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South Australia's History Festival 2021

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South Australia's History Festival is back!

South Australia History Festival
Time Machine App, South Australia History Festival (State Library of South Australia, B3532)


Held each year for the month of May, the History Festival program is packed full of fun and interesting events across the state. Many are free and most are suitable for all ages. It's an annual event that I always look forward to.

Hahndorf's Hidden Histories South Australia History Festival
Hahndorf's Hidden Histories South Australia History Festival (photo courtesy Hahndorf Academy)


The theme for this year's festival is "Change". One of the biggest changes in 2021 is that, for the first time, the program has been released online only. The new online program guide lets you search for event categories of Guided Tour, Exhibition, Special Event, Workshop, Talk, Self-Guided Tour, date, location or free events.

holowiliena station history festival tour, south australia history festival
Holowiliena Station tour, South Australia History Festival (Holowiliena Station diary, 1864 (Don Brice photo)


The History Festival is one of South Australia's largest open-access community events and features hundreds of events. These events happen everywhere and anywhere! You'll get special access to buildings and spaces in urban and rural, towns, cities and suburbs; in museums and libraries; in boats, trains and buses and mysterious buildings. Local guides will tell curious tales of the unusual and unknown. There's a lot to choose from and a lot of history to learn!

golden grove cemetery projected history walk
Golden Grove Cemetery Projected History Walk (photo courtesy SA History Festival)


Browse the guide and add events to your personalised favourites in the My Festival planner. When you find an event that strikes your fancy, place your mouse over the event image and a large plus sign will appear at the top right. Click the plus sign to save it to your My Festival planner. The view or print your saved events, click My Festival at the top of any page.

The History Festival program is now live and bookings are open for all of the 600 events across South Australia. Get clicking and book yourself in!

Sea Shanties South Australia History Festival
Sea Shanties South Australia History Festival (photo courtesy William Shaw of Adelaide Male Voice Choir)
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Why? Held each year for the month of May, the South Australia History Festival program is packed full of fun and interesting events across the state. Many are free and most are suitable for all ages
When: 1st to 30th May 2021
Phone: historyfestival@history.sa.gov.au or 8203 9888
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