About Fringe


Adelaide Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere! For 31 magical summer days and nights, Fringe transforms Adelaide and greater South Australia. Our festival stretches from Whyalla all the way across the state to Naracoorte, with eclectic and vibrant events that include cabaret, theatre, comedy, circus, music, visual arts, workshops and so much more.

Adelaide Fringe was born in 1960 and has grown year on year. In 2021, within a COVID world, we were able to sell an astonishing 632,667 tickets.

Our audiences range from 1 to 100+ years old, and come from all walks of life. This variety also pertains to our diverse array of artists and venues, which are at the heart of everything we do. We truly are ‘The People’s Festival’. 

We are a not-for-profit, open access festival. This means that anyone can register an event in Adelaide Fringe! Whether you’re putting on a modestly-budgeted, dugong-themed cabaret gig in your Mum’s garage or you’re selling out spiegeltents with your high flying circus act—Fringe welcomes you with open arms!

Event: YUCK Circus. Photo: Tony Virgo, 2019.

Fringe brings together 6000+ independent artists in 300+ venues across South Australia, collectively putting on over 1200 shows. We’ve had every type of experience you can think of. Free outdoor events? Check.
Events held in historic bomb shelters? Check.
Tasting food of the future? Check.
One-person show with a two person audience? Yep, we’ve had that too.

In 2021, in a society still wary of COVID-19, we successfully produced the biggest festival in the world at that time. Although smaller than previous years (which was a reflection of COVID-waryness and significantly less international acts), there were still 900+ events for the public to enjoy.

Ask anyone from Adelaide: Fringe is the best time to be in South Australia!

Crowd of people with their back to the camera, walking towards a large Fringe Box Office in the distance. The Fringe Box office is big with stars and heavy Fringe branding.

East End Unleashed. Photo: Chloe Elizabeth, 2021.

Did you know that Adelaide Fringe is a registered charity? We’ve been a part of the cultural fabric of South Australia since 1960—here to provide a ticketing platform, resources and support for the artists, venues, producers and audiences who make our festival possible. Fringe wouldn’t happen without them. We also wouldn’t be here without the support of our Partners and Donors, and those who also support us by buying Adelaide Fringe merchandise or become a Fringe Member.

Want to keep up to date with Fringe? Sign up to our eNewsletter or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Future Dates

2023 – 17 February to 19 March 

2024 – 16 February to 17 March 

Top banner image: Event: Circus Wonderland - A Mermaid's Tale. Photo: Farhad Noori, 2021