Adelaide Fringe Festival | Free Family Friendly Events | 17 Feb – 19 Mar 2017



The Adelaide Fringe is always an exciting time of the year with so much entertainment on offer in and around the city and stretching out to regional areas of South Australia.

The beauty of an open-access arts festival as unique as the Adelaide Fringe is that anyone with a show, exhibition or cultural event is able to register and be part of Australia’s largest arts event, creating one of the most diverse arts festivals in the world. Renowned for fresh ideas, spontaneity and fun, the Adelaide Fringe is not to be missed!

The Adelaide Fringe runs for four weeks from mid February to mid March and there is something for absolutely everyone on offer, from street theatre and circus acts to world class music, cabaret, theatre and comedy. Be sure to get your tickets early to the shows you want to see as many sell out fast.

Every year there are also a variety of family friendly events to attend for FREE.  From the opening street parade to the Fringe Caravan in Goolwa, there is plenty to see and do without having to buy a ticket.


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The Garden of Unearthly Delights | 16 Feb – 19 Mar 2017 

Located in Rundle Park – East Terrace, we always get excited when we see the colourful unique theatre tents pop up for The Garden of Unearthly Delights.

Each year, The Garden of Unearthly Delights is a unique festival playground featuring multiple performance venues, bars, carnival rides, an array of world foods, market stalls, and the most unexpected sideshow surprises.

Garden of Unearthly Delights 2012

The best time to visit with children is during the day (weekends) or early evening. See these free shows at The Garden:

The Garden Sessions

An abundance of glorious locally made sounds by Indigenous artists every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Don’t miss The Garden Sessions and discover just how amazing our homegrown music is. Click here for more details

BankSA Free Concert Series – Thursdays to Sundays 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Every year, the BankSA Free Concerts delight audiences of all ages with a wild and wonderful feast of comedy, cabaret, circus and music. Don’t miss this chance to sample the very best the Fringe has to offer. And it’s all FREE Click here for more details

Click here for more details about the Garden of Unearthly Delights
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Tindo Utpurndee – Sunset Ceremony  | SA Museum lawns, North Terrace, Adelaide | Friday 17 February 2017 at 8pm

To officially open the 2017 Adelaide Fringe, everyone is invited to this special ceremony to recognize the living culture of the First Nations and to pay respect to the spirit of the land. We attended this last year and it was beautiful. Duration is only 30 minutes. The walls of the SA Musuem will be lit up with illuminated projections.

You could walk down Rundle Street for an ice cream treat before or after the ceremony or check out the Garden of Unearthly Delights too.


Digital Walls: Lumifonica | Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, North Terrace | from 8.30pm | Friday 17 February to Sunday 19 February

Right after the Sunset Ceremony, Digital Walls will be turned on at Elder Hall. The facade will be filled with animated light and music, through ingenious interactivity as the audience take their turn to control the building and become virtuosos of light and sound. This free nightly event combines colourful projection mapping with custom made audiovisual synthesis, so that the architecture can be played like a musical instrument drawn from far fetched imagination.

Watch as the bravest in the crowd step up to create their own piece of music and visual art animating the building with moving, grooving architectural projection. Meet the illuminarty, who will show you how to play the magical machinery and help you take a turn to play in the synaesthetic symphony. Find out more here

Fringe Parade

Fringe Parade | Saturday 18 February 2017

Adelaide Night Market from 5pm
Pre-Parade Entertainment from 7.30pm
Parade starts at 8.30pm
North Terrace, Between King William Street and Frome Road

Join Australia’s largest arts parade as 1500+ artists and 80 luminous floats turn North Tce into a spectacular mythical night parade.

Go early to soak up the atmosphere at the Adelaide Night Market with a huge range of stalls, food and music along with pre-parade entertainment.

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Live on 5 | Adelaide Oval | Friday 24 February to Saturday 11 March 2017

Lindsay Head Terrace on Level 5 of Adelaide Oval’s Riverbank Stand will be transformed into LIVE on 5 from 24 February to 11 March (closed Mondays), offering Fringe fans the chance to soak up free entry, fantastic views and a fabulous line-up of shows both free and ticketed.

LIVE on 5 will feature a free stage with a wide range of performers as well as a custom-built ticketed main stage in the Level 5 seating bowl, creating one of the most unique stages in the world – imagine watching a performance with Adelaide Oval as the backdrop!

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Fleurieu Fringe | Weekends during The Fringe from Friday 17 February to Saturday 17 March 2017

Adelaide’s Southern Outdoor Fringe Hub. Featuring live entertainment, performing arts, children’s activities, art installations, workshops, food trucks, bars and artisan markets every Friday and Saturday during Adelaide Fringe. Take your family and friends for a magical evening ‘Down South’ by the river and the sea. There’s something for everyone!

The event is held at Sauerbier House Culture Exchange which is on the banks of the Onkaparinga River at Port Noarlunga.

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Gawler Fringe Opening Event | Friday 17 to Sunday 19 February 2017

Hear Local, See Local, Play Local. Join in at the heart of Gawler at Walker Place for a weekend of FREE Fringe festivities.

The Gawler Fringe Opening Event takes place Friday 17 February – Sunday 19 February. There will be lots of entertainment for the whole family including live and local music, performances, activities, comedy, workshops, food and much more!

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Round Pegs Square Holes | Ramsay Place Noarlunga Centre | Monday 13 February to Sunday 19 March 2017

Round Pegs Square Holes is a festival of new experiences set to activate Ramsay Place by invigorating the public realm through innovative and vibrant activities for all.

Join us for live music, busking, outdoor cinema, pop-ups with performing and visual arts.

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Salisbury Secret Garden | Showcase and Free Outdoor Cinema | Friday 24 February & Friday 3 March 2017

A fun-filled evening with so much for the whole family. Join in the fun with live music and performances, celebrating the diverse program of Salisbury Secret Garden 2017. Finish off the night with a family friendly film under the stars. Best of all entry is FREE, so why not bring the whole family for an evening of fun, entertainment and great food.

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Street Theatre Festival


Fat Tuesday (on a Friday)  | Friday 17 February 2017 | Vardon Avenue, Adelaide

Taking Inspiration from New Orleans, Nola are delivering their take on Fat Tuesday. Celebrated all over the world, Fat Tuesday (aka Mardi Gras) (aka Shrove Tuesday) is all about music, parades, picnics and excitement. So, on Friday Feb 17 they’re bringing the lights, sound and pizazz of the mardi gras carnival over from New Orleans and plonking it in the heart of East End Adelaide!

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Unfold Fringe in Rundle Mall | Friday 17 February – Sunday 19 March 2017 | Gawler Place Canopy, Rundle Mall

It’s a month-long smorgasbord of entertainment in the very heart of Adelaide! Unfold Fringe in the Mall is the perfect opportunity to catch your favourite performers and discover some of the hidden talents of the Fringe. Best of all, it’s free!

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Kids at the HART

#Nofilter Fair | Sunday 19 February 2017 | Carclew Gardens

Start your Fringe with a fun, relaxing day in the sunshine. Located in the stunning gardens of Carclew, enjoy a wide variety of local musical talent, good food, and circus demonstrations and workshops. Roll out your picnic mat and enjoy some local cuisine, or bring your own! With entertainment from some of S.A’s best musical acts! This is an all ages event! Everyone is welcome!

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Stirling Fringe | Friday 24 February to Sunday 5 March 2017

A world-class boutique Fringe Program in the heart of the Adelaide Hills.

The inaugural Stirling Fringe will delight audiences of all ages offering a hand picked performance program of local, national, and international shows. Roving and free family fun, alongside sumptuous food and beverage offerings from across the Adelaide Hills region.

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Bonus Cartwheel Day | Saturday 25 February 2017 | Kurranga Park (near BMX Track)

ROLL UP TUMBLE UP bring your bicycle wheels and wiggles and enjoy an interactive picnic celebrating innovative contraptions on wheels, paint bomb art, circus tricks and random expressions of joy. Take a ride on a souped up solar go cart, jazz up your helmet, indulge in expressive arts, feed your face and bust some moves!

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Port Fringe | Saturday 25 February 2017

On a summer’s evening in the Port, Commercial Road will Fringe it up, showcasing live music, street theatre and local eateries. You will be dancing, singing and laughing along in the street as well as discovering the delightful laneway brought to life with food, arts events and entertainment.

Fontanelle will launch its Port gallery and studios in the old Post Office; historic 32 Nile Street will be activated as a new creative hub, the Fringe on Tour caravan will be there – all to guarantee a fabulous outing. A spectacular evening to launch the Port and surrounds as a major Fringe destination.

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Port Fringe 2017

Meraki Festival | Sunday 26 February 2017 | Soldiers Memorial Gardens Unley

Be well. Be creative. Be balanced. To do something with meraki is to do it with soul, creativity and love. Learn, practice and immerse yourself in a festival of wellbeing for the heart, mind and body.

Find balance, feed your belly, dance like nobody’s watching and learn how to live your life with meraki.

From free fitness classes to wellbeing workshops, puppy play sessions to yoga for wine lovers and acoustic music mashups, come and experience the best in health and wellbeing that City of Unley has to offer.

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Gawler Fringe Artisan Market & Outdoor Cinema | Saturday 4 March 2017

Enjoy great food and check out the fantastic, creative handmade goods and artwork on offer. There’ll be lots to see and buy, as well as activities for the kids and acoustic music. Finish off the day with a FREE outdoor cinema experience. Bring a chair or rug and enjoy a family movie. Screening at 8pm.

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Fringe in Goolwa | Sunday 12 March 2017

Take along a picnic, find a spot on the lawn and enjoy a great fun day as the Adelaide Fringe caravan rolls down south with a wonderful array of Fringe acts.

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CLICK HERE for information about Family Friendly Fringe events and shows

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

What:    Adelaide Fringe Festival | Free Family Friendly Events

When:   Friday 17 February – Sunday 19  March 2017

Where:  Various locations and venues around the state

Who:      Everyone!

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