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Events in and around Lonsdale

As one of the gems of South Australia, Lonsdale offers a range of seasonal fun and exciting events throughout the year. From cultural festivals to outdoor activities, the town has something for everyone. Here are some of the best events that locals and visitors alike shouldn't miss.


During the summer months, Lonsdale is alive with vibrant energy and a range of activities for families, couples, and individuals. One of the most exciting events for summer is the Lonsdale Summer Carnival. The carnival takes place from December to February and offers a wide range of rides, games, and entertainment for people of all ages. From cotton candy to carnival games, the summer carnival provides a fun day out for the whole family. The carnival is held in the Lonsdale Recreation Park, and for any further enquiries, please contact (08) 8377 8851.

For those who enjoy outdoor activities, Lonsdale also offers a range of options that cater to various interests. The Aldinga Beach is a great option for those who enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and long walks on the shore. The beach boasts beautiful clear waters, white sand, and a range of food and beverage options nearby. Alternatively, those who enjoy hiking can visit the Onkaparinga River National Park, which is home to over 200 bird species, stunning walking trails, and a range of picnic areas and lookout spots.


Autumn brings a range of seasonal events and activities to Lonsdale, one of which is the Lonsdale Autumn Festival. The festival celebrates the town's vibrant culture, local arts and crafts, and music. A range of vendors and food trucks showcase their wares, and there are plenty of activities for children, including face painting and carnival games. The Lonsdale Autumn Festival takes place on the third weekend of March each year, and visitors can expect a full weekend of fun and entertainment. Contact (08) 8377 8851 for any enquiries.

Another great event for the autumn season is the McLaren Vale Harvest Festival, which is held in the nearby town of McLaren Vale. The festival celebrates the town's rich history of viticulture and winemaking, and visitors can expect a range of activities, including wine tasting, local food stalls, and live entertainment. The festival takes place in late March and early April and is a great way to experience the diverse cultural offerings of the region.


Winter in Lonsdale may be chilly, but it's also a great excuse to explore the town's indoor offerings. One of the best events during the winter season is the Lonsdale Film Festival, which takes place at the local cinema. The festival showcases a range of films from local and international filmmakers and offers a great experience for film enthusiasts. Contact the Lonsdale Cinema on (08) 8431 2411 for more information.

For families, the Lonsdale Winter Wonderland is a must-do event during the winter season. The Wonderland offers an ice skating rink, games, and carnival rides, and provides a great opportunity to escape the cold weather. The Wonderland takes place in the Lonsdale Recreation Park in July and August and is an excellent choice for those seeking a winter adventure. Further enquiries can be made to (08) 8377 8851.


Spring in Lonsdale brings a range of events that celebrate the return of warmer weather and the reawakening of nature. One such event is the Lonsdale Flower and Garden Show, which showcases the town's beautiful flora and fauna and provides local gardeners and florists with the opportunity to showcase their work. The show takes place in the Lonsdale Recreation Park in late September and early October and is a great way to learn about the region's diverse plant life. To find out more, contact (08) 8377 8851.

Another fun event during the spring season is the Lonsdale Food and Wine Festival. The festival brings together local food and wine producers and provides visitors with an opportunity to sample some of the region's finest products. Alongside food and drink stalls, the festival also offers live music and entertainment and takes place in October.

Lonsdale is a wonderful town that offers a range of seasonal events and activities to suit all interests. From carnivals and festivals to outdoor adventures and cultural celebrations, Lonsdale has something for everyone. Visitors and locals should keep an eye on the town's event calendar and make sure not to miss out on any of its exciting offerings. For any further information, please contact the Lonsdale Council on (08) 8377 8888.

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