What’s On In Adelaide & SA This Queen’s Birthday June Long Weekend

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It’s the last of the long weekends for a while, so let’s make this a good one! There’s plenty of great events on offer, or if you want to cosy up inside somewhere there’s always our Ultimate SA Fireplace Venue Guide to check out.

So where’s what’s on, and just to make it easy – here’s the dates for your reference…

Friday June 8th
Saturday June 9th
Sunday June 10th
Monday June 11th

Adelaide Cabaret Festival (Friday June 8th – 23rd)

YES! It’s back and this fabulous festival is kicking off on the Friday of the long weekend, just in time for us to enjoy EVERY MOMENT OF IT!  Established in 2001 and the biggest festival of its kind, Adelaide Festival Centre’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival is a major event in the international and Australian arts calendar. The festival has garnered a reputation of highlighting the best local, national and international artists through an eclectic program of classic and contemporary cabaret performances.

Cabaret Fringe Festival (June 1st – 24th)

Equally fabulous, this grittier version of its more polished cousin above, offers an abundance of talent in some of Adelaide’s great venues.  This year’s cabaret program, sees a robust collection of styles and influences from a stunning range of local emerging stars and established international performers for its 11th annual festival. This will see over 45 events across 15 venues to be held from 1 – 24 June. Find out the details here. 

McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival (Friday June 8th – Sunday June 11th)

What’s the Queen’s Birthday long weekend without some Wintery fun at Sea & Vines! The McLaren Vale Adelaide MINI Garage Sea & Vines Festival celebrates the culinary and winemaking traditions of
South Australia’s world-class gastronomic destination over the June long weekend. With absolutely STACKS of amazing events including casual days of live music, food trucks and wine at cellar doors, family friendly events, plus more formal sit down lunches and dinners, the festival really does have something for everyone. Check out more info here. 

Three Days of Darkness at NOLA (Friday June 8th – Sunday June 11th)

NOLA’s 2nd annual weekend of dark brews is upon us. For three days all 16 of NOLA’s taps will be pouring the dark and the delicious. Make way for the imperial and the barrel aged. Who needs Pale Ale’s anyway? More info here.

Fresh 92.7’s 20th Birthday Bash feat. ShockOne! (Friday June 8th)

Earlier this year, Fresh 92.7 officially turned 20 years old! But what’s a birthday without a huge party to celebrate?
Come and celebrate two decades of broadcasting top-notch electronic music to Adelaide’s young guns! We’re throwing a massive, three-level takeover of HQ Complex with an all-star cast of your favourite Fresh DJs, HUGE headliner, ShockOne. More info here. 

The Traveling Table (Thursday June 7th – Sunday June 11th)

Ever wanted to learn to cook from your Yaya but realised that you don’t have one? Us too. Luckily turns out the City of Unley heard our thoughts, and are hosting The Travelling Table between 7-10 June this year! More details here. 

Dark Nite at The Warradale (Saturday June 9th)

You’ve heard the saying: join the dark side—they have beer! (What? That’s not how it goes?) The Warradale Hotel’s Dark Nite event is a celebration of local, interstate, and international, so if you’re looking to extend your dark beer palate, this is the time and place. Get all the details (including who’s going to be on tap) here!

Barrel To Bottle at Hugh Hamilton Wines (Saturday June 9th)

Explore three barrels of an identical parcel of Shiraz from the Hugh Hamilton Cellar Vineyard, each of which has been resting in the finest, new oak from a different French Cooperage. The nuances of the flavour and structure between these three barrels are a revelation not to be missed. Mary, alongside our winemaker, hosts an extensive masterclass and comparative tasting of the three Tonnellerie series wines, and members appreciate a Q&A session with our Oak representatives. Hugh entertains members with the vintage and vineyard details and hosts a comparative tasting of French Oak and American Oak. Then, hand bottle and label Shiraz direct from the barrel before indulging in a casual lunch with Hugh, Mary and Nic, catered by Out In The Paddock. Feel like a novice winemaker at the end of the day, then get the opportunity to take home your wine with your name on it. To book head here.

Gin Fest at Glen Ewin Estate (Saturday June 9th)

Come and explore a world of gin at the Glen Ewin Estate Gin Fest. We are celebrating World Gin Day with this epic event designed for the most enthusiastic gin lovers. Meet, taste and discover the best local and interstate artisan gin distillers. Entertainment Adelaide will be the life of the party, entertaining everyone with their unique live DJ, percussion and saxophonist. Snapple Photo Booths will be supplying a Coffee Cart and Photobooth, and Glen Ewin’s amazing bar staff will be mixing delicious Gin Cocktails. Food and beverages will be available to purchase, and we will have special event pricing for you to take home your favourite bottles of gin. More details here. 

World Gin Day at Prohibition (Saturday June 9th)

This is basically an all-day mini gin-festival, with tastings happening all afternoon at Prohibition on Gilbert Street in the city, as they host a variety of amazing gin Distilleries. You’ll get the opportunity to meet the makers and people behind the brands of some of the most  loved distilleries of the world from 1pm to 5pm! More details here. 

World Gin Day – Flight Club 18 (Saturday June 9th)

This World Gin Day, the Howling Owl are offering a number of ticketed and non-ticketed events. They’ll be launching their International Winter Cocktail Menu (sure to feature plenty of gin-based delights!) to the sounds of a set of DJs till late. And the theme this year is Flight Club (first rule—don’t talk about it), so there’ll be happy hour flights between 5pm and 6pm and from 7pm to 8pm. More details here.

Lyrebird World Gin Day Takeover at BRKLYN (Saturday June 9th)

Brklyn is teaming up with Lyrebird Distilling for a World Gin Day Event! Lyrebird will be taking over the bar and making 3 unique cocktails with their gin. More info here.

Inglewood Inn Pear Gin Launch Party (Saturday June 9th)

To celebrate World Gin Day the Inglewood Inn will be launching their hotly anticipated Pear Gin in collaboration with Applewood Distillery. Inglewood is the pear district of SA and over the past few years crops have been decimated by hail storms, leaving marked “ugly” fruit that large retailers won’t touch. They’ve decided to use that fruit to make Inglewood Inn gin and create awareness that it doesn’t matter how it looks … what matters is how it tastes! More details here.

Mitolo Wines Truffle Dinner (Saturday June 9th)

Indulge your senses with a 6 course degustation themed dinner of Australian Black truffles + matching wines + Caviar + Champagne on arrival. Co-hosted by Mitolo, Bocca di Lupo’s head chef Tom Jack and guest Tim Scott, Sous chef Elements, Byron Bay.  $250 p/p get your tickets here.

Murder & Music at the Manor (Sunday June 10th)

Introduced at Fringe, the Emma Knights Production is coming back to the Basket Range Manor. Fulfil the inner detective inside of you as you are cordially invited by Albert Pinchbeck to his will reading and murder and mayhem will ensue. Find out more here.

St Hugo Winemaker’s Dinner (Sunday June 10th)

Discover the rich history of St Hugo and immerse yourself in the true essence of the winery set amongst the vines, while they take you on a culinary journey created by locally renowned Executive Chef and recently awarded South Australia Chef of the Year, Mark McNamara. Chief Winemaker, Dan Swincer has carefully selected his favourite dishes and wine matches from the past 18 months to bring you a 7-course dinner matched with St Hugo’s award-winning wines. Get the details here.

Avicii Tribute Night (Sunday June 10th)

Electra House Hotel are hosting a night to remember one of the world’s greatest EDM artists, Avicii, and to celebrate his music. In collaboration with Beyond Blue and Entertainment Adelaide, with part of the proceeds supporting mental health and awareness, DJs will be playing tracks by Avicii and friends all night. Find all the details and tickets here. 

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