Bloom brings together more than 50 festivals, events, and shows to celebrate all that South Australia has to offer in spring, including some of Australia’s biggest festivals and parades. There’s plenty of sport, art, culture, food and wine in Bloom to energise and satisfy all the senses.
The three-week OzAsia Festival (21 October – 7 November) has hundreds of events on offer, ranging from stand-up comedy and cinema to the ancient storytelling technique of shadow play.
Festival-goers can experience the best theatre, dance, music, visual arts, literature, film, and cultural events from across Asia and Australia. Plus taste all the flavours of Asia at The Lucky Dumpling Market.
The free magical Moon Lantern Trail that lights up over four nights on the Torrens riverbank, complete with roving performers and giant puppets, is a standout.
Bloom 2021 also features Tarnanthi at AGSA (now to 30 January 2022), which celebrates contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and is a flagship program of the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Dozens of new works will be exhibited and complemented with a wide range of talks, tours, performances, and workshops.
This is a rare showcase of the nuanced complexity and radical ingenuity of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, reflecting the strength of First Nations cultures across Australia today.
Foodies will be well satisfied with CheeseFest 2021 (22–24 October), Australia’s biggest cheese festival. More than 50 food and beverage stalls in Rymill Park will showcase artisan cheeses and South Australian produce.
Festival-goers will get the opportunity to graze and chat to food and beverage producers as they stroll through the park and learn from famous Australian chefs, and some new young guns, on the demo stage.
Immerse (4–28 November) gives everyone the chance to travel without ever leaving the CBD. Spectacular virtual worlds filled with wonder and music pair cutting edge technology with natural interactions to create magical moments and spark imagination.
Add in some of the world’s best culinary, wine and craft spirit tasting experiences complete with augmented reality tasting notes and audiences will leave feeling content and excited about the future.
Bloom 2021 continues with the Feast Festival (6–28 November) that celebrates queer art and culture. Held in Pridevember, it’s the 3rd largest LGBTIQ+ festival in the country and hosts more than 70 events in drag, cabaret, comedy, theatre, visual art, and music. Feast truly has something for everyone.
It’s a sure sign the festive season is on its way when the National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant (13 November) comes to town.
The Southern Hemisphere’s largest public parade hosts fantasy floats, dancers, bands and more to support Father Christmas as he officially declares that it’s Christmas time.
There’s nothing quite like the joy of the Christmas pageant to inspire young and old alike.
And for a change of pace, head to the Hills for the Shannons Adelaide Rally (25–28 November). Watch the action trackside over the four-day event or get up close and personal with the cars during the Bridgewater Lunch Stop and Spring Fair.
Free events in the CBD bookend the rally with the entire field converging for the famous Gouger Street Party (26 November) and East End finale street party and podium presentation (28 November).
Bloom 2021 brings together all the must-see events and things-to-do in our state. It’s time to spring into Bloom!
Find your festival to make the most of SA’s stunning springtime.
View the full Bloom 2021 program and learn more at bloomadl.com.au.