The Garden of Unearthly Delights | Adelaide Fringe | 13 Feb – 15 Mar 2020

The Garden of Unearthly Delights

The Garden of Unearthly Delights began with just one Spiegeltent in 2000. Over the past nineteen years it has evolved into the greatest arts event in town and the heart of Adelaide’s summer arts festival season.

Each year, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, a partnership between Strut and Fret Production House and Buxton Walker, create a unique festival playground including multiple performance venues, bars, carnival rides, an array of world foods, market stalls, and the most unexpected sideshow surprises.

The East End parklands are completely transformed during the Fringe festival and The Garden’s superb and unusual venues make this precinct unlike any other.  Creating a unique, colourful and electric atmosphere both night and day, it is most certainly one place you should visit during the Fringe festival be it to see a show, to watch some street theatre, for the games and rides or to just take in the sights and sounds of this wonderful South Australian event.

Family Program:

Garden Sessions | Saturdays

Listen to an abundance of glorious locally made sounds by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists every Saturday afternoon. Don’t miss The Garden Sessions and discover just how amazing our homegrown music is.

FIND OUT MORE HERE

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Amazing Drumming Monkeys | 15 February – 15 March 2020

VENUE: LE CASCADEUR

Australia’s favourite family puppet show is back at the Fringe with a brand new character, “Kiiko” and her funky little drum kit. A clever combination of puppetry, live music, comedy, and heartwarming themes, resulting in a funny and engaging show for the whole family.

FIND OUT MORE INFO HERE | READ OUR 2016 REVIEW HERE

Brass Monkeys | 14 February – 15 March 2020

VENUE: THE FACTORY

Brass Monkeys celebrates kids who march to the beat of their own drum. Bursting with high calibre acrobatics, a ton of comedy, live music and high flying tricks, this show is perfect for little kids and grown ups who like a big brass belly laugh. 

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Children are Stinky | 28 February – 1 March 2020

VENUE: UMBRELLA REVOLUTION

Performed by dream team Malia Walsh and Chris Carlos, the duo’s attempts to prove that kids are stinky are met with messy, ridiculous, hysterical twists. They only succeed in proving that children are awesome and they know it! Expect daredevil stunts, incredible acrobatics, lighting fast hula hoops, loads of laughs & mischievous fun.

FIND OUT MORE INFO HERE | READ OUR 2017 REVIEW HERE

Don’t Mess with the Dummies | 14 February – 15 March 2020

VENUE: CORONA THEATRE

Lions and tigers and dummies, oh my! Set up camp and stampede into the jungle for an outlandish, circus filled extravaganza that will leave you chuckling like a monkey and roaring for more.

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Foals | 13 February – 15 March 2020

This exhibition installation will feature photographs taken by children across the state, celebrating what they love about the place they live. From the ordinariness of everyday life to the excitement of holidays and special occasions, FOALS will provide a small glimpse into how each child sees their world.

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Monski Mouse’s Baby Cabaret | 15 February – 14 March 2020

VENUE: FORTUNA SPIEGELTENT

Join Monski Mouse and Friends for a live musical cabaret of nursery classics, reworked song, puppetry and fun for 0-5s and parents/carers. All the big topics covered: elephants, fish, wiggly worms, transport and the existential ways of the toddler.

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Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall | 16 February – 15 March 2020

VENUE: FORTUNA SPIEGELTENT

Why toddle when you can dance? Join DJ Monski Mouse for this international hit with the under fives AND their parents/carers. Expect bouncing, bopping, beautiful, bonkers fun with retro hits, pop favourites and thumping nursery rhymes.

FIND OUT MORE INFO HERE | READ OUR 2013 REVIEW HERE

Mr Snot Bottom’s Horrible, Terrible, Really, Really, Bad, Bad, Show | 7 – 15 March 2020

VENUE: MULTIPLE VENUES

He’s The Willy Wonka of Weird, The Prince of Putrid, The King of Kids Comedy, it’s the disgustingly distasteful Mr Snot bottom, returning by popular demand. Expect a horrendous hour of the most appalling acting, stupidest scripts and just-dumb dialogue in a putrid performance of horrid humour, that will make you absolutely, utterly… adore every minute. 

FIND OUT MORE INFO HERE | READ OUR 2013 REVIEW HERE

mr snot bottom

Peter Combe in Brush Your Hair with a Toothbrush!! | 7 – 15 March 2020

VENUE: CORONA THEATRE

Peter Combe returns with a splendiferous, quirky new show. New songs and old faves. Jack & the Beanstalk, Newspaper Mama, The Walking Song, Sun Comes Up Sun Goes Down, Juicy Juicy Green Grass, Little Doggy, Spaghetti Bolognaise, Ting Tang Teng Tong, Best Friends together with the Theatre Bugs kids, and of course…Wash Your Face in Orange Juice. 

FIND OUT MORE INFO HERE

Splash Test Dummies | 25 February 2020

VENUE: CORONA THEATRE

Splash Test Dummies will be there, ready to roll out their beach towels and spring into a brand new hour of circus filled hilarity for the whole family. See a brilliant array of catch-your-breath stunt work, acrobatics, juggling and the side-splitting, slapstick comedy for which the dummies are famous.

FIND OUT MORE INFO HERE

Teeny Tiny Stevies | 29 February 2020

VENUE: FORTUNA SPIEGELTENT

What started out as a fun side project for sisters Byll and Beth from The Little Stevies, Teeny Tiny Stevies has taken on a life of its own, Avoiding the usual kids’ show distractions such as characters, costumes or props, Teeny Tiny Stevies is simply good quality live music (for kids), performed by seasoned, international touring professionals with incredible talent and loads of charm.

FIND OUT MORE INFO HERE

Tony Roberts: I’m a Magician Get Me Out of Here | 15 February – 15 March 2020

VENUE: LE CASCADEUR

Mind-blowing escapology and magical mayhem are unleashed by Covent Garden’s cheekiest and funniest street performer, Tony Roberts, in this show all about friendship, fun and following your dreams.

FIND OUT MORE INFO HERE

Dining In

The Garden hosts a colourful array of food and drink stalls from around the world.  Ask the foodies for their daily specials, as well as their show recommendations.  The Garden Market is full of wild surprises for those who can’t resist a trinket.  And what carnival would be complete without a spin on the ferris wheel or a bump on the dodgem cars? All the fun of the fair – old school style.

SEE THE FULL PROGRAM HERE

BOOK FRINGE SHOW TICKETS HERE

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Garden of Unearthly Delights Opening Hours:

  • Monday – Thursday | 5pm – 1am (Except Mon 17 Feb CLOSED, Thu 13 Feb 2020 7.30pm – 1am and Public Holiday Mon 9 Mar 2020 10am – 1am)
  • Friday | 5pm – 3am
  • Saturday | 10am – 3am
  • Sunday | 10am – 1am (Except Sun 8 Mar 2020 10am – 3am)

The best time to visit with young children is during the day on weekends or early in the evening.  It can get extremely busy and loud at night as the crowd builds and there can often be a queue to enter The Garden (ticket holders have priority entry).

Minors may enjoy The Garden until midnight (or until 1am if accompanied by a guardian AND they are seeing a show that starts prior to midnight and finishes before 1am). On busy nights The Garden may refuse entry to minors arriving from 11pm so that they are able to meet the conditions of their limited licence (ensure minors are off site by midnight). At no time can minors enter The Garden after midnight or remain in The Garden after 1am. 

The Garden Box Office is located at the East Terrace entrance.  Tickets can be purchased here in person and this is the collection point for pre-purchased tickets. Tickets can also be purchased inside The Garden.

If you have an E-Ticket on your phone, you can go straight to the venue and Front of House staff will scan the QR code. If you require printed tickets, you can print these at home or collect paper tickets or The Garden’s box offices or Swipe & Collect stations. 

Entry to The Garden of Unearthly Delights:

The Garden is free to enter.  Although there is free entertainment and activities on at various times, charges apply to games, rides and sideshow entertainment.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Garden of Unearthly Delights website.

What:   The Garden of Unearthly Delights

When:    Thursday 13 February – Sunday 15 March 2020 | See opening times above (closed Mon 17 Feb)

Where:  Rundle Park | East Terrace, Adelaide

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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