Adelaide is spoilt for choice this month with a plethora of events taking place in March, ranging from adrenalin-charged motor sport racing, horse racing and water sports to a world music festival and world renowned fringe festival.
The action-packed line-up includes the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Australian Rowing Championships, WOMADelaide, Adelaide Casino Adelaide Cup and the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.
“This month’s events calendar reinforces Adelaide’s reputation as the festival State,” said Events South Australia, General Manager, Hitaf Rasheed.
“March offers a brilliant blend of sporting, arts and cultural festivals and events, making it an ideal time to visit South Australia or get outdoors and enjoy the action in your own backyard,” Ms Rasheed said.
“It is an exciting time to be in South Australia. Whether you’re a music and arts enthusiast, a sports buff or simply after some adrenalin-charged action, there’s something for everyone,” she said.
The Adelaide Fringe continues into March offering a diverse range of acts including; cabaret, theatre, comedy, dance, circus, music, puppetry, visual arts and prose with the fringe concluding on Sunday 13 March.
The Adelaide Fringe opening parade which was cancelled due to rain in February, will be restaged this Sunday at 2pm along Rundle Street and East Terrace. This world class entertainment will incorporate hundreds of dancers, percussionists and flag wavers, as this eclectic group of international street performers and roving artists enthral the crowd.
The Australian Rowing Championships will be held from Monday 7 March, with more than 25,000 people expected to watch the championships at the upgraded AM Ramsay Course in West Lakes, about 30 minutes from the Adelaide CBD.
“This is the first time in 12 years Adelaide has hosted the championships and they are expected to be a key stepping stone for Australia’s Olympic rowing hopefuls, with Australian rowing selectors for the 2012 Olympic Games, expected to be out in force,” Ms Rasheed said.
More than 2,000 athletes will take part in the 7-day event, so don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to watch Australia’s top rowers go head to head before the Olympic Games,” said Ms Rasheed.
For the more musically inclined, head to Adelaide’s Botanic Park from 11-14 March for WOMADelaide. A true celebration of music, arts and dance from around the world, the event draws tens of thousands of people through the gates each year.
“Botanic Park will be transformed into a world music mecca with 60 international artists from 32 countries participating in this wonder event,” said Ms Rasheed.
On Monday 14 March, the Adelaide Casino Adelaide Cup will take place, launching an exceptional day of great carnival atmosphere and style – making it an event not to be missed.
And for those who are after some adrenalin-charged action, the Clipsal 500 Adelaide will roar into town from 17-20 March.
Each year, the country’s largest domestic motor sport event attracts hundreds of thousands of patrons.
“Hosting these events not only raises our State’s international profile as a tourism destination, but injects many millions of tourism dollars into South Australia’s economy.” Ms Rasheed said.
MAJOR EVENTS IN MARCH
17 February – 13 March, Adelaide Adelaide Fringe is renowned for fresh ideas, risk, imagination, spontaneity and fun. It is the largest arts event in Australia and only rivalled by the Edinburgh Fringe on a worldwide scale. Details: adelaidefringe.com.au
Australian Rowing Championships
7-13 March, Adelaide More than 2,000 attendees and 25,000 spectators are expected to converge on the AM Ramsay Course in West Lakes, which will host the best rowers in Australia. Details: rowingsa.asn.au
11-14 March, Adelaide Adelaide’s Botanic Park is the venue for the WOMADelaide – a true celebration of music, arts and dance from around the world.For four magical days and nights the park will host some of the planet’s most extraordinary musicians, dancers and singers. Details: womadelaide.com.au
Adelaide Casino Adelaide Cup
14 March, Adelaide More than just a horse race, the Adelaide Casino Adelaide Cup is a day to remember with a carnival atmosphere. Details: sajc.com.au
Clipsal 500 Adelaide
17-20 March, Adelaide Watch Holden and Ford battle it out at the famous round of the V8 Supercar Championships on the streets of Adelaide. Tickets include entry to the after race concerts. Details: clipsal500.com.au