this summer, there are more reasons than ever to get involved in South Australia's 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 top summer events in South Australia.
1. THE MOSELEY BEACH CLUB, SUMMER
The Moseley Beach Club returns each summer, luring crowds to the white sand and lapping waves of Glenelg: Adelaide’s favourite city beach. Grab a cocktail and settle-in for the day on premium sun beds or fully-serviced lounges. Casual dining is available as well as a bar, with live music and DJs providing the perfect summer soundtrack. Get in touch with your inner beach babe from November to March.
2. MOONLIGHT CINEMA, DEC - FEB
Catch the summer’s biggest blockbusters, new releases, advanced screenings and cult classic films under a starlit cinema screen. Moonlight Cinema brings a festival atmosphere to film-watching. It’s more than a movie experience: it’s an opportunity to kick back in the outdoors and relish in the summer vibes between 13 December 2019 and 16 February 2020.
3. Adelaide International 2020
Some of the biggest tennis stars in the world including Ash Barty and Novak Djokovic will hit the court in Adelaide this January as ATP/WTA tennis returns to South Australia for the Adelaide International 2020. The blockbuster event will be the first held under the brand new canopy roof at the iconic Memorial Drive, with more than 100 of the best global tennis players set compete from 12 to 18 January. Beyond the world-class tennis, live entertainment and a kids zone will ensure everyone is kept happy.
4. SANTOS TOUR DOWN UNDER, JAnuary
Pedalling across South Australia in January, The Santos Tour Down Under is Australia’s greatest cycling event, welcoming the world’s best to the city of Adelaide and South Australia’s beautiful regions. Tour time provides the perfect opportunity to see, eat and drink your way around the Barossa, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills.The event is on between the 16th - 26 January 2020.
5. ST. JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL, FEBruary
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, set among vibrant cafés, galleries, restaurants and markets. St Jerome's is on Friday 7 February 2020.
6. ISPS HANDA WOMEN'S AUSTRALIAN OPEN, FEBruary
The world’s best female golfers will return to Adelaide from 13-16 February 2020 for the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. The four-day tournament runs in February, but the festival of golf runs over a week with kids’ clinics, chances to meet the world’s best, corporate functions and, of course, a host of celebrities involved with the annual pro-am.
7. Adelaide Fringe, February - March
The Adelaide Fringe, 14 February - 15 March 2020, is the largest open-access festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Bursting at the seams with local, interstate and international five-star acts, the Fringe features over 1,000 events, 7,000 artists and over 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.
8. THE SUPERLOOP ADELAIDE 500, FEBruary - MARch
The Superloop 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 from 20-23 February 2020. You’ll also find loads of entertainment for the whole family, including family fun zones, rides, amusements and face painting. American rock legends Red Hot Chili Peppers headlined the post-race entertainment at the 2019 Superloop Adelaide 500 so the bar has been set for next year. Stay tuned!
9. ADELAIDE FESTIVAL, MARch
For 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. Immerse yourself in the action each March in venues across South Australia. The 2020 Adelaide Festival's centerpeice opera event is Mozart's Requiem: a fresh staging of the musical masterwork by pioneering international stage director, Romeo Castellucci.
10. WOMADELAIDE, mARch
Each year, sounds from around the world fill Adelaide’s beautiful Botanic Park as part of WOMADelaide, 6 - 9 March 2020. Awarded Australia's best contemporary music festival at the Helpmann Awards, WOMAD is Australia’s ultimate feast for the senses, set in a glorious 34-hectare green oasis.
11. Tasting Australia, March - April
South Australia’s food and wine is renowned the world over, and for 10 sumptuous days one of Australia’s oldest food festivals dishes up the very best from around the state with incredible dining and drinking experiences. With restaurateur, chef and TV personality Matt Moran announced as festival ambassador, joining director Simon Bryant; Tasting Australia is a foodie heaven showcasing the best produce from around Australia served up by South Australia’s most awarded chefs, winemakers and restaurateurs. Long lunches, exclusive dinners, farm tours, tastings, masterclasses and a celebration of food in Adelaide’s Town Square, loosen your belt buckle for a gourmet feast like no other from 27 March to 5 April.