For about a month, Adelaide is to become an arts Mecca with the return of Australia's biggest arts event, Adelaide Fringe from Friday 14 February to Sunday 16 March 2014.
Every year, this festival is jam-packed with 900 shows, exhibitions and cultural events showcasing Australian and international artists. There is a huge range of art forms on display including cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, to name just a few, so there is definitely something here for everyone. In addition to the ticketed events, are various special free events that add to the festival merriment creating an effervescent atmosphere in the entire city.
It's impossible to list all the freebies on offer, but the following pages give you a sample of what to expect, many of which are family friendly. For more information on the events and latest updates, head to the Adelaide Fringe website.
Expect markets galore!
Kick off your weekend on Fridays 14 February and 14 March from 5.30pm with the Artisans at Greenock Market with a glass of Barossa Valley wine or artisan beer paired with scrumptious food made from fresh ingredients. Relax to local musicians, shop for unique handmade creations and enjoy your chilled out Friday evening. And wind down your weekend with your family and friends at Adelaide Night Market from 4pm where a world of food and family is waiting for you to explore on Sunday 23 February.
If you're an early riser, then make your way to Barossa Farmers Market, on every Saturday during Adelaide Fringe from 7.30am. Grab some fresh, local produce straight from the farms and homes of the Barossa ranging from fruit and vegetables, to meats, to breads and pastries, and so much more. As this is a permanent market, there's no reason why you couldn't do your weekly grocery shopping here. To get a sneak peak of what's on offer, see the Barossa Farmers Market website.
Another ongoing market that's part of the festival is the Gilles Street Market. Open every 3rd Sunday of each month, these markets will attract all vintage and pre-loved fashion lovers. From 10am, fashionistas are invited to Gilles Street Primary School for a fix of fashion, food and tunes.
One more market on the menu is the Campbelltown Moonlight Markets on Friday 7 March from 6pm. You'll want to bring your appetite because 15 different food vendors are on hand to satisfy your cravings in addition to more than 100 artisan stalls, finest live entertainment and heaps of kids activities.
Parties & Parades
From Friday 14 to Sunday 16 March, the Highway is to become the hub for Adelaide Kustom Kulture Weekend enticing all lovers of rockabilly, roots & retro music, and Kulture. Entry to this event is only free on Sunday, so if you're wanting to save your mula for other things, then Sunday is the day!
With overflowing cerverza and tequila, unlimited tacos, Little Miss Mexico will be full of Mexican frivolity left, right and centre for Cinco De Mayo from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 March. Come for a taste of Mexican culture!
Party with the people, dance in the street, and enjoy spectacular fireworks with thousands of Fringe artists at Fringe Parade on Friday 14 February; take advantage of the Salisbury Secret Garden which will be hustling and bustling with live performances from 21 February to 28 February; and don't miss out on their launch party on Saturday 22 February.
Another party destination you want to consider is Hahndorf where an abundance of live sculptures, entertainment, kids workshops and a nice big feast for the senses on hand to amuse and entertain the masses every day.
Join in the Waymouth Street Party on Fridays 21 February and 7 March for some serious partying accompanied by street food, scrumptious drinks, music, theatre and fine art.
Be part of the Spirit Festival showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Culture with live music, workshops, exhibitions, stalls, food and entertainment for all families from Saturday 15 to Sunday 16 March.
Tear up the dance floor at Disco Cuttlefish every Saturday night; feast on tomatoes at Tomato Festival where you will get a big dose tomato themed activities, competitions and workshops on Sunday 23 February; and party at The Backyard for a good old backyard shindig with tunes, open mic, retro games and just hang out for some chilled partying.
Caffeine addicts will absolutely love Double Shot! Unley Coffee Fiesta on Sunday 16 March with not only coffee tasting, but also gourmet food, live music, and heaps of entertainment for the whole family to match.
For a nice day out, head to Maximilians Vineyard for the Sidewood Swingers Club on every Sunday during Adelaide Fringe. Soak in the sweeping views; indulge in beers, wines and spirits and the tasty food fare which will ignite your appetite; relax to live music all day; and challenge yourself in the Hole-In-One Golf for your chance to grab some cash prizes.
To sample the Fringe's best music, head to Garden of Unearthy Delights for Bank SA Free Concerts and feast on comedy, cabaret, circus and music; Desert Fringe for an unbelievable line-up of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander talent Friday 14 to Saturday 15 March; and Garden Sessions for splendid local sounds every Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
For something different, pop by the Young China Shines Showcase and get a taste of Chinese culture with traditional art, music and dancing.