South Australia hosts a diverse range of world-class major events and festivals that attract audiences from around the state, nation and globe.

For a comprehensive list of events staged in South Australia, and the leisure events supported by Events South Australia, see our events calendar (updated September 2020). Find out what's on here.

Event highlights for South Australia include:


ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open

The ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open is a high profile women’s sporting event, taking place on a rotation basis at the Grange, Royal Adelaide and Kooyonga Golf Clubs. More than 34, 000 fans attended Grange in 2019 – the largest crowd for this event in history. In 2020 the tournament will be held at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club.



Adelaide Fringe

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.



Adelaide Festival

Adelaide Festival is one of the world’s great arts events. For over 50 years the festival’s audiences have delighted in an outstanding mix of internationally acclaimed theatre productions, an array of world-class musicians, dance pieces, renowned writers and striking visual arts displays.




Set in the serene Botanic Gardens, WOMADelaide is an annual world music and dance festival, which forms part of The WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) series of music festivals. The four-day program features performances and workshops across seven stages, plus visual arts, the Planet Talks environmental discussions series, Taste the World Restaurant, conversation with artists, a KidZone for children’s art activities and more than 50 international food stalls.



Barossa Vintage Festival

The Barossa Vintage Festival is one of regional South Australia’s largest events, with more than 20,000 attendees in 2019. The biennial festival marks the end of the Barossa’s grape harvest and features food, wine, music and a street parade. The 2019 event featured more than 90 events across the region.



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 and glamorous the Adelaide Cabaret Festival offers unforgettable nights of music, satire, comedy, and more.



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 performances featuring some of the world’s leading guitarists.



South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA)

Since its inception in 1998 the SALA Festival has celebrated and promoted the diverse talents of South Australian living artists. The 2019 SALA Festival included more than 8,000 artists who participated in almost 700 exhibitions and events across Adelaide and regional SA.



OzAsia Festival

OzAsia Festival is a two-week event presented by Adelaide Festival Centre that is held each September/October. Its range of performances, events and exhibitions use the full capacity of the Adelaide Festival Centre. The event encompasses theatre, dance, music, film, exhibitions and food.



Adelaide Film Festival

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, AFF is Australia's premiere film event, celebrating contemporary screen culture.



Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event

Hosted annually since 1997 the Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event is Australia’s premier Equestrian competition. It is the only CCI five-star event held in Australia and one of only six five-star events held across the world. The Adelaide event is unique in the world, being the only competition staged in the heart of the City in the East Parklands.



Feast Festival

Feast Festival is Adelaide's celebration of LGBTIQ Queer Art and Culture glittered throughout the month of November. Feast is the 3rd largest LGBTIQ Festival in Australia and is a "must-see" Pride event that attracts over 37,000 people each year. The Festival has over 70 events in cabaret, music, film, visual art, theatre and more - it's fun for EVERYONE, so join us for one big rainbow celebration.


Major Event Legislation

The Major Events Act 2013 facilitates the holding and conducting of major events in South Australia. It has been enacted for upcoming events including the 2020 Adelaide International, 2020 Santos Tour Down Under, ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 matches, 2020 Superloop Adelaide 500.

Click here to see the legislation.

The NRL State of origin match to be played on 4 November has been declared a major event. The major event legislation act can be found here

The 2020 National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant which will be held at Adelaide Oval on 14 November has been declared a major event. The major event legislation act can be found here.