Every July, Illuminate Adelaide gathers the most exceptional and audacious art, music, technology, and innovation from all over Australia and the world and unleashes them across the city and the state.

Between July 4 – July 21, South Australia’s most favourite winter festival transforms Adelaide’s streetscapes and notable locations into a beacon, a call to action, and a city-wide spectacle challenging you to break free from the winter blues and reignite a sense of awe. Illuminate invites people from all walks of life to enjoy a variety of free and ticketed events by local, national, and international artists, aiming to keep people engaged, and connected.

It’s about seizing the opportunity to turn long winter nights into a chance to awaken the imagination, explore curiosity and create lasting memories.

Highlights for Illuminate Adelaide 2024 are

Universal Kingdom: Prehistoric Nights at Adelaide Zoo

A brand new event that will take you on a thrilling adventure through time. Witness the evolution of Earth’s first creatures with life-size puppets, dazzling light displays, and incredible large-scale installations. See playful Plesiosaurs frolic with their young, come face-to-face with Australia’s Megaraptor, and even wander through a sea of floating Biolumes.

To buy tickets, including Relaxed Session and early bird tickets discounted until 5 May

book your tickets here


An Adelaide exclusive event and an experience for the whole family to dive into, EDEN invites you to explore the beauty and importance of our planet and marvel at what you’ve created in a world of imagination and inspiration. A digital garden at your fingertips across one hundred and fifty square-metres of LED screens, discover how just one person planting a small seed in the ground can lead to the growth of a vast, lush surrounding. Let curiosity and movement guide you as the wonder of nature takes centre stage and cutting-edge digital technologies allow you to create plants and flowers that transform the landscape around you.

Tickets at https://bit.ly/4bgV81u

Fire Gardens at The Adelaide Botanic Gardens

The Adelaide Botanic Garden ignites with the Fire Gardens event, a three-week spectacle of captivating flame sculptures. Thousands of handcrafted firepots dance and flicker, while kinetic sculptures add a touch of movement. Live music fills the air, and candlelit pathways guide you through the transformed landscape. This premiere twilight event promises a feast for the senses.

book your tickets here

Superluminal at the Museum

Get ready for a magical adventure at the historic South Australian Museum with Patch Theatre’s latest masterpiece, Superluminal! Imagine a world where you can dive into the mysteries of nature, play with light, and discover the wonders of time. With interactive storytelling and dazzling visuals, this show is tailor-made for kids aged 4 to 8 and their families. Join the fun as performers guide you through a journey of exploration and enchantment, where you’ll learn about amazing creatures and the beauty of our world.

Don’t miss out on this super awesome school holiday activity!

Book tickets here

City Lights

Back for a third dazzling year and one of Adelaide’s most loved events this year’s free program promises to be even more captivating, showcasing works by local and international talents. Prepare to be surprised by interactive installations, ponder thought-provoking art, and be awestruck by breathtaking projections from the world’s leading creative studios. City Lights will transform Adelaide’s iconic landmarks and hidden gems from July 5th to 21st, so unleash your sense of adventure and join the fun!

to find out more info and see the city lights map (released in july) – click here

Illuminate Adelaide will take place from 4 – 21 July 2024
With a mix of free and ticketed, indoor and outdoor experiences, you can access the full program here.

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