Tumby Bay prepares for big weekend of events in 2021

BAY SIDE: Excited for the At the Bay weekend are Paul Stoddard with Della James, Kylie Stoddard, Rosii Pedler with Aubrey Pedler and Amy Williams. Photo: Jarrad Delaney
BAY SIDE: Excited for the At the Bay weekend are Paul Stoddard with Della James, Kylie Stoddard, Rosii Pedler with Aubrey Pedler and Amy Williams. Photo: Jarrad Delaney

The Tumby Bay community is getting ready for a one-off festival weekend of events in 2021, which will include the return of some popular events and the arrival of Adelaide Fringe events.

The weekend, called 'At The Bay', will take place over the March long weekend and will include prominent events such as Market @ the Bay and the Colour Tumby Street Art Festival.

A couple of Adelaide Fringe shows have been confirmed for the weekend, Fizzy Pop with their 80s music themed show 'VHS- Video Hits Show' on March 5 and then the cabaret style event 'Sinatra and Friends' on March 6, both at the Tumby Bay Soldiers Memorial Hall.

Tumby Bay District Council community development officer Amy Williams said this was a unique experience being put together in Tumby Bay for the March long weekend.

"We were looking at how to put together Market @ the Bay, normally held on the March long weekend, and at the same time the Colour Tumby guys were looking at how to put their event on again, and to do it in a COVID safe way," she said.

Miss Williams said in these events partnering the markets would becoming a wandering market which encouraged people to explore Tumby Bay and see the street art as part of a combined trail.

She said with the Fringe shows taking place at the weekend, people could also expect "quirky" Fringe-style surprises around street corners, promoting further exploration of the town.

The Road Runners Car Club holds its Cruzee Car Show in conjunction with the market which features classic cars and hosts members from car clubs across the state, and will feature during the weekend as well.

As for the Colour Tumby Street Art Festival, plans are coming together for the festival's return following its cancellation this year.

Tumby Bay Progress Association member Paul Stoddard said plans were in their early stages but the event committee was now selecting walls and putting the artist list together.

He said things would be coming together in the new year and everyone was looking forward to being a part of this major weekend.

"It's exciting we can take part in a weekend where so many things are taking place as well," he said.

"I think it's really exciting all of a sudden that the weekend becomes a really community focused inclusive event with something for everyone."

People can find out more by visiting www.atthebay.net.