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Festivals are in Adelaide’s DNA.

They are ceremonies that bring together our diverse communities. They create a sense of communion through the shared experience of the arts, culture, and place.

Explore the diversity and exceptional offerings of our arts and cultural festivals.

Each festival season provides a fresh opportunity to discover your new favourite art, music, theatre, comedy, or juggling act. Start exploring Festival City Adelaide today.

  • Summer

    Warltati

    Adelaide Fringe

    18 Feb - 20 Mar 2022

    Adelaide Festival

    04 - 20 Mar 2022

    WOMADelaide

    11 - 14 Mar 2022

    Jan Feb Mar
  • Autumn

    Parnati

    South Australia’s History Festival

    01 - 31 May 2022

    Adelaide Cabaret Festival

    10 - 25 Jun 2022

    DreamBIG Children’s Festival

    17 - 27 May 2023

    Apr May Jun
  • Winter

    Kudlila

    Adelaide Guitar Festival

    09 - 24 Jul 2022

    South Australian Living Artists Festival

    01 - 31 Aug 2022

    OzAsia Festival

    20 Oct - 06 Nov 2022

    Jul Aug Sep
  • Spring

    Wirltuti

    Adelaide Film Festival

    19 - 30 Oct 2022

    Feast Festival

    05 - 27 Nov 2022

    Oct Nov Dec

Festivals for Everyone

Accessibility

Adelaide’s festivals are open to all and promote accessibility in many ways. SALA’s program includes bilingual tours, Adelaide Fringe produces a dedicated accessibility guide and Adelaide Festival Centre venues offer wheelchair loan and assistive hearing systems across a range of festivals. Companion Card holder tickets, accessible seat allocations and designated drop off locations are now common practice while many programs are available in text only, audio and braille versions.

Kids & Families

In addition to fostering a robust creative community, Adelaide’s festivals help to entertain and educate the next generation of arts lovers. DreamBIG is designed specifically for younger audiences, while WOMADelaide offers free entry for children under 12 and a dedicated KidZone with its own schedule of entertaining and educational activities. Writers Week has a dedicated Kids’ Day and many other festivals produce family-friendly programs.

For Every Budget

From the beloved Adelaide Festival opening night concert to OzAsia’s spectacular Moon Lantern parade, free and affordable events are an important part of every Adelaide festival. Writers' Week is Australia’s largest free literary festival and DreamBIG offers equity pricing and transport subsidies for disadvantaged schools while SALA and South Australia’s History Festival are dominated by free and affordable events.

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18 Feb - 20 Mar 2022

Adelaide Fringe

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.

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04 - 20 Mar 2022

Adelaide Festival

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.

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11 - 14 Mar 2022

WOMADelaide

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.

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01 - 31 May 2022

South Australia’s History Festival

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.

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10 - 25 Jun 2022

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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09 - 24 Jul 2022

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.

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01 - 31 Aug 2022

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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19 - 30 Oct 2022

Adelaide Film Festival

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.

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20 Oct - 06 Nov 2022

OzAsia Festival

For three weeks every spring, OzAsia Festival invites audiences to engage with their neighbours and explore the diversity and richness of Asian cultures. OzAsia Festival is Australia’s first major performing arts festival that celebrates our culturally and linguistically diverse communities by directing its gaze towards arts and artists from Asia.

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05 - 27 Nov 2022

Feast Festival

Feast Festival is Adelaide’s LGBTIQ+ 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.

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17 - 27 May 2023

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 inventive, imaginative, and inspiring arts experiences.

Get Involved

There are numerous pathways that will put you at the centre of Festival City action.

So step right up, and find out how you can get involved today.