The Guide – Nov/Dec/Jan

What’s on in South Australia


Tartuffe by Molière

Adelaide Festival Centre,
Festival Drive, city
November 4-20

This performance, presented by State Theatre Company and Brink Productions, follows Orgon who leads a blissful, happy life. But when he welcomes the deceptively slick Tartuffe into his family, he unwittingly injects his home with a lethal dose of chaos.

Vegan Festival

Victoria Square,
King William St, city
November 5 and 6

This educational event aims to stimulate awareness by bringing health, environmental, lifestyle and cruelty-free issues into the public eye. It features two days packed with live performances, guest speakers, children’s entertainment, cooking demonstrations, workshops, DJs and more than 70 stalls with food, merchandise and information.


Credit Union Christmas Pageant

Various locations across the city
November 12

Thousands of children will line the streets as clowns, fairies, Santa’s Little Helpers, big bands and of course, the man in red, parade through the city in celebration of the festive season. The Credit Union Christmas Pageant is regarded as one of the world’s greatest parades and is an important part of the state’s history. The 3.3km route begins on the corner of King William St and South Tce and continues toward North Tce.


Adelaide Festival Centre,
Festival Drive, city
November 12-19

Soprano Kate Ladner, tenor Rosario La Spina and baritone Mario Bellanova will take to the stage for this dramatic opera. The audience will experience these three, powerful voices, alongside spectacular choral music by the State Opera Chorus and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.


Her Majesty’s Theatre,
58 Grote St, city
November 14

Internationally successful British pop group Smokie will perform chart-topping hits such as Living Next Door to Alice, Lay Back in the Arms of Someone and If You Think You Know How to Love Me.


The Empire Strips Back: A Star Wars Burlesque Parody

Her Majesty’s Theatre,
58 Grote St, city
November 17

The Empire Strips Back takes classic characters from the Star Wars film franchise and drops them into the world of burlesque. The performance combines striptease, song and dance, troupe routines and comedy.

Gala Concert: Celebrate

Adelaide Town Hall,
128 King William St, city
November 20

Four orchestras – the Adelaide Youth Orchestra, Adelaide Youth Wind Orchestra, Adelaide Youth Sinfonia and Adelaide Youth Strings – will take to the stage for a diverse program, highlighting the talents of 250 young musicians.

Zukerman Trio

Adelaide Town Hall,
128 King William St, city
November 23

Presented by the ASO, the audience will be treated to an evening of musicianship by the Zukerman piano trio – musical royalty Pinchas Zukerman, cellist Amanda Forsyth and pianist Angela Cheng.

Ebenezer Night Markets

Ebenezer Place, city
November 25

The first Ebenezer Night Market is back for its 2016 summer season. Browse a range of stalls selling jewellery, fashion, artwork and crafts, while indulging in food and drinks on a warm summer’s night.

Sesame Street Presents Elmo’s Super Fun Hero show

Adelaide Festival Centre,
Festival Drive, city
November 25 and 26

Elmo and the Sesame Street gang are on a mission. Super Sparkleheart – a cheerful caped visitor – takes the friends on a joyful musical journey to discover the mysterious power that will make everyone a super hero. Bring the kids for music and fun with their favourite characters.

Forever Diamond

Her Majesty’s Theatre,
58 Grote St, city
November 26

Relive the magic of superstar Neil Diamond in a two-hour concert experience. Hear his greatest hits such as Sweet Caroline, I’m I Said, Cherry Cherry and Beautiful Noise by Irish tribute artist Peter Byrne.



Moonlight Cinema

Botanic Park,
Hackney Rd, city
December (dates TBA)

This outdoor cinema shows advance screenings, new releases and cult films on the lawns of Botanic Park. It’s held every summer and visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic and blanket to enhance their movie experience.

Singin’ in the Rain

Adelaide Festival Centre,
Festival Drive, city
December 1-18

This performance is packed full of charm, romance, comedy and Tinseltown glamour. With the help of 12,000 litres of water, the audience will enjoy dance routines and hear all the hits including Good Morning, Make ‘em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the classic Singin’ in the Rain.

Fantastic Symphony: Master 9

Adelaide Town Hall,
128 King William St, city
December 2 and 3

Sydney-based violinist Grace Clifford will delight audiences with a range of classical pieces by Messiaen, Sibelius and Berlioz. It’s the perfect night out for young and old.

Damien Leith: 10th Anniversary Tour

Adelaide Festival Centre,
Festival Drive, city
December 3

It’s been 10 years since Damien Leith won Australian Idol and released his album, The Winner’s Journey. To celebrate, he will perform songs including Night of my Life, Hallelujah and Roy Orbison classics, along with rare gems, audience requests and hilarious untold stories of his career in the spotlight.

The Rat Pack from Vegas

Her Majesty’s Theatre,
58 Grote St, city
December 3

Relive the glory days of the iconic Rat Pack as Frank (David deCosta), Dean (Johnny Edwards) and Sammy (Nicholas Brooks) return with sharp suits and even sharper wits. The audience will be clicking their fingers and tapping their toes to the sounds of Rat Pack and their band.


Adelaide Town Hall,
128 King William St, city
December 8 and 9

The Adelaide Chamber Singers will be joined on stage by soprano Eleanor Dennis, mezzo soprano Helen Charlston, tenor Gwilym Bowen and bass soloist Robert Davies to relive the great Christmas tradition in the English-speaking world through the timeless work of art, Messiah.


Swan Lake

December 8-11
Her Majesty’s Theatre,
58 Grote St, city

For the first time in 15 years, St Petersburg Ballet Theatre will return to Adelaide with the world’s most loved ballet, Swan Lake. This is classical ballet at its best, combined with Tchaikovsky’s enchanting music.


Dami Im: Yesterday Once More

Adelaide Festival Centre,
Festival Drive, city
December 9

Singer/songwriter Dami Im will unveil her new album and tour, Classic Carpenters – a homage and reinvention of one of Dami’s idols, Karen Carpenter. Her show will feature all the classics such as There’s A Kind Of Hush and Close To You, as well as Dami’s chart-topping hits Alive, Super Love and Sound of Silence.

An Adelaide Oval Christmas

Adelaide Oval,
War Memorial Drive, city
December 9, 16 and 17

This festive season, the place to be is Adelaide Oval’s Audi Stadium Club where guests will be treated to a buffet dinner before dancing the night away to tunes by a live DJ. Bring a group of friends and your Christmas spirit.

Christmas Proms 2016

Her Majesty’s Theatre,
58 Grote St, city
December 15-17

’Tis the season to be jolly and there’s no better way to celebrate than with Adelaide’s all-time favourite, Christmas Proms. It’s a heartwarming concert series featuring popular Christmas songs mixed with traditional carols.

Gilles St Market

91 Gilles St, city
December 18

This market is focused on fashion and accessories and provides a platform for young SA designers to develop their brands and style. Fashion lovers can browse more than 90 stalls of vintage, retail clearance, designer samples and new designers selling their wares.

Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Sixers

Adelaide Oval,
War Memorial Drive, city
December 31

Get set for a massive summer of cricket when the Adelaide Strikers return for the BBL|06 and WBBL|02. Watch as the team battles it out against the Sydney Sixers in what’s set to be an epic New Year’s Eve match.



Tour Down Under

Various locations across the city
January 14-22

The Santos Tour Down Under kicks off the cycling year in style. First held in 1999, the event has grown to become the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere. It brings top UNI WorldTour professional cycling teams to race around Adelaide and regional South Australia.

Deadly 60 Live: Pole to Pole

Her Majesty’s Theatre,
Grote St, city
January 14-15

Come on a theatrical journey with naturalist, writer and television presenter Steve Backshall as he shares his experiences travelling from the South Pole to the North Pole. Audiences will be in awe as he tells stories of gripping encounters with deadly creatures from across the globe.

Victoria Bitter One Day International Series

Adelaide Oval,
War Memorial Drive, city
January 26

Celebrate Australia Day with the return of 50-over cricket and watch as Australia hosts Pakistan in the Victoria Bitter One Day International Series.


Crush Festival

Wineries across the Adelaide Hills
January 27-29, 2017

Wine lovers – listen up! This event will tickle your taste buds and spoil your senses. Adelaide Hills’ annual Crush Festival will return in early January with an abundance of cellars opening their doors to celebrate the latest wine releases.

A huge variety of free and ticketed events will set the picturesque region, only 30 minutes drive from Adelaide’s CBD, alight as part of the festival. More than 20,000 people attend the popular event each year.

Adelaide Night Market

Prince Henry Garden,
North Tce, city
January 29

Adelaide’s cultural precinct will come alive with a vibrant and exciting night market featuring flavours of the world. A range of stalls will sell clothing, jewellery and gourmet produce.