South Australian Museum. Photo: Adam Bruzzone, courtesy of South Australian Tourism Commission

Adelaide's culture

South Australia is Australia’s festival state because it hosts many national and internationally acclaimed events and knows how to throw a good party.  There's also plenty of museums, galleries and attractions so enjoy Adelaide's 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. 
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What's cool in the festival state

Adelaide prides itself on art, culture, and knows how to throw a great party. Some of its many cool festivals are:

  • The Adelaide Festival brings together the best in international music, theatre, dance and arts every summer for two week.
Enjoy the Adelaide Festival. Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia
  • 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.”
  • 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 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.  

Museums & Galleries

Some of the cultural delights to add to your trip planner for your time in South Australia include:

  • Art Gallery of South Australia which is filled with painting and artworks from all over the world. General admission is free, and charges apply for some exhibitions.
  • Migration Museum where you'll discover local migrant family stories and struggles. Entry is free.
  • South Australian Museum has the largest collection of Australian Aboriginal artefacts. You can also take the Adelaide Aboriginal Cultural Walking Tour. Entry is free.
  • Visit Tandanya for the oldest Aboriginal-owned and Managed centre for the arts.
  • ‚ÄčTraverse the gallery trail between the streets of Adelaide’s city centre and Norwood and Kent Town.