The 7 Best Things To Do In Adelaide This October
A floating BBQ on the river, love song dedications and a wine party with dogs.
A festival of high fashion, a host of events celebrating South Australia’s homegrown produce and artistic talent, and the best/worst love songs of all time.
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Enjoy a BBQ on the Torrens river
Not beside the river, or on the bank – actually on the river. Water would appear to be the natural enemy of fire, but the lads at BBQ Buoys have invented an ingeniously fun way of uniting the long-time adversaries. Hire one of their doughnut-shaped floating barbecues and cruise the city of Adelaide’s primary waterway. It’s a BYO-meat affair, but drinks can be purchased in various packages when you book.
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Lose yourself in a world-famous produce market
We recommend blocking out a few hours in the travel diary for this one as you roam between the stalls, unearthing the fresh, local produce South Australia is famous for. With over 80 vendors selling everything from cheese to coffee, fruit and veg to oven-fresh Asian buns and an entire store dedicated to mushrooms, there’s something for everyone’s passion and persuasion. The Adelaide Central Market is open Thursday – Saturday and every Tuesday.
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Tell someone “I love you” under a pink moon
Cuddle up and get cosy with the crew at one of Adelaide’s hottest small bars – Pink Moon Saloon – as they lay on a night of Love Song Dedications on October 2. Never has there been a better time to tell your special one just how much you care, through the music of diehard romantics like Bon Jovi, Steve Tyler and Whitney Houston. DJs will be taking your requests from 4pm (the cheesier the better) and spinning love jams late into the night.
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See Adelaide’s Botanic Gardens in full bloom
October is one of the best months to pay a visit to the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, located right in the heart of the CBD. Comprising a number of curated gardens and sprawling lawns, it’s an ideal spot for a lazy picnic in the sunshine or a family day out. The International Rose Garden will be in full-bloom throughout spring, with more than 5000 rose varieties on display. Also worth a look is the Garden of Health – containing 2500 plants used in healing and wellbeing in western and non-western cultures – and the fascinating Cactus and Succulent Garden.
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Fill your day with fine wine and canines
How can you improve on a spring day, sipping great wine at one of Australia’s most progressive (and beautiful) cellar doors? Easy – just add dogs. Alpha Box & Dice have a reputation for throwing truly awesome parties, and this time your four-legged friends are on the guest list. Head south to McLaren Vale (about a 45 minute drive from the city) for AB&D’s “Doge Day Afternoon” on Monday October 3. Featuring delicious wine, food and special guests from Greyhound Adoption Program SA. All dogs must be kept on their leash, and on their best behaviour.
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See the Art Gallery of South Australia at its most glamorous
Rub shoulders with the fashion elite while you sip champagne amid world-class works of art. The Adelaide Fashion Festival presents A Night Of Fashion At The Art Gallery – one of the feature events in the festival’s calendar. Australia’s most contemporary designers (Dion Lee, Strateas Carlucci, Carla Zampatti and more) take to the catwalk to showcase their Spring/Summer collections against the backdrop of one of Adelaide’s most iconic institutions on Saturday October 22. Get your tickets here.
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Pop in to a pop-up arts market
Victoria Square – in the very centre of Adelaide – is turning into a Bohemian village of artists and makers for one of the city’s most chillaxed arts markets. The Victoria Square Arts Market 2016 promotes very a very laid-back vibe. There will be DJs, food, coffee and a dedicated Kid Zone alongside vendors from across the state. It takes place on Sunday October 16.