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During December

Summer starts at the Bay with Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinema from Sunday, December 1 to Sunday, December 22, 2013. It's held on the Glenelg foreshore and there will be ice cream, live music, and lots of great movies to choose from, including About Time, Rush, The Great Gatsby, Labyrinth, and Point Break.

The Vacant Space Urban Culture Festival sounds like an interesting day out. Make your way to Rundle Park on Sunday, December 8, 2013 from 1 pm until 6 pm to check out Adelaide's best street artists, DJs, dance crews, and food trucks.



December means Christmas and the West End Brewery Riverbank Christmas Lights Display brings the spirit of the season to Adelaide. The banks of the River Torrens will be lit up from Monday, December 2 to Tuesday, December 31, 2013. You can visit any time, but it's when the sun goes down that the riverbank really shines.

Then there is the Woolworths Carols by Candlelight at Elder Park on Sunday, December 15, 2013. It's set to be a spectacular day and night with food, fireworks, and festive performances from Samantha Jade, The Collective, Etype Jazz, The Borderers, Humphrey Bear, and many more.



Once Christmas is over, there's Proclamation Day on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at the Old Gum Tree Reserve in Glenelg North. Learn about the significance of the historic event by reading about last year's celebration.

There are lots of ways to ring in the new year in South Australia, but one of the most popular is Adelaide's New Year's Eve Celebration held in Elder Park on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 from 6 pm until 1 am. The free event includes gourmet food stalls, a glittering fireworks display, and lots of live music from the likes of Atlantic Street Band, The Wholias, All Year Round, and DJ Tr!p.

During January

In between the festive season and the festival season are all the festivities of January. Don't miss Dinosaurs Alive where you can see a Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops and some of their other prehistoric pals at the Adelaide Zoo from Thursday, December 26, 2013 to Sunday, February 2, 2014.

The Adelaide Festival Theatre proudly presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's production of South Pacific from Sunday, December 29, 2013 to Sunday, January 26, 2014. The show has won multiple Tony Awards and stars Lisa McCune, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Christine Anu, and Mitchell Butel.



Get your tickets now for the Illusionists 2.0 at Her Majesty's Theatre. It's a mystifying display of modern magic that's suitable for all ages and is on from Friday, December 27, 2013 to Sunday, January 5, 2014.

"Escape to the Cape" as they say at the Cape Jaffa Seafood and Wine Festival. See what the region has to offer on Sunday, January 12, 2014 and find out what to expect by reading about last year's festival. It's about a three and a half hour drive from Adelaide and a great reason for a weekend away.

"Joys of the Fleurieu" is the theme of the upcoming Harvest Festival. It's on Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 10 am until 7 pm at the McLaren Vale Oval and entry is free. The previous event was a lot of fun with market stalls, an outdoor concert, and activities for everyone from pony rides to cooking demonstrations.



The Crush Festival is a celebration of food, wine, fashion, music, and art in the Adelaide Hills. It's on Sunday, January 19, 2014 and there's lots to see and do. You can suss out the past festival to see what it's all about.

You've got the next day off, so celebrate Australia Day in the City on Sunday, January 26, 2014. The free, family-friendly event features a colourful parade followed by a concert and fireworks in Elder Park.

During February

Festival fever hits Adelaide in February and it begins with the Carnevale Italian Festival at the Adelaide Showground in Wayville on Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9, 2014. Find out about all the fun of the last Carnevale.

On the same weekend is the Enlighten Adelaide Festival. It's all about health and wellness on Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 10 am until 5 pm at the Bay Function Centre in Glenelg.



Then there is the Adelaide Fringe from Friday, February 14 to Sunday, March 16, 2014. There will be theatre, comedy, cabaret, music, circus, and all manner of arts in venues around town. Get in the mood by reading about some of last year's highlights, like the Opening Night Parade and the Garden of Unearthly Delights.

There are heaps of shows to attend at the Adelaide Festival. It begins as summer ends and coincides with the Fringe from Friday, February 28 to Sunday, March 16, 2014. Check out our pick of the Top Free Events at the Adelaide Festival.

All Summer Long

The city of Adelaide will be a hive of activity this summer. Between October 2013 to May 2014, the Adelaide Night Market is held on the last Sunday of every month from 4 pm until 8 pm on North Terrace. Tempt your tastebuds with flavoursome street food from around the globe while you relax to the sounds of live music and browse market stalls selling crafts, gifts, jewels, clothes, and much more.

Head to Ebenezer Place on Rundle Street for Summer Fridays in the East End. It happens on selected Friday nights from around 6 pm until 10 pm until the end of March. There will be all sorts of entertainment, activities, food and drink vendors, and interesting market stalls.

For a fun day out, the Semaphore Summer Carnival is the place to be. It's open from 11 am every day of the school holidays (excluding Christmas day) at the Semaphore foreshore. There are lots of rides, sideshows, games, entertainment, and even fireworks on New Year's Eve and Australia Day.



Find out about Life Before Dinosaurs: The Permian Monsters and see the creatures that roamed the earth 290 million years ago. The extraordinary exhibition is at the South Australian Museum from Saturday, December 14, 2013 until Monday, March 10, 2014.

Try something different and head to the Holdfast Bay Bowls & Croquet Club at Glenelg North for Barefoot at the Bay. Enjoy a Sunday session of bowls or croquet with a DJ, food, drink, and prizes. All ages and experience levels are welcome. It costs just $10 to play and is held from 2 pm every Sunday until the end of March.

If you have always wanted to swim with dolphins, now is a great time to do so as the water is warm and clear at this time of year. Temptation Sailing offers a 3.5 hour dolphin cruise where you can swim with wild dolphins or observe from the comfort of the catamaran. It departs from the Holdfast Shores Marina in Glenelg and operates most days in summer.
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Very thorough work with colourful photos Hayley.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|10883) 1662 days ago
Lots of fun times to be had in Adelaide! Congrats on your 100th article :)
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