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A guide to this season's best events, festivals & activities
All Autumn

It's a nice time of year to browse some of Adelaide's weekend markets. See what the Fleurieu Peninsula has to offer at The Vale Market on the first and third Sunday morning of each month or the Willunga Quarry Market on the second Saturday morning. If you have a hankering for a zucchini fritter, then the Magill Sunrise Market on the second Sunday morning of each month sounds like the place to get it!

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Photoh Smartphone Photography Course at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens


Autumn presents many wonderful photo opportunities at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Learn to capture these images like a professional using only the camera on your phone with the Photoh Smartphone Photography Course. It's held once a month on a Saturday morning and costs $49 per person.

Wallis Cinemas brings digitally remastered classics to the big screen with Willsy's Choice Nostalgia Film Screenings. Pillow Talk, Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall, and Shine are screening this season with sessions held on Wednesday and/or Sunday at Mitcham, Mount Barker, and Noarlunga.

Meanwhile, the Maritime Museum is operating tours of the Torrens Island Quarantine Station on certain Sundays in March, April, May, and June. For $25 per person, explore the heritage listed buildings that were once the first line of defence against the spread of disease in South Australia.

For more on Torrens Island, there's a free exhibition called Interned: Torrens Island 1914 1915 that's open every day until August. It's held at the Migration Museum and reveals a sad and largely unknown chapter in South Australia's history.

March Madness

Festival fever hits Adelaide in March, so there's no shortage of fun things to do. The Adelaide Fringe is on until Sunday, March 15, 2015. The Royal Croquet Club with its dotMaze and the Garden of Unearthly Delights are the places to see and be seen.

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The Garden of Unearthly Delights for the Adelaide Fringe


The Adelaide Festival has a program brimming with music, dance, visual art, theatre, and events for 'Writers' Week' happening until Sunday, March 15, 2015. WOMADelaide is always a Festival highlight, but there are free events and other budget-friendly ways to experience the Festival, like Blinc at Elder Park.

It's a busy month in South Australia's regional areas with eight country shows held in March. Escape the city for a day or two and see what towns like Angaston, Mannum, Mundulla, Maitland, Tanunda, Mount Pleasant, Cleve, and Mount Barker have to offer.

Movie buffs won't miss out this month with the Openair Cinema at Glenelg from Sunday, March 1 until Sunday, April 12, 2015. Just a few of the films screening include: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Fifty Shades of Grey, Jupiter Ascending, and The Theory of Everything. There's also live music and a licensed bar for a fun night out.

With so much happening, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, so take some time out and reap the benefits of a regular yoga class. Vida Yoga at Seaview Downs has a one hour hatha yoga class on Wednesday and Friday evenings. Casual classes cost $15, but you can save some cash with a 10 class pass.

Awesome April

Mad March might be over, but April is just as action-packed starting with the Easter long weekend from Friday, April 3 to Monday, April 6, 2015. The Meadows Easter Fair is open from 9 am until 5 pm every day of the long weekend and admission is free. With over 200 stalls, there's a huge array of local produce, antiques, plants, crafts, and much more.

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The Meadows Four Day Easter Fair


Also held over Easter and a great event for families is the annual Semaphore Kite Festival. The sky will be filled with colourful kites on Saturday, April 4 until Monday, April 6, 2015 from 11 am to 5 pm. As well as kite flying and watching, there are fun activities for the kids and entry to the festival is free.

School's out from Saturday, April 11 to Sunday, April 26, 2015 and there are heaps of free school holiday activities in Adelaide, like a day trip to Sellicks Beach. The City Slider isn't free, but it sure does sound like a lot of fun. Purchase tickets soon though, so the kids don't miss their turn down the giant water slide on Sunday, April 12, 2015.

Oz Comic-Con is on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 9 am until 6 pm at the Adelaide Showground. Just some of the celebrity guests at this year's pop culture convention include Kevin Sorbo from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Billie Piper from Dr Who, and Nicholas Brendon from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Clear your diaries, wine and food lovers, because the Barossa Vintage Festival is on Wednesday, April 15 until Sunday, April 19, 2015. Sample the region's finest and enjoy events involving food, wine, art, heritage, and the community at various locations in the Barossa Valley.

The Beachside Food and Wine Festival is back on Saturday, April 18, 2015, but this time it will be held over two coastal locations: Christies Beach and Port Noarlunga. There's free entertainment and activities (even an outdoor movie screening) and lots of regional produce on offer.

There are some special events being held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC Cove landings, including Camp Gallipoli at Morphettville Racecourse, ANZAC Day at the Cove, and dawn services held all over South Australia on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

May Mayhem

The Kangaroo Island Feastival is on Friday, May 1 to Friday, May 8, 2015 with unique dining experiences planned all over the island. There are plenty of fun ways to keep everyone entertained on Kangaroo Island. Raptor Domain, Cape Willoughby Lighthouse, and Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery are all worth visiting, or just chill out at one of the many beautiful beaches for a relaxing autumn getaway.

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Admirals Arch at Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island


Adelaide's premiere design market, the Bowerbird Bazaar, is at the Adelaide Showground from Friday, May 1 until Sunday, May 3, 2015. Entry costs $5 and you'll be able to browse market stalls to pick up a creative gift just in time for Mother's Day and enjoy food and drink, workshops, and live music.

Set a reminder: Sunday, May 10, 2015 is Mother's Day. For last minute Mother's Day ideas to show her you care try a morning at the markets, an afternoon of wine tasting, a stroll along the beach, high tea at home, or a picnic at a park.

The annual Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend is on Friday, May 15 until Sunday, May 17, 2015 at various locations. The festival celebrates the end of vintage and showcases the region's award-winning food and wine. The Iris Suite and Martin Suite at Morella House Bed and Breakfast provide comfortable accommodation to explore the many nearby attractions, such as Sevenhill Cellars, Spring Gully Conservation Park, and the Burra Heritage Passport.

For a glimpse into the future or some guidance from above, head to the Adelaide Showground on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, 2015 for the Body, Mind & Psychic Expo. Entry costs $15 for adults and there are hundreds of stalls selling alternative health and lifestyle products, as well as workshops, tarot readings, and much more.

There'll be something for the whole family to enjoy, including a world record attempt for the largest finger painting, at the Come Out Children's Festival. It's on Friday, May 22 to Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Adelaide Festival Centre and tickets to the various performances are available now.

Finish the season with fashion, theatre, and steam trains. The Steampunk Festival is on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the National Railway Museum. Tickets cost $15 for adults, with concessions available, and children are free.
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Not sure how I'll get through the Fringe yet, hopefully fewer things to do by May. Great coverage Hayley.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11197) 1546 days ago
Great review of a busy time ahead for all of us
by Steve Hudson (score: 3|1245) 1546 days ago
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