While having some of the most arid parts of the continent, South Australia also has some of the most breathtaking sights, exquisite wines, and most exciting events in the land down under. From cheese, to fashion, to carnival rides, to a myriad of workshops and attractions, SA is going to be buzzing and action packed this 2016. Here are a few events you should miss:

South Australian Living Arts Festival

If there’s one thing the south has no shortage of, with the exception of wine of course, it’s talent in (especially) visual arts. The 1998 established festival called South Australian Living Arts Festival (also known as SALA) is a testament to that. Be mesmerized as visual arts in all forms from over 3000 artists are showcased across 500 venues around the state. Don’t miss out on this one of a kind journey to some of this year’s greatest collections.

The South Australian Living Arts Festival starts on the 1st and ends at the 31st of August.

Royal Adelaide Show
Experience the largest and longest running community event in SA’s calendar. There’s loads of fun to be had for people of all ages. Bring along your friends and head show to show for an awesome weekend. Grab the girls and shop around for the quirkiest trinkets and handicrafts you can find. Let the kids go run and play at the carnival rides, attractions, animal shows, and so much more. When your legs grow weary and you need to take a break, taste your way through the many food stalls to gain all of that energy back. You’re sure to end the night with a sparkly and glitzy bang from the nightly fireworks display.

The Royal Adelaide Show runs from the 2nd through the 11th of September in Adelaide. For news, directions, and more information, check out https://www.theshow.com.au

Adelaide Fashion Festival
Move over Paris, New York, and Milan because Adelaide is about to show you how to glam it up — south style. Gather ’round with fellow designers and fashion lovers as, for the 8th year, we celebrate South Australia’s growing fashion industry in one glittering event. From daily wearables to haute couture, designs from both up-and-coming and established South Australian designers are going to be fashion forward and tres tres chic. More than amazing fashion, you get to see the best of South Australian creativity with everything from hair, makeup, photography, food, wine, and set design with the beautiful city as its backdrop.

The Adelaide Festival runs this October. For venues, designers, and more information, checkout http://www.adelaidefashionfestival.com.au

There’s so much to do in the south so make the most of your trip and drive as much as you can. There are loads of Adelaide car rentals for you to choose from, so getting a car there shouldn’t be a problem. Be sure to bring along some sunscreen, water, snacks, your favourite tunes, and a few good mates for a fun-filled SA holiday.