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Top Free Adelaide Events in February

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Jetty Jumping @ Henley Beach


Everyone can now breathe a sigh of relief as the Tour Down Under ends.

Lycra lovers disappear back into the closet, and the rest of Adelaide regains access to roads without being obstructed by fiends on two wheels.

But lookout - the Clipsal 500 will be upon us at the end of this month, so we all will have plenty to complain about then.

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Racing Cars On Adelaide Streets Again


February is traditionally the hottest month of the year in Adelaide, averaging temperatures of 31░C. But that is no excuse for hiding away inside with the air conditioning going flat out - just thinking of the power bill is enough to scare most of us back outside.

So let's take a look at what is on in Adelaide during February, and see if you can be tempted - even if it's not completely free.

If you don't find what you're looking for in this month's listings, remember that last month's article still has several events running.

Free Events

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February - Perfect Time For a Swim


If you like the idea of exercise but prefer someone else to do it for you, how about going to the Brighton Jetty Classic? It's SA's largest open water swim and is held on February 3.

Coincidentally that is the last date to see the Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures too, so if you get bored with admiring the toned swimmers then you know where to go.

The Fringe parade will provide some spectacular and colourful free entertainment, and kids will love it. Just be sure to get there early if you want a good spot.

Another event suitable for children is the free Summer Movies on the Terrace which continues through February.

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The Tomato Festival Will Attract Food Lovers and Gardeners


Foodies and home gardeners will not want to miss the free Tomato Festival hosted by the Adelaide Botanic Gardens over two days. If you've had troubles growing tomatoes, then this is the place to be.

February is the time for the Lunar New Year, and the free street party will be a huge event in Chinatown, with loads of stalls and entertainment. Don't miss it!

On February 2 Unley Road Traders will present a free concert - An Evening Under the Stars with music from opera, music theatre & popular songs performed by Adelaide's own singing duo Tasso Bouyessis and Annamaria Beni, accompanied by the Vivente Salon Orchestra. See the poster here.

Finally Valentine's Day happens this month. The day may be free, but for many couples the celebrations will be draining on the finances. Singles are often forgotten on Valentine's Day, so we have some tips for you here. Couples may well enjoy the article too.


Other Free Things To Do

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Playground & BBQ at Lady Ruthven Reserve


Cycling is a very popular pastime in summer, especially for families with children. It's even better if you can find a dedicated bike track to follow, and the northernmost leg of the Coastal Park path is a good example.

The path runs from Largs Bay to Outer Harbour, ending at the scenic Lady Ruthven Reserve which has BBQ facilities and a new playground. It's also a great spot to watch huge ships docking at Outer Harbour.

Another very popular trail is the Eagle Mountain Bike Park at Eagle on the Hill. You can also enjoy some spectacular views and colourful wildflowers there.

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Part of the Eagle Mountain Bike Park


You can find other interesting places to cycle in this article.

More of a motoring person? Take a drive on the Onkaparinga Scenic Drive to Birdwood and visit the Motor Museum or one of the other local attractions.

Shopping and Food

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Enjoy a Quesadilla or Taco @ Adelaide Night Market


One of the best ways to combine shopping and food during summer is at the Adelaide Night Market.

Now I keep thinking that everyone in Adelaide must know about this place, but people keep reading the article and it is now the most popular article that I have ever written.

Either people like my photos, or they have nothing to do on a Sunday evening.

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Get a Leg Tattoo @ Vacant Space


Another market that offers shopping and tasty food is the free Vacant Space Market. The second event was cancelled due to bad weather, but the third and final event on February 10 is promised to happen whatever the weather.

Not Free, But Fun

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Wine or Dine @ Tenafeate Creek Winery


I couldn't possibly ignore the hugely popular Adelaide Fringe Festival this month. It may not be free, but it shouldn't break the bank, and if you don't go to something then you may be found lacking as a conversation partner. It's almost as criminal as not being able to talk about the cricket.

When I buy wines I feel that half of the fun is getting out and exploring the region. Having a picnic under a tree. Enjoying a lunch at the winery. Or popping into the local bakery for a deliciously fresh pie.

But with heightened awareness of road safety, the Cellar Door Wine Festival looks increasingly attractive. No longer do you have to drive around the countryside, the winemakers come to the city for you.

It's actually not just a wine festival, but actually a wine and food festival as there will be free tastings from emerging food producers too.

Me? I'm fortunate to be able to stay with friends just down the road when I visit my favourite winery, so call me lucky!

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Carnevale Celebrates All Things Italian


February 9-10 is also time for the Italian Community's annual Carnevale. Again, it's not free but is a wonderful opportunity to benefit from South Australia's ethnic diversity.
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Why? Get out and enjoy summer
When: Throughout February
Where: In and around Adelaide
Cost: Mostly free
Your Comment
Dave your regular article is as enjoyable as it is full of fun filled ideas that won't break the budget. Nice sneaky shots of people ;)
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1596) 2116 days ago
On your bike Dave Walsh!!!!
by slogg (score: 1|62) 2114 days ago
looks like the cool thing to do on a hot day
by iszoo (score: 1|17) 2113 days ago
March may be mad but February sounds like fun!
by Hayley (score: 3|1016) 2116 days ago
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