The Royal Adelaide Show is one of South Australia's most popular attractions. It's full of fun things to do for all ages, with lots of cute animals to meet, thrilling amusement park rides, free live entertainment, mystery showbags and exciting activities for kids.
Kids can hardly wait to visit the Show, and their excitement is almost at boiling point as they wait in the line to enter. After anticipating this iconic event all year it must be an unbearable wait.
It's hard to pick what are the most popular attractions. Many families with young children head straight for the animal pavilions for a close up encounter with their favourite furry friends. Teenagers are more likely to hit the amusement park rides, looking for an adrenaline rush as they fly high on the Wave Swinger. This year you may be hard pressed to make a decision from all the new entertainment and fun things to do on offer.
Entertainment at The Show This year for the first time the Royal Show is bringing you the thrills and spills of live FPV drone racing every night. See incredibly fast racing drones compete for $25,000 prize money in the inaugural Australian International Drone Championship in the main arena.
At the Goyder Stage catch the new presentation Postcards from Around the World, and mid week you'll find a new children's entertainment program on stage - both free things to do.
The nightly fireworks (twice some nights) is fantastic colourful fun for kids, while the action packed Demolition Derby on Sunday is something everyone will love. More traditional entertainment returning this year includes the Massed Pipe Band to drown out the screams from the rides, and harness racing for horse lovers.
Showbags You can hardly say that you've been to the Show if the kids don't end up with a showbag or two. The Royal Adelaide Show website has a map of where to find them, but the Showbag Wish List isn't up on the website until August 18. Then you will be able to compare price, content and value of all the showbags. If you can't wait, you can take a look at last year's guide How to Save Money at The Show to get an idea of what to expect.
Food and Wine at the Royal Show Buying lunch is seldom a cheap experience at the Royal Adelaide Show. The good news is that you have far more choice on what to buy than in years gone by. My personal choice is The Truck Stop, where you will find a selection of vendors from our fleet of food trucks in Adelaide.
Food and wine are an integral part of The Show, and you can find a couple of licensed bars to quench your thirst including the Bull Bar near the Main Arena which serves South Australian wines and Coopers beers.
Of course the best value is at the wine,beer and cider tasting at
the Cellar Door Experience in the IGA Pavilion. You can find other food and wine choices here.
Free Things to Do: Watch a Woodchopping Competition
Seeing The Royal Show on a Budget
You can save a few dollars per ticket by pre-purchasing them at Ticketek or IGA Foodland stores, use an Advertiser coupon to get entry after 6pm for $12, and RAA members get a discount by buying on the RAA website.
There are two Bargain Days: on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th September, if you enter before 1pm, adults pay only $16.
Wheelbarrow Racing in 1938: Not one of the Activities for Kids This Year (Image: State Library B-7798-492)
Getting to The Show
You can drive to The Show if you don't mind traffic jams and pricey parking. The hassle free way to get here is by train to the Adelaide Showground Train Station, or by bus. Both services run frequently and make it easy to start your day at The Show.