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Free Things to Do: Stay Cool on the Pontoon at Elder Park


The Pontoon was a highlight of the 2017 Festival of Arts, bringing the River Torrens alive with a re-imagining of the Palais de Danse that graced Elder Park a hundred years ago. After the festival, it became as welcome as a stale bread crust floating on the Torrens, spurned by everything from ducks to Adelaide City Council.

A brief season early 2018 as the Backyard Cricket Pontoon brought new life to the old barge, and it's now set sail on a new future as a cool spot to hang out over summer.

From Tuesday to Sunday each week the Pontoon is hosting a season of (predominantly) free things to do on the River Torrens within a ball's reach of Adelaide Oval. Kicking off with a free Summer Series of events, the barge will feature cult Australian movies on Tuesdays, local acoustic sets on Wednesdays, a jazz night on Thursdays, and delicious Adelaide Hills produce on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Pontoon's bars are open from 5pm to midnight on Tuesday to Thursday, 4pm to midnight on Friday, and 11am to midnight on Saturday and Sunday, right through until February 4. Now that the Adelaide Festival Centre is coming alive after part completion of renovations, this floating bar is providing an alternative venue for visitors to the banks of the River Torrens.

Events currently scheduled for the Pontoon include:
The Pontoon Tour Down Under After Race Party (January 21)
The Pontoon Triple J Hottest 100 Party (January 27-28)
The Secret Island Party (February 4).

Find all the latest events and details on The Pontoon Facebook page.
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Where: Elder Park, Adelaide
Cost: Mostly free
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