Top 10 events in Adelaide this January

Here’s your guide to the top 10 events around Adelaide and South Australia this January.

Jump into the first month of 2024 with a myriad of groovy events, talented performances, lunches, dinners, buzzing markets, music festivals and more.

If you’re wanting to start the year on a high, why not check out one of these 10 epic events that are sure to entertain, delight and surprise you.

Don’t forget you can find all the cool events coming up in January so easily in our FREE app, and they’re also in our event calendar and the what’s on section of our website. But, now you’re here, plan your week ahead with the events listed below.

Miss Saigon | From 2 January

Miss Saigon is headed to Adelaide for a blockbuster summer season. Featuring an extraordinary cast of talented performers from across the Asia-Pacific region, Miss Saigon will play at the Festival Theatre from January 2 for a strictly limited season.

Winner of 70 major theatre awards including two Olivier Awards, three Tony Awards and four Drama Desk Awards, Miss Saigon has been described as one of the greatest musicals of all time.   From the creators of Les Misérables, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, Miss Saigon has been seen by 38 million people and performed in 15 different languages, in over 32 countries and 350 cities.

Where: Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre 
When: From 2 January, 2024
For more information and tickets, head here.

Heaps Good Festival | 6 January

Heaps Good is an 18+ single day summer festival headed to the Adelaide Showgrounds. You won’t want to miss Declan McKenna, denim, Kettama and many more playing on stage this January.

There will be multiple bars and plenty of food and snack on offer to make it a full fun day out with friends and loved ones.

Where: Adelaide Showgrounds
When: Saturday 6th January
For more information, head here.

Wildlands Festival | 7 January

The countdown is on, and excitement is mounting as the hotly anticipated Wildlands Festival which will be held in Ellis Park on January 7th. There’s a hot list of performers, with a list of Grammy winners and international superstars taking to the stage. RÜFÜS DU SOL is headlining the event, and will be joined by Central Cee, a UK-based rapper who brings a mix of gritty lyrics and catchy beats.

Where: Ellis Park, Adelaide
When: Sunday 7th January, 12 pm-10 pm
For more information head here.

Adelaide International 2024 | 8 – 13 January

Photo credit: Tennis Australia James Elsby.

Get up close to the action this summer as some of the world’s best players head to Adelaide from 8 to 13 January.

World class tennis action at The Drive will feature more than 170 top tennis players set to compete to become champion.

And it’s not just tennis – with live music, entertainment, bars, food trucks and premium experiences at The Drive’s new facilities, the Adelaide International is the perfect way to kick start 2024 in the beautiful heart of the riverbank precinct.

Where: The Drive, War Memorial Dr, North Adelaide SA 5006
When: Monday 8th until Saturday 13th January
For more information head here.

Santos Tour Down Under 2024 | 12 – 21 January

The Santos Tour Down Under is the first event of the UCI WorldTour and starts the international pro cycling calendar in the heart of Australia’s summer.

There’s so much to do in Adelaide to celebrate including heading to the official City of Adelaide Tour Village which will feature panel discussions with riders and experts, the race live streamed on the big screen, and a space for fans to cool off in the new ‘recovery zone’, featuring ice baths, physio and localised cryotherapy. There will also be street parties, regional events, family-friendly events and more.

Where: various locations across SA
When: 12th – 21st of January
For more information head here.

Semaphore Greek Festival | 13 – 14 January

The Semaphore Greek Festival is gearing up for its 43rd annual celebration, which will be a weekend filled with Greek culture that brings all the flavours, sounds, and sights of Greece to the shores of Port Adelaide.

As one of Australia’s premier Greek cultural festivals, this event has grown to become one of the largest of its kind in the country. The festivities will unfold on the Semaphore foreshore, with Semaphore rides and Semaphore Road cafes just a leisurely stroll away, and with free admission, the Semaphore Greek Festival invites you to gather all your friends and family for a fun weekend out.

Where: Semaphore Foreshore
When: Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th January
For more information head here.

Glenelg Sunset Markets | 14 January

Glenelg Sunset Markets are set to return for an epic summer season in Moseley Square.

With over 100 stalls, live music and food trucks, the event runs throughout the afternoon and into the evening on select Sundays from November to March, bringing with it the perfect excuse to get outside, soak up the sunshine and bag yourself a bargain or special market buy.

Where: Moseley Square, Glenelg
When: 14 January (with dates until March)
For more information head here.

SummerVines 2024 | 19 – 28 January

McLaren Vale, the picturesque coastal wine region known for its lush vineyards cascading toward the breathtaking Gulf of St Vincent coast, is hosting the highly anticipated SummerVines 2024 food and wine festival.

SummerVines, proudly supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission, is set to captivate visitors with a ten-day program of exciting wine and food experiences set against the stunning backdrop of this coastal paradise.

Where: McLaren Vale (various locations)
When: January 19–28 Jan 2024
For more information head here.

Sounds by the River | 20 January

Sounds by the River is back in 2024 with a phenomenal line-up bringing together some of the most iconic names in Australian music to South Australia.

Celebrating its 14th year, the show will The Living End, Birds of Tokyo, Pete Murray, Kasey Chambers & Mahalia Barnes and the Soulmates at its traditional home of Mary Ann Reserve, on the banks of the River Murray. The show was headlined by Jimmy Barnes, but following health concerns there’s been no update on his appearance.

Where: Mary Ann Reserve, MANNUM SA
When: Saturday 20th January 2024
For more information, head here.

Vintage Vibes Festival | 27 – 28 January

The Vintage Vibes Festival 2024 is gearing up to be an extraordinary event, with the latest addition of Brisbane’s indie rock sensation, Ball Park Music, to its already stellar lineup. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Tomich Wines in the Adelaide Hills, the festival, scheduled for January 27 and 28, promises an unforgettable two-day music experience.

Ball Park Music, renowned for their dynamic indie rock/pop sound and captivating stage presence, joins an impressive roster of artists including Rudimental, Groove Armada (DJ Set), Milky Chance, The Teskey Brothers, DMA’s, Lord Huron, Sea Girls, Winston Surfshirt, Drapht, Cub Sport, Meg Mac, and more.

Where: Tomich Wines, 1403 Onkaparinga Valley Road, Woodside
When: 27th January, 28th January 
For more information head here.

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