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Top Free Adelaide Events in November

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Published October 11th 2012
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Top Free Adelaide Events in November

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Looking for Things to Do in Adelaide?

November is looking rather quiet compared to last month as far as free events go, although there are some that will definitely be worth a look.

We have also selected a few events that aren't free, but won't break the bank. There's some great stuff happening out there that will only cost you a few bucks.

And finally, we have scoured new articles for interesting things to do. Not events, but activities that are fun, quirky, or in some other way interesting and that you have probably not tried before.

So read on, see whether we can keep you out of trouble this month.

Free Events in November

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Father Christmas Comes to Town

Of course if you have children then one of the most important free events in the year happens on November 10 - the wonderful Christmas Pageant. Missing that could cause serious problems with the young ones, so get in early to find a good spot.

For people into the beach and water sports, the free Rescue 2012 World Lifesaving Championships take place at three venues around Adelaide. ($2.50 charge for pool events).

If you go to the Christies Beach venue on the competition weekend (November 17-18) then you will have the added attraction of the free Beachside Food and Wine Festival. Not to be missed.

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Bag a Bargain at the Beach Markets

And it's also the 30th birthday for the free Original Open Markets at Christies Beach, so you can grab a bargain there before watching the lifesaving.

Live music is incredibly popular in Adelaide, and many people will go to the Fowler's Live Music Awards 2012 to see which are Adelaide's best bands and venues. Entry is free although the drinks won't be, of course.

Gay and lesbian people (and their friends and family) are catered for too with the colourful free Pride March on November 10 signalling the start of the fabulous Feast Festival.

People who like street art, stencil art and graffiti will probably be keen to watch the Topham Mall Mural event in the City, where approved artists will be painting the first of a series of displays in Topham Mall.

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Street Art @ Morphett St Bridge

For people with more literary tastes Stories on Stage at The Wheatsheaf Hotel will be a great way to spend an evening.

And if you haven't seen it yet The Pitch it, Post it Exhibition is still on at the Festival Centre, displaying how advertising a 'show' has changed dramatically over the last 100 years.

Also at the Festival Centre Our Mob 2012 is a state-wide celebration of South Australian Indigenous art. This annual exhibition helps to develop knowledge and understanding of Indigenous art and culture.

On the first Sunday of every month START at the Art Gallery there is an introduction to visual arts for families and children. The free START program is suitable for children aged 5-10 and includes art activities, tours, trails, live music and entertainment.

Events That Won't Break the Bank

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Thrilling Motor Action in Adelaide

If you can spare a few dollars then we can tempt you with a variety of events for all ages and interests.

The Radical Reels Film Festival will keep you on the edge of your seat with some thrilling action films.

For something a little more laid back, check out the World Bowls Championships. Just don't expect to see a load of pensioners though.

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Fun at Feast Festival

For gay and lesbian people there is an absolute Feast of events this month, with a huge variety of inexpensive offerings culminating in the Picnic in the Park at Hindmarsh Square. Download a copy of the Feast program and see just how many special acts are coming to town.

If you enjoy checking out markets, wander down to the Bowerbird Bazaar and shop till you drop for $2 entry fee.

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An Ornate Old Church in Moonta

To escape the city for the scenic Yorke Peninsular, how about going to the Moonta Antiques and Collectibles Fair? There are heaps of things to do over there and it's a hugely popular holiday destination.

And finally if you'd like to stay closer to home, why not meet some of your favourite screen stars at Supanova? With stars like James Marsters and Felicia Day in town there will be quite a queue I imagine.

The Melbourne Cup

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Will Your Horse Win the Cup?

Of course the Melbourne Cup will be the most talked about event in November, and while most of us can't make it over to see in person there are other ways to party.

If you want to organise a little fun on the day at your workplace, you can find a handy collection of tips here which comes complete with a downloadable sweep form.

For some useful suggestions on things to do at a Melbourne Cup party, see this blog.

And if you want themed accessories for your party, look at the goodies that are locally available. Just be sure you buy early because they may sell out quickly.

Interesting Things To Do

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Naval Gun @ Port Adelaide

If we haven't tempted you yet with an event, here are some activities that won't cost a cent.

It's surprising how many people haven never tried urban exploration - looking at the secret or hidden spots in your local neighbourhood from a completely different perspective.

The Dunstan Adventure Playground at St Peters is rapidly becoming the most popular playground listed on Weekend Notes for people looking for something a little different to do.

But few people realise that there are several other attractions just minutes away. There are free BBQ and toilet facilities nearby alongside the Torrens Linear Park, and if you have never seen a Billabong then you can find a great one just a short walk away.

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The Entrance to St Peters Billabong

The Swinging Bridge was in the Advertiser recently as a recommended attraction, and it's in St Peters too, while there is a more conventional playground a short drive or ride away at Linde Reserve.

In the western suburbs kids love exploring and feeding the ducks at the Apex Park wetlands, and spring is the perfect time to look at the timeless coastal scenery as you wander in the Tennyson Beach Dunes.

And finally for a great day out in the southern or eastern suburbs, find out about all the attractions at Urrbrae - there is something for all ages and interests.
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Dave, great list as always. There is also the Norwood Christmas Pageant on The Parade - free on 24 Nov :)
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