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The Festival Capital of Australia

Discover the arts and cultural festivals of Adelaide

  • Adelaide cabaret festival
  • Men playing drums on street
  • Children butterfly parade

Adelaide is Australia’s Festival Capital for a reason.

No matter the time of year, there is something for everyone in South Australia.

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.

The Festival Seasons

Experience Adelaide's festivals all year-round

  • Autumn
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter



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07 - 22 Jun 2024

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

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.

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26 Jun - 03 Aug 2024

Illuminate Adelaide

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.

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01 - 31 Aug 2024

South Australian Living Artists Festival

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.

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12 - 15 Sep 2024

Adelaide Guitar Festival

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.

Get Involved

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.

    Bridget Delaney

    The Guardian

  • 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