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12 - 29 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.



12 - 29 Sep 2024

Event type

Industry Events, Music, Workshops and Talks


Adelaide Festival Centre




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

A proud celebration of Adelaide’s designation as a UNESCO City of Music, this three week festival pays tribute to the world’s most versatile instrument. Globally renowned guitarists and undiscovered talents alike deliver blistering live performances of classical, jazz, blues and beyond, while a program of masterclasses, workshops and talks allows local musicians to develop their skills.

A feast of musical adventures unbounded by genre, Adelaide Guitar Festival invites the most influential guitarists from around the world to form a global community of pickers, pluckers and strummers. For three weeks in July, Adelaide Guitar Festival ranges freely across genres and explores the full spectrum of music made by guitars, banjos, ukeleles and their lesser-known cousins. The universal language of music allows collaborations to flourish and previous editions have featured renowned performers including Kaki King, Vernon Reid, the Punch Brothers and Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn.

Like the instrument it celebrates, Adelaide Guitar Festival can be found across the state with events at regional centres throughout South Australia. And the open access Guitars in Bars program that includes more than one hundred venues provides an opportunity for local musicians to play in front of a live audience for the first or fiftieth time.

Off the stage, Adelaide Guitar Festival is notable for its strong community engagement. Beyond the free and low-cost workshops and discussions, the Resonance program highlights the link between music and mental wellbeing by bringing the festival to those who can’t travel with a series of performances in aged care homes, schools and hospitals.

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  • The Adelaide Guitar Festival has come a long way since 2007, and under Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan has evolved into a really significant event on the national and international music calendar.

    Peter Burdon

    The Advertiser

  • Adelaide Guitar Festival has made significant strides since Slava Grigoryan was appointed Artistic Director in 2009, to the point that it’s now not only regarded as the finest event of its kind in the southern hemisphere, but also comparable with the best in the world.

    Kaki King

    Rhythms Magazine

  • …the Adelaide Guitar Festival can conjure a fascinating night’s entertainment.

    Steve Evans


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

Generations of home cooks and renowned chefs alike have roamed the aisles of the Adelaide Central Market since it first opened over 150 years ago. Listen to buskers competing with vendors hawking their wares, breathe in the aroma of freshly ground spices and glistening seafood and marvel at the dazzling array of foods on offer at the 70 stalls selling fresh produce from around the state and cuisines from across the globe.

But don’t stop there! Go and meet gardeners who grow your vegetables along with farmers raising chickens and cows, artisan cheesemakers and bakers presiding over cabinets of exquisite pies and pastries at one of the many farmers’ markets around Adelaide. The largest and most convenient market is the Sunday Morning Adelaide Farmers’ Market, while there are regional markets in Willunga, the Barossa and the Adelaide Hills for those seeking further adventure.


In the Afternoon

The rich sonic history of this UNESCO City of Music is literally inscribed into the city’s architecture with a series of laneways named after iconic local musicians. Wander down each of them, then explore the state’s musical history through the unique memorabilia and stories collected at the SA Music Hall of Fame.

In the Evening

Most nights you can find the next generation of musical legends playing at a variety of venues including The Exeter, Grace Emily, JiveLion Arts Factory or the fiercely independent Wheatsheaf Hotel. Larger acts play at The Gov or the gorgeous art deco Thebarton Theatre that has hosted everybody from Blondie to Nirvana.