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A Year in The Life of the Festival State

Adelaide may wear many hats and titles, but with a busting yearlong events calendar, it’s no wonder the city carries an international reputation for being the ‘Festival State’. With it’s thriving Riverbank and renewed venues, Adelaide is an ideal setting for sporting events, music, culture, theatre and food festivals. A constant spark of activity means there is never a dull moment to visit, but if you’ve yet to book your tickets, you might want to consider timing your trip to co-inside with one of our top picks of the year.

Adelaide Fringe: 15 February – 17 March 2019

Come on down to the Southern Hampshire’s largest annual arts festival and watch the city pulse with creativity as a diverse range of cutting-edge artists take over Adelaide and surrounding areas.   For the last 58 years, the Adelaide Fringe has been working with new talent, innovative thinkers and original voices to put on one of the world’s most popular arts festivals. As the largest Fringe outside of Edinburgh, this is one not to be missed.

WOMADelaide: 8 March – 11 March 2019

Mad March isn’t complete without this iconic 4-day open-air festival set against Adelaide’s Botanic Park. An award-winning celebration of the very best of the World of Music, Arts and Dance brings good vibes and communal spirit to the centre of the city. What’s more, WOMADelaide is a pacesetter for environmental sustainability, encouraging everything from bike riding to compostable plates, now that’s music to our ears!

Kylie Minogue: 11 March 2019

Iconic Australia pop princess Kylie Minogue will bring her ‘Golden Tour’ to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre this month, performing a slew of captivating hits in this one-off show. Don’t miss the chance to be among the first to see Kylie perform songs from her new album and of course some of her absolute classics.

Generations in Jazz: 3 May – 5 May 2019

From May 3, Mount Gambier will become South Australia’s hot spot for this high-energy sound. This spectacular gathering on the outskirts of the city made famous for it’s Blue Lake not only attracts the jazz legends of today, but the bright stars of tomorrow, bringing together up to 5000 of Australia’s most talented musicians and a growing list of global artists.

RUDIMENTAL ‘Toast To Our Differences’ Tour 2019: 2 June – 3 June

East London luminaries, Rudimental have announced that their highly anticipated Toast to Our Differences Australian tour will swing by South Australia early June. Catch the group at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Sunday 2nd June or at the Old Mt Gambier Gaol on Monday 3rd June. As if Rudimental alone wasn’t enough, it has been announced that the beloved Australian dance pop group Sneaky Sound System will be their supporting act.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival: 7 June – 22 June 2019

This annual festival commencing on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend each June is the biggest cabaret festival in the World. The festival has gained a reputation for highlighting the best local, national and international artists through an eclectic program of classic and contemporary cabaret performances.

The Adelaide Fashion Festival: 16 October – 20 October 2019

This celebration of innovative South Australian design and style highlights Adelaide’s dynamic creative industries against a backdrop of the city’s vibrant venues and fashion precincts. Held each October, the festival showcases established and up and coming Adelaide designers as they present contemporary and relevant fashion and accessories alongside unique hair and make up styling. The Adelaide Fashion Festival is bold, original, progressive, inspired and not to be missed.

Santos Tour Down Under: January 2020

Not just a bike race, the Santos Tour Down under is home to the largest Festival of Cycling in the Southern Hemisphere, with a range of associated events, mass participation rides for kids and adults, street parties and live music combining to create a massive party atmosphere across South Australia.  If you’re already planning your escape for next winter then get on your bike because this is one we think you’re wheelie like!