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Ten Must-Go-To Summer Events

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Adelaide hosts a smorgasbord of brilliant events right through the year and summer certainly sets the scene. From some of the city’s biggest community celebrations, to cultural festivals, live music concerts, world-class sporting events (on two wheels and four) now’s the time to live it up in the city!

Santos Tour Down Under

 Adelaide & Regions, South Australia 
 10 – 20 January
 Website

The world’s best cyclists, including Peter Sagan, return to Adelaide with the Ziptrak® Stage 1 starting from 88 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide on 15 January. The City of Adelaide Tour Village in Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga hosts live music, entertainment, a bike expo and more from 12 January.

Adelaide French Festival

 Adelaide Festival Centre
 11 – 13 January
 Website

Immerse yourself in a feast of French art and culture in an eclectic program of music, theatre, dance, food, fashion and family activities with 15 Australian premieres and 20 Adelaide exclusives. Explore the program and find out more about the fantastic performances and free events on offer.

Group of friends at an outdoor festival

Australia Day in the City

 Elder Park
 Saturday 26 January
 From 6:00 pm
 Website

South Australia’s largest Australia Day celebration will see city spirits soar with a colourful street parade featuring more than 100 community groups, a huge family concert in Elder Park starting just after 7 pm and a spectacular fireworks finale.

Music in the Square

 Hindmarsh Square / Mukata
 Thursday 7 February
 ​12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
 Website

 Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga
 Thursday 7 March
 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Two popular open-air lunch spots will be filled with the sounds of sweet homegrown songs as Music in the Square returns in 2019. Singer-songwriters Hannah Yates and Paige Renee Court bring their indie folk-themed tunes to town in February. Details yet to be announced for March.

Chinatown Adelaide Lunar New Year Street Party

 Moonta & Gouger St, Adelaide
 Saturday 9 February 
 ​12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
 Website

Join the vibrant community celebrations in Chinatown to ring in the Year of the Pig with activities showcasing Asian culture and tradition through food, live music, dance performances, martial arts displays, family entertainment, lion dancing and firecrackers!

Adelaide Fringe

 Various Venues
 15 February – 17 March
 Website

Catch performances by thousands of artists from across the planet and experience free events like Yabarra: Gathering of Light. Every night, be mesmerised as projection, sound and light installations bring Aboriginal storytelling to life along the River Torrens / Karrawirra Pari.

Superloop Adelaide 500

 Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi (Park 16)
 28 February – 3 March
 Website

Australia’s biggest-ticketed domestic motorsport event returns with more on and off-track thrills than ever. Joining the Supercars Championship will be fan favourites like Aussie Racing Cars and Touring Car Masters and three bumper concert line-ups!

Adelaide Festival

 Various Venues
 1 – 17 March
 Website

Weave some culture through your balmy March days and nights with premier events celebrating music, theatre, dance, literature and visual arts plus a free family concert in Elder Park (2 March) featuring National Geographic film synchronised to live orchestral music.

Image of crowd along riverbank on dusk

Waymouth Street Party – Fringe Edition

 Waymouth St, Adelaide
 Friday 8 March
 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
 Website

Enjoy some of Adelaide’s best eats and musical beats at this special edition of the Waymouth Street Party. Grab a table and settle in with your crew or throw some shapes on the dance floor.

WOMADelaide

 Botanic Park
 8 – 11 March
 Website

Much loved by locals and music lovers across the planet, WOMAD returns with more of the world’s best music, arts and dance. From Grammy Award-winners (Angelique Kidjo) to locals like Adelaide’s own rising hip-hop star Tkay Maidza, it’s a soundfest not to be missed.

WOMADelaide stage

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