While the weather may be only teasing us with glimpses of warm weather at the moment, we can feel reassured that summer is well on its way thanks to the annual Semaphore Street Fair coming up at the end of this month. It’s time for some of that famed Semaphore culture — full of pop-up stalls, live music and hot chips by the beach!
This year the organisers of The Semaphore Street Fair will not only be busy preparing, but will also be shining their silver medal after coming second in the 2016 SA Tourism award last week. Coming runner up in the ‘Major Festivals and Events’ category, this is the second year in a row that the event has placed in a prestigious SA Tourism award. Gail Rogers, Chairperson of the Semaphore Mainstreet Association, says that the award is a credit to the hard-working event organisers and locals.
“Winning this award is great not only for the Semaphore Street Fair but also for Semaphore as a whole,” she says, “It recognises the hard work that has gone in over the years to make the event what it is today.”
Held on the last Sunday of November each year (this year lands on the 27th), The Semaphore Street Fair has grown considerably since its establishment years ago. Considering the humble origins of the event (it started out as a small fair at the end of a bike race!) it is impressive to see how much it has grown, resulting in a huge family-friendly day that shines the light on one of our most historic and cultural suburbs. The fair now fills the one-kilometer stretch of historic Semaphore Road, and spills onto the foreshore, lighting up the street with an atmosphere and vibe unique to the quirky and alternative seaside suburb.
With lots of new shops and cafes that have opened in the past few years, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever. There will be four free entertainment stages with acts including DJs, vintage motorbikes, steam engine and scooter displays and live music. There will be a free clown workshop happening for the kids to enjoy and two pop-up bars to help the ‘big kids’ relax, too! A huge Charity Auction be happening at 2:30pm, raising funds for Epilepsy SA, giving event-goers the opportunity to contribute to a good cause.
Apart from the stages, the whole street will be buzzing with entertainment and sights throughout the day. Street performers and buskers will be adding some fun to the mix, while the annual Semaphore Pets & Garden Pet parade will ensure plenty of cute furry heads to ‘awww’ over. The Semaphore Street Fair involves over 155 local businesses and over 250 stallholders and performers.
The event will be opened by the Port Adelaide Enfield Mayor Gary Johanson at 11am on the Central Market Stage.
When: Sunday 27th November 2016
Time: 11am – 5pm
Where: Semaphore Foreshore and from the Esplanade to Swan Terrace along Semaphore Road
Admission Fee: Free
Images via The Semaphore Street Fair