Umbrella Festival | Family Friendly Events | 16 Jul – 8 Aug 2021

Umbrella Festival 2021

Tuesday 20 July 2021 Update: Due to SA Health’s announcement of Level 5 restrictions being put in place, all Umbrella Festival celebrations will be temporarily on hold for a week, or until SA Health provides new safety recommendations. 

Umbrella Festival is an open access live music festival presented by not-for-profit organisation, Music SA – who are delighted to bring Umbrella Festival back in 2021.

Designing this year’s program to suit the challenges thrown up by the COVID-19 pandemic on the live music sector, Music SA is proud to announce that after a hiatus in 2020, Umbrella Festival is back in 2021 for its fifth instalment, delivering a live music program of more than 170 events across South Australia this winter from Friday 16 July until Sunday 8 August.

Music SA has also made a conscious effort to ensure that this year’s program is more accessible to all. Almost 50 per cent of the program is free to attend and there has been a significant increase in events (60+ events) that have both a wheelchair accessible entrance and bathroom.  Additionally, 93 registered events (53 per cent) are suitable for audiences of all ages.

The annual winter celebration of live music features 294 performances across 38 different contemporary music genres in 85 venues across Adelaide’s CBD, metropolitan suburbs and, for the first time thanks to the South Australian Government, South Australia’s regional areas including the Eyre Peninsula, the Barossa, the Adelaide Hills and the Fleurieu Peninsula.


Umbrella’s return showcases a vibrant program of city-based, curated events, which is kicked off by the Umbrella Official Opening Night in Rymill Park (Mullawirraburka) on Saturday 17 July. The free event boasts a headline performance by Larrakia and Tulampunga Pakana artists MARLON X RULLA after a knockout performance supporting Midnight Oil at WOMADelaide earlier this year. Enjoy some of SA’s best wine and beer with partners Pirate Life and Alpha Box & Dice on offer as well as a wide selection of food and market stall vendors.


Rundle Mall’s school holiday program Magical Mall Melodies features the likes of Humphrey B. Bear, Tutti Choir and other local entertainers all writing and performing songs in Rundle Mall and about Rundle Mall. Expect Polka Dots and Bubbles. See performance times here.

KINARA – 24 JULY 2021

Colliding with the inaugural Illuminate Festival, Music SA has joined forces with Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute to produce KINARA – a one-night-only activation along Karrawirra Parri (River Torrens) celebrating the full moon on Saturday 24 July. The all-ages and free event will combine live music with immersive sound, light and imaginative experiences created by Pintupi artists.


The return of the 2019 umbrella installation in Vaughan Place in the city’s west-end, featuring Kiah Gossner’s CONTACT which combines audio, visual and structural elements to explore a culture of domestic violence.  


Family friendly event where kids can enjoy a live musical performance with George the Farmer, a Move and Groove session with the crew from the Mount Gambier Library and a Phoenix Music Studio workshop in the morning.  Horse drawn cart rides and self-guided tours of the farm running all day, blended with cocktails, mocktails, food and some great live music with Ben Hood and Willoism in the Echo Farm marquee in the afternoon. Free transport available. FIND OUT MORE HERE


A huge celebration of local talent to close Umbrella Festival 2021 hosted at the Pirate Life Brewery in Port Adelaide.  The event is free entry and there will be plenty of food, beer and wine on offer, as well as an exceptional performance by SA’s Afro-Beat heroes The Shaolin Afronauts, plus a huge line up of local talent throughout the day.


Over 40 events will be held in South Australia’s regions in 2021, with highlights including: El Cubano – a night of live Cuban music and dancing hosted by Lazaro Numa (over 20 years’ experience and has previously performed at WOMADelaide) in Whyalla Big Umbrella By the Sea – an event staged over three nights with performances by acts and local supports in Port Lincoln, and an entirely free First Nations live music stage as a part of Port Lincoln’s Wharfest event hosted by Umeewarra Aboriginal Media Association.


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

What:   Umbrella Festival

When:    16 July – 8 August 2021

Where:   Adelaide and regional South Australia

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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