Frequently asked questions

Each year the Adelaide New Year’s Eve celebration attracts tens of thousands of people, looking for a spectacular way to see in the new year. To help make life a bit easier, we've put together a list of all the most commonly asked questions for Adelaide's New Year’s Eve celebration.

Will they still go ahead?

Our hearts go out to those impacted by the fires and we share the community’s sadness and empathy for those affected.

New Year’s Eve in Elder Park provides an opportunity for the community to come together in a family-friendly environment to look forward to the new year with hope and optimism, while reflecting on the year that has just gone by.

While we appreciate the community’s calls to cancel our New Year’s Eve fireworks and reallocate the funding to bushfire relief, our fireworks are planned and contracted months in advance and are only a small part of the overall event budget. With the night now so close, many people would have already planned their trip into the city to watch the fireworks from the park or in one of the many venues adjacent the Riverbank.

We are encouraging people who attend the event to donate to the Vinnies SA Bushfire Appeal and will have volunteers on the ground collecting donations that will go directly to those people affected. Alternatively, people can visit the website and make a donation to Vinnies SA Bushfire Apppeal - December 2019.

Will it be safe?

The City of Adelaide has been working for more than nine months with global supplier Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics to create a spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks display for the expected 55,000+ visitors to Elder Park and the Riverbank.

    Extensive risk mitigation and safety assessments are undertaken for the planning and delivery of the displays, with considerations for inclement weather conditions such as heat, rain, weather and wind, and crowd safety, all given the highest priority.

    The event is not gated, so you can enter the area any time on the 31 December. The food trucks will start operating from 5 pm and the entertainment will kick off at 6 pm in the Kids Zone and 7 pm on the main stage.

    Yes, you can, but please limit the packaging you bring with you and place any rubbish in the appropriate bin.

    BYO alcohol is prohibited as Elder Park is a dry zone – however you may purchase alcoholic beverages in the designated licenced areas. Non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. We encourage you to bring reusable bottles as we will have water stations set up around the event.

    Closer to the event you can see our downloadable site map for bar locations.

    The event itself is held in Elder Park and along the Adelaide Riverbank. Closer to the 2019 event, you can visit our page Plan Your Journey to find all the information you need on how you can get to the event.

    Service dogs are of course welcome; however, we discourage bringing pet dogs due to the distress fireworks may cause. If you do bring your dog, you must always keep it on a lead. Also, for the comfort of guests, if your dog displays anti-social behaviour you will be asked to leave the event.

    Yes, entry to the event and all the entertainment, including the Kids Zone and the on-stage performances, are all free.

    Yes, accessible facilities include drop off points, parking, ramps, a viewing platform, food vendors and toilets. To locate these facilities please view the map of the site.

    All the live music and entertainment acts are listed on the Stage Program page.

    Yes, Adelaide’s New Year’s Eve is designed to be a family-friendly event. Elder Park is a Dry Zone, and alcohol is only available for consumption in the designated licenced areas. Security will be employed and SAPOL will be present to monitor any anti-social behaviour. The event is also a smoke-free zone.

    To keep the kids entertained in 2018 there was a Kids Zone dedicated for family fun, including the Little Palais for children’s shows, a bubble performer, street theatre stage and pop-up playspace as well as roving performers. The main stage entertainment at the Rotunda was also child-friendly.

    Stay tuned for details of the 2019 event. 

    If your child is missing please inform security staff, roaming police officers or head to the police tent ASAP.

    To locate the police tent please view the map of the site.

    If you are bringing a child or children to the event here a few tips to keep them safe.

    • Before arriving at the event, write a contact number on your child’s arm (but no names).
    • Prepare your child about large crowds and choose a meeting point, perhaps the police tent.
    • Take a photo of your child on arrival
    • Collect a white ‘If Lost’ wristband from event security or staff when you get to Elder Park (again write your number but not your name)
    • Familiarise yourself with the event layout - see the map of the site above.

    There will be over 20 vendors serving food and drinks at our event. There will be gluten-free and vegan options available. For specific food related enquiries, please contact the vendors directly. See the list of food truck eats on offer.

    The road closures for the 2018 event were:

    King William Road between North Terrace and Victoria Drive from 12 noon on Monday 31 December 2018 to 3 am on Tuesday 1 January 2019.

    Victoria Drive between King William Road and Kintore Avenue from 12 noon on Monday 31 December 2018 to 3 am on Tuesday 1 January 2019.

    Stay tuned for information about road closures for the 2019 event.  You can also visit our City Traffic Notifications Map page for more information.

    There will be three first aid stations set up on site. Sunscreen will be available for the public at these stations. Please view the site map for location details.

    If you notice a photographer/videographer taking pictures or filming near you and you are not comfortable, please just let them know you wish not to be photogrpahed/filmed. For any close up shots taken by the photographer, they will normally ask your permission, especially when there are children are in the shot.

    Yes, you may bring your own chairs, beanbags and picnic rugs. For consideration of those around you, low-backed or small chairs are preferable.

    Yes. EFTPOS facilities will be available at most, if not all, food truck stalls.

    Lost property at the event will be located at the information marquee. Please refer to the site map for location details. After the event, people can contact a member of the Event Coordination Team via email [email protected].