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Discover the arts and cultural festivals of Adelaide
It doesn’t matter if you like hip hop or classical guitar, cabaret or staged drama, being on the fringe or being right in the centre, if you like it, Australia’s Festival Capital is sure to have it. And it’ll be all served up with the nation’s best food and wine (we’ve got plenty of festivals for that too).
Like good food, Adelaide’s festivals are seasonal, so explore what’s been plated up below to find something that suits your palate.
16 Feb - 17 Mar 2024
For six magical weeks in summer, Fringe transforms Adelaide and greater South Australia. The festival stretches from up in Whyalla all the way down to Mount Gambier, with eclectic and vibrant events that include cabaret, theatre, comedy, circus, music, visual arts, workshops and so much more.
01 - 17 Mar 2024
Bold and inspiring, the Adelaide Festival is an event of truly epic proportions that thrills today’s audiences and stimulates future generations. AF commissions and champions Australia’s most innovative new work along with presenting some of the world’s great companies and artists.
08 - 11 Mar 2024
WOMADelaide transforms leafy Botanic Park into an independent republic celebrating contemporary and traditional music, arts, and dance. This joyous open air festival also incorporates workshops and talks, street theatre, cooking demonstrations, and a strong focus on sustainability.
01 - 31 May 2024
South Australia's History Festival is an annual event exploring the state's diverse and multi-layered history. Held throughout May each year, the History Festival explores the places and spaces, stories, collections, and ideas that make us who we are.
07 - 22 Jun 2024
For three weeks in June, Adelaide Cabaret Festival keeps winter at bay with an eclectic program of vaudevillian circus runaways, bewitching chanteuses and grandstanding storytellers from across Australia and the world.
26 Jun - 03 Aug 2024
Welcoming people from all walks of life to experience a program of free and ticketed events by local, national and international artists, Illuminate Adelaide is about staying up, heading out, and coming together. It’s about looking forward, breaking ground, and making memories. It’s about turning those long winter nights into an opportunity: to wake imaginations and let curiosity run wild.
01 - 31 Aug 2024
The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is a statewide festival of visual art. Established to promote and celebrate the many talented visual artists in SA, the aim of the Festival was, and remains, to extend visual arts audiences and to allow all artists at any level, working in any medium, to be part of our annual SALA Festival every August.
12 - 15 Sep 2024
The most significant celebration of the guitar in the southern hemisphere, encompassing everything from country to classical and rockabilly to shred via searing blues, unbridled flamenco and swirling sonatas in series of intimate recitals, booming rock concerts and community events across the state.
20 Oct 2023 - 21 Jan 2024
Tarnanthi celebrates the rich and continually evolving world of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. By harnessing the storytelling power of traditional and modern art forms, the festival offers a unique insight into Australia’s vibrant First Nations cultures.
01 - 19 Nov 2023
Feast Festival is Adelaide’s LGBTQIA+ queer arts and cultural festival glittered throughout the very special “Pridevember” which turns November in South Australia into a month-long celebration of diversity and inclusivity.
23 Oct - 03 Nov 2024
Twelve days of bold, inspiring and entertaining stories from Australia and the world. Experience exciting new Australian films on the big screen as well as the best films from around the world.
We all create the Festival City. The input and energy of our whole community are crucial to its success. Volunteer for an up-close-and-personal experience. Study festival management at one of Adelaide’s universities. Participate as an artist or presenter at one of our open-access festivals. Research the impacts and innovations of the festival sector. Or just kick back and enjoy the shows and atmosphere. However you decide to get involved, there is something for everybody here.
Complement your festival experience with visits to local museums, galleries, theatres, cinemas, bookshops, music venues, and cultural attractions. Find out why Adelaide is one of six UNESCO Creative Cities in Australia, and make sure to pair the rich arts and heritage offerings of the regions with their equally distinct food and wine. Between events, peek behind the scenes and meet the creatives who make this international festival capital tick all year round.
Is there any place in the world as magnificent as Adelaide during festival season? Some animating spirit takes over and the city is packed with thousands of people getting their minds turned inside out by art.
Adelaide is a natural choice for those wanting a varied experience at a single destination... its reputation as ‘The Festival State’ should see you finalising your travel plans. The state has filled its calendar with a number of arts and culture-focused events that are sure to draw us over to South Australia’s capital.
Vogue Australia 2021