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South Australia's top 10 summer events

Summer is South Australia’s favourite season, and this year, there are more reasons than ever to get involved in our world-famous festivals and events.

South Australia is brimming with festivals and events all year-round, but there’s no better season for celebration than summer. When skies are at their bluest and nights at their longest and balmiest, the State shows its true colours. Raise your glass and join the celebrations with our best events in South Australia during summer.


When: 16 February to 18 March 
Various locations throughout South Australia
The Adelaide Fringe is the largest (and best, even if we do say so ourselves) open-access festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Bursting at the seams with local, interstate and international five-star acts, last year’s Fringe well and truly took over the State, with 1,166 registered shows playing in 500 venues scattered around South Australia. Whether you’re a cabaret connoisseur, comedy king/queen, theatre tragic or just want to sit back and enjoy the atmosphere, there’s something for you at the Adelaide Fringe. 

Top picks from this year’s Fringe Ambassadors, Courtney Act and Joel Creasey include Hans: If You Don’t Love Me…LeaveKitty Flanagan: SmashingElixir and Under the Covers: Volume 2.

Adelaide Fringe

The 2018 Adelaide Fringe is a celebration of art, culture and creativity, splashing our state with a kaleidoscope of colour, 16 February to 18 March.

WOMADelaide 2018

When: 9 March to 12 March
Plane Tree Drive, Adelaide
Sounds from around the world will fill Adelaide’s beautiful Botanic Park as part of WOMADelaide 2018. Awarded Australia's best contemporary music festival at the Helpmann Awards, WOMAD is Australia’s ultimate feast for the senses in Adelaide’s Botanic Park - a glorious 34-hectare green oasis. WOMADelaide assembles a wonderfully diverse program of global sounds, sights, flavours and ideas, on and off 8 stages. 

Top picks this year include Architects of AirKamasi WashingtonHavana meets KingstonTanks and the Bangas and Thundercat.

WOMADelaide by Morgan Sette

WOMADelaide by Morgan Sette.

Adelaide Festival 2018

When: 2 March to 18 March
Various locations throughout South Australia
Enjoyed amid March days and starry nights, Adelaide Festival’s annual celebration of creative excellence makes for an event of truly epic proportionsFor more than 55 years, Adelaide Festival audiences have delighted in an outstanding mix of internationally acclaimed theatre productions, an eclectic array of world-class musicians, breathtaking dance pieces, renowned writers and striking visual arts displays.

Top picks this year include The Lost and Found Orchestra, human requiem, The Great War, Memorial, Hamlet and The Far Side of the Moon.

human requiem, Adelaide Festival

Adelaide Festival: human requiem.

Adelaide 500 2018

When: 1 March to 4 March
Victoria Park, Adelaide
What: The Adelaide 500
 is the largest domestic motor sport event in Australia, showcasing the very best of the motoring world. Experience the growls, roars and screeches of some of the fastest cars in the world. If you’re automotive-inclined, you’d be mad to miss out. Each night, the Adelaide 500 stage will come to life with Robbie Williams headlining and a range of excellent acts following. You’ll also find loads of entertainment for the whole family, including family fun zones, rides, amusements and face painting. 

Adelaide 500

Adelaide 500.

CRUSH 2018

When: 26 January to 28 January
Various wineries in the Adelaide Hills
From 26 to 28 January, The Adelaide Hills will be alive with the sound of bottles popping and pouring for Crush 2018. Famed for their cool-climate blends, the Adelaide Hills’ best wineries will be showing-off their produce at lavish degustation dinners, long lunches, decadent tasting sessions, croquet days and Mexican fiestas. 

Top picks this year include Shakespeare in the VinesWhere the Wild Wines areMexican FiestaSpanish Degustation DinnerCrush 2018 at Artwine and Rosé & Croquet at the Lane.

Crush Festival, Adelaide

Crush Festival, Pike and Joyce, Adelaide Hills.

ISPS HANDA Women's Australian Open 2018

When: 15 February to 18 February
Kooyonga Golf Club
What: The ISPS HANDA Women’s Australian Open is one of Australia’s greatest female sporting events, set in the stunning surrounds of Kooyonga Golf Club. The tournament brings together the world’s finest players, all under the banner of the global LPGA Tour. It’s a must-see event not only for golf aficionados, but for those who just want to soak up the atmosphere of a truly global event.

ISPS HANDA Women's Australian Open Golf

ISPS HANDA Women's Australian Open Golf.

One Day International Series: Australia v England 

When: 26 January
 Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Oval welcomes the return of 50-over cricket on Australia Day 2018 as Australia hosts England in the One Day International Series. One Day Internationals don’t get much bigger than this with Australia and England facing-off at the Adelaide Oval on Friday, 26 January.

Cricket at the Adelaide Oval

Cricket at Adelaide Oval.

The Moseley Beach Club

When: 17 January to 2 April
Glenelg Beach, Adelaide
Glenelg’s famed Moseley Bar and Kitchen has launched Australia’s first beach club along the shore of beautiful Glenelg Beach. Luring crowds to white sand and crystal-clear water, the Moseley Beach Club offers premium sun beds, fully-serviced lounges, casual dining, bar, live music and DJs. With a capacity of 350, the Moseley Beach Club was inspired by super-premium lounges throughout Europe and Southeast Asia.  

Views from the Moseley Beach Club, Glenelg

Views from the Moseley Beach Club, Glenelg.

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2018

When: 2 February
Where: Mundy Street, Port Adelaide
What: International music festival, Laneway, is all about showcasing contemporary Australian and international music in a totally unique setting. After attracting record-breaking numbers last year, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is returning to trendy, street art-splashed Port Adelaide in 2018 set among vibrant cafés, galleries, restaurants and markets. 

Top picks this year include Aldous HardingAmy SharkMac DemarcoSlowdive and The Internet.

Laneway Festival, Lorde

St. Jerome's Laneway Festival, Lorde.

Fridays After Five

When: Every Friday, 3 November to 30 March
Old Coach Road, Aldinga
Slow right down and spend a balmy summer night amid live music, food stalls, market stalls and an expertly-stocked wine bar. Fridays After Five is the perfect way to spend a Friday night this summer. Enjoy the best of the Fleurieu Peninsula in laid-back downtown Aldinga: grab a glass of wine or a beer and sit back in the grass with your friends while the summer sun sets around you. Bring the family, bring your friends and enjoy good vibes by the seaside.

Photo by Fridays After Five

Photo by Fridays After Five, Aldinga.

Find out what's on this weekend

All year-round there are lots of great events happening in Adelaide and South Australia from gigs and concerts to sports events, festivals, feasts, markets, theatre shows and exhibitions.

Looking for more? See a full list of all upcoming events and download our 2018 Events Calendar

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