Immerse yourself in the regions vibrant food, wine and arts events and see some of the most spectacular international, national and local festivals.  

No matter the time of year you visit, the region’s events calendar is packed to the brim with exciting international, national and local events for you to enjoy. Discover the world class wine, food and arts scene and experience the region like a local.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

NOVEMBER
Port Noarlunga Deep South Blues Festival
In its sixth year, the popular blues, roots and folk festival is making its way to the coast – with its new home Port Noarlunga. Three days of musical fun will fill the township, with artists from South Australia and interstate. There will be local food, wine and beer on offer too, so you can make a weekend of it and enjoy the warmer weather with this fun celebration of blues and roots talent.

DECEMBER/JANUARY
Surf Art Exhibition
In celebration of the arrival of summer, this exhibition showcases artworks inspired by some of the region’s pristine beaches and passionate surf culture. A combination of 2D and 3D art is displayed
at the Arts Centre, Port Noarlunga, including painting, sculpture, ceramics and photography, each with their own unique viewpoint of coastal beauty.

JANUARY
Santos Tour Down Under Stage 5
One of the highlights of the renowned Santos Tour Down Under, the Stage 5 leg stretches throughout the valleys, hills and coastline of the McLaren Vale wine region, finishing with the famous Willunga Hill climb. The stage often determines the overall winner of the Tour and it remains a favourite for cyclists and spectators alike. The vineyard and seaside vistas are breathtaking in the summer sun with visitors coming from across the globe to watch the race and soak up the spirit of the region.

FEBRUARY
Fleurieu Fringe Festival
After being awarded a ‘Best Event’ award in 2017 from the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the return of Fleurieu Fringe is much anticipated. The region’s very own slice of the popular arts and cultural
festival. Sauerbier House comes alive with top performers, food trucks and entertainment. Experience the festival seaside vibe.

Fleurieu Film Festival
The rapidly growing festival features films from local and national filmmakers, with the theme for 2018 being ‘fire’. The winners will be announced at an awards celebration held on the picturesque grounds of Serafino winery in McLaren Vale. There’s also a panel event this year, where you can hear from experts in the film field. A great way to combine food, wine and entertainment!

APRIL
Sand Sculpture Exhibition
A great one for little and big kids alike, this exhibition combines the best of the coast and the vibrant arts culture. Intricate sculptures transform the Port Noarlunga foreshore annually. Themes have included ‘Disney Princesses’, ‘A Day at the Zoo’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’, each drawing large crowds for two weeks in April.

JUNE LONG WEEKEND
McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2017, Sea & Vines is one of the best ways to sample the top wine and food on display in the region. Treat yourself and spend the weekend indulging in one of the many culinary experiences, special events or unique tasting opportunities. From degustation lunches to masterclasses, there is plenty of wine and food immersion to be enjoyed.

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July
29 & 30 – Willunga Almond Blossom Festival

October
27 to 29 – Fleurieu Folk Festival, Willunga

November
5 November – Amy’s Ride South Australia, McLaren Vale
24 to 26 November – Port Noarlunga Deep South Blues Festival

December
10 December – A Day on the Green at Leconfield Winery, McLaren Vale
15 December to 27 January – Surf Art Exhibition, Port Noarlunga
27 December – Syn @ Sunset, McLaren Vale


January
20 January – Santos Tour Down Under Stage 5
20 January – Mid Coast Surf Lifesaving Community Challenge

February
9 to 11 February – Fleurieu Film Festival, McLaren Vale
16 to 25 February – Fleurieu Fringe, Port Noarlunga

March
30 March to 2 April – 54th National Gem and Mineral Show, Willunga
Beachside Food and Wine Festival

April
19 to 28 April – Flagstaff Hill Art Show
21 & 22 April – McLaren Vale Vintage and Classic
A Day on the Green at Leconfield Winery, McLaren Vale
2018 Sand Sculpture Exhibition

June
9 to 11 June – McLaren Vale Sea and Vines Festival
16 June to 22 July – Fleurieu Biennale

Don’t forget to check out our great markets too, showcasing the best in local produce and artisan creations, as well as enjoying the local community vibe!

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