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Top Free Things to do in Adelaide - March 2014

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Adelaide CBD Seen From the Royal Adelaide Hospital Helipad


February has seen us submerged in a flood of Fringe Festival fun in Adelaide and its surrounding suburbs, with hundreds of performances taking place around the state. There is such variety that some of us struggle to keep up with all the new venues, making decisions difficult on which shows to see.

Fortunately some guidance is available from our writers, with suggestions for the top shows to see and recommendations on which are the best value and free events.

I think it has taken a while for people to realise that the popular Garden of Unearthly Delights now has some serious competition across town from the Royal Croquet Club in Victoria Square, with the Tiki Tai Rooftop Bar nearby aimed at party people, while the Science Exchange spices their entertainment with a slightly serious educational side.


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Capturing the Fun at the Royal Croquet Club


With another couple of weeks of the Fringe Festival to go the Festival of Arts has also kicked off with even more choices to tease our cultural palate. They have made a point of being inclusive by putting on a huge range of free events and fun things to do for Adelaide kids. For some tips on getting discounts, see here.

Of course we can't overlook Writer's Week either which starts on March 1, and has free sessions for the frugal festival goers.

But for those who think "arts" is a four letter word, salvation is at hand with the arrival of the Clipsal 500 and its V8 supercars. It isn't free, but it is guaranteed to be a poet and culture free zone, and lets see who wins the battle of the sounds this year!

Read on for much more about free things to do in Adelaide this month.

What's On in Adelaide - Free Events

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A New Holland Honeyeater Poses Patiently For the Photographer


A free photographic art exhibition celebrating the Stirling Linear Park is being held at Crafers on March 1. Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Stirling Linear Park you will be able to see some insightful images capturing the natural beauty in the area.

Many more examples of beautiful art found in our parks can be found on the Parks For Us All website, and their Facebook page.

While the Fringe Festival and the Festival of Arts have many free things to do in Adelaide, there's plenty of other fun things to do this month.

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Toilet Humour For Dunny Day


Noted South Australian artist Andrew Baines is holding another of his wonderfully humorous happenings on Thursday March 6 - celebrating Dunny Day at Henley Beach.

There are plenty of markets in March too - the free Night Noodle Markets on Friday March 7 and 14, Once Upon a Market on Sunday March 9 (gold coin entry), Market to Market on Saturday March 29, and the Adelaide Hills Produce Swap on Saturday March 1.

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For outdoor fun, Sunday March 9 sees blokarting return to the parklands with the opportunity to try the sport with a free ride. The following Sunday is Dolphin Day at Port Adelaide, with lots of free fun things to do and the chance of a free dolphin cruise.

Also on Sunday March 16 is one for coffee addicts - the free Unley Coffee Fiesta. It's a chance to learn all about coffee and how it's made, and of course a chance to taste it.

Finally Sunday March 30 is Neighbour Day in Australia - a day to connect with local people in the real world, and enjoy a sense of community. Why not pop your head over the fence and share a drink and a chat with your neighbour?

Not Free, but Fun Things to Do

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Clown Around at the Mannum Show


Here's this month's roundup of what's on in Adelaide - these events aren't free but all are affordable.

The Mannum Show is happening over the weekend of March 1-2, and you can enjoy all the fun of the Royal Show for less than half the price. It's only about an hour's drive, and there are heaps of fun things to do in this pretty riverside town.

Also on Saturday. Mount Gambier hosts its Fork and Cork Festival of food and wine. It's quite a drive, but if you've never been to Mount Gambier you really should see South Australia's second city.

Music fans will be eagerly awaiting WOMADelaide 2014 in Botanic Park from March 7-10. If you're going then be sure to get your tickets early as you'll pay more at the gates, and don't forget to take a look at Speakers Corner while you're there.

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You Will Need Lots of Zucchini Recipes If You Grow Them


Are your finances a bit tight lately? Why not learn to grow your own vegetables and herbs for only $5? Garden fresh produce tastes so much better, and when you get swamped with a mountain of zucchinis you can always sling your neighbours a few.

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A Mixed Grill Plate From the Grill House Cafe


With the cooler months coming, treat yourself to lamb on the spit any weekend at the Grill House Cafe. They make some awesome zucchini bureks and delicious home made Bosnian treats too.

March 10 is Adelaide Cup Day - will you be dressing up in your most outlandish finery to impress the rest?

Other Things to See and Do in Adelaide

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Is the Adelaide Showground Station Broken Already?


Looking for what to do in Adelaide? Here's a few ideas on what's worth a look this month.

Why not take a trip on our new electric trains to Seaford? After all you paid for them, and the enormous new Adelaide Showground station. I felt a little lonely standing on the platform with only a security guy and a few construction workers tidying up the last bits to keep me company.

Public transport doesn't float your boat? Become a marksman, get star struck at an observatory or discover the Adelaide Hills in a single hour.

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Quaint Observatory House on Flinders Street


As I walk the streets of Adelaide I am constantly curious about its quaint buildings. I'd often head home and Google somewhere I've seen on my travels to learn about the history of a place - but no more!

The folks at History SA have now released their Adelaidia app for iPhones and iPads. This brilliant app uses your phone GPS to find your location, and then tells you about the history of the places around you, complete with amazing historical photos. My only complaint is that the Android version hasn't been released yet, but it is in the pipeline. Wander over to the Adelaidia website for more information.

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Adelaide Botanic Gardens First Creek Wetland


Has it been a while since you visited the Botanic Gardens? If so then you need to go back and see the First Creek Wetland - Adelaide kids will love exploring the colourful and informative displays that explain how the wetland works, and adults will be impressed by this work of art. Highly recommended to see!
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