As the fifth most liveable city in the world, Adelaide is celebrated for its small-town charm, sustainability and easy-going lifestyle. It’s said that you can reach any hotspot in Adelaide within 20 minutes, so you can easily explore the city’s abundance of beaches, cafes and markets.

But there’s one thing you might not know about Adelaide: it’s a thriving cultural hub and an internationally renowned Great Wine Capital.

Here’s our insider guide to Adelaide’s art and culture scene for wine-loving culture buffs:

Art for art’s sake

A wide shot of an impressionist exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia. A great example of the culture scene in Adelaide.
The Art Gallery of South Australia in North Terrace, Adelaide. (Photo by Akshay Chauhan on Unsplash)

If there’s an Aussie city that embraces the motto ‘Art for art’s sake’, it is Adelaide. A city that showcases the vibrancy of its art scene on vibrant murals around the CBD, it is also home to impressive art galleries and quirky annual festivals.

Inner city suburbs like Kent Town are a stone’s throw away from art hubs like the contemporary Samstag Museum of Art, Australia’s oldest indigenous art centre Tandanya, and the Art Gallery of South Australia, which is currently exhibiting impressionist masterpieces from the Musée D’Orsay.

Crazy about March

An image of a large arena and fireworks. Adelaide Festival is a significant event that makes up Adelaide's arts and culture scene.
(Adelaide Festival)

Two words: Mad March. Adelaide goes all out during their arts and culture festival season in March. Eclectic festivals like Fringe Festival and Adelaide Festival of the Arts take over the city with weird and wonderful creative sights like flaming sword swallowers and immersive theatre.

For the rest of the year, there are countless other festivals. Indigenous festivals Tarnanthi in October and Spirit Festival in November showcase the best of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture. Feast Festival in November celebrates the pride and diversity of the LGBTQ+ community.

There is also the Cabaret Festival in June, OzAsia in September and the Adelaide Film Festival in October.

Every night is wine and cheese night 

A cheese platter.
(Photo by Jessica Ruscello on Unsplash)

From annual cheese festivals to food markets, Adelaide prides itself on its fresh produce and is surrounded by 18 wine regions, making it the ideal city for wine and cheese aficionados.

To start, foodies can explore the bustling Adelaide Central Market, which sees over 8 million visitors a year, and wander in search of the best gourmet cheeses and cheap eats. The Smell Cheese Shop stall is a standout for its unique cheese samples and master classes on wine and cheese pairing.

Additionally, you can enjoy the finest Australian wines all year long. From famed Barossa Valley to picturesque Clare Valley, some of South Australia’s world-famous wineries are just under an hour’s drive from Adelaide’s CBD.

Stairway to live music

Concert goers at Rocket Bar in Adelaide.
Rocket Bar in Hindley St, Adelaide. (Facebook)

Contrary to popular belief, Adelaide’s live music scene is well and truly alive. As part of Mad March, Adelaide throws its own international music festival, WOMADelaide, which places Adelaide on the world map and unites artists of all nationalities.

Live music venues Rocket Bar, Jive and Casablanca and iconic pubs Royal Oak, The Elephant and The Producers Bar are frequent haunts for live bands and acoustic acts.

Convinced yet? Check out Liveable for some personalised recommendations for the best Adelaidean neighbourhoods that will make you feel right at home with your glass of red and cheese platter.