Festivals

Adelaide Fringe

Known as the largest Fringe festival in the world after Edinburgh, the Adelaide Fringe attracts thousands of artists from across the globe to South Australia.

Hundreds of venues from bars, restaurants, theatres, cafes, art galleries, parks, community halls, warehouses, laneways and empty buildings create a city-wide takeover for 31 magical days and nights, making it the party that defines a city.

Make your next stop Adelaide Fringe!

Venue

Various venues across South Australia

Dates

15 February - 17 March 2019

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Adelaide Festival

Established in 1960, the Adelaide Festival is a 17-day international multi-arts festival with a long and successful history.

Internationally regarded as Australia’s pre-eminent arts festival, the multi award-winning annual event features a curated program renowned for its world-class shows, boldness and artistic excellence, and has a dedicated cultural following across Australia and beyond.

The Adelaide Festival also encompasses Adelaide Writers’ Week, one of the world’s great literary festivals, which sees thousands of book lovers mingle with top international and Australian authors over six days of free talks and panel sessions in a lush garden setting.

Venue

Various venues across Adelaide

Dates

1 March - 17 March 2019

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WOMADelaide

WOMADelaide, the iconic open-air festival set in Adelaide’s stunning Botanic Park, is a unique award-winning celebration of the world’s very best music, arts and dance.

With annual attendances of well over 90,000, each year festival-goers embark upon on a joyous four-day journey of discovery featuring up to 500 artists from around 30 countries in a celebration of, and forum for the endlessly fascinating cultures, issues and creative energies which give life and meaning to WOMADelaide’s by-line of “The World’s Festival”.

Venue

Botanic Park, Adelaide

Dates

8 March - 11 March 2019

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DreamBIG Children's Festival

DreamBIG Children’s Festival is South Australia’s iconic biennial arts festival for schools and families that places its audience at the centre of fresh, inventive, imaginative and inspiring arts experiences. More than two million South Australian children have participated in the festival since its inception in 1974 (originally as Come Out Festival), and it remains an intrinsic part of growing up in South Australia.

Venue

Various venues across South Australia

Dates

22 May - 1 June 2019

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Adelaide Cabaret Festival

For 16 days and nights in June the best cabaret artists from around the world converge on Adelaide for a winter celebration of intimate performance at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Now in its 19th year and the biggest cabaret festival in the world, the Festival has become a major event on the international and Australian arts calendar. It has garnered a reputation of highlighting the best local, national and international artists through an eclectic program of classic and contemporary cabaret performances.

Venue

Adelaide Festival Centre

Dates

7 June - 22 June 2019

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Umbrella Winter City Sounds

Umbrella: Winter City Sounds is an initiative to support events, venues, promoters and musicians within Adelaide and surrounding suburbs. It offers a wide range of curated live music projects and other performances to warm and illuminate the colder weeks.

Venue

Various venues across South Australia

Dates

July 2019

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South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival

The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is recognised as the largest and most innovative community based visual arts festival in Australia. Throughout August South Australia is transformed into a state-wide pop-up art gallery as hundreds of venues from restaurants, cafes to wineries, shops and other unique spaces play host to exhibitions by thousands of local artists.

Venue

Various venues across South Australia

Dates

1 - 31 August 2019

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Adelaide Guitar Festival

The Adelaide Guitar Festival is a four-day biennial festival of guitar music curated by internationally renowned Australian guitarist Slava Grigoryan. With performances by guitar artists and musicians from around Australia and the world across a range of both free and ticketed events, there’s something to get everyone in the mood to celebrate this amazing instrument.

Venue

Adelaide Festival Centre

Dates

August 2020

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OzAsia Festival

OzAsia Festival is Australia’s leading international arts festival engaging with Asia.

Under Artistic Director Joseph Mitchell, the 2018 program will surprise, challenge and inspire audiences with the very best contemporary theatre, dance, music, visual arts, film and literature events from across Asia over 18 fun-filled days.

Venue

Adelaide Festival Centre

Dates

25 October - 11 November 2018

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Adelaide Film Festival

The Adelaide Film Festival has won acclaim and awards for its innovative programming and has established itself as a landmark event: Variety Magazine listed it in their Top 50 Unmissable Film Festivals around the world. The Adelaide Film Festival FUND guarantees extraordinary world premieres of brand new Australian screen works which showcase throughout the festival.

Venue

Various venues across Adelaide

Dates

10-21 October 2018

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Feast Festival

For 16 days in November the city of Adelaide bursts into every colour of the rainbow to celebrate pride and diversity for Feast, South Australia’s queer arts and cultural festival.

Feast has grown from a humble grassroots community event in 1997 to become one of the biggest queer cultural celebrations in Australia that showcases and supports a magnificent kaleidoscope of South Australian queer artists, culture and community.

The Festival is an international event, bringing performers and visitors from all over the world to unite and celebrate rainbow pride.

Venue

Various venues across South Australia

Dates

10-25 November 2018

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Adelaide Dance Festival

One of the newest events on Adelaide’s arts calendar, the biennial Adelaide Dance Festival celebrates dance in all its forms. Under the direction of Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) Artistic Director Garry Stewart, the inaugural program this year featured performances by The Australian Ballet, Limosani Projekts and ADT, as well as film screenings, forums, workshops, public dance classes and more.

Venue

Various venues across South Australia

Dates

July 2020

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South Australia's History Festival

South Australia’s History Festival is an annual celebration of South Australia’s history.

Through hundreds of events ranging from talks to tours, walks to workshops and exhibitions to special events, the History Festival promotes the State’s wonderful historical collections, places and stories, attracting over 100,000 locals and visitors alike.

Venue

Various venues across South Australia

Dates

May 2019

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