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Blooms and Beyond: Your Ultimate Spring Bucket List in Adelaide

Spring has sprung in Adelaide, and it’s the perfect time to embrace the warmer weather and blooming landscapes. From exploring the Botanic Gardens to savouring diverse culinary delights, Adelaide is buzzing with activities to make the most of this vibrant season. So, let’s shed those winter coats and dive headfirst into the dazzling world of spring festivities!

Adelaide Botanic Gardens

In the heart of Adelaide, lies a botanical wonderland spanning over 50 hectares – the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Established in 1857, these gardens boast a rich history and a mission to educate us about the vital role of plants in shaping our future. Whether you’re a plant enthusiast or just seeking a serene escape, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens have something for everyone. Explore the formal rose garden, wetlands, and three glasshouses housing Australian rainforests, Amazonian water lilies, and Madagascan palms.

Dogs Day Out in Mawson Lakes (24th Sept 2023)

Calling all dog lovers! Get ready for a tail-wagging, fun-filled day at Mawson Lakes Dogs Day Out. This free community event celebrates our four-legged friends and promises entertainment for the whole family. Explore dog-friendly market stalls, savour food truck treats, and enjoy kids’ activities. Veterinarians and dog behaviourists will be on hand to answer questions and chat about all things canine.

Hahndorf. Handmade. Handcrafted. Handpicked. (All September)

Don’t miss the month-long celebration of artisan culture in Hahndorf, just a short drive from Adelaide. With over 400 events and experiences, there’s something for everyone – from food and art to family fun and workshops. Check out the Handhorf Farm Barn Activity for Kids and Families for an unforgettable farm life experience. Spring in Adelaide is all about renewal and exploration, and this festival adds a vibrant touch to the season!

WellFest Adelaide 2023 (6th Oct — 8th Oct 2023)

Revive, reset, and restore your well-being at WellFest Adelaide. Taking place over a weekend in October, this wellness festival transforms the city into a hub of wellness activities. Explore fitness, nutrition, sleep, self-care, mindfulness, and connection through a wide range of experiences. From mindful art classes to nature-based activities and wellness-themed accommodations, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Share the fun with loved ones or take time for yourself in this vibrant celebration of well-being.

Vera Mai ‘Moon Feast’ (7th Oct — 8th Oct 2023)

Experience the ancient flavours of the oldest living cultures in the world at Vera Mai ‘Moon Feast’. This event focuses on native food, featuring dishes by indigenous-owned companies like Mabu Mabu and First Nation Food Companion. Learn about traditional Aboriginal cooking techniques, food sourcing, and contemporary adaptations of native ingredients. The event pairs food and stories with moon-made wines for a unique culinary experience.

Adelaide Central Markets

For a sensory adventure, make your way to the Adelaide Central Markets, the largest covered market in the southern hemisphere. With over 70 vendors offering fresh produce, meats, cheeses, seafood, baked goods, health food, and artisanal crafts, it’s a paradise for foodies and shoppers alike. Sample multicultural cuisine at the various cafes and food stalls, or embark on a guided tour to delve into the market’s rich history, culture, and culinary offerings.

OzAsia Festival (19th Oct — 5th Nov 2023)

For a cultural extravaganza, immerse yourself in the OzAsia Festival. This renowned event celebrates contemporary arts from Asia and beyond, featuring theatre, dance, music, visual arts, literature, food, and cultural events. Don’t miss the Moon Lantern Trail, a colourful outdoor event, and the Lucky Dumpling Market, where you can savour Asian-inspired cuisine. The festival also hosts the In Other Words program, sparking conversations about Australia’s engagement with Asia. With something for everyone, the OzAsia Festival invites you to join the celebration of diverse cultures.

Sparkling Spring Weekend (20th – 22nd Oct 2023)

Indulge in the effervescence of Adelaide Hills’ sparkling wines during the Sparkling Spring Weekend. This event offers a variety of experiences, including sensory indulgences, wine masterclasses, and delightful brunches and lunches. From the 20th to the 22nd of October, join wine enthusiasts in celebrating the finest sparkling wines the region has to offer.

Bay to Birdwood (22th Oct 2023)

Experience the automotive history of South Australia at the iconic Bay to Birdwood. This historic motoring event showcases over 1500 vintage vehicles, from the early 1900s to 1993. Thousands of spectators line the 67-kilometre route from West Beach to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood, Adelaide Hills. Join in the tradition by wearing period clothing and immerse yourself in the world of vintage vehicles.

Ride a Bike along the River Torrens

Enjoy the crisp spring air and picturesque views of the city by renting a bike and cycling along the River Torrens. This 30-kilometre-long pedestrian and bike path winds along both sides of the riverbank, passing iconic landmarks such as the Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide Zoo, and the Botanic Gardens. Cross charming bridges to the north side and discover more historic buildings and stunning architecture. After your ride, savour a meal or a glass of wine at one of the riverside eateries, or opt for a relaxing River Torrens sightseeing cruise on a historic boat.

Harvest Rock II (28th Oct — 29th Oct 2023)

Music, food, and wine enthusiasts won’t want to miss Harvest Rock II. This two-day festival features world-class artists, Australian favourites, celebrity chefs, delectable food offerings, innovative bars, and captivating art installations. It’s a hedonistic celebration of life’s pleasures set against a backdrop of live performances and culinary delights. Come and experience Harvest Rock II in all its glory.

Uraidla Show (5th Nov 2023)

Don’t miss the Uraidla Show, a vibrant community event featuring agricultural displays, entertainment, and family-friendly activities. It’s a perfect opportunity to experience the local culture and heritage of Adelaide’s outskirts.


Spring in Adelaide is a time of renewal, exploration, and celebration. With a wide range of activities to choose from, you can make the most of this beautiful season. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a foodie, a culture lover, or simply seeking relaxation, Adelaide has something special in store for you!


Disclaimer: Please note that event details and schedules are subject to change. We recommend checking the respective event websites for the latest information and updates.

(Photo credits: Kids in Adelaide, Glam Adelaide, Hahndorf Farm Barn, WellFest Adelaide, Vera Mai ‘Moon Feast’, Adelaide Central Market, OzAsia Festival, Sparkling Spring Weekend, Bay to Birdwood, Ride a Bike along the River Torrens, Harvest Rock II, Uraidla Show)

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