Welcome to South Australia's History Festival
1-31 May 2020

South Australia's History Festival is an annual statewide event exploring South Australia's history.

One of the state's largest community events, the History Festival promotes our historical collections, places and stories through hundreds of events ranging from talks to tours, walks to workshops and exhibitions to special events.

Its popularity and success is due to the hard work and enthusiasm of the event organisers, including thousands of volunteers, who are passionate about sharing our history.

Registrations for the 2020 printed program have now closed. Contact us if you would like to list an event on the online program.

2020 theme: Change

From political change to social change. Changing places, changing minds, changing hearts. Change for the better, change for the worse – on a big or a small scale – and everything in between. The world around us is constantly undergoing change. Change is also a major thread that runs through the histories we share. In 2020, the History Festival is exploring the theme of ‘change’. Event organisers are encouraged to plan events around this idea, in any way they choose.


Open Doors

Open Doors is a popular program during the History Festival that includes events that explore stories behind heritage buildings, and architectural history. In 2020, Open Doors events will take place throughout May.


Find the answers to frequently asked questions about the Festival.

Previous years

South Australia's History Festival began with the first SA History Week in 2004. Find out about the growth of this program into one of South Australia's largest community festivals.