Our City is recognised for its vibrant community spirit, quality lifestyle choices, diversity, business strength and innovative leadership.
Many of our residents are energetic participants in social and recreational activities and enjoy being active and involved in our community.
Attraction and facilitation of community events are primary goals for the City of Unley, with place making and cultural and artistic diversity being strategic objectives within our Community Plan 2033 and our 4 Year Plan.
Council also has a Community Event Sponsorship Program that provides financial support for events and festivals. As such, we encourage and support community groups to hold their own events within the City, helping to grow the diverse range of events on offer to our residents and visitors.
Our Event Planning Toolkit has been designed to assist event organisers in planning successful events and festivals within the City of Unley.
In this Toolkit, you will find a comprehensive A-Z Event Planning Guide, templates, checklists, examples and supporting material to assist you every step of the way and ensure that your event runs smoothly and safely.
Complete an Event Permit Application to apply to conduct an event in a park, open space or street within the City of Unley. Applications are not required for events held in parks that have an expected attendance of less than 100 people. However, events held on Council property or roads must complete the application process regardless of the expected attendance.
The templates and examples below have been developed to assist you with your planning and more information can also be found in the A-Z Planning Guide. Council’s Events Coordinator will be able to confirm the amount of documentation you will need to provide depending on the scale and complexity of your event.
The City of Unley’s parks and open spaces provide a wonderful setting to host your event. Many of our parks have a range of features including toilets, play equipment, sport and fitness facilities, BBQ’s, picnic tables and shelters. Some parks and open spaces are able to support medium to large-scale event activity whereas other small parks are more suited for casual, public use.
The table on page 6 of the Event Planning Toolkit provides details about the capacity and facilities of our parks and open spaces to help you choose the most suitable location for your event. Park maps can be downloaded below and show the layout and facilities for all of our larger parks and open spaces which can be used to assist you with your site planning. You may also like to view our Unley Parks and Playgrounds brochure.
We have an experienced Event Coordinator, whose role it is to both coordinate City of Unley events and provide support for event organisers in staging events in our public spaces. To speak with our Event Coordinator to assist you with specialist event planning advice phone 8372 5120 or email email@example.com
Our Customer Service team is also available to assist with general enquiries and support for staging small-scale events in our parks and reserves and for bookings of the Unley Town Hall. Phone 8372 5111, Monday to Friday during business hours.
Food, wine, fashion and cycling!
One of Adelaide’s most prestigious community events, the Unley Gourmet Gala is an exciting outdoor gourmet experience showcasing some of South Australia’s finest food, wine, fashion, music and entertainment.
Now in its 18th year, the Unley Gourmet Gala celebrates the 20th year of the Santos Tour Down Under. The Gala will be held on the eve of Unley’s Stage 2 Start of the Santos Tour Down Under and is expected to attract thousands of locals as well as visitors from all over South Australia and interstate.
The free family-friendly event will feature an array of gourmet food stalls, runway shows, fun children’s activities, an impressive line-up of musicians and entertainers and more:
Flinders Private Hospital Kids Zone
Bike Balloon Artists
The Amazing Drumming Monkeys at 6pm and 8pm
Parades featuring some of the City of Unley’s most iconic designers and boutiques at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm
Indie pop tunes from South Australian musicians on the Red Stage (Walter Street)
Jazz, pop and rock tunes from South Australian bands on the Blue Stage (Bloomsbury St)
Global music on the World Sounds Stage (Northern Entrance)
Live cooking demonstrations on the Opey Ave stage.
Chill Out Laneways
Eat, drink, be entertained and chill in shady comfort in the Flinders Private Hospital Chill Out Laneways.
You can also shop at the Gala with many businesses open late to add to the party atmosphere.
Please note if you live within the road closure area, there will be no bin collections on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 January. If these are your normal collection days, please do not put your bins out on these days. Council is instead offering two special collection days on Monday 15 January and Thursday 18 January. Residents affected by this change are welcome to use this service on either or both days.
Special Collection Day: Monday 15 January
Please place your bin kerbside on the evening of Sunday 14 January.
Special Collection Day: Thursday 18 January
Please place your bin kerbside on the evening of Wednesday 17 January
Please bring your bins back to your property as early as possible after collection. In the event that your bin is not collected on these days, please contact SOLO Waste Recovery on 8159 5059 and a new collection date will be arranged.
Parking for people with disabilities will be available at the Council car park in Boffa Ln (off Boffa St).
A dry zone will apply from 5pm Tuesday 16 January to 1am Wednesday 17 January in roads surrounding the event.
No alcohol is permitted in this area and SA Police will be patrolling throughout the evening.
1 – 7pm Tuesday 16 January,
and 7am – 1pm Wednesday 17 January.
Council will provide a free shuttle bus to transport passengers around the event road closures. The service will run in a loop between Northgate St and Greenhill Rd, terminating at Tram Stop 1, Greenhill Rd.
The service will run from 1pm to 7pm on Tuesday 16 January, and 7am to 1pm on Wednesday 17 January.
The bus will run every 10 to 15 minutes, and can be hailed from any location along the route. Signage will be posted on affected bus stops.
On Wednesday 17 January, the Stage 2 of the Santos Tour Down Under will start at 11am on King William Rd near Bloomsbury St.
The cyclists will head north along King William Rd, through the CBD and the Adelaide Hills to the finish line in Stirling.
With TDU activities commencing from 9.30am, we invite you to come along with family and friends and enjoy the excitement of world-class cycling.
For more details on the TDU visit the Santos Tour Down Under Official Website.
For regular library programs and activities, including Storytime and Babytime, visit the Library events page.
For regular community centre activities and programs visit the Community Centres page.
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