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    Posted by Krystle Aunger March 4, 2014 - 1,221 views - 0 comments - 0 likes - #adelaide  #art  #culture  #south australia  #sport  #festival  #March 

    March in Adelaide is notorious for being mad. Adeladians affectionately call it Mad March! Our arts and cultural social calender centralises around 1 month of the year, March (technically mid Feb til mid Mar, but somehow we only nickname the March part). There’s just so much happening in the square mile of the Central Business District (CBD) it is literally mad. People fill the streets from morning til late at night, car parking is actually impossible, empty venues and shop fronts come alive with popup bars, and the atmosphere of the city is exciting. If you happen to be in Adelaide for Mad March, you are in for a treat!


    Arts and Cultural Festivals account for the majority of the madness in March. Here’s a run down of the Festivals and events that feature in March:


    Adelaide Fringe

    Adelaide Fringe is an uncurated arts Festival which means that if you’re feeling artistic you can register as an artist and put on your own show. Consequently you can see all kinds of shows at Fringe, magic, comedy, theatre, circus, burlesque, and more. Shows are cheap starting at $5 and range to about $50 for the larger international acts, usually comedians or orchestras.


    Adelaide Fringe opens every year with a huge, free street parade along King William Street to Victoria Square. The Parade is filled with artists performing in the Fringe and community arts groups.


    The Garden of Unearthly Delight is a huge garden venue on the North Eastern corner of the CBD that is free to enter and has smaller venues for shows inside. It also has food vendors, markets, bars and sideshows. If you want to get amongst the Fringe atmosphere ‘The Garden’ is where to be. Friday and Saturday night you’ll need to get in early as the line will curve a few kilometers around the block by about 6PM.


    If you explore the city you’re more than likely to find popup venues in places you least expect. Last weekend I found Tiki Tai, a free open-air cinema and lounge on the 6th floor of a parking garage!


    Adelaide Festival

    Adelaide Festival is a curated arts festival, which means the artistic director of the Festival has hand selected national and international works to bring to Adelaide. A large focus of Adelaide Festival is Writers’ Week where loads of writers speak about their books and all things writing. Most of Writers’ week is free to attend. Adelaide Festival crosses over into Adelaide Biennial of Art with a large biannual visual arts program which spills across 5 galleries around the city. Also featured in Adelaide Festival is an extensive theatre and music program.



    WOMAD is a 4-day world music and dance festival which aims to expose people to cultures other than their own. WOMAD also features discussion panels, art and dance workshops, food vendors, markets, and more.


    Grid Festival

    Grid Festival is new in 2014 and is an Artist Run Initiative (ARI) that aims to profile local emerging South Australian visual artists that have not received significant media attention. Grid Festival brings alive disused spaces in the CBD and fills them with visual art.



    DocWeek brings local and international documentaries to Adelaide with a large industry and public program that screens documentaries and discusses film. The State Library of South Australia hosts a range of free screenings and events for DocWeek.


    Future Music Festival

    Future Music Festival is a 1-day music event that tours most capital cities in Australia with a lineup of national and international artists. Notable artists from previous years include The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers.


    Adelaide Cup

    The Adelaide Cup is held at Morphettville Racecourse 15-minutes out of the CBD, but nonetheless adds to the Mad March vibe as there is a public holiday dedicated to this horse race! In traditional race style ladies and gentlemen headed to the race don their best raceware, punt on horses and drink a lot of alcohol.


    Clipsal 500 Adelaide

    Clipsal is a 3-day V8 Supercar race that happens right in the CBD. A lot of roads are closed around the East end of the city and repurposed as racetrack. This makes driving in and around the city even more hectic! In addition to the V8 Supercar races Clipsal has nightly music concerts and a variety of extreme attractions such as BMX, tractor pulls, motocross, and more.