Welcome, Families!

Welcome to Big Family Weekend 2021!

Q: Do I need to book for shows at Big Family Weekend?
A: While we try to keep most shows available for anyone to join if they can, some shows require bookings at Big Family Weekend. To find out more, please visit our Big Family Weekend page to find out which shows require bookings, and where they are held.

Q: Why do some shows have bookings required, and others don’t? 
A: Each show at Big Family Weekend is different! Some have a small fee for attendance, others are outside of the Adelaide Festival Centre precinct and those venues require bookings to monitor attendance throughout the weekend. If you’ve got a show in mind, we recommend checking the DreamBIG website to see if a ticket or free booking is required for attendance. 

Q: Do I need to wear a mask at Big Family Weekend? 
A: No, at Big Family Weekend you won’t need to wear a mask. However, we do ask that you follow the advice of DreamBIG staff, use COVID-19 check-in points as directed, make use of our sanitising stations, and keep 1.5 metres distance from other parties where possible.

Q: Will food be available at Big Family Weekend? 
A: Yes, food will definitely be available at Big Family Weekend! If you’re after something smaller, head to Star Kitchen & Bar at Adelaide Festival Centre, where there’ll be fresh barista-made coffee, light snacks, and cool drinks available. If you’re after something more substantial for lunch, or even for dinner after all the Big Family Weekend fun, Fork on the Road are setting up shop in Elder Park for the weekend! They’ll be open until 8pm on Saturday and 6:30pm on Sunday. 

Q: Where can I park that’s close to Big Family Weekend? 
A: There are a few options for park Big Family Weekend! Wilson Parking have cheaper parking available for anyone attending DreamBIG Children’s Festival, and you can find information about this deal here. Other options nearby include Wilson Parking on Hindley Street, the Adelaide Convention Centre carpark, and parking close to the precinct on Victoria Drive. Please note that if you’re attending Big Family Weekend on Saturday 22 May, there will be parking restrictions in place due to the Adelaide Crows game at Adelaide Oval.

Q: Will there be free water refilling stations available at Big Family Weekend? 
A: Water dispensers will be open for patrons to fill up their water bottles. We do however ask everyone to big their own bottled water where they can to ensure we have enough to go around. 


Adelaide Festival Centre activity is led by the  South Australian Roadmap for Easing Covid-19 Restrictions.

Events at Adelaide Festival Centre venues will be held in accordance with SA Health direction and we will provide updates via website, social media, and direct communication with ticket buyers.

Attending an Event - FAQs

A range of public health measures are in place to keep patrons, artists and staff safe. This page will be updated regularly based on changes to restrictions.

Before you attend an event at Adelaide Festival Centre, please visit this page and read the Your Visit email sent to ticket buyers to make sure you’re up-to-date with the latest guidelines and information. If you did not purchase your tickets, please ask the ticket buyer to send you our pre-show communications.

Q: When should I arrive at the venue?
A: To avoid foyer congestion, we suggest patrons arrive no more than 30 minutes before their performance. However, please read the pre-show communications sent to ticket buyers before their show for specific advice about your arrival time. You may be asked to queue and show your tickets or booking confirmation before you enter the building.

Q: How is Adelaide Festival Centre complying with physical distance requirements?
A: All staff, artists and patrons are reminded to keep at least 1.5m wherever possible. Backstage and office areas, venues, theatres, lifts, and foyers have maximum capacities. Adelaide Festival Centre is following SA Health advice on the safe operation of specific indoor venues, like theatres, which can operate at 50% capacity. Inside the theatre, patrons will not be 1.5m from each other. Instead, patrons will sit in a checkerboard pattern with a single seat spaced between each patron in a row.

Q: Why is DreamBIG Children's Festival seating not checkerboard?
A: All Adelaide Cabaret Festival events are currently being sold in non-checkerboard seating (i.e. no empty seats between patrons) in the hopes that all venues will be able to operate at full capacity. However, we will continue to adhere to SA Health’s advice which may require tickets to be re-issued closer to the performance dates.

Q: Will there be hand sanitiser for patrons?
A: Yes, hand sanitiser stations are at all entrances and throughout back and front of house areas. Patrons are encouraged to wash their hands before and after using the bathroom and to sanitise frequently.

Q: What is the cleaning regime at Adelaide Festival Centre venues?
A: We have increased daily cleaning activities across the organisation, with door handles, surfaces and high-touch areas cleaned and sanitised frequently. Venues are also cleaned before and during events.

Q: What should I bring to the theatre? 
A: Hand sanitiser will be available onsite but to avoid queues and congestion, we recommend patrons bring their own as well. Bars and water fountains may be closed so you may wish to bring a bottle of water, too. Only bags smaller than A3 will be permitted into the venue. Backpacks are not permitted.

Q: Can I use the Cloakroom?
A: To avoid close contact and touching, cloaking is available for emergencies only. Bags larger than A3 and backpacks will not be admitted into the auditorium. Please leave these at home. 

Q: What do I need to do to keep myself and others safe?
A: There is an onus on personal responsibility for the health and wellbeing of everyone:

  • If you have cold or flu symptoms, seek testing and stay home until you are well. Contact BASS on 131 246 to exchange your ticket or seek a refund.
  • Wash your hands often and cover coughs and sneezes in your arm.
  • Keep 1.5m from others wherever possible in foyers and queues.
  • If you are vulnerable, talk to your doctor about what is appropriate for you.
  • Download the COVIDSafe app to keep you, your family and your community safe.

Q: Do I have to provide my contact details for everyone in my party?
A: Information for the ticket buyer is recorded at purchase and they are responsible for knowing the names and contact details of the people who used the tickets purchased. These do not need to be provided to Adelaide Festival Centre. Please make sure your details are correct when you purchase tickets. We also encourage visitors to download the COVIDSafe app to assist with rapid tracing.

Q Is there physical distancing in the theatre? Will I be sitting next to someone?
A: SA Health guidelines inform all seating arrangements and venue capacities. Adelaide Festival Centre is following SA Health advice on the safe operation of specific indoor venues, like theatres, which can operate at 50% capacity.

Inside the theatre, patrons will not be 1.5m from each other. Instead, patrons will sit in a checkerboard pattern with a single seat spaced between each patron in a row. There may be people sitting directly in front or behind you, depending on the seat formation in the venue. 

Q: I want to sit next to my family and friends. Will I be allowed?
A: Seating is allocated to accommodate adequate spacing in each row and considering those in the rows in front and behind you. For that reason, you must sit in the seat assigned to you on your ticket and will not be permitted to sit in the seat next to another patron, even if they are your friend or family.

For family programming and children’s shows, we ask patrons and families who are able to sit spaced apart to do so. Families with small children will be permitted to sit immediately next to each other (in groups of 4, maximum). A group with two or more adults attending the show should be able to sit in two separate small groups, with a single seat spaced between each.

Q: Will bars and cafes be open?
A: Please read the pre-show communications sent to ticket buyers before their show to find out if the bars will be open during your visit. When bars are open, there will be some changes: menus will be simplified; no hot beverages will be served; all drinks will be served in biodegradable containers; and there will be no straws.*

On Wednesday, 4 November 2020, Her Majesty’s Theatre will operate a controlled trial for very limited drinks service at the foyer bars. This trial will be monitored throughout the evening and operations may change mid service. Pres-show, patrons can pre-order drinks on the footpath before entering the building. Drinks will be available for collection from the foyer bar that corresponds with their seats (Stalls/Dress Circle/Grand Circle). During Interval, patrons can purchase drinks at the bar on their level, however to keep foyer spaces clear we ask patrons who do not need to visit the bar to remain in their seats. All food and beverage must be consumed from your seats in the auditorium.

*Single use, plastic straws will always be available for patrons with disability and those who require them.   

Q: Will everyone be wearing masks? Will I be asked to wear a mask?
A:  While current advice from SA Health does not require people in South Australia to wear masks in public or at events, this advice may change and we thank you for your cooperation.

Some of your fellow patrons and Adelaide Festival Centre staff may wear masks during your visit. Please speak with Front of House staff if you arrive and feel uncomfortable without a mask.

Q: What if someone is coughing nearby?
A: If you are concerned about your health and safety during an Adelaide Festival Centre event, please let front of house staff know. They will be discreet and follow appropriate protocol.

Q: What other measures does Adelaide Festival Centre have in place?
A: Adelaide Festival Centre has a comprehensive Covid-19 Risk Assessment and Action Plan for prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Q: My tickets are not for an Adelaide Festival Centre Venue, how do I check their COVID-safety plan?
A: Visit https://www.bass.net.au/venues/ and click on the venue’s website for further information.

Q: Where can I find the latest information about COVID-19 in Australia?
A: Adelaide Festival Centre management will continue to take advice from SA Health and adapt to the developing situation. 

If you are seeking information on COVID-19 visit health.gov.au or call the Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus Information Line on 1800 020 080. This information line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Ticketing FAQs

Q: If I am sick or have cold/flu symptoms, can I receive a refund for my ticket?
A: It is important that if you are unwell or have any symptoms of a cold or flu, you do not attend any public events – including the theatre. If you cannot use your purchased ticket, please contact BASS on 131 246 as soon as possible to arrange an exchange or refund. Adelaide Festival Centre abides by Live Performance Australia ticket refund guidelines. 

Q: If my show is cancelled, will I receive a refund?
A:  All ticketholders impacted by venue closures will receive a refund in full once the event is cancelled. These will be processed automatically; you do not need to contact BASS.

Q: If my show is cancelled, when will I receive my refund?
A: We are processing all refunds in a performance date priority order. We appreciate your patience during this time.

All tickets purchased via credit card will automatically be refunded back to the original credit card that was used at the time of booking. For tickets that were purchased by EFTPOS, cash, or a credit card that has now expired, one of team will contact you to finalise the refund.

Q: I have tickets to multiple cancelled events. Will I receive a refund for all of these at the same time?
A: BASS staff work through refunds in a performance date priority order. As such, if you hold tickets to multiple events these refunds may be processed at separate times.