The Australia Day long weekend is just around the corner so it’s time get outside and finally enjoy this hot summer weather. Whichever day you choose to celebrate, there’s loads going on across the whole weekend including beach parties, festivals, Hottest 100 parties, international music acts and a whole lot more.
So get some friends together, lather on the sunscreen and grab a few beers to celebrate in true blue style. So you don’t miss out, we’ve compiled a list of the hottest places and events to head to this Australia Day long weekend – just take your pick.
The wine event of summer is here! It’s taking place across three days of the Australia Day long weekend in the gorgeous Adelaide Hills region. There will be music, art, theatre, local produce and of course, loads of tasty wine!
Spend the whole weekend partying at the Rammy with mad drink specials (we’re looking at $6 voddies, beers and ciders!), daily food specials and cranking tunes. It’s shaping up to be a cracker of a weekend!
Pack a picnic basket, grab your blanket and make your way to Paxton Wines in McLaren Vale for a free picnic all weekend long. Of course, there will be plenty of wine on offer to pair with your basket full of cheese.
What better place to party over the long weekend than inside Oddio’s super chic winery bar? They’ll be joined by Pike’s Beer Co, Frederick Stevenson, Delinquente and GAG wines. And to soak it all up, the dudes from Sunny’s Pizza will be on hand to dish out delicious pizza from their truck.
It’s a four-day party at Feathers with a little bit of everything on offer. They’ve got live entertainment, DJs, a classic hottest 100 playlist and a Crush Festival afterparty. Did we mention there will be $15 jugs of coopers?!
It’s going to be THE place to party at Glenelg with DJs and drinks and of course a beach nearby to cool off after all that dancing. And out on the sand is South Australia’s first and now favourite beach club, the Moseley Beach Club! Sun, sand and cocktails all weekend – what more could you want?!
You will be able to admire gorgeous – and potentially iconic – sculptures all weekend at the 12th annual Patritti Brighton Jetty Sculptures exhibition. Wander along the foreshore at any time of day or night and pick out your favourite piece. Starting on Wednesday January 23, it’s the perfect free summer entertainment.
The Woolshed is hosting a jam-packed weekend with a Saturday night beach party and a Sunday Hottest 100 party. There will even be Vegemite shots and Zooper Dooper cocktails, yes you heard that right!
Sure to be the biggest Australia Day celebrations in Adelaide. Head down King William Street from 6pm for the multicultural Australia Day Parade then over to Elder Park for the free Australia Day Concert (feat. the Veronicas!) plus the spectacular Australia Day fireworks display.
For some cold beers, great food and amazing beachside views, make your way down South to the Seacliff Beach Hotel. Open all weekend with live music and drink specials.
Australia Day Eve | Friday | January 25
We can feel it coming in the air tonight, and it’s not a drumming gorilla! It’s music legend, Phil Collins. He’s touring Australia with a not-to-be-missed show at Adelaide Oval for a fun night of easy-listening pop.
Australian rock royalty are heading to Port Adelaide to rock out in an unmissable outdoor live music festival. See bands such as You am I, Eskimo Joe, British India and more, but get in quick before it sells out.
The Chefs twist on some real Aussie Classics this Australia Day with Fabian Lehmann’s ‘Just Feed Us’ menu on the Maxwell deck. Friday night on the decks will feature an Aussie ‘Feed Us’ menu, inspired by some Aussie pop classics. Featuring a clever twist to the Bunnings sausage sizzle course. That’s right, a Bunning’s sausage sizzle course. More info here.
Australia Day | Saturday | January 26
The Entertainment Centre is the place to be this Australia Day, as British electro-rockers, The Prodigy, take up the stage to a sold-out crowd.
The skies of Semaphore will be lit up on Australia Day courtesy of a free community fireworks event. Take the family for a fun night on the Semaphore foreshore, admiring the fireworks on a warm summer’s eve.
Essential Theatre are putting on a performance of Shakespeare’s much-loved, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Take the whole family to watch this enchanting performance under a summer sky. Limited tickets available.
The perfect place to watch the cricket this Australia Day! Australia vs Sri Lanka will be live on the big screens accompanied by Aussie food and drink specials.
Try a luncheon for Australia Day with The Lane’s scene-stealer from Crush: the Australia Day long lunch featuring three courses from Jimmy’s Kitchen. Cost: $95 pp (including wine matching).
Head down to the Walkers Arms and celebrate Australia Day watching the cricket on the big screen while eating Aussie inspired food specials and drinking a cold beer or maybe even a Pimms.
The stunning grounds of Carrick Hill will be home to a free Aussie BBQ, face painting and children’s activities this Australia Day.
Celebrate Australia Day in the Kensi’s Corner Bar with beers, burgers and cricket. Australia v Sri Lanka on the screens from 1:30pm, and of course, drink specials, including $28 corona buckets.
For a super fun family day out, take the kids to Waterworld for some swimming, inflatable slides, racing slides and an obstacle course.
Get along to the TA Courtyard to watch Australia vs Sri Lanka on the big screen. There’s a free BBQ and $10 espresso martinis to top it all off.
Five of Adelaide’s best party bands will be putting on one hell of a show at Oakden’s B Social. You can join in on the Aussie Day party for $30.
If you’re looking for something to rock out to on Australia Day, then look no further than the West Thebby. They’ve got some hard hitting live bands happening from 8pm.
For something a little different, get your skates on! The Ice Arena in celebrating Australia Day in style with a best dressed Aussie themed competition and some thong tossing on the ice. It’s the perfect place to escape the heat.
The Chefs twist on some real Aussie Classics this Australia Day with Fabian Lehmann’s ‘Just Feed Us’ menu on the Maxwell deck. Lunch on Saturday will feature an Aussie ‘Feed Us’ menu, inspired by some Aussie pop classics. Featuring a clever twist to the Bunnings sausage sizzle course. That’s right, a Bunning’s sausage sizzle course. More info here.
Sunday | January 27
Head to the Holdy’s beer garden with a few mates to count down the hottest songs of the year. They’ve got a few decent drink specials to accompany the music as well.
If the Hottest 100 isn’t quite your thing, then instead check out a showcase of some of the best of the electronic music world, headlined by prolific trance superstar, DJ Paul Van Dyk. This year, it’ll be held at Thebby Theatre, but get in quick as there are only limited tickets available.
If your idea of a perfect Sunday involves pizza (let’s be honest, whose doesn’t?) then this is the place to be. Head up to the roof for some sunshine, cocktails and some pretty amazing pizza, including leopard spot pizza!
Adelaide’s resident indie DJ, DJ Craig, will be delivering a blast from the past in the Rhino Room basement. Expect to hear dance floor classics of disco, soul, rock and pop from the 50s to the 80s. And don’t worry, you’ll have Monday to recover so you can party all night.
Coopers Stadium is the place to be on Sunday for a football fix as Adelaide takes on the Mariners. Mid-table Adelaide will be looking for a much-needed three points in front of what should to be a lively home crowd. It all kicks off at 5:30pm.
The Casino’s Oasis Bar will be home to a nostalgic party featuring the likes of Aussie faves such as Kylie Minogue and Michael Hutchence. Better book that perm appointment!
Three big tribute bands will be belting out the best of Aussie Rock in one glorious night. Pre-purchase tickets or pick them up at the door.
Monday | January 28
To raise funds for Cure Cancer, Lady Burra is hosting an Australia Day event with a cause. Not only will they be selling wood oven roast pork and Portuguese slaw sandwiches, but $1 from every sandwich (or pint) sold goes directly to the charity.