The Guide – November / December / January



In Conversation With Jimmy Barnes

Mount Barker
Community Library

November 7

One of Australia’s most-loved artists, Jimmy Barnes will chat with David Penberthy about the sequel to his bestseller, Working Class Boy. In Working Class Man, the story follows Jimmy as he leaves Adelaide in the back of an old truck with the then unknown band Cold Chisel.

Burra Country Music Festival

Burra Showgrounds

November 10-12

Tourists will flock to Burra – a pastoral centre and historic tourist town in the mid-north of South Australia – for three days of musical entertainment by national artists, as well as local food and beverages. There will be camping on-site for the perfect getaway. 

Handpicked Festival


Lake Breeze Wines

November 11

One of regional SA’s most popular festivals, this is a great opportunity to kick back, relax and enjoy some of Australia’s top musicians while sampling some of the local award-winning wine.

Professor Brian Cox Live


Adelaide Conference Centre

November 14

With state-of-the-art visuals, Professor Cox reveals the true cosmos, a place of bright swirling galaxies, dark energy and black holes – as well as billions of potential homes for alien life.

The Nutcracker


Her Majesty’s Theatre
November 14-15

Take your family to witness the world’s greatest classical ballet, the exhilarating and magical journey of The Nutcracker. After the success of Swan Lake touring Australia last year, the Russian National Ballet returns to perform this Christmas classic.

Cirque du Soleil: Toruk – The First Flight


Adelaide Entertainment Centre

November 16-19

Inspired by James Cameron’s triple Oscar-winning 2009 movie Avatar, the latest production from Cirque du Soleil celebrates the integration of human motion and human emotion.

Credit Union Christmas Pageant

Various locations across CBD

November 18

This year marks the 85th anniversary of the Pageant –
a great tradition for all South Australians who line the streets to welcome Santa and his helpers ahead of the festive season. More than 172 floats, bands, dancers and entertainers will march through the city.

100% Kylie

Her Majesty’s Theatre

November 18

Celebrate Kylie Minogue’s greatest hits in a concert spectacular starring the world-renowned Lucy Holmes, the show is endorsed by Kylie Minogue herself as the “best Kylie act”. Holmes will perform songs such as Spinning Around, On A Night Like This and Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.



Moonlight Cinema

Botanic Park

Various dates until January

Back for another summer, make sure to bring a rug or your beanbags and get cosy while enjoying a selection of classic and recent movie releases played on a giant outdoor screen among the environs of Botanic Park. The Gold Grass ticket provides you with a premium viewing locations and bean bed hire.


The Michael Jackson Live Concert Experience

Her Majesty’s Theatre

December 1

Audience members will be mesmerised by this tribute show where artist TJ masters the vocals, persona, dance moves and choreography of pop icon Michael Jackson.

Have yourself a Barry little Christmas

Capri Theatre

December 2
The World Of Organs’ Barry Morgan is sure to put a smile on your face as he puts on a Christmas show like no other. He will perform on the organ (of course), cook up a storm and
even hopes to get a kiss under the mistletoe.

Magellan Ashes 2017-18 Second Test: Australia v England

Adelaide Oval

December 2-6

One of the world’s greatest sporting events returns Down Under for the first time in four years. The Aussies, led by captain Steve Smith, will be out to reclaim the Ashes.

Adelaide Youth Orchestra: Summer Strings

Adelaide Botanic Gardens

December 3

Enjoy a concert of classical, folk and world music while laying back on the grass and soaking up the sun. Bring a picnic and blanket to make a day of it.


Culture Club Concert

Adelaide Entertainment Centre

December 7

Fans of ’80s pop will appreciate the music at this concert, as Culture Club tours the country, led by front man Boy George. Special guests will include Hoseah Partsch from reality television show The Voice and Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey and Eurogliders. 

Hot Dub Wine Machine

Serafino Winery

December 9

Hop in the car and head to McLaren Vale for an afternoon of good music, food, wine and company. Electronic music duo The Presets will perform in the middle of hundreds of grapevines, along with Linda Marigliano, Heaps Good Friends, The Germein Sisters and Godlands.

Adelaide Motorsport Festival

Victoria Park

December 7-10

Rev-heads can get their engines into gear for this festival which features rallies, entertainment, exhibitors and displays.

KC and the Sunshine Band

Leconfield Wines

December 9

Dance away to Shake Your Booty, That’s The Way I Like It and Give It Up as KC and the Sunshine Band performs along with other disco groups including Village People and Sister Sledge.

Christmas Proms

Her Majesty’s Theatre

December 14-16

Sing along with the family in this heartwarming concert series which features traditional carols and Christmas songs. It’ll be sure to get you and the family in the festive mood.


The Rocky Horror Show

Festival Theatre

December 28–January 14

Enjoy this iconic, funny and sexy show as Craig McLachlan returns to his role as Frank-N-Furter. It will be filled with naughty moments, tall stilettos and all the classics including Sweet Transvestite, Damnit Janet and Time Warp.




FOMO Festival

Elder Park

January 7

This one-day festival is ideal for those who have a fear of missing out. Dance along to live music performed by bands including RL Grime, Kaytranada, Zhu, Post Malone, Sza and Tourist.


Steve Backshall’s Deadly 60 Down Under

Her Majesty’s Theatre

January 7

Steve Backshall, the star of TV show Deadly 60, is returning to Adelaide with a new show, live on stage with some of the country’s deadliest animals. He will also share footage of some of the most adrenalin-pumping, dangerous moments he’s had with Australia’s wildlife.

So Frenchy So Chic

Pinky Flat

January 12

In the past decade, So Frenchy So Chic has grown from a small series of concerts into one of summer’s most anticipated festivals. The Adelaide night will be set against a charming village-like backdrop, perfect for dancing under the stars, with top wine and French food to be enjoyed.

Santos Tour Down Under


January 13-21

Each year, spectators are treated to the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere, as cyclists from across the world race the streets of Adelaide and regional South Australia.

Adelaide Summer Orchestra

Norwood Concert Hall

January 21

Led by conductor Bryan Griffiths, this orchestra will perform West Side Story and Concerto in F, with proceeds going to Save the Children.

Crush Festival

Various locations
January 27-29

More than 40 wineries will take part in cellar-door events, showcasing the best things about life in the Adelaide Hills. Come along and discover the region’s best drops and local produce, all while enjoying live music along the way.