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Festival of the Hills

Details for 2022 are currently in the planning stages.
See the 2021 schedule below.

We are pleased to announce the Festival of the Hills: a weekend of fun, free, family-friendly events that celebrate and connect our communities. Check out the details, grab some buddies, and help us support our performers, artists, community groups, and local businesses. We'll see you at the Festival!

Plus! Click here to search the Adelaide Hills region for all Adelaide Fringe events near you!

Visitors travelling to the hills from the CBD should allow extra time to travel safely up the SE Freeway, where extensive roadworks are underway.

Click on the coloured tiles below to jump to a specific event, or scroll down to browse them all





A strongwoman lifts two men in a sling over her shoulders

DAY ONE: OPENING NIGHT PARTY
Friday 19 February 2021
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Gates open at 5:30pm
Stirling Lawn (Piccadillyangga)

Cost: Free
Registrations essential
ONLINE REGISTRATIONS SOLD OUT

A free evening of family entertainment featuring local artists and Fringe favourites under the trees in Stirling. Reminiscent of the Stirling Fringe, which could not go ahead this year, there will be a mix of performances to suit the whole family and hills food and beverages available to purchase on the night (no BYO alcohol). Bring your picnic rugs and settle in for a wonderful night.

See the ferocious energy and endearing, charismatic wit of Mr Spin, the live, raw and passionate performance of Jonny Lee, and the amazing acrobatics of Petit Circus, plus much, much more!

Hosted by Stirling Fringe favourite, Mr Spin, with Kaurna Welcome from Kuma Kaaru, and with performances by:

Jonny Lee
Acoustic Music
Adam Page
Live-Loop Music

Petit Circus
Acrobatics and Silliness
​Ben Todd Band
Jazz Funk Music
​Kween Kong
Legendary Drag
Nick Nicholas
Magic Show
Anya Anastasia
NEW Indie Folk Music
Samba Tuka & La Bomba
Music and Dance


Note: In the event of a declared Catastrophic Fire Danger Day, the Opening Night Party will be cancelled.

Image: strongwoman at Stirling Fringe, by Darren Clements

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Folk band Runebilly Rattle with their instruments

DAY TWO: STRUM & STROLL
Saturday 20 February
1:00pm - 8:30pm
Main Street and Mill Square, Lobethal
Presented by Adelaide Guitar Festival and Fabrik Arts + Heritage

Cost: Free
Tickets not required
Individual venue capacities vary

Let the strum of strings guide you to the delights of historic Lobethal as the Adelaide Guitar Festival takes over with an afternoon of live music. A curated selection of talented guitarists will perform in various venues throughout the day, culminating in an evening concert on Fabrik's Mill Square. This family-friendly event is free and offers an ideal chance to support local businesses.

Click here to view the artist lineup and participating venues
Click here to download a copy of the Strum & Stroll map

Note: In the event of a declared Catastrophic Fire Danger Day, Strum & Stroll events will be cancelled.

FABRIK'S MILL SQUARE 
Visit from 1:00pm during Strum & Stroll
Mill Square, the venue for Strum & Stroll's evening concert, is perfect for relaxing between sets. Bring your deck chairs and picnic blankets and relax on the grass; grab a feed from our local eateries or purchase on site from local vendors; and make sure you stop by Fabrik to see their current exhibitions and artist shop.

Supported by Country SA PHN and helping the Adelaide Hills bushfire recovery.

Image: Runebilly Rattle

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DAY THREE: DISCOVER, PLAY, BIKEWAY!
Sunday 21 February 2021
Amy Gillett Bikeway
Oakbank to Mount Torrens
10:00am - 4:00pm

Cost: Free
Tickets not required

Discover the Amy Gillett Bikeway like you've never seen it before, with an array of pop-up food, music, art, and performance options from Oakbank, to Woodside, Charleston and Mount Torrens! Whether on wheels or by foot, the Bikeway is a perfect recreation trail, with up to 15km of flat, bitumised surface leading through picturesque towns, past iconic hills businesses and thriving wineries. Click here to view a teaser video about this event.

There will be four significant hubs along the Bikeway that represent the ideal opportunity to rest and spend time supporting local businesses, community groups, and artists. All hubs offer parking, toilets, bins, and refreshments. Plan your day around one or more of these locations, or meander the whole way!

MOUNT TORRENS OVAL

Oval Road, Mount Torrens

'Rally as One' Bushfire Recovery event with Tennis SA
Activities, food, and fundraising by CFS and Scouts SA
Kids Colour Run, Hot Shot coaching and social tennis
CFS Cadets vs Scouts tug-of-war
Live music, including local Mark Nevin
Market stalls and raffles

CHARLESTON PARK

Newman Road, Charleston

Dance and theatre
Live music
Market stalls

WOODY TRAILS BMX

Station Road, Woodside

BMX track will be full of action
Tips and repair station by RAA
Information  on Amy Gillett
Market stalls
Delicious food and drinks

GILLMAN RESERVE

Gillman Road, Oakbank

​Bike hire with Bike About (availability limited)
Free Parking
Salads and sandwiches
Cold drinks


Want to ride the trail, but don't have you're own bike?
Bike About has got a hire deal especially for Discover, Play, Bikeway!
Click below to book your bikes ahead of time; don't miss out!



Click here to download the latest map
(more participants are being confirmed every day!)
Last updated: 16/2/21

Locations of special deals, available just for Festival of the Hills, are now marked on the map, above. Click here to download a copy of the vouchers, or pick up a printed map at one of the hubs on event day!
Thank you Melba's Chocolates, Murdoch Hill, and Lobethal Road for helping make this day extra special!

If you're on Facebook you can also RSVP on the event listing to keep updated with news and participant profiles in the lead up to the big day.

SHARE THE BIKEWAY
Whether on wheels or on foot, don't forget to keep left when travelling the Bikeway. If you hear a bell, someone is trying to pass you, so move to the left and keep children and dogs close by. Share the Bikeway and share the fun!

KEEP IT CLEAN
Please take any rubbish with you or use the bins provided.

Note: In the event of a declared Extreme or Catastrophic Fire Danger Day, Discover, Play, Bikeway! will be cancelled.

Image: by Darren Clements

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Our Strategic Plan in action

Council's Strategic Plan sets out our key areas of focus for the next four years. It is sorted into the goals of Built Environment, Community Wellbeing, Economy, Natural Environment, and Organisation. You can see our Strategic Plan in action all over the district and the Festival of the Hills is an example of our commitment to Community Wellbeing.

Community Wellbeing
Priority C6.2Develop, support or bring events to our district that have social, cultural, environmental or economic benefits.
Priority C6.3 - Recognise, encourage and support artists, emerging artists, writers and performers through promotion of the Arts and supporting opportunities to exhibit and perform.

 
Council acknowledges that we conduct our business on the traditional lands and waters of the Peramangk and Kaurna people. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging as the Custodians of this ancient and beautiful land.
 
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