Something on Saturday 2017 | Apr to Aug 2017


Hip Hip Hooray! Adelaide Festival Centre celebrates 40 years of SOMETHING ON SATURDAY – inspiring arts experiences for children across the state.

One of our favourite programs, Something on Saturday, is back for another fun-filled year with the best entertainment for children aged 0 – 10 years from 23 April – 26 August 2017. This year’s program is a celebration of 40 years of the Adelaide Festival Centre’s commitment each year to delight and entertain thousands of people, providing an affordable opportunity to beat the winter blues with many South Australian children enjoying their first theatrical experience.

The 2017 program has something that appeals to all tastes and covers everything from physical theatre, slapstick humour, puppetry, live music, storytelling, ballet, circus, classic children’s literature brought to life on stage, acrobatics, galas, magic, African drumming, jazz, pop, rock, symphony orchestra, science, juggling, comedy, cabaret, literature, theatre, singalongs and rhyme. Kids are encouraged to sing, dance and have good old fashioned fun as Something on Saturday presents artists from all over Australia.

This year’s 40 year celebratory program features 43 stand out shows over 19 weeks.


This year’s program will kick off with party games and a cake at A Peter Combe Extravaganza. Peter is one of Australia’s best known and most loved children’s performers and is a long time past performer and advocate of Something on Saturday he’ll be rockin out the stage performing all of his favourite hits including the perennially popular Newspaper Mamma and Spaghetti Bolognaise along with some newbies from his new album.

Program highlights include:

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, based on the award winning book by famed children’s author Michael Rowen. Join a brave family of adventurers on their quest to find a big scary bear.

Kids can let their inner rockstar shine in So You Think You Can Sing Along? features a rocking live band playing all the hits from Frozen to Pharrell. Tessa Waters will release their inner rock legends in How To Be A Rock Star.

DreamBIG Festivals’ Big Family Weekend is a fun and joyous trail of art and wonder for the whole family.

Australia’s most sought after kids comedians The Listies are back in The Listies 6D (*it’s twice as good as 3D).

Mr Stink based on the most popular children’s author today David Walliams (Little Britain) and brought to you by the team behind The 13-Storey Treehouse Live On Stage.

SOS wouldn’t be complete without ballet and this year’s program features Australian Classical Youth Ballet’s The Night Before Christmas and Aladdin and the Genie of Unlimited Wishes by South Australian Children’s Ballet Company. Both companies have been regulars in the SOS program throughout its 40 year history.

The season will finish on with 26 August with BEEP featuring Windmill Theatre Company’s trademark design, gentle storytelling, music and puppetry.

The Foundation Kids Corner

Each week families can take advantage of the FREE Foundation Kids Corner Workshops. Each week an art and craft activity complements and is themed to each week’s paid performance on offer. The workshops are committed to inspiring and stimulating young people and are funded by the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation. The Foundation raises funds for projects that nurture young people at Adelaide Festival Centre, thereby inspiring young people through the arts, and it is for this reason the workshops are free.

Tickets are now on sale!   Tickets are from $12 per person when purchasing tickets to four or more Something on Saturday performances (plus a $8.95 transaction fee per booking, not per ticket), and single tickets are from $15 per person (+ transaction fee).

Program Guide

23 April 2017 | Peter Combe

29 April 2017 | We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

6 May 2017 | So You Think You Can Sing Along

13 May 2017 | Slapdash Galaxy

20 – 21 May 2017 | Big Family Weekend

20 – 21 May 2017 | Mr Stink

20 – 21 May 2017 | The Listies 6D*

24 – 27 May 2017 | Tetris

24 – 27 May 2017 | Rain

3 June 2017 | Aladdin

10 June 2017 | Family Gala

18 June 2017 | Hush 16 – A Piece of Quiet

24 June 2017 | Alex the Magician in Jaw-Dropping 3D

30 June – 1 July 2017 | Herman and Rosie

8 July 2017 | How to be a Rock Star

15 July 2017 | The Boat

22 July 2017 | SciWorlds Science Magic Show

29 July 2017 | The Night Before Christmas

12 August 2017 | Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space

19 August 2017 | WALA The Spirit of Ghana

24 August – 3 September 2017 | Beep

CLICK HERE for more info & to book tickets

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

What:  Something on Saturday 2017

When: Every weekend from 23 April – 27 August 2017

Where: Adelaide Festival Centre (various locations)

Who:    0 – 10 years old

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