There’s a special atmosphere in Stirling any time of year. The calendar is crowded with events and occasions that bring locals and visitors alike to share and celebrate.
The Stirling Market, on the fourth Sunday of each month, is regarded as one of South Australia’s most popular street markets. With 80 stalls of local and artisan producers that make, bake, and grow, it’s become a fixture under the oak trees of Druid Avenue.
On the same day each month, Stirling Laneways is more than a market. Each event presents a diverse program of street performance in addition to the stalls the pop up in the town’s nooks and lanes. Bubble blowers, fire breathers, stilt walkers, dancers, solo musicians and bands bring a kaleidoscope of colour, movement and music. It’s always changing, always new and fresh, with an unforgettable ambience.
To celebrate Laneways‘ 1st Birthday, ‘Tin Lids Lane‘ – a special laneway BY kids and FOR kids will be launched on Sunday April 26, 2015.
Pro cycling comes to Stirling when the Tour Down Under holds an annual stage finish in January. The whole town celebrates, with brightly-painted bicycles lining the street for weeks ahead of the event. Residents and traders decorate the main street and jockey for position as the racers whizz by.
Stirling Christmas Pageant is a fixture on the Adelaide Hills community calendar. Held in November, the pageant brings people from near and far to enjoy a festive parade, followed by a Christmas fair on the Stirling Oval.
Crush, the Adelaide Hills food and wine festival is held at the start of each year. Many Stirling restaurants, wine bars and wine retailers team up with regional wineries to create a seriously good time that brings a healthy focus on the pleasures of combining fine wines, good food and great music.
The Hills wine region also celebrates Winter Reds, a celebration of the magic combination of cold days and cool-climate red wines. Every year is different, with local restaurants and vignerons teaming up to bring some warmth to the season.
The Adelaide Hills have long been known as a haven for artists, and this is never more obvious than each August, when SALA, the South Australian Living Artists festival, brings a flurry of open studios and exhibitions in galleries, shops, cafes, restaurants – just about everywhere.
The performing arts are well represented too. Stirling Community Theatre is home to the Stirling Players, the Hills Musical Company and the Hills Youth Theatre. With six or more productions each year between them, there’s always some culture to be had in the historic Institute building, which dates back to 1884.