Adelaide's  streets and laneways are art galleries in themselves. South Australian Tourism Commission

Adelaide's culture & festivals

South Australia is known as Australia’s festival state because it hosts many national and internationally acclaimed events. I promise you, Adelaide knows how to throw a good party.  There's also plenty of museums, galleries and eclectic cultural experiences, from art by the earliest Indigenous Australians, to colonial Australian art and modern performance art; to music, film to street art and dance. So get your culture on and experience the galleries, museums and festivals.

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Art and music is everywhere in Adelaide.
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Museums & Galleries

  • Visit Tandanya for the oldest Aboriginal-owned and Managed centre for the arts. Traverse the gallery trail between the streets of Adelaide’s city centre and Norwood and Kent Town. When you walk in the doors, you’ll enjoy storytelling by Australia’s First People and and interactive exhibits.
  • South Australian Museum has the largest collection of Australian Aboriginal artefacts. You can also take the Adelaide Aboriginal Cultural Walking Tour. Entry is free.
  • Art Gallery of South Australia is filled with painting and artworks from all over the world. You’ll be hard pressed to see all 40,000 paintings, sculptures, sketches, photographs and designs on display. General admission is free, and charges apply for some exhibitions.
  • Migration Museum is where you'll discover migrant family stories and struggles. Entry is free.
  • GagProjects is a warehouse gallery that promotes the best local talent, and connects artists with institutions and private collectors.
  • Walk towards the yellow painted windows to discover Ace Open art gallery and a range of free exhibitions showcasing creatives works by contemporary artists.
  • Don’t miss the Jam Factory where Australia’s up-and-coming designers show off their creations made from ceramics, glass, furniture, jewellery and metalwork.
South Australian Museum. Photo: Adam Bruzzone,
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Adelaide fringe festival
Be part of the Adelaide fringe festival.
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What's cool in the festival state

  • The Adelaide Fringe is Australia’s largest Festival for art, music, outdoor theatre, film, and dance. Adelaide Fringe Festival has 100's of pop-up venues in parks, warehouses, laneways and empty buildings, plus theatres, hotels, art galleries and cafes. Artists and performers from all over the world take part in this four week long party in February and March.
  • WOMADelaide outdoor music festival features traditional and contemporary musicians, dancers and DJs, street theatre and visual artists. This four day festival is held at the Botanic Park in March.
  • The Adelaide Festival brings together the best in international music, theatre, dance and arts every summer for two week.
  • Adelaide Writers’ Week brings together writers and thinkers for a week of readings, discussions and debate.
  • The Adelaide Film Festival runs for 11 day in October, and according to Variety Magazine “is one of the Top 50 unmissable film festivals around the world.”
Get your festival fun on in Adelaide
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Santos Down Under cycling race in Adelaide
Santos Tour Down Under
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  • The South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA) is everything 'art' including sculpture, painting, photography, moving images and installations. Exhibitions are everywhere, from traditional galleries and studios to cafes, restaurants, wineries and shops.  
  • The Santos Tour Down Under is held every January and attracts some of the biggest names in world road cycling.
  • Enjoy the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June, and the Feast Festival in November that celebrates all things “queer”.