January was a good time to recuperate mentally and financially from the excitement of the festive season, but things are about to change. Mad March starts in mid February with the launch of the Adelaide Fringe Festival and an awesome range of exciting things to see and do.
Taking part in the Fringe Festival need not be expensive, as there are plenty of free things to do at the Fringe in Adelaide and all around South Australia. If the Adelaide Fringe is not your thing there's still heaps of other fun free stuff to do.
Huge queues lined up to see South Australia's first Corpse Flower at Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens as the year ended. We've just had an unexpected surprise with the announcement that a second Corpse Flower is on the way and can be viewed free at the Bicentennial Conservatory in Adelaide's Botanic Gardens. Be quick though, because the flower lasts only a couple of days!
The Corpse Flower Plant (Image: Adelaide Botanic Gardens)
Historic Urrbrae House is home to a free exhibition of contemporary basket weaving with some quite unusual displays for two weeks in February. While you're there, take advantage of the many free things to do at the Waite Precinct.
You've a choice between getting plastered at a Tomato Battle on February 27, or being cerebral at the opening of Writers' Week in Adelaide. I know which one gets my vote!
Activities and Fun For Kids at the Royal Croquet Club in Adelaide
Throughout the Adelaide Fringe Festival the Royal Croquet Club is free to visit during the day. Kids love to play in the fountains in Victoria Square, there are always a yummy variety of foods (and drink) available, and the atmosphere is great. If you haven't been before, definitely give it a go!
Not Free, but Fun Things to Do
Let Your Glasses Do the Talking at Cellar Door Fest - Adelaide Convention Centre
February brings the weather for water fights - check out Adelaide's biggest on Friday February 5. Adults can stay cool in leafy Open Gardens in Adelaide over the following two days, or indulge yourself with all things Italian at the Carnevale Festival. Food and wine lovers will also mark the Cellar Door Fest from the 26th to the 28th at the Convention Centre in their diaries
Hidden Sounds from the Z Ward returns in March after its successful debut during the Festival of Architecture and Design. You will need to book early for this unique blend of music, architecture and food.
There's lots of things to see and do south of Adelaide this month. Victor Harbor and the attractions of Granite Island have drawn visitors for decades. The Kaiki Walk on Granite Island is yet another reason to visit, and while you're there why not ride the Encounter Bikeway to Goolwa?