It’s known as the Festival State for good reason. It’s almost that time of year again when South Australians go into overdrive and shows the rest of the nation and in fact the world, ‘how to festival’. 

Affectionately known as Mad March, the city puts on 30 days of unforgettable performances, festivals, panels, exhibitions, light shows and more! Mad March includes the following festivals: 

Starting in late February annually, Adelaide plays host to a diverse range of events right in the heart of the city and surrounding suburbs. From world-class acts to homegrown talent, all three festivals deliver something for everyone and for a wide range of age groups and tastes.

With Adelaide just a short two-hour flight from Sydney and a one-hour flight from Melbourne, it’s a hot destination pick for the month of March. 

Adelaide Fringe
Adelaide Fringe 

Mad March will kick off with the Adelaide Fringe Festival on February 18 – one of the largest open-access arts festivals in the world. With over 700 shows, visitors can expect a diverse range of performances, including music, comedy, theatre, cabaret, and dance. The festival is known for its inclusive and eclectic atmosphere, making it the perfect place to experience the best of Adelaide’s art scene.

Don’t Miss: Musical comedy The Marvellous Elephant Man,  based on the real-life of Joseph Merrick.

Adelaide Festival
Adelaide Festival

Adelaide Festival is a world-renowned event that showcases the best in international and local art, literature, music, theatre, and dance. With over 60 events spread across 17 days, visitors can expect a range of performances, including classical music, theatre, and dance. 

Don’t Miss: Writer’s Week; hear from local and international authors and journalists about their careers, best work and favourite experiences.


WOMADelaide has become one of Australia’s most anticipated cultural events and music festivals. Florence + The Machine headline this year’s festival, along with Bon Iver. 

Don’t Miss: Gratte Ciel is a magical performance of feathers and angels that transforms the night sky each night of WOMAD