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Your Guide to South Australia’s June Long-weekend events

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Whether you’re looking for a free family-friendly event or want to to wine, dine and dance the June long-weekend away, South Australia is serving up the goods.

McLaren Vale Double Winery Day Dance

It’s a long weekend danceathon at McLaren Vale, but you’ll have to get in quick to secure your tickets. The Day Dance Winery Festival is held over two days, starting with the Lil’ Day Dance at Simon Hackett Winery. Release your inner teenage dirtbag and kickstart the weekend with a 2000’s dance party. Bust it out to some old favourites from Good Charlotte, Nickleback, Smash Mouth, Snoop Dog and all of the turn of the century legends.

Sunday is the main event dance day, with a double winery dance fest between Simon Hackett and Paxton Wines. The line up of bangers has something for everyone. Paxton will pump out a bit of Texas Hold’em for country music fans Sunday morning before a wholesome house party from noon, while Simon Hackett lines up three sets of various hits throughout the day.

There are busses from Adelaide, undercover areas in case of rain and plenty of winter warmer food and drinks to replenish your dancing legs.

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Warm your bellies at Gutsy Kangaroo Island Festival

The fires will be lit, the stills will be full, the vintage is in the barrel, it’s time to celebrate Gutsy Kangaroo Island. Pack your beanies and coats for the Island’s hearty Winter drinking and eating event, Gutsy KI – celebrating the determination and brilliance of the Island’s producers and bringing locals out of hibernation!

Nobody leaves hungry! There are several events right across the weekend, from a five-course degustation dining event at Kangaroo Island Wool on Friday night, or bevvies, food and tunes in the Eleanor Downs Shearing Shed.

On Saturday and Sunday, Dudley Wines will host the Raise Your Glass Festival to celebrate 30 years on Kangaroo Island. Enjoy Dinner Theatre featuring local wines and produce as well as a performance by Basil Fawlty’s second cousin twice removed, presented by Kangaroo Island Players

There are loads of events. Kangaroo Island spirits will be flowing and you can join the after party each night, with drink specials and live music at the Penneshaw Pub.

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Stew & Shiraz – the winning weekend combo at Whistler Wines

The magical Whistler Wines will host the biggest event on their calendar this weekend. Rug up and relax next to the fire with some heartwarming food, drinks and live music at Stew & Shiraz!
No bookings required, just arrive early with your picnic rug and chairs and take in some tunes from White Keys, one of Adelaide’s busiest party bands. Barossa’s very own Vintage Chef Co. will of course be dishing up some beef and shiraz stew topped with delicious gremolata. They’ll also have some gluten-free and vegan options as well as home-baked sausage rolls for the kids and salted caramel chocolate tart to seal the deal.
As well as Whistler wines, a selection of local craft beer, kombucha and soft drinks, the girls from Adelaide’s premier coffee van, Basic Brew, will be taking care of your caffeine intake.
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Family fun at Kadina Swap Meet & Show ‘N’ Shine

The Kadina Showgrounds will rev up for a fantastic day on Sunday, June 9. Whether you’re a seasoned collector, a car fanatic, or love a good bargain, this event is for you.

Grab the opportunity to clear your clutter and turn trash into treasure, or fossick through what’s on offer and find yourself a gem to take home. If you’re a rev head at heart, the Show’n’Shine will be well worth a look. Prizes and trophies are up for grabs ranging from Best Holden or Ford to Best Feral Ute and everything in between.

Dig into delicious treats like mouthwatering Thai from Mi Thai Food, devour fresh seafood, grab a hot Lion’s donut, or enjoy a classic sausage sizzle. There’ll be a fun novelty racing track to keep the little ones entertained and with entry at just $5 and kids under 14 free, it’s a perfect long weekend activity.

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Markets, games and more at Murraylands Fair

Treat the family to a day of fun at Pine Park, Murray Bridge. Kicking off Sunday from 10am, the free event will feature a variety of handmade, homemade and unique market stalls, as well as activities for the kids, food, fun and music for everyone.
Long-time winners of the region’s Community Event of the Year, the long weekend fair will kick off with an egg and bacon breakfast cooked by the Lions Club of Murray Bridge and more than 50 fabulous vendors showcasing their wares, from homewares and decor, pet supplies and treats, clothing and accessories, candles, bath and beauty products.

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Trains, Roasts and Winter Stews in the Clare Valley

There’s loads happening in the Clare Valley over the long weekend.
Celebrate the long weekend with Friday Night Drinks at Clare Valley Wine Food and Tourism Centre. Try some “Winter Warmers” with various drops of wine, stout and fortified at happy hour prices.
Why not make it a “progressive” tour of Clare on Friday night. Just up the road, six-times Golden Guitar winner, Amber Lawrence will be on the deck at Greg Cooley Wines, accompanied by Moi An Viet Street Food.  And in the heart of Clare, Bar 1871 will be dishing up Winter Soulful Stews paired with local vino, Clare Valley brews and SA gin.

After more music and wine at Knappstein and Greg Cooley Wines on Saturday, it’s all about the little ones on Sunday. Clare Valley Model Engineers will be running miniature train rides in Melrose Park from 10.30am. The popular Clare Show Markets will also be great family fun. There’ll be plenty of food there, or you can change the pace and call into the picturesque Eldredge Wines for a Wintery Sunday roast, with an open fire, wine and music.


Riverland ramps up for a long-weekend of fun

Riverlanders will also be spoilt for choice over the long weekend, with everything from sheep running through streets to a festival of smokey meats.

Kicking off early on June 5 and running through to Sunday, is the Running of the Sheep and Barmera Sheep Dog Trial. Watch on as man’s best friend shows some highly trained skills and don’t miss the spectacle of sheep running through Barmera’s Main Street at 10am on Saturday.

The Cobby Riverland Music Festival will showcase a range of live music performances across a number of Riverland venues, and the Historic Overland Corner Hotel will serve up a triple treat of Music and Drag, Bingo and Karaoke.
Out on the chilly waters of the Murray, between Morgan and Berri, the famous Riverland Paddling Marathon will be on for three days across the weekend. The event, which has been running since 1988, is more than just a marathon, it’s a festival of paddling, hosted by the Marathon Canoe Club of SA.
Other events across the long weekend include live music and American Style BBQ at Woolshed Brewery and on Saturday and Sunday, a flavourful 2-day festival of smokey meats, tasty beverages, market stalls and family fun on the foreshore at Lake Bonney with Smoke on the Water. But you’ll need to hurry as there’s only a handful of tickets left.
From the team at Greater SA, have a cracking June long weekend.
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