Keep busy this weekend with a wine festival, celebrations and art exhibitions happening across South Australia.
What’s on: National Tree Day, Winter Reds and Almond Blossom Festival
For the planet
Planet Ark is asking South Australians to make their way outdoors, get their hands dirty and start planting for National Tree Day, on Sunday, July 28. Schools Tree Day is the Friday before, and Planet Ark is hoping for a million trees to be planted around Australia. Register online and get digging.
Cyclists will experience physical and emotional challenges during the Yankaninna Mountain Bike Challenge at Yankaninna Station, from July 26 to 29. Donate to the cause, or sign up now for the Operation Flinders Challenge on Saturday, October 12. Funds raised will help transform the lives of young people who are at risk.
The Willunga Almond Blossom Festival is celebrating 50 years of fundraising for the Willunga Recreation Park. It took a decade of festivals, borrowed funds and donated labour to build a multi-purpose hall in 1979. The community-owned and managed facility is home to more than 20 clubs and organisations, and hosts festivals, concerts, markets and film nights. This year’s festival will be held on July 27 and 28, with food, rides, stalls, a street parade and fireworks. There will also be an almond-focused cookery competition, children’s Almond Trail and an almond cracking competition.
South Australian chefs will join forces with The Big Issue for a charity lunch at the Adelaide Central Market, on Sunday, July 28. The Big Lunch raises money for South Australians experiencing homelessness, marginalisation and disadvantage. Celebrity chef Simon Bryant, Hilton Adelaide’s executive chef Brent Assam and My Kitchen Rules star Bree May will prepare the feast for 400 guests, with an aim to raise more than $20,000. Tickets are $140 each, or a table of 10 for $1300, which includes a four-course meal and drinks.
The Adelaide Botanic Garden will showcase the work of three women, displaying three disciplines. The opening event for Cycles in Time, is on Sunday, July 28, adjacent to the Australian Garden in the SE corner. Kate Jenkins, Patricia Rose and Kristin Wohlers (The Stone Weavers) will be using fibre, clay and tesserae to celebrate natural materials and the Barossa region. The women chose stone that has been through geological turbulent times, reflecting political and environmental challenges.
Let the finest reds from the Adelaide Hills warm you, with the biggest program yet from Winter Reds. There will be open fires, red wines and rustic food offerings, from July 26 to 28 around the region. Wineries and venues will host more than 40 events, from long lunches and feasts, to live music and family friendly affairs.
July 26 to September 22
JamFactory celebrates the hand-built works of emerging ceramic artist Connie Augoustinos in her first solo exhibition, informed by her recent residency in Greece.
July 27 to August 10
Patch Theatre’s latest creation ZOOM is inspired by Crockett Johnson’s much-loved children’s picture book Harold and the Purple Crayon.