Welcome to South Australia’s History Festival
South Australia’s History Festival is an annual state-wide event exploring South Australia’s history.
Held throughout May each year, the History Festival explores the state’s places and spaces, stories, collections and ideas that make us who we are.
One of South Australia’s largest open-access community events, the History Festival program features hundreds of events ranging from talks to tours, walks to workshops and exhibitions to special events.
Events happen anywhere: urban and rural, towns, cities and suburbs; in museums and libraries; in boats, trains and buses and mysterious buildings; on the street, by the beach and in nature.
Hear the latest research and tales of the unusual and unknown; from amazing experts to local guides. With hundreds of events to choose from, there’s something for curious minds of all ages.
Past, Present, Wonder
The 2023 History Festival is a celebration of the past, with a focus on the theme of Wonder. We will explore the constantly evolving nature of history and how this can lead to more engaging learning opportunities and a greater emphasis on hearing new perspectives and voices. Whether you’re a history enthusiast or just looking for an interesting day out, the festival has something for everyone. Come join us and discover the wonder of history.
Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners
The History Trust of South Australia respects the primary role of First Nations people in the history of this place. We acknowledge that this story commenced long before Governor Hindmarsh proclaimed the establishment of government in the province of South Australia on 28 December 1836. First Nations people have a knowledge, history and culture that extends millennia into the past. We acknowledge that First Nations lands and sovereignty were never ceded and that building a shared understanding of history is critical to the future of this place.
Explore our program
Each year South Australia’s History Festival selects a group of events which get additional support in the print program and online. Focus Programs are a way to connect audiences to events and to improve attendance.
Open Doors, presented by Office for Ageing Well and Seniors Card: Explore some of South Australia’s most interesting places and spaces. Open Doors is your chance to get behind the façades of some built heritage gems with tours, open days, talks and more.
Children and Family: The History Festival is not just for grown-ups; there are plenty of dedicated activities, children can play, learn, discover and dive head-first into history.
First Nations: Throughout the History Festival, there are opportunities for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort. This year, National Reconciliation Week takes place from 27 May to 3 June.
From Many Places, presented by Multicultural Communities Council of SA: Experience the rich heritage and traditions of South Australia’s diverse multicultural communities.
Rainbow Histories: Take part in the vibrant and varied histories of our state’s LGBTQA+ communities.