Port Adelaide is a fabulous place to visit at any time, with its colourful markets, fascinating maritime history, and iconic buildings. But during one weekend in October the Port is going to get so much better.
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On October 19-20 the Port Festival returns again, bringing such a diversity of activities and spectacles that you won't know where to start.
This year it's truly a feast for all five senses - with food, film and music, art and activity workshops, and a whole heap of things to entertain and tantalise you. And the best part is - most of it is FREE.
There is so much happening that I can't possibly list it all, so you should go to the website and browse, download or order a program so that you can look through it at your leisure - it has 60 pages of exciting treats that you aren't likely to ever see together again.
The Maritime Museum will be getting into the spirit of things, with performers bringing to life local spirits from the Port's past - sailors, wharfies and explorers to name just a few.
And the S.A Aviation Museum doesn't plan to be outdone, it will showcase its latest acquisition - an F-111 tactical strike aircraft. With a choice of thirteen aircraft on display there will be one to suit every flier.
A Festival of Food
Eat Freshly Found Fish and Chips at the Railway Hotel
The enormous range of activities at the Port Festival will guarantee that you have an awesome appetite, and several venues around the Port will be offering a $10 festival plate of internationally themed gourmet goodies - from Thai to Greek, Lebanese to Japanese, you will find something to suit you.
An emphasis on the Seafood Experience will be a theme in this year's Port festival, with local fishers demonstrating preparation of seafood while Masterchef's Michael Weldon will show you how to cook seafood to bring out its best. Of course you will be able to taste and buy the yummy delicacies, too.
If you really want to treat yourself, check out the Seafood & Brews Tasting Day at the Port Dock Brewery Hotel. Feast on fine food and taste local brewed beverages while being entertained by live music - bookings recommended.
Activities and Music
See the Stunning Future Portal Display at Night on Lipson St
On Saturday October 19 thrill to the heavenly sounds of the Port
Adelaide Enfield City Band's Concert and Organ Recital for just $2 (children free) including free snacks. Or relax at a free concert featuring acoustic duo Girls Next Door on stage at the Dockside Tavern on the Sunday afternoon, followed by Crossroads playing classic rock and soul from the 60s to 90s until 7pm.
There will be music to suit all tastes right through the weekend, and most of it is free. Check the program for more information.
For the children there are free sessions on how to make a pinhole camera, or a camera obscura, and for adults three photography workshops are offered ranging in price from $25pp to $300pp.
The Port Mall will have a special Festival Zone for children over the weekend - most activities will be free but some may require a gold coin donation.
Learn to play a didgeridoo (free), try juggling, stilts and more in a circus workshop ($10pp) or go for a kayak tour of the Garden Island ships graveyard (not free). You can even take a look at the nearby Jervois Basin ships graveyard, and the free Mutton Cove shipwrecks aren't far down the road.
The Dutch tall ships were incredibly popular when they visited Adelaide, so why not take a look aboard South Australia's own tall ships for the price of a gold coin?
The tours of Torrens Island Quarantine Station normally need to be booked months in advance, but during the Port Festival there will be three trips offered each day - demand is likely to be very high, so it's recommended that you book ahead ($25pp).
Art and Exhibitions
The Former Town Hall - A Popular Subject for Artists
If you'd like to be more active, follow the free Suitcase Art Trail which reminds us of the many people who arrived at Port Adelaide as migrants with just their suitcases containing their worldly belongings. The suitcase theme continues with a suitcase mural, and even a suitcase photography exhibition at libraries in the Port Adelaide Enfield council area.