South Australia is renowned for its world-class events and festivals. They include:

Santos Tour Down Under

  • The Santos Tour Down Under is an action-packed nine days of world-class cycling with gala dinners, participation rides for all ages and abilities, street parties, concerts and an amazing atmosphere.
  • Saw a total of 840,000 people line the streets of South Australia to take in the action in 2017 with more than 43,000 visitors from interstate and overseas. The event generated over $56m in revenue for the state’s economy and contributed to many communities across the state.
  • The 2018 Santos Tour Down Under celebrated its 20th year of taking place in Adelaide and regional South Australia.

Australia Day

  • On January 26 each year, we celebrate everything that’s great about our country while recognising those outstanding citizens who have done tremendous work in their community and considering our national identity.
  • To find out what events and programs are occurring close to you, please go to and type in your postcode. 

Adelaide Fringe

  • Australia’s largest arts festival and is the second largest fringe festival in the world behind Edinburgh
  • The four-week festival, sold more than 650,000 tickets and featured more than 5250 artists, 1160 shows across 453 venues in 2017
  • 16 February - 18 March 2018

Adelaide Festival

  • Staged 31 events in 2017, three world and 17 Australian premieres and 180 sold-out perfomances, the largest attendances in five years, with record-breaking 655,541 ticket sales
  • More than 18,000 interstate and overseas visitors attended in 2017
  • 2 - 18 March 2018

Adelaide 500

  • Australia’s largest domestic motorsport event
  • In 2017 over 244,000 patrons attended over four days
  • 1 - 4 March 2018


  • WOMADelaide is an iconic open-air festival set in Adelaide’s stunning Botanic Park and celebrates the very best of World Music, Art and Dance
  • A crowd of more than 90,000 attended the four-day festival in 2017
  • One of the highlights of WOMAD is the food, and as usual there were offerings from every corner of the globe
  • 9 - 12 March 2018

South Australia’s History Festival

  • Running throughout the month of May, South Australia’s History Festival is one of South Australia’s largest community events. 
  • With more than 600 events taking place all around the State, the History Festival promotes South Australia’s wonderful collections, places and stories through an amazing range of activities and events.
  • 1 - 31 May 2018

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

  • In 2017 the Adelaide Cabaret Festival featured 46 sold out performances with more than 430 artists performing in 147 performances over 14 days and nights
  • The Adelaide Cabaret Festival has matured into a substantial and high-quality platform for entertainers
  • 8 - 23 June 2018

Sala Festival

  • The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is a state-wide festival of Visual Art.
  • The SALA Festival was established in 1998 to promote and celebrate the many talented visual artists in South Australia.
  • 1 - 31 August 2018

Royal Adelaide Show

  • The first Livestock Show was held in the yards of Payne’s Hotel in Hindley Street in October 1843
  • Approximately half a million people visit the Royal Adelaide Show each year
  • The Royal Adelaide Show is South Australia’s largest event with more than 29% of the State’s population visitin the Show each year
  • 31 August - 9 September 2018

Ozasia Festival

  • Get ready for two weeks of theatre, dance, music, film, live art, delicious food and plenty of wine.
  • OzAsia Festival is Australia’s premier international arts festival focusing on Asia
  • 26 October - 11 November 2018

Credit Union Christman Pageant

  • The Credit Union Christmas Pageant jingles its way into town in November
  • From humble beginnings of just eight horse drawn floats and four bands in 1933, the event has grown to include 170 floats, bands, dancers, clowns, and the big man himself – Father Christmas 
  • The Pageant tradition has continued since then, sharing the magic of Christmas with different generations of children.
  • 10 November 2018


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