March 16, 2023
What's On

What’s On: Autumn Garden Festival, Night Lab and fashion parades

This weekend, keep the festivities going at the Autumn Garden Festival, be impressed by LEGO or embrace the arts with the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Leaves changing

The South Australian Autumn Garden Festival returns to the Clare Showgrounds on Sunday, March 19 with more than 80 exhibitors showcasing everything to do with gardening. Event hosts Costa Georgiadis and Sophie Thomson from ABC’s Gardening Australia will be joined by SALIFE’s Kim Syrus, who also hosts TV show Outdoors Indoors. Enjoy educational talks from guest speakers at various marquees, or get some hands-on experience with workshops that cover topics including making a succulent picture frame and how to start your patch from scratch. The event will run from 10am to 3pm, with entry tickets costing $15 for adults and free entry for children.


The Goodness Me Festival takes place under the ancient redgums of the Riverdell Spiritual Centre in Hillier on March 18 and 19. The festival offers two days of music, dancing, yoga, meditation, food and workshops for attendees to enjoy away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The live music line-up includes performances by Kim Churchill and Michael Dunstan, and an upbeat silent disco will take place on the Saturday evening. Peruse the Market Village for artisan goods before indulging in the many food truck offerings.

Back in time

Travel back in time and enjoy an evening in the ’80s with Night Lab: Brick to the Future on Friday, March 17. Dance like nobody is watching at the ultimate ’80s party and get the first look at the new museum exhibition, RELICS: A New World Rises. Created by LEGO Masters 2020 winners Alex Towler and Jackson Harvey, the exhibition is a collection of old and forgotten objects housing miniature worlds built of LEGO. Enjoy a drink on entry and don your flashiest leg warmers and shoulder pads for the chance to win the costume contest.

Where Have All The Flowers Gone by The Huxleys.

Picture this

The David Roche Foundation House is the first stop on the calendar for the touring National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022, presented by Canberra’s National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition presents 50 works selected from 2400 entries into the Portrait Prize, which was won by Wayne Quilliam for Silent Strength, depicting Aurukun man Eric Yunkaporta in ceremonial headwear. The exhibition is on show at the venue until April 1.


Adelaide Oval. Photo: AAP/Morgan Sette

Kick ons

The 2023 AFL season arrives at Adelaide Oval on Saturday, with Port Adelaide hosting the Brisbane Lions in a twilight game. Meanwhile, the Crows take on GWS away on Sunday.

Wander the halls

Explore the historic homestead of Martindale Hall in Mintaro on Sunday, March 19 with a guided tour by art historian Georgina Downey. The tour delves into the lives of the Bowman and Mortlock families from the region and explores the ‘instant palace’ Bowman built in 1879 to cement his social standing as a pastoralist of the time. After the tour, attendees can explore the surrounding Clare Valley and indulge in local produce and wines.

On the catwalk

Gussy up for the new season with the Woolcock Reynella fashion parades on the mornings of March 17, 18 and 20. Nibble on a morning tea as you see the latest fashions from Paris, Germany, Italy, London and the United States on the catwalk. Call the store on 8381 2533 to secure your seats.

Pedal away

The Amy Gillett Bikeway from Oakbank to Woodside will come alive with roaming artists and live music on Sunday, March 19 as families are invited to walk or cycle the track at the Discover, Play, Bikeway March. Along the tracks, guests can stop at activity hubs in Woodside, Charleston and Mount Torrens with pop-up food and beverage destinations, art installations, live music, marketplaces and family-friendly activities.

For more of what’s on around South Australia this month, pick up the March issue of SALIFE, which is on sale now.

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