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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!