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Free Things to Do in Adelaide - May 2023

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Mad March or Mad May?
threads and wood history festival

The month of May is synonymous with history here in South Australia. More than 300 free events will be held around Adelaide and the regions to celebrate our past.

first aid history festival

However, the festival isn't just for history enthusiasts. There are history-related events focusing on music, sports, multiculturalism, books, art and food too. Some examples include the open day at Schmidt-Rodert Hof where you'll get to experience baking day, the Begg Museum showcasing all things orthodontics, the display of vestments and historic carved woodwork at St George the Martyr Anglican Church, the St John Ambulance Musuem exhibiting the wonders of first aid, the organ recital at St Georges Anglican Church and the Port Willunga heritage walk.


Over the first two weekends, Adelaide streets will light up with a dynamic and playful street circus extravaganza guaranteed to thrill audiences. You'll find a group of highly skilled acrobatic performers along Melbourne, O'Connell, Gouger and Grote Streets.

dreambig characters

The city will also come alive when DreamBIG Children's Festival presents its BIG Family Weekend. You can expect heaps of exhibitions, installations, tours, performances and workshops suitable for kids of all ages. And, on Sunday the 21st, why not take a peek inside Government House located just across the road!

bat night

If you'd rather not be in the city, then check out Glenelg North's William Kibby VC Veterans Shed or the Pioneer Park in Karoonda instead. Both are opening their doors to the public on the same day. A few days later is Uleybury School Museum's turn to showcase its furnishings, photographs and memorabilia giving an insight into education from the past.

karoonda pioneer park

Do something different on Mother's Day weekend and join a guided tour of Botanic Park's grey-headed flying fox colony. These incredible angels of the night fly out for their foraging adventures each evening. Remember though to bring a blanket or chair to sit on as you watch the fly-out. For a block party, head to Harts Mill in Port Adelaide. There will be live music, food trucks, bars, roller skating, face painting and more. You don't need to spend a fortune to celebrate Mum.
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Why? Mad March or Mad May?
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Where: Various locations
Cost: Free
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