Events

Events

Melbourne - Adelaide Events 2014

All year round there are great events to keep you entertained - here's a selection of our favourites!

To search for more events, music and food & wine festivals and sports, check out the events calendars at visitvictoria.com/events and southaustralia.com/events.aspx

 

South Australian Living Artists Festival

1 - 24 August 2014

The South Australian Living Artists Festival is the largest visual arts festival in Australia. Its extensive state-wide program of visual arts involves more than 3000 artists and 500 venues that celebrate the diverse talents of South Australian artists. Don't miss your chance to view SA's brilliant work.

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Geelong Classic Dancesport Festival

6 September 2014

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Grampians Brushes 2014

13-18 September 2014

Set in the gorgeous hillside setting of the Grampians, the Halls Gap Township boasts a number of popular exhibitions, shows and events all through the year. A number of guests come here to indulge in the inviting setting of the hill ranges and lush forest while visiting the various event venues offering many activity and entertainment options. Whether it is an art exhibition or the art festivals, the event calendar of Halls Gap has every type of events to entertain its guests all through the year.

Art lovers and enthusiasts will surely love to participate and attend the Grampians Brushes. This typical art festival offers many workshops is an excellent platform for aspiring candidates to learn new artworks inclusive of the newest methods in charcoal painting, contemporary artworks, traditional paintings and sketches.

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The Lower Lakes Stockmans Challenge & Bush Festival

19 - 21 September 2014, Strathalbyn

This event is a 3 day celebration of traditional Australian bush heritage skills with entertainment, activities, displays, food court, a ute muster and a stockmans challenge showcasing some of Australia's top riders in 2 days of tough competition followed by thrilling action-packed finals on Sunday. Full on fun for all the family.

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Stawell Orchid Society Summer Show

26 - 28 September 2014

The Grampians hosts an amazing wild flower event called the Stawell Orchid Society Summer Show every spring. A number of visitors head to the Grampians to enjoy this stunning orchid show and explore the amazing wildflowers and orchid plants at the woodlands and wetlands across the landscape of Halls Gap and Wimmera.

With a variety of orchid and flowering plant species, the Orchid Society Summer Show offers a perfect venue for everyone to indulge in. You will also see an array of threatened wildflower and orchid species at this show. Guests can choose to walk or take a bus tour to explore this amazing event venue.

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Bay to Birdwood Classic Rally, Adelaide and Adelaide Hills

28 September 2014

The sun will not yet have risen over the Adelaide Hills when the very first vehicles start arriving at Adelaide Shores. It may only be 6:00am but the excitement will already be palpable as these marvellous veteran, vintage and early classic vehicles ready themselves for the biennial Bay to Birdwood Run.

Breakfast With The Cars has become a tradition and this is the spectators opportunity to mix 'n mingle with entrants and their vehicles. Enjoy a variety of breakfasts provided by local vendors washed down with jazz and other vintage entertainment, line the start ahead of the flag off by the one and only Glen Dix at 8.30 am and be a part of this icon event. It takes approximately 1.5 hours for all entrant vehicles to depart on the route to Birdwood - give them a send off they won't forget!

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Kangaroo Island Art Feast

2 - 6 October 2014

The Kangaroo Island Art Feast is an annual celebration of art, food and wine. The event returns in 2014 with venues from east to west across the island.

Galleries, wineries, restaurants, studios, workshops and outdoor venues host exhibitions and events to celebrate the art, food and wine of Kangaroo Island. There'll be exhibitions, parties, concerts, performances and food, all contributing to a vibrant Art Feast in glorious springtime on Kangaroo Island.

Please refer to The Kangaroo Island Art Feast website for full program details including costs.

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Geelong RiverFest

4 October 2014

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Grampians Wildflower Show 2014

4-5 October 2014

The spectacular region of the Grampians is also an oasis for wildflower and orchid lovers. Every spring, the area glows with many colourful wildflower plants and their blooms. Whether it is the mountainous landscape or the beautiful walking pathways near the lakeside, you will find many blooming wildflower plants in the Grampians during spring. Hence, the region is known to host a number of popular wildflower festivals and shows.

One of these fests is the Grampians Wildflower Show held for 4 days during every October. Guests coming here for an outing or vacation shouldn’t miss the show; escape in to a paradise-like setting boasting wide array of orchids, lilies and other native colourful wild flowering plants that the Grampians has to offer.

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Geelong Cup

22 October 2014

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Toast to the Coast 2014

01 - 02 November 2014

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Langhorne Creek Out of the Barrel

8 - 9 November 2014

Our annual springtime event where you have the chance to get a sneak peek of pre-release wines and have some out of the barrel experiences.

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Halls Gap Film Festival

November 2014

With its old-style country fashioned hospitality, many charming cinemas and an array of internationally renowned films, the Halls Gap Film Festival is one of the most amazing events for all those movie lovers in the nation. In addition, the charming venue of the Classic Cinema Centenary Hall next to the picturesque Grampians National Park welcomes all those fans to this dreamland of movie magic to enjoy watching a wide array of shows and cinemas.

The Grampians Film Society, together with the committee of Halls Gap Tourism, hosts this amazing film festival. Whether your interest is in classic cinema or in some latest movie collections, the Halls Gap Film festival includes all such things to entertain you.

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Credit Union Christmas Pageant, Adelaide

8 November 2014

Join the excited families and line the 3.3 kilometre route in Adelaide's city centre to welcome the colourful and exciting Credit Union Christmas Pageant - the traditional welcome to the festive season.

Get your spot early- you'll be amazed at early birds and the Christmas spirit. Watch the amazing parade of storybook floats; listen to the marching bands and to wave to Father Christmas.

From humble beginnings of just eight horse drawn floats and four bands, the event has grown to include 63 floats, 16 bands, 11 dancing groups, clowns and walking sets. Watch as more than 1,700 people participate in the pageant. More than 200 extra volunteers work behind the scenes to make the pageant possible.

Credit Union Christmas Pageant is a family event. Enjoy the spirit of Christmas and community.

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Tough Mudder

13 - 14 December 2014

South Australia's first ever Tough Mudder isn't for the faint of heart.

This December, Langhorne Creek will see the works, bringing iconic obstacles and some new ones fresh from the States. For any average person, wine country will be transformed into whine country. But full-blooded Mudders will conquer the wicked mud from the Bremer River Floodplains, plough through the thick scrub and tackle the open farmland with guts, grit and glory.

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Goolwa Regatta Week, Fleurieu Peninsula

January 2015

Goolwa Regatta Week is very proudly organised by the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club (GRYC).  It has conducted the iconic Milang Goolwa Freshwater Classic since 1974 and expanded the program of events when it launched the Goolwa Regatta Week in 2012, with strong community support.

The highlight of the week is The Marina Hindmarsh Island 2014 Milang Goolwa Freshwater Classic yacht race.

The Goolwa Regatta Week will provide lots of reasons for yacht racers, casual sailors, families, friends and holiday-makers to spend the week in this beautiful part of the world.

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Kangaroo Island Gourmet Gallop, Kangaroo Island

24 January 2015

South Australia Racing – Kangaroo Island Gourmet Gallop

January has arrived and the time to set a well attired foot onto the green is here. Horse races stand as one of Australia’s most beloved events and when it comes mixed with gourmet food and wine, Kangaroo Island has it covered.

The Gourmet Gallop Food & Wine Festival in South Australia is an annual event held on January 21st that beckons tourists and locals alike to join in and indulge in good food, fine wine and a day full of horse racing action on the striking Cygnet River Racecourse.  Making the Gourmet Gallop that little bit sweeter, entrance is free so your pennies can be saved for an indulgent day of food and wine.

Taste the Limestone Coast, Limestone Coast

February 2015

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Coopers Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival

15 – 17 February

Adelaide Fringe

13 February - 15 March 2015

Adelaide Fringe is an annual open-access arts festival run over four weeks in Adelaide during February and March.

The Adelaide Fringe's 53 year history is a testament to its enduring success. The event is regarded as one of the most diverse arts festivals in the world, renowned for fresh ideas, spontaneity and fun.

You will be able to see artists from around Australia and across the globe participate alongside home-grown talent, in art forms spanning cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, puppetry, music, visual art and design.

Adelaide Fringe literally takes over the entire city with 900 events staged in pop up venues in parks, warehouses, lane-ways and empty buildings as well as established venues such as theatres, hotels, art galleries, cafes and town halls.

Included in the program are many free events including the Opening Night Parade and a Street Theatre Festival.

Refer to event website for full program.

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SA Wooden Boat and Music Festival, Fleurieu Peninsula

21 - 22 February 2015

Experience the colour and excitement of this award winning festival at Goolwa on the River Murray.

The Festival held within the Goolwa Wharf Precinct provides a weekend filled with on water and on land action, loads of entertainment and opportunity to get up close and personal with wooden river vessels, from elegant yachts to sleek classic speedboats.

There is plenty to see and do for all the family on both water and land.

Enjoy a full program of on water and on land events

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Clipsal 500, Adelaide

Adelaide Casino Adelaide Cup

Rip Curl Pro, Great Ocean Road

15 - 26 April 2015 (dates to be confirmed)

The Rip Curl Pro will this year be celebrating the 53rd anniversary of the Bells Beach Easter Rally and the Rip Curl Pro in Australia's surfing home of Torquay.

The ASP World Tour's best 34 male surfers, one Rip Curl Wildcard and one local Victorian Wildcard from the Championship Moves Trials will be at Bells over Easter to compete in the year's second ASP World Tour contest. But it will be only one deserving winner who will get to ring the prized Bell on the final day of competition.

Joining the Men and Women of the ASP will be the world's hottest 16-year-old junior talent, who will be in town competing in the international final of the Rip Curl GromSearch Series.

In tow with the action in the water, there will be plenty happening on land for fans, visitors and surfers alike, between the famous Bells contest site, the local pubs and legendary parties around town.

The Rip Curl Pro is the only professional sporting event allowed to be held on Easter Friday in Australia and since it is celebrating 51 years of competition at Bells, there is no better place to be for all sport fans!

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Stawell Gift, Grampians