Things to do in Adelaide

by IDP IELTS — December 10th, 2018

Adelaide is South Australia’s vibrant capital city and its economic, educational and cultural hub.

Things to do in Adelaide features festivals, music events, cultural shows, and everything in between. Whether you are looking to study, work or migrate to Adelaide, this city has much to offer. It is considered to have a nice Mediterranean climate with four distinct seasons. Go through our list to top events in Adelaide.

January 2019

If you’re a fan of cycling, or sport in general: Adelaide has a great start to 2019 for you. Enjoy the excitement of Australia’s own version of the Tour de France: the Tour Down Under.

There’s something for everyone. Whether it’s the Subaru Tour Parade, or a family event with a variety of cycling-themed interactive activities dedicated to fun, delicious food, and family.

For those who like the finer things in life, there are fantastic food and wine experiences in cool comfort while you watch the riders blast past your viewing spot.

Tour Down Under

February 2019

You can’t miss the Adelaide Fringe Festival. It’s one of the most diverse arts festivals in the world and open to all. Anyone can perform and everyone does. It makes for a four-week-long party during February and March.

If you enjoy creativity, theatre, performance and fun, this is an event you must write down in your calendar.

This event completely takes over Adelaide’s city centre. It includes the surrounding suburbs and even some regional areas of South Australia for 31 magical days and nights each year. The city practically pulses with creativity.

Adelaide Fringe Festival

March 2019

If the Adelaide Fringe Festival didn’t give you enough culture and performance, there’s more. The Adelaide Festival features everything from classical chamber orchestras, movies, ballet performances, and everything in between.

Adelaide Festival

March 2019

Still not got your creative fix? Visit WOMADelaide. During this festival, around 500 artists from 30+ countries perform on 8 stages. It’s spread across a 34-hectare venue space in Adelaide’s magnificent Botanic Park.

WOMAD – the World OMusic, Arts and Dance – was established in 1982. There are currently events held in Australia, the UK, New Zealand, Spain, Chile, UAE, Russia, Italy, Singapore, Sri Lanka and the USA. Maybe we’re a little biased, but we think the one in Adelaide is the best of all.


March 2019

The Superloop Adelaide 500 is Australia’s largest domestic motorsport event. It’s action-packed, adrenalised entertainment for young and old. There’s four days of on and off track action, so something for everyone!

Led on-track by the opening round of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship plus six support racing categories. For those less interested in cars, there’s off-track entertainment, including an after-race concert series. They also have a dedicated family entertainment program.

You won’t want to miss a minute as Adelaide ignites for the 2019 Superloop Adelaide 500.

Adelaide 500

April 2019

If you consider yourself a ‘foodie,’ Tasting Australia will be right up your culinary alley. It’s an eating and drinking festival true to Australia’s diverse culture, producers and regions. This festival showcases the incredible diversity of South Australia.

It’s one of the country’s longest-running food and wine festivals. Tasting Australia has evolved with the industry and continues to offer innovative events and indulgent adventures.

South Australian chefs, winemakers, producers, restaurateurs, will all feature the finest products. It’s an exciting opportunity to explore new kitchens and invite your friends out for dinner.

Tasting Australia

June 2019

2019 is the 19th year of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. It’s the biggest festival of its kind. Adelaide Festival Centres Adelaide Cabaret Festival has become a major event in the international and Australian arts calendar.

The 2018 Adelaide Cabaret Festival featured more than 330 artists from five counties.

The Festival has a reputation of highlighting the best local, national and international artists through an eclectic program of classic and contemporary cabaret performances.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

September 2019

In September every year, Adelaide features the Royal Adelaide Show. It’s similar to events in SydneyBrisbaneMelbourne, and Perth.

There’s plenty to get excited about at the Royal Adelaide Show. It started as an annual agricultural show, but has transformed in recent years to a perfect family outing. Kids can explore the rides and try to get their hand on a show bag. If you are a little older, you will enjoy the food and fireworks.

A tip from us: You don’t need to spend a fortune once you’re there. Check out all the shows that are on offer for free. There’s wood chopping, the precision driving cars and sheep dog trial demonstrations, performances and more. Read other tips here.

Royal Adelaide Show

October 2019

OzAsia Festival plays a significant role in introducing new contemporary arts from Asia to audiences in Australia. In 2018, it brought together over 300 professional artists from Japan, Singapore, China, India, Malaysia, Korea, The Philippines, Hong Kong and Indonesia. Alongside them, more than 400 local community artists.

Apart from the arts, you can enjoy plenty of free international music programming over a drink and a bit to eat at the Lucky Dumpling Market.

OzAsia Festival

November 2019

Adelaide, the heart of South Australia, has so much happening through the festive season. From lights, to decorations, markets and more, there’s something for everyone.

The season of magic and joy in the City of Adelaide has always been synonymous with community celebrations. There’s plenty of opportunity to get together and celebrate. It all kicked off with the Christmas Pageant and continues right through to New Years Eve.

People of all ages gather along Adelaide’s streets each November to welcome the Christmas Pageant. It’s the start of the festive season, with hearty welcome to Father Christmas. Families across South Australia look forward to the Pageant. The magical parade brings the spirit and joy of Christmas to Adelaide’s city streets.

Adelaide Christmas Pageant

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