With an unprecedentedly abominable winter finally fading, Adelaide is so ready for a change in the seasons. Sunday drives, the return of blue skies and an exuberant events schedule crown the Southern State the Springtime State – and it’s blooming magnificent. Here are a few choice picks for your September itinerary.
#1 An action packed fusion festival
Striving to dispel the myth of “Mad March or bust”, OzAsia has proved itself as one of the state’s most vital and intriguing festivals – and the 2015 program is set to blow up. Now in its ninth year, the festival will present dynamic live performances including theatre, music and dance alongside a resplendent visual arts and events program spanning numerous countries, cultures and genres. The full line-up can be viewed on the Adelaide Festival Centre website, but here are our must-see picks:
For 11 tantalising nights, the Festival Centre and Riverbank precincts will become enveloped in all the colours, sounds, smells and buzz of an authentic Asian hawker market. A celebration of street food culture, this touring marketplace comprises authentic cuisine, themed bars and a lively atmosphere that is truly intoxicating.
Fusing contemporary Australian dance, traditional Japanese Butoh, live music and digital artwork, Spectra is a new production exploring the universal nature of causality, and promises to be one of the most beautiful and visually bold works in the 2015 program.
This is going to be one wild ride! A spectacle of hyper-real pop music and dance exploring disposable culture and rampant consumerism, Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker is manic, furious and outrageously entertaining. This is J-Pop in overdrive.
A performance experience like no other. Inspired by mathematical notions of quantum mechanics, internationally renowned artist Ryoji Ikeda melds art and science through a combination of video, real-time content feeds, digital sound sculptures and human performers.
#2 You come to a fork in the road
September 20 sees the return of Fork on the Road, as Adelaide’s the largest gathering of food trucks, vans, bikes and street vendors converge on Bonython Park. These events are renowned for an irresistible array of diverse foods, free entertainment and fierce Frisbee throwdowns. Regular crowd favourites Burger Theory, Veggie Velo, Cheesy Street and Chimmichurri Grill will all be in the mix, collectively inducing a food coma epidemic of epic proportions.
#3 Release your inner nerd
No plans for the long weekend? We say, roll the dice! Toil and strategise your way to total domination in Settlers of Catan or become consumed by the do or die role-playing underworld of something called “D&D 5e”. ConCentric Games 2015 attracts players from across the country and promises to be unashamedly nerdy, inescapably fascinating and just so much fun. It’s an open-gaming festival, so you’re free to play whatever game(s) you like, with whoever is around at the time. BYO or select from a range of board and tabletop titles, or register to participate in an epic RPG adventure. Hosted at the Burnside Community Centre from September 18-20, you can register here. Game on!
#4 Dig for $2 vintage bargains in a carpark
Be prepared to drop some serious coin as retro goldmine Vintage Carousel hosts its annual clear-out – with prices capped at just two bucks. Root and rummage your way through some quality vintage pickups, clothing, homewares and furniture. Sorry piggy bank, your days are numbered. It goes down September 19, from 10am-4pm at 26 Hawker Street, Bowden.
#5 Visit a coffee “cellar door”
Located amid one of SA’s most renowned wine-producing regions, Dawn Patrol Coffee operate a roastery and “cellar door” hemmed in by rolling vineyards. Proprietors Nick and Dom make a point of trading only in 100 percent traceable coffee – meaning they know exactly where their beans have come from, who grew them and under what conditions. The tasting room is open every Sunday from 9.30am-4pm, and it’s a leisurely 50-minute drive from the CBD.
#6 Watch Australian rock royalty at The Gov
One of Australia’s most iconic and enduring music acts play SA’s best-loved live music venue. Tim and the troupe from The Whitlams make a point of playing “The Gov” whenever they’re in town to ramble through an extensive back catalogue, often until late into the evening. Get tickets to their September 18 gig here.
#7 A super sweet fair
Dude! Sweet! Ever dreamed of browsing a whole warehouse stocked with gooey, sticky, doughy, deliciousness? Well, the Flinders Street Market (aka “That Big Blue Shed”) is hosting a food fair created especially for sweet tooths (sweet teeth?) called the Sweet Tooth Dessert, Chocolate + Sweet Fair on September 19. Featuring handmade toffees, pastries, chocolates, cupcakes, truffles and other delectable desserts, everything is sourced from local producers. It’s like walking in a Wonka wonderland. #dentistonspeeddial.
(Lead image: OzAsia)
Tim lives life between the coffee-shop and the cinema. He's a writer whose words have appeared in GRAM and Broadsheet, and he operates under the moniker @timmyvolume across most social sites.