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Regardless of how long you are in McLaren Vale you need to know all the events that are happening in the region.

January 2021

THE SANTOS FESTIVAL OF CYCLING : MCLAREN VALE TO WILLUNGA

23 Jan 2021
The unique spectacle that is the d’Arenberg Cube will play host to the start of Be Safe Be Seen Stage 3. Basque in the stunning vineyards at d’Arenberg Winery and enjoy food and wine by the glass before (and after) seeing off the riders as they embark on their journey to Willunga Hill. This will  be the first time for the women’s race taking on Willunga-Hill! Rolling out from the Cube, we will take in a full stage of vineyards, incredible beaches and the very iconic and game changer for the race, Willunga Hill. For the men’s race, Willunga Hill the highlight of the event since the races inception and will wrap up an exciting (and tough) race for both men’s and women’s teams.


February 2021

The Fleurieu Film Festival

The Fleurieu Film Festival is an industry-standard, competitive short film festival held on the Fleurieu Peninsula as an avenue for new and emerging filmmakers to showcase their work. The Festival will contribute to the arts and culture in the region and showcase great food, wine and entertainment. Films from the Festival will form a “roadshow” to be screened in towns in the Fleurieu Peninsula, to spread excellent and enjoyable entertainment to those unable to attend the major outdoor event.

SATURDAY 13TH FEBRUARY 6:30PM – 11:15PM

Kangarilla Road McLaren Vale

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Adelaide Hills Chamber Player – Summer Festival

Helen Ayres & Anna Goldsworthy
Recital for Violin & Piano: Spirit of Romanticis
Franz Schubert – Sonata in D
Franz Schubert/Franz Lizt – Serenade
Fritz Kreisler – Liebeslied
César Franck – Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano.

Schubert, Liszt and Kreisler set the scene for Cesar Frank’s Sonata, the greatest work for solo violin and piano of the Romantic Canon. A work of irresistible drama and beauty. Played by celebrated South Australian artists Helen Ayres, violin and Anna Goldsworthy, pianoforte. Helen has performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestra across England, Scotland, Germany, Austria and China.

In 2021, Anna will be Artist & Writer in Residence at the Melbourne Recital Centre. She has recently appeared with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, the SSO, the AYO, and undertaken a six-city recital tour of China.

With the Seraphim Trio, of which they are foundation members, Helen and Anna perform regularly across Australia and have recorded numerous CDs for ABC Classic.

Sun 24 Jan- 3:00pm
Willunga Festival Hall, 9 Main Rd, Willunga, SA 5172

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STRING ORCHESTRA

Summer: Spirit of Romanticism
Gabriel Fauré – Elegy for solo cello & strings
Gustav Mahler – Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen [Songs of a Wayfarer]
Poitr Tchaikovsky – Andante Cantabile for solo cello & strings
Anton Dvorak – Serenade for Strings

This concert will be led from the cello desk by Sharon Grigoryan [formerly cellist of the ASQ]. Sharon will also play the solo part in pieces by Fauré and Tchaikovsky.

The centrepiece of the program is the magnificent song cycle of Gustav Mahler, sung by mezzo soprano, Elizabeth Campbell, who enjoys such success with Opera Australia, Victorian Opera and Capital City Symphony Orchestras all over Australia.

Thur 28 Jan – 7:00pm

Willunga Festival Hall, 9 Main Rd, Willunga, SA 5172

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CHAMBER CHOIR & ORCHESTRA

Summer: Spirit of Romanticism

Anton Bruckner – Os Justi Meditabitur 
Anton Bruckner – Christus Factus est
Wolfgang A Mozart – Ave verum corpus
Gabriel Fauré – Cantique de Jean Racine
Camille Saint Saëns – Oratorio de Noël

Adelaide music lovers will readily recognise Jonathan Bligh: young and brilliantly talented, he has triumphed in the best British and American finishing schools. Under Jonathan our Chamber Choir will explore early repertoire that reveals unmistakable expressiveness as well as core 19th century works from what became known as the Romantic Era.

Sat 6 Feb – 6:00pm

Willunga Festival Hall

9 Main Rd, Willunga, SA 5172

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ERA HIGHLIGHTS

Summer:

Pagliacci by Leoncavallo

Under the musical leadership of international baritone Mario Bellanova, the finest South Australian singers present memorable moments of Leoncavallo’s timeless masterpiece. Naomi Hede as Nedda, Branko Lovrinov as Canio, David Visentin as Arlecchino and Jeremy Tatchell as Silvio.

Thur 11 Feb – 7:00pm
Willunga Festival Hall

 Main Rd, Willunga, SA 5172

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March 2021

April 2021

LECONFIELD WINES MCLAREN VALE MARATHON

The Leconfield Wines McLaren Vale Marathon is a spectacular run along the coastline and through the vines, finishing in the heart of McLaren Vale. The point-to-point marathon course has a net descent of 140m+.

The event also features a half marathon on Sunday with 13K & 6K races and a kids’ mile on Saturday afternoon – suitable for runners and walkers alike. With a pasta party on Friday night, outdoor cinema on Saturday night, presentations & post-race party on Sunday night and a weekend-long market at the stunning Leconfield & Richard Hamilton Wines estate this will be a weekend for the whole family.

Come for the run and experience much more…Come and explore our pristine beaches, forests and trails, art galleries and attractions. The region also offers a smorgasbord of fine dining spots, food producers, markets, microbreweries and distilleries.

FRIDAY 9TH APRIL5:00PM – 10:00PM

AT Main Road, McLaren Vale

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MCLAREN VALE VINTAGE AND CLASSIC

The McLaren Vale Vintage & Classic Event is a great family day celebration of vintage and classic motoring. A fantastic mix of food, wine, and music together with the energy and passion of motoring enthusiasts. It offers the visitor exquisite tastes of the McLaren Vale region’s world-class wines, tantalising gourmet food and classic motor vehicles and motorcycles of a by-gone era. On Sunday, the Main Street is closed off to mainstream traffic and the Parade begins.

SATURDAY 17TH APRIL

6:00PM – 10:00PMAT

Main Road McLaren Vale

0415 820 719

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May 2021


June 2021

Victor Harbor WhaleFest

Unique WhaleFest events celebrate the beginning of the whale season on the Fleurieu Peninsula and encourage the community to get involved with a range of informative, engaging and entertaining whale-related activities. More info on events via: sawhalecentre.com.au/whalefest-30-may-6-june-2021/

Thursday, June 3

Whale Science Talk

Victa Cinema, 7pm – 9pm, free. Join a panel of marine experts to learn about current marine mammal research and conservation initiatives in the Encounter Marine Park. Register via: whalefesttalk2021.eventbrite.com.au

Friday, June 4

Young Neil + Horse Crazy

Murray Delta Juke Joint, Goolwa, from 7:00pm. Tickets $20 via: trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=758723&. Solo minstrel, acoustic country and flat out rockers – this show trips through 50 years of unforgettable Neil Young classics.

Saturday, June 5 onward

‘Review’ exhibition

Coral Street Art Space, Victor Harbor from Saturday June 5 to Saturday July 3. Free entry, exhibition open daily between 9am and 5pm. A retrospective collection of intricate hand-knitted art pieces by Phyllis Williams.

Saturday, June 5

Rumours – Fleetwood Mac tribute

Beach House Cafe, Encounter Bay, 8pm. A performance of the majority Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits album plus a slab of classics from the 1975 album Fleetwood Mac White. To book tickets, call 8552 4417.

Saturday, June 5 – Sunday, June 6

Peninsula Providore Pick Your Own Olives

Peninsula Providore Farm shop, 2250 Bull Creek Road, Tooperang. From 11am, tickets $5, family up to 6 $20. Book via: trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=767419&. Visit the Peninsula Providore pop-up farm shop on their Nangkita Grove during their June 2021 openings to gain access to specialised areas of the grove to pick your own olives to take home for pickling.

Saturday, June 5

Back to the Swinging 60s

McCracken Country Club, 7.00pm. Tickets $50 via: eventbrite.com.au/e/back-to-the-swinging-60s-tickets-142465535251. Fun cocktail party night with 60’s fashion parade, 60’s themed photo lounge. Harcourts South Coast fundraiser for Operation Flinders.

Saturday, June 5

Blokes Read!

Aldinga Library, 10.30am, free. Blokes Read is an event for young children and a significant male figure in their life such as a dad, step-dad, uncle, grandfather or family friend. Join author Mike Lucas for a fun-filled storytime. Register via: onkaparingacity.com/Eventbrite/Blokes-Read-Storytime-event-at-Aldinga-Library-150455752205#

July

WINEMAKER’S TABLE – SHIRAZMATAZ!

14 Jul 2021 – 14 Jul 2021
06:30 PM – 09:30 PM

Come along to Zontes Footstep to meet our Wine Maker, Brad Rey!

Join us for a journey through the regions of South Australian Shiraz with hearty dishes lovingly prepared by our “foodie in residence” inspired by the wines being enjoyed on the night: Chocolate Factory – McLaren Vale, Lake Doctor – Langhorne Creek, Hills are Alive – Adelaide Hills, Baron Von Nemesis – Barossa.?

The guided wine pairings will surprise your taste buds and stimulate an evening of talking, learning and enjoying all things food & wine.

?Seats are limited to 24 people to keep it intimate.

WILLUNGA ALMOND BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

24 Jul 2021 – 25 Jul 2021
11:00 AM – 09:00 PM

Our festival welcomes you all to a weekend of family fun. With camel and pony rides, show rides, side shows, animal nursery, giant games, food trucks, live music, market stalls and almonds. There will be Saturday night fireworks and on Sunday enter our Almond Cracking Competition.

Over the two days there is almond cooking demonstrations or if you like to cook enter our Almond Cookery Competition. Bring the entire family, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Thank you for supporting our long running community fundraiser for our Willunga Recreation Park.

August

‘SOUTH AUSTRALIA IN WATERCOLOUR’ – AN ART EXHIBITION BY DENIS NOBLE FOR SALA

01 Aug 2021 – 31 Aug 2021
10:00 AM – 05:00 PM

Denis Noble will be presenting his exhibition ‘South Australia in Watercolour’ at Bremerton Wines during August for the South Australian Living Arts Festival (SALA).

Denis Noble is an established watercolourist with more than twenty years’ painting and exhibiting experience. His love of drawing has evolved into the ever-challenging medium of watercolour to become his preferred style today.

This exhibition marks Noble’s seventh exhibition for SALA and his third-year at Bremerton Wines.

While at Bremerton, you can also spend the day sampling Bremerton’s premium wines, Willson’s
Small Batch Gin and delicious local produce from our cellar door providore.

LANGHORNE CREEK CELLAR TREASURES WEEKEND

14 Aug 2021 – 15 Aug 2021
Across two days, wineries throughout Langhorne Creek delve into their cellars to show you their rare and museum wines for you to taste alongside current vintages.

There is something for everyone, from degustation 4 course dinner and wine pairing, tastings with the regions winemakers, winery tours, food trucks, and live music.

September

COLD CHISEL TRIBUTE BAND FEAT. EAST BAND

  • Friday, 17 September 2021
  • 7:00 pm  11:00 pm
  • Lady Bay Hotel73 Saint Andrews BoulevardNormanville, SA, 5204Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar  ICS

Join us for Dinner & the COLD CHISEL Tribute Band feat. East Band

$60 per ticket – Includes 2 Course Dinner & Ticket to Show

Dinner starts at 7pm with the show beginning at 8pm

October

YANKALILLA SHOW

02 Oct 2021 – 02 Oct 2021
09:00 AM – 04:00 PM

Entertainment throughout the day on both the shearing shed stage and the main stage (variety of live music and shearing demonstrations)..Show rides and Sideshow attractions, camel & pony rides, hands on animal nursery, market stalls, main hall showcasing the competitive exhibits, Aldinga & Sellicks Spinners & Knitters Shorn to Worn demonstration – fleece turned into wearable items, art pavilion, photography, show bags, and plenty of food and lots more…..

November

HANDPICKED FESTIVAL

13 Nov 2021
Hidden amongst the vineyards and gum trees of Lake Breeze Wines, Handpicked Festival is a sensory overload full of barefoot dancing, slow living vibes and authentic experiences.

Spend your day stretched out on a picnic blanket over lush lawns, sip on local, family produced Lake Breeze Wines, meander through the lane of lights for handmade goods by a myriad of local artisans and enjoy delicious, regional produced filled dishes from an array of local food trucks. All this while enjoying the excitement that comes from hearing the familiar tunes from Australia’s top musicians just meters away…that’s Handpicked

SMOKE ON THE WATER

26 Nov 2021 – 28 Nov 2021
09:00 AM – 05:00 PM

The region’s first “smoke off” was held at Currency Creek in 2007 as a fundraising event for the Currency Creek CFS.
A rich and enjoyable history has ensued…. after the 2020 Covid cancellation, the timing was right for a transformation.

This year’s event will be held over three days on the lawns of the Goolwa Aquatic Centre lawns, Fleurieu Function Centre and carpark, Goolwa.

One of the new exciting elements is the visitor’s participation opportunities in Sunday’s ‘Smokin’ Seafood Day– featuring the iconic local pipi (cockle, mulloway and even carp to give it a unique Goolwa feel.)

Goolwa’s waterfront will be awash with delish aromas!

Live entertainment, fabulous food, boutique beers, market stalls and a chance to have a go… register your interest for updates!

December