The Garden is the place to be when Fringe time comes around. This year's massive line-up features Cal Wilson, Hannah Gadsby, Dan Sultan, James Reyne, Josh Pike, Limbo, Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen, Heath Franklin, Tom Gleeson, Wil Anderson and Dave Hughes to name a few.
The Garden offers a range of comedy, music, cabaret, circus and physical theatre to suit all ages and budgets. If you're short on cash the Bank SA free concerts (Thursday to Sunday from 5:30 to 6:30pm at the Bandstand) offer a great sample of what's on offer. This year the Wau Wau Sisters, Nath Valvo, EastEnd Cabaret, Asher Treleaven and Mickey D will grace the stage.
The Garden is quite a spectacle at night. Image by writer.
Even if you don't want to see a show it's great to wander amongst the magical circus tents and odd assortment of temporary structures and pavilions. You never know, the humorous spruikers outside may convince you to buy some tickets.
The 'Campanile' tent is one of the smaller venues and features more intimate comedy and cabaret. Image by writer.
You can buy something from one of the many interesting stalls, check out the amusement rides, have a drink at one of the bars, watch some buskers, or get a bite to eat at the variety of food stalls which have some healthy and vegetarian options.
I enjoyed some cocktails and the splendid view from the top level of this Double decker bus last year. Image by writer.
The Garden of Unearthly Delights is open from the 14th of February to the 16th of March 2014.
How to purchase tickets:
1. Online at FringeTix, or 2. From box offices in Rundle Mall, East End or Norwood, or from Adelaide Central Plaza, Arndale, Burnside, Marion and TTP shopping centres, or
3. At the Garden ticket booth to the LHS of the main entry, or from ticket booths inside.
Entrance to the garden is free, however if you leave you'll have to join the queue to get back in.
I love soaking up the carnival like atmosphere of the Garden under the fairy lights as the sun goes down on a balmy Adelaide evening. Image by writer.