Adelaide Fringe | Free Family Event Highlights | 15 Feb – 17 March 2019

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.

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 Night Street Parade to the Fringe Caravan in Goolwa, there is plenty to see and do without having to buy a ticket.

The Garden of Unearthly Delights | 14 Feb – 17 Mar 2019

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.

Garden of Unearthly Delights 2012

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.

The Garden of Unearthly Delights | Rundle Park / Kadlitpina, Cnr East Tce & Rundle Rd, Adelaide, 

Outside Light | Monday 11 February – Sunday 17 March 2019

Poet and film-maker Mark Niehus takes his writing from the page to the street in ‘Outside Light.’ This mesmerising street projection showcases a series of projected original short films, transforming a large building facade into a captivating visual canvas that can be viewed nightly, after dark and continuously looped until 1am.  READ MORE HERE

New Local Eatery | 120 Port Road, Hindmarsh

outside light

Opening Night Party | Friday 15 February 2019

The summer festival season starts with a bang with a fabulous party including the Adelaide Night Markets, artist performances and the switching-on of the Fringe’s latest light projection project, Yabarra – Gathering of Light.  Live performances on the Music SA (Frusic) and the Fringe caravan stages from 6pm – 10pm. READ MORE HERE

Karrawirra Parri, River Torrens  (War Memorial Drive between Frome Rd Bridge & King William Rd Bridge)

Tindo Utpurndee (Sunset Ceremony) | Friday 15 February 2019 | 8.15 pm

To officially open the 2019 Adelaide Fringe everyone is invited to this significant Sunset Ceremony to recognise the living culture of the First Nations and to pay respect to the spirit of the land. This place holds many ancient stories and Tindo Utpurndee is one of these, which speaks of spirit and sharing of light.

Held for the first time in 2019, Yabarra: Gathering of Light will illuminate the Torrens riverbank reeds, surrounding grasslands and paths to share stories from the local Kaurna culture. The immersive cultural experience will bring to life native animals and Aboriginal storytelling through mesmerising interactive installations of projection, sound and light.  READ MORE HERE

Karrawirra Parri, River Torrens (War Memorial Drive between Frome Rd Bridge & King William Rd Bridge)

Yabarra – Gathering of Light | Friday 15 February – Sunday 17 March 2019 | 8.30pm to Midnight 

GFG Alliance Presents Yabarra – Gathering of Light

A story for the senses, as projected light and sound guide you through an interactive cultural landscape, sharing stories of Kaurna country along Tarndaparri (the original name for the River Torrens).  READ MORE HERE

Karrawirra Parri, River Torrens (Adelaide University footbridge)

Rundle Mall

Rundle Mall is transformed into a fun, family-friendly and free creative hub. With eye-catching performances, workshops, special guests and a huge public artwork to explore, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Summer Garden Festival | Saturday 16 March 2019 

See Civic Park transform into a Fringe playground, featuring Adelaide Fringe performers, Fork on the Road food trucks, licenced bar, free children’s entertainment and so much more! The event will feature three performance spaces with over 35 performances to keep you entertained.

Civic Park, Modbury

Salisbury Secret Garden Family Fun Day | Sunday 24 February 2019

Visit the ‘Salisbury Secret Garden’ with your family for a day filled with different events to try, and enjoy the happy and friendly vibes around you. READ MORE HERE

Pitman Park at Salisbury Secret Garden – Pitman Park

Twilight Sessions | Friday 15 & 22 February 2019 

The Twilight Sessions have been held in the Prospect Memorial Gardens since 1995 and attract around 1,000 people each week.

This atmospheric outdoor live music event showcases popular SA bands with DJs from 6pm til late. As a family-friendly event, there are activities for kids plus BBQ fundraiser, pop-up bars, food trucks and market stalls. Make a night of it by bringing a picnic blanket and esky, it’s BYO so get in early for a comfy patch on the grass.

Prospect Memorial Gardens, Menzies Cres, Prospect

Stirling Fringe | Friday 22 February – Sunday 3 March 2019

Your pocket-sized Fringe in the heart of the Adelaide Hills, Stirling Fringe is a 10 day celebration of performance, art, music, hills food, beer, wine and great times shared!
With a packed program of 50 different shows to choose from – kids shows, circus, comedy, music, cabaret and more, there’s something for everyone at Stirling Fringe!


Port Fringe | 24 February 2019

Port Adelaide throws an awesome street party and Port Fringe 2019 will be no exception.  ‘Dancing in the Street’ presents the Fringe caravan, main stage and pop-up spaces.  Expect the unexpected, performance, fab food, live music of all persuasions, markets and your chance to trip the light fantastic twinkle toes!

2018’s event welcomed 7000+ people who enjoyed comedy, physical theatre, 2 stages of live music, dance, art installations, a pony trail ride led by a couple of wacky cowboys. Stay tuned for the 2019 line-up.

Commercial Road North and surrounds, Port Adelaide at Port Fringe

Gawler Fringe Opening Event | Friday 15 – Sunday 17 February 2019

Visit Gawler for a weekend of free Fringe festivities. With another jam-packed, exciting line up of local and well-known artists there is bound to be something for everyone. The weekend will include live and local music, dance performances, circus, comedy, workshops, activities, food, drinks and much more!

Fringe in Goolwa | 8 – 10 March 2019

Fringe in Goolwa 2019 includes comedy, live music, musical theatre, children’s workshops, and workshops for big kids.  Something for everyone in Alexandrina! Centenary Hall, the South Coast Regional Art Centre, Goolwa Library, Signal point Gallery, Jeralde Park, the Signal Point Gallery Deck.

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

What:    Adelaide Fringe Festival | Free Family-Friendly Events

When:   Friday 16 February – Sunday 18 March 2019

Where:  Various locations and venues around the state

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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