Adelaide Fringe Festival FREE Family-Friendly Events
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 including many free events which are family friendly.
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 Opening Night celebrations to the Fringe Caravan in Goolwa, there is plenty to see and do without having to buy a ticket.
The Garden of Unearthly Delights | 13 February – 15 March 2020
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. The best time to visit with children is during the day (weekends) or early evening.
Rundle Park / Kadlitpina (Park 13), Rundle Rd and East Terrace
The Garden Sessions | Saturday afternoons
An abundance of glorious locally made sounds by Indigenous artists every Saturday afternoon. Don’t miss The Garden Sessions and discover just how amazing our homegrown music is.
The Garden of Unearthly Delights | Rundle Park / Kadlitpina, Cnr East Tce & Rundle Rd, Adelaide
Giant Sing Along | 14 February – 15 March 2020 | From 12pm
This year, Adelaide Fringe is hosting the karaoke to end all karaoke. You don’t often get the opportunity to belt out your favourite ballads to your heart’s content – but at ‘Giant Sing Along’, you’ll be welcomed with open arms (and microphones with judgement-free, built-in autotune for those of us who aren’t exactly Adele). The Giant Sing Along will be on from 12pm each day of the Fringe and will be FREE (no tickets needed).
Giant Sing Along | Lot Fourteen, North Terrace, Adelaide
Gluttony | 14 February – 15 March 2020
Gluttony are excited to be back this season with an eclectic array of 19 venues across their Rymill Park and Masonic Lodge sites, ranging from the large and lively to the intimate and atmospheric, and accommodating an outstanding entertainment program. You can find their food courts offering a diverse range of delicious cuisines, bars serving fine wines, local beer and top-shelf spirits, family-friendly activities, and multiple areas to chill and watch the world go by at the open-air party in the park. FREE entry as always.
Rymill Park, Adelaide & Masonic Lodge, North Terrace, Adelaide
Fringe On Tour | 14 February – 29 March 2020
Each year, Adelaide Fringe hits the road to bring a taste of Fringe to every corner of South Australia. And this year is no different as they hit the streets in 9 amazing locations. Starting in the Barossa and finishing in Mount Gambier, an assortment of entertainers will be performing. Entertainment and activities include live music, circus performers, workshops, markets and much more.
Various locations around SA
Opening Night | Friday 14 February 2020
Adelaide Fringe 2020 will kick off with a wide range events across the city and beyond. Join in in celebrating the Fringe’s 60th birthday.
Tindo Utpurndee (Sunset Ceremony) | Friday 14 February 2020 | 8:15 pm
Experience Tindo Utpurndee or ‘Sunset Ceremony’, which will officially open the Fringe with a celebration of Aboriginal culture. This powerful and enthralling ceremony recognises and honours the living customs of First Nations people, pays respect to the spirit of the land and give thanks to elders past, present and emerging.
Rymill Park / Mullawirraburka | East Terrace, Adelaide
Yabarra – Dreaming in Light | Saturday 15 February – Sunday 15 March 2020 (Tickets Required)
You are invited to journey along an immersive dreaming track to experience the story of creation and country at Tandanya.
For all 31 days and nights of the 2020 Fringe, audiences are invited to experience the dreaming through cutting edge light technologies and state of the art illuminations. Yabarra will be a unique indoor cultural experience which will engage, immerse, and educate all who share the dreaming in light.
This is a FREE event but tickets are required.
Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute | 253 Grenfell St, Adelaide
Summer Garden Festival | Saturday 15 February 2020
Civic Park will be transformed into an Adelaide Fringe playground, featuring world-class Adelaide Fringe performers across three performance stages, gourmet food and drinks from Fork on the Road, licensed bar and free children’s entertainment in the beautiful natural surrounds at this free community event.
Civic Park, Modbury
Ingle Farm Festival – Salisbury Fringe | Saturday 15 February 2020
Enjoy an afternoon of FREE Fringe music and entertainment at the Ingle Farm Shopping Centre. The Ingle Farm Festival kicks off with COOL 4 KIDS Music Show, where the kids can get involved in the colourful performance with music, movement, dance and drama activities. Followed by Julian Bull, a magician that uses rope, coins, pencils, paper, balls, cards and just about anything to perform his magic shows.
While catching these performances you can also visit Balloon Decors by Tei to see their balloon twisting skills that create animals and objects from colourful balloons.
Ingle Farm Shopping Centre | Cnr Walkleys Rd & Montague Rd, Ingle Farm
Twilight Sessions | Friday 14 , 21 & 28 February 2020
The ‘Twilight Sessions’ are FREE outdoor live music events held every Friday night in February at Prospect’s Memorial Gardens. Make a night of it by taking a picnic blanket, some snacks and an esky. It’s BYO, so get in early for a comfy patch on the grass and enjoy the music.
Prospect Memorial Gardens, Menzies Cres, Prospect
Stirling Fringe | Friday 21 February – Sunday 1 March 2020
Bamboozled Productions is proud to be bringing back the Stirling Fringe for 2020, which will feature fabulous performers from around the world, interstate and of course locally. The Stirling Lawns will again be the hub, with the 100-seat tent venue, and outside stage and of course bars and food trucks.
Stirling Lawns, Coventry Library | 63 Mount Barker Rd, Stirling – Piccadillyangga | Stirling Community Theatre, Stirling
Port Fringe | Saturday 14 March 2020 *EVENT CANCELLED*
Free street party to end the 2020 Fringe on a high. Featuring the Fringe on Tour caravan, performance, entertainment, music, workshops, food and drink, installations – including The Young and The Wrestlers, live Mexican wrestling, the surprising and the amusing.
Commercial Road North and surrounds, Port Adelaide at Port Fringe
Fringe @ Gawler Civic Centre | Sunday 16 February 2020
Go along to the heart of Gawler at the redeveloped Civic Centre for a Sunday of free Fringe festivities. With an exciting array of live and local music, performers and activities, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Gawler Civic Centre, 89-91 Murray Street, Gawler
Fringe in Goolwa | Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 March 2020
A weekend of music, performance, cabaret, workshops comedy and more.
The Goolwa Wharf | Goolwa Wharf, Cutting Rd , Goolwa
Fringe Walk | 12 February – 15 March 2020
Celebrate Fringe’s 60th birthday with a historic skip down memory lane. Throughout the festival, Fringe Walk will adorn North Terrace with 16 large, free standing light boxes, showcasing your favourite posters from Fringes past. Visit during the day or wait until the sun goes down and witness the striking nostalgia light up the night.
North Terrace, Adelaide
Street Art Explosion | 12 February – 29 March 2020
The Street art explosion program is now in its fifth year and commissions Adelaide’s best emerging and established artists to create new public murals and street art installations around the CBD and the ‘burbs. Painted in the lead-up to Fringe 2020 these eye-catching creations are at the forefront of the burgeoning Adelaide public art scene and could pop up in a street near you.
Various locations around Adelaide CBD
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Fringe website.
What: Adelaide Fringe Festival | Free Family-Friendly Events
When: 12 February – 29 March 2020
Where: Various locations around SA
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: Play & Go Adelaide and Adelaide Fringe website
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