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Published August 19th 2013
Don't get sprung in spring
Top Free Things to Do in Adelaide - September

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Does Spring Put a Spring in Your Step?


With the Federal election looming on September 7 it seems that we don't hear about anything else at the moment, but luckily there are ways to avoid it all.

Now that spring has arrived, we have a whole new range of things to do in Adelaide - both outdoors and indoors, and many of them are free! Of course some that aren't free will be essential to do anyway for most families, like the Royal Show.

One place I particularly like to visit in spring is Semaphore - you can beat the rush of families that inundate it on holdays and weekends, and there are heaps of things to do and see.

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The Semaphore Carousel is 75 This Year


If you have kids then the amusement park is a no-brainer with its unique old carousel celebrating its 75th birthday this year.

If the beachfront isn't your thing, then explore Semaphore Road with it's quirky shops, wonderful old pubs, and enough food variety to keep the most fussy eaters happy. And of course you can see some other weird things too if you want to stray off the main drag.

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Happy Herbs - One of the Quirky Shops in Semaphore


But read on. Check out what the rest of Adelaide has to offer - Semaphore will still be there when you want it!

What is On in Adelaide - Free Events

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This Ute is the Right Vintage for Bay to Birdwood


The colourful Bay to Birdwood parade is back on again on September 29 to delight motoring enthusiasts. It's great fun to just picnic somewhere roadside and watch the cars drive by. If you do go to Birdwood, avoid the traffic and drive back through Mount Torrens on the Onkaparinga Scenic Drive.

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Where Can You Find Street Art Like This?


For anyone interested in art August was a wonderful month to enjoy the multitude of art exhibitions in the SALA Festival. You will need to travel to the Flinders Ranges to enjoy the free art exhibitions in A Brush with Art from September 7 until October 7, but it is a fantastic time to be up there and enjoy its natural beauty. If you can't travel so far, you may want to see some alternative art here.

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The Male; Real/Ideal Art Exhibition


In Adelaide during September you can contemplate the clash between males' body image and self esteem in the new art exhibition Male; Real/Ideal Art Exhibition at The Mill. It's very thought provoking, and the first of a series - highly recommended!

Among the best free events this month is the Moon Lantern Festival at Elder Park. It's a combination of markets, a food festival like Fork on the Road, and culminates with the Parade at dusk followed by a huge fireworks display. An event that everyone in the family will enjoy!

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A Fork on The Road at Light Square


Having mentioned the free Fork on the Road, I can tell you that the next event is on August 31 but the location hasn't yet been revealed. Be sure to check out Archie the Pastizzi Bus and Papa's Gourmet Hot Dogs, and stay tuned for more info on this hugely popular free event!


The free Victor Harbour Rock 'n' Roll Festival on September 14-15 doesn't just pull in the party people, but is also a top opportunity to check out historic vehicles on display too. If you're keen you can check out the cavalcade of vehicles before leaving the McLaren Vale Information Centre.

While you're in Victor Harbour take a walk at The Bluff - it's a good way to fix a hangover if you partied too much the night before. And on the way back call in at scenic Hindmarsh Falls - it's a pleasant way to break the journey and make the drive safer.

Not Free, but Fun Things to Do

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High Fliers Enjoy Their Ride


The Royal Adelaide Show is is on from September 6-14 and is far from free, but you can find some handy money saving tips in last year's article.

The OzAsia Festival is back again, bringing you tasty morsels of culture from our region of the globe. Most events aren't free, but are quite unique and well worth a look.

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Delicacies at East End Providore


The new East End Providore has been creating a buzz in that part of town lately, and it's well placed if you want to get out and have a picnic in the parklands. Pop in and drool at the display of gourmet goodies, then swing by the East End Cellars for some liquid refreshment before stepping across East Terrace for a lazy afternoon. Will anyone notice that you're not back at work?

Fun Activities in Adelaide

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The Controversial Blackwood War Memorial


Our writers have found quite a few new free things to do around Adelaide this month. How about a historical walk in Blackwood and then enjoy pies from one of the bakeries there.

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Reflections at Totness Recreation Park


We've been busy reviewing lots of parks for you - the Totness Recreation Park near Mount Barker, the O'Halloran Hill Recreation Park south of Adelaide, and the Spring Gully Conservation Park near Clare.

There is even a disused gold mine, but that isn't open to the public at the moment. However check out the free Barossa Goldfields Walk - it sounds like a good excuse to visit and replenish your cellar too.

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A Butcher's Cart in the Hindmarsh Museum


If the weather is still cold, why not check out a free museum - the Hindmarsh museum, Unley museum, a museum in the western suburbs, or the St John's museum.

The new City Bike Art Trail is another bright idea for spring, pick up a free bike and enjoy some great new public art installations as you explore the city!
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