Have you ever wanted to see inside Glenside Hospital’s infamous Z Ward? Or get underground, in the Treasury tunnels? Or do you want to know about the poet who never lived, or the notorious body in the freezer?

Get excited and get curious about history in South Australia with the History Festival which is set to run from 1 to 31 May 2017. There’s everything you’d expect, and a whole lot more! This year’s program will be launched on Friday 7 April by the Hon. Jack Snelling MP.

The whole month of May is packed full of events from every region in South Australia. With over 600 activities to choose from, there is definitely something for everyone - tours, talks, walks, exhibitions, kids’ events, concerts, dinners and more – exploring all kinds of history.

In 2017 the History Festival is taking a great leap forward with a new partnership with News Ltd and will be increasing our printed program reach to a massive 220,000 copies, with an insert in The Advertiser Newspaper on Saturday 8 April 2017.

The History Festival is one of South Australia’s largest community events and promotes the State’s wonderful collections, places and stories through an amazing range of history related activities. The Festival which began in 2004 as SA History Week, has grown each year, becoming a month-long festival which now attracts over 340 different event organisers all around South Australia.

In announcing the release of the 2017 History Festival program the Director of the History Festival, Allison Russell said, ‘The ongoing success of the History Festival is a testament to the hard work of event organisers all around the state. Their commitment and creativity know no bounds!’

A small taste of the many History Festival events on offer:

  • History Trust’s Magical History Tour – enter the ballot for a seat on board a bus, and discover some regional community gems with breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea thrown in; presented with the assistance of SA Power Networks
  • Centre of Democracy: visit Adelaide’s newest attraction – a gallery exploring and celebrating democracy in SA
  • Chocolate Coated History at the Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum


What: South Australia’s History Festival
When: 1 to 31 May 2017
Contact: Allison Russell, (08) 8203 9891, historyfestival@history.sa.gov.au