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 up in Whyalla all the way down to Mount Gambier, 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 2020, we sold 853,419 tickets. Our audiences range from 1 to 100, and come from all walks of life. We truly are ‘The People’s Festival’. 

We’re 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, cuttlefish-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 (as long as you’re not doing anything illegal).

Event: YUCK Circus. Photographer: Tony Virgo. 

Fringe brings together 6000+ independent artists in 300+ venues across SA, collectively putting on over 1200 shows. We’ve had every type of experience you can think of. Free outdoor events? Check. State of the art VR experiences? Check. Sensory-reduced, completely accessible, award-winning children's theatre? Check. One-person show in a toilet cubicle? Yep, we’ve had that too. 

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

East End Unleashed. Photographer: R Monteleone. 

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.

In 2021, we’re preparing for a month-long festival running from 19 February - 21 March. We will run for 31 days and nights and will operate within government guidelines that may be in place around COVID-19 regulations, travel restrictions and/or crowd limits. 

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Future Dates

19 Feb – 21 Mar 2021 

18 Feb –20 Mar 2022