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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.



07 - 22 Jun 2024

Event type

Cabaret, Comedy, Music, Special Event, Theatre


Adelaide Festival Centre




Adelaide Festival Centre
King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000
(0)8 8216 8600

As winter descends on Adelaide, the world’s largest cabaret festival seduces audiences with a wide-ranging program of intimate and irreverent performances. Acclaimed artists from across to globe bring classic and contemporary visions of cabaret to life with a combination of music, satire, comedy and storytelling that celebrates glamour and speaks truth to power.

Set in motion by a star-studded opening night gala and followed by sparkling events that bring together the biggest names from the festival program each year, this highly inclusive festival actively celebrates diversity and reflects cabaret’s irreverent spirit and unashamedly political origins.

Broadway legends and talented up and comers alike take to the stage with chutzpah to deliver pitch perfect renditions of stage classics and cutting-edge satire peppered with razor sharp one liners. Raunchy burlesque and post-modern political comedy are equally at home (and sometimes share the same stage) at the largest dedicated cabaret festival in the world.

As well as providing a showcase for the most celebrated names in cabaret – think Alan Cumming, Dita Von Teese, Jane Birkin and Kristin Chenoweth – Adelaide Cabaret Festival helps to foster the art form’s next big stars with scholarships, commissions and the Class of Cabaret Program, which pairs year 10 and 11 students with a team of mentors and professional artists who help develop their craft.

The festival takes place at Adelaide Festival Centre which becomes a buzzing hub with up to six venues presenting different shows at any one time. Shows average 70 minutes and are often scheduled so you can catch two performances back-to-back! Seductive and subversive, the Cabaret Festival proves that this art form is as vital as ever.

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  • Profoundly inclusive and spectacularly eclectic, cabaret is what ‘theatre could have been if it hadn’t started building walls.

    The Guardian

The local guide

Found some downtime between all the events and excitement? Here are some tips on what to see and do in Adelaide and South Australia.

In the Morning

Birthed in the optimistic years following WWII, modernism aimed to create a brighter future through architecture and over four decades left an indelible imprint on Adelaide. See how glass-fronted office buildings, light-bathed churches and innovative private houses helped shape the city on one of Modernist Adelaide’s regular walking tours.

In the Afternoon

Ringed by three gorgeous wine regions, Adelaide’s oenophiles are spoiled for choice. Undisputedly, some of the best wine in the world comes from the regions surrounding Adelaide. McLaren Vale boasts favourites from the likes of d’Arenberg Cube, SC Pannell, or Coriole. Likewise, the Barossa offers many itineraries that will have you immersed in its exciting wine and food experiences. And the Clare Valley will delight with its cellar doors, such as Sevenhill, Pauletts, Jeanneret, or Mr Mick.  Also make sure to check out the local distilleries and breweries while you’re out and about.

If you don’t have time to visit the regions yourself, learn about vibrant Adelaide Hills natural wines, bold Barossa shiraz and zippy Mediterranean varietals that thrive in McLaren Vale at the National Wine Centre, where there are displays on viticulture, a tasting room with 120 wines and a small onsite vineyard.

In the Evening

Adelaide’s oldest continually operating venue, Her Majesty’s Theatre has been returned to it’s full glory by a recent renovation that combines modern equipment with gorgeous art nouveau design elements. Regular performances once again grace the stage that since 1913 has hosted legends including Ian McKellen, Lauren Bacall, James Earl Jones and Maggie Smith.