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Autumn is upon us and it’s time to reflect on an action-packed start to 2017. The past three months have seen South Australian events shine: the Santos Tour Down Under notched up its highest economic impact and event-specific visitor numbers ever, with record-breaking success for the Adelaide Festival and Adelaide Fringe hot on its heels. Whether you enjoyed all the thrills of Clipsal 500 Adelaide, embraced world music at WOMADelaide or joined superstar Adele at Adelaide Oval, we trust you enjoyed the ride.

Now attention turns to everything still on the way, including eight days of eating and drinking at Tasting Australia from 30 April to 7 May. Don’t forget to download our latest events calendar, and to stop by for more on exploring the state in all its rugged glory over the cooler months.

Events South Australia: the latest

Richie Porte Richie Porte

Tour takes another leap forward
Independent research has shown the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under was the most successful yet. The event injected a massive $56.5 million into the state’s visitor economy and created the equivalent of 683 full-time jobs, with almost 840,000 people enjoying the race live. The 2017 Santos Tour Down Under was won by Australian favourite Richie Porte, while fellow countryman Caleb Ewan took out four stages. Fans were thrilled to see reigning world champion Peter Sagan make his second appearance at the event, and to hear his stories of success at the Legends’ Night Dinner.

The Santos Women’s Tour also marked a milestone in 2017, welcoming a record 11 international teams alongside six domestic outfits. The Santos Tour Down Under celebrates 20 years in 2018 and will be held from 13-21 January. You’ll find more on the event and its latest results here.

Clipsal 500 Adelaide Clipsal 500 Adelaide

Motorsport makes its mark
Clipsal 500 Adelaide – Australia’s largest ticketed domestic motorsport event – returned from 2-5 March with a feature-packed program that included eight racing categories. Event attendance reached 244,350, with off-track entertainment including Hunters & Collectors and Hilltop Hoods in concert, the new SuperEnduro-X and vintage car displays.

Australian driver Shane Van Gisbergen of Red Bull Holden Racing Australia took out the Clipsal 500 Adelaide in emphatic style, winning both 250-kilometre races and finishing more than 10 seconds ahead of his nearest rival. Stay tuned for more on the 2018 event later this year.

Hybrid World Adelaide Hybrid World Adelaide

Hybrid World Adelaide
Cutting-edge digital technology will take centre stage at South Australia’s newest event – Hybrid World Adelaide – which was launched by Premier Jay Weatherill on 7 April. The event will have a hub at the Tonsley Innovation Precinct in Adelaide’s southern suburbs from 4-8 October. It will showcase digital music, film, drones, group gaming sessions, ‘how to’ classes, a trade show and development lab, attracting some of the brightest global minds and the next generation of tech pioneers. The State Government, through Events South Australia, is the founding and principal partner of Hybrid World Adelaide. The Adelaide Film Festival will manage and deliver the event and there will be strong links between the two, particularly in the area of screen technology. Learn more here.

Events we’re proud to sponsor: major

World Tennis Challenge World Tennis Challenge

World Tennis Challenge
Tennis fans flocked to Memorial Drive from 10-12 January for the World Tennis Challenge, which this year featured players including Tomas Berdych, Goran Ivanisevic, Bob and Mike Bryan and Mark Philippoussis.

Australian Open Water Swimming Championships Australian Open Water Swimming Championships

Australian Open Water Swimming Championships 
More than 360 of Australia’s best open water swimmers headed to Brighton Beach from 27-29 January. Competition was held in perfect calm summer conditions, with Jarrod Poort and Chelsea Gubecka taking out the top spots in the open 10-kilometre events.

MMundine v Green II Mundine v Green II

Mundine v Green II 
Boxers Anthony Mundine and Danny Green squared off at Adelaide Oval in a clash more than 10 years in the making. Almost 27,000 people were there to see all the action live, with a further 1.5 million watching on television. Thirty-six per cent of tickets sold to the event were to people living outside South Australia; the influx of visitors boosted local hotel occupancy to more than 90 per cent on the night of the bout. The event’s PR media value has been estimated at $28.5 million.

ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open 
The ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open welcomed a record crowd, with more than 32,000 people through the gates. The event was held at Royal Adelaide Golf Club, which is celebrating 125 years in 2017, and was won by South Korea’s Ha Na Jang. The tournament will move to Kooyonga Golf Club in 2018.

Women’s Twenty20 cricket Women’s Twenty20 cricket

Women’s Twenty20 cricket 
Australia’s Southern Stars took on New Zealand at Adelaide Oval on 22 February, with the Kiwis winning by 47 runs. Fans stayed on for the KFC Twenty20 International game between Australia and Sri Lanka, won by the locals with a 41-run margin.

WOMADelaide WOMADelaide

All the life-affirming energy of WOMADelaide returned to Adelaide’s Botanic Park from 9-12 March. The festival celebrated 25 years in 2017 with a line-up of more than 500 artists from 31 nations. Along with music and dance, crowds loved diverse global cuisine, the Planet Talks and performances including a spectacular fire sculpture from French troupe Cie Carabosse.

Events we’re proud to sponsor: regional

Crush Festival Crush Festival

The Adelaide Hills’ largest food and wine event returned from 27-29 January at 41 wineries across the region. Around 20,000 people enjoyed ticketed and free events including a long lunch at Barristers Block and a pinot masterclass at Honey Moon Vineyard.

Tunarama Tunarama

The Eyre Peninsula turned on another great party at Tunarama 2017 from 26-28 January. Around 15,000 people – including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – enjoyed local produce, market stalls, performances and workshops, plus the iconic tuna toss. The new Eyre Square showcasing sumptuous regional food and wine alongside entertainment proved a popular addition.

Fleurieu Film Festival Fleurieu Film Festival

Fleurieu Film Festival 
The Fleurieu Film Festival celebrated its second year with a showcase of local talent attended by about 900 people. Best film/director went to Slingshot by David Hansen, which also picked up the people’s choice award.

Kangaroo Island Racing Carnival Kangaroo Island Racing Carnival

Kangaroo Island Racing Carnival 
The 2017 Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival on 18-20 February saw about 3,000 people enjoy racing, entertainment, food and wine. The event was telecast on Sky Racing and also featured the sold-out Long Lunch event.

Adelaide Fringe Mt Gambier Adelaide Fringe Mt Gambier

Adelaide Fringe in Mount Gambier
The first Adelaide Fringe in Mount Gambier was a resounding success, with large crowds flocking to the city’s Cave Gardens precinct and a final weekend extravaganza on 24-25 March that capped off a month of fun. The City of Whyalla is also welcoming the Fringe for the first time – uneARTh Whyalla will be held over the Easter long weekend.

Stuart O’Grady Stuart O’Grady

SA Masters Games 
More than 1,000 competitors took part in the Mr Mick Clare SA Masters Games from 24-27 March. The event featured more than 20 sports and was opened by ambassador and celebrated South Australian cyclist Stuart O’Grady.

Around town

Adelaide Festival Adelaide Festival

Adelaide Fringe
Adelaide Fringe organisers are celebrating a bumper year, with 655,541 tickets worth a total of $16.2 million sold. This is enough to fill Adelaide Oval 13 times – and a nine per cent increase on 2016’s record sales. Smaller Adelaide Fringe venues accounted for 43 per cent of ticket sales, while the three major outdoor hubs (the Garden of Unearthly Delights, Gluttony and Royal Croquet Club) made up the remaining 57 per cent.

Adelaide Festival
The debut Adelaide Festival from joint artistic directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy set a new record for the largest box office takings in the event’s 57-year history. The festival’s curated program of 31 theatre, music, opera, dance, film and visual arts events – plus a range of extra events such as live concerts in the Riverbank Palais festival hub – achieved a total box office income in excess of $4.08 million.

Five minutes with ... Simon Bryant

Simon Bryant Simon Bryant

Blink and you’ll miss him. Simon Bryant’s frenetic pace is kicking up another notch as the 2017 edition of Tasting Australia draws near. We snared five minutes with him to talk food, wine, and the three things he can’t live without...

1. You’re Tasting Australia’s creative director. How would you sum it up?
It’s the annual eight-day South Australian eating and drinking festival: it’s real, it’s fun, it’s open to all and it’s a celebration.

2. What are you most excited about?
I think what’s really exciting this year is the way we’ve clustered events to encourage people on an epicurean journey. We want them to stay for the week and really be immersed in our food culture: to travel from the Barossa to the Flinders Ranges and Outback, off to the Yorke and Fleurieu peninsulas and then to the Murray or Adelaide Hills. There is so much to be proud of, and the festival program reflects that.

3. This is Tasting Australia’s first year as an annual event. What does that mean for the people behind the scenes?
A lot of work! Mostly I think it offers momentum, continuity, the chance to keep building on our success and bring new people and produce to the table.

4. What sets South Australia’s food and beverage scene apart?
Its authenticity. It’s hard to find an equivalent location in terms of quantity and quality of local products. Seafood, grains, fruit, vegetables, cheese, wine, beer, spirits . . . everything is here. Our producers are truly world-class.

5. Finally, what three things would you take if you were stranded on a desert island?
My dog – and I’d buy another two.

Events on the way


Barossa Vintage Festival Barossa Vintage Festival

Blenheim Music and Camping Festival
13-14 April, Clare Valley
Set up camp and enjoy a range of international, interstate and local South Australian music.

Unearth Fringe in Whyalla
14-15 April, Eyre Peninsula
The foreshore will come alive with circus, music, cabaret and more!

Australian Sikh Games
14-16 April, Adelaide
The premier sporting and cultural event for the Sikh community takes place in Adelaide for a special 30th edition.

Barossa Vintage Festival 
19-23 April, Barossa
The Barossa Vintage Festival will celebrate 70 years with a celebration featuring wine, food, parades and music.

South Australian Wooden Boat Festival
22-23 April, Fleurieu Peninsula
Get up close to yachts, speedboats and other wooden river vessels at the Goolwa Wharf Precinct.

Tasting Australia
30 April-7 May, Adelaide and regions
An eating and drinking festival true to our culture, producers and regions that showcases the incredible diversity of South Australia.


Kernewek Lowender Kernewek Lowender

Kernewek Lowender 
19-21 May, Yorke Peninsula
Pay tribute to the heritage of the Copper Coast at the largest Cornish festival in the southern hemisphere.

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend
19-22 May, Clare Valley
Australia’s first food and wine event marks the end of vintage with the region’s best produce.

Matilda the Musical
21 May-16 July, Adelaide
This is the story of an extraordinary girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.


Socceroos Socceroos

FIFA World Cup qualifier: Australia v Saudi Arabia
8 June, Adelaide
It’s all on the line as Australia takes on Saudi Arabia for a place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The Great Breakaways Marathon
10 June, Flinders Ranges & Outback
Walk, run or ride from the Breakaways to Coober Pedy as a personal challenge – or grab a group of friends and tackle the challenge together.

Melrose Fat Tyre Festival
9-12 June, Flinders Ranges & Outback
Ride renowned trails and enjoy street parties, BMX demos, giant games and skills workshops.

AFL Hall of Fame
20 June, Adelaide
Adelaide hosts the prestigious AFL Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Adelaide Oval. It will be just the second time this event has been held outside Melbourne.

Sydney Roosters Sydney Roosters

NRL: Sydney Roosters v Melbourne Storm
24 June, Adelaide
The Roosters will call Adelaide home for the first time in the first NRL clash at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval.

Industry News

Fleurieu Peninsula Events and Festivals Industry Workshop
About 50 people gathered at the McLaren Vale Visitor Information Centre on Tuesday 4 April for the latest Events South Australia industry workshop. Staff spoke about basic event management principles including operations, evaluation and promotion. Register your interest for our next workshop by emailing our business development coordinator at

Tourism News

Air New Zealand Announcement Air New Zealand Announcement

Events South Australia is the major events arm of the South Australian Tourism Commission. Here’s the latest in tourism news across the state.

South Australia’s tourism industry reaches $6.3 billion
Tourism-related expenditure in South Australia has reached a record $6.3 billion – and our regions continue to provide a major boost to the visitor economy. Read more here.

New study shows Kangaroo Island is our biggest drawcard for Chinese visitors
Chinese travellers continue to be the fastest-growing inbound market for South Australia, with visitor numbers up 41 per cent and total spend now more than $250 million a year. See more here.

First Dreamliner service scheduled for Adelaide as SA takes off
Air New Zealand is the latest international airline to boost its flights to Adelaide, with a new, bigger aircraft – the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – on the Auckland to Adelaide route from October. Read more here.

National spotlight shines on South Australian tourism operators
The latest Qantas Australian Tourism Awards included accolades for seven South Australian operators. See more here.

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