The Adelaide Fringe is a celebration of art, culture and creativity, splashing our state with a kaleidoscope of colour In February and March.The Adelaide Fringe brings world-famous acts, venues and events to all corners of South Australia. Prepare yourself for a non-stop party from February to March with thousands of shows, hundreds of venues and countless events popping up all over South Australia.
After Edinburgh, the Adelaide Fringe is the largest Fringe festival in the world, and is loudly, and proudly, the biggest open-access arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Find out what to do, what to see and where to celebrate.
Adelaide Fringe Shows
Each year's Fringe program is bursting at the seams with world-class, five-star acts. With so much on, we’d forgive you for being overwhelmed, but fear not; we come to you with suggestions.
Murder in the Wine Cellar
Wedding season is afoot at the National Wine Centre but what happens when a groom is found dead in the wine cellar? While the rest of the reception continues, you are called away by world-famous wedding planner, Isla Grace, to try and solve the murder, over your dinner meal of course, before the police arrive. Come dressed in character and be prepared to fully immerse yourself in the mystery at Murder in the Wine Cellar.
California Crooners Club
The California Crooners are back with new songs, mash ups, a different venue and extra sizzle. Hugh Sheridan and his fellow lovers of jazz will be plundering the classics, re-imaging this year's hits, finding heart and humour in the most unexpected tunes. Expect sharp suits, good times and great music in the salubrious Adelaide Hilton Grand Ballroom.
Winner of three NZ Fringe awards including Most Promising Emerging Company & Most Innovative Work, Castles charts the second part of an archetypal journey of discovery. Text, movement, virtuosic dance, and song combine; Eliza Sanders uses it all to create a hive of strangely interconnected questions and musings, from the silly to the sublime.
We live by the Sea
When Katy, an autistic teenager, meets lonely Ryan, they make a connection that will shake their worlds forever. In We Live by the Sea, playful, visual storytelling meets a live electronic score about autism, friendship and a very big wave. We Live by the Sea is the winner of the Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre & Critics Circle Weekly Award and the Grahame F. Smith Peace Foundation Award in 2017.
Hypnosis: Isaac Lomman
Isaac Lomann's Hypnosis is a must-see Fringe favourite. See volunteers hypnotised before your eyes & taken on an unforgettably hilarious journey into their imaginations. Gone are the days of spilling secrets on stage, chicken dancing and people waking up naked. This show focusses on the power of the subjects' minds and does away with those old stereotypes of hypnotism you see in Hollywood.
Anya Anastasia: the Executioners
Award-winning chanteuse Anya Anastasia is bringing a fierce and tightly choreographed new breed of contemporary cabaret to the stage, stripping down to the core essence of her artistic mission statement: to hold the world accountable through mischievous mockery, passing her judgement and rattling cages.
YUMMY, the Melbourne powerhouse of drag, dance, circus, and music, has been serving smash-hit events in numerous festivals. Directed by James Welsby (from BRIEFS and GLORY BOX) the show features Karen From Finance, Valerie Hex, Jandruze, Beni Lola, Hannie Helsden, Benjamin Hancock and Joni in the Moon.
Precession: Adelaide Planetarium Experience
It was Plato who proposed that the planets emit their own musical hum on their orbital revolution through the heavens. Precession, a unique take on the ‘music of the spheres’, is a live full-dome performance of celestial sounds & immersive visuals at the Adelaide Planetarium with seven shows over three days. Experience stunning images & unique sound vibrations inspired by Pythagoras, Kepler & Plato.
Make the most of the Adelaide Fringe opening weekend with tonnes of (mostly free) events.
Opening Night Street Party, Feb North Terrace.
Tindo Utpurndee (Sunset Ceremony), South Australian Museum Lawns.
Switching-On of the Parade of Light, South Australian Museum Lawns.
Night Markets, North Terrace.
More details about these events and more can be found on the Adelaide Fringe website.
Adelaide Fringe Venues
Get among the action at hundreds of 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 Royal Croquet Club as well as old favourites The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Gluttony, Tuxedo Cat and the Adelaide Town Hall.
For a full list of venues, see the Adelaide Fringe website.
Fringe in our Regions
Outside the city venues, the Fringe fun continues in regional South Australia, from the beautiful Fleurieu Fringe in the coastal town Port Noarlunga, all the way to the fantastical Kangaroo Island Fringe featuring a range of curated performances from local artists. You'll also find Fringey goodness in the Adelaide Hills' Stirling Fringe and Fringe in Mount Gambier.
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 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.