about the festival

A warm welcome to our Festival Fleurieu website.

Every two years, dedicated groups of artists and community volunteers from the western side of South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula host Festival Fleurieu (Leafy Sea Dragon Festival 2005 - 2013).

Our most recent festival, the eighth, was held in 2019 when the ten town and rural communities of the Fleurieu Coast celebrated diverse aspects of artistic endeavour, from literature to visual art, from music to environment, from performance to history, through food and wine with a jug or two of local brew.

Life in our region is enriched with our dynamic community of creative artists, historians, environmentalists who reflect and shape the regional identity of the Yankalilla District.  At festival time, our resident community of 4,500 swells threefold with holiday crowds drawn to embrace, join with and enjoy the multi-award winning Festival Fleurieu with a program of both curated and artist initiated events.        

We are pleased to announce that our last festival was another resounding success with fantastic attendances at all events.

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We hope that you all enjoyed getting out to the many events and studios.


If you would like to become a sponsor for 2021 then please email us.




There were so many ways that the community was involved – our planning group, assisting with creating our streetscape, traders, venues, community groups, artists, musicians, sponsorship and assisting at events.

Enjoying meeting Dorch at Live at Bungala Park
A sell out crowd at The Bald Eagles


previous awards


Joint winner of the 2016 Best Community Event in the statewide Australia Day Awards

We are proud to be a recipient of the bronze award in the 'Festivals and Events' Category at the SATIC Tourism Awards.

The District Council of Yankalilla's Community Event of the Year 2016

Festival Fleurieu is presented by a volunteer not-for-profit Incorporated Association and relies on the creative talents of artists, the time of community volunteers, and the generosity of many festival partners who share a passion for all things Fleurieu.


Jane Mitchell      

The leafy sea dragon in our local waters is the festival’s inspiring icon; we acknowledge the need to keep our local environment pristine to protect it from human activity. Though as an endangered species  the leafy sea dragon can’t be on show, artists and filmmakers present it in artistic and documentary versions in various exhibitions and venues during the festival.


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