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Best Festivals and Events in Adelaide in 2020

Best Festivals and Events in Adelaide in 2020


Once considered a sleepy city,  Adelaide has undergone rapid transformation. With its world-class art and music scene, and its busy festival schedule – Adelaide proves that you don’t have to be big to be cool.

But what is it exactly that makes this booming city so special? Here’s a list of the best festivals and events that you wouldn’t want to miss in 2020.


February 13 – 16 – ISPS Handa Australian Open

The Women’s Australian Open tournament is one of the most exciting golf tournaments in the world. With more than 34,000 fans attending the event in 2019, this year’s tournament is set to break all past records.

With a purse of $1.3 million and a super-exciting 2019 season, Handa Australian Open promises golf fans an unforgettable experience. This year the event returns to Royal Adelaide Golf Club from 13 February to 16 February.

If you want to see some of the best golf players battling it out in one of the biggest golf events of the year, Adelaide is the place to be this February.

Why not make a weekend out of it and enjoy everything that the city has to offer at your own pace? InterContinental Adelaide is conveniently located in the heart of the city, only a few minutes from the Royal Adelaide Golf Club by car.

Alternatively, you can catch the train (Grange line) from Adelaide Railway Station, located just a stone’s throw from the hotel. Stop at East Grange station and walk 10 minutes north until you reach the Grange Golf Club.

Some of the world’s best golf players will compete for first place in Adelaide’s pristine sandbelt courses! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity; book your stay with InterContinental Adelaide today!

Location: Grange Golf Club, White Sands Dr, Grange SA 5022

Time it takes to get there from InterContinental Adelaide: approx. 30 mins by car.


February 14 – March 15 – Adelaide Fringe

You’ve probably heard about the Fringe. This major open-access art festival is one of the largest in the world and the biggest in Australia and the whole Southern Hemisphere.

For 31 magical days and nights, Adelaide pulses with creativity and verve as the whole city comes to life. With thousands of events throughout February and March, you won’t want to leave.

This year, the Fringe will take over Adelaide from 14 February to 15 March. Many who have experienced the Fringe before say that this is the best time to visit Adelaide.

Whether you’re into genres like pop and rock, or you’re a sucker for magic tricks and juggling; you’re bound to find something that you’ll love during this eventful month. With tons of free events, new talent and never ending fun, the Fringe proves that Adelaide is a city for everyone!

Learn more about this year’s events by visiting the official Adelaide Fringe website. You can easily browse through all the events by genre and date.

The Fringe is all about fun, but you’ll need somewhere to stay and relax after a long day of events and activities. InterContinental Adelaide can provide you with luxury city-centre accommodation. Due to the hotel’s advantageous central location, you’ll have the opportunity to rest in between events without having to worry too much about travelling from one venue to another.

Explore the fantabulous Fringe for yourself this summer. Book your perfect luxury hotel stay with us today!

Location: Events held all throughout Adelaide.


February 28 – March 15 – Adelaide Festival

Adelaide Festival is Australia’s biggest cultural event and one of the world’s biggest annual festivals. It comprises many events, including opera, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, literature, visual art and more.

The festival runs for two full weeks (28 February to 15 March) during Adelaide’s most busy period of the year. The four-day world music event, WOMADelaide and literary festival Adelaide Writers’ Week are also part of the festival.

Originally a biennial event, Adelaide Festival has grown into a major celebration of art and culture. This year’s centrepiece opera event will be a fresh staging of Mozart’s incomparable Requiem, directed by Romeo Castellucci.

Visit the official website and learn more about this year’s program and events.


March 6 – 9 – WOMADelaide

This iconic open-air festival is set in Adelaide’s stunning Botanic Park. The festival is held annually over four days as part of the Adelaide Festival (6 March to 9 March this year). WOMADelaide 2020 will be the 28th year of the event and is set to attract more than 20,000 people each day.

This year, WOMADelaide will feature 500 artists from more than 30 countries. The program will include epic outdoor performances, workshops and visual arts activities. You can find out all about the full WOMADelaide 2020 lineup schedule here.

Location: Botanic Park, Plane Tree Dr, Adelaide SA 5000

Time it takes to get there from InterContinental Adelaide: approx 6 mins by car.

* You can also benefit from the free tram service that operates seven days and runs every 10 minutes (known as the BTANIC Route). Catch the tram at Adelaide Railway Station Tram Stop, located right in front of the train station and InterContinental Adelaide on North Terrace. It only takes three stops to reach the park.


May 1 – 31 – South Australia’s History Festival

Want to know more about South Australia’s rich history? South Australia’s History Festival is a huge community event that’s all about the region’s historical collections, places and stories.

Explore the region’s rich historical and cultural heritage through exhibitions, guided talks and tours. You’ll also have the chance to participate in workshops and special events. Learn more about South Australia’s History Festival here.

Location: Different events held throughout Adelaide, North Adelaide and across the state.


June 5 – 20 – Adelaide Cabaret Festival

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival takes place on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend each June and is the biggest cabaret festival in the world.

Since 2001, the festival has been highlighting the best local, national and international artists through a range of classic and contemporary cabaret performances. Learn more about the Adelaide Cabaret Festival here.

Location: Adelaide Festival Centre, King William St, Adelaide SA 5000

Time it takes to get there from InterContinental Adelaide: approx 1 min on foot.


July TBA – Adelaide Guitar Festival

Guitar enthusiasts, rejoice! Adelaide’s Guitar Festival is back again this year and will be led by Artistic Director, Slava Grigoryan. The festival is the most significant of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Experience world-class performances from some of the best guitarists in Australia and beyond. Take part in this big celebration of music with free and low-cost workshops and masterclasses. Enjoy a range of panel discussions and programs from emerging and established musicians.

Learn more about the Adelaide Guitar Festival here.

Location: Adelaide Festival Centre, King William St, Adelaide SA 5000

Time it takes to get there from InterContinental Adelaide: approx 1 min on foot.


October TBA – Adelaide Film Festival

Adelaide Film Festival is a celebration of Australian and International screen culture, featuring a unique program of screenings, forums and special events.

Some of the most unique films premiere here in Adelaide during the 11-day film festival held in October. The two cash awards for feature fiction award and feature documentary award total $30,000.

If you’re willing to step away from Hollywood’s big blockbusters for a while and embrace new and bold projects, Adelaide Film Festival may be exactly what you need. Learn more about the Film Festival here.

Location: GU Film House, 128 Hindley St, Adelaide SA 5000

Time it takes to get there from InterContinental Adelaide: approx 7 mins on foot.


November TBA – Feast Festival

Embrace the rainbow and celebrate diversity in Adelaide’s one and only not-for-profit LGBTI queer arts festival. Since 1997, Feast has provided the LGBTQI community with a safe and inclusive platform to share and express themselves through art and culture.

Join thousands of people as they take on the streets of Adelaide to celebrate diversity, strength, resilience and creativity. Enjoy humorous drag shows and take part in one of the many queer-themed workshops.

Learn more about Feast Festival here.

Location: Events held throughout the city.


InterContinental Adelaide is conveniently located in the heart of the city, within close proximity to the city’s biggest festival and event venues. Combine superior accommodation with increased flexibility and mobility by booking your stay with us today!


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