Adelaide’s must-do list this summer is an easy-going mix of live music, sport, shopping and eating.

Lights of Lobethal

Explore the Lights of Lobethal, the largest community Christmas light display in the Southern Hemisphere. For more than 60 years, the folk in this small Adelaide Hills township have been festooning their homes and businesses with every kind of fairy light you can imagine. Download the map for the self-drive circuit or book on a local tour bus.

Dusk to 11pm; until 30 December

Moonlight Cinema

Catch a flick under the stars. From now until mid-February 2017, Moonlight Cinema will be set up in the balmy oasis of Botanic Park. Highlights include The Light Between Oceans and advance screenings of Passengers with Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. Book Gold Grass or Connoisseur Lounge tickets to secure a “bean bed” in advance. 

Plane Tree Drive, Adelaide; until 19 February

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Gifted Christmas Market

Nail the last of the festive shopping at Etsy’s Gifted Christmas Market, which is collaborating with the new Plant 4 Markets at Bowden. Expect more than 100 stalls featuring the wares of local artists and artisans alongside some of South Australia’s top food producers.

Plant 4, 1 Third Street, Bowden; 12pm to 9pm, 17 December

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Santos Tour Down Under
Ride with best (or at least on their track) at Australia’s premier cycling race, the Santos Tour Down Under. The nine-day cycling event features street parties, red-carpet events, myriad showcases and plenty of ways to participate. The Bupa Challenge Tour on January 19 is for serious cyclists, taking in about 150 kilometres of track through Adelaide’s suburbs. For families, it’s got to be the 2.3-kilometre Bupa Family Ride around the eastern Park Lands on January 15.
14-22 January


Ease into summer mornings at one of the city’s coolest bars, NOLA, now open for weekend brunch. Eschew thoughts of poached eggs on toast; the morning menu is Cajun- and Creole-inspired, just as it is in the evenings. Tuck into waffles with fried chicken and maple gravy, or a hash-pot chock full of crispy potatoes, onion and chorizo, or even that New Orleans favourite, beignets. Make it a proper weekend session by ordering the monster Moonshine Mary complete with bacon swizzle stick.

28 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide

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One Day International

Cheer on the Aussies as the One Day International series returns to Adelaide Oval for Australia Day. Duking it out with Pakistan, this is the fifth and final match in the series.

26 January

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Head for the Adelaide Hills for Crush, the region’s summertime wine and food festival. Choose from myriad free cellar-door events or ticketed highlights such as a long lunch with celebrated winemaker Brian Croser on The Tiers Vineyard lawns at Tapanappa.

27-29 January

The Porch Sessions

Chill out at The Porch Sessions, the summer live-music series which sets its stage in different suburban gardens, transforming each one into an intimate, mini-music festival complete with food, drinks, bands and even fairy lights for the trees. The next Porch Session will be in Eden Hills on February 5, with details of another five to be announced soon. Watch the website for dates and performers.

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Image: Ryan Cantwell

See Cate Blanchett and Del Kathryn Barton’s Red

See Cate Blanchett’s sinuous and surreal performance in Del Kathryn Barton’s directorial debut, Red. Red is inspired by the mating rituals of the redback spider. The short film, showing exclusively at Art Gallery of South Australia, is part of the Adelaide Festival.

26 January to 30 April; North Terrace, Adelaide; (08) 8207 7000

Mad March

Speaking of festivals, book now for all things Mad March: Adelaide Festival (3-19 March); WOMADelaide (10-13 March), this year celebrating it’s 25th anniversary; the Clipsal 500 (2-5 March); and Adelaide Fringe, which kicks off earlier than the rest on February 17 with a record number of attractions – more than 1100 over four weeks.

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