South Australia is Australia’s best festival state, an accolade they’ve won two years in a row.  January kicks things off with Crush Festival, where Adelaide Hills wineries open their doors.  Food and wine fans can continue to imbibe themselves with Tasting Australia and Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend.  Art lovers are in for a treat with Adelaide Festival’s four world premieres and then the Art Gallery of South Australia hosting 65 pieces of Impressionist art from the renowned Musée d’Orsay.  There’s no excuse to stay at home with so much on your doorstep!

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Crush Festival

26 - 28 January 2018

Head to the Adelaide Hills for Crush 2018 and experience the open-hearted hospitality of the Adelaide Hills at its best.

Held on 26 - 28 January, the event showcases regional wine alongside a lively mix of dance, music, culture, art, fashion and food. Celebrate the best things about life in the Adelaide Hills at more than 30 participating venues.

The Adelaide Hills is renowned as a sophisticated, beautiful and easily accessible cool climate wine region, with many wineries just a half hour drive from Adelaide. 

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SeaLink Kangaroo Island Racing Carnival

15 & 17 February 2018

Famous for its entertainment, food, wine and fun in a spectacular island setting, the SeaLink Kangaroo Island Racing Carnival is a ‘must do’ on the South Australian event calendar.

The Cygnet River Racecourse comes alive with great country racing on Thursday 15th and Saturday 17th February 2018. Thursday is a casual race day, but Saturday is when race-goers like to dress up in true racing style and enjoy the trackside entertainment, colourful marquees, fashion on the field competition and the abundance of local Kangaroo Island food and wine.

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Adelaide Festival

2 - 18 March 2018

For more than 55 years Adelaide Festival audiences have delighted in an outstanding mix of internationally acclaimed theatre productions, an eclectic array of world-class musicians, breathtaking dance pieces, renowned writers and striking visual arts displays.

Enjoyed amid warm March days and starry nights, Adelaide Festival’s celebration of creative excellence makes for an event of truly epic proportions. With 4 world premieres, 14 Australian premieres and 13 events exclusive to Adelaide, the 2018 Adelaide Festival is not one to be missed.

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Colour of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee d'Orsay

29 March - 29 July 2018

More than 65 Impressionist masterpieces from the renowned collection of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris feature in a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay charts the revolution of colour that lies at the very heart of Impressionism and includes master works by Monet, Renoir, Manet, Morisot, Pissarro and Cézanne, among many others.

The exhibition will be staged in one of Australia’s few nineteenth-century gallery spaces. A fitting backdrop for Colours of Impressionism, the Elder Wing recalls the light-filled interior of the former metro station that now houses the Musée d’Orsay on Paris’ Left Bank.

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Tasting Australia

13 - 22 April 2018

Tasting Australia is a journey of South Australia’s produce from paddock to plate.

Tasting Australia is where foodies come to discover what’s new on the menu. Be it a collaboration among world-class chefs, an inimitable tasting of beer, wine or spirits, or an evening soaking up the charred flavours and aromas of Town Square, Tasting Australia is an unique and moreish food and beverage experience.

Long lunches, exclusive dinners, farm tours, tastings, masterclasses, sharing and conversation; they’re all there. Above all, Tasting Australia offers up Adelaide as the launchpad to unforgettable experiences that will leave you hungry for more.

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Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend

18 - 20 May 2018

Australia’s first food and wine event marks the end of vintage with the region’s award-winning wine and food paired with music and the backdrop of the stunning Clare Valley.

Celebrate the end of vintage with the Clare Valley winemakers at the South Australian region’s Gourmet Weekend. The festival gives visitors an insight into the process of making wine as well as an opportunity to sample some wonderful local cooking at over 30 wineries. There are also kids’ activities, masterclasses and a spectacular gala dinner.

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