With a bustling April almost at a close, which included the first-ever AFL Gather Round and LIV Golf tournament, Adelaideans have settled into their new normal as living in the fun state. We take a look at what’s on in SA during May.
Beyond Mad March and the April festivals, Adelaide’s calendar is full of things to do. Next up is May, which has plenty of action for locals and visitors to enjoy.
28 April – 7 May
Across 12 South Australian regions and over 10 days, Tasting Australia’s 150 events will end April on an appetising high and tempt us into May.
For the young, or young at heart, Uni Days is the place to be as the University of Adelaide’s Uni Bar hosts Adam Liaw, who will be serving up Southeast Asian-inspired dishes on Saturday 29 April at 7pm. These food stalls are a far cry from the days of wolfing down tear-stained two-minute noodles between frantically submitting assignments. And of course, what uni party is complete without music? King Stingray will perform.
Tarntanyangga/Victoria Square will be home to Town Square Kitchen. It will be open late and host food vendors, masterclasses and express lunches. A highlight in Town Square will be the Storytellers Series, which are free events hosted by MasterChef’s Mandy Hall sharing the journeys of professional chefs.
Intimate dinners are also available at the Chef’s Table in Town Square with powerhouse chefs Christine Manfield, Rebecca Sullivan, Chae, and Luke Burgess among the names to grace the venue.
If you’re looking for more of an adventure and have a bigger budget, hop aboard Tasting Australia Airlines. While the trip to the Flinders Ranges is sold out, Tasting Australia Airlines also offer a full-day Kangaroo Island/Karta Pintingga tour. A highlight of the agenda is a visit to Islander Estate Vineyards for wine and dishes by Mark Labrooy, chef and co-owner of Three Blue Ducks.
This food festival makes April 28 to May 7 the most delicious time to visit our state.
South Australia’s History Festival
1 – 3 May
The History Festival is an annual event featuring exhibitions, workshops and more throughout May. The theme for 2023 is ‘Past, Present, Wonder’, which will dive into the depth and diversity of South Australia – proving we are more than just a city of churches.
The festival features hundreds of events ranging from talks to tours, walks to workshops and exhibitions, which are held right across the state.
DreamBig Children’s Festival
17 – 27 May
[Did you know: DreamBig is the oldest children’s festival in the world. It began in 1974 as a limited program that was part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts. Back then, it was called ‘Come Out’.]
There are in-person and online events that everyone can enjoy. Be sure to check out the Flying Canoe, an interactive audio experience immersing children in Pacific culture using soundscapes and traditional Kiribati songs recorded by members of the Kiribati diaspora from Victoria.
The Kidtrepreneur Markets are held in the Festival Theatre Dress Circle foyer, where young entrepreneurs and performers can sell their creations.
Ampol State of Origin
To end the month with even more action, Adelaide Oval will host the first game of rugby league’s biggest rivalry, State of Origin.
The New South Wales Blues and Queensland Maroons will return to Adelaide for the second time ever on May 31, for the first match in the three-game series.
Want to know what else is happening in the state? Check out the South Australian Tourism Commission’s What’s On Guide.
Is there something we missed? Do you know about a major event coming up?
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