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The Royal Adelaide Show in September is an event which runs for days and you could take several days to see and enjoy it all. Of course animals play a main role but the other attractions are pushing the mind-blowing meter. There are pets, technology, cooking demonstrations, talent shows, floral displays, strongman competitions, talent quests, pig racing, tap dancing, musicians, rides, more rides, radio shows, a million things to see and do for the whole family and of course the showbags.

If you’re a jazz fan then you need to head towards the beach in October and enjoy the ever-growing Glenelg Jazz Festival. It features a wide array of local, national and international jazz musicians playing a variety of jazz styles. There are performing opportunities for local young jazz players plus master classes and workshops run by outstanding jazz musicians. There are fabulous food and beverage outlets where the local service clubs pitch in to help with setting up temporary venues resulting in a brilliant event. The local economy gets a huge boost and patrons have the time of their life. Jazz fans take note that Glenelg in October is the place to be.

Horse lovers and equestrian event fans pay attention because Adelaide is the capital of equine performing in November every year. The Mitsubishi Horse Trials features dressage, show-jumping and cross-country competitions. This is no backwater horsey event but has an Olympic-standard rating and is one of only a handful of such events in the world. The Adelaide event is unique in that it takes place in a major city with all other similar events being held in country or rural settings. So it’s dead easy to get to and there are wonderful facilities for spectators and horse-lovers to see the best and enjoy the parkland surrounds.

Now you’ve all heard of the Olympics but have you heard about another sporting event held once every four years and in 2012 in Adelaide? No, well meet the men and women of the bowling fraternity and the Lawn Bowling World Championship in Adelaide in November and December. You’ll see bowlers from dozens of countries in solo and team competitions. And forget about lawn bowls being for retirees as some of the fiercest competitors are young getting younger. The venues are two Adelaide bowling clubs and after watching the competition you can stroll to a local beach. Jack high!

Adelaide is certainly alive and kicking and on New Year’s Eve in Elder Park, you can see thousands of fireworks in a festival perfect for the whole family. The park and river Torrens are lit up in a stunning display. It’s a family event with stalls and rides in an alcohol-free zone. Adelaide, quiet? Hardly.

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South Australia is not called the festival state for nothing; there are many different events that are held throughout the city each year drawing international performers and audiences. From concerts and theatre to annual cultural festivals, there is always something happening throughout the city.


WOMAdelaide is probably the most famous of all events in the South Australian capital. The funny sounding name of the festival stands for the World of Music, Art and Dance Adelaide. This is a spectacular celebration of world music in the beautiful surrounds of the Botanic Gardens. The festival is held for four days in March with several stages set up to showcase performers from all over the globe. In addition to the music performances there is a speakers’ corner, the Global Village that has more than 100 food stalls, several bars and clothing and craft stalls, a Kids Zone and visual arts exhibitions, workshops and roaming performers. Some of the exciting past performers and groups who have graced the stage at WOMAdelaide include: Xavier Rudd, The Beautiful Girls, The Cat Empire, Peter Gabriel, Sarah Blasko, Crowded House, The Gadflys and many, many others. Every year this exciting festival gets bigger and better with more and more cultural events and workshops added to the program.

Adelaide Fringe Festival

Adelaide Fringe is the largest arts event in the Southern Hemisphere and is internationally renowned as one of the best.

For 24 summer days and balmy nights during February and March, this annual open-access festival brings together more than 4,000 artists from around Australia and across the globe, in a program bursting with world premieres, hit shows and new artists.

Adelaide Fringe literally takes over the entire city with over 900 events staged in pop-up venues in parks, warehouses, lane-ways and disused buildings as well as established venues such as theatres, hotels, art galleries and cafes.

For an experience like no other, see exciting and entertaining contemporary work in art forms spanning cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, puppetry, music, visual art and design.

Bigpond Adelaide Film Festival

The Bigpond Adelaide Film Festival is considered by many to be the most important film event held in Australia and it is also listed in Variety Magazine’s world top 50 Unmissable Film Festivals. Since 2002 it has been exposing audiences to film from every nook and cranny around the world and has proudly hosted uncountable premieres. The program provided each year is always exciting and features groundbreaking documentaries, short film and feature length movies for all tastes and interests.


Each February Adelaide becomes the epicentre of the short film world when it hosts Trop Fest, the world’s largest short film festival. It has been recognised internationally and on Aussie shores for the contribution that is makes to the short film industry and often attracts home grown and international artists. Past audiences have included such actors Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Naomi Watts, Ewen McGregor, Gabriel Byrne and Salma Hayek and directors such as Baz Lurhmann and John Woo. This is a free outdoor event accompanied by live music and entertainment along with international food stall and bars. If visiting Adelaide towards the end of February, you should definitely try to coordinate your trip to coincide with Tropfest.

Barossa under the Stars

Since 1997, Barossa under the Stars has become one of South Australia’s premier events and its line up is feverishly anticipated by music fans around the country. Just an hour out of Adelaide, the event is held over the summer in the open air surrounded by the vineyards. This idyllic setting has already played host to such world class performers as Sting, Chris Isaak, Shirley Bassey, Rod Stewart, John Farnham and the Beach Boys. Get your fill of fine music, wine and dining out under the glorious Barossa skies with the Food and Wine Village supplying copious amounts of the finest fare for your gastronomic titillation.

Come Out Festival

The Come Out Festival is Adelaide’s children’s festival of creativity, contemporary art and fun. It is the largest event of its kind in the world and has tickled the creativity bone of millions of children since it began in 1974. Each year there is an exciting program of events for children up to age 14 and families to explore and participate in.

Crush Festival

If you are partial to a fine drop of wine or two, then a visit to the Crush Festival in the Adelaide Hills is in order. Held at the end of January many of the state’s finest wineries have their goods on display during the festival and in one hedonistic day you can enjoy some of Australia’s best wines, take a wine appreciation course, chill out with good friends, good wine, good food and music at one idyllic location in the Adelaide Hills.

There are so many different events and festivals that are held throughout Adelaide and its outskirts during the year, that you are bound to find something that really excites you. Many of these events are unique or internationally acclaimed and celebrated.

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