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What’s On: Adelaide in July

Adelaide- not only the city of churches, but a city of spectacle, scones and ships this July. 

Check out our top 10 must see, do, eat + hear events the gorgeous city has to offer!


Step aboard the city’s oldest clipper ship for a music and myth filled Nordic adventure!
The majestic vessel launched from England in 1864 and was built by William Pile, Hay and co to transport passengers and goods to Australia, and is now transforming into a dinner, concert and drinks extravaganza!

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New Port SA 01 Jul From $90 to $110


Want to be wowed this month? Then David McAllister’s stunning Sleeping Beauty is an absolute must.  A whirlwind of romance, wonder and imperial grandeur with Baroque golds & creams, splashes of vivid colour and story-book charm. The Ballet is set to Tchaikovsky’s celebrated score, yet designed with the twist of new artistic director, Gabriela Tylesova. The reawakened classic will turn your July magical.

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King William Street , Adelaide 06 Jul - 12 Jul $41 to $149


‘‘Up In Smoke’ – Adelaide’s first Australasian BBQ Alliance sanctioned BBQ Competition! Held in conjunction with the Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival, the event is for amateurs to professionals to test their skills, secret sauces and smoked concoctions all in the name of winning cash, trophies and BBQ bragging rights! Teams will compete in 5 categories; Beef, Pork Ribs, Pork, Lamb and Chicken for supremacy as the Reserve Grand Champion and Grand Champion for the overall points claim to add to their national leaderboard.

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Goodwood Rd, Adelaide 07 Jul Free Entry


A forgotten collection of mugshots from the late 1800s and early 1900s are currently on display at the Adelaide Gaol. Believe it or not the photos were rediscovered on floppy disks (remember those?) and have been restored to their former glory. The historic mugshots feature nine inmates, six of whom were hanged at the Gaol, such as Mah Poo, who shot his boss on Hindley street for consistently swearing and treating him unfairly…The exhibition includes history on inmate crimes, letters of confession , newspaper articles and execution notices. So if you feel like a crime fix this month make sure you head on over to the gaol, just for a visit of course.

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Adelaide Gaol, 18 Gaol Road 01 July - 31 July 9.00 - 14.50


Winterfest, the Port Adelaide winter wonderland festival, is snowballing into historic Hart’s Mill this July. Pop on some skates and own the ice-skating rink. Or if the ice isn’t your pick then take a wander through the winter markets, see a live show, participate in workshops or get your foodie fix. You can warm yourself up by open fires, or grab a soul-warming drink at one of the many bars – or both, because that is obviously a winning combination!

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Mundy Street , Adelaide 06 Jul - 22 Jul Free


Love scones and music? Then this is the perfect event for you! The Country Women’s Association & Umbrella Winter City Sounds Program are joining forces to celebrate delicious treats and artists of all ages. SconeFest will be a nostalgic journey through music and past-times concluding with a large community jam session, featuring Frank Loves Joan, Sing Australia and more with a section for slow fashion and bake-offs. Play an instrument? Then bring it along too for group sessions. It truly is the perfect way for the whole family to spend a wintery Sunday afternoon

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200 Jeffcott Street 22 Jul - 22 Jul Free


Jetty Road like you never imagined it. For the month of July, Glenelg will turn into a Winter Wonderland with a huge covered 450 square metre ice rink installed on Moseley Square. Come rain, hail or shine; morning, noon or night bring the family and skate by Adelaide’s favourite beach. Skaters can enjoy 1 hour sessions between 10am and 8pm Sunday to Thursday and additional 8.30pm sessions on Friday and Saturday nights (the perfect date night).

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Moseley Square 01 Jul - 22 Jul $12.50 to $40.00


Bastille Day marks the storming of the Bastille prison by angry Parisian crowds and today, the French celebrate all things that symbolise France, such the tricolore flag and La Marseillaise – both of which originate from the revolution. It is a day to celebrate the three tenets of the republican national motto: “liberty, equality and fraternity”- so why not celebrate Bastille Day with The Champagne Dame? Kyla Kirkpartick will take guests on a tasting journey through fuller bodied champagnes that can be enjoyed with Winter fare. Five exquisite champagnes have been selected carefully for qualities which lend to their body, character and complexity, from barrel and magnum aging through to a pinot dominant style. Price includes 5 champagnes and cheese.

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161 Melbourne Street , Adelaide 14 Jul $149


A mouth-watering celebration of South Australian Artisan Cheese alongside producers of olives, wines and distilled alcohol is truly the best event ever.  If you are a true Cheese-A-Holic, you will love the relaxed atmosphere of Plant 4, where you can meet the producers and cheese makers of leading cheeses and sample their food gold. Sit back and enjoy the food and cheese demonstrations with My Italian Table running a fresh pasta session, or a Never Never Gin making Gin Cocktails and pairing. You can also learn how you should be building your winter and summer cheese boards too!

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1 Third Street , Adelaide 22 Jul 10+


The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) will celebrate the 12th AIR Independent Music Awards at Adelaide’s Queen’s Theatre this July. Thanks to the continued support from the South Australian Government, the return to the UNESCO City of Music will see over 40 of Australia’s finest recording artists nominated for one of this year’s prestigious awards. AIR is dedicated to supporting the growth and development of Australia’s independent recording sector providing a launch-pad for some of Australia’s greatest success stories. Since its inauguration in 1996, the AIR Awards have recognised Australia’s most notable talent from the Hoodoo Gurus (1996) to The John Butler Trio (2001), Silverchair (2002), Wolfmother (2004), Sia (2009 and more.  

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Playhouse Ln & Gilles Arcade 26 Jul - 26 Jul

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