4 Fringe shows set in nature to see this festival season

Combine your love for arts and nature by catching one of these Adelaide Fringe shows at Adelaide’s botanic garden.

The Garden of Unearthly delights is all kinds of awesome, but it’s not the only city garden to get your fix of the Adelaide Fringe this year. 

If you’re looking to get away from the crowds, why not head to the Adelaide Botanic Garden and catch a Fringe show in its beautiful natural surrounds?

Here are four not-to-be missed shows:

1. Life on the Line

‘Hilda' the custom-made Hills Hoist-inspired circus rig is unveiled in a captivating family-friendly circus show.

If you’re into slapstick, bad dad jokes and sock puppets with a sprinkle of circus, then this one’s for you.

Peg and Kev will take you on a journey to the real story behind this iconic Australian invention as they share hilarious backyard tales from their travels across the country and back again. 


  • Saturdays: February 23, March 2 and March 16 at 2pm, 4pm and 5.30pm
  • Sundays: February 24, March 3 and March 17 at 10am, 2pm and 4pm. 

Duration: 40-90 minutes
Where: Plane Tree Lawn, Adelaide Botanic Garden
Tickets: From $10, bookings via Adelaide Fringe


2. Mr Badger Tells the story of The Wind in the Willows

Hear from Mr Badger, who tells this much loved, classic story celebrating the joys of nature and friendship.

This delightful, intimate storytelling performance makes an ideal family outing and shared experience for ages 5-95.

Come and sit under a shady tree, bring your picnic and enjoy the atmosphere. 

When:  February 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 10.30am and 12pm
Duration: 35 minutes
Where: Secluded Garden, Adelaide Botanic Garden (enter via the Friends’ Gate)
Tickets: From $12, bookings via Adelaide Fringe

3. Rock Orchestra Under the Stars

Who wouldn’t want to enjoy an amazing music performance under the stars at the Adelaide Botanic Garden? Rock Orchestra will be performing rock classics which are bound to get you singing and dancing along.

It's the perfect picnic-style setting nestled among the beautiful gardens and trees surrounding the Botanic Garden’s natural auditorium of the Museum Lawns. 

You can expect this 16-piece ensemble of musicians from both rock and classical genres to perform timeless classics of the 70s, 80s and 90s, right through to recent hits. With a full string section accompanying the rock outfit and six vocalists, this show is just as much about the visual as it is sound.

When: February 16 and 17 at 7pm
Where: Museum Lawn, Adelaide Botanic Garden (enter via the Friends' Gate)
Tickets: From $18, bookings via Adelaide Fringe


4. Archetype 

This theatre/spoken word performance peels back the veils separating nature and spirit. It’s a story told in poetry and physical theatre that looks at the archetypes of life, death, rebirth and continuing.

This performance by four artists is an experimental collaboration of poetry, dance and fire art, infused with folklore and myth across cultures to blur the distinctions of matter and spirit through sound and movement.


  • February 21, 22, 23 and 28 at 8pm
  • March 1 and 2 at 8pm

Duration: 90 minutes
Where: First Creek Wetland Amphitheatre, Adelaide Botanic Garden (enter via the Rose Garden Gate)
Tickets: From $25, bookings via Adelaide Fringe

Interested in experiencing more art in nature? Check out the Sculpture Encounters art trail on Granite Island.

Main image: Scenes from the ‘Life on the Line’ performance

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