Make sure you add the Adelaide Fringe to your calender
It's that exciting crazy time of year when Adelaide comes alive. The Adelaide Fringe brings us a jam-packed February and March, where city business is booming and the nightlife is incredible. Every pub, cafe, outdoor dining area, restaurant and bar is filled with people and families enjoying fabulous food, drinks and maybe local beer and wine.
It all starts on the opening night, which is on the 16th February from 5pm, where North Terrace is the place to be with performers and loads of free events to see. The switching on of the light show starts at 8.30pm, where you can see the northern lights recreated on the lawns of the museum and amazing laser displays throughout North Terrace.
If you're coming to the Fringe in the daytime, it would be the perfect opportunity to check out the street art explosion that has taken over the city and surrounding suburbs. The amazing colourful murals are available to see anytime, so get your hands on a street art explosion guide which can be downloaded here.
Now, when it comes to picking a show or maybe five to see, you are spoilt for choice. Obviously, everyone has different tastes but here are my top picks of shows I have already seen and loved and shows that I will be going to see this year.
Cabaret/ Circus top picks 1. Blanc de Blanc 2. Bubble show for adults only 3. 360 ALLSTARS
Circus & physical theatre top picks 1. Elixir
2. Fuego Carnal 3. Le Aerial
Comedy Top Picks 1. Puppetry of the Penis
2. Amos Gill: Where Have I Been All Your Life
3. Dave Hughes - The Snorkeler
4. All Made Up
Magic Top Picks
1. Issac lomman - hypnosis
2. Matt Tarrant – unsolved
(Photo courtesy: Festivals Adelaide)
There are various locations around the city presenting Fringe shows but the most popular is around East Terrace. There is plenty to do before or after the shows, like sit amongst the unusual decor, explore the market stalls, go on a carnival ride in The Garden of Unearthly Delights or grab yourself a wine and something to eat in Gluttony. For something to eat or drink outside of these Fringe venues, Rundle Street is packed with places to try, but is very busy during the Fringe, so I recommend researching where you want to go and booking a table in advance. Here are my top picks around Rundle Street.
For a Meal
Belgian Beer Cafe
Sicily Pizzeria e Bar
You can book your tickets In advance by ordering online and collecting from any FringeTIX box office or at any self- collection point. You can also get the tickets sent to your letterbox, or collect from the box office at the venue, one hour prior to the performance.