent Dalton, speak about his glorious and uniquely Australian debut novel Boy Swallows Universe, at Matilda Bookshop, located on the main street of Stirling, on Wednesday August 1st at 6:00pm. This is a fascinating and rambunctious novel, sure to be an Australian classic, and Trent Dalton is an absolute delight. Don’t miss out on what will be a fabulous evening.

August 1 – Women In Wine
Level One has announced a series of dinners celebrating the awesome women that work in the South Australian wine industry. Showcasing talent from different wine regions around our state, the first dinner will bring innovative and award-winning producers from the Adelaide Hills together. On Wednesday Laura Carter (Unico Zelo), Charlotte Dalton (Charlotte Dalton Wines) and Kathy Drogemuller (Paracombe Wines) will be pouring their favourite wines, matched to some of our best-loved dishes from the Level One menu. After the dinner guests will have the opportunity to learn more about each winemaker, with a Q&A panel session hosted by Opinion Media’s Publishing Director Amanda Pepe.

August 2 – Dark Party First Birthday
Never Never Distilling Co is celebrating its first birthday and they’re embracing the darkness of Adelaide’s midwinter. They are throwing a party in the bar that poured their first case, Hains & Co. In their first year, their two initial Dark Series gins (Southern Strength and Juniper Freak) have stepped out of the dark, which will celebrate with cocktails.

August 3 – Warm and Toasty Winter Yoga and Wine 
Join Roaming Zen & Golding Wines for an evening of Yin Yoga, delicious wines & warm winter fare. Enjoy this peaceful & nourishing yoga practise in the glorious space of the Golding barn, rich in character & texture. After, explore & taste the stable of wines on offer at Golding, famous for its range of cool climate wines that genuinely break new ground. Grapes handpicked from the estate grown vines that capture the essence of this beautiful property.

August 3 – FINO Fridays
Provincial one-pot-wonders, free corkage* and convivial surrounds welcome you to FINO at Seppeltsfield every Friday evening during the winter months. Bring your best friend, your best tales and unearth your best bottle to match with our featured FINO Friday dish of the month. The August special is Pasta al Forno di FINO!
$50 per person includes: sourdough + shared entree + one-pot-wonder + free corkage Friday Evening only, 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Set menu only. Bookings essential: 08 8562 8528

August 3 – Winter Chill Sessions
Bummed Feast & Beats is over? Not into hibernating all winter season? Serafino McLaren Vale has you covered!
Come join them on Friday evenings throughout August at Winter Chill Sessions. Keep warm and cosy up inside the courtyard with a very chill vibe, a new acoustic artist each week playing some tunes, delicious mulled wine to keep you warm and of course our favourite winter foods! Time – 6:00pm – 10:00pm. Cost – FREE.

August 4 – 5 – Gathered Market 
Grab your nearest and dearest and head down to the Queens Theatre for the winter edition of Gathered Market.
Acoustic entertainment, workshops, delicious food and drink will be on offer, amongst beautifully styled spaces showcasing homewares, candles, flowers, jewellery, kids, art, clothing, garden, skincare and more. Saturday 4th + Sunday 5th August 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm. Queens Theatre, Playhouse Lane, Adelaide. $2 entry, kids under 10 free. 

August 4 – Winter Reds Dinner at Mitolo Wines
Book now to secure a table! Mitolo Winter Reds 5 Course Degustation. Join Mitolo for a 5 course culinary dining experience curated by Bocca di Lupo’s head chef Tom Jack, a ‘one night only’ menu designed to complement Mitolo’s most desirable red wines as selected by Sommelier Patrick White, including a tasting of Mitolo’s super premium 14 ‘Marsican’ Shiraz. Time – 6:00pm – 10:00pm $110 p/person + Optional matching wines $55p/p

August 4 -5 – Science Alive! 2018
Returning again after the success of the 2017 event, Science Alive! is back in 2018, bigger and better than ever. There will be over 60 exhibitors providing hands-on fun that is interactive, dynamic, fun, and educational for all ages. This two day even is open from 9:00am – 5:00pm. Tickets: $14.00 – $18.00 and can be purchased here.
Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Road, Wayville, 5034, South Australia.

August 9 -12 – Adelaide Guitar Festival 
This four day celebration of the world’s most popular instrument curated by internationally renowned Australian guitarist Slava Grigoryan will be a true showcase of the guitar. Adelaide Guitar Festival 9-12 August 2018 will present some of the best musicians from around the world crossing genres and showcasing skill & creativity.

August 10 – 12 – SEXPO
Get raunchy Adelaide! SEXPO is back again for the sexiest three day long event of the year. Learn about health, sexuality, and lifestyle. To buy tickets click here.

August 10 & 11 – Maxwell Wine’s Winter Feast 2018
Maxwell Wines are having their annual Winter Feast, this year featuring the extremely talented Joachim Borenius from Mjolner in Sydney. On a communal table setting, get ready to raise your glasses, share some fine drops and get spoilt by a feast torn open in front of you. Eat, drink and be merry they say! The feasts are to take place on Friday 10th August AND Saturday 11th August, from 7:00pm. Tickets are $150 per/person and with only limited spaces available for both nights, get in quick to be sure not to miss out. Pre payment is required at time of booking. For tickets, click here.  Maxwell Wines, 19 Olivers Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia, 5171.

August 11 & 12 – SALA At The Pier Art Wine Walk
This weekend, head down to the Marina in Glenelg between 11am and 5pm to enjoy a feast for the senses! Wander along the marina and enjoy incredible waterfront views, beautiful artwork, amazing South Australian wine & craft bevvys, and a delicious matched array of tasting plates.

August 13 – Meet The NASA Scientists
This National Science Week, NASA scientists will be coming to Australia to speak around the country. They include scientists from the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, Ames Research Centre, Jet Propulsion Lab and CalTech. They work on various space missions, including Kepler and K2, Cassini and TESS (the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite). This is an exciting new 2-year survey mission that will focus on the discovery of exoplanets in orbit around the brightest stars in the sky. Come along and hear the latest information about these important space missions which will increase our understanding of the Universe. When: Mon 13 August, 7:00pm, Where: The Governor Hindmarsh (The Gov), 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, Cost: $5 per person, under 16 free. For more info: Rona Sakko on 0419 827 723 or [email protected]

August 16 – It’s a Truffle Affair
Get in quick Adelaide – this event is nearly sold out!! Cheong Liew and Bethany Finn will once again combine their culinary talents to deliver a truffle inspired six course dinner at Mayflower Restaurant. Indulge in South Australian premium produce matched with the decadence of seasonal truffles and premium local wines… An elegant evening not to be missed by this power chef duo. Where: Mayfair Hotel, 45 King William Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000. How much: $259.00 p/person. When: 6:00pm – 10:30pm. Booking enquires: Contact – [email protected] or call (08) 8210 8888.

August 18 – Xavier Rudd: The Storm Boy 
Xavier Rudd is one of Australia’s most iconic voices. A multi-instrumentalist, surfer & activist, Xavier’s ability to connect with people is astounding. Led by the radiating single Walk Away, Storm Boy is both classic Xavier and something a little new. Produced by Chris Bond (Ben Howard, Tom Speight) and mixed by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, Bowie, U2) it is a record that reflects the power of Xavier’s songwriting – his timeless, philosophical lyrics and his masterful sculpting of melody. Buy tickets here. 

August 18 – Longview Piece Project
Adelaide’s pinnacle street art event for 2018 will be hitting Adelaide as part of the 2018 SALA festival!
Live street art competition, plus DJs from 3:00pm til late. THE ONLY STREET-EVENT TO HIT A VINEYARD!
It’s simple – 4 Australian street artists battle it out  for a chance to be featured on the label of Longview’s ‘The Piece’ Shiraz. The artists have 5 hours to complete a huge mural or piece live before a huge festival crowd enjoying all-day beats and slow-cooked BBQ. And as Longview wine flows, a winner is crowned and people witness the creation of a limited edition wine label in real time. A collectible bottle of wine with a collectible piece of art. Location: Published Arthouse, 11 Canon Street, Adelaide 5000, South Australia. When: 3:00pm – 11:30pm.
Tickets for under 18 year olds are $5.00, and adults are priced at $25.00 p/person. Tickets: click here.

August 19 – Japanese High Tea at Ginza Miyako
Treat yourself to an afternoon of decadence in Ginza Miyako at a luxurious Sunday High Tea. You will experience an unique High Tea with Japanese and French twist. Many items are exclusively found at Ginza Miyako. It also includes a complimentary glass of sparking and unlimited flow of espresso coffee and tea. It is perfect for bridal/baby shower, birthday party or even just an excuse for a catch up afternoon. There’s also a bento box full of fusion Japanese savouries. Sunday, 19th August. $55/pp for adults, $29/pp kids. For bookings, please call (08) 82216147. Bookings are essential. For vegetarian & Gluten Free dietary requirements, please notify the restaurant in advance.

August 19 – Priscilla Queen Of The Desert
The iconic hit musical has more glitter than ever, featuring a dazzling array of more than 500 award-winning costumes, 200 headdresses and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including IT’S RAINING MEN, I WILL SURVIVE, I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE, FINALLY, and many more. Venue: Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Street Adelaide, SA 5000 Australia. 7:00pm – 11:00pm

August 28 – Gene Simmons
Having sold more than 100 million albums worldwide with KISS, Gene Simmons has written and performed some of the most well known anthems in the history of mu-sic. His tongue wagging onstage antics and distinguishable makeup often overshadowed his grossly underrated musicianship, the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee receiving extensive accolades throughout his illustrious career. Adelaide Entertainment Centre, 98 Port Road, Hindmarsh. 7:30pm – 11:30pm

August 31 – The Royal Adelaide Show
Run by the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of SA, the Royal Adelaide Show is the longest running event on the South Australian calendar. Featuring entertainment, food & wine, carnival & showbags, animals, competitive sections, commercial exhibitors & more, there truly is something for everyone!

August 31 – Barossa Gourmet Weekend
If you’ve heard all the hype about Barossa Gourmet Weekend, but never experienced it for yourself, now’s the time. The program is jam packed full of events that showcase the Barossa’s authentic regional food of provenance and quality world class wines. We’ve got intimate tastings, exquisite dining experiences, lingering brunches, masterclass sessions and a one off event unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before!! With a springtime backdrop of vibrant colour and bud-bursting vines, there’s no better time to spend the weekend roaming, exploring and savouring the culinary food and wine delights of the Barossa.

August 31 – Flight Facilities
Following worldwide success, Flight Facilities is returning to Adelaide! Their super amazing beats will soothe your soul, so get down to the Thebby and bask in their sweet, sweet tunes!

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