Events South Australia News


Here we are at the end of another big year. Over the past 12 months events have been held in every corner of South Australia, injecting more than $341 million into the state’s economy and continuing to build its profile. September’s Australian Event Awards saw South Australia named Best Events State for the second year running, an accolade that reflects the passion and creativity of our events industry. The new year promises more excitement — major events like the Santos Tour Down Under, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide Festival, Clipsal 500 Adelaide and WOMADelaide are just around the corner, to be joined by one-off drawcards like the Anthony Mundine and Danny Green rematch at Adelaide Oval. In this edition of Events South Australia News we’ll recap our biggest announcements of late and look ahead to everything that’s coming up. Thank you to all our partners and supporters – we wish you a wonderful festive season and look forward to working with you in 2017 and beyond.

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Events South Australia: the latest

Santos Womens Tour Santos Womens Tour

Routes announced for Santos Women’s Tour
A challenging race route awaits top cyclists at next month’s Santos Women’s Tour. The four-stage event will feature two city criteriums, plus stages in the Adelaide Hills and Barossa. Seventeen teams – 11 international and six Australian – will compete between 14-17 January. The Santos Tour Down Under follows, with popular Columbian rider Esteban Chaves among the big names set to line up. You’ll find the latest on both events here.

Man v Machine Man v Machine

Champions to square off
Australia’s biggest boxing rivals – Anthony Mundine and Danny Green – are heading to Adelaide Oval on February 3 for their long-awaited rematch. The event, dubbed Man v Machine, has been 10 years in the making. Limited tickets are still available for the fight: grab them here.

Socceroos Socceroos

Socceroos returning to Adelaide
The Socceroos will play Saudi Arabia in Adelaide next June as part of their quest to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Tickets to the June 8 match are now on sale. The Socceroos will also take part in a week-long Adelaide training camp ahead of the game. Almost 36,000 fans were at Adelaide Oval in March this year to see the team defeat Tajikistan 7-0.

National Scout Jamboree National Scout Jamboree

Jamboree to deliver major boost
The Bend Motorsport Park in Tailem Bend will welcome around 17,000 people in January 2019 for the 25th National Scout Jamboree. The event is expected to inject around $15 million into the South Australian economy, with Scouts and leaders to visit the Adelaide Hills, Murraylands and Coorong, CBD and Port Adelaide. Check out the Scouts SA website for more.

Sydney Roosters Sydney Roosters

Sydney Roosters flying in
Iconic NRL club the Sydney Roosters will play a home game against the Melbourne Storm at Adelaide Oval on June 24. It will be the Roosters’ first game in South Australia and the club has pledged to share the excitement with local fans. See more here.

Credit Union Christmas Pageant Credit Union Christmas Pageant

Festive cheer arrives
The Credit Union Christmas Pageant was held on November 12, with 260,000 people lining Adelaide streets for the event. Three new floats were included in this year’s line-up, while more than 2,500 characters kept the crowd entertained along the 3.3-kilometre route. Don’t forget that the entire 2016 Credit Union Christmas Pageant will be replayed on Nine in South Australia from 8:30am on Christmas Day.

Clipsal 500 Adelaide Clipsal 500 Adelaide

Start your engines ...

Get set to unleash adrenalin with the Clipsal 500 Adelaide in 2017. The event will feature eight racing categories and even more off-track excitement. Fans can look forward to a world-exclusive collision between Enduro-X and Supercross, with riders from both styles of racing taking on the first ever hybrid track. Concerts from Hunters and Collectors and the Hilltop Hoods are also sure to thrill. Book your tickets here.

Coco Rocha at Adelaide Fashion Festival Coco Rocha at Adelaide Fashion Festival

Global exposure for AFF
Adelaide Fashion Festival was held from October 19-23 and featured 20 events – including 10 designer runways – over its five days. Joining the festival was international supermodel Coco Rocha, who walked in one of the two final-night Paolo Sebastian shows and promoted South Australia extensively through her social media channels. Click here to check out a video recap of AFF 2016.

Bay Sheffield Bay Sheffield

Win for Bay Sheffield
Men and women will receive equal prize money for the first time at next week’s Bay Sheffield. The event, to be held on December 27 and 28, is celebrating its 130th anniversary. Top male and female runners will receive $20,000 each, with the increase in women’s prize money made possible through sponsorship provided by the Events South Australia’s Regional Events and Festivals Program. Read more here.

Marco Pierre White Marco Pierre White

Tasting Australia welcomes Marco and Maggie
Tickets have sold out for the first two Tasting Australia events launched from the festival’s 2017 program. The first, a Maggie Beer Tribute Dinner, will take place in the Barossa as a curtain-raiser on April 29. The second event features special festival guest Marco Pierre White, who will be cooking an Italian feast with Fino at Seppeltsfield on April 30 with fellow chefs including Tasting Australia creative curator Jock Zonfrillo. Further events with Marco will be announced in the new year so keep up to date via the Tasting Australia e-newsletter, and read more about Australia’s preeminent eating and drinking festival here.

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Bay to Birdwood Bay to Birdwood

Bay to Birdwood
This year’s Bay to Birdwood on September 25 saw motoring enthusiasts travel to Adelaide form as far away as New Zealand. Around 1,000 veteran, vintage and classic vehicles took part in the run, travelling between West Beach and the Adelaide Hills.

Lower Lakes Stockman’s Challenge Lower Lakes Stockman’s Challenge

Lower Lakes Stockman’s Challenge
Adelaide’s brutal winter weather forced the Lower Lakes Stockman’s Challenge to reschedule in 2016. It took place from November 4-6 and featured a range of Australian bush heritage events.

Handpicked Festival Handpicked Festival

Handpicked Festival
The third Handpicked Festival at Langhorne Creek’s Lake Breeze Wines on November 12 featured bands including The Potbelleez, The Veronicas, Killing Heidi and British India.

Adelaide Motorsport Festival Adelaide Motorsport Festival

Adelaide Motorsport Festival
The 2016 Adelaide Motorsport Festival included the Prima Tour, Classic Adelaide Rally and Victoria Park Sprint, with special guests including former Formula One drivers Ivan Capelli, Stefan Johansson and Pierluigi Martini.

Around Town

Royal Adelaide Activation Royal Adelaide Activation

Royal Adelaide activation opportunities 
Renewal SA is inviting entrepreneurs, sole traders, businesses, community groups and non-for-profit organisations to come up with ideas to activate the Royal Adelaide site over the next five years. Bringing new life into the East End of the CBD and the Adelaide Riverbank presents an opportunity for our city to build upon its world-class reputation as a must-see tourist and business destination. Expressions of interest are open until 2pm on Friday January 27, 2017. Events, installations, arts and culture projects, retail offerings, co-working initiatives and new ideas are all up for discussion — be sure to read up on future plans for the site and the activation opportunities it presents as soon as the hospital and health services vacate. For more information or to download a copy of the EOI for activation opportunities head here.

Adelaide Festival Centre Redevelopment Adelaide Festival Centre Redevelopment

Adelaide Festival Centre transformation
It’s full steam ahead for the Adelaide Festival Centre redevelopment — the most significant capital infrastructure works undertaken at the site since the centre opened in 1973. Plenty of information is available on what’s happening and when: check out this overview as a starting point.

Five minutes with ... Sally Neville

Sally Neville Sally Neville

Sally Neville is festival co-ordinator for Port Lincoln’s Tunarama Festival, and took on the role after a career in the music industry. We caught up with Sally to hear more about her vision for this much-loved community event, which returns from January 26-28.

1. Tell us about your role and your professional background.
I am the festival coordinator for the Tunarama Festival in Port Lincoln. I have been working in the events industry for five years, after 10 years working in the fashion industry as a merchandiser at Country Road in Melbourne and Selfridges in London. I loved the creative element of fashion but music was my passion. I moved back to my home state of South Australia in 2011 and started a career change into event management with my first gig working for the Big Day Out as production assistant. There I realised I had found my dream career path.

Five years on I have worked with WOMAD, Soundwave, Tasting Australia, and freelancing for Frontier Touring. I never turned work down paid or unpaid, it was all about gaining experience and exposure. I have set up my own events, threw myself in the deep end and ridden the highs and lows of managing events.

Tunarama has been a fantastic opportunity to take an iconic festival which was limping along and inject new fresh ideas. I bring to the festival a new focus: I am passionate about promoting regional produce and local musicians, artists and engaging the local community as much as possible. Festivals are about creating fun, colour and creativity for people to enjoy and that’s what drives my passion.

My role involves working with the community to showcase the best of the region and give people an experience they remember and want to return to again in the future. Food, music, wine, arts, children’s activities and entertainment as well as programming the quirky events like the tuna toss, keg roll, boat building and organising the annual street procession.

Marketing and sponsorship play a huge part in creating the festival as we are a not for profit organisation run by a committee of only 10 volunteers. I am the only paid staff member. It’s a very big job, driven by a passion to see people of all ages come together to relax, enjoy the environment and soak up the festival atmosphere.

2. What’s new for Tunarama Festival 2017?
I am hugely inspired by the incredible local produce that comes from the Eyre Peninsula: the world-class seafood, organic farmed product, locally roasted coffee, wine, beer and speciality products from this pristine environment. I have introduced a new concept showcasing the best of Eyre Peninsula called Eyre Square. The square will feature 10 producers including Boston Bay Smallgoods: there will be prawns, tuna, kingfish, mussels, oysters from Coffin Bay, squid and much more in store. The highlight of the destination will be the Best of Eyre Dinner on Friday January 27 featuring guest Chef Duncan Welgemoed from Adelaide’s Africola. The menu is 100% regionally sourced and will be prepared by the region’s best chefs alongside Tafe SA students.

Music will also be a main feature to the festival with a program pack full of fantastic South Australian talent. We are introducing an amazing new stage which will feature in Eyre Square.
headliners The Timbers will count down to the fireworks on Saturday 28th January. A giant
tepee will be set up in the middle of the site and will showcase children’s performances during
the day, and in the early evening local musicians will entertain the crowd.

3. How is the festival evolving?
The festival is moving away from the show carnival environment and focusing on local seafood, wine, music and arts. We have said goodbye to the Dagwood dogs and show bags and introduced market stalls like henna art, healthy smoothies and greatly improved the food stalls. New areas to sit and relax and enjoy the beautiful Boston Bay while watching your favourite events.

4. How do you see the South Australian events industry?
Events in South Australia is a thriving industry. With so much variety and choice there really is something for everyone.

Tasting Australia is a fantastic showcase of what our state has to offer in terms of produce, with such incredible weather and our clean green environment we really do have world-class products. I look forward to it every year. The OzAsia Festival is a great spectacle of colour and culture. New concepts are consistently being supported like the Alpine Village, Barrio a few years ago, Royal Croquet Club as well as great regional events like Handpicked Festival and Eyre Peninsula’s new SALT Festival starting in April 2017. There are so many creatively minded people who are prepared to give it ago and make good things happen. I find it a hugely inspiring environment to be a part of.

It’s fantastic that our state government is so supportive of events in South Australia, it’s a win for everyone.

5. What three things would you take if you were stranded on a desert island?
My boys (two small, one big), hammock, iPod.

Events on the way


World Tennis Challenge World Tennis Challenge

World Tennis Challenge
10-12 January, Adelaide
Twelve world-class players — including Nick Kyrgios, the Bryan brothers and Tomas Berdych — will hit the court at Memorial Drive.

Santos Tour Down Under
14-22 January, Adelaide and regions
Australia’s premier cycling race returns with star riders including world champion Peter Sagan.

Tunarama Festival
26-28 January, Adelaide
Four days and nights of family fun await along the Port Lincoln foreshore.

27-29 January, Adelaide Hills
Play it cool and celebrate the best things about life in the Adelaide Hills.

2017 Australian Open Water Swimming Championships
27-29 January, Adelaide
Brighton Beach will host this event and fans are invited to watch swimmers in action.


Karrie Webb Karrie Webb

Mundine v Green II
3 February, Adelaide
History will be made at Adelaide Oval as boxers Anthony Mundine and Danny Green settle the score once and for all.

Fleurieu Film Festival
10-11 February, Fleurieu Peninsula
Head to Serafino Winery to check out top films inspired by this year’s festival theme of water.

Kangaroo Island Carnival
16-18 February, Kangaroo Island
Three days of racing are combined with fashion, live entertainment and local food and wine.

ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
16-19 February, Adelaide
Royal Adelaide — also celebrating 125 years — will host golfers including world number one Lydia Ko, defending champion Haru Nomura and Australian legend Karrie Webb.

Adelaide Fringe Festival
17 February-19 March, Adelaide
More than 5250 artists will be part of Fringe comedy, music, theatre and circus performances across 400 venues. Much-loved Fringe venues Gluttony, Fringe Club and The Garden of Unearthly Delights aren’t affected by the works in Rymill and Rundle parks — see you there (or in the Royal Croquet Club at Pinky Flat!).

KFC T20 International
22 February, Adelaide
This double-header will see the Southern Stars play New Zealand before Australia takes on Sri Lanka.


Fringe in Mt Gambier Fringe in Mt Gambier

Clipsal 500 Adelaide
2-5 March, Adelaide
More high-octane thrills are in store as drivers battle for victory. Off-track entertainment includes Hunters and Collectors and the Hilltop Hoods.

Adelaide Festival
3-19 March, Adelaide
The next Adelaide Festival will feature shows such as the sold-out Saul and The Secret River, plus the much-loved Writers’ Week. Be sure to check out the incredible Riverbank Palais.

10-13 March, Adelaide
Head to Botanic Park for a four-day celebration of global music, food, thought and creativity.

2017 South Australian Masters Games
24-27 March, Clare Valley
Clare will host the 22nd SA Masters Games, with hundreds of competitors and volunteers to enjoy four days of sport and fun.

Adelaide Fringe in Mount Gambier
24-25 March, Limestone Coast
The Fringe is off to Mount Gambier with a sensational program of visual arts events, spectacular performances and jazz.

Industry News

Credit Union Christmas Pageant Credit Union Christmas Pageant

Pageant crowd control a winner
Organisers of the Cairns Festival Grand Parade have successfully adopted a Credit Union Christmas Pageant tradition. The parade’s co-ordinator recently contacted pageant co-ordinator Chris Adams to ask how children were consistently kept off the road. Chris explained the pageant’s long-standing blue honour line, which was launched in 1958 and is painted along the entire event route. Approval was given for the Cairns Festival Grand Parade to a two-year trial of a blue line, and organisers report there was barely a toe out of place on the big day. The Cairns Regional Council is now looking at other local events that may benefit from a similar system, and has also presented the Cairns Festival Grand Parade an Excellence in Safety Innovation Award.

Tourism News

China Southern Airlines China Southern Airlines

Events South Australia is the major events arm of the South Australian Tourism Commission. Here’s the latest in tourism news across the state.

China Southern Airlines inaugural flight lands in Adelaide
The inaugural flight of the world’s third-largest carrier – China Southern Airlines – has landed at Adelaide Airport, heralding a massive boost to the state’s visitor economy. See the full media release here.

Record number of international visitors as SA prepares for China Southern flight
South Australia has attracted a record number of international visitors and they are spending more than ever, new data shows. See the full media release here.

South Australia’s cruise season kicks off
The Sun Princess has sailed into Adelaide, flagging the beginning of what is expected to be another record-breaking cruise season. See the full media release here.

Lonely Planet ranks South Australia in world’s top five regions
South Australia has been named one of the five best regions in the world in a major endorsement by internationally-renowned travel guide Lonely Planet. See the full media release here.

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