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Your 2017 Adelaide Fringe pocket guide

The 2017 Adelaide Fringe is a celebration of art, culture & creativity, splashing our state with a kaleidoscope of colour from 17 February to 19 March. 

After a record breaking 2016, this year’s Adelaide Fringe is set to bring even more world-famous acts, venues and events to all corners of the state. Prepare yourself for a non-stop party from 17 February to 19 March with thousands of shows, hundreds of venues and countless events popping up all over South Australia. Here's your definitive pocket guide to the Southern Hemisphere’s largest open access arts festival!

aDELAIDE fringe Shows

This year’s Fringe program is bursting at the seams with world-class, five-star acts. Over 1,300 in fact. With so much on, we’d forgive you for being overwhelmed, but fear not; we come to you with suggestions.

Adelaide Fringe

Expect the unexpected at the Adelaide Fringe

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a spectacle? No matter what you’re into, these shows are guaranteed to impress.

Bold, absurd, and provocative, enter the weird but wonderful world of BARBU. Blanc de Blanc serves a blend of vintage glamour, high-end spectacle and titillating acts, while magician-scientist hybrid, Kevin Quantum explores the exotic space where science and magic meet. After winning major awards in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012, magician and mentalist Matt Tarrant is back this year with Honestly Dishonest – a guaranteed spectacular.

Chuckle, smirk, giggle and guffaw your way through these shows.

Five-star award winning Torte e Morte: Songs of Cake and Death will bring a dose of satire, striptease and cake to the Royal Croquet Club, while Rueben Kaye: Success Story has been described as dark, camp, outrageously funny and with costumes that could blind a magpie. Black comedy cabaret, A Dingo Ate My Baby explores Aussie culture and its take on womanhood i.e. “being a chicky-babe in da outback”, while Judith Lucy and Denise Scott explore Disappointments in the most hilarious(ly depressing) way possible.

Need your heart strings pulled? Feels are guaranteed at these shows. 

Tune into the sounds of multi Grammy award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir, relive the raw passion and controversy of Irvine Welsh’s famous novel in Trainspotting or revisit your first love with Scorch.  Huddle-in close for Stories in the Dark or embark on the journey of 19 weeks.

From the spectacular to the downright bizarre, if an eyeful is what you want, an eyeful is what you’ll get at these shows.

The Queen of Ireland, Panti, invites you into her gender-discombobulating, stiletto-shaped world in Panti Bliss: High Heels in Low Places, while League of Sideshow Superstars delivers high octane entertainment guaranteed to have you jumping in your seat and screaming for more. Karaoke on a humungous scale is the name of the game at Massaoke and cult cabaret hooligans and mischief-makers are Briefs are back again this year in Club Briefs.
adelaide fringe FAMILY FUN
This year, there are more reasons than ever to bring the whole family to the Fringe. From discos and circus acts, to kid-friendly comedians and carnivals, check out the Fringe's full list of children's shows and entertainment

adelaide fringe Parade

Gearing up for action at 8:30pm on Saturday 18 February, the Fringe Parade is one of South Australia’s biggest and best spectacles. Snaking its way along North Terrace, this year’s parade offers over 80 larger than life floats and 1,500 artists. With heart-stopping acrobatics, colourful characters and outrageous costumes, get a taste of everything the Adelaide Fringe has to offer in one night!

Adelaide Fringe Opening Night Parade

The 2016 Adelaide Fringe Parade

adelaide fringe Venues
Get among the action at 400 Adelaide Fringe venues scattered around South Australia, many containing their own food stalls, bars and exclusive events. Most Fringe venues kick-on late into the night each day of the week. This year you’ll find new spectacles at the Adelaide Oval and Pinky Flat (the new Royal Croquet Club venue) as well as old favourites The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Gluttony, Tuxedo Cat and Rhino Room.

Royal Croquet Club, Pinky Flat

The Royal Croquet Club, Pinky Flat

A surprise to no one, The unrivalled Garden of Unearthly Delights is back again this year, providing Fringe-goers with a unique festival playground including multiple performance venues, bars, carnival rides, an array of world foods, market stalls, and a healthy dose of sideshow surprises.  

Reward your curiosity at Garden of Unearthly Delights, East Terrace, Adelaide.

Gluttony is back again, with a whopping 8 performance venues set up small village-style in Adelaide’s beautiful Rymill Park. See show-stopping spectacles in the 400 seat Octagon, the stunning Spiegel Zelt or next door in its smaller (but by no means less impressive) Spiegeltent. See some of the Fringe’s best shows in the Peacock, Empyrean, Speakeasy, Bally, La Petite Grande and Piglet, or simply soak up the atmosphere with some seriously good food and wine!

Overindulge in Gluttony, Rymill Park, Adelaide.

See Adelaide Oval in a whole new light at LIVE on 5. Catch the action on seven stages, splayed around the stadium and one buzzing Fringe hub at its heart. LIVE on 5 will open from 24 February-11 March (closed Mondays). Grab a drink at the Riverbank Stand’s 5 Terrace Bar, looking out at unrivalled views of Adelaide.

See the sights at Adelaide Oval, War Memorial Dr, North Adelaide.

The home of comedy in Adelaide, Rhino Room, will play host to the Fringe’s funniest acts one last time before being demolished later this year. The Rhino Room has seen some of the world’s funniest acts hit the stage including Rove McMannus, Lee Mack, Ross Noble, Arj Barker and Adam Hills.

Last laughs at Rhino Room,13 Frome St, Adelaide.

It’s back! But not as you know it. This year, the Royal Croquet Club will be luring crowds riverside to Pinky Flat with more than 40 shows, six performance spaces and more than 200 artists spread out over 32 glorious days and nights. As always, the RCC will tempt you with beautifully themed pop-up bars and incredible food from well-known Adelaide restaurateurs.

Sail your way to Royal Croquet Club, Pinky Flat, River Torrens, Adelaide.

Tucked away on Adelaide’s Franklin Street, Tuxedo Cat is known (some could even say notoriously) for hosting some of the Fringe’s most ambitions and left-of-centre shows. With the motto “for artists by artists”, Tuxedo Cat believes in inventing, experimenting, takings risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun. For an inherently Fringe experience, it’s THE place to check out a show.

Get involved at Tuxedo Cat, 1/10 Franklin St, Adelaide.

Fringe in our regions

Outside the city venues, the Fringe fun continues in regional South Australia. From the beautiful coastal town of Goolwa all the way to Port Augusta. Fringe Grown events include Desert Fringe, which is turning 10, Fringe in Mount Gambier, Unearth Fringe in Whyalla and Fringe in Goolwa

Fringe in Whyalla

Fringe in Whyalla

Get to the adelaide fringe in style

Get the party started before you arrive at your show with some seriously stylish transport. Book an Uber Black for that oh-so-glamorous VIP entrance, get the pedal to the metal, and beer to mouth with HandleBar or hit the pavement with Eco-Caddy. Getting there is half the fun!

BBQ Buoys, Adelaide

Chill and grill with BBQ Buoys

BBQ Buoys are motorized round boats with seating around the edge and a barbecue grill and table top in the centre. Pack your BBQ food and nibbles, cash-in on a drinks package and spend a couple of hours partying on the Torrens!

For the trip too far to walk and too short to cab, there’s EcoCaddy. Jump on-board one of their hybrid-electric rickshaws and get pedalled to any destination within the CBD square mile and North Adelaide. What’s better is that during Feb, rides will be FREE from 10am-2pm. 

Join the skipper and crew on age-old Adelaide favourite, Popeye.

The Popeye fleet has 3 boats, each able to accommodate up to 70 people, cruising down the River Torrens from Elder Park to the Adelaide Zoo and back. Travel from The Garden of Unearthly Delights to LIVE on Five within half an hour!

Perhaps not the best option for getting anywhere in a hurry, but a guaranteed good time, The HandleBar is a 16 person pedal powered pub on wheels. BYO food and music and spend two hours cycling the city, stopping at bars and pubs of your choice! Arrival at destination: optional.

Bypass the taxi rank and arrive in style with Uber. Download the app, set your coordinates and in minutes you’ll be whisked away in luxury to your Fringe venue of choice. Easy.

#SeeSouthAustralia this adelaide Fringe

Fringe time is the perfect time to #SeeSouthAustralia. With over 1300 shows and 400 venues, you’re not going to want to rush it. Put a day aside and pair your Fringe festivities with some awesome Adelaide experiences. Ditch the stress and let us be your guide!

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Grab a drink with friends at the Royal Croquet Club

Start the day with some flippered friends on a Temptation Sailing Dolphin Cruise, then jump on the tram to the city. Buy some supplies at the Adelaide Central Market, pick a drinks package, then head to the River Torrens and board a BBQ Buoy. Disembark, pick an early evening show then head to Pinky Flat’s Royal Croquet Club. Tune into some awesome live music, grab dinner (and another drink) at one of the venue’s delicious popup bars or food trucks, then end with a late night show. 

Start your morning in leafy Hahndorf with breakfast at the Seasonal Garden Café, followed by a stroll down the charming main street. Lunch (and a generous amount of wine) will be served at Scott Wines, just around the corner. Saunter down to the Adelaide Botanic Garden for a snack and stroll, then head to Tuxedo Cat or Rhino Room for an early evening show. Grab dinner in The Garden of Unearthly Delights, then head to Peel Street for a nightcap at one of our classy small bars.

Start the day with breakfast at family-friendly Nano café, then  pile into an EcoCaddy for a trip to the Adelaide Zoo. Pedal back to town and go for a wander through The Garden of Unearthly Delights. Grab lunch in the garden, then head over the road to Gluttony for some of the Fringe’s best kids shows. To end the night, treat the kids to Fancy Burger on Rundle Street!
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