Public events in the Park Lands

When the Adelaide Park Lands become international playgrounds

The Adelaide Park Lands offers a wonderful backdrop for a huge variety of events - from major and medium events attracting international and interstate visitors to small-scale community events for the people of Adelaide, or private events such as weddings. Events may also be held in one of the parks or squares throughout Adelaide city and North Adelaide.

Event guidelines

As managers and caretakers of the Adelaide Park Lands, the City of Adelaide also oversee the use of the Park Lands for events according to the Adelaide Park Lands Events Management Plan. Applications for events are assessed on a case-by-case basis and the Adelaide Park Lands Events Policy outlines Council’s approach to consultation, fee structure and caring for the Park Lands.

Fees and charges

When budgeting for your Park Lands event, there are three primary costs levied by the City of Adelaide that you will need to consider, including Park Land site fees, Operational Service fees and Remediation charges.

Please note: other costs may apply depending on the nature of your event (for example public consultation advertising costs), but we’ll discuss them with you during the application process.

Park Lands site fees

Park Lands Events site fees are charged based on the location, applicant entity type, space required, and season. Council provides a discount for not-for-profit community groups, and for events held in the winter season.

Operational service fees

The City of Adelaide provides a variety of operational services such as power, rubbish bin delivery, irrigation mark outs and tap installations. Prices for operational services can be found in the Operational services fees document.

Public Consultation Fees

Public consultation may be required for your event if it triggers certain criteria, as per the Adelaide Park Lands Events Management Plan. An information sheet has been developed which further explains the public consultation process as well as associated fees.


Remediation

Remediation is the process of bringing the Park Lands back to life after an event has been staged. Remediation allows the City of Adelaide to return the Park Lands back to their pre-existing state. The extent of remediation is based on multiple factors, such as weather, event attendance, and infrastructure, to name a few.

Remediation requirements and associated charges are confirmed once a site inspection has occurred between the event organiser and the City of Adelaide representatives.

Planning your event

Planning and organising an event in the Adelaide Park Lands is a large undertaking, so it’s important to plan ahead. Refer to the Adelaide Park Lands Event Guidelines to start the planning process. 

Application lodgement

The following table shows the minimum application lodgement times, depending on the category of your event -

Event category

Definition

Application time (Minimum)

Major event

10,000+ people and/or over 20,000m2

6 months prior to bump-in

Medium event

1,501 to 9,999 people and/or over 1,000 and less than 20,000m2

Single Day Event: 3 months prior to bump-in

Multi-Day Event: 6 months prior to bump in

Small/ minor event

– Up to 1,500 people and/or less than 1,000 square m2

Single Day Event: 21 days prior to bump-in

Multi-Day Event: 3 months if held over multiple days.

Location

The right location can be critical to the success of your event. To choose the best site/s for your event and review the site requirements, please refer to the Adelaide Park Lands Events Management Plan. 

Conditions of Hire

Use of the Adelaide Park Lands is subject to conditions of hire. It is important as an event organiser to understand the conditions required for your event, based on the event category: Major/medium events, or small/ minor events

Ready to book?

You can apply to host an event in the Adelaide Park Lands, either online, or by completing an application form. 

Before you begin your application, you will need to have the following information ready:

  • The preferred dates of your event(including bump in and bump out)
  • The operating times for your event
  • The Adelaide Park Land site/s you are interested in using
  • Expected number of attendees
  • A copy of your public liability insurance cover or any other relevant supporting documents

Apply online

Alternatively, complete the application form and email it to us at the address below.

The Event facilitation process explains the Council approval process for medium and major events in the Adelaide Park Lands. 

Music

It is a legal requirement to obtain licenses to broadcast music at your event. Contact Australian Performing Rights Association (APRA) or Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) for more information.

Liquor licencing

If alcohol will be sole at your event, you may need to apply for a limited liquor licence. For information, online application forms and factsheets, visit Consumer and Business Services.

Declared Smoke-free Outdoor Areas and Events

Sections 51 and 52 of the Tobacco Products Regulation Act 1997 allow local councils and other incorporated bodies to class events as non-smoking. Contact SA Health for more information.

SafeWork SA

As an event organiser, it’s your responsibility to manage risks to ensure work health and safety is a priority. SafeWork SA provides information to event organisers to assist in identifying, monitoring and managing risks with relation to their event. For further information please see SafeWork SA - Event Safety Management Information.

SA Police

SA Police request that all event organisers, regardless of the size of their event, use the Safety Assessment - Crowded Places tool which assesses the likely attractiveness for your location and event for terrorism.

Further information for places of mass gathering can be found on the SAPOL website.

Need more information?

If you need more information or have questions about hosting an event in the Adelaide Park Lands, please contact our Customer Centre:

08 8203 7203

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