Adelaide will be at its very best, thriving and vibrant as ever this festival season. Starting in February and making its way through the month of March, festival season, or Mad March, describes the vast array and variety of festivals and events that will hit Adelaide and bring to town thousands of performances and activities.
Festivities will be crammed into every nook, cranny and corner of the city. From the arts to car racing, there really is something for everyone. You will be spoilt for choice deciding between shows at the Fringe, Adelaide Festival, WOMADelaide and Clipsal 500.
Here are some of the best things to see and do this Mad March.
-Fringe Opening Night Parade
The city comes alive for the Fringe Opening Night Parade on Friday February 15th to celebrate the start of the Fringe which will run until Sunday March 17th. Join the party as thousands of performers make their way along King William Street bringing with them the pageantry, music, colour and excitement of the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
When: Friday February 15th, entertainment from 7pm, parade at 8.30pm Where: King William Street, Adelaide Cost: Free
-Garden of Unearthly Delights Between Fringe shows, hang out and soak up the atmosphere at the Garden of Unearthly Delights in Rundle Park. There will be food, drinks and sideshows like a ferris wheel, dodgem cars and other fun things for you to play with.
When: Thursday February 14th-Sunday March 17th Where: Rundle Park, East Terrace, Adelaide Cost: Free entry
-Sammy D Comedy Gala Book your tickets to the best value show at the Fringe. The annual Sammy D Comedy Gala is the major fundraiser for the Sammy D Foundation which aims to prevent youth violence. The cause is no laughing matter but the Comedy Gala will be a hoot. Every year it brings together a collection of the very best local and international comedy acts for an afternoon of hilarity.
It is the "race that rocks" and the biggest domestic motorsport event in the country. Some go to Clipsal 500 for the V8 Supercars, others go for the concerts each night. The drone of engines will only be drowned out by the shrieks of teenage girls as The Collective and Justice Crew take the stage on Thursday afternoon. If catchy choruses and funky dance moves don't get your motor running then you can also see Hilltop Hoods and Drapht on Friday night, The Angels and Ian Moss on Saturday night and Kiss and Motley Crue on Sunday night as well as a variety of local support acts.
When: Thursday February 28th-Sunday March 3rd
Where: Eastern Parklands, Adelaide
Cost: $40 upwards, see website for packages
-Adelaide Festival Free Opening Night Concert
The Adelaide Festival runs from Friday March 1st until Sunday March 17th and will kick off with a huge free Opening Night Concert at Elder Park. Sing along to musical legends Neil Finn and Paul Kelly as they perform all of your favourite songs.
When: Friday March 1st, 8.30-10.30pm
Where: Elder Park, King William Road, Adelaide
-Barrio Late Night Club
Join the festivities at the wild and wonderful world of the Barrio Late Night Club each weekend of the Adelaide Festival. With theme nights, food and drink stalls, markets, music and other performances, it is the place to be.
When: Friday March 1st-Sunday March 3rd, Thursday March 7th-Sunday March 10th, Thursday March 14th-Sunday March 16th, 9pm until late
Where: Hajek Plaza, Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Road
Cost: $5 entry
-WOMADelaide WOMAD is Adelaide's World of Music and Dance. You can spend a day or a entire glorious weekend at Botanic Park discovering music from around the globe. Enjoy the sounds of Hugh Masekela, Jimmy Cliff, The Herd, The Cat Empire and many more. There will also be food and market stalls and activities for all.
When: Friday March 8th-Monday March 11th
Where: Botanic Park, Hackney Road, Adelaide
Cost: Between $117-$307, group discounts available