The Adelaide Festival is renowned for its eclectic and innovative programming. Over the years, it has featured numerous acclaimed artists and performances that have drawn audiences both locally and internationally.

The event takes place in early March and runs for several weeks during the renowned “Mad March” period in Adelaide where the city also welcomes the Adelaide Fringe, the Adelaide Writers’ Week, WOMADelaide, a celebrated four-day international music festival. Additionally, the Adelaide 500, a famous street circuit motor racing event, adds to the excitement with its evening music concerts.

Some key highlights from past festivals include:


Theater and Dance Performances: The festival has hosted a variety of theater and dance productions, showcasing both Australian and international talent. Notable performances have included cutting-edge contemporary dance, classical ballet, and experimental theater works.

Music Concerts: The festival’s music line-up typically spans a range of genres, from classical and opera to jazz, world music, and contemporary pop and rock acts. It has been a platform for both established artists and emerging talents.

Literary Events: The Adelaide Writers’ Week is a significant component of the festival, attracting authors, poets, and literary enthusiasts from around the world. It offers a rich program of readings, discussions, and debates.

Visual Arts Exhibitions: The festival often includes exhibitions featuring works by local and international artists. These exhibitions cover a broad spectrum of media and styles, from traditional to contemporary art.

Outdoor Events and Public Installations: The festival also features outdoor events, including street performances, public art installations, and community activities that engage a wider audience and contribute to the vibrant festival atmosphere.

For visitors to Adelaide, the city offers various attractions that enhance the cultural experience. In addition to the festival, visitors can explore:

  • Art Galleries and Museums: Adelaide is home to the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum, which offer rich collections of art and cultural artifacts.
  • Adelaide Botanic Garden: A haven of natural beauty in the city, the botanic garden is a place for relaxation and enjoying the outdoors.
  • Adelaide Central Market: Known for its vibrant atmosphere and a wide range of fresh produce, this market is a must-visit for food lovers.
  • Glenelg Beach: A popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and various beach activities.
  • Adelaide Hills: Just a short drive from the city, this region is known for its scenic beauty and excellent wineries.


For the latest details on events, artists, and scheduling for upcoming editions of the Adelaide Festival, and to explore more of what Adelaide has to offer, you can visit their official website at and their Facebook page at Adelaide Festival Facebook