Adelaide: Frenetic Fun Beneath an Elegant Exterior

Adelaide Fringe, Rundle Street, Adelaide, SA. © SATC

Adelaide: Frenetic Fun Beneath an Elegant Exterior

Enjoy crazy festival antics on Adelaide’s clean streets.

There’s a reason Adelaide is called Australia’s festival city. These spacious boulevards and lush gardens play host to a non-stop calendar of fun.

All kinds of mayhem takes place on these clean streets, especially from late summer, at the end of February, when the largest fringe festival in the Southern Hemisphere hits town. The Adelaide Fringe is an exuberant month of outdoor theatre, art displays, street entertainers, dance performances, cabaret, film screenings and live music. Watch Adelaide turn into a street circus, as the planet's best jugglers, magicians, acrobats, escapologists, aerialists and comedians showcase their skills. Listen to the country’s best DJs and dance acts at the huge opening night party. Or take the whole family to Rymill Park for hands-on art and craft in the Get In and Get Dirty Workshops.

If you think the city winds down when this spectacle departs, think again. For a weekend in early March, Adelaide turns into a global village for WOMADelaide, a celebration of world music in the city’s lush Botanic Park. Also in March is the Skycity Adelaide Cup Day and Magic Millions Race Day, where you can overdose on racing, fashion, food and fun. In April, the world’s fastest rugby players hit Adelaide Oval for the International Rugby Sevens, an electrifying two-day carnival. 

Life is a cabaret in June, when you can soak up music, satire, comedy and performance art at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. In July, audiences ponder the question ‘which way to the future?’ at the Adelaide Festival of Ideas. In September the carnival comes to town for the Royal Adelaide Show and in October art-lovers gather at the historic Adelaide Cathedral for the Adelaide Cathedral Art Show.

For tireless festival fun, you can’t go past elegant, energetic Adelaide.

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