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May is the month for South Australia's History Festival, a smorgasbord of fun things to do celebrating our history. The festival overlaps with the National Trust's Australian Heritage Festival which runs from April 18 to May 20. Both festivals offer a broad range of activities for all ages, including many free things to do.
In 2014 the history festival kicked off with Open House Adelaide, and in 2018 the Open Doors - Built Heritage Weekend will again give you the opportunity to see behind the scenes at places that are not normally open to the public. There are also other open days scheduled as part of the main festival program.
Fortunately, the online program guide for South Australia's History Festival makes it a breeze to find what you're looking for. With 666 events scheduled around the state, you can browse by date, event type, location, or keyword such as "free". It couldn't be easier to find what you want. However do remember that bookings are essential for many events, so reserve your place early to avoid disappointment.
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Special Events You'll find plenty of special events this year, and the history festival regional launch at Yankalilla is one of the first. It's well deserved as Yankalilla has got more things to do than almost anywhere else except Adelaide.
Another special event is the book launch at Glenthorne, which is soon to become our newest National Park. After the book launch take a guided tour of Glenthorne Farm to see what may be the oldest built heritage in South Australia.
Workshops There are workshops catering for all tastes this year. Learn light painting at the Freemasons Grand Lodge, try Kaurna weaving, or take part in one of the many genealogy and family history workshops. I do recommend the Genealogy SA Open Day and Exhibition with free entry and access to all records.
Bus tours Don't miss the free bus tour in Adelaide to see historic buildings which have benefited from the Heritage Incentive Scheme. Escape the city to Old Normanville and Old Yankalilla on a guided bus tour from Adelaide, or see the dead heart of the Adelaide Plains by bus.
Want More information?
Get all the goods on South Australia's History Festival 2018 from the web page where you will find the online program guide, or on Facebook where you will find the latest updates. Enjoy!