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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.

February 2022


05 Feb 2022 – 05 Feb 2022
Next Occurrence : 05 Feb 2022
06:30 PM – 11:15 PM


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. The main Gala event is held on the first Saturday in February.



19 Feb 2022 – 20 Feb 2022
Next Occurrence : 19 Feb 2022
10:00 AM – 04:00 PM


All things chilli in Willunga. Chilli plants & produce, chilli foods & cooking demonstrations plus chill related merchandise. “Chill Out” with live music, local beer, wine and sangria, plus enjoy a little local colour with our Artisan Market craftmens on display.
Chilli Fest Willunga is hosted by the Willunga Recreation Park – “Community Owned & Managed’ as a fundraiser for this facility.


March 2022


13 Mar 2022
Next: Sunday 13th March 2022
1:00 PM – 10:00 PM


Overjoyed to announce their 2022 wineup feat. Spacey Jane, Masked Wolf, Art vs Science, Stace Cadet, Mell Hall, Jimi The Kween and many more TBA!

We are delighted to return to the majestic McLaren Vale for your favourite day of the year in full normal festival mode with dancing!

Pretty sure it’s going to be, the Best. Chardy. Ever.


April 2022


02 Apr 2022
Next: Saturday 2nd April 2022
1:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Experience fast paced, exhilarating, 20/20 style polo set against the backdrop of one of Australia’s most applauded wine & food regions

Enjoy the very best of McLaren Vale hospitality, glamorous fashions on the field and sophisticated all day entertainment both on and off the pitch.

Welcome to the 2022 Vale Polo Classic!

A day at the polo is like nothing else, as it fuses a competitive sporting event, the excitement of live thoroughbreds, premium hospitality and fashion.

The SA Polo Association will host, 2 x 20/20 style games of polo featuring the very best national talent. This format of polo, on a reduced playing field, has been created to encourage crowd engagement with increased speed and shorter quarters.

Back for it’s second year, the Vale Polo Classic is a spectacular event, not to be missed!


May 2022


08 May 2022
Next: Sunday 8th May 2022
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM


There’s a grenache revival under way – and Yangarra Estate Vineyard’s Peter Fraser is leading the movement. Join the McLaren Vale master for this in-depth tasting. You’ll explore this versatile variety and learn about its increasing popularity. Taste through the diverse expressions of grenache, paired with specially curated dishes by Tasting Australia Festival Co-Director Karena Armstrong and The Salopian Inn.

Yangarra’s grenache continues to attract high praise from critics. The 2016 High Sands grenache captures the essence of Yangarra’s prized old vines and was named 2020 Wine of the Year at the Halliday Wine Companion Awards. The 2018 High Sands grenache also received widespread acclaim, attracting 98 points from Tasting Australia drinks curator Nick Stock.

Winemaker Peter Fraser – based at Yangarra since 2000 – is recognised for his leadership with Blewitt Springs grenache and shiraz. His approach relies on observing, questioning and responding to the nuances of each vintage, yielding honest and confident wines of provenance.

Tickets include return transfer from Town Square, leaving the CBD at 12pm and arriving back at 5pm.

This event can cater to vegetarian, vegan, coeliac and dairy free dietary requirements. For any other requirements please contact the event organiser prior to purchasing.


June 2022

July 2022


30 Jul 2022 – 31 Jul 2022

There is something for the entire family to enjoy at the Willunga Almond Blossom Festival. Share in the fun of the show rides, side shows, animal nursery, giant games, circus entertainers, camel and pony rides plus when you get hungry and want to slow down, there is a variety of food trucks, live music, market stalls to browse.

Gather the family for the Saturday night fireworks show or enter in the Almond Cookery Competition with winners on display or have a go in the Almond Cracking Competition on Sunday.

Bring along the entire family, there is something for everyone.

Rate: $5 ~ $25 (AUD)

Contact Details

Willunga Almond Blossom Festival
5 Main Road
Email: info@almondblossomfestival.com.au

Website: www.almondblossomfestival.com.au

Aug 2022

September 2022


02 Sep 2022 – 02 Sep 2022
Next Occurrence : 02 Sep 2022
06:00 AM – 10:00 PM


This September join Australia’s premier hiking challenge for women and walk 60km or 30km along Adelaide’s stunning Fleurieu Peninsula. Experience beautiful beaches, secret trails through national parks and jaw-dropping views of rugged South Australia.

Join thousands of wild women (and a few awesome men!) in teams of four as we immerse ourselves in nature for an epic adventure of fun, fitness, friends and fundraising. Get outdoors and get moving with your mates to boost your mental and physical health, while raising funds for Beyond Blue.

• Friday 2 September 2022
• Choose to hike 60km or 30km
• Teams of 4
• Fleurieu Peninsula
• Raising funds for Beyond Blue

Coastrek is a life-changing adventure which has inspired more than 42,000 people to get moving out in nature, and raised over $37 Million for charity.

Oct 2022


1 Oct 2022

The Yankalilla, Rapid Bay and Myponga Show, is one of South Australia’s friendly one day country show days. It’s a short drive from Adelaide and is a great day out for everyone. The Show features indoor and outdoor exhibits in 20 different sections with over 80 categories within some of these. The sections include Cookery, Painting and Handicraft and many more including special sections for Children, Under 5 to 17. The horse events are a special feature of the show. Other outdoor categories include Sheep and Wool. There is usually a Shearing demonstration. There is live entertainment on two different stages throughout the day.The Yankabald Portrait competition, a portrait of a local identity, is a unique feature of the Show. There are show rides and stalls, an art and a photography exhibition, camel and pony rides and a diversity of food offerings. In an exceptionally beautiful, rural setting, Yankalilla Show Day, is a great opportunity to appreciate the Show motto ‘Agriculture makes life possible. Horticulture makes life worthwhile.’

Rate: $5 ~ $10 (AUD)

Contact Details

Yankalilla Show
corner Jervois Road and Main South Road
South Australia 5203

Email: yankalillashow@gmail.com

Website: www.yankalillashow.com

November 2022

November 2022 TBC
3:00 – 11:00pm Save to calendar

Cost: TBC -Various


08 8537 3017


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.

Find more information at Handpickedfestival.com for artist announcement, camping overnight and transport options.

December 2022