Adelaide Fringe 2024: Australia’s Largest Arts Festival with 1,300+ Shows in February & March

Culture seekers in search for a hive of activity should head over to Adelaide every February and March. This year’s Adelaide Fringe happens from 16 February to 17 March and promises to be a kaleidoscope of the talented, the wonderful and the outright whimsical with over 1,300 shows. South Australia’s Adelaide will be a multi-genre festival of comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, visual art, music interactive and more. Get your tickets here.

Adelaide in the Autumn is also one of the best times to visit. Expect lots of sunshine and warm temperatures across the three months. Enjoy scenic national parks that are brimming with wildlife. You can also enjoy the sounds from around the world at Adelaide’s Botanic Park as part of WOMADelaide as well as Adelaide Festival.

This year’s edition will feature 23% of international shows, 5% more than last year. 703 South Australian shows make up more than half the programme. A strong programme of First Nations shows this year will include Marlon Motlop, Frank Yamma, Zenadth Kes Meriba Wed, Dupang Pangari (a camping festival and corroboree by Uncle Moogy) and the returning comedy sensation, Aboriginal Comedy Allstars.

Highlights include

The DomeAn immersive, planetarium-style cinematic experience in Freemasons Hall, featuring the Dark Side of the Moon – an immersive experience with the full Pink Floyd album
Natural WondersAn outdoor art gallery under the stars hosted in Adelaide Botanic Garden from the second weekend of Fringe, featuring strong installations and projections by local South Australian artists Alex Frayne and Katrine Penning, Liam Somerville and Michael Ellingford (who wowed us with Noise Nature in Botanic Gardens in a previous year), light and installation duo “Harsh Realities” and Ngarrindjeri woman, Nicole Gollan’s piece called The Spirit Lives On 
SAGE 2024Adelaide’s most exciting event for video game developers, players and fans – and everyone in between! Presented by the South Australian Film Corporation  
The Inflatable Church on Light SquareGet married or renew your vows with some Fringe fun
YOAH CircusAn Australian premiere from Japan’s most talked about contemporary circus company. 
LIMBOThe Return. The debut of the latest work from the creative producers of the critically acclaimed BLANC de BLANC, THE PARTY and of course, LIMBO. 

Beatles Dub Club The Australian premiere of the Glastonbury smash-hit, opening weekend only. 
Robo BingoPresented by Fox Dog Studios arriving fresh from their sellout season in Edinburgh Fringe
In Pursuit of Repetitive BeatsAn interactive VR spectacular that takes you back and puts you in the shoes of rave culture pioneers. 

Fresh to Adelaide Fringe from the team behind Adelaide’s celebrated LGBTQIA+ venue Mary’s Poppin comes one-day Music Festival ‘Poppin Out’ at the old Adelaide Gaol on 24 February 2024. Enjoy performances from pop royalty Cece Peniston along with the legendary Sneaky Sound System, Drag Icon Anetra and 2023 Fringe Ambassador Kween Kong.

11% of the Fringe programme will be held in the regions including Coober Pedy comedy night (Arabana/Kokatha Country), music at William Creek Hotel (Arabana Country), Coonawarra Fringe (Pinchunga Country), Port Augusta Fringe (Barngarla Country), Waikerie Fringe Market (Ngawait Country) Naracoorte Fringe Street Party (Ngarrindjeri Country) Loxton Mardi Gras Family Festival (Meru Country), and Dupang Pangari (Coorong Spirit) Festival (Ngarrindjeri Country) bringing the magic of Fringe right across the State. Suburban metropolitan hubs will also activate across the Festival with dedicated programs, including Marion Cultural Centre and The Parks Theatre amongst many.

Adelaide-based music festival Sidebyside Festival will present local, national and international artists on the forefront of disco, house and techno. The opening party be held on 24 February 2024 in the Western parklands.

Featured Image by Carl Vester, Adelaide Fringe 2023

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