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Events succeed in South Australia due to collaborative partnerships and strong support from locals and visitors alike. Events South Australia continues to secure and support a diverse range of nationally and internationally significant events.

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South Australia has a celebrated history of delivering world-class events, and in 2016 secured the coveted title of Best Event State at the Australian Event Awards for the second year running. This is a major accolade for South Australia and a testament to its outstanding reputation for hosting quality events.

The South Australian events calendar spans the year and features international, national and local drawcards. It focuses on the state’s varied strengths of cycling, food and wine, motorsport, arts and culture and mass participation. View the South Australian Events Calendar.


2017 Australian Open Water Swimming Championships
Top swimmers will compete at Adelaide’s beautiful Brighton beach for the Australian Open Water Swimming Championships from 27 – 29 January.

2017 Man v Machine: Mundine v Green II
History will be made in Adelaide on 3 February 2017 as boxers Anthony Mundine and Danny Green battle as Man v Machine for ultimate bragging rights in their long-awaited rematch.

2017 Saul
The brilliant and provocative Barrie Kosky returns to Adelaide with his masterpiece, George Frideric Handel’s Saul.

2017 UneARTh Fringe in Whyalla
Whyalla’s foreshore welcomes transforms into uneARTh Fringe in Whyalla 14 – 15 April, as Adelaide Fringe events are hosted for the first time with circus, music, cabaret and more.

2017 Fringe in Mt Gambier
Fringe in Mt Gambier promises a sensational program of visual arts events, spectacular performances and jazz on 24 – 25 March.

2017 Pacific School Games
From 3 – 9 December Pacific School Games will take place in Adelaide and provides opportunities for 4,000 school students to participate in 11 sports. Adelaide last hosted The School Sport Australia event in 2015, with that event injecting $13.6 million into the South Australian economy.

2017 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Socceroos v Saudi Arabia
The Caltex Socceroos will return to Adelaide Oval on 8 June in their quest to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia in the Round 3 Qualifier Match.

2017 NRL: Sydney Roosters v Melbourne Storm
The Sydney Roosters v Melbourne Storm in the first NRL clash at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval On 24 June 2017.

2017 Hancock Prospecting Australian Short Course Swimming Championships
This event will feature top swimmers in action at the state-of-the-art SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre in Marion. The Short Course Swimming Championships will take place from 26 – 28 October.

2018 Special Olympics National Games
More than 1,000 athletes with an intellectual disability will compete in the Special Olympics from16 – 20 April, across Adelaide in 12 Olympic-style and demonstration sports.

2018 Australian University Games
In September, more than 6,500 Australian university students will compete in over 30 sports in a bid to be crowned national university champions at the Australian University Games.

Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018
This Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 in November are set to be the largest lifesaving event ever held, with Adelaide hosting both the World Youth Championships and Lifesaving World Championships. The two events are expected to generate $18 million for the South Australian economy and feature more than 10,000 people from over 40 countries.

2019 Australian Scouts Jamboree
Between 3 – 14 January, around 17,000 people will converge on The Bend Motorsport Park for the 25th Australian Scout Jamboree. Comprising Scouts, Cubs and Leaders from Australia, USA and UK, Tailem Bend will become one of Australia’s most active and vibrant towns in early January.


2016 Australian Deaf Games
Held every four years, the Australian Deaf Games are the pinnacle multi-sport event for deaf people in Australia.

2016 Australia v Tajikistan
Adelaide hosted the Round 2 Group B match, which was a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match.

2016 Australian Swimming Championships
The selection trial for the 2018 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro was the premier event on the Swimming Australia calendar.

2016 Australian Age Championships
The event incorporated selection trials for the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships.

2016 Club Crew World Championships
Almost 5,000 dragon boat paddlers and supporters attended the event held across 13 days.

2015 NAB AFL Draft
The AFL Draft was held in Adelaide for the first time in 20 years. Next generation players were selected by AFL teams in front of a national audience.

2015 Pacific School Games
More than 4500 primary and secondary school students came to Adelaide for the 2015 Pacific School Games.

2015 ICC Cricket World Cup
The world’s eyes were on Adelaide as the city hosted four matches of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.

2015 Australian Masters Games
The Australian Masters Games is a biennial sporting event regarded as one of the premier and largest participation sporting events in Australia.

2015 World Duathlon Championships
The world’s best duathletes competed at the ITU Duathlon World Championships in Adelaide.

2015 Southern University Games
Participants in the Southern University Games are renowned for their friendly yet competitive approach to sport, and they also love to explore their host city and state.

The Suit
A partnership between Events South Australia and the State Theatre Company of South Australia saw the acclaimed production from renowned director Peter Brook play exclusively in Adelaide.

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