There’s no doubt that March is, by far, the biggest month in Adelaide for events, with Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival, WOMADelaide, the Royal Croquet Club and for racing fans, Adelaide 500. If there’s one where you’ll never run out things to do, this is it!
Luckily for everyone though, we’ve put together a bunch of some of the top events happening around Adelaide this Mad March. Have a persue and get planning!
February 16 – March 18 – Adelaide Fringe
The Adelaide Fringe is the centrepiece of South Australia’s events calendar. There’s something for everyone with a seemingly infinite number of shows across variety of genres like comedy, theatre, cabaret, circus, dance, film, music, visual art and design. Get all the details and our reviews here.
March 1-4 – Adelaide 500
Aside from the actual car racing, the line up at this year’s Adelaide 500 is nothing short of stellar! There’s plenty for everyone with Cold Chisel, Live rocking and English pop superstar Robbie Williams headlining respective nights with Aussies Sheppard to close out the event.
March 2 – Cellar Door Festival
Cellar Door Festival is South Australia’s most awarded wine festival. Held at the Adelaide Convention Centre. This three day event allows patrons to not only taste the wine, but meet the winemakers and immerse themselves in the best that South Australian wine culture has to offer.
March 2 – Campbelltown Moonlight Markets
This annual fun filled family event is available for all ages and is a summer favourite in South Australia. These markets feature over one hundred artisan craft and fashion stalls and showcases some of the best flavours of the Campbelltown Food Trail Vendors. All this combined with music, entertainment, and a tonne of free craft activities for kids, makes it a number one stop this March! This event will be held at Thorndon Park, Paradise and can be enjoed from 6:00pm-10:00pm.
March 2-18 – 2018 Adelaide Festival
Adelaide Festival showcases the best of the high culture from Australia and world to the city, for two short weeks. The festival covers a wide span including: theatre, opera, music, dance, visual arts, installation and more. This year’s highlights include the brilliant Grace Jones, Lost and Found Orchestra, Hamlet directed by Neil Armfield, Bernstein on Stage and The Balanescu Quartet Retrospective.
March 2-18 – Adelaide Festival Palais
During the Festival, The Palais is transformed into a funky floating nightclub hosting world famous music acts, long lunches, breakfast sanctuary and lively centre for debate. This year’s line-up includes indie rock giants Grizzly Bear, Perfume Genius and Mount Kimbie, as well as Australian icons Regurgitator and Arts Vs Science. The Long Lunches are curated by Gill Minervini under the theme “Under the Influence of Adelaide”.
March 2-18 – Lot 14 Pop-up
Taking place at the Former Royal Adelaide Hospital site, Lot 14 Pop-up is where you’ll get the chance to select from some of the best locally sourced beer, cider, wine, and gin from SA. This is a number 1 spot in Adelaide where you can soak up the atmosphere with friends while you drink and enjoy insta-worthy platters and can enjoy some stellar live performances.
March 3 – Adelaide Writers Week
The inspiring Adelaide Writers Week has an impressive schedule this year with writers from a host of different genres sharing their skills, tips and insights. Whether you’re a fan of crime fiction, short stories, non-fiction, politics, biographies, or more, if you love reading, Writers Week will have you covered.
March 3 – Day Dance at Simon Hackett Winery
Day Dance in McLaren Vale this year is primed to go off with first-round tickets already selling out. Sway to some catchy acoustic tunes in the afternoon with DJs taking over in the evening. Some of Adelaide’s best food trucks will provide an array of great food, while punters can choose from a fantastic range of Simon Hackett wines or enjoy the special gin and tonic bar.
March 3 – Flamenco & Dinner @ Hoosegow
Enjoy our ‘charcoal deliciousness’ share menu created for the night whilst enjoying ‘the sounds of Spain’ by Alma Flamenca! Dancing, singing and flamenco guitar! Olè! Bookings essential. To book call Hoosegow on 8332 6599.
March 7 – Ed Sheeran
The massive pop singer/ songwriter Ed Sheeran is returning to Australia this coming March, bringing with him rising artists and national support acts. While Melbourne can expect to see Bliss n Eso open the show ahead of Sheeran, Adelaide can look forward to seeing the Sydney singer/ songwriter sensation – Fergus James. After his hugely successful Australian tour in 2015 we’re so glad to see him return to The Adelaide Oval this year not long after the release of his newest album Divide.
March 7 – Let Us Feed You @ 2KW (before Ed Sheeran)
This one’s for the Ed Sheerean punters! 2KW will be doing an express “Let Us Feed You” dinner pre Ed Sheeran concert $55 a head – bookings essential. To book call them on 8212 5511.
March 8 – Herb Armstrong Live in the NOLA Laneway
Herb is the grandson of the famous New Orleans singer songwriter Louis Armstrong and is truly larger than life. He is a big man with an even bigger voice. Come down to the NOLA laneway and watch Herb perform the music and memories of his grandfather, the late great Louis Armstrong and the infectious Zydeco and Second Line grooves in an interactive floor show.
March 9-12 – WOMADelaide
Australia’s premier world music event, WOMADelaide is one of the biggest events in Adelaide’s music calendar with a selection of the best acts from all music disciplines. A educative and inspiring few days, come and see the best the best music the world has to offer. This year one of Australia’s greatest ever electronic acts, The Avalanches, plays the main stage on Saturday.
March 12 – Adelaide Cup Day
The Adelaide Cup is South Australia’s premier horse racing event. Held at Morphettville Racecourse, it is one of the biggest events of the South Australian sporting calendar. Adelaide Cup day at Morphettville Racecourse a great excuse to frock up, or dust off that old tux and have a punt, while sipping on a champa or three. We recommend getting one of the hospitality packages on offer at the Racecourse, for a great day.
March 13 – No Heels, No Hangover @ HQ
Get clubbersising, and hit the Q for a solid workout! Clubbercise® classes are taught in a darkened room with disco lights and our trademark LED glow sticks set to a soundtrack of old and new club hits. A fusion of dance, toning and combat moves with high/low impact options for all fitness levels, one class burns around 600 calories.
March 15 – April 15 – Glenelg Openair Cinema
Glenelg’s Openair Cinema is returning to the bay this March through allowing people to take in the gorgeous coastal ambience, while they watch some fantastic films. Complete with some of the greatest new releases, cult classics and family favourites, Glenelg’s Openair Cinema is a summer favourite every year.
Prepare for iconic indie rock anthems in the great outdoors when The Living End, Spiderbait, Veruca Salt, Tumbleweed, and The Fauves come together for an almighty show. It’s a bill bursting with bands who were part of the alternative heyday of the 1990’s, a period that has left a remarkable legacy on Australian music fans and continues to be held with muchos affection.
March 17 – Adelaide Oval St Patrick’s Day
This St Patrick’s Day, in conjunction with the Adelaide Irish Club, Adelaide Oval is turning green, in every sense of the word. Starting early in the morning and continuing on until late into the evening, you will be able to go and revel in the Irish festivities on the Telstra Plaza where there will be food and drinks, free entry and live entertainment all day long. This event is open to all ages so round up your family and friends for a big day of celebrations featuring Irish dancers, pipers, live music, Irish dancing classes and much more.
March 22 – Alliance French Film Festival
French film culture has been a pivotal part of global film culture, with France amongst the pioneers of filmmaking at the start of the 20th Century and the influential French New Wave helping define and shape filmmaking as we know it today, particularly with contemporary French filmmaking. The Alliance French Film Festival at Palace Nova Eastend not only appeals to die hard French film aficionados, but also people looking to expand their horizons when it comes to film culture.
March 22 – 2018 AFL Premiership Season Launch
The AFL Season kicks off on Thursday March 22, with the first match at Adelaide Oval on Saturday March 24th between Port Adelaide Power and the Fremantle Dockers at 4:00pm. The Crows play interstate in Round 1 before they play their first home match in a blockbuster Grand Final rematch on Thursday March 29 at Adelaide Oval.
March 22 – Limp Bizkit
After initially leaving Adelaide off their first Australian tour in 5 years, Limp Bizkit will be bringing back some of the best of 90’s rap-rock we’ll be Rollin’ with My Generation, and hopefully, the mosh won’t Break Stuff.
March 24 – Beachside Food and Wine Festival
The Beachside Food and Wine Festival is a welcome excuse to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Fringe in the CBD. The festival is held at Rotary Park and the Esplanade at Christies Beach and features an array of top notch local food, wine and beer.
March 24 – East End Wine Down
The biggest laneway taste festival in Adelaide’s East End, East End Wine Down is back! Dubbed a pop up, urban laneway taste fest, this year’s event is on Saturday March 24th from noon til 5pm in Vardon Avenue. There’ll be over 100 of SA’s best vinos, ciders and a touch of GIN!
March 24 – SA Life Verco Cup Polo Tournament
Once considered the sport of Kings, polo has become a not-to-be-missed spectacle in the modern social calendar- and not just because of the fashion. Do not underestimate the intensity of seeing horses and riders alike going toe-to-toe in a fast paced, rough and hard sport that requires both skill and tactics and is ultimately a thrilling display of riding ability and fierce competition.
March 25 – GAP SA Foster Day
Thinking of growing your family with a new doggo? The GAP SA Foster day is your best bet for family friendly dogs. Get some more info or maybe even find your new best mate! Plus, we’ve heard there’ll be a bouncy castle!
March 26 – Bruno Mars
It seems Adelaide is being graced with a stack of renowned artists this March, so the Grammy Award winning sensation Bruno Mars fits right in! We’re pumped to see him return after his hugely successful show in 2014, only this time he’s bringing with him upcoming star Dua Lipa. Currently touring through Europe and the UK, Bruno Mars will make a stop at The Adelaide Entertainment Centre in late March with his 24K Magic World Tour.
March 29-30 – Blenheim Music and Camping Festival
The home grown Blenheim Music and Camping Festival has grown to become a fixture on the Easter long weekend in Adelaide. With a mix of local and national bands, the casual and friendly atmosphere of the festival has punters going back year after year.
March 29 – Riverside Degustation Dinner featuring The Lane Vineyard
Indulge in the elegant experience of Riverside Restaurant on an evening showcasing wines from one of the Adelaide Hill’s region’s finest vineyard, The Lane. Complementing a full array of wines is an extensive 5-course degustation menu created by Intercontinental Adelaide Executive Chef Tony Hart and The Lane’s Executive Chef, James Brinklow. Tickets are $140 per person. All details available here.
March 28 – Colours of Impressionism; Masterpieces from Musée d’Orsay
With over 65 Impressionist pieces from the Musée d’Orsay Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay explores the use of colour which defines the the Impressionism movement in art. It includes master works by Monet, Renoir, Manet, Morisot, Pissarro and Cézanne. Opening night for Art Gallery members is on March 28th, while for the rest of the public, it runs from March 29th to the July 29th.
March 30 – Good Friday Rooftop Party @ 2KW
Party away into the Easter long weekend with Sundaysocial at 2KW. With Sundaysocial DJs taking over the decks from 3pm and a Lyrebird Gin or Sloebrew beer on arrival! Tickets are $30 and you can get them here.
March 30 – A Very GOOD Friday @ Electra House
Good Friday has become a great Friday this year with the (finally) lifting of booze restrictions, leaving us all free to party away into the Easter Long Weekend. To celebrate Electra House hotel will be throwing A Very Good Friday party with dancing and drinking well into the night!
March 30 – Tuna Cutting Demo at Ginza Miyako
Celebrating the traditional fish dishes of Good Friday, Chef Ushiro will be performing a live tuna cutting demonstration for customers dining in at the restaurant. A showcase of his amazing skill, customers will be offered complimentary tuna sashimi from the carving, and should they love it, can purchase a larger plate of the sashimi for a discounted price.
March 30-31 – Kidz Gigantic Day Out, Friday March 30 & Saturday March 31
Kidz GIGANTIC Day Out is Adelaide’s newest and most exciting event…..designed especially for kids! Held Friday and Saturday, 30 – 31 March 2018, over the Easter long weekend, Kidz GIGANTIC Day Out has an action packed line-up of activities including Brick-a-laide and more!
March 31 – Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival
When we say Easter Long Weekend one of the first things that comes to everyone’s mind is Oakbank! It is one of the biggest events on the yearly event calendar and for good reason! The hardest decision is choosing which day to attend, Saturday or Monday? Take your picnic rug, some delicious food and of course, all of the wine, as you set up for a day of racing and feasting fun!