The Adelaide Fringe Festival

As it’s only a short drive to The Barossa Valley, the Eden Valley, and cellar doors where they pour some of the best Australian wines imaginable; we never need a reason to go to Adelaide.

However, every February and March, going to Adelaide is even more rewarding, because the Adelaide Fringe Festival takes over the whole city!

Featuring more than 500 artists over 31 days; and with gigs at bars, clubs, parks, warehouses and even secret pop-up venues; The Adelaide Fringe is the largest arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere.

With over a thousand different events to choose from, choosing which gigs to see can be a little overbearing. So, we’ve put together a quick list to help you make the most of this year’s Fringe Festival.

Opening Night

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This free party transforms the whole of Adelaide’s North Terrace into a giant Fringe venue, with a street party like no other.

The live music and night markets kick off from 5 pm, but come 8 pm; you’ll want to make your way to the lawns outside the South Australian Museum for a sunset ceremony to celebrate Adelaide’s First Nations.

Then, things kick up a notch at 8:30 pm with the Switching-On Ceremony - a recreation of the Northern Lights not to be missed!

Best of the Edinburgh Fest

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The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the world’s largest arts festival, and this festival favourite lets you see some of the most-hyped-up up-and-comers from the Edinburgh Festival.

Appearing for most nights of the festival, at Umbrella Revolution at The Garden of Unearthly Delights; this is a great gig to attend, as it gets you three acts for the price of one.

This year’s Best of the Edinburgh Fest features America’s Abigoliah Schamaun, Ireland’s Danny O'Brien, and England’s Greg Burns.

Good Wills Huntley

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If you prefer local comedy, then it doesn’t get much better than this! Carla Wills and Nicholas Huntley are both South Australian locals who have already earned their stripes at Adelaide Fringe Festival, and they were both finalists in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Raw Comedy competition.

Jukebox: Starring Le Gateau Chocolat & Johnny Woo

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After last year’s Fringe Festival, punters all over South Australia were raving about Le Gateau Chocolat’s crazy antics.

So if you missed out last year, don’t miss out on your chance to laugh, dance and sing the night away with Le Gateau Chocolat, Johnny Woo and friends.

These gigs only occur on Friday nights for the next month, which means that you only have a few chances to experience this insane show. So, get your tickets soon.

Street Art Explosion

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Not everything at Adelaide Fringe Festival requires a time table or a ticket. Since the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Street Art Explosion program has added endless colours to the walls and streets of Adelaide.

New artworks and murals are commissioned every year, so there’s always something new to see and experience.

The best way to enjoy the Street Art Explosion is to download the map from the Adelaide Fringe Website, and plan a walk that takes you by as many artworks as possible - ideally via some of Adelaide’s amazing wine bars <LINK TO: > to sample some stunning, Australian wines. 

Roberta Marchesini