An All-Ages Guide to Adelaide Fringe

Let your little one's creative imagination run wild with music, dance, comedy, circus and stage performances for the whole family.
Elizabeth Tucker
Published on January 11, 2024

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Since 1960, boundary-pushing artists and cultural performers have been sharing their talent and creativity at Adelaide Fringe. As an open-access festival there is no curatorial team which means that all creatives are welcome and invited to share their talents with the arts-loving crowd. 

The annual event highlights exactly what grassroots art is all about — fostering inclusivity, self-expression and community belonging. This makes it especially special for the young (and young at heart), who are invited to immerse themselves in the wonder and spectacle of the Adelaide Fringe program.

Introduce your kids to the magic of the Fringe this year with the following standout family-friendly events that'll unlock their imagination.


A photo of the Dusty Feet Mob.


Experience dance storytelling with Dusty Feet Mob: a collective of young Aboriginal performers hailing from Port Augusta. Through dance and song, they celebrate identity and culture, as well as share stories that promote healing and awareness for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities alike.

Their performances are grounded in cultural learning and knowledge passed on by family members and mentors — all dedicated to strengthening young people's connection to their culture.



If interactive theatre is your thing, then you'll love being part of the Werewolves experience. Take a journey into Millers Hollow, where trouble is afoot as werewolves stalk innocent villages. Each morning, another death occurs and it's up to the villagers — that'll be you — to find the werewolves who may be hiding in plain sight.

Each audience member is given a card with their role, before the game master whisks you away on an adventure to solve the mystery and save the village. The experience is rated G, but there are descriptions of violence throughout, so the show is better suited for ages ten and above.



This global phenomenon has been seen by over a million people worldwide with sold-out runs in Edinburgh, on Broadway and at the Sydney Opera House. Discover the thrills for yourself when 360 ALLSTARS land at Adelaide Fringe this year.

Picture hair-raising athleticism with high-energy performers delivering jaw-dropping flips, BMX tricks, breakdancing, acrobatics and more. It's a great one for the kids, but you'll also walk away inspired to dust off that skateboard from your teen years and practise some kickflips. (We can't be held responsible for any injuries sustained.)



This classic tale never gets old. As the winner of last year's Best Children's and Family Show Award, it's no wonder that Peter Pan — A Neverland Adventure is returning for another run at the Wonderland Spiegeltent.

A combination of flying acrobatics and astounding feats take your breath away as you follow J.M. Barrie's beloved characters on their adventure to the land where nobody grows up. It's an absolute must for young and old alike.


Daniel Rabin


If your kids are easily distracted, keep them entertained at a variety show where they can cheer, stomp and clap along to music, dance, drag, circus and magic performances.

At Fringe for Kids, there's a fresh lineup every day, so you'll always be kept on your toes if you return for a second or even third visit — and you may have to do just that, as your kids won't stop talking about it.


The 80s Ladies performing on stage.


Share some of your beloved childhood hits with the kids in your life. We're talking Whitney, Madonna, Cyndi — all the iconic ladies of the era that you know and love, reimagined by singer Chloe Castledine and her team of musicians and dancers in 80's Ladies

Dress in your brightest neon for the occasion and shimmy the night away to non-stop bangers at The Moa at Gluttony.



A stalwart of the Adelaide Fringe scene, the Trash Test Dummies Circus has been entertaining local crowds for years, even taking home Best Children's Presentation in 2015.

Their slapstick and visual comedy includes ballet, acrobatics, balloons and everything a discerning kid seeks in their entertainment. It'll be a cackling good time featuring plenty of knee slaps and bin jokes that you simply were not prepared to laugh at.



Put your teen's quippy comebacks to good use at Class Clowns, where aspiring comedians will take the stage for a chance to perform at the National Grand Final during the 2024 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

The national high school competition encourages teens to share their funny insights through their choice of comic medium — be it sketch, stand-up, music or physical comedy. Even if you're not performing, drop in to see the future of Aussie comedy on display.


Book your FringeTIX now at the Adelaide Fringe website.

Published on January 11, 2024 by Elizabeth Tucker
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