Summer Festival is back in 2016, for its eighth year of annual free community events presented by The City of West Torrens. Formerly ‘Music in the Park’, the rebranded event boasts a packed program of live music, outdoor cinema, Fork in the Road, a rock n roll car club and more.

Get out your picnic blankets, chairs, food and drinks and set up camp at the West Torrens Memorial Gardens, where most Saturday evenings in January will feature Summer Festival activities including a sausage sizzle, coffee and cool drinks available to buy.

Starting 6pm on 9 January, the theme is “Ready to Fly” with an outdoor movie – Paper Planes (G) starting at sunset. Live music is in the mix, with Georgia Germein (solo) and Tom West (duo). “Top of the Popsicle” on 16 January features live music by Bearded Gypsy Band, Mr Goodnight and Atlantic Street Band. You can catch The Timbers on Saturday 23 January, plus outdoor movie Inside Out (PG) the Amazing Drumming Monkeys, Wobbles the Clown, and more, followed by The Rhythm Cats, The Stefan Hauk Band and Zkye and Damo providing the live music for “Fast and Low’s” hot rod and Monaro display.

Fork on the Road brings 30 food trucks to Kings Reserve on 6 February with The Wanderers Rock n Roll Car Club (more than 50 cars), featuring live music from The Baker Suite (5 piece), Banjo Jackson (4 piece), Kaurna Cronin (duo) and Paige Renee Court on the outdoor stagep plus Adelaide Classic Rock ‘n’ Roll dance demonstrations and music from TJ and The Twinspinners and DJ Peter Panagaris on the indoor stage.

It all winds up 13 February with the Mike Stewart Big Band, featuring Luke Thompson at Thebarton Community Centre, with a 17 piece jazz ensemble performing songs from the great American songbook. Tickets $10, with all proceeds supporting the Australian Refugee Association.

Whew. That’s quite a festival of activities, and only a handful of highlights from the full program. See all details here >