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Sitchu’s Guide to Adelaide’s Best Festivals

They don’t call South Australia the Festival State for nothing!

Tasting Australia
Tasting Australia

If one thing’s for sure, South Australia knows how to put on a good festival! From Adelaide, up through the hills and wider South Australia, you’re guaranteed to find a festival on every month of the year. There’s food festivals for every cuisine imaginable, celebrations of all things drink from wine to whiskey, and of course the arts, entertainment and culture festivals that are the gem in our South Australian crown. Here’s our round up of some of the best festivals in Adelaide.

ADELAIDE'S BEST FESTIVALS: SPRING

Adelaide Film Festival
Adelaide Film Festival
Adelaide Film Festival

The Adelaide Film Festival is one of Australia’s premium festivals, celebrating contemporary Australian and international screen culture. Their unique program of screenings, special events, red carpets and panels is held bi-annually in locations across Adelaide and South Australia, offering something for everyone. 

October, bi-annually

Various locations

OzAsia Festival
OzAsia Festival
OzAsia Festival

Showcasing the best of the best Asian and Australian cultural events, OzAsia has a jam-packed schedule full of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, literature, film and food. Amongst its community engaged, future focused, curious and inclusive schedule, the festival promises a significant program of Asian Australian performance and writing.

October annually

King William Street, Adelaide

Nature Festival
Nature Festival
Nature Festival

Offering a mammoth schedule of over 300 ticketed and free events, activities and things to try at home, Nature Festival caters for absolutely everyone with their line-up of arts, kids and family activities, First Nations and ‘give back’ activities.

October annually

Various locations

Vegan Festival Adelaide
Vegan Festival Adelaide
Vegan Festival Adelaide

Vegan or not, Vegan Festival Adelaide offers a range of amazing plant-based foods alongside entertainment, workshops, speakers and cooking demonstrations. With veganism becoming so much more than just a diet, this weekend festival is here to celebrate and provide education on how to lead a sustainable lifestyle through demonstrations and a diverse array of market stalls to spoil yourself with products, food and beverages.

October biannually

Rundle Park / Kadlitpina, East Terrace, Adelaide

Hahndorf
Hahndorf
Hahndorf Oktoberfest

The famed festival celebrating all things German culture, heritage and fun is celebrated in South Australia’s very own little Germany, the beautiful Hahndorf. Head to the Hills for good times and good steins of authentic beer, food and music to dance the day away to. Don’t forget your lederhosen and dirndl.

October annually

Alec Johnston Park, Hahndorf

ADELAIDE'S BEST FESTIVALS: SUMMER

The Garden
The Garden
Adelaide Fringe Festival

The highlight of Adelaide’s calendar year has to be the Adelaide Fringe Festival; the biggest arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Across 31 days and nights, South Australia is transformed as over 6,000 independent artists come together across over 300 venues, with shows of every nature from fun for the kids, to late night cabaret naughtiness, and everything in between!

Various locations

February – March annually

Fork on the Road
Fork on the Road
Forkmas

This food bonanza invites everyone to enjoy the finer things in life, with gourmet food trucks, pop up bars showcasing local beers, wines and Christmas cocktails, live entertainment and festive activities for the kids.

December annually

Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga, Adelaide

ADELAIDE'S BEST FESTIVALS: AUTUMN

WOMADelaide
WOMADelaide
WOMADelaide

A celebration of cultural and creative diversity, WOMADelaide is four days packed full of music, arts and dance of all varieties. Spend your time wandering around the grounds to discover new acts, tuck in at the food and drink stalls and enjoy live music from a whole host of acts.

March annually

Botanic Park / Tainmuntilla, Adelaide

Adelaide Festival
Adelaide Festival
Adelaide Festival

Turn almost any corner in Adelaide’s CBD and you’ll more than likely stumble upon one of Adelaide Festival’s many venues and installations! The hugely popular festival’s program bursts with world-class, contemporary music, dance, theatre and art, ready to give you cultural and intellectual nourishment.

March annually

Various locations

Tasting Australia
Tasting Australia
Tasting Australia

Adelaide’s premium food festival is one not to miss each April. The sights, sounds, smells and most importantly, tastes of Tasting Australia can be discovered in the Town Square location of Victoria Square North/ Tarntanyangga with masterclasses, special talks and feasts galore, with other special foodie events across Adelaide and South Australia.

April annually

Various locations

Adelaide Food Fringe
Adelaide Food Fringe
Adelaide Food Fringe

A host of restaurants, cafés, pubs, wineries and more come together to bring us one of South Australia’s top foodie events of the year – the Adelaide Food Fringe. With special courses, events and deals at our fingertips, the vast program includes everything from all you can eat to degustations and ‘Pilates and a Pint’ classes.

May annually

Various Locations

ADELAIDE'S BEST FESTIVALS: WINTER

Adelaide Hills Wine
Adelaide Hills Wine
Winter Reds Festival

Fireplace roaring, a chill in the air and a glass of red in your hand. What more could you ask for? Get cosy in the Adelaide Hills with the Winter Reds Festival, showcasing some of the best wineries SA has to offer.

July annually

Various locations across the Adelaide Hills

Cabaret Fringe Festival
Cabaret Fringe Festival
Cabaret Festival

Adelaide’s Cabaret Fringe Festival fills the city with glitter, sequins and all that jazz. Their program is full to the brim with the best art acts spanning music, dance and drama in venues stretching right across the city including The Gov, Nexus Arts, The Parks Theatre and Holden Street Theatres.

June annually

Various locations

Illuminate Adelaide
Illuminate Adelaide
Illuminate Adelaide

Lighting up those long, dark winter nights with something a little bit different, South Australia’s newest winter festival, Illuminate Adelaide, is a celebration of innovation, art, light, music and technology. There’s everything from live music performances to illuminated installations in carparks brought to us by a host of international and interstate creatives.

July annually

Various locations

Keep up to date with what’s on in Adelaide with our monthly guide to events across Adelaide, and get more festival fun with our guide to Illuminate Adelaide 2022.