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The Fringe comes up North for the entire length of the Fringe Festival, and there will be many ticketed events for the month long event. This coming weekend, on the 12th, 13th and 14th February Fringe in Gawler starts off with a bumper grand opening weekend.

Most of the opening weekend action will be happening in Walker Place, which is in the centre of town and runs off Murray Street, which is the main street toward the river. Other venues are the Prince Alfred Hotel in the middle of Murray Street.

As Gawler is limited in parking even on ordinary days I would strongly recommend you take the train from the city or northern suburbs. You will need to take the Gawler line, and ensure you make the last train back home in the evening. When alighting the train at the end of the line; Gawler Central, walk right past Coles and there is Murray Street, only a few minutes walk.

Gawler Fringe opening weekend
Yes, that's right- most events for the grand Fringe opening weekend are free. Image by Unsplash on

The opening weekend kicks off on Friday with entertainment from 2pm until 11pm. The free entertainment will be provided by lots of talented locals. The official opening "Welcome to Country" is on from 5- 5.30pm. Each show or act over the weekend lasts around 30- 45 minutes.

A ticketed event is on Friday night at the Institute. Mexican Luchador, El Jaguar, will headline a night of side splitting laughter. Along with Eddie Bannon, Big Al and Gawler's very own Beautiful Bogan, Marc Ryan. Get your ticket at a Fringe box office or fingetix online here, or if any left, at the door on the night.The closest ticket outlet in the north is the newsagent, next to Woolworths in Elizabeth Mall.

Gawler Fringe opening weekend
What a contrast with these terrific acts. On the left. Gawler will be shook up with Mexican Luchador, El Jaguar, and to the right is The Old Fella appearing over the opening weekend. Image courtesy of

Plenty of family entertainment all day from 9am. Musical performances and acts will continue all day until 11pm. On Saturday evening the highlight act will be a 10 piece soul music group, All Soul'd Out. All these free performances will be outdoors in Walker Place.

At the Institute at 7.30 pm a ticketed event be will be 'The Old Fella', a finalist on Australia's Got Talent. This retired farmer will give us lots of laughs with his new comedy show, at his only appearance up north while he is in Adelaide for the Fringe.

Adelaide fringe festival at Gawler
Come and celebrate because the Fringe is coming to Gawler. Image by Out and About


The GAWLER FRINGE ARTISAN MARKET will be in Walker Place from noon to 6pm with many local artists with stalls selling a different selection of creative and handmade goods. These will include aboriginal crafts, jewelry, textile arts, and a special kids zone to keep them entertained. There will also be food, drinks, workshops, activities and an afternoon of acoustic music!

Gawler Fringe Artisan Market
A special market of hand crafted good, food, drinks and fun for all at the afternoon market on the Sunday. Official poster image courtesy of

Also at the Prince Alfred Hotel in Murray Street will be an open mike session from 3- 6pm. Stop here a while and listen to a song or two, have a brew and maybe get up and sing a song yourself.

There are far too many acts over the weekend to list here, but if you want to check your favourite or catch something in particular look at the PDF document full program here.

fringe festival at Gawler
Plenty of family fun at Fringe comes to Gawler weekend . Image by Out and About.

My tips for the weekend is get there very early if you are driving for a ticketed event. Take a jacket for outdoor events in the evenings. The Gawler Fringe is proudly brought to you by the city of Gawler and many local businesses and their generous sponsorship. You don't need to travel all the way to the city to get your Fringe fix, so stay close to home and support the local talent and visiting artists by attending the Gawler Fringe.
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Why? Because it a great wekend out right on your doorstep.
When: Friday from 2pm-11pm, Saturday 9-11pm, Sunday from 12noon- 6pm
Where: Centre of Gawler in and around Murray Street and Wlaker Place
Cost: The Walker Place stage area entertainment is free, other concerts see fringe program or tickets at the door.
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