Adelaide hosts a smorgasbord of brilliant events right through the year and summer certainly sets the scene. From some of the city’s biggest community celebrations, to cultural festivals, live music concerts, world-class sporting events (on two wheels and four) and even an exhibition celebrating ‘how we celebrate’ – now’s the time to live it up in the city!
Until Sunday 24 February
People, Celebrating People
Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall
Be it through food, sport, laughter, ceremony, festivals or events – this curated exhibition of contemporary and historic art and artefacts explores the ways people connect personally and collectively to celebrate. Presented in partnership with City of Adelaide Archives and local artists.
10 – 20 January
Santos Tour Down Under
Adelaide & Regions, South Australia
The world’s best cyclists, including Peter Sagan, return to Adelaide with the Ziptrak® Stage 1 starting from 88 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide on 15 January. The City of Adelaide Tour Village in Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga hosts live music, entertainment, a bike expo and more from 12 January.
11 – 13 January
Adelaide French Festival
Adelaide Festival Centre
Immerse yourself in a feast of French art and culture in an eclectic program of music, theatre, dance, food, fashion and family activities with 15 Australian premieres and 20 Adelaide exclusives. Explore the program and find out more about the fantastic performances and free events on offer.
Saturday 26 January
Australia Day in the City
From 6:00 pm
South Australia’s largest Australia Day celebration will see city spirits soar with a colourful street parade featuring more than 100 community groups, a huge family concert in Elder Park starting just after 7 pm and a spectacular fireworks finale.
Thursday 7 February & Thursday 7 March
Music in the Square
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Hindmarsh Square / Mukata (7 Feb)
Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga
Two popular open-air lunch spots will be filled with the sounds of sweet homegrown songs as Music in the Square returns in 2019. Singer-songwriters Hannah Yates and Paige Renee Court (pictured above) bring their indie folk-themed tunes to town in February. Click here for other line-up details.
Saturday 9 February
Chinatown Adelaide Lunar New Year Street Party
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Moonta & Gouger St, Adelaide
Join the vibrant community celebrations in Chinatown to ring in the Year of the Pig with activities showcasing Asian culture and tradition through food, live music, dance performances, martial arts displays, family entertainment, lion dancing and firecrackers!
15 February – 17 March
Catch performances by thousands of artists from across the planet and experience free events like Yabarra: Gathering of Light. Every night, be mesmerised as projection, sound and light installations bring Aboriginal storytelling to life along the River Torrens / Karrawirra Pari.
28 February – 3 March
Superloop Adelaide 500
Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi (Park 16)
Australia’s biggest-ticketed domestic motorsport event returns with more on and off-track thrills than ever. Joining the Supercars Championship will be fan favourites like Aussie Racing Cars and Touring Car Masters and three bumper concert line-ups!
1 – 17 March
Weave some culture through your balmy March days and nights with premier events celebrating music, theatre, dance, literature and visual arts plus a free family concert in Elder Park (2 March) featuring National Geographic film synchronised to live orchestral music.
Friday 8 March
Waymouth Street Party – Fringe Edition
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Waymouth St, Adelaide
Enjoy some of Adelaide’s best eats and musical beats at this special edition of the Waymouth Street Party. Grab a table and settle in with your crew or throw some shapes on the dance floor.
8 – 11 March
Much loved by locals and music lovers across the planet, WOMAD returns with more of the world’s best music, arts and dance. From Grammy Award-winners (Angelique Kidjo) to locals like Adelaide’s own rising hip-hop star Tkay Maidza, it’s a soundfest not to be missed.
Click here to discover other events happening in the city this summer.