What’s on in Adelaide over the semester break?

Skating at Victoria Square is just one of the many events in Adelaide has to offer for students this semester break (Image Source: City of Adelaide)

By Annalise Toms | @annalise_toms

Now that the stresses of university and exams are over, it is time to let your hair down and have some well-deserved fun over the mid-semester break.

While some believe there is nothing to do in Adelaide, this comprehensive list of events will cover all your needs and might just surprise you as to what little ‘Radelaide’ is capable of.

For instance, the Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival commences on July 12 at the Adelaide Showgrounds.

This delicious event will showcase local and national brewers, cider makers and more, with an intercontinental collaboration series featuring Collective Arts Brewing.

There will also be plenty of food stalls including South Australian favourites Pizzateca, Bread & Bone, Sneaky Pickle, and Gang Gang.

The Beer and BBQ Festival will also include a variety of live music, art, ‘beer bod wet t-shirt championships’, tattoos, and many more activities.

For music fans, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are playing at Thebarton Theatre July 12.

And for pub crawl fans, “Adelaide’s biggest end-of-semester pub crawl”, Wintercrawl 2019, is happening on July 12.

If you’re a uni student, you would understand the standard procedures and etiquettes of a pub crawl. Tickets include free entry and drink specials at each venue included in the event.

The nice thing about this pub crawl is that it eliminates the discrimination and judgement from other degrees with their separate crawls, and also the Adelaide University vs UniSA rivalry.

Also on July 12, the Adelaide Central Markets will be hosting Mélange à Trois in celebration of Bastille Day.

In the Grote Street dining area, in front of “Les Deux Coqs”, you will be able to purchase authentic French style charcuterie, baguettes & pastries by the French chefs Katia Vincon & Bastien Verslype.

There will also be live French inspired entertainment in the Gouger St dining area on the same night, where there’ll be pop-up champagne & crêpe bars.

Then there’s the Plant 4 Bowden – Plant Based (Vegan) ‘Twilight Event’ on Saturday July 13; if you’re a lover of vegan food and want to avoid the awkward conversation with the chef, then this is the event for you.

It is a completely vegan event, showcasing plant based eateries, craft beers, a range of SA wines and cocktails featuring local distilleries, and a selection of handmade shopping stalls.

Also on July 13 is the Gathered Design Market at the Queens Theatre, which will give you the opportunity to support local SA designers, artisans and small businesses all in the one place.

The event will include acoustic entertainment, creative workshops, food and drink, and styled spaces showcasing homewares, candles, flowers, jewellery, kids, art, clothing, garden, skincare and personalised gifts.

There will also be creative workshops such as watercolour painting, resin art, flower crowns, ceramics and resin jewellery making.

The ‘Brixpo’ LEGO event will be held from July 13 – 14 at the Morphettville Racecourse.

If you were a fan of this year’s Lego Masters series, then you will be excited to hear that builders Jordan and Miller will be attending the event.

BRIXPO has staggered entry sessions to avoid over-crowding in the venue and to give everyone a chance to see the displays.

Sessions start every hour and once inside you can stay and play as long as you wish.

Skating at Victoria Square 2019 commences on July 8 and will wrap up on July 21.

The open-air ice rink is perfect for all skill levels, and the festival also includes food and beverage stalls to warm you up and sustain your energy levels for the ice skating.

If you’re not into the skating scene, then there is a cosy Alpine Bar that will definitely serve your needs and provide some entertainment, and if you are a thrill seeker, there is a bouncy castle and a few carnival rides to enjoy.

If none of these events take your fancy, here’s the best of the rest happening in Adelaide this mid-semester break.

Festive Espresso Martini Party at Florence Rooftop Bar July 27.

Florence Rooftop bar will be hosting an Ugly Christmas Sweater party sponsored by Kahlúa and prizes will be going out for best dressed.

If you have the acquired taste for an espresso martini and the bank balance to accommodate it then this is the event for you.

Umbrella opening Street Party July 12

This is a free event hosted supported by Adelaide Fringe, Government of South Australia, City of Adelaide that brings together all kinds of music to the streets of Adelaide.

Some special guests to the event include Archie Roach, Ollie English, Corey Theatre Music, Alana Jagt, Nathan May Music and DJ Jessi Jacoby.

In Topham Mall, a group of local bands and DJs will also perform on the Umbrella stage.

There will be food, wine and Young Henrys beer available with the addition of cosy fires and street performers.

Songs in the Key of Springfield – The Stag Public House July 12

If you’re a big Simpsons fan and religiously know each episode off by heart, this event will be an absolute laugh for you!

Childhood favourite songs such as ‘See My Vest’, ‘We Put the Spring in Springfield’, ‘Who Needs The Quick-E-Mart’ and ‘Can I Borrow A Feeling?’ will all be performed live by an icon of the Melbourne music scene: Boadz.

There will also be prizes for best dressed and best Simpsons merchandise on the night.

Port Noarlunga Beach Clean 21 July

If you’re looking for something a little more community centred and want to give back to our environment, then I suggest this event for you.

The event is hosted by ‘Our Coast Our Mission’ and will be in association with Plastic Free July.

Other organisations and communities involved in the clean-up include Adopt A Spot Scheme, Trash Hero Adelaide, City of Onkaparinga, Agathas, Port Noarlunga and Nido Early School Noarlunga downs.

Organisers recommend wearing enclosed footwear and say gloves, bags, and tongs will be provided on the day.

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