Your Guide to Illuminate Adelaide 2022

Last updated 11 Jul, 2022

Illuminate Adelaide dazzling Adelaide streets this month

City streets are up in lights thanks to the many Illuminate Adelaide events that have turned iconic CBD streetscapes into glittering playgrounds of projections, sound and imagination. From Light Creatures at the Adelaide Zoo to Light Cycles at the Adelaide Botanic Garden, explore to your heart’s content and immerse yourself in Adelaide’s world-class festival culture. Before or after you are dazzled by the many lights, discover some of the city’s best bars, cafes and restaurants to help top-off your night.

Hit the Town and match it with dinner or drinks

Whether it is a night out with your crew or a date night away from the children, make the most out of Illuminate Adelaide by heading out for dinner and drinks. If you are hitting up the East End after Light Cycles or Ouchhh Studio’s Wisdom of AI Light, grab a bite at NOLA, Sicily Pizzeria e Bar, or head to Two Pot Screamer where you can dine downstairs then meander upstairs to the cocktail bar. If you are heading to Light Creatures at the Adelaide Zoo, get down to O’Connell Street for an authentic Italian pizza at Tony Tomatoes or tantalise your tastebuds at Ruby Red Flamingo where you can get a meal that rivals Nonna’s top-notch cuisine (P.S. don’t tell her we said that).

Observe the lights from the sky

See the lights take over the city from afar at one of Adelaide’s rooftop bars. The serenity as you gaze is an experience like no other, and it is even more beautiful during Illuminate Adelaide. See the lights twinkle from 2KW, on the corner of King William Street and North Terrace. See the breathtaking views sparkle and soak up good vibes while enjoying a cocktail or mocktail.

Warm up as your walk around the city

A true case of when the sun goes down, the city glows - City Lights returns to Adelaide with a new series of immersive installations, artworks and large-scale activations. However, as the mercury continues to drop on wintery nights, enjoy a hot drink during or after you visit the many locations on the City Lights tour. Head to MIRRA on East Terrace for an artisan coffee or an aromatic tea (before 6pm), or Shibui on Grote Street for a decadent hot chocolate to shake off those chills.

Stay the night and experience what the city has to offer

If one night isn’t enough for your Illuminate Adelaide fix, stay the night at one of the city’s five-star hotels. The Crowne Plaza Adelaide, on Frome Street, offers uncomplicated comfort in one of its 329 rooms. Take advantage of its Illuminate Adelaide package and wake up with the best shopping, restaurants and even Wisdom of AI Light at your doorstop. If you prefer another quadrant of town, opt for boutique accommodation at Hotel Indigo on Market Street. Hotel Indigo is close to the historic Adelaide Central Market, and it is business as usual at the market you know and love during construction of the $400m Market Square development nearby.

Find out more about Illuminate Adelaide

Where: Mostly the Adelaide CBD and Park Lands – view map

Cost: Dependent on event

When: 1 - 31 July 

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