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The Adelaide Hills truly come alive with a number of highly anticipated events in January and February, with the fresh summer air and picturesque hills the perfect backdrop for a good time at events such as the Tour Down Under and Crush. 

 

Tour Down Under 2017 - 14-22 January

Cycling enthusiasts will be pleased to familiarise themselves with the Tour Down Under routes for 2017. Grab a chair, eski and great spectator companions and set up camp in the Adelaide Hills and watch the excitement.

Tour Down Under 2014

Tour Down Under, Adelaide Hills (SA Tourism Commission)

Stage 1 on Tuesday 17 January will run from Unley to Lyndoch via One Tree Hill and Kersbrook. Enjoy the kick-off excitement of the tour while soaking in this beautiful part of the northern Adelaide Hills.

Stage 2 on Wednesday 18 January will follow Stirling to Paracombe via the charming townships of Aldgate, Mylor, Heathfield, Piccadilly, Uraidla, Summertown and Ashton. This will be a fantastic day to watch from the Hills. This route passes through Stirling 5 times! Join the town for the Stirling Spin, with bicycles decorating the streets and visitors, residents and traders lining the main road to create a lively buzz and the ultimate spectator experience.

Stage 4 on Friday 20 January will see cyclists whizzing from Norwood to Campbelltown via Houghton, Kersbrook, Birdwood, Mt Pleasant, Tungkillo, Mt Torrens and Charleston. Held on a Friday, this is the perfect day to come up to the Hills for a well-deserved summer weekend away.

For a full list of the stages and locations, visit the Tour Down Under Website.

 

Crush Festival 2017 - 27-29 January

Don’t fret, because the fun doesn’t come to an end in the Hills after the annual Tour Down Under. You’ll still have plenty of reason to spend the entire weekend up in the region with Crush Festival. With Adelaide Hills being the closest wine region to the Adelaide CBD, Crush is a must-do for food and wine lovers alike. 41 wineries throughout the region will hold 43 exciting and unique cellar door events. Aside from the 12 ticketed events, there are plenty of free general entry events to be enjoyed. 

 Crush Festival, Adelaide Hills, 2015 - Pike & Joyce Winery in Lenswood

 Crush Festival, Pike & Joyce, Lenswood (SA Tourism Commission)

Visit Artwine for prosecco and antipasti overlooking the Mount Lofty Ranges on the Friday with outdoor games, live music and Thai street food to be had on the Saturday and Sunday. Head to Howard Winery for their 2017 Summer Regatta – music, great food and local pours are in store. Catch a movie at O’Leary Walker Wines on the Historic Brewery lawns or taste a Spanish feast to remember before dancing the night away at Ten Miles East. Robert Johnson Vineyards will be hosting folk-rock legend Taasha Coates for an intimate live performance on the Friday, with Saturday night providing live jazz and a Sunday recovery lunch. Petaluma will be holding an event each of the three days, with a 3 course dinner on the Friday and Spanish fare with wines to be enjoyed on the weekend. 

View the full program here or visit the Adelaide Hills Wine Region Facebook page and see their event listing.

 

Other Summer Highlights

'Pick Your Own' opportunities continue through summer, with the cherry season in full swing, and strawberry picking running through until April. Figs should be available from the end of February - see all the details in this previous post.  

Cherry Picking in the Adelaide Hills

Cherry Picking in the Adelaide Hills (SA Tourism Commission)

Head to the Hills in January to experience a production of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma, brought to life with a real windmill, a real surrey, live horses and a country fair to boot! Set in beautiful Littlehampton at Four Oaks Farm, it is a unique family friendly experience that is back due to popular demand after a critically acclaimed debut in early 2016. Click here for information and tickets.

Houghtonfest in Houghton on February 11 is a fun day for family and friends featuring entertainment and activities throughout the day leading into bands in the evening. Food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the event. The day will include plenty of free kids activities, including pony rides, bouncy castles and face painting - while great bands will keep you up and dancing all evening.

The All British Day at Echunga Recreation Ground on February 12 will showcase around 900 British cars, motorcycles, trucks and tractors. Now in its 34th year, the event features a farmers market, children's entertainment, traders stands, and catering.

At the end of February we will welcome the very first Stirling Fringe! The 2017 Fringe will see a fantastic line-up of artists heading to the hills as part of a new “pocket-sized” program that will transform the lawns of Stirling’s Coventry Library into a festival hub from February 24 to March 5. See the Stirling Fringe website for details.

So grab a friend or five and start planning your wonderful week in the Hills this January and February!