Highlights of What's On in Adelaide in February 2017 Despite the "mad March" epithet that is misused by so many, the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2017 actually begins on February 17. In the calm before the storm of Fringe-mania hits Adelaide, there are fewer festivals and events than usual, but read on to get the gossip about them.
The easiest way to immerse yourself in Fringe Festival culture is to go to a Fringe hub. These places are the Adelaide Fringe venues that not only host performances, but also offer tasty food and wine, free activities for kids and are a good place to sit with a friend and people watch.
There are hundreds of Adelaide Fringe venues, but first you need to check out the more interesting Fringe hubs here. If you're down south and don't want to travel far, there's also a Fleurieu Fringe hub south of Adelaide.
One of the highlights of the festival will be the Fringe Opening Parade on February 18, a colourful spectacle that travels along North Terrace from King William Street to Frome Road. Come early for a very special Adelaide Night Market from 5pm, packed with a huge variety of street food vendors, market stalls, and free entertainment.
Would you like to start with a look at the Fringe Festival shows? There's one of our writers who has reviewed many - find her reviews here. Whichever way you look at it, the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2017 is full of fun things to do for all ages.
Although quieter than usual, there are still plenty of free things to do in February. Head for Brighton beach, have brunch on Jetty Road then a paddle, and admire the amazing Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures. Such incredible creativity, but be quick to catch these.
People around the world will celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year with a street party on February 4. This colourful free festival is the perfect time to indulge in some yummy Chinese food too.
Fork on the Road hits the road again on February 11, heading to Kings Reserve at Torrensville. It's just across the road from the Brickworks Marketplace so parking won't be a problem - and you can even do your shopping afterwards.
Mark your calendar for Summer Sundays at Beaumont House which returns on February 19. There are plenty of activities for kids, street food trucks, and you will support the good works of the National Trust by having a great time.
Going wine tasting in the Clare Valley or Fleurieu Peninsula can be a problem if you plan to drive home. The Cellar Door Fest in Adelaide from February 24-26 make it easy and one of life's fun things to do - but at a premium price.
Adelaide City Rooftops: West Adelaide ca 1990 (Image: Messenger Press/State Library SA)
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Take time out to enjoy the view from Adelaide city rooftops - as the photos show, things have changed in recent years. Also likely to go through a huge transformation is Panorama TAFE, but it's a battleground right now.
Two hidden suburban secrets are worth a special mention - both of these are new and offer absolutely authentic Asian flavours. DJ's Cafe and Indonesian meals is popular with ex-pat Indonesians and locals alike, with daily specials and meals that are excellent value for money.