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South Australia's world-famous events and festivals showcase our exceptional food and wine, sport, art and vibrant city life. The party doesn’t stop in Adelaide though. Our regions will find any excuse for a celebration, with events and festivals showing-off the best of our state's food, wine, fashion, art and design all year-round.
Find out what's on throughout the year in South Australia.
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.
In January, the Adelaide Hills are alive with the sound of bottles popping and pouring, thanks to Crush Festival. Famed for producing exceptional cool-climate blends, the Adelaide Hills’ best wineries will show-off their produce at lavish degustation dinners, long lunches, decadent tasting sessions, croquet days and Mexican fiestas.
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.
Adelaide Fringe is the party that defines this city! It is the largest open-access festival in the Southern Hemisphere, bursting at the seams with local, interstate and international five-star acts that transform the state for 31 wonderful days and nights. In 2019, there are 1,326 registered shows playing in 500 venues scattered around South Australia. Whether you’re a cabaret connoisseur, comedy king or queen, theatre tragic or just want to sit back and enjoy the atmosphere, there’s something for you at Adelaide Fringe.
Each year, sounds from around the world fill Adelaide’s beautiful Botanic Park as part of WOMADelaide. 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.
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 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. 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 will headline the post-race entertainment at the 2019 Superloop Adelaide 500. Sunday's general admission tickets for $99 also includes access to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Superloop Adelaide 500 4-day general admission pass for $199 will also include access to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
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 events across the state showcasing the best produce from around Australia served up by South Australia’s most awarded chefs, winemakers and restaurateurs, Tasting Australia is foodie heaven. 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.
One of South Australia’s premier wine regions, the Clare Valley is home to world-famous wineries with a beautiful country backdrop. The Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend was the first food and wine event of its kind in Australia; each year, you can expect tastings, regionally inspired cuisine and full-blown feasts at more than 20 gorgeous Clare Valley wineries.
Running throughout June, the dazzling Adelaide Cabaret Festival will see some of the world’s biggest acts sashay onto stage at venues throughout Adelaide. The Adelaide Cabaret Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the world with major events at the Dunstan Playhouse, Festival Theatre, Her Majesty’s Theatre and Artspace.
The McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival celebrates the culinary and winemaking traditions of one of Australia’s best gastronomic destinations. From masterclasses, food trucks and live music to degustation dinners and tastings, it’s a feast for all five senses less than an hour away from Adelaide’s CBD in the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula.
The Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival is a showcase of South Australian, Australian and international beer and cider with 50 mouth-watering exhibitors pouring and cooking-up a storm in the Adelaide Showground’s historic Brick Cattle Pavillion.
Shrug off your jacket and shake your scarf free; the Adelaide Hills play host to the annual Winter Reds Weekend. Be tempted by more than 30 beautiful Adelaide Hills wineries offering sumptuous events, tastings and entertainment both day and night.
Celebrating South Australia’s thriving visual arts community, the SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival runs throughout August with works and exhibitions popping up in every corner of South Australia, from offices and cafés to galleries and wineries. SALA is the largest community-based visual arts festival in Australia and celebrates sculpture, painting, photography, mixed media, moving image and installations.
Celebrating innovative South Australian design and style, the Adelaide Fashion Festival (presented by Mercedes-Benz Adelaide & Unley) is set against a backdrop of vibrant venues and retail precincts. The festival showcases established and emerging designers alongside unique hair and make-up styling, locally produced music, food and drink.
Held over 18 days, OzAsia Festival is Australia’s leading contemporary Asian arts festival. Yearly programs present the very best in contemporary theatre, dance, music, visual art, film, literature talks, food and more from across Asia. Highlights include the dazzling Moon Lantern Festival and the mouth-watering Lucky Dumpling Market.
The Credit Union Christmas Pageant is the largest single-day parade in the southern hemisphere; the second biggest in the world (behind the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City). Each year, fairy tale characters, colourful clowns, marching bands, twirling dancers and more than 60 floats lead the way to Father Christmas and his iconic sleigh.
The Adelaide Motorsport Festival is a family-friendly, museum-in-motion. The festival draws upon South Australia’s rich motorsport history and celebrates and re-enacts motorsport competition of a by-gone era. With plenty of star drivers, manufacturers displaying their latest models, 100s of cars on display, trade stands and food stands, there's so much see and do.
There’s so much to see and do in South Australia. Find out what’s on today, this weekend and this month.