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By Hayley Pearson


New York was the real star of the TV show, Sex and the City. It’s a city full of life, sass and personality. There’s a permanent buzz in the air, with so many things to do on every street corner. The vibe is infectious!

Springtime in Adelaide is the exactly the same. It’s the hero of our beautiful state. Our CBD comes alive, bursting with colour, energy, delicious food and plenty to do. This spring, you can indulge in everything from fashion parades in Rundle Mall and art markets in Victoria Square, to loads of family and cultural festivals. There’s something for everyone.

So, it’s time to gather your own “Samantha”, “Carrie”, “Miranda” and “Charlotte”, get out of the house and enjoy our great friend, the Adelaide CBD!

Hayley x




From Thursday 22nd until Sunday 25th of October, the city and particularly Hindmarsh Square, will come alive with fantastic local fashion. All the South Australian stars: Sally Phillips, Liza Emanuel and Paolo Sebastian will hit the catwalk, plus a huge range of other local and international fashion icons.

Rundle Mall will also get a tad more attractive, with its Spring/Summer Fashion Parades under the Gawler Place Canopy, this October. Friday the 16th through to Sunday the 18th, will see a cavalcade of amazing colour and fashion. The parades are free, so a great one to watch and then have a sneaky-peak in the shops afterwards.

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Lock in Tuesday 22nd of September, Tuesday 20th of October, Tuesday 17th of November and Tuesday 15th of December for one hell of a workout!

The Australian Institute of Fitness will be running free fitness sessions in Light Square, from 10:30am – 12:30pm. Work isn’t an excuse not to exercise — bring your workmates and have your team WIP while sweating it out. Make sure you bring all the usual fitness gear: hat, sunscreen, water and a towel. And get ready to move!



La Boheme is definitely the place to be this spring. It’s the venue for Adelaide’s longest running monthly burlesque show, Club Burlesque. Combining three of our favourite forms of entertainment: burlesque, cabaret and comedy, you can experience the best of South Australian talent in a gorgeous bohemian cocktail bar. It’s the perfect way to end your weekend!

Oh and no two shows are the same. With a variety of burlesque, cabaret and comedy, there’s sure to be something right up your alley.



There is every kind of festival happening in Adelaide this spring. Cheesefest, Asiafest, Glendi Greek Festival and the Credit Union Christmas Pageant. There’s also Picnic in Elder Park on Saturday 31st of October, where Elder Park will be transformed into a scene from Adelaide in the late 1800s. You can sample traditional bush tucker, dress up in your favourite old fashioned attire, and be entertained by The Audreys and some of Adelaide’s best local artists.

There’s a festival to suit everyone’s tastes and you’ll be all festivaled out by Christmas. For more festival info, click HERE.


5. laneway paste-up project

Our laneways are being dressed up by some of Adelaide’s best street artists. Local talents, Tara O’conal and Timmi Tsapiliaris are activating the city’s laneways, with the installation of their paste-up artworks. It’s an awesome contrast to the urban surroundings of the CBD and its typical brightly coloured street art. You can see their work on Anster Street and York Street.

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Combining two of our favourite things: dumplings and light exercise. Feast on Foot’s food walking and dumpling tours are out of this world! On the Dumpling tour, not only do you get to eat from a selection of special dumpling houses in Adelaide’s CBD, but you also experience a private mini street art tour and a brief history of our wonderful inner city. You can take either the Adelaide Feast Tour or the Feast on Dumplings Tour, every weekend. It’s the tastiest ‘exercise’ I’ve ever done!




One of the best (and healthiest ways) to sightsee our beautiful city, is on two wheels. If you don’t have your own bike, you can hire a free one and cycle through our super-friendly streets, parks and river ways. Bonython Park, the Kurrangga BMX Track, the River Torrens (along Linear Park) and Victoria Park Fitness Trail are all made for cycling. Get on a bike and inhale that fresh spring air. For a list of where you can grab FREE bikes around the city, step on over HERE.



This season, Boho is the new black. It’s in everything from fashion to festivals. On Sunday the 11th of October, something super cool and super NOW will pop up in the middle of our city! Victoria Square will become a temporary Bohemian village, filled with South Australian artists and artisans.

You’ll hear some of Adelaide’s best local DJs, see beautiful local artwork and vintage fashion for sale, get to know the artists, relax at the bar and taste some delicious drops from SA’s finest wine makers and brewers. Oh and the food – some of our Adelaide’s best food trucks will provide a delicious multi-cultural cuisine!




There’s endless fun and things to do in the city for families. As a mum, I know how important it is to keep the kids entertained. You can enjoy the paddle boats on the Torrens, discover Tandaya, explore the Adelaide Zoo and the museums on North Terrace, swim at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre and play in the awesome inner-city parks. You can spend hours simply “park hopping” along South Terrace! And if you’re time poor, the Adelaide City Council has done all the work for you. You can check out their School Holiday Itinerary right HERE.

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Date night is always a little more spectacular in springtime, with longer days and balmy evenings. If you’ve seen a glimpse of the TV show, The Bachelor, you’ll know that watching a sunset is on the top of the list for most romantic date ideas. We all know that Adelaide has the best sunset views in the country and there are loads of places to enjoy it from.

Walking along the gorgeous riverbank at dusk, with a picnic rug and a bottle of bubbles (and cheese) is always a winner. If you’re after something a little classier, head to one of our awesome rooftop bars, like 2KW or The Gallery.

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If you’re after a super cool location for your date night, check out The Hungry Hippo Boardgame Café. With hundreds of your favourite boardgames, including Game of Thrones and The Baby-Sitters Club, you can outplay and outwit your date while dining on delicious pub food and desserts.

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To learn more about what’s on in the city this spring, click HERE. And for the full calendar of awesome Splash Adelaide events, head over HERE.


:: Sponsored by Adelaide City Council ::

Hayley Pearson

Hayley Pearson

Co-Creator and Writer for Adelady, she still gets goosebumps that she’s combined her creative passion with sharing the best of her stunning home state.

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