Adelaide Festival | Family Friendly Events | 28 Feb – 15 Mar 2020

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Adelaide Festival | Family Events

Every year, in the month of March, Adelaide takes on a whole new persona as the very best of the arts from around the world, across the country and from our own community, enlivens this wonderful city.

Adelaide Festival and Adelaide Writers’ Week have built a world-wide reputation for providing great and memorable experiences for those who visit our State and provide a fantastic opportunity to showcase all that this festival city offers. 2020 represents a major milestone for our iconic Australian arts festival which started in March 1960. 60 years on, celebrate this happy anniversary by warmly welcoming artists from all corners of the globe.

Program of Family Events:

Free Opening Concert | Saturday 29 February 2020 at 8pm

Tim Minchin 

As a gift to the city on the occasion of the Adelaide Festival’s 60th anniversary Adelaide Festival will welcome to the Elder Park stage the legendary Tim Minchin and his band, absolutely FREE of charge. 

Tim’s prodigious talent as a songwriter, lyricist and creator of intelligent art with mass appeal can tend to make you forget what dynamite he is live.


Fire Gardens | Thursday 12 – Sunday 15 March 2020 

Compagnie Carabosse

Over four magical nights the city’s Botanic Garden, already a charmed space once the sun has set, will become a dreamspace of mystery and revelation fashioned from thousands of individual flames.

Carabosse paint with the palette of fire – its colour, warmth, sound and scent; the stuff of our dreams and rituals for millennia. Their luminary alchemists create site-specific sculptured landscapes from nearly 7000 handcrafted giant candles.


adelaide festival fire gardens

The Lighthouse | Tuesday 25 February – Saturday 7 March 2020 

Patch Theatre

The Lighthouse takes you from tiny spark to Big Bang, from pixel to landscape, from line to laser. It’s part installation, part scientific quest, part rave. Above all it offers the kind of magic that only interactive theatre can.

Designed for all ages, this house of marvels is full of intimate vignettes and lighting wizardry. In intimate groups, you and your smaller friends are guided through a series of interconnected rooms, each full of hands-on experiences exploring a different property of that elusive yet fundamental force of nature: light.

Recommended for ages 3+. 


adelaide festival the lighthouse

A Doll’s House | Wednesday 26 February – Sunday 15 March 2020

Visionary Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi, who has been transforming public spaces in jaw-dropping ways across the world since 2000, presents his life-sized, three-storeyed Doll’s House for your delight and discovery. It has been created only once before, outside the Palais de Tokyo art museum in Paris.

Is it about the elevation of the domestic or the deflation of the grandiose? The role of art in public and private life? Ponder as you wander or just have fun playing with this most amazing of toys.

Free of charge in the middle of Rundle Mall.


Dimanche | Friday 28 February – Saturday 7 March 2020 

Cie Chaliwaté & Cie Focus

North Pole, 4am. Against a snowy landscape dotted with miniature trees, houses with twinkling lights and smoke puffing from chimneys, a dilapidated campervan containing three filmmakers battles the elements. They’re on their way to capture a part of the world which is disappearing; doing their best with what little equipment they have, to document Earth’s last living species.

Recommended for ages 9+. 


adelaide festival dimanche

The Artist | Monday 9 – Saturday 14 March 2020 

Circo Aereo / Performed by Thom Monckton

The artist, a clumsy, sweet bespectacled fellow, is searching for inspiration. His canvas is terrifyingly blank, his studio is untidy, there’s a drip from the ceiling that’s driving him nuts, and his paintbrushes are frustratingly out of reach. But every problem has a solution as long as you think hard, rule out the obvious and opt for the most wildly idiotic.

Recommended for ages 5+. 


adelaide festival the artist

Adelaide Writer’s Week – Kid’s Day (Readers aged 2 – 10) | Saturday 29 February 2020

Be part of a magical day of stories, performance and hands on fun as writers, performers and illustrators take over the kids stage to enliven and excite the youngest readers. Ages 2-10.

Plus, the main stage will include two of the biggest stars for the littlest readers, Andy Griffiths and Julia Donaldson. 


kids day writers week

things to do in Adelaide for families

For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Festival website here

What:   Adelaide Festival 

When:    Friday 28 February – Sunday 15 March 2020 

Where:   Various locations in 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: Adelaide Festival website


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