As the festival season begins to wind down in Adelaide, it begins to wind up on the Limestone Coast during April and May. Warm up to winter 2019 and take your family and friends southeast to enjoy the many festivals hosted by our region.
The Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival
The annual Penola Coonawarra Art Festival is one of the best cultural and artistic regional festivals in South Australia. It celebrates Penola’s rich literary, art and cultural heritage through exhibitions, workshops and performances, and it showcases the fine wines of the Coonawarra region through the many cellar doors.
There will be artists, wineries, musicians, local businesses, artisan food producers and performers, feasts and festivities for the entire family to enjoy.
When: 16-19 May 2019
For more information, visit their website: https://artsfestival.com.au
Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers
For the entire month of July, Coonawarra wineries offer visitors a rare opportunity to taste and purchase aged wine that is not normally available at their cellar doors. Coonawarra wines have a superior ageing ability so you will be in for some very special wine tasting during the month of July.
The wineries will be hosting long lunches, dinners, degustation events and live music. A perfect winter experience, enjoy the atmosphere of home made food, music and extra-special wine, with log fires, pizza ovens, and some good conversation with the locals.
The 2019 Cellar Dwellers event programme will be available in the coming weeks so head to their website and sign up for their newsletter.
When: July 1 to July 31 2019
The Geltwood Festival is held in Millicent every year and showcases the regions arts and crafts and includes craft exhibitions, a street market, kid’s activities, live music, museum exhibitions, quilt and craft displays.
The festival will open on Friday night 5 April, 6.30-8.30pm at the Millicent Art Gallery with drinks and canapes and everyone is welcome.
There are over 250 quilts on display throughout Millicent and every year the locals create a quilt for the “Quilts for a Cause Exhibition” for foster children. These will be displayed at the Millicent Visitor Information Centre.
There is a family market day in George Street Millicent on Sunday from 10am-2pm and a Model Railway on Display at St Alphonsus Hall.
When: April 5-8, 2019
For more information, visit their website: https://www.geltwoodfestival.com/
Coonawarra After Dark Weekend
Coonawarra Vignerons run this annual event in Penola to celebrate the harvest, which is called their vintage season. It is an exciting time in any winery region and an opportunity for visitors to get involved in the activities and atmosphere of vintage.
On Friday night there is a grape stomp at Di Giorgio’s Family Wines, home made pizza at Zema Estate and dancing at Brand’s Laira – that’s a Friday night worth looking forward to! On Saturday, you can head over to Raidis Estate for a Greek charcoal BBQ.
There will be a shuttle bus running Friday night between Penola and the venues.
When: April 12, 2019
For more information, visit their website: https://coonawarra.org/event/coonawarra-dark-weekend-2/2019-04-12/
Generations in Jazz
Generations in Jazz brings together up to 5000 of Australia’s talented musicians, and global artists in Mount Gambier. It encourages young artists from around the nation to develop their musical talent with entertainment, scholarships and awards over the weekend.
These include the City of Mount Gambier Stage Band Awards, the ANZ Vocal Ensemble Awards and the James Morrison Jazz Scholarship & GIJ Vocal Scholarship.
When: May 3-5, 2019
For more information, visit their website: http://www.generationsinjazz.com.au/
Alex Roberts 100 Mile Classic
This world renowned cycling event was named after Alex Roberts who was a local from Mount Gambier. It is held in summer and winter and is sponsored by the Mount Gambier Cycling Association and Triathlon Club.
When: May 24, 2019
For more information, visit their website: https://www.mountgambierpoint.com.au/events/alex-roberts-100-mile-classic/
The Yakka Park Music Festival
This annual festival is in its 6th year and is held in Lucindale. It celebrates well known country musicians, with dancing, comedy and walk ups.
When: April 12-14, 2019
For more information, visit their website: http://yakkaparkmusicfestival.com/
Warm up to winter with the Limestone Coast’s Festivals from your base in Kingston
Autumn days are beautiful around Kingston. Located on the Esplanade in front of Lacepede Bay, make Kingston Foreshore Caravan Park your home base while you explore the festivals and other things to do on the Limestone Coast. Book your accommodation here or call us for enquiries on (08) 8767 2050.