Regional Tourism Guide for Adelaide Hills
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Heysen Prize for Landscape Exhibition 2018
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018 to Sun 9th Dec 2018
The Hahndorf Academy in Hahndorf's presents The Heysen Prize for Landscape Exhibition 2018 featuring the works of 51 finalists. Since the inaugural prize in 1997 this biennial event has become a significant contemporary arts award in Australia, commemorating the nationally and internationally eminent local artist Sir Hans Heysen (1877-1968).

Famous for his paintings and drawings of the Adelaide Hills (where he lived just out of Hahndorf at a property called The Cedars) and the Flinders Ranges, Heysen was also a conservationist. He purchased neighbouring agricultural land to protect the magnificent gum trees which he loved to paint, and often depicted his concerns in paintings.

For the Heysen Prize, landscape includes all possible aspects of its natural, rural or urban forms. Emerging and established artists have responded with works depicting majestic mountain ranges in the Flinders Ranges, dry desert lands, coastal scenes, urban streetscapes and bushfire affected areas. Each landscape has a story which as been captured by artists in a diverse cross section of media including painting, drawing, ceramics, textile, photography, glass, sculpture, video and prints.

Sera Waters (SA) was announced as the winner of the $15,000 prize on October 8 2016 for her work 'Fritz and the Rose Garden'.
Black'n'Gold Cabaret
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018
A fundraiser for 'Angel Flight' in memory of former band member, Grant Gilbert, which will include music from the Mount Barker District Concert Band and Mount Barker Big Band, JazZone from St Francis de Sales College and special guest Lisa Duffield. What could be better? Raising money for a worthy cause through listening and enjoying music :) B.Y.O Food and Drink. Licensed.
Meadows Country Fair
Date Sun 21st Oct 2018
A great family fun day showcasing local tourism, food, wine and produce, wildlife conservation and education.

Featuring the legendary and original Udder Tug hand-milking competition, the Daisy Trail, market stalls, field day, yard dog trials, regional produce and wines, animal expo, children's events, entertainment and amusement for the whole family, and much, much more.

Held the third Sunday in October every year, the Meadows Country Fair is widely acclaimed as the best event of its kind in the Adelaide Hills region.
Adelaide Hills Oktoberfest
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018
This festival will deliver a traditional and authentic German Cultural Oktoberfest; and what better place to do it than the Adelaide Hills.

The inaugural festival will be a family friendly affair with music, traditional dancing, beer and off course plenty of German style food. Prancing Pony Brewery will be brewing two traditional German style beers, which will be served in 1 Litre Steins.

Guests will enjoy a range of games to participate in during the day including Bretzel eating, Hammer Throwing & Potato Sack Racing.

There will be, however, two main competitions that
guests can participate in:
For the Herren (Gentlemen): BEST MOUSTACHE COMPETETION.
Experience A Taste Of Beerenberg
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018 to Sun 5th May 2019
You are invited to an intimate, insider’s experience at one of South Australia’s most-loved properties – Beerenberg Farm.
The iconic strawberry farm started as a simple roadside stall in the 1970s and is now one of Adelaide’s most popular tourism attractions and producers. You’ll be hosted in a private area of the farm that is not usually open to the public and hear about how the farm has grown and the stories of summers passed sharing strawberries among friends, family and the public over the past 40 years.
Relax and learn about the stunning Hahndorf farm over a generous grazing platter of gourmet local produce and Bickfords sparkling beverages, before being released to roam the strawberry fields to hand-pick your own bounty.

Leave with a gift bag to continue enjoying a taste of Beerenberg. Sessions have a maximum capacity of 12 people.

Please be aware of our Terms and Conditions regarding cancellations due to inclement weather.
The Lions Bike Show
Date Sun 4th Nov 2018
Every year, on the first Sunday in November, there is a great big gathering of motorcycles on Macclesfield oval in the rolling Adelaide hills that includes bikes (of course), swap meet, sausage sizzle, bar, coffee, hot chips, pies and desserts.

Bikes of all ages and all will be on display for the chance of winning best club display and visiting bikes will automatically be in the Show and Shine. All makes and nationalities will be there. $5 entry and under 14s are free.
Uraidla & Summertown Country Show
Date Sun 4th Nov 2018
The Uraidla & Summertown Show - Sunday, 4 November.

Enjoy a family day out for everyone with all the attractions of an old-fashioned country show just up the hill from the Adelaide CBD.

Experience a taste of country life with agricultural displays, fresh fruit and veggies available from local farmers, log chopping competitions and a traditional Devonshire Tea.

The Show will offer visitors a huge variety; catering for all tastes, featuring an action packed line-up of entertainment, family activities, rides, market stalls, exhibits, competitions, delicious food options and some of the best wine from Adelaide Hills region, there will be something for every member of the family!

Bands and local musicians will provide entertainment throughout the day, while more unique events including an old fashioned Tiersman Challenge will keep punters entertained throughout the day.

Incorporating the Uraidla Sustainability Fair, showcasing sustainable lifestyle options and a wide array of industry expert’s presentations.

Visitors can relax in the shade by the food and wine tents, experiencing the best local wines whist listening to music from talented local artists.

Gates open at 9am finishing with fireworks around 8.30pm.

Join in the fun; entry is only $8 and kids (12 and under) free!

Workshop: Topiary Craft
Date Sun 4th Nov 2018
The fascinating art of topiary isn't new, and in fact dates back to the first century AD, when Roman gardeners first began shaping of trees and shrubs by regular trimming and garden craft.

Topiary entered European gardening's mainstream during the Italian Renaissance, when gardeners turned back to ancient Rome and Greece for inspiration.

In this Masterclass you'll discover this craft's rich history, while learning how to grow, train and maintain your own topiary collection - carrying on the ancient tradition.

Select a plant from the Botanic Gardens Of South Australia's Nursery and start the training process. Plants worked on in class can be taken home.
Katie Sarah First Female Seven-Seven Climber Talk and Afternoon Tea
Date Sun 4th Nov 2018
Join us for an amazing afternoon in the Hanhndorf Band Hall to hear local girl Katie Sarah's inspirational story.
Katie, who recently celebrated her 50th birthday at Manaslu base camp Nepal (followed by a successful summit) and mother of 3 from Adelaide, became the first woman in the world to complete the fabled Seven-Seven challenge earlier this year after she summited Antarctica's Mt Sidley on January 14, joining only seven other climbers in history, all of them men, in this elite club.

Many people are familiar with the Seven Summits challenge, where a climber must summit the highest peaks on seven different continents (a number of Australian women have already achieved this goal) but to qualify for the Seven-Seven, Sarah not only conquered the Seven Summits, but also the seven highest volcanic peaks across the world in some of the most remote locations on earth.

Incredibly Sarah's journey only started in 2006 with a successful summit of Bolivia’s highest peak, Navado Sajama (6542m) which saw her take her climbing interest from the gym, to Moonarie and then to the world.

Melbourne Cup Garden Party
Date Tue 6th Nov 2018
Join us for our Melbourne Cup garden party.

Escape to the Hills for a day of luxury and frivolity and soak up the Spring racing action with a view!

Start with bubbles and canapes on arrival, followed by a 3 course lunch created by Executive Chef James Brinklow, on our new outdoor terrace.

Watch the race on the big screen and join in the fun of Melbourne Cup sweeps, 'fashion in the vines' and acoustic entertainment throughout the afternoon.

When: Tuesday 6th November, 11.30am-4pm
Price: $175pp *includes return transfer from The Feathers Hotel or $150pp excluding transfer

Hills Musical Company presents Avenue Q
Date Fri 9th Nov 2018 to Sat 24th Nov 2018
Avenue Q is a gut-bustlingly hilarious puppet-filled modern musical that follows a group of 20-somethings seeking their purpose in big-city life. The show addresses humorous adult issues in a place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned. Winner of the TONY “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart.

Inspired by beloved children’s shows, Avenue Q creates a puppet-filled world that is a little more reflective of the difficult, R-rated realities that we face when we learn that real life isn’t as simple as we dreamed it might be – but perhaps, suggests Avenue Q, life is all the more colourful and worthwhile for it.

Rated MA15+ Avenue Q contains adult themes and sexual references and is not suitable for kids!
Buskers Unite! Wine and Music Afternoon at Sinclair's Gully
Date Sun 11th Nov 2018
If you love singing, poetry or play an musical instrument and have been longing for an opportunity to perform, dust off your music sheets and head for the Adelaide hills at Sinclair's Gully Winery's busking afternoon!
For those that are keen to come along to see some new local talent, pack a picnic and be ready to be entertained!
100% of the door and busking proceeds and 20% of wine sales will be donated to buy much needed school supplies for the English School we support in North Sumatra.
A little bit about the project. In a remote village called Selang Pangeran in North Sumatra, a group of volunteers teach English to 40 local children Monday to Wednesday afternoons every week. Sue's next tour group will take school supplies over with them when they visit the village.
Bring a picnic and a wine glass or buy a glass for $5.
No BYO Alcohol.
Buskers from 2.00 to 4.00pm.
$15 entry, all busking proceeds and 20% of wine sales donated to the school house.
Tickets on line.
Balhannah/Oakbank Community Carols
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
It has occurred to us that as a community we do little to celebrate the festive season. With this is mind the Balhannah Uniting Church and the Mount Barker District Concert Band and Big Band (aka Carols Super Band) invite you to collaborate with us in an exciting vision:
Balhannah/Oakbank Community Carols.
We see this as opportunity to gather together and present a program that celebrates the spirit of Christmas in a way that reflects our community.
This event will be held on the Oakbank Area School front lawns on Saturday November 24th at 5pm with a free bouncy castle with food and drink available for purchase to help families get into the spirit. At 6.30pm we invite you to work your vocal cords by joining in the singing of all your favourite Christmas carols and tunes accompanied by the Carols Super Band. A goodwill offering will take place during the event with proceeds to benefit the Christmas Bowl Appeal.
This event will be family friendly and alcohol free.
Hahndorf Creative Wood
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018 to Sun 25th Nov 2018
Hahndorf Woodturner Charles Greig is hosting an amazing display of woodcraft. He has gathered members from around the state that are part of WoodgroupSA to display their creative works of art for sale to the public.

In conjunction to the market style affair there will be several demonstration areas so that people can see how these crafts are created.

This event supports members of the clubs attached to WoodgroupSA. Many of these members are retired and "Pay It Forward" with knowledge and skills to younger people.

Macclesfield Strawberry Fete
Date Sun 25th Nov 2018
Come for a day of fun at the Macclesfield Community Fete. You will find fresh strawberries, market stalls, food stalls, plenty of children's activities, live entertainment, displays and much more.
Carols in the Park, Mount Barker
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018
There is something special about singing carols by the glow of candlelight. So, to capture this feeling and welcome the Christmas spirit to Mount Barker and the Adelaide Hills, the Mount Barker Ministers Fellowship present Carols in the Park, Mt Barker on Saturday, December 1st.

Held at Keith Stephenson Park in Mount Barker and starting at 5pm, the event begins with children's activities - bouncy castle and face painting - and food and refreshments to help families get into the spirit. At 7pm there is an opportunity to work your vocal cords and swing your candles as we invite everyone to join in the singing of your favourite Christmas carols and tunes with music by the Carols Big Band and our wonderful vocalists including Lisa Duffield and students from St Francis de Sales College, Mount Barker High School and Cornerstone College. Our special guest artist, Humphrey B. Bear, will be stopping by to entertain us as well!

And, in true Carols in the Park tradition, we will have a fabulous fireworks display to finish off what promises to be a fantastic night!

We hope to see you there!!
Mount Barker Christmas Pageant
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018
The Mount Barker Christmas Pageant is the largest regional pageant in South Australia.

The pageant starts at the Mt Barker Recreation Centre/town oval and travels through Mt Barker and finishing in Gawler Street (Main Street)

Lights of Lobethal
Date Sun 9th Dec 2018 to Sun 30th Dec 2018
The Lights of Lobethal Christmas Festival has been lighting up the Lobethal Valley in the Adelaide Hills for more than sixty years.

Created by the community of Lobethal in the true spirit of Christmas, the event has evolved into the largest Community Christmas Light Display in the Southern Hemisphere.

In addition to the attraction of the spectacular light displays, there are numerous fantastic events and attractions for visitors throughout the festive season. Highlights include the annual Christmas Pageant through the town’s main street, the 'Lights On' Ceremony, the Living Nativity preformed each night, stalls, markets and much more!

Lobethal is located about 45 minutes east of Adelaide city by car.

This is a family event and the area is a dry zone (no alcohol).
Hahndorf Christkindlmarkt
Date Fri 14th Dec 2018 to Sun 16th Dec 2018
Hahndorf Christkindlmarkt is a European-style Christmas market based in the German town of Hahndorf, organised and run by C3 Church Adelaide Hills. It captures the essence of community, celebration, fun, laughter & family enjoying time together, such as is found in many cities in Europe over the Christmas period, but in a warm Aussie setting.

With over 50 stalls, entertainment, food & much more, it's going to be an incredible weekend filled with fun, entertainment and Christmas Spirit so make sure you don't miss out and come along to see what the fuss is all about.

See You There!
Carols Under the Candlebarks
Date Sun 23rd Dec 2018
Wear your Santa hat or something red and celebrate Christmas at Sinclair's Gully with coloratura soprano Kathryn Snape. Bring along a picnic or nibbles and sing along to all your favourite carols, as the sun sets in our towering Candlebark forest.

Arrive from 6pm with Carols starting at 7pm. Please bring along a picnic/nibbles. Bring your own wine glass or buy glasses for AUD5.00 each. Wine for sale by the bottle (from AUD20.00). Strictly no bring your own alcohol. Tables and chairs provided

Bookings are essential online.
The 5K Foam Fest - Adelaide
Date Sat 9th Feb 2019
The 5K Foam Fest is a one of kind obstacle course based fun run. Join us for 22+ obstacles including the world's largest inflatable waterslide, mud pits and 2.5 MILLION cubic feet of foam! Rock out all day to 12,000 watts of awesome music, enjoy a FREE kids zone for kids 7 and under, delicious food, great vendors and a beer garden. With a variety obstacles and a ton of foam the run is an exciting challenge for experienced and beginner runners alike. The 5K Foam Fest is not a hardcore run it is a FunCore run.

Get Filthy Clean!

What's Included? Every participant receives a runner's bib, tattoo, finishers medal, beach towel, free professional photos for download and many, many laughs all while supporting a great cause!

Ticket prices jump based on capacity so the earlier you register the more you save.

We also offer family pass ticket options and discounted rates available for Corporate groups, Military and all First Responders.

Check out our website for more information on this event you will not want to miss out on!

All British Day
Date Sun 10th Feb 2019
All British Day 2018 will be held on Sunday 11th February.
A multi-club, picnic day in the Adelaide Hills, it has grown to become a leading event in South Australia. With hundreds of British vehicles including cars, motorbikes, commercials, farming and stationery engines and a working Rolls Royce Merlin Engine.

Traditional Morris dancers will also be present.
For our featured Marque in 2018 we will be celebrating 70 years of the Land Rover. Vehicles on display include models from the first model in 1947 up to the latest models, a testament to this vehicle’s unique durability and appeal across the years.
Held in the beautiful Adelaide Hills at Echunga Oval, why not enjoy the drive up into the cool hills? Trade stands and local food bring a fete atmosphere to Echunga.
Visitors have free parking and cars will be ready for public entry from 10.30am to 3pm.

In 2018 we will be proudly supporting Guide Dogs SA and NT. So, please come along and get behind this event. Entrants can now apply via the website below - Visitors just turn up on the day.
Further information via Facebook or our website.
Beer and Bite Festival
Date Sun 24th Feb 2019
The Beer and Bite Festival is an annual beer and food festival in the town of Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills.

The Beer and Bite Festival is the largest beer and food event in the hills boasting over 15 breweries from around australia and the world as well as cider, wine and even a cool cocktail bar area for those who arent huge fans of beer.

As the name suggests we have a large selection of amazing food including pigs on spits, gourmet burgers, ribs, paella, curry, loads of international flavours and some of the Adelaide Hills best kept culinary secrets.

We also have our signature Beer Hall, music and loads of fun for the whole family.
2019 Heysen Sculpture Biennial
Date Sun 24th Feb 2019 to Tue 30th Apr 2019
Walk through an exhibition of contemporary sculpture staged in the beautiful grounds of The Cedars, home and former studio of one of Australia's foremost landscape artists, Sir Hans Heysen.

Works by 24 artists/artist teams, including 2 international artists, will be installed throughout the grounds, with small sculpture shown and for sale inside the Nora Heysen Studio.

This exhibition is curated by Adelaide writer, editor, art critic and artist, Stephanie Radok. The theme of the 2019 Heysen Sculpture Biennial is 'Dweling'.

Artworks range from formal sculpture to ephemeral, site-specific works.
Sculptors @ Crystal Lake Symposium
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019 to Sun 14th Apr 2019
Nine Australian sculptors transforming stone into sculpture over 9 days under Artistic Director Silvio Apponyi. Crystal Lake gallery art and sculpture exhibition and sales. Sculpting workshops, Family days with children's activities, Melbas chocolate sculpting, participate in photo competition, picnic in the park. Visit the website.
2019 Oakbank Easter Saturday
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019
Easter Saturday at Oakbank is one of the jewels in the South Australian racing calendar.

The Easter Racing Carnival has been one of South Australia’s premier social and sporting occasions for almost 150 years, and the annual pilgrimage to the Adelaide Hills track is for many a family tradition that goes back generations. Uniquely among SA race courses, racegoers can bring their own picnics and barbeques, and by the time racing begins the car park is awash with marquees, tents and barbeques as families and friends soak up the unique country racing atmosphere.
2019 Oakbank Easter Monday
Date Mon 22nd Apr 2019
The Easter Racing Carnival has been one of South Australia’s premier social and sporting occasions for almost 150 years, and the annual pilgrimage to the Adelaide Hills track is for many a family tradition that goes back generations. Uniquely among SA race courses, racegoers can bring their own picnics and barbeques, and by early morning the car park is awash with marquees, tents and barbeques as families and friends soak up the unique country racing atmosphere.

A family-oriented event, the Easter Racing Carnival has plenty of activities and entertainment designed especially for kids, including rides and amusements, an animal petting zoo, face painting, Kelly Sports and roving entertainers.

Oakbank Racing Club offers a range of options for racegoers wanting the experience the thrill of high-quality racing in an idyllic Adelaide Hills setting. These include general admission tickets, the famous Punters’ Retreat, corporate boxes, reserved private marquees, with packages available for one or both days of the Carnival.