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Published December 30th 2012
Don't be bored
Top Free Adelaide Events in January

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Say Goodbye to 2012


As free events go, December was a dead month. But I am happy to say that January makes up with a plethora of happenings to keep even the most discriminating reader amused.

So here's this month's roundup of what is on in Adelaide for you, the kids, and even your dog.

And since you're saving so much money in the free events, I have included a few recommendations on how to spend all that spare cash.

There's no point leaving it in a bank is there?

For You, and the Kids in Adelaide

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Be an Inmate For an Evening


Let's start off with a couple of easy fun events that almost everyone can enjoy. How about watching the classic movie Blues Brothers for free at Adelaide Gaol? Or enjoy family movies on the State Library lawns.

For even more outdoor cinema options, see here. Just be aware that not all are free.

A few doors down the SA Museum has fun for all ages with its Summer Splash program. And if you still haven't quite done with Christmas yet then take a look at the Christmas Pageant exhibition. Kids in Adelaide will love both of these.

Do you enjoy art and beautiful things? Then fly over to Feathers for an alternative take on art. If that's enough to make you peckish, you could strut around the corner and get clucky over a nice pancake.

Want to try something more gourmet than a pancake? If you haven't been, then you must go to the next Fork on the Road - food in Adelaide does not get much better. There is guaranteed to be something there to make your taste buds trill!

McLaren Vale south of Adelaide is well known for putting on a good bash, and the Harvest Festival will be no exception. Just make sure someone stays sober for the drive home.

Finally, you can let your hair down, throw a few (paper) plates and dance wildly to the carefree sound of traditional music at the free Semaphore Greek Festival. Semaphore is renowned for throwing a good party, and the Greek influence will add plenty of spice to the mix.

Shopping

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Getting Refreshed @ Vacant Space


This summer the city is spoilt for choice for what to do in Adelaide, and market shopping in Adelaide has reached new heights. If you haven't been keeping track (or have been marooned on the Kerguelen Islands), then there are three markets that everybody wants to read about.

My favourite is the Adelaide Night market on Sunday evenings. It's that dead time of the week when not much else is on, and nobody feels like cooking. Take yourself down to North Terrace and unwind in the twilight. Banish all thoughts of working tomorrow to the remotest corner of your brain, and eat, drink and be entertained.

Office workers in the city just love Summer Fridays in the East End. It's only a short walk from the eye candy of the mall to the trendy East End, and an assortment of entertainers, stalls, and food will captivate you. The event is free, but you may wonder what happened to the size of wallet after your retail therapy.

For young people and those with alternative tastes, the quirky new Vacant Space is bringing some radical new ideas to entertain you. Definitely worth a look.

Lastly, a couple of conventional markets south of Adelaide are always worth seeing. Both Strathalbyn and Macclesfield are lovely towns to visit, and you can find wholesome country produce at good prices at their markets.

And if you can resist a freshly baked country pie, you are a stronger person than I.

Out and About

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What to do in Adelaide?


If you're on holidays at the moment it's a great time to escape the city and see some of the attractions that the country has to offer. South of Adelaide you can find cosy little country towns like Meadows, and beautiful scenery in Second Valley. On your way down why not pop in at a micro-brewery in McLaren Vale?

Fewer people seem to make it east of Adelaide, perhaps because there are no highways out there. But it takes little time to get there, and there are lots of attractions. Just don't get me talking about chocolates or cheese.

North of Adelaide you can visit the Gilbert Valley and nearby towns steeped in history. I love to explore the second hand shops in places like these - they are a gold mine of curiosities.

A fantastic way to explore the area around Clare is on the Riesling Trail. If you have picked up a few pounds lately then it's great exercise too.

There are heaps of parks worth visiting in the northern suburbs, just take a look at these. And here is a great suggestion for a wildlife walk.

If you just can't be bothered getting out in the country, why not visit a virtual forest in the city's newest park?

See if you can find a more unusual house than this lot, as you drive about.

Or indulge the kids and have a relaxing time feeding the ducks.

Your Furry Friend

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Muz and Max Ready to Party


Poor Fido often gets forgotten in the holidays so I though I would slip in a couple of activities for you and Fang.

Dog parks are enough to get tails wagging wildly, and on a Sunday afternoon I sometimes go to a very popular one on Oaklands Road.

If your pooch is more energetic, put him/her through its paces at somewhere like this place, which has a heap of play equipment designed to keep your dog active.

Naughty dogs do require a bit of attention, but if yours has been good the reward them by going to the movies together. It's not free, but guaranteed to be fun.

Not Free but Definitely Fun

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Can You Be Tempted By Food?


Adelaide has a feast of multicultural cuisines on offer, and this authentic Afghan food won't break your budget. For a divine experience, try this new Korean BBQ restaurant set in a converted church.

How about a tea party without food? That is probably the least unusual aspect of this event.

Want some more music concerts in your life? Check out these coming events that cover most tastes.

So You Want Even More?

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Looking For More Fun?


There is a great assortment of ideas to entertain kids south of Adelaide in this article, while there is something for absolutely everyone in my latest list of what is on in Adelaide.

If you can't find anything you like in that lot, then move to Melbourne. We don't want your type around here.
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Dave yet another fantastic list of free things to do. Again I am in awe at how you string the activities together with humour :D

And thanks for the links. I was at one of them tonight. Not fine dining as you anticipated
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