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Top 5 Adelaide Events in August

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Entertain Yourself in August

August is the last month of winter, but while you wait around for Spring to come why not go out and do something fun? We've rounded up five August events that are happening in and around Adelaide for you to enjoy.

There really is something for everyone, from art festivals to car races. So whether you're snuggling up by a warm fire with a wine in hand, or rugging up race-side, make sure you're doing something fun this August.

National Science Week
11-19 August

Remember back when you were a kid and you thought science was cool? Unfortunately as we get older many people loose the thrill they once felt about science. National Science Week is all about celebrating science, and it's aim is to inspire people young and old.

There are a range of different events happening around Adelaide during Science Week. There are exhibitions and activities at the Art Gallery and Museum, as well as interesting lectures, and big science fairs. You can also hop online to take part in special competitions, and check out unique content.

Most activities during National Science Week are free, so there is no reason not to get involved. Visit their website to take a look at the full list of activities and events.

Adelaide International Guitar Festival
9-12 August

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John Scofield Trio - International Guitar Festival

The Adelaide International Guitar Festival is back, running over 4 days in August. It's not your average music festival, talent and skill are showcased rather than just 'what's hot right now'.

There are 88 musicians involved, and 42 events. The guitar is the world's most popular instrument, it's also an incredibly diverse instrument. The International Guitar Festival is a great chance to see many different styles of music from all over the world.

Ticket prices vary for each show, so check out the full program online.

Supaloc Targa Adelaide
22-26 August

The Supaloc Targa Adelaide is a car race with a difference, and it's definitely got it's appeal for even those who aren't car fanatics. See the cars in the Targa are both touring and classic cars. Take a look through the list of entrants and you'll see cars from 2011, and cars from the 1950s.

The legs take place on courses through the Adelaide Hills. It's definitely much nicer scenery than you'll get at the Clipsal 500. The course details are available in advance, so that you can find the best spot to watch the race.

There's even going to be a big party on Gouger Street to celebrate at the end of the week.

NAB Barossa Gourmet Weekend
18 & 19 August

Over 22 wineries across the Barossa are getting involved for this year's Barossa Gourmet Weekend. There will be food, wine, entertainment, and of course all in the gorgeous surroundings of one of Australia's most famous wine regions.

Head up there with an empty belly, because there are plenty of delicious things to fill it. Gibson Wines have a Mexican menu from the Semaphore Pantry including Yucatecan barbequed prawns and entertainment from Cousin Leonard featuring Cloudy Et Gian.

Artisans of Barossa on the other hand have their food being served up by Simon Bryant and Sanctuary Adelaide Zoo, and have wines by John Duval, Massena, Schwarz, Sons of Eden, Spinifex, Teusner and Hobbs.

To read about all of the tasty Barossa Gourmet Weekend activities head to the Barossa website.

SALA (South Australian Living Artists Festival)
3-26 August

Finally it's time for SALA or the South Australian Living Artists Festival, where the entire state turns up to show their support for local artists. You've probably experienced SALA before in some way, shape, or form, even if you haven't known it.

There will be exhibitions all over Adelaide, look out for the SALA sticker proudly displayed out the front of a business. It's a chance to not only check out local art, but also to explore SA. If you're after something active you could check out one of the walking or cycling art tours, or maybe you'd just like to enjoy the festival bringing a bit of colour to your local cafe.

The whole festival is free, so make the most of it wherever you are.
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Why? Do something interesting this August
When: Throughout August
Where: All around Adelaide (& SA)
Cost: Some events are free
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