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Top Free Adelaide Events in May

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A Word From the Wise - Hills Roadside Sign


While the sun sneaks further north and we hit the shops looking for warmer clothes and ugg boots, it's not yet time to hibernate indoors.

There is so much happening around Adelaide this month that it's hard to know where to start.

The About Time history festival alone has around 500 things to do, and Open House Adelaide has 55 buildings available for you to ogle.

But even if history and architecture aren't for you, there are plenty of other things to excite you. Read on and find out more about what is on in Adelaide.

Free Events

Do you enjoy live music? The last free Off the Couch music festival takes place in the grounds of Carclew on Saturday May 4 and is suitable for people of all ages.

For some more laid back music the City of Adelaide band is holding a free cabaret style concert at the German Club on Sunday May 5.

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New Holland Honeyeaters Thrive on Native Plants


Also on May 5 Stirling Autumn Garden Festival will have around 150 stalls to tempt you to spend your money, all for the admission price of a gold coin. Autumn is a good time to plant native plants, so do your bit for the environment.

On the topic of work, if your job is getting you down and you need a change, maybe it's time to visit the Careers & Employment Expo on May 17-18? But if you're thinking of giving the public service a try, you really should read this first.

Car enthusiasts will be out in force for the 100 years of Morris display at the Torrens Parade Ground on May 19. Gold coin donation required.

If you'd rather something more active, Try Dragon Boating at West Lakes on May 4 - it's suitable for all ages 16-60.

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Tunnels Lie Beneath the Old Treasury Building


Adelaide people have an endless fascination with tunnels under the city, and until May 2 you can see the tunnels under the Adina Grand Hotel (old Treasury building) and enjoy a fascinating performing arts experience too. (Gold coin requested, closed on Fridays). Definitely not to be missed.

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Inside The Tunnels


Oi You! is a festival of alternative art that will be massively popular - you don't need to be an art lover, just bring your sense of humour. On throughout May, and gold coin requested.

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Face Your Demons @ Tetratologists Exhibition


The free but rather scary Tetratologist Exhibition of works from emerging artists continues until May 9. (Why do I always think of caterpillars when someone mentions "emerging artists"). It's showing at Ladybeads Art Gallery in Unley, just south of Adelaide.

And for something for the young ones, have you looked at Nights on North Terrace yet? It's continuing until the end of June.

Law week
Another series of events that shouldn't be missed is held during Law Week, which is actually three weeks long.

It's got some great family activities, like the very popular Courts Open Day. Just remember that you are not encouraged to leave your children in the cells when you depart. And if you see any judges in full dress, please don't mock their colour coordination or high heels.

Markets & Food

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Sep-Lai Thai Street Food - Under Threat From Some Councillors


Most of my dear readers think of their stomachs even more than they think of the s-- word (so I'm told).

They will be relieved to know that the incredibly popular Fork on the Road continues in the face of whining by a few Adelaide Councillors who feel that it causes a dent in the local fast food trade.

This uncertainty is a concern to newer vendors like Little Big Cheese Co. who are new arrivals on the food truck scene in Adelaide.

But I can confirm that the next Fork on The Road (after April 28 at the Festival Centre) will be held on Saturday May 11 at Fifth St Bowden.

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Mitcham Village Markets - Popular with All Ages


Meanwhile the Adelaide Night Market continues its run through autumn, but is now only fortnightly until June.

Another place that has not outstayed its welcome is Little Miss Mexico. Originally expected to close at the end of the Fringe, it is still trading but will now close on Sunday May 5. Get in while you can!

If you'd like to try a different cuisine give the Burek Lounge a go. Their Eastern European style of meat dishes won't appeal to everyone, but carnivores are bound to like it.

The Bowerbird Bazaar is back at the showgrounds May 3-5, and entry is still $2, while the Round She Goes market on May 4 offers preloved fashion for women.

Finally, if you enjoy markets and second hand goods places, take a look at The Upcycling Shop - it's got some quite unusual things for sale.

About Time History Festival and Open House Adelaide

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Old Stone Cottage Near Ironbank


If you are not sure what to do in Adelaide during May, then check out About Time - it is packed with activities for all tastes and ages, and many are free. You can also read a guide to Adelaide CBD's free events, and a separate guide for the suburbs.

One event that will be very popular is Aliens, Spies and Conmen - an expose about the information the security services store about you, hosted by the Australian Archives.

If that isn't enough for you, Open House Adelaide is on May 4-5 and places about Adelaide right up to Government House will be open for you to inspect.

Not Free, But Fun

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Birdwood's Blumberg Hotel


From out of left field comes the Gumeracha Medieval Fair on May 4-5, just to show that it's not only Supreme Court judges who like to dress up. Kids in Adelaide will love to see this perfomance.

Then the Adelaide Hills will lure you back with Birdwood Farm Day on May 19, a chance for the kiddies to get up close to animals without being eaten. It's not free, but only $7/car.

Take the time to visit Lobethal while you're up there - there's plenty of things to see and do, with a market, cheese and wine tastings too.

Wine lovers will be flocking to Clare on May 18-19 for the Gourmet Weekend. I just wish I could remember more of the enjoyable times I have had there, savouring delicious appetisers while sipping several Sauvignon Blancs. Entry is free, but you may pay a price the next day.

For train enthusiasts the National Rail Museum's 50th birthday celebrations continue with an art exhibition from May 5-19 - only $5 entry!

Activities

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Among the Pines at Blackwood Forest


Before winter sets in, take yourself/the kids/the dog/your partner up into the Adelaide Hills and enjoy the views as they slowly become green.

Maybe try Blackwood Forest, which is a dog off leash area. Or just down the road experience the tranquility of the Sturt River Linear Park and pop in to see the colourful glassware at the old Coromandel Valley Institute building.

The more energetic might want to try climbing Mount Lofty, exploring the Gilbert Valley, walking the Harbourmaster's trail, visiting Unley's Museum, or cycling in Belair National Park.

But whatever you do, enjoy it - life in Adelaide is fantastic!
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