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Top 16 Adelaide Music Festivals That’ll Keep You Dancing All Year Long [2023]

Adelaide Music Festivals 2023

Looking for the best Adelaide Music Festivals!? Well, you’ve come to the right place, mate…

The ‘City of Churches’ isn’t just that anymore. Along with its Eastern state neighbors, Adelaide has really developed into a destination in its own right.

As I type this, Adelaide is ranked 5th on the list of the world’s most livable cities, and 1st on Australia’s National list of most livable cities! It’s made the “Most Friendly Cities” list AND Lonely Planet has deemed it one of the coolest cities in the world for street art.  

Rad-elaide” is really certainly earning that title.  

In addition to beautiful beaches, great local produce, and its location on the precipice of some of Australia’s most majestic peninsulas, the Adelaide music festivals scene is another amazing reason to visit the South Australia state capital!

No longer is the Adelaide Fringe the only iconic live event in this city, because there really is no shortage of amazing events, concerts, and parties to choose from.  

So without further ado, take a browse through what I believe to be are…


1) Adelaide Fringe

Music Festivals in Adelaide 2023

Photo via Adelaide Fringe Festival Facebook | Seb Riebolge

When: February 17 – March 19, 2023

Where: Various locations across Adelaide

Genre: Music, dance, performance

https://adelaidefringe.com.au

“We were born 58 years ago (although we don’t look a day over 25) and we’ve grown up to become the Southern Hemisphere’s largest, and Australia’s biggest ticket selling open access arts festival! We completely take over Adelaide, her surrounding suburbs and even some regional areas of South Australia for 31 magical days and nights each year. The city practically pulses with creativity.”


2) Sounds by the River

 

Music Festivals in Adelaide 2023

When: January 2024

Where: Mannum, South Australia

Genre: Rock

https://www.soundsbytheriver.com.au

“For many years the award-winning SOUNDS BY THE RIVER has been delivering amazing national and international acts on the banks of the magnificent Murray River. 2019 brings a massive rock mix of international and Australian legends of rock to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of this destination event in South Australia.”


3) WOMADelaide

WOMADelaide 2023

When: March 10-13, 2023

Where: Botanic Park, Adelaide

Genre: Global music

https://www.womadelaide.com.au

The iconic open-air festival set in Adelaide’s stunning Botanic Park is an award-winning celebration of the very best of the World of Music, Arts & Dance.

“WOMADelaide is a four-day festival of Music, Arts and Dance celebrating cultural and creative diversity held since 1992 in Adelaide’s beautiful Botanic Park. The festival has become a truly unique part of the Australian festival landscape, showcasing the best, the essential – and the surprising – in global music, dance, art and ideas. WOMADelaide attracts around 18,000 – 20,000 people per day, (not including children 12 and under who are admitted free) with over a third of attendees generally coming from interstate and overseas.”


4) Laneway Festival

When: February 10, 2023

Where: Hart’s Mill, Port Adelaide

Genre: Alternative

https://adelaide.lanewayfestival.com

“St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is about leading new and revered seminal music. The festival has always been interested in finding what’s fresh and bringing it to unique settings and surrounds to be appreciated by music lovers. The size of the festivals, the locations and the way we encourage community all form part of the way in which the Laneway team strive to present a live music experience like no other.”


5) Groovin the Moo

Groovin the Moo 2023

When: April 21, 2023

Where: Adelaide Showground, Wayville

Genre: Various  

https://www.gtm.net.au

“It’s time to pack your bags and get excited! We’ll once again be cruisin’ down the great open road, making pit stops in six regions around Australia, over three consecutive weekends – all while enjoying incredible tunes, seriously good times, and taking those unbeatable Australiana views along the way.”

 


6) Fleurieu Folk Festival

Adelaide Folk Festivals 2023

Photo via Facebook

When: October 27-29, 2023

Where: Willunga, South Australia

Genre: Folk

http://www.fleurieufolkfestival.com.au

“Fleurieu Folk Festival is South Australia’s largest folk music festival. It’s an annual three-day family-friendly folk music festival, held in the picturesque township of Willunga, in South Australia’s premier wine region, where the Festival has been held since 2007.  

Each year, we  present over 50 of the best local, interstate and international folk musicians covering a broad range of genres including traditional and contemporary folk, acoustic, Celtic, blues, musical theatre,  Americana, roots and bluegrass.”


7) Handpicked Festival

Festivals Adelaide 2023

When: November 11, 2023

Where: Lake Breeze Wines, Longhorne Creek, South Australia

Genre: Folk / Alternative

http://handpickedfestival.com

“Hidden amongst vineyards and gum trees, unplug and reconnect with barefoot dancing, picnics on the lawn, amazing wine, world class music, laidback vibes and a dash of surprise…a carefully curated journey of the senses, handpicked just for you. Spend your day stretched out on a picnic blanket over lush lawns, sip on local, family produced Lake Breeze Wines, meander through the lane of lights for handmade goods by a myriad of local artisans and enjoy delicious, regional produced filled dishes from an array of local food trucks. All this while enjoying the excitement that comes from hearing the familiar tunes from Australia’s top musicians just meters away…that’s Handpicked.”


8) Port Noarlunga Blues Festival

When: November 2023

Where: Various venues, Port Noarlunga

Genre: Blues / Roots

http://www.portnoarlungabluefestival.com.au

“In its 6th year, the now newly located and branded “Port Noarlunga Deep South Blues Festival” is happening over 3 massive days and nights in November over 10 venues. The whole township of Port Noalunga will be transformed into a “boutique style” festival showcasing the very best of local and national artists in the Blues and Roots on offer and presented as a smorgasbord of themed venues and varied performances types. will be experienced by all.”


9) Electric Gardens Festival

Festivals in Adelaide 2023

When: January 2024

Where: The Barton Theatre, Adelaide

Genre: Electronic, Dance, EDM

https://www.electricgardens.com.au/events/electric-gardens-adelaide/

“Electric Gardens is pleased to announce an Adelaide homecoming! We had an amazing time with you last year and can’t wait to be back showcasing the very best from the electronic music world. Electric Gardens has moved from Serafino Winery to Thebarton Theatre. The line up has now changed with Paul van Dyk now added to the line-up.”


10) The Wirrina Bluegrass & Acoustic Roots Festival

Music Festivals in Adelaide 2023

When: November 2023

Where: Wirrina Cove Holiday Park, Normanville / Yankalilla

Genre: Bluegrass  

https://wirrinabluegrass.com

“The Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival is an annual gathering for people to hear, play and share acoustic music from the Bluegrass, ‘Old Timey’ and other related traditions. Bluegrass is great music. That’s why it heads up our festival. Our stage attracts world-class musicians; many come back each year to perform, to run workshops, and to join in the fun and inspiration of all that a Wirrina festival is.”


11) Umbrella Winter City Sounds

Adelaide Music Festivals 2023

When: July 2023

Where: Various venues across Adelaide

Genre: Various

http://umbrellaadelaide.com.au

“In 2017 Umbrella Festival hosted more than 300 live music events in over 100 venues…

Now in its third year, the festival takes over the city for two weeks to showcase the local music scene with a range of curated and open-access events. Those curated events have in the past included pop-up concerts in city trams and experimental music in a former asylum, and this year’s program is even more ambitious. Beginning with a free opening night street party in one of Adelaide’s laneways, this year’s events include a floating Bastille Day celebration on the River Torrens with French food and song, a “jam” session with scones and cream provided by the Country Women’s Association and a free four hour improvised drone performance at a secret outdoor location.”


12) South Australian Country Music Festival

South Australia Country Music Festival 2023

When: May / June 2023

Where: Barmera, South Australia

Genre: Country

https://www.riverlandcountrymusic.com

“2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of the SACMF. There will be events throughout the Riverland and at a number of Venues. There are a number of days where we have walk up artists, there will be buskers in the street at Barmera. Country Music identities will be inserting their hands in concrete guitars at Rocky’s hall of Fame on the Saturday Morning. We have a talent Quest in the Bonney Theatre in Barmera on the Saturday followed by a concert in the Theatre Saturday evening and then a Country Music Spectacular at the Barmera Monash Football Club on the Sunday. This event is in conjunction with the Running of the sheep and the Barmera sheep dog trials.”


13) uneARTh Festival

When: March 2023

Where: Whyalla, South Australia

Genre: Various

https://www.whyalla.com/unearth2019

“The City of Whyalla is once again teaming up with the Adelaide Fringe and local performers, artists and stall-holders to present the 2019 uneARTh Festival. Held over Easter next year at Ada Ryan Gardens, the event continues to grow with more than 15,000 people attending the two-day festival last year. The uneARTh Festival is an eclectic mix of performers, artists, events, stalls, food and refreshment. Last year’s event boasted something for everyone from international entertaining artist Hans to local lads Alterdrive who rocked the gardens and a host of pop-up artists. More than 3000 turned out for the colour run and the events spread throughout Whyalla during the festival.


14) Summer Sounds Festival

Adelaide Music Festival 2023

When: January 8 – 31, 2023

Where: Tulya Wodli

Genre: Various

https://www.summersoundsfestival.com/adelaide

“Live music events are back in South Australia! Summer Sounds Festival is a concert series at a specially designed, SA Health-approved outdoor venue. More than 20 epic shows will be staged during the summer festive season in Bonython Park/Tulya Wodli, in Adelaide’s beautiful Park Lands.

Summer Sounds Festival brings you a new way to enjoy live entertainment with your friends. When you book your ticket, you book for your entire party pod – a group of 4-6 people in your social group. Pods are spaced to allow for social distancing, keeping everyone safe. In your party pod, you can dance, drink, stand or sit as you enjoy the show on stage! We think you’ll love some of the features on offer in this new era of live events.”

 


15) So Frenchy, So Chic

Music Festivals in Adelaide 2023

Photo via Facebook

When: January 2023

Where: Pinky Flat, North Adelaide

Genre: French Pop and Experimental

https://www.sofrenchysochic.com/adelaide/

“Listen. Dance. Dine. Recline. The French pop garden party returns in January 2019. Join us as we celebrate France’s epic wave of talent via an influential all-female line-up. Groove under the summer sky, soak yourself in simple pleasures and forget the outside world. Kids 12 and under attend free. Come share your joie de vivre, mes amis.”


16) Adelaide Guitar Festival

Music Festivals in Adelaide

When: August 2023

Where: Adelaide Festival Centre

Genre: Guitar

https://www.adelaideguitarfestival.com.au

“The Guitar Festival is an immersive winter festival celebrating the world’s most popular instrument.
While the full Guitar Festival is held biennially, with the next in 2020, Adelaide Guitar Festival continues to expand its supplementary annual events to connect and strengthen relationships with students, artists and audiences throughout South Australia.”


Am I Missing Any Epic Music Festivals in Adelaide…?

When I was doing my research for all the different Adelaide Music Festivals, I really did discover that it’s quite a happening city with lots going on!  I’m sure I could have missed one or two that could have been on this list, so please do let me know!  Drop me a comment, or send an email and I’d love to get this article updated!


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