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Top Free Things to Do in Adelaide - October 2016

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What's on over the long weekend and October school holidays
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Last Chance to See the Good Fortune Market on the October Long Weekend


Highlights of What's On in Adelaide in October
Despite unseasonal spring storms Adelaide is coming rapidly out of its winter hibernation. Indofest Adelaide Festival brought a splash of colour to the city, while the OzAsia Festival and Good Fortune Market in Elder Park are pulling big crowds to enjoy free entertainment and tasty food and wine. Be quick if you haven't joined in the fun things to do because both attractions end on October 2.

October Long Weekend
If you're looking to find what's on in Adelaide for the October long weekend, our writers have found plenty. The Philippines Fiesta in Adelaide's Victoria Square kicks off the weekend, and the Nature Play Festival brings heaps of outdoor fun for kids of all ages.

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Go Whale Watching on Granite Island for the Nature Play Festival - Sadly No Chairlift Now (Image: State Library SA B-53407-53)


It's almost a tradition to escape the city on a long weekend. If you do, here are a few suggestions of things to see and do. There are colourful country shows too at Yankalilla and in Jamestown - it's always a pleasure to meet the locals.

Not free things to do, but the Phare Circus in Elder Park finishes on the long weekend, or you can relax with great food and wine at Afternoon Delights in McLaren Vale.

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Free Things to Do - Indofest Adelaide


What's On in Adelaide - Free Things to Do
There are so many free things to do in October that it's hard to know where to start. Market fans won't miss the ever popular ABC Gardener's Market (gold coin), and the 10th Anniversary Celebrations at the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market will be full of free fun for kids. The immensely popular Adelaide Night Market also returns in October for its summer season on North Terrace.

Doggy Day at the Beach is a must for dog lovers, with a free sausage sizzle BBQ. The following day Short Legged Dogs Unite for a free fun photo shoot with local artist Andrew Baines - also at Henley Beach.

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Warriparinga Wetlands Tjilbruke Gateway


It's definitely time to enjoy nature outside right now. A Spring Fair in community gardens, free Guided Walks in the Parklands,, and taking part in BioBlitz Adelaide are all free things to do that are also fun for kids. Take your pick of the BioBlitz in the scenic Warriparinga Wetlands or at Cobbler Creek Recreation Park.

There's more fun for kids on the Adelaide Zombie Walk, and a whole weekend of free things to do at Port Adelaide with the Festival of Vintage Boats, Planes and Trains. You need to look elsewhere for vintage cars - at the annual Jaguar Car Day.

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Riding in a South Australian Railways Carriage is Fun for Kids


Escape the city to sunny St Kilda for the Adelaide Shorebirds Festival, or head Back to Meningie as the town celebrates their 150th Anniversary.

There's a free Open Day coming up at Government House and also the National Mosque Open Day for the curious. Also in Adelaide the State Library exhibition of A Few of Our Favourite Things continues this month, but please don't forget to give them your support.

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Things to See and Do: Bonython Park Billabong


October School Holiday Activities in Adelaide
Plenty of October school holiday activities for kids kick off from the long weekend. Most are free things to do but do check whether advance bookings are essential. You'll find school holiday activities in the Adelaide Botanic Garden, at Tea Tree Gully, Campbelltown, and in the Glenelg area.

Follow the Bunyip Trail in Bonython Park, take the kids to Bunnings for their school holiday workshops or check your local council website for more October school holiday activities. If your child has ambitions to be on the big screen there are two day acting workshops but they cost $295.

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See the Dressmaker Exhibition at Ayers House in Adelaide


Not Free, but Fun Things to Do
History buffs (me) and amateur genealogists are looking forward to the first national Expo in Adelaide, and the Dressmaker Exhibition at Ayers House is already attracting crowds. Fans of Alex Lloyd are flocking to his Acoustica Tour, take the children to see The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, or Light the Night on a charity walk in October.

Escape the city to savour great local food and wine at the Riverland Wine and Food Festival or if you prefer head to Clare to salivate over the alluring and lustful pleasures of seafood and wine.

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River Murray Scene


Other Exciting Things to See and Do in Adelaide
Coffee, cake and cafe aficionados should read our latest reviews of Hustle Coffee Co, Folklore Cafe, and Crack Kitchen, or try Kintaro Sushi Train or the Wingman Food truck for something more spicy. When alcohol is on the agenda a Hindley Street Happy Hour should do the trick.

Explore the beauty of the Fleurieu and visit Ambersun Alpacas, which aren't far from where forgotten World War 2 relics still lurk.

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Former Victor Harbor Radar Station


New writer Emma Jane Warren was recently moved to pen an innovative list of 100 Reasons Why South Australia is the Best State - I'm glad to see that she wants to keep our heritage listed parklands in Adelaide.
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