South Australia is brimming with festivals and events all year-round, but there’s no better season for celebration than summer. When skies are at their bluest and nights at their longest and balmiest, the state shows its true colours. Raise your glass and join the celebrations with our best events in South Australia this summer.
1. THE MOSELEY BEACH CLUB, 16 NOV 2018 – 17 MAR 2019
The Moseley Beach Club returns this year, luring crowds to the white sand and lapping waves of Glenelg: Adelaide’s favourite city beach. Grab a cocktail and settle-in for the day on premium sun beds or fully-serviced lounges. Casual dining is available as well as a bar, with live music and DJs providing the perfect summer soundtrack. Get in touch with your inner beach babe from 16 November to 17 March 2019.
2. ADELAIDE MOTORSPORT FESTIVAL, 01 – 02 DEC 2019
The Adelaide Motorsport Festival is a family-friendly, museum-in-motion. The festival draws upon South Australia’s rich motorsport history and celebrates and re-enacts motorsport competition of a by-gone era. With plenty of star drivers, manufacturers displaying their latest models, 100s of cars on display, trade stands and food stands, there’s so much see and do.
3. MOONLIGHT CINEMA, 08 DEC – 17 FEB 2019
Catch the summer’s biggest blockbusters, new releases, advanced screenings and cult classic films under a starlit cinema screen. Moonlight Cinema brings a festival atmosphere to film-watching. It’s more than a movie experience: it’s an opportunity to kick back in the outdoors and relish in the summer vibes.
4. SANTOS TOUR DOWN UNDER, 10 – 20 JAN 2019
Pedalling across South Australia in January, The Santos Tour Down Under is Australia’s greatest cycling event, welcoming the world’s best to the city of Adelaide and South Australia’s beautiful regions. Tour time provides the perfect opportunity to see, eat and drink your way around the Barossa, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills.
5. ST. JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL, 08 FEB 2019
International music festival, Laneway, is all about showcasing contemporary Australian and international music in a totally unique setting. After attracting record-breaking numbers last year, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is returning to trendy, street art-splashed Port Adelaide, set among vibrant cafés, galleries, restaurants and markets.
Top picks this year include Courtney Barnett, Jorja Smith, Gang on Youths and Baker Boy.
6. ISPS HANDA WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN, 14 – 17 FEB 2019
The world’s best female golfers will return to Adelaide in February for the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. The four-day tournament runs from 14-17 February, but the festival of golf runs throughout the week with kids’ clinics, chances to meet the world’s best, corporate functions and, of course, a host of celebrities involved with the annual pro-am on Wednesday.
7. ADELAIDE FRINGE, 15 FEB- 17 MAR 2019
The Adelaide Fringe is the largest open-access festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Bursting at the seams with local, interstate and international five-star acts, the 2019 Fringe will feature 1,326 events, 7,000 artists and over 500 venues scattered around South Australia. Whether you’re a cabaret connoisseur, comedy king/queen, theatre tragic or just want to sit back and enjoy the atmosphere, there’s something for you at the Adelaide Fringe.
8. THE SUPERLOOP ADELAIDE 500, 28 FEB – 03 MAR 2019
The Superloop Adelaide 500 is the largest domestic motor sport event in Australia, showcasing the very best of the motoring world. Experience the growls, roars and screeches of some of the fastest cars in the world. You’ll also find loads of entertainment for the whole family, including family fun zones, rides, amusements and face painting. American rock legends Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline the post-race entertainment at the 2019 Superloop Adelaide 500.
9. ADELAIDE FESTIVAL, 01 – 17 MAR 2019
For more than 55 years, Adelaide Festival 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. Immerse yourself in the action each March in venues across South Australia.
10. WOMADELAIDE, 08 – 11 MAR 2019
Each year, sounds from around the world fill Adelaide’s beautiful Botanic Park as part of WOMADelaide. Awarded Australia’s best contemporary music festival at the Helpmann Awards, WOMAD is Australia’s ultimate feast for the senses, set in a glorious 34-hectare green oasis.