Mad March Musts

The festoon lighting is being strung, the posters are being stuck, the carnival tents are being pitched - it’s that time of year again…Adelaide’s festival season and mad March is nearly upon us. The city comes alive; a hive of activity for locals, interstaters and international visitors alike.

But where do you start? Your mind and calendar are full of shows and activities, and you’ve got festival guides with post-it notes scattered all over the kitchen bench. It’s a social logistical nightmare. A great problem to have, but we all need a bit of a helping hand to get our calendar priorities sorted sometimes.

So here are our top picks for Mad March events and happenings - what’s on, when it’s on, why you should go, and where to find out more.

All you have to do is get out there and enjoy Radelaide…


Running through the peak of South Aussie summer, Fringe is one of Adelaide’s favourite events, 57 years young. Now with direct links with the famed Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Fringe has garnered itself quite the reputation over the years. There’s a whopping 1223 events in this year’s program, so you certainly won’t be strapped for shows to see. The trouble is choosing.

This year, they’ve re-vamped their website, so it’s even easier to wade your way through the impressive lists - search by the genre you’re feeling, by date or even by venue if you don’t want to stray far from your front doorstep. While it’s a great idea to snap up tickets early to one of the headlining shows with rave reviews, it’s equally important to take a stab in the dark and go to that venue you’ve never heard of to watch a piece of theatre, cabaret or even perhaps circus performance you wouldn’t normally choose. Live a little and take a punt - that’s what Fringe is all about - experiencing something different.

Shows are ticketed (prices vary)

But wait, there’s more…some of Fringe’s most popular venues like the Garden of Unearthly Delights and the Royal Croquet Club also operate as separate entities. To debunk any confusion, find them on the Fringe website AND through their own individual websites and programs. So you can suss out ALL your options online beforehand, or wander the city and see what you find.

The Garden has all sorts of sideshows, food, drinks, rides, market stalls and an unbeatable garden carnival atmosphere. It’s the perfect pit-stop between shows, for dinner, a drink after work - you name it. Our advice? You should be there as much as you can for the month this little oasis is running. There’s no excuses either - it’s open every day and night of the week. Check out the program online or head in for a gander. Entry is free, but if you’re keen for a show, make sure to purchase online, or at the ticket booths outside the gates before you go inside.

Free entry, shows are ticketed (prices vary)

Royal Croquet Clubis back yet again at it’s Pinky Flat location (commonly known as the ‘beach’ this year). With their own set of shows, food and drink offerings and sideshow atmosphere, this is another great one for a gander, a wander and to see what you can find. With four different performance spaces inside the venue, and a stellar program of shows, it’s well worth a visit.

Free entry, shows are ticketed (prices vary)

*TOP TIP* Make the most of Fringe and try a show in each venue. Perhaps have a bite to eat or drink at a different one each week too, and share the festive love.


To continue the arts and culture fun during mad march, Adelaide Festival is a feast for the senses. There’s dining experiences with a difference, theatre, film, installation, dance, music, opera, talks and more. They’re also hosting the ever-popular Writer’s Week, with a number of guest authors speaking in the beautiful surrounds of the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden. Venues for all other events and genres vary, so check out the program online. Book fast, these shows can sell out quick.

Shows are ticketed (prices vary)


Celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary this year, Adelaide 500 (formerly Clipsal 500) electrifies the Eastern side of the city. The event brings huge crowds of visitors from near and far to the Victoria Park racecourse, some with a love of motor-sport action and others who just come for the buzz and the live entertainment. Held over one of the busiest weekends in Adelaide for the year, beware of extra traffic and road closures if you’ve snapped up tickets to this one (or if you’re in the near vacinity). Plan ahead, folks. Public transport is your best bet.

Ticketed event - prices vary, from $35


Womad is not your average music festival. The award winning weekend is a mecca of music and culture, celebrating everything from dance to healing, cuisine to crafts and education to spoken word. People come from all over to experience this unique Adelaide festival a mini world created for the long weekend in Botanic Park. You can get weekend or day passes of any length you choose, to suit any level of commitment or budget.

Ticketed event - prices vary, from $94


If you’re a fan of a delicious drop, a nip of a spectacular spirit, or a glass of a brilliant brew, but can’t quite take the time out for a winery weekend away with a driver and all the rest, Cellar Door Fest is your one-stop-shop. Held at the Convention Centre, the festival showcases over 180 different South Australian wineries, distilleries, breweries and food producers. You can head along for a good ol’ gander at all the stalls and a taste of anything (or even everything!) you like, or you can purchase tickets to some of the special events on offer. There’s workshops, long tables lunches, demonstrations and a number of other fun times to be had - all listed on their website.

Ticketed event - prices vary, from $25


Whether you’re there for a bit of betting, the beautiful horses or the dresses and fascinators, Adelaide Cup Day is a top day out. Held at Morphetville Racecourse, the big day is accompanied with food and entertainment. You can also purchase a $35 ticket to The Starting Gate, a trackside party on the day with special food and drinks offerings as well as live entertainment. There’s even a Ferris Wheel. We’ll see you there.

Ticketed event - prices vary, from $25


Held towards the end of March (thank goodness!! You’ve got some time in your calendar now), the French Film Festival (films shown at Palace Nova) is a great way to get practicing your ‘bounjour’s’. All films are accompanied with some sort of delicious french fare, including burgundy, cheese and apple tarts (yum!). What better reason does one need to go and see a move than a side of French delicacies. Ooh la la!

Ticketed event - prices vary


You might have already been to the Ebenezer Night Markets already this summer, but if you haven’t, now is the time because March 10th is the final date for the season. These popular markets fill the laneways and alleyways of the East End, featuring everything from candles and jewellery, to artwork and crafts and even a variety of food offerings.

Our tip? If you’re looking to be festival-efficient, you could park in the East End, wind your way through the night markets, and head on through to the parklands to the Garden of Unearthly Delights for a full balmy summer night of Radelaide fun.

Free entry


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