Adelaide Fringe | Celebrating 60 Years | What’s On & Program Highlights | 14 Feb – 15 Mar 2020

adelaide fringe 2020

Adelaide Fringe 2020 – 60 Years of Fringe

The party that brings a city to life will once again challenge and enchant audiences for the 60th anniversary of Adelaide Fringe in 2020, from 14 February to 15 March. 

Tickets for the 60th anniversary are now on sale for all 1210 events, with more than 7000 artists and 361 venues set to take part in the event that lights up Adelaide and South Australia.

2020 Signature Project – Yabarra: Dreaming in Light

The signature project for 2020, Yabarra: Dreaming in Light, is an immersive Aboriginal storytelling experience held at the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute. Building on the success of the 2019 Yabarra: Gathering of Light, the new iteration is moving indoors where an immersive Dreamtime experience will be created. This will provide more opportunities for school groups, families and other diverse audiences to experience the project with daily opening hours running from 10am to 10pm. Working in collaboration with Kaurna Senior Custodian Karl Telfer, Yabarra: Dreaming in Light tells the Dreaming story of Tjirbruke, an ancestor of the Kaurna people.

Free and Family-Friendly Events

To celebrate the diamond anniversary a range of free and family-friendly events have been planned. The Fringe Walk, located on North Terrace between King William Street and Frome Street, will allow Fringe lovers to take a trip down memory lane with all 32 Adelaide Fringe posters being displayed in large format from 25 January to 15 March. 

The Giant Sing Along, located at Lot Fourteen, will provide an opportunity for the young and the young at heart to sing along to 50 different classic hits through one of 32 auto-tuned microphones in a month long mass karaoke session. Giant Sing Along will be open every day of Fringe from 12noon to 7pm.

Serving as a permanent reminder of the auspicious year, Adelaide Fringe have produced a limited-edition coffee table book that looks at the event’s history and highlights across the past six decades, the book can be purchased HERE.

Opening Night – 14 February 2020

The 2020 event will kick off with its dazzling opening night festivities on 14 February 2020, including the Tindo Utpurndee – Sunset Ceremony at Rymill Park, Yabarra: Dreaming in Light opening, Baker Boy at RCC and East End road closures providing the perfect stage for audiences from all over to celebrate the return of Fringe in its 60th year.

This year a variety of Fringe ‘hubs’ will span across suburban and regional Adelaide – from Gawler to Port Noarlunga and Whyalla to Mount Gambier – with more than 60 per cent of Adelaide Fringe venues popping up in regional and suburban areas.

Outdoor hubs Gluttony and The Garden of Unearthly Delights will return to the city’s eastern parklands, while RCC will reappear at The University of Adelaide.

Of the 361 venues hosting festival attractions, more than 100 newcomers are joining the festivities including a new hub at the heritage listed Ayers House on North Terrace. Premier Steven Marshall said the city of Adelaide transforms during the Fringe into an artistic hub, creating jobs and boosting the local economy. 


Children’s Shows

This year’s Adelaide Fringe program features 6 pages of Children’s shows!  From discos and circus performances to cabaret and story telling, there is something for all ages. Simply search via the Children’s genre tab online or jump to page 28 of the guide. Each show has an age suitability guide and you can also search by date and venue.

Fringe Membership:

Fringe Members get to join the Fringe party of arts and events lovers in Adelaide and unlock secret events, free movie screenings and exclusive discounts all year round. For $40 members get Fringe Club access, four movie screening invites, access secret Fringe events and exclusive invites and discounts all year round. CLICK HERE TO JOIN

Adelaide Fringe Highlights 2020:

Tindo Utpurndee
Rymill Park | 14 February 2020 at 8pm
Adelaide Fringe’s Opening Night featuring the traditional Tindo Upturndee, or ‘Sunset Ceremony’ to recognise the living culture of the First Nations, pay respect to the spirit of the land and give thanks to Elders past, present and emerging.

Yabarra: Dreaming in Light
Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute | Opening on Friday 14 February at 9pm | 15 February to 15 March 15, daily from 10am to 10pm
For all 31 days and nights of the 2020 Fringe, everyone is invited to experience the dreaming through cutting edge light technologies and state of the art illuminations. Free for all ages and all communities to share in. Yabarra will be a unique indoor cultural experience that will engage, immerse, and educate all who share the dreaming in light.

Fringe Walk
North Terrace between Kintore and Frome Street | 25 January to 15 March
Take a walk down memory lane with Fringe Walk, a large-scale collection of all 32 Posters from the past 60 years of Adelaide Fringe.

Giant Sing Along
14 February to 15 March, daily from 12noon to 7pm
Adelaide Fringe is hosting the karaoke to end all karaoke. In daily life, we don’t get a lot of opportunities to belt out our favourite ballads to our heart’s content—but at Giant Sing Along, you’ll be welcomed with open arms. Go along, have some fun, and let loose with the joy of song.

Street Art Explosion
Blank walls will again burst into life for the 2020 Street Art Explosion Featuring brand new works that erupt with colour and creativity in Adelaide’s CBD, alongside existing artworks throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. FIND OUT MORE HERE 

Fringe on Tour
Jump on board the Fringe Caravan because they’re going for a ride. Fringe on Tour brings free family fun, sharing the wonderful and weird across Adelaide and beyond. 

Murray Bridge Fringe
28 February – 1 March 2020

Port Fringe
Commercial Rd, Port Adelaide | 14 March 2020

Fringe Mount Gambier
Cave Garden and surrounds | 20 – 29 March 2020

Whyalla’s Unearth Festival 
Foreshore Ada Ryans Gardens Whyalla | 18 – 30 March 2020

Desert Fringe
Port Augusta Cultural Centre- Yarta Purtli | 21 – 23 February 2020

Fringe in Marion
Marion Cultural Centre- Plaza | 21 – 22 February 2020

Barossa Fringe Launch Party
Tanunda Town Square/Barossa Visitor Centre | 15 February 2020

Fringe at Adelaide Airport
Adelaide Airport, Departures Lounge | 6 & 13 March 2020

Fringe at Flinders 
Flinders University, Bedford Park- The Plaza | 14 March 2020


Tickets, gift vouchers and memberships can be purchased online, box offices and outlets or by phoning 1300 621 255.

The pop-up Rundle Mall box office is located at outside of Kmart in Rundle Mall and is open daily (except public holidays) from 28 November 2019 until 15 March 2020. 


things to do in Adelaide for families

For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Fringe website.

What:   Adelaide Fringe 2020

When:    Friday 14 February – Sunday 15 March 2020 

Where:   Various locations throughout Adelaide, South Australia

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.

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