South Australia hosts a diverse range of major events. Many events staged throughout South Australia are successful in attracting audiences from around the state, the nation and the world.
Clipsal 500 Adelaide
South Australia is home to world-class events and festivals all year round. Events South Australia actively supports the state’s events and festivals through strong recognition and sponsorship.
A host to many events
South Australia hosts a range of annually significant events and festivals.
For a comprehensive list of the events that Events South Australia supports, download the event calendar.
World Tennis Challenge
The World Tennis Challenge features a mix of current champions and past heroes of the game. Action takes place over three nights at Adelaide’s Memorial Drive. Players in recent years have included Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Mats Wilander, Pat Cash, Henri Leconte and Thanasi Kokkinakis.
Unlike a curated festival, the open-access nature of Adelaide Fringe means that anyone with a show, exhibition or cultural event is able to register and be part of Australia’s largest arts event. The result is one of the most diverse arts festivals in the world, renowned for fresh ideas, spontaneity and fun.
Clipsal 500 Adelaide
The Clipsal 500 Adelaide, a round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, is Australia's largest domestic motor sport event. On-track action is complemented by a wide array of events including fashion parades, children’s activities, displays, performances and concerts. The 2014 event recorded a total attendance of 273,600 over its four days.
Adelaide Festival is one of the world’s great arts events. For more than 50 years the festival’s audiences have delighted in an outstanding mix of internationally acclaimed theatre productions, an eclectic array of world-class musicians, breathtaking dance pieces, renowned writers and striking visual arts displays.
WOMADelaide is the world of music, arts and dance, founded by the musician Peter Gabriel in 1982. WOMADelaide, the Australian WOMAD festival, kicked off in 1992. Over the past 22 years it has become one of the nation’s favourite outdoor festivals, not only because of the unique and extraordinary music it presents, but also due to its relaxed and friendly vibe.
Come Out Festival
Come Out Festival is South Australia’s preeminent arts festival for schools and families. It is the largest festival of its kind in the world. Over two million South Australian children have participated in a Come Out Festival activity since it began in 1974.
Adelaide Cabaret Festival
With a mix of classic and contemporary performances, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival has a reputation for highlighting the very best local, national and international cabaret artists. Glitzy, glamorous and sometimes risqué, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival offers unforgettable nights of music, satire, comedy, story-telling and a chance to warm-up and dance the night away.
McLaren Vale Sea and Vines Festival
Held in the picturesque McLaren Vale wine region, the BankSA Sea and Vines Food and Wine Festival is one of Australia’s longest running and most popular annual food and wine festivals.
Adelaide International Guitar Festival
In a fitting homage to the world’s most popular instrument, the biennial Adelaide International Guitar Festival offers local, Australian and international premieres featuring some of the world’s leading guitarists. As the nation’s largest international guitar festival, in 2014 this premier Adelaide music event will feature four consecutive jam-packed days and more then 300 talented guitarists.
South Australian Living Arts Festival (SALA)
Since its inception in 1998 the SALA Festival has celebrated and promoted the diverse talents of South Australian living artists. Recognised as Australia's most innovative community-based visual arts festival, the 2014 SALA Festival included more than 4600 artists through unique collaborations and exhibitions with more than 540 wineries, cafes, bars, galleries and unique and creative spaces throughout metropolitan and regional South Australia.
The SALA Festival is a truly unique statewide celebration of the visual arts and it is absolutely free.
OzAsia Festival is a two-week event presented by Adelaide Festival Centre that is held in September/October each year. Its range of performances, events and exhibitions utilise the full capacity of the Adelaide Festival Centre site which reinforces its reputation as a leader in the arts. The event’s broad cultural reach encompasses theatre, dance, music, film, exhibitions and food.
Adelaide Film Festival
Winner of the 2007 IF Award for Best Film Festival and listed in Variety Magazine’s Top 50 Unmissable Film Festivals around the world, the biennial Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) is an 11-day celebration of the moving image in all its manifestations. Established in 2002, the AFF is Australia's premiere film event, celebrating contemporary screen culture from around Australia and the world.
Adelaide Festival of Ideas
The programs of the Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) and the Adelaide Festival of Ideas (FOI) complement each other, creating a celebration of film, talks, forums and creative ideas across the city.
Adelaide Fashion Festival
Bringing style and glamour to Adelaide and South Australia each year, the Adelaide Fashion Festival is recognised by industry insiders as the state’s premier fashion showcase event.
Australian International 3 Day Event
The Australian International 3 Day Event is Australia’s premier equestrian competition. It is the only CCI four star event held in Australia, the only one held in the southern hemisphere and one of only six held across the world. For the past 10 years Adelaide has been the chosen host city of this hallmark equestrian event.
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