There’s never a dull moment in what has become known as the Festival State. Whether its comedy, theatre production or world class music, no other city hosts events like Adelaide does.

Adelaide and South Australia’s major events calendar can be found on the South Australian calendar of events, but we’ve compiled a list of some of the best events below.

Events in Summer/Autumn

New Year’s Eve

Start your year at Adelaide’s free New Year’s Eve celebrations. Check out the City of Adelaide website for details.

Adelaide 500

The Adelaide 500 is a weekend packs with motorsport action and spectacular entertainment, right in the heart of the city.

 Santos Tour Down Under

Check out the world’s greatest cyclists at the Santos Tour Down Under. If you want to ride along, you can join the Bupa Challenge Tour.

Adelaide Festival

The world-class Adelaide Festival presents acclaimed theatre productions, eclectic array of musicians and dance performances.

Adelaide Fringe Festival

The Adelaide Fringe is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest open access arts festival. With over 1,100 shows, there’s a show for you.


The WOMADelaide music festival is a four-day feast for the senses, featuring some of the world’s leading musicians.

Events in Winter/Spring

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival showcases shows by international and local cabaret superstars.

Royal Adelaide Show

The Royal Adelaide Show is South Australia’s longest running and best loved event with lots of rides, food, entertainment and much more!

Aussie Rules Football (AFL)

AFL (Aussie Rules Football) is the pre-eminent professional competition in the sport of Australian rules football in Australia.

OzAsia Festival

The OzAsia Festival is Australia’s largest arts festival that is entirely dedicated to engagement with Asia.

SALA Festival

The SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival is Australia’s largest and most innovative community based visual arts festival.