South Australia is renowned for its world-class events and festivals. They include:
Santos Tour Down Under
- First held in 1999, the Santos Tour Down Under is the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere
- The Santos Tour Down Under takes place mid-January with 11-days of world class cycling with gala dinners, participation rides for all ages and abilities, street parties, concerts and an amazing atmosphere.
- South Australians line the streets of South Australia to take in the action with many visitors from interstate and overseas. The event generates millions of dollars in revenue for the state’s economy
- Learn more about the race, events calendar and how to get involved by visiting: tourdownunder.com.au
- 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 www.australiaday.org.au/events-landing and type in your postcode.
- Australia’s largest arts festival and is the second largest fringe festival in the world behind Edinburgh
- The four-week festival take place each year from mid-February to mid-March
- An estimated 3.3 million people attended Adelaide Fringe in 2019 and generated $95 million in expenditure for the state economy
- Learn more about the Adelaide Fringe by visiting adelaidefringe.com.au
- Each year the Adelaide Festival's economic impact has steadily increased with 2019 achieving a total box office income of over $6 million
- More than 19,000 interstate and overseas visitors attended in 2019
- The Adelaide Festival takes place in March each year. Learn more at adelaidefestival.com.au
The Superloop Adelaide 500
- Australia’s largest domestic motorsport event and widely regarded as one of the best touring car races in the world
- In 2019 over 254,000 patrons attended over four days
- Entertainment is another major component of this event is the air displays with top-line millitary aircraft from the Australian Defence Force, vehicle displays, fashion parades and concerts
- Taking place over the long weekend in March, learn more at superloopadl500.com.au
- WOMADelaide is an iconic four day open-air festival set in Adelaide’s stunning Botanic Park and celebrates the very best of World Music, Art and Dance
- WOMADelaide attracts over 80,000 people each year, bringing around 500 artists from 30+ countries who perform on 8 stages across the 34-hectare venue
- One of the highlights of WOMAD is the food, and as usual there were offerings from every corner of the globe
- WOMADelaide takes place over the March long weekend. Learn more about WOMADelaide by visiting womadelaide.com.au
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.
Adelaide Cabaret Festival
- The Adelaide Cabaret Festival is an annual festival commencing the Queen's Birthday long weekend each June
- Established in 2001, Adelaide Cabaret Festival is the biggest cabaret festival in the world and has matured into a substantial and high-quality platform for entertainers
- The Adelaide Cabaret features over 380 artists performing over 16 days and nights to more than 40,000 attendees at ticketed and free events. Learn more at adelaidecabaretfestival.com.au
- 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
- SALA Festival takes place each year throughout the month of August in locations in metro and regional South Australia. Learn more at salafestival.com
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
- Recognising excellence in agriculture, food and beverage production through competitions, exhibitions and demonstrations, The Show brings the country to the city for ten days, educating city families, particularly children, on their food source, and reinforcing the crucial role that agriculture plays in our State
- Learn more at www.theshow.com.au
- 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. Learn more at www.ozasiafestival.com.au
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. Learn more at christmaspageant.com.au
For more event listings and activities please visit www.southaustralia.com