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Adelaide's Top 12 Festivals in 2019

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Published January 8th 2019
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Why is Adelaide named one of the world's most liveable cities? South Australian culture, featured in many of Australia's largest festivals.

Enjoy the celebration with art, cinema, music, dance and food at these top festivals, listed in date order.

Australia Day in the City 26 January 2019 free event
Celebrate our national day in Elder Park with over 40,000 people at twilight with a street parade, concert and fireworks.

At 7pm, the concert kicks off, with The Veronicas & The Sundance Kids performing before Adelaide's biggest Australia Day firework finale.

View the program at Australia Day in the City.

Crush 25 to 27 January 2019 free and ticketed events
Crush any excuses to sample the finer things with a drive to the Adelaide Hills for Crush.

Tickle the senses with music, dance, food and wine.

View the program at Crush.

Adelaide Fringe 15 February to 17 March 2019 free and ticketed events
The southern hemisphere's biggest arts festival, open to all-comers, will host over 4,000 artists in hundreds of pop-up events throughout the city.

Every type of performing art is covered, ranging from comedy, cabaret and circus, to music, magic and dance.

Overwhelmed by the program packed with over 1,300 events? Check our the Summer Garden Festival, Comedy Gala hosted by Kitty Flanagan with Peter Helliar and the Yabarra - Gathering of Light.

View the program at the Adelaide Fringe.

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Adelaide Festival 1 to 17 March 2019 free and ticketed events
For over 50 years during spring, the Adelaide Festival has hosted the top contemporary local and international theatre, music, dance, writers and visual art.

In 2019, the show starts with a masterpiece of opera and animation, The Magic Flute.

See death-defying theatre in Man With The Iron Neck.

Join the debate in The Zeitgeist Series, a highlight during Writers' Week.

In The Palais, Sarah Blasko stands out in a packed calendar of live music.

View the program at the Adelaide Festival.

WomADelaide 8 to 11 March 2019 ticketed event
During the Cup long weekend, celebrate 25 years of Womadelaide in the Botanic Park with DJs, dancers and bands performing a mix of Indigenous and contemporary music on the main concert stage.

Painters and performers create visual and dramatic art while orators discuss our relationship with the environment.

Visit the pop-up stalls for charity information, gifts and sweet and savoury treats.

Of the dozens of local and international performers and speakers, don't miss Timberwolf, MY BABY, The Original Gypsies, and Fatoumata Diawarahe.

View the program at the Womadelaide.

Tasting Australia 5 to 14 April 2019 free and ticketed events
Discover what's new on the menu with the ultimate food and beverage experience.

In 2019, enjoy culinary perfection with Brazil's Alex Atala from D.O.M, one of the world's top 50 restaurants, and Peter Gilmore, chef at Quay, named Australia's top restaurant in Gourmet Traveller magazine.

For the ultimate indulgence, join the 3-day Surf Food Safari on the Yorke Peninsula or Flotilla experience aboard a paddle steamer on the River Murray.

View the program at Tasting Australia.

South Australia History Festival 27 April to 31 May 2019 free and ticketed events
Delve into our past, discovering the buried secrets of South Australia's history as you climb the branches of your family tree.

In our state's annual history festival, a series of talks, workshops, walks and exhibitions will step through the centuries of local stories, restored through artefacts, letters, artwork and photography.

View the full program at South Australia History Festival.

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Dreambig Children's Festival 22 May to 1 June 2019 free and ticketed events
Showcasing our next generation of artistic talent, millions of children in SA have performed in Dreambig since its inception in 1974.

The festival begins with a giant opening night performance featuring dance, a simultaneous book reading by students throughout Australia. The fun continues with 10-Minute Day Parties inside shipping containers, Of All The People In All The World, where grains of rice contain the statistics of life, The Gruffalo, a popular stage play returning after sellout seasons in Broadway and the West End.

View the program at Dreambig.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 7 to 22 June 2019 free and ticketed events
Beginning on the Queen's Birthday long weekend, the world's largest cabaret festival adds sultry sound to a cool winter with music, theatre and comedy.

Don't miss the festival's feature performance, End of the Rainbow, a stage play based on Judy Garland's emotional last days.

View the program at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Sala Festival - August 2019 free and ticketed events
With a focus on the visual art created in our communities, the South Australian Living Artists Festival is the largest of its kind in Australia.

Exhibitions will feature throughout SA in conventional galleries but also at parks, restaurants, retail shops, offices and wineries.

Artists in every visual medium are contributing, with photography, sculpture, painting and multimedia installations tackling our thorniest contemporary issues.

View the program at the Sala Festival.

Adelaide Guitar Festival - 15 to 19 July 2019 free and ticketed events
The guitar is the musical-must for rock stars and a hit with children as they prefer an electric, classical or bass guitar over all other musical instruments.

Celebrate the sound at the Adelaide Guitar Festival, returning in 2020. In 2019, the party continues with 'Guitars in Bars', featuring hundreds of local musicians performing throughout Adelaide in our bars and clubs.

Discover why Adelaide is Australia's only UNESCO City of Music during this special edition of the festival, with a series of cosy concerts handpicked by classical guitarist, Slava Grigoryan.

View the program at the Adelaide Guitar Festival.

OzAsia Festival 26 September to 8 October 2019 free and ticketed events
Australia's largest festival devoted to Asian contemporary culture features dozens of Aussie theatre and live performance premieres.

After the mid-autumn Moon Lantern Festival brings unity and prosperity, musicians perform in Elder Park for 10 nights of concerts.

View the program at OzAsia.

Which festival are you most looking forward to in 2019? Please let us know with a comment.

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Why? Enjoy the best of Festive Adelaide in 2019
When: All year!
Where: Throughout Adelaide
Cost: Plenty of free options
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