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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published June 18th 2012
Make the Most of an Adelaide Winter

July is the coldest month of the year, and it's pretty tempting to find the nearest fire and stay rugged up till spring comes along. This would make for a pretty boring July, so instead why not take a look at some of the events that are happening around Adelaide in July.



It seems it's a good month to be a kid and most of these events will keep kids occupied during the school holidays. The Almond Blossom Festival is a great family event, and Something on Saturday and the Little Big Shots Film Festival are both tailor-made for kids.

Of course don't fret if you graduated from school long ago. The Spin Off Festival is a great excuse to party this winter, and the Winter Reds Festival will make sure you're warm as you hop from cellar door to cellar door up in the Adelaide Hills.

Read on to find out more about these great events.

Spin Off Festival
21 July



So Splendour in the Grass is a pretty big deal, but every year people scramble for tickets and many miss out. Adelaide usually misses out on Splendour sideshows, but we're finally getting our own piece of the action as the Spin Off Festival kicks off its inaugural show.

The line-up includes Lana Del Rey, Band of Skills, Friends, Kimbra, Last Dinosaurs, Bleeding Knees Club, DZ Deathrays, Yacht Club DJs, and The Rubens. Unfortunately bands like the Smashing Pumpkins, Bloc Party, The Shins, and Miike Snow aren't adding an Adelaide leg to their Australian shows.



Tickets are $99 plus booking fee, and can be purchased online at Moshtix. The Spin Off Festival is held at the Adelaide Showgrounds on July 21st.

Winter Reds Festival
28-29 July

The Winter Reds Festival is one of the best ways to enjoy winter. Head up to the Adelaide Hills for a special weekend of cellar doors and some great red wines.



You'll find various events and specially dotting the wineries and cellar doors of the Adelaide Hills, with anything from lunches and dinners to wine releases and art shows. There are night and day events, and you can plan your trip in advance or just see where the day takes you.

Entry to all cellar doors are free, but some special events do have a fee. Check out the full Winter Reds Festival brochure so you can plan your weekend.

Willunga Almond Blossom Festival
28 July - 4 August

The Willunga Almond Blosson Festival may not have the most enticing name, but this is actually a great community event. The festival is held over the last weekend of July, with different events spanning a whole week.

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There are two full on days of fairground fun, including live music, dance groups, show rides, fireworks, farm animals, and more.

Throughout the week Festical Lunches are also held, including a 3 course lunch and entertainment, and the festival rounds up on Saturday the 4th of August with the Festival Finale Dinner.

The two day festival is held on the 28-29 of July, and lunches and dinner are the following week. Check the website for the full program, as prices for different events vary.

Something on Saturday
7, 21, & 28 July

Something on Saturday actually takes place from April through to September at the Adelaide Festival Centre, and it's a great way to introduce your kids to different aspects of the arts. There are three Something on Saturday Events taking place in July.



Train of Thoughts is a fun circus show with juggling, tightrope walking, and plenty the kids will enjoy. Sounds Like Science combines music and science, and kids will learn all about the science of sound. Skip is all about dance, and a pair of sneakers that won't do what they're told.

Another great element of Something on Saturdays in the Foundation Kid's Corner where kids can get creative before the show by joining in on craft activities.

Tickets are just $13, or only $10 if you're a subscriber.

Little Big Shots Film Festival
12 - 14 July

The Little Big Shots International Film Festival is made exclusively for kids. While the official was held in Melbourne in June, the national tour sees the festival in Adelaide from 12-14 of July.

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This isn't a showcase of the latest Pixar and Disney flicks, but interesting, funny, and thought provoking films for kids from all over the globe. It's a chance to see a great film that you otherwise might have discovered.

As well as great films made by adults for kids, there are also selected films that are made by kids aged 5-15.



You can check out the full program on the Adelaide Festival Centre website, with 10 individual sessions aimed at different age ranges. Tickets are $10 per person, per session.
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Why? Don't stay inside this winter
When: Throughout July
Where: All around Adelaide
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