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Top Free Adelaide Things to do in June

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Moon Gazing in Late Autumn


After indulging a month long orgy of nostalgia with the About Time history festival, it's time to rejoin the present. And the arts community is determined to drag you out and put some culture back in your life with a few major events scheduled this month.

While the prime events are not free, there are still some great things to do that won't put a hole in your pocket. The Adelaide weather in winter is not an excuse to be a recluse!

If you're not keen on mixing it with the cultured crowd, we have also found other fun things to do in Adelaide. And there is a quick look at some new reviews of cafes and restaurants in Adelaide too.

Read on and take your pick!

Free Events and Things to Do

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Artist Shane Cook Reviews a Work in Progress


Art Exhibitions
The highly popular Oi You! Urban Art Festival finishes in early June, but it has left a legacy for you to enjoy.

You can now find The Big Walls walking tour map online to do your own private viewing of street art from some of the best artists in Adelaide and interstate. And indigenous artist Shane Cook has moved on to hold his own free exhibition at Tandanya until the end of June. Find out more here.

Semaphore artist Mark Baldock is also hosting a free photographic exhibition at Swedish Tarts Patisserie, so you can munch while you muse.

Back in the city the Samstag Museum at UniSA is hosting the 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial, a free travelling exhibition from the National Art Gallery.

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The Immigrants Sculpture at Migration Museum


Family Fun
The free Nights on North Terrace continues until the end of June. Here's a snapshot of what's on offer in June:
1st Hotel Transylvania @ Adelaide Gaol
7th The Goonies @ State Library
14th Tasting Adelaide @ Migration Museum
21st - Fossil Torchlight Tour @ SA Museum
29th The Addams Family Values @ Adelaide Gaol

The Festival Centre is celebrating its 40th birthday this year, and are putting on a free spectacular House Lights display by Electric Canvas every night from 6pm during June. If it's a bit cool, warm your insides with some gourmet German food from Wienerbago while you watch the light show.

Have you been to all of Adelaide's adventure playgrounds yet? Apart from St Kilda, there is also a little known one at Burnside. Or try this unusual playground where all the family are catered for.

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Part of Lobethal Markets


Shopping
During winter indoor markets such as those at Myponga and Lobethal are very popular, and not only because they offer delicious local food to tempt you.

Other markets worth a look are the Fullarton Markets on June 22, the Strathalbyn Markets on Sunday June 16, and the Macclesfield Markets (every week).

While you are at Strathalbyn don't miss their fantastic antiques and collectables stores, and see how they compare with these.

Not Free, But Fun

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Auchendarroch House at Mount Barker


Music and the arts
Over the June long weekend the Adelaide Hills will be host to local, interstate, and international Jazz musicians as part of the Hoot! Adelaide Hills Jazz Festival at Mount Barker. Prices for a show range from around $15 and up, but there is a free opening night street party on June 7.

The 2013 Cabaret Festival will also be happening about Adelaide from June 7-22. There are too many shows to list here - check out their website here.

For a refreshing alternative to the main festival, take a look at the Cabaret Fringe Festival with over 50 acts performing at venues all around Adelaide in June.

One of my favourite events in the south of Adelaide is the Sea and Vines Festival from June 8-10 when McLaren Vale proves that it can equal the best restaurants in Adelaide with fine local foods and some stellar wines.

Let's get physical
The Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally on June 22-23 is a favourite for motor sport fans in any type of Adelaide weather. It is a round of the Australian Classic and Australian Modern Tarmac Rally Championships, and is guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping as you watch cars flying through the winding roads of the scenic Adelaide Hills. Spectator entry is free!

The Fat Tyre Festival is held every long weekend in Adelaide's north at Melrose, and attracts mountain bike riders from around the country. It costs $60 for adults and $20 for children to take part all weekend, but hey, you won't need to pay for a gym if you go here.

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City of Burnside Council Chambers


More shopping
The Antique Fair at Burnside Ballroom costs $7 entry for adults, but it's not a high price to see some pretty unusual vintage items. Will they be as interesting as these I found? If you have something you would like valued, bring it along - it will only cost $2 which goes to the Fred Hollows Foundation.

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Little Big Cheese CO @ Bowden Fork on The Road


Food
Fork on The Road will be back again in June, although the location hasn't been announced yet. The last Fork was held in Bowden just near Plant 13 and was a huge success, with entertainment from Cirkidz and popular local band 50 in the City.

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50 in the City Play at Fork on The Road


Our writers have been busily sampling food at restaurants in Adelaide and the suburbs recently, here are a selected few. Writer Sammie Lau was greatly impressed by the St. Louis House of Fine Ice Cream and Dessert and intrigued by the Two-Bit Villains Diner. See more of her reviews here.

On a different range of the cuisine scale, writer Anna Jackowiak tried Melting Moments From Barnacle Bill. Would you agree with her conclusions?

Other Things to Do in Adelaide

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Inside The Elms @ Glenside Hospital


If you're looking for what to do in Adelaide, how about one of these activities?

Do some urban exploration at Glenside Hospital and see the stately yet foreboding buildings before the site is completely re-developed. Check the Mindshare website for more information.

How about a self guided walking tour of Gawler - there is so much to see in this old town.

In Adelaide CBD take a look at Love Padlocks, or find an excuse to visit pubs at Port Adelaide.

South of Adelaide you can check out the Cockle Train for $18.50 (children $9.50) and see some of SA's scenic coasts.

But whatever you do, don't let Adelaide's weather in winter get in the way of a good time.
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