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Published September 5th 2012
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Top Free Events in October

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Jamestown Air Spectacular (not free)

There must be something about the end of the year. The closer it comes the more things that are happening, until you reach Christmas and start wishing they would all stop.

But we have a good range of things to do for you in October, and unlike some events around Christmas none of these are compulsory!

And if you're looking for things to do in the school holidays, you haven't been forgotten either.


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Halloween Is Fun for All

It seems that Halloween has been pretty much adopted in Australia now, like many other customs from overseas. If it has been a while since you had a party then maybe you could host one or even a movie night.

Both of those articles are packed with ideas on what to do, and show that Halloween can be lots of fun while costing very little.

Free events on Weekend Notes

We already have some great free events listed on here for October:

Have you got kids?
The SA Museum is running a series of activities for children through the school holidays that is bound to get them excited.

How about a trip to MechExpo 2012 at Wayville Showgrounds, a free exhibition by some of our brightest young engineers at Adelaide University.

If you are into music, check out the last day of the Semaphore Music Festival. Or for some tranquillity and nature, consider visiting the Urrbrae Wetlands.

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The Lined Pond @ Urrbrae Wetlands

One of my favourites is the Adelaide Zombie Walk - don't dress to impress, dress to UNimpress. Or you can help a charity by dressing appropriately on Loud Shirt Day.

Dog lovers won't want to miss the Adelaide Purina Bark in the Park, with all the freebies on offer. Say hello if you see my pups dragging me there on the end of a leash.

People who enjoy travelling have a feast of events at their fingertips. You could start with Kangaroo Island's Art Feast.

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The Parachilna Hotel in 1982

If you feel up to travelling to the Flinders Ranges the Brush With Art Exhibitions finish during October, and "ghost town" Beltana will be celebrating the centenary of the Australian Inland Mission.

Do you enjoy sport? Unfortunately not free, but for some terrific water sports action try the World Junior Diving championships or watch the national Inline Hockey Championships.

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Colourful Grevillea Winpara Gold

Is all that too hectic? The Australian Plant Society is having its annual sale of native plants It's not free, but very cheap, and a great chance to buy some plants which have an excellent chance of surviving our hot dry summers with little water.

Maybe you could try some retail therapy at the first Mitcham Village Market. Or pick up some VERY cheap secondhand books at the Rotary Bookshop Sale.

After all that activity you will probably just need a good feed, so check out the Gourmet BBQ Festival and enjoy some yummy food.

Not actually an activity, but it's National Firefighters Remembrance Day in October. We should all spare some time to think of these heroes. The Metropolitan Fire Service has more about it on their website.

Free at the Festival Centre

Sometimes events at The Festival Centre can be quite expensive, but to their credit there is often something free on there too.

Me & My Girl and Stephen Fry is a free display of the costumes and props from the Adelaide Festival Centre production from 1994.

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.

The Pitch it, Post it Exhibition started last month and is still running if you haven't seen it yet.

Meanwhile over at the Art Gallery, START at the Gallery is on again if you'd like to take the children.

Not free, but definitely exciting

The SA Aviation Museum are having an Open Cockpit Day. It's guaranteed to be a hit with kids of any age.

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English Electric Canberra @ SA Aviation Museum

It's Glendi Festival time again, a chance to celebrate Greek food and culture. If you're on a budget, check out the $5 entry deal on Saturday afternoon.

If you still need an aviation fix, there is the Jamestown Air Spectacular with loads of planes to see up close. With the variety of planes scheduled to appear, this event will live up to its name.

The Iranian Film Festival comes to Adelaide at the end of October with a short series of films coming from this culturally rich part of the world.

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Cheesefest 2012

Finally if you are as consumed by cheese as I am, you will want to take a look at Cheesefest 2012. Of course there will be a range of beverages available to complement the cheese. Hopefully Zema Estate from the Coonawarra and Shingleback Wines from McLaren Vale will be there again this year.
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Your Comment
You really are quite funny (in a good way). Reminded me to stock up on treats for the doorknockers on Halloween. Maybe I might spot you with my dog at Purina :)
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1596) 2701 days ago
I forgot to mention I am impressed by how you managed to place so many of your links in one article and yet it flows so well with good humour. That is why I am reading it again for a second laugh
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1596) 2701 days ago
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