Adelaide Equestrian Festival | 18-21 Apr 2024

Adelaide Equestrian Festival will be back at Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi in April 2024.

The Adelaide Equestrian Festival will deliver a show stopping 5-star equestrian event as riders from around the country compete against each other in the lead up to the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics.

This prestigious event is the only 5-star event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and will feature more than 70 equestrian athletes and their impressive horses as they each look to stand-out from the competition in a race to secure a coveted place on the Australian Olympic team and compete on the world stage in Paris this July.

Uniquely located in the heart of the Adelaide CBD, Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi and its surrounding parklands will host the four-day festival showcasing the disciplines of Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping.

WIN A Family Pass to the Adelaide Equestrian Festival Cross Country Day

Greg Rolton of the Adelaide Equestrian Festival said the top-tier, globally recognised event continued to grow in popularity year-on-year.

“When you provide an opportunity to see world-class riders take part in eventing that is only witnessed at this level in seven events globally, it doesn’t matter if you’re an equine enthusiast or not – you’ll be drawn into the highly competitive and engaging atmosphere that is the Adelaide Equestrian Festival,” Mr Rolton said.

“Last year we welcomed more than 30,000 spectators to the Adelaide CBD parklands and with the family-friendly activations and entertainment offering that we have secured for this year, we anticipate that this number will continue to grow.”

“The incredible skill that these riders have and the raw power and ability of these horses are unmatched. We’re excited to see which riders will be using this event to their advantage in the lead up to the Olympics.”


A free family fun day on Thursday 18 April 2024 will see the public invited into the parklands to witness the start of the Adelaide Equestrian Festival with entertainment and interactive activities for all ages.

The Kid’s Zone will feature:

  • Family favourite giant games of Jenga, Chess, Cornhole and Connect4 every day
  • Free facepainting (Thursday, Friday and Sunday)
  • Pony tail plaiting – try your hand at plaiting a horse tail as best as you can! Compete against your family and friends to see who can do it the quickest!
  • Autograph signing with professional riders of the AEF
  • Meet Noodles the miniature pony
  • Paint by numbers and various other arts and crafts activities
  • PLUS, a chance to compete in the giant games against some of the professional riders


Children under 12 years old can enter the Adelaide Equestrian Festival for free on Saturday 20 April 2024 with an adult by adding a free child pass to your cart on the website.

WIN A Family Pass to the Adelaide Equestrian Festival Cross Country Day


The Adelaide Equestrian Festival has some great activities to keep the kids entertained at the ATCO Kids Corral located within the Market Place, north of the Heritage Grandstand in Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi.

Open from 9am until 4pm daily, activities include:

  • Access family favourite giant lawn games such as Giant Jenga, Chess, Cornhole and Connect4
  • Sign up to compete against their professional riders and Olympic Medallists
  • FREE face painting Thursday, Friday and Sunday
  • Pony Tail plaiting, practise your presentation skills
  • Meet Noodles the miniature pony
  • Paint and Play sets from Breyer, magical figurines
  • Whip cracking demonstrations
  • PLUS, a chance to take a selfie with your favourite rider and get their autograph


There are many different ticketing options available to ensure that you have the best possible experience at the 2024 Adelaide Equestrian Festival, ranging from General Admission, to the Giddy Up Club, to the full VIP experience in the Chairman’s Lounge Marquee.  There are also extra events such as masterclasses, exhibitions and Saturday night Last Jump Party.


Follow the Adelaide Equestrian Festival Facebook page to keep up to date with all event news.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit Adelaide Equestrian Festival website or follow their Facebook page.

WhatAdelaide Equestrian Festival

When: Thursday 18 April – Sunday 21 April 2024

Where:  Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi, Adelaide

Who:   Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: supplied – Adelaide Equestrian Festival


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