The Royal Adelaide Show is BACK from 4 – 12 September 2021.

It’s one of our favourite Adelaide activities on the calendar each year. With heaps to see and do, from the adorable barnyard animals, agriculture shows and events, rides, plenty of attractions and of course the Showbags – there really is something to interest everyone!

To help you and your family make the most of The Show, here are our tips for attending this year.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • OPEN/CLOSE TIMES: The Royal Adelaide Show is on from 4 – 12 September (2 full weekends) and opens at 9am every day. The Carnival attractions operate until 11pm Fridays and Saturdays and until 10pm Sunday to Thursday with the exception of Sunday 8th when they will close at 9.30pm.
  • FIREWORKS:See the RAA Fireworks each night to close out the Main Arena: Fridays and Saturdays at 9pm Monday – Thursday & Sundays at 8pm
  • TICKETS: Pre-purchase tickets for a discount and also to avoid lining up on the day. Kids under 5 years are FREE, older children start from $15.50 and adults from $24.50  Click here for all ticket info. Ride Coupons can also be pre-purchased in advance at up to 20% regular prices
  • PURCHASE a few necessary or useful items in advance.  If the weather is looking sketchy maybe buy a few ponchos to take. For safety, we recommend the awesome reuseable Infobands (see below) that you can attach to your child’s wrist (or jeans etc) and hold your phone number for peace of mind if they go missing. The great thing about these is you need 2  hands to remove (so they can’t pull them off!). The Info booths just inside the gates often offer a similar, Free, single-use paper one too.
  • SHOWBAGS: The Showbag Magazine will be distributed in The Advertiser a few weeks before the show starts. Give older kids a budget and get them to choose their Showbags in advance to reduce the stress and any conflict about over-spending on the day. Perhaps even do showbags last to avoid carrying them around – just pick up on your way out. Grab the show bag guide here:
  • PLAN YOUR DAY: There is lots to see, do, eat and play at The Show. To make the most of the day, plan out the highlights with each family member getting to add a few things to the list so that everyone has fun. If you need some inspiration on itineraries check out
  • ON A BUDGET? Read how we did the Adelaide show last year with tickets and parking for her family of four for UNDER $100 SHOW for under 100 BUCKS HERE

On The Day

  • SAFETY: Take a photo of each of your children on your phone before you leave the house. In the case you need to find them you will have a photo handy with exact details of what they are wearing.
  • TRANSPORT: Consider taking public transport as the best option for getting to/from The Show with heaps of options such as the Tram and Train stops, plus extra busses. For all options Click Here. If you need to drive, most people aim for Park 22 in the parklands directly North across Greenhill Road from The Showgrounds – alternative parking arrangements can be found here.
  • BYO PRAM: ….and skateboard attachment if you have one because even the most independent kids get tired after a big day walking around The Show. Stroller and wheelchair hire is available onsite for $4/hour plus deposit. Find more details here.
  • LOCKERS: If you have lots of Showbags you don’t want to lug around all day, there are lockers available from $2 for use between 10am – 10pm each day on the southern & western exterior walls of Jubilee Pavilion, near the Atrium Food Court.
  • FOODBANK SA: At all entry gates there will be food donation bins where Show-goers can donate core staple, long-life foods such as tuna, canned ham, canned vegetables, canned soup, canned spaghetti and pasta sauce. Foodbank is South Australia’s largest food relief agency, supplying food to more than 500 welfare agencies and community groups and 350 schools across Adelaide’s metro, regional and country areas. Over 85,000 South Australians rely on Foodbank’s services every month, with one third of them being children.
  • PACK A DAYPACK: it’s easier to carry than 10 showbags, plus you can pack plenty of water and snacks to keep the kids happy on the way, while waiting in line and at any other time you need a few minutes of silence! If you plan to stay for the fireworks, bring along a pair of earmuffs for little ones who may not be so keen on the noise. Baby wipes and hand sanitiser is always a good thing to throw in the bag, and don’t forget the sunscreen!
  • HAVE FUN: More than anything else, be sure to have fun. Keep an open mind about how long you stay, what the kids eat and who has to hold the most baby animals before lunchtime. The Royal Adelaide Show is meant to be a fun family day out, so do your best to stay calm and remember its only once a year!

Budget Tips

  • CHEAP ENTRY DAYS: Wednesday and Thursday from 9am until 1pm, all adults/students/concession/children can enter gates for kids prices of $17.50 and all kids under 5 can enter FREE (as usual). After 1pm all ticket prices return to normal. On other days be sure to purchase your tickets online at home in advance, which
  • BYO FOOD AND DRINKS: especially if you have younger kids who may well enjoy your usual (& often healthier) snacks than unfamiliar foods. Water bottles can be refilled at the show!
  • RETURN ENTRY TICKETS: If you’re coming back again another day, remember to collect a Return Entry ticket for $12 from the kiosks before you leave.
  • LATE ARRIVALS: if you are arriving after 6pm entry is just $13 with an Advertiser Coupon.
  • FREE WIFI: is available at the Advanced Technology Pavilion.
  • If you’re after FREE things – we have been and will continue to post our favourite FREE tips at the Royal Adelaide Show over the next month on our Facebook page so be sure to LIKE us to see these too. For other suggestions on what to do once there to keep the costs down check out

DO THE SHOW FOR UNDER 100 BUCKS – (including tickets and transport for a family of four) Have you checked out Jacki’s blog for easing the pain to the hip pocket? UNDER $100
CHEAP TIX if you are a Bank SA customer or and RAA Member it pays to check the ticket pices that you can access

*images from The Royal Show Facebook/website

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